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Another Obama Legacy?
by Jogeephus (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:13:30 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:Last I heard, Uncle Sam still thought the now-out-of-work laborers were obligated to pay it...

I don't doubt you one bit but to me that is just wrong because the workers never possessed the money to not withhold it from the IRS. I had an instance a while back where the DOL audited my books and found I hadn't written down a number on the first page like I had on the last page. This number made absolutely no difference in the math or the taxes owed and paid it was just a replicated number. For this error they fined me something like $50 but since they were auditing books which were several years old the 1.5% monthly interest on the fine came to something like $400. I was pizzed. Pizzed at myself for making such a simple mistake and pizzed at them by how they handled it. I called my attorney and asked if I could fire myself which he said I could. Then I called my accountant and told him what I was planning on doing. I then called the DOL and told them if they didn't wave this silly fine I'd be fired and they'd be paying me $300/week unemployment the choice was theirs. They said they needed their money. My accountant begged me not to fire myself because he said we didn't need to get into a head butting contest with the government over something as silly as principles so I heeded his advice and called my representative you got the fines and the penalties waived. Thankfully, the head of the DOL was soon replaced so I wasn't the only one they harassed.

Cost of keeping a cow
by herofan (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:04:18 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:herofan wrote:Caustic Burno wrote:You can't roll hay for 25 dollars a roll
By the time you figure fuel,maintenance, fertilizer and equipment you be lucky to come in at forty bucks a roll.

We had $1550 in fertilizer, the guy charged us $1300 to cut and roll it with his equipment, and it made 109 rolls. I guess that is more like $26 a roll.

We didn't spray for weeds or have any other expenses with it.
You never get it bailed by the bale here
you will pay by the hour for a custom bailer to show up. If you do he will have a 100 roll minimum

Maybe that is part of the difference. I don't know anyone that I would call a "custom baler" around here, there is no 100 bale minimum, and they charge by the bale/roll.

Bigfoot wrote:My dad buys any old hay they have at the auction, never worms, doesn't vaccinate, and puts salt blocks out in the summer. Bushhogs every 2 or 3 years. He ain't spending much per head, and hauls a lot of calves to town.

And I will bet that the calves he hauls to town look just as good and bring just as much as the rest of them.

Few hours of free time and this is what I do
by skyhightree1 (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:01:51 GMT+5)

Few hours of free time and this is what I do
by skyhightree1 (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:01:50 GMT+5)

Corn is Rock Solid
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:48 GMT+5)
angus9259 wrote:Was that ya'll just seeing if you could get me to pick through some poop?

Ya, but did you chew on it to test the shell hardness?

Piedmontese cross heifer
by Nite Hawk (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:26:19 GMT+5)
Ulmar is found on the clrc web site under "PBL ulmar" registration # 92
not plain ulmar,
sorry, not real good at uploading... Grrrr.

by Aaron (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:23:34 GMT+5)
plumber_greg wrote:Aaron, went to the sale. A buyer on the internet, don't know the name, paid $15,000 for a third interest in one bull, another paid $20,000 for 1/2 interest in another. Both were from Canada, I think Donna said Manitoba. Could have been the same person, I don't know. 50 bulls averaged $4860.
I bought 3--- $4,000-----$4500-----and $5000.
The cheap one I bought for a friend. He said to spend around $3.000. Haven't seen him yet, may offer to sell him an older bull and pay him the difference. He may not care.
Steve, ain't no way, I don't care how many cows someone has, that I would let them rent a bull unless I bought him at a sale barn and had no intention of ever using him again.
I hear of people that rent bulls and shudder thinking of what those bulls may bring in to the unsuspecting person. Some it may not matter, but a young person wanting to start just has no idea if he does something like that. gs

Those prices are light years ahead of what bulls are going for up here, particularly when you factor in the exchange rate.

Brahman x Jersey F1 heifers
by Caustic Burno (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:09:34 GMT+5)
Ojp6 wrote:I didn't say anything about input costs. Having higher input costs doesn't necessarily make their calves worth more, having calves that will consistently gain and grade better than anybody else makes them worth more. I didn't say they made any more money than anybody else. I just said they have the calves that draw the biggest premiums.
High percentage Angus calves and Angus/Hereford feeder calves from that part of the country will consistently outsell any other calf in the country. Trucking on them wouldn't be more than 2 or 3 cents a lb different than it would be on a load of calves from your part of the country. Most of those calves in central SD will go a couple hundred miles to feed.
Most sold here go to Greely Co.
I sit next to the buyer on most Saturdays

You ever have one vanish??????
by cow pollinater (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:09:27 GMT+5)
js1234 wrote:Have cattle disappear every year. Sometimes, we get some back years later. Odd deal, have a little piece of deeded ground about 5 miles above our headquarters ranch here in California. We bought it back in 2003 because it was close to us and a deal was there to be made. Anyhow, the first 4-5 years we owned the ranch we would buy 650-700 6 weight steers late October/early November, run them over and sell them off the grass in late May. The upper end of the country borders the National Park and is extremely rough. We always were out an unacceptable amount of cattle. The final year we ran yearlings, 672 head of cattle were turned out. We had 4 steers die. When we gathered to ship in May, the cowboys brought 626 head to the pens. We were out 42 head (over confirmed deathloss) or a little over 6%. The guys rode and rode, and I hired a helicopter one morning to clean out some pretty nasty canyons etc., that yielded 14 of our missing steers. Eventually, we wrote off the other 28 in our books as MIA and went on with life. The next year (2008 as I recall) we bought about 175 bred cows to go on that ranch and integrated it in to our Fall calving program. They calved, we branded them etc., and the switch to cows fixed our disappearing cattle issue on that ranch other than a cow here or there that fell within the acceptable deathloss. Mid-May of 2010 when we gathered that ranch to wean the calves, for the second year, mixed in with the pairs, were 12 of the steers that had gone MIA 2 years earlier. These now 3 year old, long tailed steers were averaging not quite 1,300lbs and trailing in those cows and calves. Where they had been the 24 months, including gathering the entire ranch to brand twice and ship once prior, is a mystery.
My place in CA was similar country. The previous owner was convinced someone had been stealing cattle from him. I hired a crew and gathered the place for him at the time of sale as he was elderly. We wound up with twenty head more than what he thought he had on that gather. I probably hauled another forty head off of that place over the next four years including slicks that were six or seven years old. I shot a few that fought my dogs and tried to take a horse out from under me ans had a few die loading them and one that stepped off the trailer in Visalia and died.
As for my own cattle, I was missing one set of five that lived on a spring way down in a nasty canyon that I had not seen for quite some time. I finally ran out of time and quit looking. I was long gone and settled into my new life in OK when I got a check in the mail from VLM for my cattle. I called the brand inspector and they were running clear up by the park with a couple of fencelines in between them and home.

