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JMJ Farms CS Boomer 29f
by elkwc (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:53:57 GMT+5)
JWBrahman wrote:JMJ Farms wrote:You know Alan, for a Ducks fan, you're alright I really appreciate the time you took to answer that question. I was unfamiliar with 29f. I will have to research him some. Durango is a hoss of a bull! I'd really like to have a good horned Hereford bull with some great genetics to cross with brangus cows and make replacements. I'm venturing into AI because I will never be able to afford to own a super bull. I'm probably gonna pass on the bull I posted for this very reason. But I sincerely appreciate your input and your time

JMJ, the controversy with 29F was that he was not truly polled, he had scurs. SPH used him on Herefords and had problems with higher birth weights. I doubt that would be a problem if he was used on Brangus.

If I remember correctly Dun used Durango. I have seen Durango sons and they were easily frame 6-7. We used a frame 5.5 son of Perfect Timing, calves gained as well as Char sired calves. His heifers all cycled before 12 months, too.

Be careful taking advice about Hereford from people who have never, ever posted a photo on CT. There is a huge difference between seeing something at an online sale and raising a calf crop from a bull.

I usually don't base opinions on what I see in pics or in online videos. I have seen a few Durango sons in person, several daughters and many grandkids and great grandkids. Have visited with many breeders who have used him and About Time. I have seen several About Time progeny I like and felt he was more consistent than Durango. But after talking to some breeders recently who have used him a fair amount and also seeing some more lately I have decided he may not be as consistent as I thought. I know the cows any bull is crossed with has an major impact. As one breeder stated lately that he felt that overal the polled sires had an inconsistency issue. If I could find the right About Time progeny at a commercial price I would purchase one. It was just my opinion from what I have seen and also been told. I've seen some very good Durango progeny also but have seen just as many that wouldn't work in my environment. Again we are each entitled to our opinions and one persons opinion don 't make anothers wrong.

There are several posters on this forum who comment who I've never seen post a picture. Didn't know that was a requirement.



2015 Ford F250 problem
by Margonme (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:51:03 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:I don't buy any of that bs. But I sure can't stand a salesmen or service manager taking advantage of a nice person. Most every salesmen is a crook, and the best one's become service managers. And if their really good they become lawyers.

Damm right. They need a bullet behind the ear.





Alfalfa for developing heifers?
by TexasBred (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:49:28 GMT+5)
Nesikep wrote:All my hay has some grass in it, 30-70%... heifers get the second cut which is a little higher in alfalfa... if they don't do well on it I don't want them... I think heifers ought to eat what the cows eat and do well, though perhaps fed a little more
With that much alfalfa in it and if it's cut "on time" that should be a great mix.



S A V Premier 0096
by elkwc (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:40:16 GMT+5)
This bull has lots of good qualitites from what the video shows.



Graham School for Livestock Men and Women
by Margonme (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:32:55 GMT+5)
djswin wrote:http://grahamschoolforcattlemen.com/index.php

Four days seems short to cover the proposed curriculum. I hope you find it rewarding. Please report back.



Hauling steer to MO
by Margonme (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:13:30 GMT+5)
Ojp6 wrote:We have shipped 20 heifers per week for the last three weeks about 1000 miles. Now these are bigger heifers but not all are weaned and only about half were vaccinated. The guy at the feedyard they are going to vaccinated them all and gave them Zactran when they hit the ground. So far the only one that needed a follow up shot was for pinkeye which is pretty good for this weather so the Zactran must be working. What I'm trying to say is if you are really worried give him an antibiotic when he gets there.


Thanks. I looked up Zactran. THAT IS THE RIGHT ONE:

Zactran contains gamithromycin, a macrolide sub-class antimicrobial. For treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis, and for control of BRD associated with Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. A single dose of Zactran provides up to 10 days BRD treatment and control. Administer one dose, 2 ml per 110 lbs. SQ in the neck, not to exceed 10 ml per injection site.

Edited to add: requires prescription



Road scavengers
by lynnmcmahan (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:11:06 GMT+5)
Use to find wrenches on the road. Not much any more. People use to work on cars back when and they would leave tools under the hood. I have some tool sets with pieces missing. Guess I just traded with somebody.



NECowboy Is Going on a Diet
by shaz (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:56:10 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest wrote:TexasBred wrote:shaz wrote:Natural Lite is 3.2g of carbs


Now you're talking...and who cares about calories. Natty is measured in oz. 16 being the best buy.

In college I could get a 12 pack for $2.99. I love that stuff, tastes just like water but it makes me feel....special.

Point is you can drink it without ruining your diet. I went on a diet from Jan-March and lost 14lbs. Drank a ton of Natty!
Could've done better without the beer but I'd like to get SOME enjoyment out of life.



Feeding in winter
by Craig Miller (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:39:26 GMT+5)
Ok so looks like most everybody just feeds a little just for fun. That's what I do also. I think I've made him rethink his business plan. Lol. He is spending about $2000 a winter on about thirty cows on top of the hay he gives them. He says he's never put a pencil to anything he does.



calf walking funny. Help.
by Shorthorngrl (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:18:25 GMT+5)
alisonb wrote:Has it been like that since birth?

I'm not sure. I noticed the day after I brought her home. I tried to contact the woman I got her from but haven't heard back. I honestly don't think she knew. She had a lot of bottle babies....



Winter Garden 2016
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:08:27 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:What all is everyone planting its time ? I am doing collards and curly kale and mustard cabbage broccoli and turnips. I am not planting a lot because this years been strange as far as gardening goes. Its pretty dry here so I won't plant till after it rains.
Wife plans to plant a half dozen or so collard plants in one of her flower beds. Should keep us eating greens all winter.

What variety of collards the only ones I like are champion.



"Offset" vs "tandem" disk?
by Brute 23 (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:00:53 GMT+5)
I see these guys up here around Jourdanton plant with their disks.They come in with 2 pretty good size tractors with tandom disks, seed boxes built on, and drags. They make one pass and plant oats. Comes up beautiful with rain. They cover a lot of country like that.



Herd Sire has appointment at Vet Thursday morning
by Margonme (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:45:28 GMT+5)
FlyingLSimmentals wrote:His outside toes tend to be growing inward a bit with the right foot being a little worse. But they don't look very bad. I'll get it figured out Thursday. Wish me luck because he is pretty stubborn and don't like to be messed with. At least Vegas has the likeable personality but I do love those PH calves he's been siring.

Good luck my friend!



Got to pull my first calf
by Fuchifarm (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:06:39 GMT+5)
Just wanted to post an update. The 2nd heifer had a bull calf today about 1pm. By my records she wasn't due till Sept 26. He came out completely unassisted.

This morning she didn't come for feed and was acting standoffish to everyone. I tried to check her then but she wouldn't let me within 20ft. I did notice her vulva was very swollen and her teats had strutted. She was pacing with tail up so I decided to keep an eye on her.

I'm still waiting for her to pass the placenta but the boy is doing good and nursing.
I got him weighed after his 2nd nursing and he was between 33 and 34lbs. Had to weigh him by myself so was having trouble getting an accurate weight.



cattle not eating to well on winter
by Hiam (Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:49:47 GMT+5)
Hi,

I'm wondering. My cows doesn't eat too well on winter. I feed them the same grass as on summer. by the way I feed them grass is call Napier grass and chop it into pieces. also corn silage.

Does anyone encounter any experience cattle just eat less on winter in general?

Thank you



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