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The Texas Beef Quality Producer Program, a joint effort of the Texas Beef Council, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Texas Cooperative Extension, teaches beef producers the principles of “Beef Quality Assurance” (BQA). These management practices improve the quality and safety of beef produced in Texas. This program keeps ranchers up to date with the changes occurring in the cattle industry and ways to increase the demand for Texas cattle. Remember, your actions on the ranch determine the final beef product you produce.

Ranchers need to adopt these BQA methods in order to stay in business! It is just that simple. The consumers are telling us they want their beef--not only tender and delicious--but safe, wholesome, and raised in a responsible manner. We must adopt these changes if we plan to produce beef! It doesn't if you have a large or small ranching operation you will benefit from this program. Join an elite group of progressive cattle producers who are sending the message loud and clear to the consumer that they are producing quality beef rather than just raising and selling livestock.

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EPD's are not the ONLY story!
by WalnutCrest (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:16:13 GMT+5)
The relative temperatures during pregnancy can really affect calf size.

A contemporary group of 3/4 siblings born 5hrs north of the Canadian border will be quite a bit larger than an identically bred group of contemporaries near Houston.

feedig out a beef
by backhoeboogie (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:03:22 GMT+5)
Son of Butch wrote:backhoeboogie wrote: His hanging weight was 685. No idea what his live weight was.
1100 lbs would be a reasonable assumption

You're probably right. I had guessed him at 1200 and it was simply a guestimation.

Mostly I was glad he went prime. Best steaks I have ever produced. My wife cannot get a roast out of the pan without breaking it up. Tender as all get out. I have sold the sire and dam both. What a shame. I'd eat every steer out of that combination if I still had them.

Grass on new land
by cotton1 (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:59:15 GMT+5)
Post Oak- I'm in the midlands of SC, where the sand meets the clay. Just wondering if you are in sugar sand, loam, clay? I can grow Fescue or Bermuda, but Fescue works best. I am looking at Bahaia for some land I am clearing, like the OP, because of the drought conditions in the summer.

I like Fescue when its here, but that is only a few months in the spring and a few in the fall. There has to be something better. Which variety did you like better?

Depending on where the folks are in Ga, my results could be similar. I am on the same plane as Athens Ga, just to the east of it. Managing pasture is futile when it wont rain for months at the time, and the temps soar to mid 90s. Grazing to the ground has become the way it is here, so I think the Bahaia may be the best bet. Had a neighbor plow up his pasture and drill in Bahaia for his horses several years ago. He likes it better than the fescue he had.

Same situation as Oscarsteve, just wondering which varietys will work better in heavier land.For the record my only experience with Bahaia is been trying to kill it out of Bermuda fields.


Fish Finders
by Caustic Burno (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:58:57 GMT+5)
talltimber wrote:I'm assuming you are talking about 2d?

If so, you're screen scrolls right to left only. That's the only direction you will see them coming.

If you are using the newer 360* I think you can see it on there. I don't have 360*, bought cows about the time it came out, so I've fallen behind. I do have side imaging though and it's nice

Mine is an older version that sees both sides and under you still see what is in the cone no matter the angle. Where it really shows up is the depth finder on the bow mounted on the troll motor versus the transom as images show up puts things in perspective

Latest Build Completion
by Caustic Burno (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:53:20 GMT+5)
Not being a smart a$$ what is the wow with 300 BLK.
No matter the weapon here in this thicket unless it's a Model 12 you are only getting one shot at these hogs.
I kill just as many with my single shot 223 as I do my mini.

Spring oats
by callmefence (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:44:44 GMT+5)
I've spring planted left over seed and it did well. But if by spring you mean after last frost, you would be better off with haygrazer or millet.
It will continue to give through summer

Lute window?
by Jake (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:38:52 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:How far along can they be and still get a reliable lute + dex outcome ?

4-5 months is a chance it will work. Essentially anything after 120 days isn't reliable.

What's in your calving supplies box?
by wbvs58 (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:51:19 GMT+5)
pdfangus wrote:wbvs58 wrote:Some will say iodine for the navel but I don't believe that makes any difference but that is my opinion only.