Heifer not recognizing calf
by farmerjan (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:59:56 GMT+5)
Hope the hobbles work, a couple of days and hopefully she will be over it. The calf will suck more often and get her production up a little too while taking the pressure off from only getting sucked twice a day.

So....why do you want to be a cowboy??
by Cross-7 (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:49:15 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:cross_7 wrote:TexasBred wrote:Sounds like somebody needs a new manager, better planning and better help and think a bit more about that "ounce of prevention".

Difference is cattle ranching and a backyard hobby with 20 head you can watch from from your kitchen window
It's easy enough to put out a single bale a hay and wrap you water faucet

But when you have better than a 100 sections to see after and cattle scattered of several counties that dont see nothing but cake and grass.
When snow gets too deep to get to cattle 30 miles away don't mean you can just quit they still have to be fed
Miles upon miles of pipelines and dozens of windmills, troughs and floats its a fact of life
Yearlings on wheat pasture when the temp is 70 one day, 20 the next and back and forth your going have a wreck on your hands
Sure be nice to have set if working pens and chute in every pasture but that ain't possible
You better have fast horse and be good with a rope cause your livelihood depends on it

There's a be nice lot difference between a ranching on a big outfit and a farm
I promise if it were easy I'd have hired on years, but I lived it growing up and you dam sure better love the lifestyle cause there ain't no other reason to do it

So you haven't really done any of this.....just read about it or "herd" about it. This is 2014. Some things have changed a bit for the better.

Checking cows calving from the window with binoculars.
Every negative thing I've said has come back to haunt me.

I'll dang sure be less critical from now on.

What are you eating today?
by Jogeephus (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:29:15 GMT+5)
Sky, I think you would approve of this venison sandwich we had today. Its got plenty of cheese on it. Then more cheese.

Black white face gelbvieh??
by WalnutCrest (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:18:39 GMT+5)
They're all money on the hoof.

Just some people have dollars while others have dimes.

Santa Maria style grills ?
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:14:15 GMT+5)
Cross-7 wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:HDRider wrote:Or you could buy this one for $26K

https://kalamazoogourmet.com/products/k ... Ah0R8P8HAQ

I think I'll order it today, thanks.

Order me one too and I'll pay you when I get an income tax return

Mine is on the way, yours is on the way.

Consensus 7229 or Hickok?
by Air gator (Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:17:26 GMT+5)
I still can't get how popular Sav Resource is with a -8 CEM.
They can't all be using him as a terminal cross and with as much as he has been used you don't see anyone on here talking about his heifers being train wrecks. I know that you can't live on EPDs alone but you have to rely on them for some things.


Hooter was feeling lucky. He bought the set of calves because they were cheap enough, and he had some wheat pasture for them. But being able to sell them into an up market with solid gain as the grazing ran thin was more chance than plan. He knew that, but he also couldn't help feeling just a tiny bit proud.
The first use of artificial insemination was accomplished by Arab Sheiks who wanted to utilize bloodlines of tribal enemies. They would sneak up to the other tribe's herd at night with a mare in heat secretly collect semen from the stallion into a leather pouch and take it back to their own camp to inseminate a prize mare.
Artificial insemination (AI) offers cattle producers the opportunity to use semen from high-accuracy, genetically superior sires at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a herd bull with similar genetics.
There are many pros and cons of being me. The pros are I have a wonderful wife and a wonderful life, while my biggest cons are a sickly body and a terrible name.
It's always a good idea to have a breeding soundness evaluation and semen check for any bull you plan to use—not only for bulls you purchase, but also the bulls you kept over from last year.
As cattle producers one of our main tasks in day-to-day and overall management is providing for the nutritional requirements of the herd.
Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 142 registered buyers from nine US States, Mexico and Australia who gathered at Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga.
Predictions swirling around for 2017 include very little improvement for beef prices and the possibility of some extended drought conditions in some regions. That means that every serious manager facing this possible scenario had better be looking for ways to manage on both sides of the ledger.
There's always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there's all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather task).
I get my news from paperview. I read the newspaper. I don't watch much television and have found that your average security camera monitor is more entertaining than TV.
Ignoring extremist animal rights groups in the hopes of dousing the flames of controversy might have seemed logical in the beginning. Limping along without having to commit more scarce resources to the fight might have seemed necessary. Now, these notions seem less quaint than downright destructive.
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management.
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on.
The Friendship Farms Fall Bull Sale was held October 28, 2016 in Canoochee, Ga.
The GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock is an annual highlight of the Brangus breed, producing more chart topping A.I. sires than any other sale in the breed and the deepest offering of registered females anywhere, and 2016 was no exception.

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