The Virginia Cattlemen's Association (VCA) was organized in 1944 and chartered in 1953 to promote the profit potential of Virginia's cattle industry. The early objectives of VCA were to promote more effective marketing from the farm to the consumer and to present cattlemen's views to the legislature on the state and national levels. These primary objectives provide the basis for most activities of VCA today.
The VCA provides many functions to Virginia's cattlemen in its day to day operations including: media relations, producer information, sponsorship of educational seminars for cattlemen on a local and statewide basis, administrative support to Virginia's Beef Check-Off program and coordination of activities with other cattle related organizations in the state.
TAKES STEPS TO MAKE SURE CALVES NEVER HAVE A BAD DAY
You've heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity-and before you quit reading because the work didn't come from the beef side, think for a minute about the dairy cow.
KEEP TRACK OF WITHDRAWAL TIMES IN CATTLE
When a food animal is given medication systemically (such as injection of antibiotic), it takes a certain amount of time for the body to break down and eliminate it. During that period the animal should not enter the food chain. Different drugs and medications have different withdrawal times before the animal can be slaughtered.
THOMAS AND SONS BRANGUS SALE HELD
Fifty-six registered buyers from 10 states participated in a stellar offering of registered and commercial cattle at the recent Don Thomas and Sons Cadillac of Brangus Sales.
BURDOCK CAN CAUSE EYE IRRITATION IN CATTLE
Eye problems in cattle and horses can be caused by burdock slivers. This plant has seeds that stick to fur or clothing. When ripe, the burrs release hundreds of microscopic barbed slivers. If a sliver gets into the eye, it can cause inflammation and infection that may puzzle your veterinarian, since the microscopic sliver is not easily seen. The cornea of the eye may become inflamed and ulcerated; the eye may turn cloudy and have a white spot or bulge on it.
CHANGING WEATHER AFFECTS HEALTH OF CALVES
Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy. Calves come into the season stout, thrifty and with the expectation of doing well. But changing weather conditions, management systems and nutritional programs can catch the calves off guard and send them into a tail spin of poor health and performance.
PARASITE RESISTANCE IN CATTLE AT CRITICAL LEVEL
Controlling internal parasites in cattle is challenging these days.
BEWARE OF POTENTIAL THREAT TO DEER POPULATIONS
Diseases are a big concern for deer biologists and managers. Since the reestablishment of white-tailed deer across the Southeast, hemorrhagic disease has had a negative impact on their populations. Hemorrhagic disease in deer can be caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses, or bluetongue viruses, and is spread by black gnats.
SVF CATTLE COUNTRY COMMERCIAL REPLACEMENT SALE HELD AUG. 31ST
One thousand, one hundred and eleven commercial females from Florida's leading ranchers found ready acceptance at the recent Cattle Country Sale in Brighton, Fla.
IT'S THE PITTS -- A MOTHER'S PLEA
I'm not in the mood today to try and be funny. And normally I don't believe writers should use their podium to preach to people. In most cases I don't have the qualifications or the credentials.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- DEMAND-AGGRESSIVE MARKETING BUOY CATTLE PRICES
Cattle numbers continue to grow with national cowherd expansion, and various data suggest herd expansion is continuing this year.
CHUTE-SIDE VACCINE COOLER IS A USEFUL TOOL
A few simple steps can help cattle producers become more effective in battling respiratory disease in their herd, get full value of any vaccine they purchase, and possibly increase their operational profit in the process.
PRODUCERS BENEFIT FROM YEAR-ROUND HERD HEALTH PROGRAM
Many times a producer does not consider or appreciate the value of a good year-round herd health program until confronted with a difficult calving season or an unacceptable level of calf loss from health challenges.
GET CALVES STARTED ON THE RIGHT FOOT AT WEANING
During this time of the year, some producers may consider preconditioning beef calves prior to sale. This involves a multi-step process including weaning, a defined health protocol, nutrition, and marketing plan. The following article describes a few helpful tips for weaning and getting calves started on the right foot:
EARLY WEANING BENEFITS FIRST-CALF COWS
Summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating.
PRODUCT HANDLING IS CRITICAL TO HERD HEALTH SUCCESS
The cow-calf production unit is the basis for the entire beef industry. The production of quality calves requires strict attention to the health of all calves, cows and bulls in the facility.
