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Honest input cost variables
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:07:09 GMT+5)
City Guy wrote:Brute 23: I agree! First things first.
TexasBred: What difference does it make? I'm either right or I'm wrong. Lets discuss and don't give me the obvious "each case is different" argument. If I can see that fighting flies with chemicals is a losing battle why can't you, with all your experience, convince me that I'm wrong? Sounds like it would be easy and satisfying yet no one has done it, why? I get "you don't understand" and "try it on your own and see what happens" and lots of other non-answers. I suppose I could use the same questions on you, "why don't you try it yourself and see what happens?". You are in a position to actually do it and prove yourself correct, but you won't do it, will you?
Owning cattle makes all the difference in the facts. The fact is, what works for some won't work for others. If you don't own cows you only know what your being told works or doesn't. I'll try about anything if I think it might help my operation. I spin my wheels and waste time and money experimenting on different things daily. And what I've learned is don't take someone's thoughts or ideas as fact.
Fall is in the Air
by Margonme (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:01:26 GMT+5)
Uno Mas Calf out of a heifer.
Mom and daughter. Heifer is bred to Uno Mas. My only remaining spring calver. I bred and raised the heifer at Bright Raven. Her Dam is a Flying B Cut Above. Heifer is sired by Top Hand making her a 50/50 simangus. Outstanding EPDs.
This week old Grandmaster Bull is out of one of my Hudson Pine/Rocking P cows. I think he is going to beat last year's Grandmaster Bull.
Optimizer Bull. A real live wire. He runs all over the ridge top in the late evening.
Upgrade Calf. A keeper Heifer.
The Uno Mas Heifer
Ronnie is due with a Broadway calf 10/24/16. This is her second. She packs a ton of meat on that frame.
Any Clown sightings in your area
by Margonme (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:47:34 GMT+5)
I saw a story out of Cincinnati about a person driving around in a clown costume.
Seems no one knows the motive behind the clown epidemic!!!
Proof of Global Warming
by john250 (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:46:14 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:HDRider wrote:Ebenezer wrote:Problem now, you don't know if the one wearing them is a him or a her. Times change.
Something sure changed.
It may be worth mentioning that while garment size has decreased the average weight of people has increased significantly. If that doesn't conjure up some images seared in your brain means you haven't been to Walmart lately.
I was at Wal-Mart yesterday, and my burning memory was the tattos.
Cattle Cycle "all over again"
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:36:23 GMT+5)
I went back and reviewed my cattle cycle notes. Better late than never... There were a lot of vague comments about "the (liquidation) signal". They seemed to be focused on calf price. One expert even went so far as to say we should cull cows who were not profitable! Once we get "the signal" the experts then suggested:
- cull the be nice out of those cheap bred cows you collected during the herd expansion
- buy back good heifers (sounds like that market is very variable, and I need to ship mine to the Rainy River district)
- use some of the cash we stockpiled during the goods years to carry the operation
- invest the rest of the cash in stockers I kind of like that part.
I don't think we have hit the bottom on calf price yet. The grain guys will get a price bounce eventually and then it will get ugly.
Cattle price today - Steve
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:35:03 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Impossible! Not a black calf in the bunch.
Could it be the reason for the premium price?
Not where we sell.
by Ojp6 (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:20:30 GMT+5)
HDRider wrote:Can you explain more about the bull? Thanks...
From the pictures I saw of the bulls that the cows were supposed to be bred to they looked very low quality.
Does Rock music no longer exist?
by john250 (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:13:32 GMT+5)
dun wrote:rock music is an oxymoron
And "get off my lawn"..
by wbvs58 (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:11:48 GMT+5)
Sorry sound not the best a bit of wind, Conneanly Eaernan.
1st beef cattle fair
by lithuanian farmer (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:10:13 GMT+5)
frieghttrain wrote:Gotta love those Limousins!
Yes, there were pretty good ones. The bull in the 4th photo from the back is 19 months old and is from the same breeder we bought our new Limousine bull.
Here a couple more photos.
Ready for Football and some Fall Weather
by bball (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:32:45 GMT+5)
ND may have to score 80 to beat Syracuse.
What are you eating today?
by Alan (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:10:01 GMT+5)
skyhightree1 wrote:Jogeephus wrote:Those look great.
Thanks Jo wife's been eating some it seems every time she's passes the fridge
X2, looks really good and good for you! I'm a little disappointed you threw your wife under the bus and didn't confess to you have the majority of the responsibility to the missing cake! Great looking dessert!
Lowline vs Square Meater
by gaurus (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:21:50 GMT+5)
Wow, thank you, they look so amazing.
Winner(Sept) - 'Signs'
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:11:19 GMT+5)
If only we could have had the "politically incorrect" signs in the contest... Congrats to all
by john250 (Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:37:59 GMT+5)
I should be slapped for skipping the attribution. James Taranto, who writes the "Best of the Web" for the Wall Street Journal"
INFORMATION IS KING WHEN MARKETING CALVES
Calving season discussion is often a heated debate among beef producers. Should I calve in the spring or the fall? Do I need to pull my bull? Is it better to be committed to selling calves at a certain time of year or should I have calves available year round? These are common questions beef producers often ask themselves, their neighbors, and the experts when trying to make management decisions. There are two key points that need to be considered when making calving season (or lack thereof decisions: management and marketing.
BLACK INK -- RETROSPECTIVE
A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today's Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious.
TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE SHRINK WHEN WORKING CATTLE
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectorswhether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.