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.
SPRING WEATHER CONDITIONS CREATE A CHALLENGE FOR FORAGES
A cool, wet spring delayed growth of several summer grasses, but not the weeds that compete for space in fields and pastures across Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- UNIDENTIFIED FRUITY OBJECT
Besides being a great-granddaughter of the former President, Laura Eisenhower is a professional clairvoyant and spiritual healer who reads Tarot cards and gives astrology readings for a living. In an interview with Fox News Laura said that vegetarians are more apt to see UFO's than meat-eaters because, "we are multidimensional beings and based on our frequency, perceptions and our vibratory levels that we are functioning from, we are going to see things differently."
PRODUCERS SHOULD EVALUATE VALUE OF CREEP FEEDING
n the last issue we started a discussion concerning creep feeding and an ongoing evaluation of the value of this practice in cow-calf production. The main question the producer has to ask is if I decide to creep feed my calves will this result in higher weaning weights and will it be profitable?
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- WINDSHIELD ECONOMICS
Hooter was riding shotgun with Peetie Womack on the way back home from a feedlot where Peetie was checking on some of his cattle.
GENETRUST AT SUHN CATTLE COMPANY BULLS AVERAGE $5,863
Blue skies, blustery winds and Brangus bulls welcomed customers and friends of GENETRUST to the Flint Hills in Eureka, Kansas, on March 22, 2016 for the 24th annual installment of the event hosted by the Suhn family, in what has become one of the premier Brangus events of the year.
BLACK INK -- BEYOND THE BURNING HAIR
Our electric branding iron hangs high on a barn wall, bought on impulse 35 years ago but not used in 30. We freeze brand our replacement heifers though.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MOTHER NATURE, FATHER TIME
Women are nature, men are time. Women are beautiful like a Maui sunset or a forest of pine wearing a fresh blanket of snow, while men are as timeless as Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
GRASS-FED BEEF CONFERENCE TO BE HELD MAY 26-27, 2016
With consumer interest heightening about where their food comes from, grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends during a May 26-27 conference in College Station.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - DECLINING PRICES MAGNIFY COST FOCUS
Expenses won't come down as fast as commodity prices, says Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Cow-calf expenses won't come down as fast as cow-calf prices. 2016 will have lower calf prices but not to the extent it will affect these higher expenses. During 2017, expenses still will not be coming down, where calf prices will be in their second year of decline. That's what concerns me.
CONSIDER PROS AND CONS BEFORE CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding of calves while still on the cow has been a management tool used for years by the cow-calf producer. The value and profitability of this practice has been long debated as well. So when producers ask if it is something worth considering, I give them the stock nutritionist's answer: well, it depends.
LITTLE W CHAROLAIS HOLDS PRODUCTION SALE
Little W Charolais held their 6th annual production sale on March 26, 2016 at the farm in Lebanon, Tenn.
EGYPTIAN VET STUDIES AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
New research techniques learned at Mississippi State University through a scholar exchange program will help a cattle veterinarian from Egypt as she pursues a doctoral education in food safety.
DEER ANTLERS MAY HOLD HEALTH SECRETS
Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these sheds may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.
CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFERS CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP
Gaven and April Hammett want to expand their cattle operation and are looking to Clemson University for the information they need.
EARLY SPRING CAN BE A CHALLENGING NUTRITIONAL TIME FOR SPRING CALVING
Late winter and early spring is the most challenging time of the year for the nutrition of the spring-calving beef cows.
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by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 03:32:57 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:cbcr wrote: Dairy producers are accustomed to stillbirth rates in excess of 8% for pure HO calves.
What causes this ?
A.I. success and popularity has certainly contributed.
Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation born in 1965 and Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief born in 1962
It was documented in 1990 that these 2 bulls, Chief and Elevation accounted for nearly 25% of all the genes in the
Holstein cattle population in North America at that time.
Both were great bulls and Elevation himself was a highly inbred "Burke" bull with many crosses back to Wis Burke Ideal.
While they were influential in the vast improvement of both type and production of the breed, they also both
contributed to the decline in Holstein breed fertility and increase in stillborn birth rates.
For awhile it seemed every A.I. sire graduate from a young sire program was an Elevation son from a Chief dam or
vice versa and a couple were even from tightly inbred father daughter matings and 3/4 brother 3/4 sister pedigrees.
I read somewhere a few years ago that it was estimated that 94% of holsteins in the usa in some manner trace back
to both of these sires. It should be a warning to other breeds not to fall to in love with just 1 or 2 A.I. sires.
by mooo (Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 03:25:18 GMT+5)
Nice looking calves .
Financing bred heifers? Or bad idea
by JSCATTLE (Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 01:27:59 GMT+5)
I started off with leased land and financed cows .. in 2007 .. I had 140 head free and clear in 2012 when the drought hit.. still have 50 head paid for .. just let the cows pay the note .. that's what I did.. but I would go to the sale barn and buy some bred short and solids or older pairs .. something you can get 3 or 4 calves out of.. by the time you are ready to sell the market will be on the up swing and you will make out ok ..
Is the middle class gone and am I poor?