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Where's your stand?
by BRYANT (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:26:49 GMT+5)
1)any of the timber hard woods with acorns, are they red oak or white oak.
2) any cedar. honeysuckle, green briar. or sandplum thickets for bedding.
3) any green fields
4) fire lanes around fences
5) water sources
lots of things to look at and I never was one that could look at a map an pick a spot, lots of people are blessed with that talent, but I'm not one of them. I do like to hunt corners, the right edges, and oak bottoms. If it was mine I would look at the middle clearing that looks like and X and turn that section on to a food plot soybean or peas cut and bale then wheat NO cattle allowed then the second place to the right looks to be mostly woods make that a sanctuary for them to go and be safe. no hunting - no cattle - stay out, regardless of how tempting it Is to go hunt in it. If they have a place of safety and plenty does you will have deer and they will come out of there chasseing does and to feed in the food plots.
What are you!?
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W4 Hereford Sale
by Brute 23 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:31:46 GMT+5)
Some nice bulls priced reasonable. I'll definitely be heading that way next year.
It was tough going back and forth between that sale and the Gonzales sale. Wish y'all would have never shown me all these online sales.
by Brute 23 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:28:52 GMT+5)
It will never servive.
Training a Blue Heeler?
by BK9954 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:02:09 GMT+5)
Just got a 10 month old blue Heeler female. She is sweet as pie but the guy I got her from said she didn't mess with his show steers but would go after his goat. Just his 1 goat with no horns, I saw it, the thing was about 30 pounds. The ones with horns it didnt mess with. So far she has been good around the guineas. Priced it out, cheapest around here is $750. That is alot for obedience training, then for training her to work cattle I am not sure where to start. Anyone done this before or have a direction to point me in. I would hate to spend $1000's in training.
Border Wall Prototypes
by slick4591 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:13:05 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest, Those links are not on point. What I have found is Israel has over 100,000 African immigrants they didn't "assassinate" living in country. It's the Arabs that choose to to enter the country illegally that are at risk because they are the terrorists. If you didn't know, Israel has legal entry points and those wanting to enter the country legally can if they qualify. How do you think the Arab on Israeli assaults are taking place? You own the verbiage you choose to use.
Barn for cattle info?
by chevytaHOE5674 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:32:02 GMT+5)
UP here a 3' deep footer wouldn't be deep enough. And imo a 6" slab isn't excessive if you plan on running heavy equipment on it all the time.
Nontypical No Till Drills
by sim.-ang.king (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:34:56 GMT+5)
Single disc JD drills come in 15' widths with any row spacing you could want, plus a small seed box. Buy one, or rent one, you'll be happier with a 75 year old design.
Heya from Florida
by gizmom (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:18:30 GMT+5)
Blood running from nose
by ALACOWMAN (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:04:29 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:Blood from both nostrils suggest it is coming from beyond where the two sides of the nasal passages join up.
Yep! Like the lungs....
Red Angus - Ludvigson Sale
by frank boucher (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:42:19 GMT+5)
Yes I seen that,told my buddy those would all be raised on fescue,might be the best deal?We looked at a lot of nice bulls this afternoon,we're going to the sale tomorrow.If he don't get one,we'll go to Lacy's.
Cow Limping / Favoring Rear Leg - Hoof Problems?
by wbvs58 (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:31:09 GMT+5)
Gee, if your asking for advice to go about trimming her feet I doubt that you would have the skill/experience to do much with her, the foot is a bit of a mess but if you are determined to try I would start by cutting of that overgrown hoof wall that is curling around and walking on pressing up into the sole. I don't know what you have at your disposal but a hacksaw with a course tooth blade might be as good as any thing by getting under the overgrown wall and sawing to the outside but parallel to the sole for a start.
Treatment would only be to get her into a fit state to ship her off to a sale or else just shoot her on the spot and put her in the freezer.
Delco Premium trailers and torsion axles
by northcreek (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:54:10 GMT+5)
I may just give it a whirl then and stop worrying. I'm sure they know more than I do and wouldn't put a higher priced component on if it wasn't working out.
Creep Feed - What do you use?
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:38:07 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:TexasBred wrote:Stocker Steve wrote:Corn Silage for $25/T
Darn. They charge that much to cut it and haul it to the pit a quarter mile down the road here.
I have to haul it 2.1 miles to get that price. Calves are getting shiny.
They should be. Got another good buy there.