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Lexington Moving Statues
by bball (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:49:19 GMT+5)
None of this is about preserving history, erasing history, seeking racial equality, social justice or injustice...its simply distractions. Smoke and mirrors to keep this country fragmented, in conflict with ourselves and neighbors, while a change is occurring/being implemented..a change in the mentality of the younger generations. The creation of a controllable, malleable people who will drink whatever kool aid the media is spewing. All under the guise of being enlightened intellectually, emotionally, spiritually..i would post the Tytler cycle again, but I have done it 4 or 5 times now. Y'all have seen it. Those that are paying attention know.

Plant ID?
by cow pollinater (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:34:11 GMT+5)
Looks like partridge pea but I would think you'd have seen a bloom by now as mine have been blooming for a while.

Using expired La200
by Nesikep (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:04:38 GMT+5)
I'd only consider it if it's an unopened bottle.. I have a bottle of Trivetrin that was unopened and expired in 2012 that I opened this year to use on some calves and it worked well... I hardly ever use the stuff so I gotta have a bottle in stock, but to keep an in-date bottle is hopeless

Paris sale barns
by Ol' 243 (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:56:49 GMT+5)
big ben wrote:I is with the cowgirl on this'en wouldn't take no stock to okc if they don't give free icecream!! 1500 $ no biggy but don't take my icecream

Now that I think about it, I've changed my mind too.

Green as it gets
by BigBear (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:52:22 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:HDRider wrote:Rafter S wrote:

I like these for mineral... Cows like them too...

Thank you for posting that. I have some of those too, but clean forgot to mention it this morning.

Where do you guys get those? I'm looking for something better than a chopped up 55 gal plastic barrel and I like the way those are designed.

Tractor Fatalities
by GAonmymind (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:19:36 GMT+5)
If you have ever met on of those people who always asks "why/how" that is me. Brother called back with the information I requested.

The guy that works with him that died over the weekend was NOT killed on a tractor. He and wife were on a kubota UTV. Came to a gate on a hill. He got out to open gate. She hit gas rather than brake. Pinned him between kubota and gate. Airlifted him from scene but he died anyway.

Bugs in feed?
by Craig Miller (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:36:33 GMT+5)
Lucky_P wrote:Craig.
DE has never killed a worm in an animal. Any and all claims that it is an effective dewormer are bogus, with no scientific support.
There is some documented evidence that if you could formulate a ration containing about 5% DE - and get the animals to consume it - that there may be diminished larval survival inside the fecal pellets/pats - just due to the dessicating effects of the DE.
However, I've also seen documented 'outbreaks' of urolithiasis (bladder stones causing urinary obstruction) in feedlot steers that had DE added to their ration as an 'organic dewormer'; they didn't take into account the mineral composition of the DE... it was a trainwreck.

You are correct. I have no scientific proof. I have talked with people who have done fecal samples before and after to prove it in goats. I did not see the test results personally though, only what they told me. I do know that it will remove bugs from feed. I did a scientific study of that.

Ranchman, sky, Tb
by skyhightree1 (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:56:03 GMT+5)
RanchMan90 wrote:Craig Miller wrote:What do you give sheep to help control the flies? Is there a mineral with fly control? My feed supply don't have anything. He tried to sell me something and I kept questioning him until he called the supplier and was told it wasn't safe for sheep.
I haven't really had a problem with them before. Hair sheep or wool? A permethrin base product should be fine or catron for spot spraying horn flies etc.

I also have not had many issues on my hair sheep but I do spray them with permethrin same as I have with my cattle. However, I don't know for sure but I don't think they have a fly control mineral if I remember correctly when buying my fly control mineral there was a warning keep away from sheep don't hold me to it but I think there was a sign.

Craig Miller wrote:Wool. Show sheep. The problem is not so much on the sheep but around the area they stay which is very close to the house. I need to break the cycle somehow. I have a permethrin but it only kills the live ones.

