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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.   ...more



Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used.
Hooter hated driving anywhere with lots of traffic, which was about anywhere on I-45, from about Sherman to south of Houston; anywhere on I-35 from South of San Antonio to Oklahoma City; anywhere on I-20 from…you get the notion.
Ultrasound found its first applications in livestock research in the 1950s. Since that time, the great strides that have been made in ultrasound research have benefited both human medicine and the livestock industry.
I read an article by an economist that suggested in order to make a greater profit you should get rid of your horses and buy an ATV.
Which cows in your herd are making you money and who is losing you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep
A couple of weeks ago, here in Texas as well as numerous other locations across the US, temperatures bumped up into the 70's and even the 80's in some areas. This was in FEBRUARY! Granted, it has cooled back down but nonetheless it's already gotten warm in lots of locales across the country and will again very soon. That in mind, it's not too early to start the “heat stress” discussion and how this can affect animal performance. Heat stress is a major contributor to animal and production losses each year.
Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.
Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers' chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
I remember learning early in life that humans should use all five of their senses, but darn it, mine don't work anymore.
Since man has managed and produced cattle, control of internal parasites (worms, flukes) has been an issue. And while the industry seems to repeatedly discuss and address the problem, given the implications on animal health and performance, revisiting the subject is a necessity.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell calves, feeders, breeding cows or bulls, it's always worth pondering the relative volume of inventory and where it exists.
The Forage and Ruminant Nutrition Lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville explores ways to improve ruminant diets and mitigate negative environmental impacts for researchers around the state, nation and globe, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That's what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don't consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?
Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child's winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.

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Poll - 'Wheels'
by cattlecreek (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:32:13 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:#3 looks like it's had every trick of the trade applied to it. Bet it was just as pretty when presented "all natural" with no special effects. These kind of pics take the emphasis off the photo and put it all on the photographer.
You got it backward, when adding effects it puts all the emphasis on the PHOTO. Sounds like jealousy to me.

Deer Valley Farms Spring Bull Sale March 25th
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:27:46 GMT+5)
ddd75 wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:$5,370 when you take out the 3 shared interest Bulls.


You're welcome.

Ants and Repealing Obamacare
by callmefence (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:23:35 GMT+5)
I don't see the downside.

That things way better than two corgis.

Kentucky 32 Endophyte free
by tncattle (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:21:59 GMT+5)
Anyone planted this?
How are your results?
Can you broadcast before rain?

Burglars picked the wrong home.
by ddd75 (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:10:17 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:

They won't be doing that anymore. I wonder if there's more to the story than what's come out so far?

doubt it.. some crack head thieves tried to break into a nice home..

AK waiting for you b!tches. say hello to my little friend!

DNA verification/not
by gizmom (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:07:51 GMT+5)
glad to hear it all worked out.


Net Present Value of Replacement Females ?
by Stocker Steve (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:01:21 GMT+5)
Market determines price that day. Bred prices here were very variable last winter, with a range of about $400. Some one "had to have them" and I think they overpaid at times. We had "free" surplus hay here and that is part of what drove prices. Perhaps hay will be free again this year.

NPV calculates a value based by adding up the future net income and after "discounting" it to today. So $700 of calf income less $600 of costs one year from now with a 5% interest rate has a present value of (700-600) x (1-.05) = $95. If that heifer rebreds, then you do the same for year two. As you get farther out in time - - the value of the annual income usually compounds down just like a mortgage cost compounds up.

The challenge with the calculation is you need estimate costs and income in the FUTURE. So you need to anticipate things like the 10 to 14 year long cattle price cycle... If you bought a $3000 bred just before the commodity market started to decline you obviously did not do a future value calculation. You probably paid the market price because you felt good about calf prices the PREVIOUS year.

Composite bulls x F1 heifers?
by pdfangus (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:50:20 GMT+5)
with all these breeds and composites..... what is possible is the loss of uniformity in the calf crop....don't know how important that may or may not be in your marketing...

by TCRanch (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:47:32 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:Nesikep wrote:I have one that I have to keep away from pointy objects, she's about to pop.. I have a lot of cows that go well into the 290 days, and have had one go 302 (but she calved early this year!)

