Virginia Cattle


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



Landowners often worry about trespassers entering their land, whether intentionally or by mistake, during hunting season.
Weaning is arguably the most stressful event in a calf's life. Combining stressors at weaning can inhibit immune response triggering health problems and shut off gains. Fortunately, cattle producers can understand stressing events and manage against the freeway pile-up that can occur at weaning.
If you deal with livestock, at some point you will also have to decide to treat a sick one or call a veterinarian to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Knowing what to look for and how to decide whether an animal needs treating and what kind of treatment is sometimes easier said than done.
Computers and the Internet have turned many businesses upside down and in many cases, eliminated them entirely. In this technological movement for improvement farmers seem to be ahead of ranchers.
Beef, in general is a quality, healthy product that has enjoyed a place in the world's diet for thousands of years. The world is a changing place, however, and as most of us are well aware, consumer's attitudes toward food, in general are changing.
Even though it seems barely out of its infancy, national herd expansion may be coming to an end.
Some ranchers hold their calves over as yearlings, to sell later when they are bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow them to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program—a drylot situation where they are fed a growing ration—until these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term “backgrounding” covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.

There are several ways to castrate calves and bulls. Regardless of the method, it's generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daniel Thomson, Kansas State University (Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology) says that castration, dehorning, branding are necessary but painful for the animal.

Wildlife enthusiasts often ask how to attract more animals to their property, and the answer is more complicated than most people realize.
Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving.
It's no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program.
Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection.
In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the transition process taking calves from the cow/calf sector on to the next stage of production. The initial destination may be one of several including a grazing stage, preconditioning operation, feedyard or some variation of these. In any case, the transition stage with the handling, transportation, lack of feed and water, comingling with other animals and the associated exposure to pathogens to which the calf has no immunity, all work together to create an extremely challenging situation. This commonly results in sickness in the calf, from which it may or may not fully recover. Worst-case it can result in the complete loss of the animal. All of these scenarios result in significant economic loss to the owner at whatever stage it occurs.
I've got the scars to prove that I've spent a good chunk of my life fixing and installing fence. Those fences could be sorted one of two ways: they were either defensive or offensive fences.

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Seriously....ez14 banned
by Bestoutwest (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:23:51 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:How did we get from talking about someone being banned to cooking fish. Surely there is a place on here to discuss cooking fish. How about going to recipes and cooking.

Hey, we got a good common ground conversation going. With as divided as everything has been, I'm happy. Don't knock it....

What is going on in our country.
by Bestoutwest (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:22:01 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:It's hard to believe that all big donors on either side won't get term limits put on the ballot. They claim that they want to help the common citizens. Special interest get a lot of things put on the ballot but it seems to hurt more than it helps.

I hate special interest groups. I think that's half the reason our country is where it's at. The only problem I see with this getting on there is that the other side will put a completely fantastical rider on it that will kill it, then the original group will say "See?? See?? Those guys are idiots for not passing this," and now we're more divided than before. I apologize for being so cynical and pessimistic, but I never thought our country would get to the point it's at today.

Craigslist Cattle
by Fire Sweep Ranch (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:20:40 GMT+5)
midTN_Brangusman wrote:slick4591 wrote:Angus heifer.

Slick a man could get rich quick if he could buy a semi load of those spotted angus heifers for $995!

Not only that, but she is a miniature! At a year, she is not much bigger than those Boer goats!!!!!! lol

Is now a good time to buy?
by angus9259 (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:17:39 GMT+5)
BK9954 wrote:Well, I,bought high and lost my aurph. What about now, auction buying a good option?

I assume you know auction buying - if so - then it might be the right time. Especially if you're in an area like me where feed is cheap.

That said, I was talking with my vet who is a reg simmi breeder. She'll be taking some breds to the sale this fall. She picks out all the ones she doesn't want. They will be bred and probably look pretty good - but there's a reason they are at the sale barn and not selling private. next spring (I'm a fall calver), I will do they same. If you can find a dispersal you'd be much better off than the sale barn. If it were me, I'd add $300-500 to each animal and try and buy some private. Still a good time to buy and maybe your odds of not getting someone else's problem goes up.

HOWEVER - as I said before - if you know sale barns and know how to deal with buying the stuff the other person didn't want..... go for it.

