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black buzzards, any other ideas
by callmefence (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:39:45 GMT+5)
And what is SSS?[/quote]

Secure
Snuggle
Show the right path.



opinions of pb char heifer
by talltimber (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:34:41 GMT+5)
Funny how a pic came make one's legs look like they come out the same hole, and another can show you could drive a hog between them.



Craigslist prize bulls
by Clodhopper (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:27:56 GMT+5)
http://stlouis.craigslist.org/grd/5963214092.html

I know she's not a bull, but she's a beauty.



Heifer Eye Discharge Sick
by talltimber (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:26:44 GMT+5)
I had one like that in one eye not long ago. No other symptom of feeling bad so I kept an eye on her that evening and the next day or so. Nothing else, she was fine. I think maybe she got something in it, idk. At that point in time nothing else was visibly ill, and she never showed any other signs.
Mine didn't stand off/out though. She was still coming to feed.



Interesting voting facts.
by True Grit Farms (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:23:24 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:Thanks for making my point, CF.


(And calling Fox left of center is an......interesting position).

Do you really think it's a centrist position to argue that the fed government should hold no land other than DC and military bases? Just as one example, there is huge bipartisan support for the national parks.

I'll stop now so as to not get into politics and get the thread tossed....

I'm all about taking the national parks and giving them back to the states that owned them in the first place. Public land is a good thing if it's controlled by the public of the state it's in. It's not right that people from 500 counties around the country could or should be able to establish national parks in any state. We the people have some control over our state's decisions and direction. We have little to no control over what DC does.



Where to learn pregnancy palpating
by pdfangus (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:20:34 GMT+5)
http://grahamschoolforcattlemen.com/



Presentation-Vet recommendations
by talltimber (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:20:00 GMT+5)
One thing that caught my attention was the years in large animal. I wonder why it falls so low at around 20 but there is several at 5 and over 30 years? The old vets like what they do I guess. The young vets are helping the old vets or have found work in feedlots, etc.?



Black Bulls on Green Grass
by elkwc (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:40:47 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:gizmom wrote:Ken the two fields here at the home place we rotate between pearl millet and rye grass. We spray the field with roundup then drill in the winter or summer seed. At the big farm we just drill into the summer pasture in all but two fields. Two of the fields are done the same way as the fields at the home place rotated between pearl millet and rye/oat fields with roundup sprayed prior to being drilled. These fields are used to develop the heifers. Jacob researches which seed variety to use each year Ann Blount from UF is a great resource for him on seed selection. Our farm is a family affair Jacob does a great job researching feeds and seeds. The boss manages the cattle, I do the paperwork.

Gizmom

Thanks Gizmon. I am a couple of years into doing something similar. I am going through my paddocks one by one. They basically are native grasses with some introduced clovers on some pretty rough country that hasn't been cultivated since they were cleared back in the 60's and 70's. I start with giving them one good cultivation initially to level them out and fill in all the stump holes and try and get a good seed bed add lime and chicken litter then start with a Millet which I bale and then graze it off and then spray it out in the last week of summer and then drill in oats for winter feed then spray it out again for the millet and this is where I am with my first paddock now and will probably give a tetraploid rye a go this winter and next summer I would like to put in some cow pea or lablab to try to put a bit back into the soil before putting back to pasture of a perenial rye, fescue and clovers. I have another paddock under way as well, the millet this summer being the first forage cereal rotation.

I must say I am surprised at how well things have gone in my poor sandy soils but then I guess there is nothing that money can't fix. I really think that the soil structure has improved with just spraying them out and drilling in the next rotation in. The hay I have made I am going to use to prepare my bulls for their sale in August so I can cut back on the grain I use.

I'll have to get a photo of my millet, it is looking pretty impressive at the moment.

Ken

Millet makes excellent hay and livestock like it.



Sweet Sixteen
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:30:04 GMT+5)
What made the 12 gauge so popular is it was best at covering up poor shooting skills by throwing more pellets. After the outlawing of the market gauges of 8 or larger the 12 became the largest to comfortable carry and shoot.
It doesn't matter if it is a 410 or a 10 gauge the pellets are traveling at the same FPS.
The 410 and 20 gauge of today throw some of the worst patterns of all gauges due to shot string from having to stack pellets in tall columns resulting in more pellet deformation.
The 410 wasn't designed as a game getter but a game player on the skeet field. The best patterning gauges are 16 and 28 due to having squared loads.
As Americans we think more is better that is not always the case and causes poorer shooting results.
I shot competition trap for years the best result was to shoot what the gauge was designed for .
The sixteen offered the best of both worlds payload and pattern.
Pattern is the name of the game in shotgun.



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cooking pork chops
by MaryAnnJeply (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:02:12 GMT+5)
In our camp, the simpler food is to prepare, the better. We like to spend time visiting rather than cooking. One of our favorite fireside meals is grilled pork chops. We buy a full pork loin when its on sale much cheaper than pork chops, slice it into boneless chops between 3/4-1 thick and separate them into quart ziplocs with two or three nice, thick chops in each bag. I add half a bottle of 30 minute marinade to each bag. Pick one you like. I find the garlic balsamic works really well with pork. The vinegar int he marinade makes the pork very tender and the garlic...well, its garlic You cant go wrong with garlic Seal them up and freeze the works.

