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



“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.” Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
Green grass, blue skies and good cattle greeted buyers and bidders alike at the beautiful Neches River Ranch west of Jacksonville, Texas on April 23, 2016 for the annual spring GENETRUST Registered and Commercial Brangus Female Sale hosted by Cavender Ranches.
In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: “do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?”
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial busted record, while revenue matters to the fortunes of cow-calf operations, cost matters more.
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.
At the December 17, 2015 meeting the Brahman Foundation Board agreed to distribute funds to expand opportunities for Brahman youth. In an effort to support youth programs and developing leaders in agriculture, the group allocated $30,000 for use in scholarships, educational opportunities, showmanship and more for the year 2016.
The E6 and Registered Beefmaster Replacement Female Sale was held April 24, 2016 in Columbus, Texas.
“In times of declining cow-calf margins, it is important for producers to evaluate opportunities to enhance calf value while simultaneously managing cost of production,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his early-June market comments. Peel uses a variety of surveys and studies to underscore his point.
Have you ever thought about what you'd like to eat for your last meal?
Every year, members of the American Junior Brahman Association gather to compete in a variety of contests, showcasing their skills and their cattle. This year, 250 members from nine states will show off their more than 650 entries. The All American will be held in West Monroe, La., at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, July 4-9, 2016.
At the cow/calf and stocker cattle level, production systems are generally built on forage production, pastures, hay, etc. For these operations forages provide the bulk of the nutrients needed for the animals. In many cases because of inadequate management or simply uncooperative weather patterns, forage quality is not suitable for the pasture and hays to maintain the type of digestibility needed for the animal to extract the needed nutrients.
Red Angus Association of America CEO Tom Brink announced that Katie Ochsner, a native of Torrington, Wyoming, has been hired as a commercial marketing specialist.

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Any one live in modulars/double-wides???
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:57:00 GMT+5)
NECowboy wrote:greybeard wrote:Stick house.
Dave lives in NW Washington--Pacific Northwest.
You live in Nebraska.
Which is most likely to have cheaper building materials?

(Rock is expensive in East Texas where I live--almost free in West Texas where I used to live)

Stick built can use any type of materials - it ain't sticks. That's why I was wondering if he did cheap vinyl siding or what he did on it.

Of course materials gonna be more in Nebraska but you can't tell me that it's THAT much more expensive in middle of country. Wash State I would think labor would be expensive as all get out but maybe not once you get outside of Seattle Area.
Around here, stick built generally means lumber studs and built on site. Most current builds are stud walls, sheathed and with brick faced or hardy plank--some go with metal siding. I haven't seen any vinyl siding in a long time--hurricane country.
Mine was built in late 2008-finished May 2009. 1775 interior sq ft, 2x6" wall thickness. 2 bdrm. pine ceilings from end to end (they were not cheap) . Ready to move in, with all new major appliances kitchen/bath/laundry ran me $65/sq ft. Add another $5000 for the well + $5200 for waste water treatment plant bumped it up to $71/sq ft.
No garage.
There are no basements in this part of the world.

Best way to establish pasture?
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:16:48 GMT+5)
Pipeline company's contractor over this way uses a 'contractor's mix'. I was going to bum a sack off one of them to do my yard a few years ago till I saw what was in it.
The tag I looked at said:
common bermuda.
some kind of fescue.
annual ryegrass.
perennial ryegrass.

I didn't want anything with fescue.
I don't remember the ratios.

strange heifer incident?
by Nesikep (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:08:31 GMT+5)
That sucks.. been there as well.. This year I had my first C section on a heifer, we're about 2 hours away from the nearest vet, and he was an hour away from his office when I called.. Heifer did fine, but lost the calf with the 4 hour wait... I know I did everything I could, and made all the right calls.. after she worked for a bit and I saw the front legs with no progress, I put chains on and pulled a bit, but saw quickly the calf wasn't going to fit (110 lb calf an 900 lb heifer doesn't go together well), and made the call to the vet... $1000 later I had a dead calf and a tired, but healthy cow who went on to be a surrogate mother to a calf.. Figure I might as well have her do something for me while she heals.. Oh, and she bred back on the first cycle!

