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The heat is on again
by farmerjan (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:04:50 GMT+5)
Cooled down here too in Va. 60's nights, 75-80's days. Rain/showers the past couple of days. Had nearly 4 weeks no rain and it got dry after a wet early spring and summer; weather sure not following any pattern anymore. Normal to run a 20* spread in day/night temps here. Seen lots of bucks with antlers rubbed and bow season starts soon. Had a couple of nights upper 40's but probably won't get a frost here now until mid- oct. If we don't get one with the first chill that goes through in sept then it will wait til mid-oct at least. Not looking forward to 20's in the winter, but god bless you down south with the 100's plus days, Could not take that. We get some 0* in the winter, but it doesn't last more than a couple days at most. Like the fall wether here but don't think we will see alot of color this year either with that dry spell some trees dropping leaves without turning color. Did that last year too.



Magnificent Wildlife
by Nesikep (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:04:35 GMT+5)
I guess they do float pretty good.. just always thought a snake like that would weigh a lot more. I've never been around any very large snakes.



Commute
by Dave (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:57:32 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:Maybe it's a yankee thing!!!! Seriously, where I grew up, the kids all walked to a common bus stop, had about 1/4 to 1/2 mile walk out from little side roads to a bus stop and we all waited together for the bus; and it stopped every mile or wherever there was a cross road so to speak. Some parents would drive their kids there, especially in the winter, but we dressed for the weather, and could finish homework or just talk or even played games waiting for the bus. I also had a 45-60 minute ride to school. I lived in an area where it would be considered semi-rural developed I guess you would call it. The busses would follow a route and all the smaller roads with a few houses fed to the more main road where the bus route was.

For me it was similar. The bus drove a well traveled road and stopped every mile or so. For me it was a quarter mile down to that main road and then a quarter mile down that road to the bus stop. I had a broken leg my senior year. Half a mile twice a day on crutches. If it was raining real hard Mom might feel sorry for us and come pick us up.



Commercial cow bull
by Son of Butch (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:56:19 GMT+5)
CC&7 - Consensus 7229 and Hoover Dam are all popular choices for replacement females.

For your goal of selling at 900 lbs I'd suggest Plattemere Weigh Up at Select Sires
average sized calves at birth .90 accuracy with high performance yearling weights including .40 radg $F and $B
You might even end up with a couple of good replacement females from him.



OPEN HEIFERS OR MOMAS WITH CALVES
by farmerjan (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:53:24 GMT+5)
Open heifers: have to be bred, 9 months to calf on ground 6-9 months before first return on money. 850 plus 1 1/2 yrs feed/upkeep so add another minimum 750 not counting any loses of calves or problem calvings before you see any payback; so at least 1600 in them minimum before the first sale. 3 in 1 @ 1800. Guaranteed preg or just exposed? Potential sale of calf in 6 months m/l @ lows of 1.00 lbhttp://cattletoday.com/forum/600 lbs will get the preg cow down to 1200 with another calf on it's way. Also, since the cow has raised one already (at least), potential calving difficulties are less, you know she knows what she is doing and had milk to raise the previous calf; yes she can get mastitis but so can any cow at any time, so a little more sure thing. Bred heifers and cows around here are anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000. If they really are 6 yrs old then you are talking another 6 calves out of them at least, if not more.
For me, 3 in 1 no question if they are confirmed preg .



Bull & bred heifers picture
by double v (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:52:10 GMT+5)
Looks like things are working out well



If this isn't a sign, I don't know what is.
by Dave (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:49:09 GMT+5)
It never goes back up like it drops. When it does stop dropping it will be a slow climb back up.



Does Rock music no longer exist?
by john250 (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:43:38 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:Just saw this thread and can't let it die on the vine without pointing you toward nathaniel rateliff and the night sweats:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iAYhQsQhSY

That is good.



How much Lower can they Go
by Ojp6 (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:41:46 GMT+5)
tom4018 wrote:From the looks of Guthrie they can go lower.

Yeah, they about gave the little cattle away.
I ran Riley's 5 or 10 cents on most of the stuff weighing over 600 and they stayed pretty steady with last week. Bid on about 150 big steers and heifers and only got 23 head. They were trying to steal them but were willing to pay something if somebody tried to buy some.



Pay no attention to this post
by john250 (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:36:06 GMT+5)
I remember a road sign in town "tractors with lugs prohibited", meaning steel wheels.



Free car
by john250 (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:30:54 GMT+5)
I'm confused.



This one's special
by HDRider (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:29:11 GMT+5)
They are special.. Good picture. Good all the way around.



Lowline vs Square Meater
by gaurus (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:25:29 GMT+5)
City Guy wrote:Genetically, from what I have read, MGs are 99% Angus and LLs are 100% Angus, so there is probably little difference. Both have XLNT marbling and REA/CWT. Only draw back is they have to be direct marketed.

thanks for your reply City Guy , its for my own beef consumption, I make a living off scale pounding Charolais cross calves, but I wish to experience the butter flavor of highly marbled beef, I already have a weaned Jersey steer, maybe a lowline or square meater steer will be as tasty.



expectations of a calving ease bull/report
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:24:22 GMT+5)
talltimber wrote:The heifers are done. I have had to pull what I think is too many calves. What are your expectations of a calving ease/low birth weight bull bred to pelvic checked, blah blah blah, heifers. These are nice heifers in excellent condition, mineral, feed, decent fescue/wsg pasture, and timely checking. Every four hours check, and my wife would come home during lunch to check them.

She's been a trooper. I'd go back every hour on one that was getting close (but didn't know how close), and most of the time she would go with me. Last night was the first full nights sleep we've had in over a month.

It was an experience, we learned a lot, and got confused a lot, but recovered and did "endeavor to persevere" It could have been much worse.
What was your criteria for assisting with the births?? Was it a timing thing once calf was presented... Just curious as with our heifers, I know that they will take a little longer to calve and we give the cows every chance to calve on their own. What were the weights of the calves that you had to assist?



Blind bearing removal
by ez14 (Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:17:05 GMT+5)
skyhightree1 wrote:M-5 wrote:Kingfisher wrote:Can you heat it up? Probably won't take much...

Fire and hyd fluid does not mix very well

Use a heat gun
Or freeze it with Liquid nitrogen



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TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE SHRINK WHEN WORKING CATTLE
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.

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