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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



Summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating.
The cow-calf production unit is the basis for the entire beef industry. The production of quality calves requires strict attention to the health of all calves, cows and bulls in the facility.
Chutes and calf tables have made livestock handling easier—on the animals, and for the people doing the job, whether branding, castrating, dehorning, implanting calves, etc.
Despite having lived in, or near, rattlesnake country my entire life I've never known anyone who actually got bit by one, let alone got bit and lived to tell the tale. Until now, that is.
As the bull-buying season gets underway, commercial cattlemen should do their homework to help ensure the bull(s) they purchase this year meet their needs.
The concept of a value added calf (VAC) program is not new today, but in the late 1980's it was thought to have little value in some circles.
LeRoy was ancient. The lines in his face looked deep enough to hide in. His hair, mostly silver now, was still thick; his black eyes continued to sparkle with mischief.
When it comes to genetics, bull selection is the most important decision the cow-calf producer has to make.
Sometimes it only takes a couple of 2-cc subcutaneous shots to head off problems down the line. Sometimes it takes a few tons of steel, careful planning and focused construction.
As we enter the fall months, weaning time is at hand for most spring calving herds. This is the exciting time of year when producers are able to reap the benefits of a year's worth of work and planning.
The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.
To begin, I do not believe it is appropriate to recommend "cookie cutter" vaccination programs. Your vaccine program must be developed with your risks and expectations in mind.
Getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail.
Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $400 million. Development and selection of the best females to join a productive herd is one of the most challenging aspects of a beef operation, and two of the keys for success, not surprisingly, are: 1) start early and 2) have a plan. Weaning time is not far off.
When culling cows, it is important to have a plan, and this should include pregnancy testing and closely evaluating every cow.

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Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?
by greatgerts (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:40:00 GMT+5)
NonTypicalCPA wrote:So far his testosterone hasn't gotten him in trouble. The worst thing he's done is get his nose ring caught on my gate latches when rubbing the posts. Nothing funnier (I feel a little sorry for the guy) that seeing a 1200lb bull stuck to a gate latch by his nose ring.

Had to add tennis balls to them. He's done it three times in a year.

I had one get his ring caught on a guard from a sickle mower. We got him out, and a few weeks later, while feeding, I noticed it looked like he had 2 mouths... Ripped that sucker right out! Still acted very calm after that.

Scary experience
by cowgirl8 (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:35:52 GMT+5)
jkwilson wrote:Some of the happiest experiences of my life have involved closing the trailer door behind an animal that made my life harder than it needed to be.
Lol, we sold a mule once that I had the exact feeling. We all did a dance when he left.
These girls have been culled numerous times to this point. I saw one push through the others but not sure if that is a sellable offence. THey were all moving around just like any other time cows are penned. It wasn't a violent stampede, more like at a concert and people want closer but forget that the people in front have nowhere to go...

Sky Found These
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:32:29 GMT+5)
I use to use federal and Remington much shot and seems something has changed and quality has went downhill... The cheap Winchester shells shoot great and hard so I've been using them. This may be a good alternative brand you posted for 12 gauge too.

Poop questions
by Turkeybird (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:57:31 GMT+5)
Highpoint wrote:Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Comparison research done by TAMU: ... it-matter/

Jeanne this is one article I can disprove at least if the canola is GMO which it never says. I tell as many people as possible, stay away from corn, soy and canola unless organic. Period.

Inflammation is now known to cause heart disease to name just one of many diseases and it is scar tissue that piles up in the arteries from fiberblast cells being called in each time one puts them in their body. Well unless the doctor has put you on immune surpressant (arthritis meds) or removed your spleen. This article has a long list of flaws. They assume the old recommendations are still valid. B.s!

New Acquisition
by elkwc (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:41:09 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:elkwc wrote:Nesi I agree I like a frame 5.0-6.0 will give a little on the top but like to keep them in or close to that range. Here if a feeder is a 5.0 or less they get docked heavily. The feeders like the taller, stretchier cattle here.

You don't eat the legs. In Florida the taller and longer the better. But the cattle had to hustle for a living and never seen a bale of hay. When you direct market to the public your going for marble which equals a better tasting and more tender piece of beef.
Believe it or not you can actually breed cattle for tenderness, marble and back fat. And then if you pay close attention to the breeding, you can take it one step further and do it ALL on grass and hay only. The cattle cost more dollars up front but the rewards are no input cost besides hay, and a premium price for your product. Not being able to supply your retail market at a premium plus price is sure a nice problem to have.

No you don't. First the feeder buyers here demand a frame 5.0 or higher. Second our environment and terrain demands more leg in order to utilize our pasture. We each have to raise what will make us the most money. As my uncle a great cattleman that recently passed away that managed a 45,000 acre ranch with one hand always said he didn't have time to ride around and pull the short legged cattle off of high center on a large rock everyday.

by wbvs58 (Posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:41:14 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:dun wrote:It means to allow grass to grow and not graze it till a later time. Works best with cool season grasses that will have a growth period in the fall. Then it will be grazed during late fall or into winter.