This year flys have been HORRIBLE for me here and I raise bottle babies in a building and use permethrin along with some talstar and it keeps them under control for a few days. However what I found best to control flies is if you go to your ag store theres a like 30' roll of fly tape with fly pictures on it it catches hundreds a day and mosquitoes then theres things you put on milk jugs and then put the fly bait and water inside I filled up a couple of those in a week really put a whack on the flies and got them under control but didn't elimate them.

Not a fan of a zero turn
by Texasmark (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:51:16 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:I bought one a few days ago. Never really thought I'd like one(tried not to let that influence me). Feel like I'm laying down to drive it. It's terrible on banks. I've got one, I guess it's just not going to be able to mow it. First failed attempt, I slid off. The second, I thought if I had some more momentum, I'd make it. You couldn't have drove a knitting needle up my butt with a framing hammer when I slid off that time. It's mine now, so I guess I'll have to use it.

ZTs around my farm are too heavy for mowing what you describe in a lot of instances, weighing in at the 1000# area. Studded ATV snow tires are out there with individual studs. I put a set on one of my ZTs for mowing around my pond banks which run up to 30 degrees in some spots where I have room to run. I started out with OEM turfs and upgraded to bar-lug. They worked better but still slid when I needed it the least. Chunked them and went to studded snow tires. The individual stud works best for 2 reasons: More pounds per square inch of ground pressure which helps penetration into the turf and isolated support points which are like spikes on the bottom of golf shoes, baseball shoes, and football cleats. Yeah bar-lugs (R1s) work fine for a plowing tractor, but you aren't going to be plowing a 30 degree slope, I wouldn't think. I wouldn't be doing it.

The preferred method for me with the ZT is up the bank where it's the steepest and down where it's not. Going up, the tire is pushing into the weight of the machine improving traction. Coming down you are attempting to lift the weight of the machine and hold it up the slope. As a result you have to come slow so that you don't initiate a skid in the first place. For the area where I don't have room, aka a tree line is right at the bottom of the dam so I can't go up and down, I have a 46" standard riding mower which weighs about 500# with them on the front and rear; front for steering on the slope. It's much lighter and I sit erect on the side of the seat on the uphill side. Works fine for me.

On the tilting back, if you install some springs under the rear of the seat you not only will sit more erect, your ride will be greatly enhanced....I have 3 ZTs currently (Hustler Fastrak, DR, and Ferris) and none came with springs under the seat.....big mistake. Smoothest riding spring I have found is used on Cub Cadet and Toro or Troy, (forget which) riders. Just go to a www search engine and type in 732-05182A. Price about $6 ea. Add a couple of those to reduced tire pressures below 10 psig (I run around 5-7) for a super ride.

I've spent several years and a fair amount of money perfecting the mowing of my steep slopes and rough pastures. I'm over 75 and just don't feel that I have to put up with the bouncing around like I did when I was younger. I can take and post pictures for a seriously interested response.

EPD Followers What's Your Priorities
by Allenw (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:39:53 GMT+5)
greatgerts wrote:
Where are you located? If you aren't too far, we might be able to help some with the lease part.

NW Oklahoma, a bit far from you depending on where in Mo. you are. Thanks for the offer.

These are straight bred Hereford cows, they had some registered cattle in the 50's and 60's, but some of these could go back to great granddads red cattle. It would be a shame to start crossing them now, although that would be the easy route.

Dad had a breeder deliver a bull a number of years ago and tour the cow herd his, comment was he needed to go home and buy some better cows. Some where something has been lost, it seems like it really hit after the older cows were sold during the drought. The cow herd lost the uniformity and style it had.

Sorry, I shouldn't be grumping about something I have no control over but sometimes it helps to let some of it go.

Intensive grazing
by Texasmark (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:38:16 GMT+5)
Long post. My 2c.

Having watched my cows for some 35+ years, they have a very sensitive, meticulously inquisitive, searching, tongue that can get in a mixed field and selectively move around the weeds to pick out the succulent, tender, tasty, grass shoots. No weed control with my cows. 2-4-D when needed and heavy mowing for a season is what works for me.