Mesquite regrowth
by Brute 23 (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:30:07 GMT+5)
You really need to boom spray the whole pasture annually. That seed bed will be producing plants the rest of your life.

Remedy and diesel should do the trick. Mesquite is easy to kill. Do a basil spray and be sure to get all the way around the base. If you drive by on an atv, spray it from one side, and go. The side that did not get poision will come back.

Carpenter Bees
by boondocks (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:28:13 GMT+5)
Jogeephus wrote:HDRider wrote:M-5 wrote:Google bee traps, easy to make and they work
I looked at them. They seemed pretty hokey. The idea they'd choose the trap over the 18,000 holes they have seemed too far fetched.

You need to bait the trap. Kill a female and place in the container and it will fill with others.

This is all I use and works well. I put the female inside the trap and now the trap is filled all the way to the first line and more are trapped each week.

This was helpful to us last year on the earlier thread. We had several ready to go this year and have caught a bunch of bees (not all, I'm sure). Didn't know you had to get a female--we just hung them and walked away. Nice fresh wood helps I think???

Truck Shopping
by Brute 23 (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:24:11 GMT+5)
talltimber wrote:Great.
Well, I have 38+ on it now with no problems yet. There was a recall on a front end part, I think, that they've fixed.

Tie rods.

My issues all started at about 70K miles. Look in to deleting it if you plan on keeping it.

working heavy bred cows
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:18:12 GMT+5)
I'm always watchful running heavy breds down a narrow alleyway anyhow, and won't do it unless I just absolutely have to. They go down, got no room for their ribs to expand and I've seen 2 in North Texas suffocate before they could get the alley tore apart or a fel positioned to get them up.

Thoughts on these two (soon to be) Shorthorn Steers.
by RoppFamilyFarm (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:41:30 GMT+5)
This fall will start my sons first year in 4H, he is super excited and can't hardly wait!
We only had 2 Bull Calves born this spring and we need to choose one to keep for his project and one to sell to help pay for all the expenses. I am looking for everyone's honest opinion and input. They are both February Calves born 5 days apart. They both have a wonderful temperament and are already halter broke. We weaned them early due to lack of forage and needing to bring up mamas condition before breeding again. They were both weaned off mamas at 90 days and put on PreCon and milk replacer. They are fed free choice hay and creep feed while on pasture.

Thanks for taking the time to share your opinions!

"Johnny Cash" Sire: Hot Commodity DOB: Feb 9 BW: 72lbs Weight 420 lbs. ADG: 2.67

"Captains Valentine" Sire: Captain Obvious BW: 100 lbs. Weight: 492 lbs. ADG: 3.01

by sim.-ang.king (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:21:45 GMT+5)
I missed it also.

Dang Hilary...

What I'm seeing today
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:59:00 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Them's some spooky lookin cows Sky--they been drinking radioactive water or you been buying cows from that old voodoo lady again?

The voo doo lady gave them to me at a deal

Waterer question???
by greybeard (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:11:21 GMT+5)
If any of these rednecks around here saw that in the river they'd call the sheriff saying the Russians or a UFO had landed......

How do I get into your shoes(boots)?
by james.dyer (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:01:12 GMT+5)
I am blown away by the responses, thank you! I was curious on what everybody's opinion is concerning where the land for the cattle would be in relation to your home. I am currently in the process of buying a house, and naturally, I am looking for a place with as much land as possible(at least 5 acres just to start out). I can find a home on 5-10 acres relatively easy here in south east texas, but the homes are usually small and old. Or, I can buy a nice, new house in a neighborhood, and just try to buy a separate tract of land off a good hour or two away....

What are you willing to PAY ??
by True Grit Farms (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:55:12 GMT+5)
Congratulations, I owe I owe it's off to work I go. I'm looking forward to the tour and house warming party.

A good story about law enforcement
by JMJ Farms (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:40:42 GMT+5)
Thanks for finding something positive in the headlines Bigfoot

Tractor House price data ?
by Caustic Burno (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:34:56 GMT+5)
Hesston makes a good baler liked it better than the Krone and Vemeer.
All of mine were twine I won't even buy hay that is not net wrapped.

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