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Thank goodness their home
by Jogeephus (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:44:31 GMT+5)
Grit, just think about how with this new proposed tax system will effect this one tax you pay. If passed, you won't be able to write it off and you will have to claim it as income and be taxed on it. So in a sense, we are fixing to get a pretty substantial tax increase. I imagine next, when this doesn't fund all the government's little give away programs and furnish all the entitlements so many feel entitled to they will pass another tax scheme that will not allow us to deduct inputs on cost of production because is this not the same thing as your tax bill there? This is a cost of doing business is it not? Pretty sure none of the attorneys in DC will have a problem arguing that point. Transfer this to the cattle industry and we'll be paying on the $1000 calf we sold but the $400 in production cost won't be considered because this is taxable as will the county taxes and all other production costs.
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:29:50 GMT+5)
Dolphins, but I couldn't tell you their record or who their playing.
Do coyotes eat small dogs? Yes
by Supa Dexta (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:27:59 GMT+5)
Why is it I've never known anyone with a dog have coyote pups? It must happen, they always talk about the hybrids in the wild, but female dogs must be dropping coyote puppies too? Maybe people just call them mutts and you cant tell what they are.
We have some large ones on the east coast. Some killed a 20 yr old girl a few yrs back.
Heifer calves out of younger bull .
by quartermeter (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:08:28 GMT+5)
I have a 4 yr old bull. He's had 5/6 bull calves this year. Just put him in w 4 900 lb heifers yesterday. He is a happy boy. Was smoking a cigar this morning.
Hey Texans - Whatever happened with Twin Peaks?
by TexasBred (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:03:30 GMT+5)
I"m sure two or three motorcycle gangs are very concerned about political and safety rights.
Grazing frozen alfalfa/orchard grass
by Kjfred (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:03:14 GMT+5)
Well we let them in it today. If nothing else its distracting them from the calves we separated from them.
AI and ET Costs
by bse (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:54:21 GMT+5)
I only pay $1 for estrotec, they look the same to me, unless there's something im not seeing, estrogen can be bought all day at $57 for 50 I get along great with them.
So to answer havent tried them and yes to much!!!!
Bottle calf....When to start weaning?
by BeltedGallowayMama (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:29:25 GMT+5)
Lots of good information! Thank you all. Today is the last bottle she will be getting. She is eating 3# of calf starter now....she loves the stuff.
by bird dog (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:10:06 GMT+5)
Another reason to sell at OKC. While a group all the same color will do better, the discount for having a few off color is not nearly as much. BTW my loads to OKC are 13000 lbs and I haul them 5 hours and believe its worth it. The key is having your healthy calves eating well to eliminate the shrink. Saving that 5% shrink on 13000 lbs is 650 lbs. Multiply that x $1.50 and your freight is easily paid for.
Be honest with your commission company man on what you got and build up a reputation. Even if they are unweaned bawlers, let them know. Watch the sale and see how they announce some of them and that will give you some ideas on what to tell them.
Eating to many greens not so good...........
by slick4591 (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:19:41 GMT+5)
As the old cliché goes...
by wacocowboy (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:01:03 GMT+5)
I bet he will have some interesting stories in mid February.
by Bright Raven (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:54:34 GMT+5)
The Modern American Simmental. Yes. As you say, the black was in the genetic pool going all the way back to the progenitors of the domestic bovine, Bos taurus.
In regard to CE, I don't get much difference at my farm whether I use Angus or Simmental semen. In fact, the largest calf at my farm was Megadorus, a calf out of Werner War Party.
I am moving my cows in the direct of all PB Simmental. I have some half bloods but like you, the future is in my replacement heifers and I have bred them toward 100% simmental. I use almost exclusively, PB semen. I bred the first cow this morning to Broadway. This starts my 2017 breeding season. I have 16 cows and 5 heifers to breed. I am using 1143Y, Cowboy Cut, Broadway, Upgrade, HPF Optimizer and Elevate.
hand posthole diggers
by greybeard (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:46:19 GMT+5)
I still use a SA bar in my area, but to cut roots not rocks. Getting a PTO auger's edge hung up under a big pine root ain't fun.
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:40:09 GMT+5)
Lucky_P wrote:The old 'feeding' clover seed to 'seed' a pasture is a really poor method
Very well written article, but yet another incomplete comparison that reduces the value of the research.
