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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



The International Brangus Breeders Association's (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention is scheduled for February 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
Debter Hereford Farm's 44th Annual Production Bull Sale was held, October 22nd, at the farm in Horton, Alabama.
It's time to drag out the trusty crystal ball and take a look at what 2017 has in store for the beef cattle industry. For this to make sense we need to consider where we came from and how we got to where we are.
Expected progeny differences (EPD's) have done wonders in improving the quality of our cattle. My only problem with EPD's is there aren't enough of them for traits that I'm most interested in.
Whether the proverbial chicken or egg, another round of agricultural consolidation appears to be spurred along by suppliers dealing with narrow margins.
“Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars?” An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders meeting this summer.
A growing number of stockmen are calving later in the year (April, May or June) rather than early, to be more in tune with nature. They have green grass at calving time and less need for harvested forage when the cow's nutritional needs are peaking during lactation.
As of January 1, 2017, beef producers must comply with the new rule regarding use of antibiotics in feed. This rule is aimed at better management of certain antibiotics considered medically important to humans—putting them under more veterinary supervision. This is part of a larger movement to minimize development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Dung beetles, earthworms and pollinators are the good guys when it comes to the health of soil and grassland resources.
Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.
My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven't seen him for awhile because he's been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe.
Christmas Eve was always celebrated at a little two-room country school called Bethel School House out in the middle of Greggs' pasture.
For the cow-calf operation, the main goal is for each breeding female to produce a healthy calve once per year. That said, in the typical cow-calf operation, calving is, without a doubt one of the most important periods of the entire production year.
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.

An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.

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Interesting voting facts.
by BK9954 (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:58:50 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:BK9954 wrote:Rafter S wrote:If we went with a national sales tax it's true that there would be an immediate increase in the cost of goods and services, but since we weren't paying income tax we'd have more money to spend, so I wouldn't think that would be an issue. And think of how simple it would be if we didn't have to file income tax forms. I know there would be a lot of CPAs and lawyers out of work, but they'd find something else to do. And it would encourage people to save money since you wouldn't be paying taxes on investments or savings.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not an economist, or very smart, but I'm thinking it might not be a bad deal.
If we went to a national sales tax and didn't pay in income tax that means everybody will pay tax. What a wonderful idea. I have employees that work for me that didn't pay a dime in taxes, claimed their children and get $8,000 back, absolutely crazy. Everyone should contribute, not just the ones who make more.

Try paying your help better salary and they will not need the $8,000 to keep the household going. You do relize that the $8,000 is a subsidy from the rest of us to keep your business going.
Thanks for the advice but paying my waiters more is not an option. Making them claim more tips is like strip searching every night and running help off. Them claiming more tips is between them and the IRS. I all my years of restaurants I have never seen an IRS audit of a waiter. Intergrity is a personal choice.

Well that was a new one for me - think you could figure it out?
by Aaron (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:52:29 GMT+5)
alisonb wrote:Aaron wrote:so I tried to cover bases and put a magnet in her
gizmom wrote:My first thought was hardware disease but when you said you had put the magnet in I had ruled it out.Gizmom
Gizmom - you no doubt know this but for any beginners - When you insert a magnet in an animal it remains in the reticulum, it does not pass through the digestive system, it helps to keep metal objects anchored within the reticulum It sometimes works when you insert a magnet into an animal that has hardware disease and the hardware is in the reticulum and has not passed further on as in Aaron's cow's case. Some you win...some you don't.

I never said the hardware was further past the reticulum. Just that the damage was done before a magnet could isolate it within the rumen.

Bull for Charolais Heifers
by BK9954 (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:39:36 GMT+5)
Angusgirl wrote:Yes, I want something I could possibly show. If I didn't go charolais bull, would SAC Conversation be good on a char? I'm already ordering semen on him for an angus heifer is why I bring him up. I know they would calve fine to an angus bull, just curious if he would be a good cross on a char or not. I like Ledger and Big Ben a lot. So many bulls to choose from! lol

I'm in high school and beginning to build myself a herd, so I'm pretty new to this. Just trying to make sure I make the best choice for my girls.

I hear people say to always breed char heifers to angus bulls, so its gotten me hesitant on using a char bull on them. lol
I go lowest BW possible on all of the heifers I have had. My neighbor runs 400 head of registered Charolais. Sells premium bulls, top dollar. After 59 years in the business he has gone to jersey bulls on all heifers, heck they just produce a charolais that is a little creamy color and he never pulls a calf. Guys here hate jerseys but I have used them. If going AI I used the lowest BW angus possible. GAR Advance Angus and BACK TO BASICS Angus from bovine elite have both produced fine looking low BW calves out of my angus and brangus heifers. Sold top dollar steers and kept 1 heifer out of the brangus.

No Till Drill ?
by dun (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:26:25 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:Looked at Great Plains available on Tractor House:

2 1005NT
34 1006NT
0 1007NT

What does this tell me about drill features and cost?
Go to the great plains website and research the various models

Presentation-Vet recommendations
by dun (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:23:42 GMT+5)
ClinchValley wrote:Here where i live, chickens wouldn't last a week before they'd all be gobbled up.

