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Calf split down the middle
by Nesikep (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:28:27 GMT+5)
Show your calf pictures.
by Chief Dirtyface (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:03:02 GMT+5)
by Kathie in Thorp (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:55:13 GMT+5)
We had same thing happen M-5 -- cow lost calf on a Thursday; couldn't find a graft calf until Mon.; tried the "dead calf hide" trick and all that, and she wouldn't have noth'n to do with it. We didn't really want to mess w/ a bottle calf, so when a friend's friend's cow lost a calf on Wednesday, we were happy to send that little guy to their place. Am told that was a successful graft.
How long should a bottle fed calf be on milk replacer for?
by Bar E (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:29:29 GMT+5)
Calf was born in early February and been on milk replacer ever since. Today she started drinking water out of a pail. She's on hay and calf starter ration. TIA.
NCAA March Madness
by Alan (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:04:57 GMT+5)
Son of Butch wrote:Wow
Oregon squeaked out a 3 pt win over Rode Island 75-72 and got past Michigan by only 1 pt 69-68
No way I foresaw Oregon upsetting Kansas, let alone humiliating them by 14 and winning 74-60
Only 1 team in the nation will win 6 tournament games in a row, so far Gonzaga and Oregon both have 4
Most fans I'm talking to are hoping for Kentucky, N. Carolina are big and a deep bench. I'll say I don't think one Duck fan saw us beating Kansas let alone beating them by 14.
What is the diff between a 400 lb calf and a 600 lb?
by kenny thomas (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:01:54 GMT+5)
This is what I use. It is a precondition program with a health guarantee from the company. They even help us with the sale.
http://www.agweb.com/mobile/article/boe ... s-release/
Get ready for another hit on beef prices
by mwj (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:57:28 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:reeler wrote:greybeard wrote:I know one thing..I already outlived Euell Gibbons..
wasn't that the spokesman for"grapenuts" cereal? I never liked that stuff. Makes me remember the commercial "where's the beef?"
I was thinking it was Fruit Loops but you are probably right. I can't remember shyt anymore because I drank water from a garden hose as a child.
They (grapenuts) were supposed to taste like ''wild hickory nuts''!
Dispersal Figur'in & Beef Price Forecasting ?
by Aaron (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:11:17 GMT+5)
Hoping to push the steer weights at 5 months closer to 600 lb mark on those Simmie girls.
Calving season 2017 for me
by Nesikep (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:56:33 GMT+5)
garnetann wrote:I thought I was only kidding when I said all of them will wait for bad weather than all go on the same day...rained yesterday, so all wet and muddy, had one at 1 pm, one at 5 pm, and a third one at midnight. But we got all of them inside warm and dry.
It really isn't an old wives tale is it!
First time mommy has huge bag and hard nipples
by farmerjan (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:47:27 GMT+5)
So glad to hear she is doing good and there is no problem with her udder. Seems like she was just "full to the brim" waiting for the calf to be born. Best of luck with her.
Calf respiratory problems
by Idunknow (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:17:13 GMT+5)
My first time on any forum. Not technical at all but desperate enough to try. Bought 27 head bred momma cows from two dif farms last June. Started calving in sept. still have one left to calve. Have lost two calves have two sick now with respiratory symptoms. Only large animal vet around only does once a week and stays booked, won't treat over the phone. Calves breathing is noisy, like growling sound, frothing at the mouth. Old timers around just say use penicillin so I did. Seemed to knock it out for a few days but would return. My dog vet ordered me Enroflox. Same results. Calves stay by themselves lay down most of the time. But really hard to catch.Thermometer broke not sure on temps. Got them penned but angus mom went nuts and destroyed my gate so I have to doctor in the pasture. Besides the income loss I just don't want a sick animal. Any info would be great, thank you.
Squeeze Chute recommendations?
by BigBear (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:56:42 GMT+5)
Luckiamute wrote:I wanted to see if some of you out there would share your thoughts on brands of squeeze chutes and which ones you would recommend or NOT recommend.
I am in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon) and most of the chutes you can find for sale new or used are either Powder River, Priefert or, to a lesser extent, Big Valley and WW. I have eliminated the WW from consideration because they seem to be so much more expensive compared to the other brands. There are also a few places, including my nearest feed store, now selling Tarter Livestock equipment and I have never heard of this brand. Where I am at we get a lot of rain (about 40 to 60 inches per year) and the chute will be kept outdoors.
I have a small herd of 10 to 12 head of Black Angus and Polled Hereford X Black Angus. I A.I. breed my cows and raise the steers for beef and heifers to either keep or sell as breeding replacements. Hope that information helps with your suggestions.
Luckiamute, I just went through this process myself. I ended up getting a Priefert Rancher SO1 model with the wishbone carriage so I can take it anywhere I want. $3515 with everything at the Ohio Beef Expo. Still waiting for it to get in though.