If you are a purist, then heavy mowing and give it 2 seasons. I got into 2-4-D as a measure of last resort when I first bought this farm. It did what I couldn't do otherwise and it has been at my side when needed ever sense.

On rotational grazing, results speak for themselves. If you choose to dig deeper, plenty of papers from ag. schools, on the www explaining how a/the plant works and what works for it. Rotational grazing is what makes it happy.

Texasmark, Texasbred... grazing sugarcane aphids
by Texasmark (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:30:24 GMT+5)
My experience with them was in July a week or two after removing the first cutting which came away clean. They invaded the regrowth in it's early stages in about it's second week or so. Can't comment on grazing as this was a hay patch. However, the excretions from them that fall from them being under a leaf onto the leaf below is really sticky and gooey. In a heavy infestation, which can come in a New York minute, I wouldn't do it. My opinion.

Grass overload
by Texasmark (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:24:49 GMT+5)
cowgirl8 wrote:There are not many forecasters who get it right 100% of the time....I get better forecast from water turtles. lol....

Only job where you can be wrong 50% of the time and keep your job. Really, I'm amazed at how well they do. What's really amazing is the "Old Farmer's Almanac" that can predict a year ahead of time and come close withing a few days of their predictions. Amazing!

fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?
by callmefence (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:16:27 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:callmefence wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:
I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?

If your having to pull that much to tighten a wire. It was never tight to begin with. In all honesty. A net or barbwire fence should never have to re tightened. At least not in the south.

Mine needs re tightening and is really loose and yes should of been high tensile but isn't. And yes I should of pulled it tighter but I didn't. And did they even make high tensile field fence 20 years ago? I want to fix what I have not put up new and re tie everything.

I strongly recommend you contact Luke and get the blue bag. If you don't like it I'll buy it from you. You got my oomph on it.

Couple KS Thumpers!
by Black and Good (Posted Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:12:43 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:I think I need to drive up and properly apply a load of double aught to the pests.

LOL! Do you mean pets! LOL! B&G


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Marketing cattle efficiently and at the proper time can make money for the producer. There are many costs involved in getting cattle to market and it is important to try to minimize those costs. Many cattle producers do a good job of getting the calves born, keeping them healthy, minimizing sickness and death loss, but only do an average or even a poor job of marketing those calves and thus reduce their potential profit.
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Is this a good time to expand your cow herd, now that the U.S. beef cattle industry is deep into a fourth year of its rebuilding phase? The consensus has a short answer: no.
The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) will host a cattlemen's gathering at the Seminole Indian Reservation in Brighton, Florida, on Friday, Aug. 18.
The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal.
First-calf heifers. Let's face it – we all struggle with them at least to some degree. And it's an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country.
A capacity crowd gathered at Cavender's picturesque Neches River Ranch to evaluate the largest offering of registered Brangus and Ultrablack females presented anywhere in the spring of 2017.
Interest in planting cover crops on Mississippi row crop acres continues to grow, along with interest in adding livestock grazing on those acres. Cover crops have been used by growers of cash crops for many years to solve a number of problems. Erosion, water quality, nutrient loss, compaction, organic matter, and conversion to no-till planting have all been addressed by the use of cover crops
Remote drug delivery (RDD) systems, or dart guns, are being used more and more frequently throughout the beef industry for the delivery of antibiotics.
As ruminants, cattle can eat a lot of forage in a short time. Understanding and taking grazing behavior into account can help stockmen optimize production when managing cattle on pastures.
A few years ago we were in the midst of one of the worst droughts in US history. It had huge implications on the beef cattle producer as well as most of production agriculture. Fortunately, these conditions passed, moisture conditions improved in most areas and we were back to “normal.”
It's summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I.
“Selection indices, to me, are the most valuable tool we have to help us make more right decisions and fewer mistakes,” says Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch at Throckmorton, Texas.
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