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The Iowa Beef Industry Council is an organization working for the cattle producers of Iowa in areas of education, promotion and research. The programs are funded by the Beef Checkoff, $1.00 per head collected on all Iowa cattle when they are sold. The Iowa Beef Industry Council office is located in Ames, in the same building as the Iowa Cattlemen�s Association (the membership division of Iowa�s beef industry). Fifteen members direct the activities of the Board of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Ten cattle producers are elected by the membership of the Iowa Cattlemen�s Association; other representatives include the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, the Iowa State University Dean of the College of Agriculture and the Iowa Livestock Auction Markets. The Iowa Beef Industry Council is one of 45 state beef councils. 50 cents out of every checkoff dollar collected goes to the Cattlemen�s Beef Board in Denver, Colorado, which oversees checkoff programs. The remaining 50 cents is held in Iowa for state coordinated activities. Iowa sends approximately half of their remaining 50 cents on to national promotion efforts. The Iowa Beef Industry Council is also affiliated with the National Cattlemen�s Beef Association, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Beef promotion, information and research programs are coordinated between the 45 state beef councils, the Cattlemen�s Beef Board, and the National Cattlemen�s Beef Association.


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Culling cow heard
by 1982vett (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:46:37 GMT+5)
So no one wakes up one day and realizes they still have 20 or so cows that were 4 to 6 year old when they came through the 2011 drought...... .....Yeah, time has gotten away from me. Culling a bunch due to age.



Insurance quote rant, little help please
by Alan (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:45:31 GMT+5)
In a nut shell we had a elderly lady run into our business, she took out our wheel chair ramp. Had the adjuster out and she did all her measurements and figuring. I received the insurance company's estimate broken down......red flag she estimated the "Construction workers general labor" at $6.00 per hour!!!! Ahhhh..... Oregon minimum wage is $9.75 per hour.... how the he!! Can the adjuster come out of Portland and quote the estimate wage for construction at $6.00 per hour when the minimum wage is $9.75. Nightmare to follow dealing with insurance and getting my ramp covered... my agent gets called in the morning. Why do we live in this world? Pizzed off and a vent.....deal with it tomorrow.



I wish DMV would get shut down..
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:43:45 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:Sky, did u notice that you had to pay extra because u went to the office instead of doing it online?

Yea what kind of bs is that?? Who came up with that brilliant scheme?



Mineral program
by CaddoFarms (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:28:31 GMT+5)
BC wrote:Most of the loose minerals I am familiar with call for the animal to eat 4 ozs per day. At that rate, each cow will consume between 91 and 92 lbs a year so figure 100 lbs per head. The mineral that I get from Northeast Texas Farmers Coop runs $46 per head a year ($46 per cwt.). That $5 mineral block you are talking about is just a brown salt block.

Are you talking about the coop in Greenville? Is there a specific mineral you ask for there?



Guess who?
by TCRanch (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:28:11 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:TCRanch wrote:alisonb wrote:Yip...that didn't take long...

M-5 how'd you get that so quick? I don't think I've ever posted a pic where I wasn't wearing a baseball cap &/or sunglasses. You're on a roll!

TC even I would have got that one and I'm no good at recognition. Blonde and skinny, you can't hide that with sunglasses.

Ken
Haha! Gave it my best shot, that pic was 15 years ago.



This made me laugh...
by RanchMan90 (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:25:38 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:RanchMan90 wrote:http://www.beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015 A reminisce to the days of gold.

He certainly had a rosy outlook didn't he? I'm sorry he missed the mark so badly.
I'm just glad I'm not married to get to any of those $3000 heifers On the positive side today's prices give a young man the opportunity to get a foot in the door on a future in the cattle business. At the time that article printed I was working 3 salebarns trying to calculate how to make it work. The best thing I learned was to get a real job.



which is the better deal, opinions
by Stocker Steve (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:23:30 GMT+5)
talltimber wrote:What do you all think?

Depends on your goal.

Are you trying to maximize tractor tach hours?
Are you trying to maximize soil health?
Are you trying to maximize profit per acre?



preserved smoked meats without sodium nitrate
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:23:22 GMT+5)
Unless you are using the high end of the cure amount with pink salt there should be little to no nitrite in the meat when its finished because it reacts quickly. What would be interesting is if you made some again only this time use the same amount of cure you did the last time only this time use sea salt rather than purified canning or kosher salt.



