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Corn silage storage
by pricefarm (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:54:06 GMT+5)
What if the silage has already fermented? I can buy last years silage pretty cheap. Can I put it in the shed and just pile it up without packing it much ? How long would it last this way?
by Workinonit Farm (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:53:10 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:I think it will calve way before u leave. Great looking udder.
X2 I'm thinking the same thing.
My deep though of the day (Dinosaurs)
by Lazy M (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:49:56 GMT+5)
What a waste of time, I thought this thread was supposed to be about dinosaurs?
Backfilling Corner Posts With Gravel
by callmefence (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:42:48 GMT+5)
If I don't drive em they get filled with concrete.
What is hereditary from a cow
by gizmom (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:41:13 GMT+5)
I confess I have not read all the replys to thread. Some traits are more heritable than others.
California State University-Fresno animal
scientist Randy Perry says cows don?t have
to be ?pretty-uddered? to be functional in a
commercial beef herd. However, anecdotal
evidence suggests udder quality, on an
industry-wide basis, may have deteriorated.
Certainly, there is considerable variation
among and within herds.
Breed differences show there is a genetic
component to udder quality. It is considered
at least moderately heritable and geneticists
estimate its heritability is somewhere between
0.16 and 0.22
The boss is a bit demanding as far as udder quality, hoof quality oh yea then their is frame muscle depth of body come to think of it he is just pretty dang demanding on many levels. I make breeding selections based on strengths and weakness. If a cow has a weakness in a certain area then I try to select a bull that is know to be very strong for that trait. Bulls selected for natural service are going to be out of our top cows, and they will have been at the top end of the calf crop for performance. We don't have a perfect herd but it does get better every year, and I think that is what we should all be striving for. We should be looking for each calf crop to be better than the last. You can't correct a poor udder on a cow but you can breed that cow to a bull that will help improve the udder on her progeny. Knowing the strengths and weakness of your herd is the first step in correcting the weakness.
Your favorite non Priefert, ForMost or Powder River squeeze?
by LDEnterprises (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:40:39 GMT+5)
WalnutCrest wrote:Finally, an 8600 is getting delivered this week ... can't wait!
Hopefully in the not-too-distant future, I'll be getting one of those LAG tubs and maybe some alleyways to integrate.
Congrats, you will love it I'm pretty sure. Have my new LAG tub set up, going to give it a spin Wednesday to work some cows.
Cheap bags of feed?
by kenny thomas (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:37:59 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:kenny thomas wrote:I buy 16% delivered into my,upright bin for 175 a ton. Never seen cake or cubes anywhere here.
This is amazing. Have always thought range cubes were more or less the universal winter supplement for cattle. But if they're not there they're not there. What other feeds do you folks feed and do they require feed troughs??
Calves are all that ever get fed by me and that is either in a trough or creep feeder. Cows might get some 3-4 times a year now I'm catching them.
fence tips and tricks
by Farm Fence Solutions (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:35:33 GMT+5)
ez14. wrote:Farm Fence Solutions wrote:ez14. wrote:TSC sells them with a metal band on one side but they're pre cut and if you had to buy a lot of them it would get pricey
There are also 100' coils available with the steel band. Not exactly cheap, but less expensive than TSC 10 packs of 18" that never seem to be long enough. i've never seen the coils with the band good to know
And your right them dang 18" ones are always to short
Well, you've been looking in the wrong place.
by Bright Raven (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:31:30 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:Taking one of the bulls to the vet tomorrow. Looks like he has a problem with his penis. Hanging out of the sheave about eight inches and swelled up the size of a tennis ball on the end. Will not have good news here I am afraid. I really think someone somewhere is telling me to get out of the cow business. One of the voices is the woman I live with.
You should listen to the voice of Divinity!
I'm just going to drop this little jewel right here for your viewing pleasure...
by TCRanch (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:15:48 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Would it have made any difference if he had a NASCAR shirt on? I've been to a ton of drag races in my lifetime. Nothing wrong with NHRA.
I was being somewhat sarcastic. His shirt (or the Star Wars shirt) does nothing to promote his position.
Credit card hackers
by Cross-7 (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:13:10 GMT+5)
I travel a lot and use a cc for everything.
My card as they say had been compromised more times than I can remember.
It seems most times it's through a 3rd party such as rewards type programs such as hotels, fuel and etc where the card is stored on file.
No way I'd ever use a debit card.
If my card is hacked I don't have to pay it and can dispute it.