Interesting. I'm going off the CT table, which is 283 days...Hopefully we will both get happy healthy calves soon!

I use it as well. Last year we had 1 (one!) that calved on the projected due date (named her Bingo); so far this year we've had 2. It's a handy tool but similar to looking at the 10 day weather forecast - all subject to change.

Banded area swollen
by dieselbeef (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:43:39 GMT+5)
I band all ours and haven't ever seen anything like that happen..even if one got missed. I missed one once and never found out til we butchered him. is it hot there? soft or hard? that skin isn't split is it? looks like its open almost
Bryant they say if it ist hanging it wont work because it stays too hot..not something id risk if I knew it but unlikely he could function.....
that looks more like maybe a hernia? idk

Head gate advise?
by pdfangus (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:29:31 GMT+5)
I hate auto catches....they teach cattle how to be difficult to catch....
if you are getting along without a headgate then even the simplest headgate will be a gigantic leap forward for you...
as I have stated many times...on this forum...
I give my cattle a cup of feed ever time I catch them in the headgate....
it turns them into animals who want to go thru the chute rather than fighting you all the way....
it is too simple for anyone to believe it works but I have been doing it for fifteen years now and cows will go a year without going thru my chute and remember that I will feed them....and auto load. this include heifers I have raised for my neighbors.

those same cows have to be prodded all the way up the neighbors chute because he won't take a minute to give them a cup of feed....the cows are normally finished licking up the feed before the work is done on the cow...

I contend that it is not the equipment but the skill and adaptability of the manager to make cattle work easy or difficult...

I have an old WW chute that is over thirty years old and has survived one barn fire and the simplest of set ups. I put 21 head thru it this fall for synchrony and myself and without struggle.

calving pens
by talltimber (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:24:22 GMT+5)
I would be interested in seeing some pics or diagrams of the stalls/pens/areas you all use for assisting heifers/cows. I am wanting to build something a little better than I had to work with last year. My setup last year was a good sized pen in the alley of the barn. The way I contained them to sleeve and pull was either a good panel, chained on one end, then tied against her with a rope once I had her in there, or run her down the alleyway to the rear slide gate of the chute and a board behind her. The panel thing was not very solid and the alleyway didn't provide enough room. I'm thinking a head gate with panel on either side that will swing out 90 degrees, so the two panels and headgate will be in a straight line if she goes down and we need the pullers on her. I am looking for setup ideas.

Almost time
by HDRider (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:24:06 GMT+5)
thanks - never saw it with 4 numbers

Pregnant Wedding
by herofan (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:32:04 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest wrote:I'm going to argue society hasn't changed much. There's always been drunks, thieves, adultery, abortions (using known herbs), etc. Heck prostitution isn't called the oldest profession because it was created recently. Rather now those people have a public forum to vocalize their stupidity?.

I agree with this. I've had this conversation before that people didn't just start doing all this stuff a few years ago; however, I do see a change in the people who are doing it. Someone mentioned "20 years ago," which would have been 1997, but when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, there were drunks and people having kids out of wedlock, but it seemed to be the "roughneck" crowd that everyone knew didn't give a crap about anything anyway.

I also remember a group of people who tried to always set a good example and do what they thought was right, and if one of them slipped up, they recognized it as a slip up; they didn't throw a party and act like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. That's the change that I am seeing, and I think that was what the OP was basically getting at; nobody is embarrassed about anything anymore, not even the upstanding crowd.

I heard a guy mention a few weeks ago that a preacher can't preach on sin anymore like they once did; if they do, they offend 80% of the congregation.

Cows Coming Home For Water?
by Supa Dexta (Posted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:09:34 GMT+5)
The problems come from when they don't hang around and head right back for shade or something. The weaker ones and calves don't get a chance to drink before the herd heads back and they just follow.

It pays to ensure cattle have good water and good water access.

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