Best vaccine
by sske (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:15:25 GMT+5)
I need to vaccinate my cows and calves. From a couple months old up to a bred 8/9 year old cow. What's the best vaccine/vaccines to use? I'm not sure how much it matters but I'm in northern California.
Thank you

Breeding "High end" Simmental blood lines and determining calf prices
by angus9259 (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:11:21 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:At one sale the average price was $16,000 but I bought some of the sisters for $500/head out the back door.

I think the truly successful breeders of high end stock have worked hard and paid their dues by building reputations of being honest and standing behind their cattle and not being afraid to steer them when they don't meet the grade and I think it is their reputation, their devotion, their integrity as much as it is their cattle that earns these premiums.

These are great tips.

I would look to pick up some registered animals from someplace that has built their name - but not necessarily the top end at their sale. 99% of us will never make an expensive cow pencil and I would never ever take a loan planning to get that kind of money yourself till you had a name. Buy what you can afford from those places and use that as a base to start building your own name. BTW - nothing worse than paying for a $5000 cow and have it die before she calves - and you need to be prepared for that happening.

Cost to AI
by Margonme (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:38:09 GMT+5)
Ebenezer wrote:Cost is a poor question. The most loss is in using flash-in-the-pan new bulls via AI. Spend extra $'s on a bull or bulls that you know will really do some good. Unproven bulls are a high % failure and a greater expense. Much to be gained with proven bulls beyond AI cost.

Not taking one thing away from your point, it is sound. I will add that you have to factor in your objectives and market strategy.

If your market is fancy, high end cattle, i.e., show/seedstock, you better provide what the market in your area demands. The big demand here is for heifers AI bred to name brand bulls, and for bulls with name brand pedigrees, etc. And we both know some of those bulls are not proven. For example, in the Simmental breed, Cowboy Cut is the hot item right now, when heifers walk in the ring bred to him, they ring the cash register.

The market is complex. At the high end are a lot of rich people who like cattle. Almost like collecting rare artifacts. I sold a heifer guaranteed bred to Uno Mas because the guy collects Simmentals with her facial chrome markings. After I sold her, a 76 year old man called and wanted her. He wanted the name of the guy who bought her so he could try to buy her from him. The reason was the same, he said he was 76 and on his last Roundup. He liked the style of chrome she had.

Beef Bacon
by callmefence (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:11:22 GMT+5)
Florence dinner makes chicken fried steak breakfast on Saturday morning. It'll make you kick the pig....

Best Temple Grandin Books for Cattle Handling and Behavior
by TCRanch (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:35:09 GMT+5)
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Poll(Oct) - 'Resting'
by alisonb (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:33:03 GMT+5)
NECowboy wrote:6. Granddad holding little granddaughters hand.
How do you know it's not father and son?

Broadcasting clover into Bermuda
by BC (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:30:24 GMT+5)
I like crimson clover because it matures earlier and transitions out of the way for my bermuda and bahia pastures. Clovers are pretty specific. Considering you mentioned sandy soils, crimson would be a good choice. I know a lot of people like arrowleaf clover because it produces more tonnage, but my personal experience with it is that it hangs on too long into the spring. White clovers work well especially in bottom land situations.

Simangus, Balancer, Limflex , or BraunAngus bulls on heifers?
by WalnutCrest (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:21:15 GMT+5)
I guess it depends on whether or not you're willing to think outside the box or not.

If you want heterosis and calves that arrive with the shape of a piece of string (but still grow well), all around. These bulls exist.

We are the minority
by greybeard (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:20:47 GMT+5)
dieselbeef wrote:meat comes from walmart..nuff said
Yup, made and packaged by Chinese child laborers on an assembly line in Shenzhen China then shipped straight to Bentonville Arkansas. Any schoolkid/city dweller knows this.

Calf with mucas secretion
by BK9954 (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:15:42 GMT+5)
Normal? Never seen this on my other calves before.

Foods that require condiments to be palatable
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:14:14 GMT+5)
NECowboy wrote:M-5 wrote:I talking about , cubed steak, roast, chicken, pork, deer . Meat in general. HeII I tell the woman at mickyd's I don't need a sauce for chicken nuggets.

Good meat other than bbq style food needs no sauce. To me it takes away from the quality of a good steak or piece of prime rib. I don't even put ketchup on hamburgers I just like to taste the juicy, medium rare ground beef (not raw and bloody like the butchers son likes )
Yep....for me ketchup has one use and that is for french fries otherwise I never use it. Nothing on steak from salt, pepper and a bit of garlic.

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