Debit I have to fight to get my money back.
by TCRanch (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 20:03:56 GMT+5)
I'll have to ask about the buckets. From what I understand, hardware wasn't replaced or installed correctly last Oct when a crew was working on the well (literally during a tornado that took our our barnyard - mental pygmies took picks from the rig!) and has been fixed.
We've been considering trail cams in the pastures, primarily because one of the gates in another pasture is never the same as we left it - and nobody has any business going in there - but also because we've had miscellaneous items suddenly come up missing. Items of relatively no real value. On the one hand, if they need it that badly then I'll look the other way. On the other hand, NO!
by dun (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 19:51:29 GMT+5)
Craig Miller wrote:greybeard wrote:
(I also hate buying sausage in the store any more. It's so lean nowadays, that the last Owens and Jimmy Dean I bought didn't leave near enough grease in the skillet to make gravy with)
Yep. If you start off with grease it will suck it up too. I've bought wright's bacon that will do the same thing.
That's the reason I still have a can of bacon grease. I use that to make up for what isn;t in the sausage.
Line 1 Herefords
by Aaron (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 19:44:14 GMT+5)
The L1 crossed with the Canadian lines make for a good cross. L1 don't have the hair or bone of the Canadian lines, but they make up for it in uniformity and powerhouse cows in a moderate package. You won't be disappointed. I really like the Cooper cattle.
2" copper water line leaking at tee
by callmefence (Posted Mon, 22 May 2017 19:40:35 GMT+5)
Muffler clamp...careful don't overtighten
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SQUIRRELED AWAY
Hooter's old friend, Uncas Bingelmeyer was usually more carefree than the owner of a new credit card at a discount store. Today, though, he watched the scenery speed by as if they were approaching doom instead of Tulsa.
PLAN PROPERLY TO MANAGE YEARLING HEIFER BREEDING
Developing and breeding yearling heifers can be equally rewarding and frustrating. The process is too timely and costly to land anywhere short of success. The technology around estrus synchronization continues to evolve and improve. However, the best protocols alone are not enough to create high pregnancy rates. It requires meticulous planning to properly execute the synchronization protocol and nutrition programs. It all matters when fighting for a few percentage points.
WELL-DESIGNED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REQUIRES PLANNING
Every business has (or should have) a means of measuring and analyzing the various factors that play a role in overall performance and profitability as well as to help in decision making. Cattle operations are no different.
LOOK FOR SIGNS TO REDUCE AND HANDLE HEAT STRESS
Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat.
BLACK INK -- ARE WE THERE YET?
We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she'd ask, Are we ALMOST there?
IT'S THE PITTS -- HOW TO LOAD A HORSE
Here is the correct way to load a horse.
GIVE YOUNG WILDLIFE SPACE TO GROW
Spring is a glorious time of year. Flowers and leaves are not the only signs of new life. Plenty of food and warmer weather make this the perfect time for wildlife to mate and raise their offspring.
BLACK INK -- ARE YOU ON TRACK?
Biology says it takes two years from the day you breed cows till their calves can be harvested for beef or join the breeding herd to calve as two-year-olds. Decisions before, after and during any two-year span can make a big difference.
NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW TO BE HELD IN DES MOINES
Come win with the Angus team in Des Moines, Iowa, at this year's National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
ALABAMA BCIA ANNOUNCES PUREBRED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Clanton, Ala. The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) named Hillside Angus Farm, Dale and Judy Parris of Albertville as the 2016 Purebred Producer of the Year at the Alabama BCIA 2017 Annual Meeting held in Jemison on March 11.
LAST YEAR'S DROUGHT MAY AFFECT THIS YEAR'S HAY
Starkville, Miss. -- Last year's drought will likely affect this year's hay acreage in Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY FAVORITE FIRES
First, let me state for the record that I am NOT a cowboy poet. I don't have the mustache or the wardrobe for it.
HAVE PLAN IN PLACE WHEN UNEXPECTED COW LOSS OCCURS
It happens. If you own cattle, at some point you will drive out in the pasture and you'll find one with all four feet in the air, or maybe very close to it.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING PACKER CHANGES
Ultimately, consumers determine what enters and exits the harvest facilities of the nation's largest meat packers. Consumer demand determines which meats they'll consume in terms of quantity and price, or if they'll consume meat at all.
CONTROL FLIES TO AVOID PINKEYE PROBLEMS
We were fortunate this year to have quite a mild winter in the southeast. The grass is growing and we are getting some much-needed rain to fill the ponds that dried up during last year's drought. Unfortunately, along with warmer weather come the flies and various problems associated with the little pests. Severe fly infestations have been associated with increased incidence of pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK).