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Load lot receiving pens (size and material)
by RanchMan90 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:36:00 GMT+5)
pricefarm wrote:So your saying buy calves feed them for 3 months then sell and buy another group ? So u could do 4 groups a year. So if u bought 5 weight steers and keep for 90 days how much weight would they gain? I have always wanted to do this but never have. I have one pasture at my house that I can run 10 cow calf pairs on. How many steers could I run at one time ?
Yes on the 90 day deal. I would start with 3-5 head to get some good baseline cost and gain numbers. You could run as many as you want if theyre on full feed. An example would be to buy 500 lb bawling bull calves for $1.10 per lb and in 90-100 days their sale weight is 650 @ $1.10. Deduct feed costs of $90 ($1 a day) and vaccinations @ $10 for $65 profit. That's figuring 1.5 lb a day gain, no death loss, and conservative selling price. This is just a strategy and your numbers will vary. The 90 day deal also gives you the flexibility to hold them longer



Outboard Boat Motors
by Atimm693 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:29:51 GMT+5)
My uncle has a 4 stroke Yamaha, 50hp I believe. So smooth and quiet you can hardly hear it running.

Maintenance plays a bigger role than brand in my opinion. Any of the big brands that have been cared for should serve you well.

Evinrude and Johnson were the same motor for a long time. Not sure when, or if, they parted ways. They were always really good units.

My dad had a Mercury 35hp for a long time. It was a little shaky at idle, but always ran great, and pushed a 16' Lund fast enough to ski with.

Motors of age, especially those that have been sitting, will usually need the rubber water pump impeller replaced. On some you just need to drop the lower, others require complete disassembly.

As for the regional thing, I don't see any reasoning behind it. I could see a motor from Texas being used a lot more frequently than one from Minnesota, making it a little less susceptible to failures that stem from sitting.



Calf under year old death
by Lucky_P (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:16:37 GMT+5)
"The most common symptom of Blackleg is a dead calf."
That's about right...In 30 years of involvement with veterinary medicine(and 50+ around cattle)... I've seen exactly ONE live 'blackleg' calf... and it was dead within 12 hrs.

To me... a dead, unvaccinated calf... is a blackleg case until proven otherwise.



More peace from the peaceful.
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:10:12 GMT+5)
shaz wrote:I'm late to the party but this was an interesting observation from earlier.
Given that the area was conquered by the Assyrians around 700 BC and
the people most likely deported could this still explain why Lebanon is different? I don't see how.

Shaz, I don't know. The history of that area is very confusing. I do know Lebanon was primarily Christian till the mid 70's and was prosperous. Christian rule was even in their constitution. I am only following the history from that point till today. France and Italy both had strong influences and the majority were Catholic till they opened their borders in an attempt to help muslim refugees.

Ron, we are getting back in the weeds. The point is not whether or not there is a God but what type teaching would you want your neighbor to have. One that teaches love and forgiveness or one that teaches hate?

The old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree is relevant here I think. Take a child who has been taught the values of a moral life and the benefit of hard work and it is the exception when that child doesn't follow this path.

On the inverse, a child who is taught to hate some fictional oppressor and who has been taught society owes them a living will, in my view, grow up following this belief and it would be the exception if the child goes against this path. If your argument were true and we are somehow born with a moral compass then with all the free education and social programs the majority of these little apples would take advantage of these opportunities and make themselves a better life and become productive members of society.

Not meaning to sound judgmental but I can look at children and their home life with an objective eye and can pretty well tell what type tree these little apples are going to grow into. I think we all can to some degree. Sometimes its sad. Sometimes its heartbreaking. Sometimes its funny in a dark way. Especially after you tire of listening to a parent spew their hubris only to have their little cupcake make them eat crow served with a double heaping of humility but in the end it is still sad because we are all born as equals and a train wreck is never a pretty sight.

You know, I was heading home last night and passed a school and the lot was full of buses preparing to take children home at 6:30 pm and I was saddened at the thought that most of the children had no one at home who cared enough to feed them supper or breakfast and I wondered what our society will look like when these children become adults and this is what they think of as normal. I was also saddened by the thought of the poor teachers who are unfairly strapped with the responsibility of trying to put moral compasses in these beautiful little apples.

Until we learn how to fix this problem I don't see why we should add more problems to society by welcoming those who think its holy to rob, murder, cheat and steal. Maybe rather than debating this we could put our heads together and try and find a solution to this social problem and in the meantime we could find a country where this islamic ideology has worked and created a utopia and then we could take notes on how to do what they have done.



Calving almost done
by jscunn (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:55:34 GMT+5)
Thanks GM. The calves listed in order from the top are by:
1. Sydgen Process 4648
2.Sydgen Process 4648
3. Sydgen RockStar
4. Sydgen Process 4648
5. Sydgen RockStar

The Replacements (from top)
1. Sydgen Black Diamond
2. Connealy Courage
3. (from left) CF Prime Minister, Sydgen Black Diamond, Sydgen Black Diamond, Sydgen Trust, Connealy Courage. 4 more not pictured.



larryshoat
by Workinonit Farm (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:50:39 GMT+5)
Happy Birthday!!! Hope you've had a great day.



bbirder
by greybeard (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:50:19 GMT+5)
Happy Birthday--hope it was good one!



Photo Shoot
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:50:07 GMT+5)
That's a good deal all around! Congrats and thanks for posting.



Minnesota Custom Cattle Care
by Stocker Steve (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:46:43 GMT+5)
Saw some I state data recently on value of "low productivity" land. Lower rent or lower price did not offset fixed costs spread over less output. IF commodity products were worth more then drainage or irrigation or cross fence MAY turn the economics around.