Thanks, I knew it had a connotation of "saving it for later" but didn't know if it was cut or left to grow, and if cut, "piled" in some form or fashion!
We essentially do that, I guess. We have some fields we usually only get one cutting of hay from. We then let them grow into the fall then polywire them off until it starts to head into snow, or gets so wet that we don't want to ruin the field for hay. In the fall, we have problems with deer breaking thru the poly. Keep trying to get a nuisance permit (or better hunters!). Have a "resident herd" of about 25-30 deer. Or giant lawn rats as a friend calls them.

We have the same problem except with kangaroos, they are just big rats.


Feeder futures
by Dave (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:15:49 GMT+5)
J&D Cattle wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:J&D Cattle wrote:Just saw that. Hope Dad left his calves standing. He was going to haul a few in this morning.

This market has been all over the place. Read something over the weekend that they thought we had put the bottom in and we should see some slow increases to actual feeder prices. Some are calling for cull cows to head even farther down. Who knows???

I will have freezers full of ground beef before I give them away.

We bought about 30 broken mouth cows and calved them out this spring. Some of the cows could stay around to have another calf but several need to take a ride. As I said in another thread we are weaning the calves off early and will try to heal them up and put some weight on them. Might roll the dice again if cull prices head that far down.

I did about 35 broken mouth cows this last spring. The cows left 3 weeks ago. Straight to the plant. The calves left last week. I am real glad they all left when they did.

by tater74 (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:52:21 GMT+5)
Happy Birthday.

New farm truck
by jedstivers (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:38:50 GMT+5)
Ky cowboy wrote:After looking for weeks, and several heated conversations at car lots finally found a 2010 chevy 2500 it has 132k on it. It's the nicest truck I've ever owned just hope it will last
Gas or Diesle. Either has a lot of life left. You should be happy and that's not many miles unless it came from the Delta. Mine is a 15 with 115,000, you wouldn't want one that's been where it's been.

North Korea
by boondocks (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:35:47 GMT+5)
One of the things that worries me is that we're all getting distracted by internal controversies and so-called culture wars, while what should be our REAL enemies eat our breakfast (China) and bomb us (or our allies) by lunch (NK).

Kneeling in the NFL
by boondocks (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:30:33 GMT+5)
djinwa wrote:My problem with this is I'm tired of victims.

They say you can divide the country into the producers and the parasites. And to be a good parasite in today's society, and to get benefits, you have to promote yourself as a victim.

So women and blacks especially promote themselves as oppressed. If a black cop killed a white guy, wouldn't make the news. No riots, no kneeling during the anthem, or whatever.

Today at work, I suggested that all the white guys get together and take a week off work and let the economy and infrastructure collapse. One guy said he couldn't - he had bills to pay. I said, that's my point - while you're busy producing, the rest of the country is spending their time protesting, so they can sponge off you, and tell you what a lousy POS you are.

The parasite load will continue to increase until we can no longer support them, and there's going to be some serious conflict. That's why someone needs to put an end to this nonsense now, but everyone wants to be politically correct.

Besides all that, not real bright to offend half your customers. Imagine running a restaurant and making a scene.


Been thinking for quite a while I have better things to do than watching the NFL. Time to move on. Was thinking I might go to more high school games and watch some local boys that do it for fun - not someone we bid on.

I have friends, family and neighbors who are liberal, conservative and everything in between. (Most don't fit neatly under some stupid label). Even know a few protestors or rallyers personally. Whether left or right, I have never personally known a protestor or rally attendee who didn't work. But I guess it's easier to dismiss a difference of opinion if you can dehumanize someone or make them out to be welfarians. All those folks at the "MOAR" on welfare? How about the Malheur guys? Charlottesville white supremacists? Protestors supporting the Confederate monuments? All on welfare? (I've seen a lot of protestors and rallies on the news the past few months. They have not all been women and black folks. You may want to change your channel now and again). Referring to people you disagree with (but have never met) as deadbeats is also an intellectually cheap way to not have to engage with the issues the other side is raising. By way of example only: is it that the NFL kneelers are paid too much? Or that they are jobless losers? I am hearing both complaints on this thread. Just like I'm hearing that we don't want them to protest violently, but we also don't want them to quietly kneel either. I wish they'd pick a different method too, but I can't condone the rank hypocrisy and double standards.

Pasture renovator
by 5S Cattle (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:18:46 GMT+5)
Wheat doesn't need much cover at all. I had a decent stand last year just broadcasting into Bermuda. Let us know how it works

Selling chickens eggs in the winter?
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:14:50 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Who would want to be out selling eggs when the temperature is 0 degrees anyway?
Just the thought of it makes me want to and

This whole thread didn't really make any sense to me truthfully... I didn't know eggs were so important that you have to come up with a contingency plan for people to get them in sub zero temps. I would venture to say if your gone 7-6 m-f then the egg business is definitely not worth worrying about availability for people buying them.

Had a little fun yesterday
by 5S Cattle (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:09:56 GMT+5)
What clutch are you running in there nesi?

Hay Season 2017
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:06:11 GMT+5)
1982vett wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:I am getting started on 2nd cutting its really thin from when we were in a drought...

Does anyone ever square bale millet?
Used to square bale haygrazer before round bales were invented......

good to know thanks maybe next year

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