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 01:07:45 GMT+5)
I use Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund as a benchmark for comparing returns of all investments because its a
large fund with lowest fees in the industry and easily accessible to all to purchase directly from Vanguard with a
minimum of just $3,000 I recommend it to anyone looking to open an IRA or to any who might want to diversify their investments to include a broad range of stocks.
Electric fence ground
by dun (Posted Sun, 29 May 2016 00:06:21 GMT+5)
It can be done by digging trenches and laying the rods in them. 2 rods would be the minimum, 3 a good compromise. You will also have to make sure they are some distance apart, usually 5-6 feet is enough. It's not the best solution but it will work.
What a Mess
by talltimber (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 23:35:09 GMT+5)
Good luck to you CB. We've had some of the same the last few days.
Time for a side by side/UTV
by BobbyLummus1 (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 22:46:03 GMT+5)
a golf cart with oversized tires used offroad will not hold up or last 100 hrs , I like the polaris rangers the best, yamaha viking a close second . kawasaki 4010 too . Can am has the new Defender line that I would look at as well if buying new . Mule pro ext another nice one . and Ive had every make and model made , sport , utility , rtv . All of them . I think they all still have a little ways to go for the cost and what you get but we are rough on them and use them like they advertise them to be used
by SoILcattle (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 22:44:51 GMT+5)
Had the same situation 1 year ago with my uncle/Grandpa's bull, he was having issues getting around and after a 2 week period of getting worse ( with vet attention and steroids) he was unable to get up. Unfortunately the situation didn't end well and I was the one that had to handle it. A part of raising animals but always a sobering situation.
Chuckwagon cooking - Wagons for Warriors
by dun (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 22:42:34 GMT+5)
The 6th Annual Wagons for Warriors cook went great. There were 30 wagons from all over. Besides the usual Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas there was 1 from Indiana and at least 1 and I think 2 from Georgia. They fed a couple of thousand people, a band fomr near Springfield played the whole day. It was supposed to rain but that went away and it was sunny warm and dry the whole day. As usaul, met some great folks. It's kind of funny that peope get a big kick out of these whirligigs that I make and give people. I donated 1 to the auction and couldn;t believe that a goofy bidding war broke out.
Kent Rollins, the cowboy cooking guy(been on the cooking channel several times) had his wagon there and he donated his old hat to the auction. The last I heard they had an opening bid of $1000.
What is great about this Wagons for Warriors deal is that all of the supplys are donated and 100% of the proceeds they receive go the the cause.
by greybeard (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 22:37:57 GMT+5)
Been an interesting day. Still no electricity, tho of the 17 customers on my side of the river, 3 have power and Entergy is at a loss as to why the rest of us don't. They were walking/wading the whole line right before dark to try to figure a plan for 1st thing tomorrow morning. I had to drive 45 miles round trip to buy gasoline today
1. Some moron in an Expedition tried to drive thru high water right in front of my place and went over the side. Got him out, and DPS arrested him for DUI.
I drove the old Ford 3600 thru some water, accross my pond dam and took this panoramic shot of about 1/2 the place, looking back toward the house.
Nearest paved county road to me, culvert washed completely out. (There's another way around thru a guy's yard so I could still get in and out) That's a county gradall boom and bucket on the right side of the pic--they're getting ready to pull the steel pipe out and replace it with a new poly pipe.
Water running around the West side of my pond dam.
Water is within 6" of topping the dam. Highest I have ever seen it since flood of record in 1994.
So far, my County still believes in He whom we can't talk about here. (San Jacinto County Precinct 3 Constable Sam Houston.
by gizmom (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 22:01:35 GMT+5)
The B68 bull is out of Sinclair Rito 9R9 a bull we purchased as a yearling from Sinclair Cattle Company. The 9R9 bull did up an excellent job he was a son of Rito Revolve OR5 and Sinclair Lady Ida 6PV1 04F3. His dam is Gizmo Lucy 1119 6149 we purchased this youn cows dam because we like the genetic makeup she was Thomas Lucy 1303 an 8180 daughter, her sire was Coleman EXT 6149 a bull we purchased at a dispersal sale after seeing his flush sisters working in the Coleman herd. Probably the best purchase we have made, his daughters are everything we had hoped for.
The bull out front is 6149 the one in back is 9R9
Questions on Heifers/young bull/keep or cull
by hillbillyhammer (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 21:59:33 GMT+5)
by RiverHills (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 21:42:09 GMT+5)
Thanks for the advice TB and Sim!!! I will look into getting it without CTC and adding it as needed.
Another bottle calf problem?!
by Fdltcwgrl (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 21:39:23 GMT+5)
I have a 2 month old calf that had been doing super healthy happy all that good stuff and this morning he acted like he couldn't find the bottle kinda wobbly and just kind of lost looking got him hooked on and he drank a while bottle.
Then tonight he was laying under a truck got him up and he was just totally lost got him hooked on to the bottle then he drank a whole bottle he acts like there is something going on neurological...what should I do?
Electric fence gate options??
by RiverHills (Posted Sat, 28 May 2016 21:38:58 GMT+5)
Thanks for all the help everybody!!!!
I will probably just use wire for the gate and make wire hooks. I know it's far from perfect but I don't want to spend to much on this farm.