The head gate is what sold me. Prieferts design is much better than the others I have seen and the ability run multiple size animals through without making an adjustment is pretty sweet. And the head gate has a lifetime warranty. The SO4 is their most popular but was $1000 more and the only difference from the SO1 was the tailgate. If I had more animals I would go to the SO4 but I'm small potatoes so the Rancher should work out good for me. So another vote here for Priefert.
by sackshowcattle (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:52:34 GMT+5)
I think location and how much work you want to put into it determines if there is value in it. I put up small squares of alfalfa. Cows get top and bottom bales from the stacks and the balance in first cutting. Its a pivot so we get 3 or 4 cuttings a year. If you live down south were this is minimal winter feeding it wouldn't be much value. If your rolling round bales those are still cheap here currently. If you live here in the West with all the cattle coming out of the mountains in the winter and feed for 6 months there is value in it. I adveraged around 4 bucks a bale on small squares this year with about 1500 more bales to sale this year of the 6000 I had to sale after my supply for the cattle was filled. So to me it is very profitable the sale hay paid all the cost turned a profit plus supplied my cattle with all winter feed. One of my uncle's use to say if your going to be in the hay business you have to have cows cause you will have good hay that picky horse people will refuse to feed.
running electric wire past a gate
by BigBear (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:41:53 GMT+5)
SteppedInIt wrote:greybeard wrote:Yep, bite the $$ bullet and use the good wire.
You spend good money for a quality energizer...poorly insulated lead-in/out cable will negate what the fence puts out
Most anything else (600v rated) will leak voltage off, even if in conduit. (I don't know how or why, but over time, most conduit ends up with water inside it no matter how well it's glued at the joints.)
I was told conduit or pvc will sweat and fill w water. So I just 90'ed over so rain wouldn't get in and didn't seal it. I do wish I had bought 45's instead after trying to snake that insulated wire through.
I did the same thing only with 3/4 water line. Made an upside down "J" when I came back above grade and zip tied to post. Works great.
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:35:59 GMT+5)
SIRE SELECTION IS FOUNDATION FOR PROFITABLE HERD
Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CIRCULAR CHATS
Hooter hated driving anywhere with lots of traffic, which was about anywhere on I-45, from about Sherman to south of Houston; anywhere on I-35 from South of San Antonio to Oklahoma City; anywhere on I-20 from
you get the notion.
ULTRASOUND PROVIDES PRODUCERS MEANS TO PREDICT CARCASS MERIT
Ultrasound found its first applications in livestock research in the 1950s. Since that time, the great strides that have been made in ultrasound research have benefited both human medicine and the livestock industry.
IT'S THE PITTS -- PUTTING THE HORSE OUT TO PASTURE
I read an article by an economist that suggested in order to make a greater profit you should get rid of your horses and buy an ATV.
RIGOROUS CULLING HELPS MAINTAIN EFFICIENT HERD
Which cows in your herd are making you money and who is losing you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep
NOT TOO EARLY TO START "HEAT STRESS" DISCUSSION
A couple of weeks ago, here in Texas as well as numerous other locations across the US, temperatures bumped up into the 70's and even the 80's in some areas. This was in FEBRUARY! Granted, it has cooled back down but nonetheless it's already gotten warm in lots of locales across the country and will again very soon. That in mind, it's not too early to start the heat stress discussion and how this can affect animal performance. Heat stress is a major contributor to animal and production losses each year.
RESEARCH LAUNCHED TO IMPROVE BEEF SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.
BULL MANAGEMENT IS A KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BREEDING SEASONS
Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers' chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
RESEARCH TRIALS FOCUS ON WINTER PASTURE STOCKING
Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
IT'S THE PITTS -- SHE SAID WHAT?
I remember learning early in life that humans should use all five of their senses, but darn it, mine don't work anymore.
INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL SAVES PRODUCERS SIGNIFICANTLY EVERY YEAR
Since man has managed and produced cattle, control of internal parasites (worms, flukes) has been an issue. And while the industry seems to repeatedly discuss and address the problem, given the implications on animal health and performance, revisiting the subject is a necessity.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- WHERE THE COWS ARE
Whether you're looking to buy or sell calves, feeders, breeding cows or bulls, it's always worth pondering the relative volume of inventory and where it exists.
FORAGE AND RUMINANT LAB HELPS RESEARCHERS
The Forage and Ruminant Nutrition Lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville explores ways to improve ruminant diets and mitigate negative environmental impacts for researchers around the state, nation and globe, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
BEEF EXPORTS INCREASE U.S. CARCASS VALUES
Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That's what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don't consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF STUDY SHOWS MARBLING STILL MATTERS
Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child's winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.