Saw some 2015 MN data today on crop farming profits sorted for the new technology applied. ALL technology plays had bigger losses that average. I think the additional investment had a negative return with low - - below total cost - - grain prices. Ag expert said we needed more years of data. Fair, but I doubt 2016/2017 will be better. Time to face up to a reset.

So there is an opportunity to convert unprofitable and/or abandoned crop ground to perennial forages, if you do not overpay for the land. Main northern MN operational issues are establishment costs and balage/hay making costs. High stock density is often prescribed to reduce establishment costs. A seasonal operation is often prescribed to side step wintering costs.



Mixing wcs and whole corn
by Caustic Burno (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:46:05 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:callmefence wrote:I've been hearing about this. What would be the advantage over just wcs.
What would be the amount to feed on winter pasture
One reason I could think of for mixing it is IF the cattle won't eat straight cottonseed maybe they would eat I better with some corn in it especially if it's fine ground. Also it can be used to dilute the high protein of the whole cottonseed. Mixed half and half it would lower the protein from around 23% to about 15% but it would also lower the TDN and energy as WCS has higher TDN and energy than corn. NO need to go into starches etc. as we're feeding to compliment hay rather than fattening out steers.

Cottonseed alone can cause a basket of problems if feed alone in fertility and heart problems

https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/an_sci/e ... hp95-1.htm



Frderal 410 handgun self defense loads?
by Caustic Burno (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:40:49 GMT+5)
Never cared for Federal Ammo especially in shotgun shells if I didn't reload it I wanted the box to read Winchester Super X or Remington Express. Fiochi Golden Pheasant is some premium shells as well.
The best buckshot loads I have found in 410 are Winchester



Beef Check Off dollars at work.
by Supa Dexta (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:24:00 GMT+5)
Now is it just the sticker.. Or the new truck too?

I'm guessing the latter. And how many people is that sticker really going to get to eat some beef. I could stand in the meat aisle for 2 minutes and I'd be able to convince just as many people to buy some beef.



Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?
by WalnutCrest (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:23:14 GMT+5)
Nope ... calf is situated just fine (she was sleeved yesterday by a repro vet) ... nothing to do but wait. And pray.

Thanks!



Aluminium Stock Trailer ?
by Supa Dexta (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:20:44 GMT+5)
Too narrow for my liking. Only good thing would be the wheels should be outside the body... But thats not enough of a positive to lose that much space inside.. Tight for animals to get turned to come out.

7 or 7.5 is great. 8 is a bit much at times.



turn it off before you get off. Tractor accident Liberty County Tx
by JMJ Farms (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:49:58 GMT+5)
TCRanch wrote:That's horrible! And yet, even when you're doing everything right and least expect it . . . I can't begin to imagine the emotional pain:
http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Child- ... 54126.html

Definitely one of the most freakishly horrible farming accidents I've ever even heard about. Unbelievably sad.



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DON'T GUESS AT ACRONYMS USED IN BEEF CATTLE BUSINESS
Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important.
DOGUET'S DIAMOND D BRANGUS SALE HELD OCTOBER 15
A warm fall day greeted a standing room only crowd of Brangus enthusiasts from five states gathered at Poteet, Texas, for Doguet's Diamond D Sale of Proven Producers.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING OPPORTUNITY AND RISK WITHOUT WEIGHT
“When feeder cattle markets are in balance, prices for lighter-weight feeder cattle adjust to account for the cost of gain to put the additional weight on those cattle such that feedlots are relatively indifferent to buying feeder cattle of various weights,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments the first week of November.
BULL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE IMPORTANT
In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation. Remember that this genetic potential can never be realized if these animals are not fed and managed properly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- AN APP FOR THAT
Here are ten smartphone apps that we desperately need some geek to create:
SOUTHERN CONNECTION CHAROLAIS SALE AVERAGES $2,765
The Southern Connection Charolais Sale was held October 19, 2016 in Calhoun, Ga.
REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE HELD TO HIGH STANDARDS
As autumn makes its debut across the Empire State of the South, many spring-calving operations have been, or are in the process of, weaning; and in a few months, producers will be sorting through females and deciding which ladies get a job offer and which get shown the door.
BLACK INK -- LIMITS? WHAT LIMITS?
Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates.
BE SELECTIVE WHEN CHOOSING REPLACEMENT FEMALES
Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts.
BE AWARE OF THE PROS AND CONS OF USING DARTS IN CATTLE
Darts - also known as remote drug delivery devices or RDD devices - are frequently used in wildlife to tranquilize animals for research, or when a wild animal strays into a populated area such as a city or neighborhood. They are also gaining popularity among beef stocker growers who have cattle on extensive grazing.
TOWN CREEK FARM BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $4,435
Cattlemen from the southern U.S. resoundingly endorsed the value of the Town Creek Farm genetic program at the Town Creek Farm Sale, Saturday, October 15, 2016, near West Point, Miss.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BULLISH
For years purebred bull breeders didn't get paid what they deserved for making such a big investment in better genetics, so I'm glad to see them finally getting paid handsomely for their better bulls.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- TWILIGHTED
First quarter and the Cowboys were up, and then they scored again. Next thing Hooter knew, it was the second quarter and the Boys were down.
HERE IS WHY NO ONE CAN TRULY BE A VEGETARIAN
I like meat, plain and simple. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey (not much on duck or goose), all kinds of fish and sea food and various wild game. I like it grilled, broiled, smoked, fried and baked. I like it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other meal in between. I just like meat. My idea of a well-balanced meal is some cut of meat (really don't care which) beside a nice serving of potatoes and a vegetable. I like to include a good salad as long as there is generous amounts of dressing.
CHINA LIFTS IMPORT BAN ON U.S. BEEF
News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped.

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