What I have been considering for my next calving season is some heavy post in the ground or maybe 2 or 3. None of my cows are halter broken but I would like to be able to run them through my crush (chute) and put a rope halter on them and then let them out pulling their head between two solid posts out in the open and be able to work on them there so if they go down while pulling with a calf puller I am not restricted by the yard posts or alley way and can always be pulling from the correct direction. I have not worked out how I would do it yet, I don't want to get hurt by a cow with a rope on it, any suggestions would be welcome.


the best solution I have found was a heavy gate hung to a stout post perhaps in a corner...I liked a long gate to crowd the cow into the corner.. chain or tie the gate shut behind her... a good stout rope lets you be able to play slack to the gate as needed.....halter her....tie the cow and then open the gate as needed to deliver the calf. usually once you start trying to deliver the calf they slack up on fighting the halter....

get the calf delivered and out of the way and then close the gate to unhalter the cow. If she is down you may be able to pull the halter without closing the gate.

I like that idea of the swinging gate.

Thanks, Ken

Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?
by WalnutCrest (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:40:31 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:All I can say is WOW. You are one very special farmer to do what you did, even with her being such a good heifer, that is all so amazing.

Not really a special farmer as much as a guy who happened to have some available funds and decided to put them towards a project to turn what could have been a large loss into, over time, a break-even or better proposition. With this heifer on the ground, the one bred recip and seven more embryos to implant next year, there is a good chance break-even should happen in the next couple of years. So, don't make me out to be too much of a saint! Our cattle are expected to work for a living -- Begonia just was given a special project and needed some extra funding from HQ to make it happen.

farmerjan wrote:Do they all have such wonderful PATIENT dispositions???

Like all breeds, some are more patient than others. Here's a picture of a friend of mine petting our bull, Zach. There are some I'd not try this with, but our bulls are part puppy dog, I think.

farmerjan wrote:I would love to fool with a few of them on the side; we have a commercial operation and I use some jerseys and guernseys as nurse cows and am getting ready to retire from milk testing. Love the muscling and they are supposed to be some of the best beef too right?

I have 1-2 heifers I'd consider selling. If you're interested, you can PM me. And, yes, the beef we've had has been very very good. When one of our beef clients told us that buying our beef was the best decision he and his wife had made in the first five years of their marriage, I told him he needed to work on making better decisions!

In all seriousness, the muscle fibers are long and thin and easy to cut. Across the board, the beef is lean, tender and flavorful.

farmerjan wrote:God bless you and all the vets that you have worked with. It is a tribute to what the vet world can do in the right conditions.

Dr. Jolly at Step Ahead Farms was spectacular to work with. Everyone at Trans Ova was tremendous. Both groups were very conscientious.

farmerjan wrote:One of the farmers I test for has some very high end Holsteins and he goes to Trans Ova in Maryland to aspirate a couple of his cows and has sent embryos all over the world. He went to Switzerland this past Oct to see some of the cattle that are a result of the embryos he's sold.

Making / selling / using embryos is definitely exciting / expensive. When it works (i.e., you get a live calf that works out for your program or a clients' program), it's fun to be a part of the process...

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Wow, what a cutie! We had ours last night too!


College FB coaching carousel has began
by bball (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:49:27 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Local news says Houston may announce their choice as soon as tomorrow. Won't be W. Va's Dana Halgorsen--he re-committed to W. Va already, with a 5 yr extension and big pay raise..
Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley supposedly top contender, with Lane Kiffen close behind, then Les Miles as 3rd choice after all have interviewed..

I believe I prefer the madhatter in that scenario.

More peace from the peaceful.
by Margonme (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:34:51 GMT+5)
KY Hills stated:

In this county there is a program that as I understand it provides breakfast to all school children. There is also an after school program, my interpretation of that is that it is probably for children of working parents who pick there children up when they get off from work. The Appalachian region of KY is heavily dependent on government assistance, some people may commute up to 100 miles each way to work. In lots of cases it is difficult for folks to afford reliable vehicles, which in turn makes holding a job difficult. Our church here in town, started a ministry in the mountains twenty some years ago, my family has been helping there for several of those years. Generational poverty, drug and alcohol addictions, are major obstacles that many are born into and/or brought up around. A by product of the ministry has become trying to encourage the children to take advantage of their time in school, and to try and steer them away from addictions.

Kentucky Appalachia has been the prototype for numerous case studies in poverty. The history of the region and the poverty is fascinating reading. I wish I had time to read some of the books again.