The low cost grow it yourself method to feed clover seed is via. "black clover hay". You wait the the RC seed heads mature, windrow for 10 to 14 days in mid summer, bale the dusty black twigs, and then feed it back where you want the clover. I estimate my stuff runs over 50# seed per 5x6 and a cow pile looks like a chia pet w/ well over 10 seedlings per sq inch.
The problem is I have fed this while bale grazing. The seed germinates very very early in an exposed cow pie, and is prone to a total freeze kill... Trying now to feed in late spring.
RIP Mel Tillis
by Caustic Burno (Posted Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:37:49 GMT+5)
ALACOWMAN wrote:Man,,, one of the best... A great entertainer
Got that right
Laughed one night till I almost cried ole Mel was playing auctioneer on one of the variety shows.
BE PREPARED TO HANDLE CATTLE DURING WINTER
Winter weather if finally arriving and when it gets here for good we need to be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately.
GELBVIEH ASSOCIATION TO HOST SYMPOSIUM
All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association's (AGA) third annual commercial cattlemen's educational symposium titled Cattlemen's Profit Roundup.
STARTING A BACKGROUNDING PROGRAM TAKES PLANNING
Some ranchers hold calves over as yearlings to sell later/bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program--fed a growing ration until they are ready to go to a finishing facility.
THERE ARE CHALLENGES TO KEEPING FEEDLOT CALVES HEALTHY
It's harder today to keep calves healthy after they leave the ranch and enter a feedlot. Dr. Eugene Janzen (Assistant Dean, Clinical Practice, Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary) says there has been a lot of research in the past decades looking at pharmaceuticsvaccines and antibiotics.
TEXAS AG LOSSES FROM HARVEY ESTIMATED AT $200 MILLION
Hurricane Harvey, which decimated parts of South Central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.
IT'S THE PITTS -- DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Did you see where Amazon, the fourth most valuable company in the world, bought Whole Foods? This has the trillion dollar grocery industry all atwitter and even has Wal Mart shakin' in its shorts. So much so that it came up with the idea of delivering the groceries you order online right to your refrigerator.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FLATTER BUT BROADER
While cattle markets since the first of the year continue to amaze, apparently widespread profits across industry sectors cloud the notion of how long and far the nation's cowherd will continue to expand.
BLOAT RISKS INCREASE WITH COOLER WEATHER AND FROST
Bloat generally occurs when there's a change to higher protein feeds, such as from grass to alfalfa, according to Dr. James England (University of Idaho Caine Center).
DEATH CAUSED BY TOXICITY IN HERDS CAN BE FRUSTRATING
Both nitrate/nitrite and ammonia/urea toxicity in cattle can cause multiple deaths in a herd with few clinical signs and few to no gross or microscopic lesions of animals who die. These deaths can be frustrating for farmers and veterinarians and can present a diagnostic challenge to pathologists.
ALABAMA CONNECTION SALE AVERAGES $4,552
The Alabama Connection Santa Gertrudis Sale was held October 7, 2017 in Cullman, Ala.
MID SOUTH BULL SALE AND NEAL FAMILY HEIFER SALE HELD
The Mid South Bull and Neal Family Commercial Heifer Sale was held September 15, 2017 in St. Francisville, La.
AUBURN RESEARCH AIMS TO DETERMINE HEIFER FERTILITY
The seeds for Paul Dyce's animal science research were planted early in his life, while working on the family farm in Ontario, Canada.
FAIR EXHIBITORS MUST FOLLOW GOOD HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Livestock show season can be a very exciting and busy time for exhibitors and their families. Even if you do not directly participate in livestock exhibitions, attending the Fair or helping your neighbor with their kid's projects can serve as a risk to the health of your own herd.
DO NOT IGNORE VACCINE FUNDAMENTALS
Even in this technological age, it's the simple things we do that are usually the most effective. You can buy a fancy, expensive pickup with all the gadgets but if you don 't maintain it right, it won't last. You can buy the best genetics, but if you don't manage them right they won't perform as expected. It's the same with our common management procedures. If we ignore the fundamentals, we will not achieve our purpose.
MAKE SURE CALVES GAIN IMMUNITY AGAINST DISEASE
Whether a person is fall calving or spring calving, making sure calves gain adequate immunity against disease is an important part of cattle management.