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.
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.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.
BLACK INK -- INDICATOR COWS
When you have just enough cows to name them all, it's easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.
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Something for the folks from Missouri
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:06:41 GMT+5)
Thanks for the tour--SO much different than BB-35. Seems so strange to see Phalanx on a battleship.
Debate is finally settled.
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:57:04 GMT+5)
Took a drive down highway 1 while on the west coast.
If you can't tell, those are herefords. Apparently they are paying there way on the high dollar real estate side.
These are sluming it in the low rent section.
Just too many fruits.
by Alan (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:39:05 GMT+5)
Never mind all the technical stuff! I just want to know if it's shiny or dull!
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:15:05 GMT+5)
Jean Shepard died this weekend too. (She was married to Hawkshaw Hawkins--who died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline.)
Pretty much everyone in this video is gone now.
Y'all ever seen one of these??
by dun (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:09:00 GMT+5)
4-5 years ago we had a turkey hen that had several piebald poults along with several regularly marked ones. When she would come into a field with her youngsters all the other turkeys would leave. By the time they would have been about half grown I never saw them again. I figured they were just too easy of targets for the local predators.
Wasps - Ever heard this?
by dun (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:03:20 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:I think all of this is interesting and I surely don't know the answer only what I have observed. I work outdoors and I can't remember the last time I pulled a tick off me. Chiggers don't seem to like me and mosquitoes don't bother me like they do others even though I rarely wear repellent. Years ago I had some Haitians show me a few tricks they used to keep the pests at bay. One was drinking pickle juice or consuming a lot of pickled or vinegar based foods. These seem to make a difference and I increase my intake of pickled foods when the bugs come out. I also don't react to poison ivy or oak. I can roll in it and it won't bother me. This is thanks to a tea I drank which was made from the leaves years ago.
All this stuff may be folk medicine and may not mean anything but I believe it enough to continue doing it because it seems to work. For me anyway. Still haven't a clue how someone can reach their hand up to a wasp nest bare handed and pull it out without getting stung though in broad daylight. I've heard this several times and it always had to do with reaching under the armpit first. I think I'll pose this question to some of the old timers around town and see what they have to say.
Wife and I are both totally immune to poison ivy, just doesn;t affect us at all. But after she was bitten by a brown recluse 10 years or so ago she is violently allergic to bee/wasp stings. Skeeters even make her swell up.
Renting pasture & cows
by Brute 23 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:32:42 GMT+5)
rollinhills wrote:Brute 23 wrote:I think he is a really good business man. He is locking in a rate of return and the value of his herd with little risk.
There are 3 benefits to cattle in my mind.
1) the value of the cattle herd
2) maintaining or improving the land they are on
3) the revenue from them
With this deal you have lost 2 of the 3 and the only benefit will be the revenue left after rent. IF there is a little money to be made it will probably not be worth the hassle.
I under stand what you are saying, I was thinking that I could put my cows on one of the pastures and increase my herd, the big thing its just across the road from my place. The pasture is under stocked as of now.
Got ya. If that is the case then I would jump on it.
How many cows did the former farmer have on it?
Commercial cow bull
by Hogtiming (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:53:43 GMT+5)
I have 200 commercial black cows I'm wanting to ai in January. I want to use two bulls. I'd like to breed 50 cows to a bull to keep heifers out of and the other 150 I want to use a bull to put pounds on with good carcass values for the calves.. I sell calves at 900 pounds Advice on bulls is what I would like. Thanks
by AdamsCreek (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:53:22 GMT+5)
JMJ Farms wrote:Cummins. Hard to beat a 6 cylinder diesel. Right now they come in a Ram. If they came in a Toyota, Ford, or Chevy, then that's what I would want.
Switched from a 7.3 to a 6.7 cummins last year. Not crazy about having to buy a dodge but i doubt I'll buy anything without a 6 cylinder cummins in the future.
by Aaron (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:23:56 GMT+5)
240 was overkill. 170 will work fine. 190 would be optimal.
That being said, look over the baler close as the 240 might have worn grooves into all the wear parts and make using any twine of smaller diameter, a nightmare.
Which hay mix is best ?
by cbcr (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:19:49 GMT+5)
When we were growing hay, we had some mixed hay (orchard grass / clover). Had a horse person that wanted that kind of hay and even any that was full clover and would buy all we had for sale. He had Saddlebred show horses.
While some horses, if they are working can slobber as they say, we were told by many nutritionists that clover hay is the most balanced hay. We fed it to our herd of horses (had over 50 head at one time) and we had no problems with it.
I think the big thing about clovers are some of the wives tales and misconceptions. We have know some that raise clover that would not cut the second cutting as they had always heard that animals wouldn't eat it that it had a sour taste.
Nice Sunset Tonight
by USAxBrad (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:09:12 GMT+5)
Mid Missouri, just finished up checking the girls and tagging a calf. And thanks Alan, wish could of took some time to enjoy it ha!
by Jdwest (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:50:09 GMT+5)
Thank y'all for these great answers, I will be talking to the local order buyers when I get a chance later on.
What does your wife drive?
by Jabes0623 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:46:18 GMT+5)
I'm A Little Nervous
by farmerjan (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:40:55 GMT+5)
I get a little scared reading all the problems and losses that some of you have. Calved 9 first calf heifers, the first was a premie that lived nearly 2 1/2 weeks but couldn't get his temp down and his lungs were just not developed. He had some infection that the vet couldn't pinpoint. Put a holstein bull calf on her and she's been out loose with him (after 4 days in the pen) for 2 weeks now. Have one more heifer to go but she is a few weeks behind the rest. Have 27 calves on the ground at one place and 10 at the other with 25 and 21 to go at the respective places. Already moved 15 of the 27 out to pasture for fall grazing. Haven't pulled a calf in 2 years and then it was backwards and we just hurried it along a bit and she raised it fine.
Maybe I just better shut up and not jinx it. The thing of this is, this is normal for us. I check the heifers twice a day, and the cows get checked once or twice all according to our off farm work schedules. Maybe waiting til the heifers are 2 1/2 is what is working for us.