But I don't have to go back to Appalachia to see what you describe. I see it right on Crockett Lane. People buy $1000 cars and drive to Lexington or Cincinnati to work. Without an education and no vocational skills, they get service oriented low paying jobs. One family I know at the end of the road has two kids. The mother cleans at the Robertson County nursing home. He was driving to Cincinnati and said by the time he paid for getting there and back, he didn't clear enough to justify it. Now he does odd farm jobs and was raising bottle calves on about 4 acres until the market took a dive. He said he lost all his investment in his last group of calves. IDK if I would have the motivation to keep going.

What are they worth?
by cattle60 (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:59:02 GMT+5)
RH- Was this the show me select heifer sale at Fruitland?

Sale barn bull.
by J&D Cattle (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:42:25 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:J&D Cattle wrote:Did you replace him with another Hereford?

Nope went back with a couple of really nice Angus bulls, thanks to
Mrs. Gizmom.

Don't blame you there, she posts some very nice cattle on here.

Rio Nutrition lick tubs
by Amo (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:39:08 GMT+5)
Texas Bred, I need to feed 3.3 bales a day. So I figured on feeding 3 bales of hay every day. Then every other day a bale of alfalfa. Once again should of further explained my post, thus....length!

I should get all scientific and figure pounds of crude protein on a dry matter basis etc. I can get alfalfa fro around $90 delivered. No test on it, but looks decent. I can get ddg cube that is 30% protein & 10% fat for $275 delivered. Guessing both would have roughly 10-15% moisture, can just figure the off 2# of the cube or 4-5# of alfalfa same difference without being super scientific. Last year I needed to buy a little hay, so I went with alfalfa. Both options have about the same amount of energy. Im thinking Id get a little more out of the alfalfa just because Id be feeding more per head...about 9#'s vs. 2# if I did either every other day.

Beef at Farmers Market
by Supa Dexta (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:33:47 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:Supa Dexta wrote:Easy to say when you're born into thousands of cattle.
We are privileged to have js1234 post his views on this site.

Oh nothing against him, and Aaron should take some guff for the comment too really. But just because someone doesn't want a certain job, don't call it BS. Someone needs to shovel be nice, mow lawns, feed people, pave roads, whatever.

I just meant it in a way that if you have 1000s of cattle to manage you likely don't need to be the guy peddling beef in a parking lot in town.. I do not have that many 0s after my number of head though.. I'm a 0 short, so farmers markets it is.


Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important.
A warm fall day greeted a standing room only crowd of Brangus enthusiasts from five states gathered at Poteet, Texas, for Doguet's Diamond D Sale of Proven Producers.
“When feeder cattle markets are in balance, prices for lighter-weight feeder cattle adjust to account for the cost of gain to put the additional weight on those cattle such that feedlots are relatively indifferent to buying feeder cattle of various weights,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments the first week of November.
In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation. Remember that this genetic potential can never be realized if these animals are not fed and managed properly.
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The Southern Connection Charolais Sale was held October 19, 2016 in Calhoun, Ga.
As autumn makes its debut across the Empire State of the South, many spring-calving operations have been, or are in the process of, weaning; and in a few months, producers will be sorting through females and deciding which ladies get a job offer and which get shown the door.
Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates.
Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts.
Darts - also known as remote drug delivery devices or RDD devices - are frequently used in wildlife to tranquilize animals for research, or when a wild animal strays into a populated area such as a city or neighborhood. They are also gaining popularity among beef stocker growers who have cattle on extensive grazing.
Cattlemen from the southern U.S. resoundingly endorsed the value of the Town Creek Farm genetic program at the Town Creek Farm Sale, Saturday, October 15, 2016, near West Point, Miss.
For years purebred bull breeders didn't get paid what they deserved for making such a big investment in better genetics, so I'm glad to see them finally getting paid handsomely for their better bulls.
First quarter and the Cowboys were up, and then they scored again. Next thing Hooter knew, it was the second quarter and the Boys were down.
I like meat, plain and simple. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey (not much on duck or goose), all kinds of fish and sea food and various wild game. I like it grilled, broiled, smoked, fried and baked. I like it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other meal in between. I just like meat. My idea of a well-balanced meal is some cut of meat (really don't care which) beside a nice serving of potatoes and a vegetable. I like to include a good salad as long as there is generous amounts of dressing.
News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped.

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