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by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:30:27 GMT+5)

Highland Advice
by Muddy (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:25:43 GMT+5)
ANAZAZI wrote:Muddy wrote:ANAZAZI wrote:Cross them with little hair and lots of muscle. Piedmontese, Romagnola, Blonde d'acuitaine, Bazadais...
I surely won't use them on average highlands nowadays. It seems that the highlands are getting smaller and smaller.

Highlands calve even Charolais cross calves. The ones I suggested are better, even the Romagnola which is the worst of my four examples, the other three giving long and slick calves. Have you ever seen the actual size of highlands in United States? They are basically same size of Dexters. Standard highlands are getting rarer nowadays and many highland breeders are downsizing the highlands.

by Cross-7 (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:59:45 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:dun wrote:Jogeephus wrote:For future reference, don't drink apple shine and watch Olympic gymnastics. I can attest that doing a back flip off a picnic table is much harder than they make it out to be. The last half of the flip anyways.
That face plant landing has to be a real bytch

Had I been sober I'm pretty sure I'd be in a wheelchair now but I was pretty limp when I made my landing.

Houston, we may have a problem
by Jogeephus (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:59:29 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:The weather is signaling pnut picking season is around the corner. Im headed to the field now and I'm pretty sure mi ne will bale today too. I don't know what to do not rushing to get it done

This stress free baling is a nice change of pace isn't it?

I've got it raked but still see a little green in spots so I'll give it an hour or so. Its pretty thick on the ground so I windrowed using a half-rake. Sure don't need any rain now because this would be a pain to dry now.

Umm... Seriously
by Caustic Burno (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:51:24 GMT+5)
dun wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:Duramaxgirl wrote: If I had that Ford of your sisters I would return it and buy a Toyota

I fixed it for ya
Maybe buy a Yugo

Or see if you could dig up an old Renault

Why did my ice cream melt?
by Jogeephus (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:47:56 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Jogeephus wrote:I don't know, with the wad of hundreds she was waving makes you wonder if she wasn't one of those 1 percenters they talk about.
Or a drug dealer!

When I first figured out what she was she was doing I thought maybe it was some sort of money laundering thing or she was trying to scam the cashier some way. She said she had just put $150 on the card yesterday and had no problems but the new cashier was way over his head - as was I. I'd never seen anything like it. She was dressed nice and drove a new car so money didn't seem to be an issue. Maybe she's just wanting to slip a J. Purdey in her gun cabinet without her husband knowing.

Beefmaster Cows
by Caustic Burno (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:32 GMT+5)
ANAZAZI wrote:Beefmasters can be bred up from other breeds, the story is the black ones were bred up from Brangus.

No advantage there using one Brahman composite to get black hair on another one.
At least if you run Brangus your not BSing yourself.

sale barn cattle
by Caustic Burno (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:40:10 GMT+5)
BK9954 wrote:I have taken many culls and crap to the sale barn. One gorgeous hereford heifer that wouldnt breed for 6 months. Some sick ones that I got looking just good enough to sell. I dont buy from the sale barn. Too much crap running through. I dont have enough money to play around with that. I would rather pay a little higher private treaty cause the way I see it I could lose a lot more buying someone elses cull.

Good place to stay out of if you don't know what your doing.
Lot of people make good money off those evil sale barn girls.

Treating Pinkeye this Morning
by Ky hills (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:59 GMT+5)
I treated my 5th case this morning. Used LA 300 for the first time, have previously used LA 200. These pinkeye cases have been spread out over the past month or so, I guess I jinxed myself on that cause I had just been thinking that there hadn't been any pinkeye this year. Although for the record I don't really believe in jinxes either.

Who's house will I pass
by SJB (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:10:33 GMT+5)
sounds like a good cross. i'm in the market for a couple farm dogs for my kids.

by boondocks (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:03:42 GMT+5)
angus9259 wrote:This happens to more people than I can count. For some reason - people on this board are really really good at ai and have great hit rates but most of the world has things happen just like you said and they end up at my place frustrated and looking for a bull.

I think the summer heat plays a lot into cows showing heat, but I breed in November and use patches and use natural heats and STILL don't always see them come in heat.

Bottom line, for most people, a bull is a necessary evil to having pregnant cows.

Why is a bull out of the question?

Several reasons:
1.We have only been at this a few years and don't consider ourselves (or our fences) bull-ready.
2. Have tenants living on the property and don't want the worry.
3. For about a dozen mamas (tops), we don't think we can get a high-enough quality bull to justify the costs.

Dun et al, maybe we will give the patches another go (although it requires another trip thru the chute at day 14 or so).
Our tech will come out for one (usually), and we have (in the past) caught a one or two on natural heat after TAI.
We do TAI and breed about 56 hrs (give or take an hr) after the CIDR is removed. (We lute when the CIDR is removed and give GnRH at AI).

I know some of the cow protocols (as opposed to heifer protocols) for TAI (7 day CIDR co-synch) suggest a slightly longer number of hours prior to AI. Wonder if I should spread out the time between removal of CIDR and the insemination, to more like 60 hrs??? This gets far more difficult in terms of our and the tech's schedules though...

What are you eating today?
by skyhightree1 (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:47:59 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:

I don't see any cheese. What's up with that?

I swear to you I almost stopped by Kroger and got sliced cheddar for the sandwich but it was 2 hot to get out and go in so I sucked it up and ate it without cheese ... but belive you me cheese will be in my dinner some where.

Market not that bad
by zirlottkim (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:43:11 GMT+5)
"We live during a time in history when "voodoo" economics rule. Interest rates, currency values, inflation, etc. are manipulated by every world government from lowly Zimbabwe to the United States. As a result, in the US of A, the producer whether it be beef or corn, rolled steel or coal, sheet rock or lumber, gets screwed."

I think that is the most sensible thing I have read on here. There is absolutely no way to understand markets with out taking that in consideration.

First time heifer with calf and has no milk
by dun (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:38:02 GMT+5)
After 5 days it's time for the heifer to take a ride. Either keep bottle feeding the calf or haul it to the sale barn too.

New cows
by TCRanch (Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:20:45 GMT+5)
When we buy new bulls we put them with an older bull in a separate pasture. They're too young to really challenge him and the older bull "shows them the ropes"; they follow him everywhere, including over to us when we feed. Knock wood, it's always worked so far.


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If you have sold a calf recently, I don't have to tell you that calf prices have dropped significantly from 2015. Last year, you could sell about anything and get good money for it; but now, you have to have a good calf to bring the best price. In the right market, preconditioned calves still bring the most money, and there is a good return on healthy calves. Besides a health premium, farmers also sell a heavier calf.
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