No Winter Here
by halfbean (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:22:49 GMT+5)
They may not be ladybugs. If they are orange with black spots, they are Asian beetles. They were imported and have some desirable characteristics like ladybugs. They put out a pretty bad smell when handled.



bucking bull breeds
by Bestoutwest (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:19:14 GMT+5)
How's his attitude?



Advice for Broom Sedge
by JSCATTLE (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:04:58 GMT+5)
I've always just limed. It's nature's soil test .



Not good for the US cattlemen.
by JMJ Farms (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:53:58 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:Isn't that almost 2 million acres?

Yes sir. Somebody has been busy haven't they?



Heifer not recognizing calf
by Ebenezer (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:10:09 GMT+5)
Put vanilla extract in/on cow's nostrils and on calf's back.

Tie a dog outside to the pen in full sight of the cow.

One, both or none.



Cow with bruising udder
by 4luvofcattle (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:04:29 GMT+5)
The cow last year, it was gross and the quarter fell off. Any way that something left in soil or pasture could infect my cows this year or was it just a bad case of mastitis that went to the extreme.

Do I worry that the nipples are cracking and flaking on this cow?




Pond stocking
by Atimm693 (Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:54:32 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Cross-7 wrote:Last year I stocked hybrid bluegill and bass at the same time.
TG said I should have waited and let the bluegill get established first and he was right as all I have is bass and having to buy minnows to feed them.
I have another that I've stocked with bluegill, crappie and 5# of minnows last week.

How long before I stock bass
It's pretty good size and has some cover
When those crappie get old enough to reproduce you'll have millions of them. Bass should stay fat.

Yeah, best to keep the fishing pressure on Crappie. Otherwise you'll end up with a bunch of skinny hand-sized fish.

Some people worry about fishing out a pond, when a lot of times they don't get fished enough and the fish become stunted.



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MAKE SURE BULLS ARE READY BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
It's always a good idea to have a breeding soundness evaluation and semen check for any bull you plan to use—not only for bulls you purchase, but also the bulls you kept over from last year.
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
As cattle producers one of our main tasks in day-to-day and overall management is providing for the nutritional requirements of the herd.
SALACOA VALLEY HOSTS TWO DAY SALE EVENT
Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 142 registered buyers from nine US States, Mexico and Australia who gathered at Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga.
INTEREST IN LEGEND LESPEDEZA CONTINUES TO GROW
Predictions swirling around for 2017 include very little improvement for beef prices and the possibility of some extended drought conditions in some regions. That means that every serious manager facing this possible scenario had better be looking for ways to manage on both sides of the ledger.
BLACK INK -- THE PAYOFF FROM PROGRESS
There's always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there's all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather task).
IT'S THE PITTS -- GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND BEEVES
I get my news from paperview. I read the newspaper. I don't watch much television and have found that your average security camera monitor is more entertaining than TV.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- PAST TIME FOR A UNIFIED INDUSTRY VOICE
Ignoring extremist animal rights groups in the hopes of dousing the flames of controversy might have seemed logical in the beginning. Limping along without having to commit more scarce resources to the fight might have seemed necessary. Now, these notions seem less quaint than downright destructive.
MANAGEMENT OF YEARLING BULLS IMPORTANT TO HERD
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management.
PRODUCERS SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVING PROTEIN NUTRITION
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on.
FRIENDSHIP FARMS SALE AVERAGES $4,010 ON 83 LOTS
The Friendship Farms Fall Bull Sale was held October 28, 2016 in Canoochee, Ga.
GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK HELD NOVEMBER 4-5
The GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock is an annual highlight of the Brangus breed, producing more chart topping A.I. sires than any other sale in the breed and the deepest offering of registered females anywhere, and 2016 was no exception.
PROPER BULL SELECTION CAN INCREASE RETURNS
The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets.
DROUGHT CAUSES SHORTAGE OF HORSE QUALITY HAY
Though we have received some beneficial rains the last few weeks the availability of hay, especially horse quality hay, is something that will continue to be problematic for several more months.
PASTURES REQUIRE REST AND RECOVERY FOLLOWING DROUGHT
The winter is typically a time that we count on for rainfall and cooler temperatures in the Southeast. By the time you read this article, significant rainfall may have fallen around the state already. However, this does not mean we are "out of the woods" on drought conditions.
PRODUCERS MUST MANAGE DRASTIC WEATHER SHIFTS
One of the joys of living in the south is the often mild winters we experience. However, as I write this article, we've currently just experienced one of the weather swings that Mississippi is famous for. A Friday of temperatures hovering in the upper 30's to low 40's to a Saturday of almost 80° to a Sunday of freezing rain and sleet.

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