When we pack for camping, the frozen pork chops go in the top of the cooler. Take them out of the cooler late morning and let them thaw. By the time they thaw, the marinade will have done its thing. I grill them for 8-12 minutes depending on the fire, and put em on a plate

The best part is that theres really no cleanup. Dispose of the ziploc bag and brush off the grill.



Taxes and Claiming Loss?
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:57:43 GMT+5)
slick4591 wrote:BK9954 wrote:Been saving all my receipts but that's getting old. I'd rather my CPA start taking care of that

When I hired my CPA I asked if all I did was to bring her the receipts and she assured me I wouldn't want to pay her bill if I did that. I already had QuickBooks and started an agriculture account there and just keep receipts current. End of the year I print off a couple of pages and include them with my other stuff. You can buy the Quicken Starter Edition for $35 at Amazon. The accounting program has sure saved me some headaches.

https://www.waveapps.com/

I use this one. It's free and online. I can connect bank accounts, credit cards etc..
So it makes it easy to categorize expenses and keep track.

I use it for personal taxes as well.



Freezing Rain Forecast
by boondocks (Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:19:32 GMT+5)
reeler wrote:Sorry about your weather.Sends shivers down my spine.Hope conditions have improved since you posted.Each day is 1 day closer to spring.Sounds silly, but that encourages me.

Had freezing rain most of the day. Finally turned to just rain but with the ground temps, roads are icy and pastures a mucky mess to try to get the tractor in. This icy rain is way harder on cow and human than snow!



Ag Secretary
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:23:12 GMT+5)
Trump team confirmed it today. Perdue is their pick.



What's something you've done, 99% of us haven't?
by Jogeephus (Posted Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:03:36 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Jogeephus wrote:TexasBred wrote:Been wondering if I had ever done anything somewhat different and happened to remember that I went to Cuba in 1984 to shoot a fishing show for TV. Guy over in East Texas had a TV show (John Fox, The American Angler) . I and an attorney friend went with him, Nolan Cromwell, Larry Brooks and Jack Youngblood who were all playing football with the L.A. Rams at the time and spent a week catching some awesome bass. Had to fly to Cancun from the U.S. then catch a private plane to Havana. Had to fish out of some pretty primitive boats but it was worth it.

Did they give you a slip of paper when you entered Cuba rather than stamping your passport?
No passport shown. John Fox had an attache case full of papers but we didnt' have anything.

I didn't figure they'd stamp your passport - for your sake. Generally a slip of paper is given and this is your pass. Don't know how it is today with the changes.



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IBBA ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 10-11, 2017
The International Brangus Breeders Association's (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention is scheduled for February 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
DEBTER HEREFORD FARM HOLDS 44TH ANNUAL SALE
Debter Hereford Farm's 44th Annual Production Bull Sale was held, October 22nd, at the farm in Horton, Alabama.
TAKING A LOOK AT 2017 FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
It's time to drag out the trusty crystal ball and take a look at what 2017 has in store for the beef cattle industry. For this to make sense we need to consider where we came from and how we got to where we are.
IT'S THE PITTS -- CATTLE TRAITING
Expected progeny differences (EPD's) have done wonders in improving the quality of our cattle. My only problem with EPD's is there aren't enough of them for traits that I'm most interested in.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FEWER AND BIGGER
Whether the proverbial chicken or egg, another round of agricultural consolidation appears to be spurred along by suppliers dealing with narrow margins.
BLACK INK -- MAKING THE MOST OF IT
“Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars?” An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders meeting this summer.
LATE WEANING HELPS AVOID EFFECTS OF HARSH WINTER
A growing number of stockmen are calving later in the year (April, May or June) rather than early, to be more in tune with nature. They have green grass at calving time and less need for harvested forage when the cow's nutritional needs are peaking during lactation.
NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2017
As of January 1, 2017, beef producers must comply with the new rule regarding use of antibiotics in feed. This rule is aimed at better management of certain antibiotics considered medically important to humans—putting them under more veterinary supervision. This is part of a larger movement to minimize development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

HEALTHY SOIL AIDS GRASS AND ANIMAL VIGOR
Dung beetles, earthworms and pollinators are the good guys when it comes to the health of soil and grassland resources.
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW WHITE CLOVER
Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.
IT'S THE PITTS -- WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven't seen him for awhile because he's been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- MOM'S CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
Christmas Eve was always celebrated at a little two-room country school called Bethel School House out in the middle of Greggs' pasture.
CALVING IS VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN PRODUCTION YEAR
For the cow-calf operation, the main goal is for each breeding female to produce a healthy calve once per year. That said, in the typical cow-calf operation, calving is, without a doubt one of the most important periods of the entire production year.
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.

WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.

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