That's about how I figured it. No matter how many chickens you have they would be eaten, more chickens would just bring in more predators.
As I have been taken to task for saying before, but I will repeat it, "There is no silver bullet"!

Craftsman tools
by hurleyjd (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:23:22 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:hurleyjd wrote:They do not guarantee tools against loss and that is what happens to mine. If all the tools I have planted through the years came up it would be as thick as a Chinese tallow tree forest. I saw craftsman tools at Atwoods and also fastenal.

Kinda like pocket knives for me..and fencing pliers. Some day in the far off future, some archaeological team will wonder just what the heck was going on around here--various tools buried in some ceremonial fashion.. is probably what they will think.

At one time the Uncle Henry pocket knife was guaranteed against loss for one year.

Guided hunts-mountain lion
by SmokinM (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:10:08 GMT+5)
In the process of planning the trip of a lifetime. Been saving for awhile to go on a lion hunt, I want to do horseback with hounds. Looks like Arizona is best for that most snow hunts they do by machines now.

Never booked a guided hunt and looking for advice or referrals. Only going to get to do this once and want it to be good. Would like to get a nice Tom but the hunt is really the trophy for me. I know a lot on here get to hunt a bunch so any info you can share is appreciated. Thanks!


trapping with snares?
by BRYANT (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:33:40 GMT+5)
I don't have much experience with snares either as for using them on beavers, now coyotes that's a different story. I did have a real beaver problem a few years ago on a place that they never had controlled them before I bought it. I started catching them with the 330's but it got to where I was not catching any and knew there were still some beavers there so I had the government trapper out. He said this is no problem I'll have them out of here in a week, well a week went by and still no beavers caught, he was using conibears setting them the same way I had been, He told me they had gotten ''conibear wise'' so he switched over to snares and first night caught 2. one was a old big sow and that was all there was left in this pond. Every year I have some move in, pond sets on a creek that they travel, as soon as I see any sign of beavers I take care of the problem

Where to learn pregnancy palpating
by RanchMan90 (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:31:03 GMT+5)
riquezada wrote:I won't be selling direct as bred cows but back through the stockyard several months later. After watching and paying close attention to my neighbor who at any one time has at least 300 cows I have decided to follow suit and do what he does but on a smaller scale. My plans are to buy thin cows out of the pound pen late fall. I will be keeping them several months to put them back in shape for a spring market. Preg check them and if bred then drop off at the local stockyard as bred when I drop off the fattened up pound cows. My plans aren't to buy one day and drop off at another stockyard another day but if someone does that I have no problem as it's their money, time and risk...I have always had a herd and basically sold some calves but I am seeing a potential here...I have the time, money, feed and most of all experience to try this...
How much profit per head do you think this would make?

Old Timer Made me Second Guess Myself
by BK9954 (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:46:01 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:BK9954 wrote:The history of this auction is it is almost been run into the ground after being one of the busiest. The auction on the Wednesday before that was taken over by a new owner has become one of the biggest in the area. Not by coincidence.
Welcome to the cattle auction world. Have seen many come and go. Very few stay good forever. Just learn and keep going and learning more.
Went to my vet yesterday, the consensus there with all the help and the doc is that what it was an inside job based on the history of that auction. He said he has heard some bad things about that place but nothing this bad. At the auction down the road this morning. Brought my trailer. Should go better then the last dive.

by ClinchValley (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:40:44 GMT+5)
We have well water various places on our farm. I have noticed that cattle, including calfs, will drink from a pool of dirty rain water when it is available instead of walking to the water tank. Which isn't more than 2-300 feet.

Sweet Sixteen
by kenny thomas (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:33:54 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:kenny thomas wrote:Dumb question but I don't know so here goes, did anyone ever make a 16ga over under?

There easier to find than a SXS the
only ones I know in current production is Stoger and CZ
Oh i have side by side in 16 in both a Savage 311 and a Winchester 24. Just the,21 still is,on my list.

Tight Calving Season
by Margonme (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:22:06 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:Margonme wrote:Stocker Steve wrote:Pretty tight. How did you select or feed to get this?

I use Vitafirm mineral all year. I firmly believe it improves fertility. Otherwise, they are on grass and hay. I do feed a mixed feed on a random basis to manage my herd and as a treat. There was no selection process. It is successful because of the time I spend watching heats and I have mastered the AI procedures. Last year I stuck 11 cows in sequence on first service. I had a couple this year that I stuck on second service. One was a heifer. I also bred about 5 both am and pm because I was not sure of their cycle. Using an extra straw to me is worth keeping their calving season tight.

Enlighten me master on your techniques Mr AI.

Below, I will add to what I posted on one of your previous threads:

1. Use quality semen.
2. Establish a routine for loading your gun - be diligent.
3. Heat detection is paramount. Regardless how good your techniques are, there must be an egg there when the sperm is there.
4. Yes. The cervix is like the nose, they come in different shapes and sizes but they all work the same. The cervix is easy to find. Not always easy to thread your gun through.
5. Learn to clean out too much manure. Makes a big difference.
6. Work your grip on the cervix to the vaginal end to close off the fornix. The little finger side of your palm will act like a funnel and the gun will go in easier on the more difficult cervix.
7. Make sure you do not go too deep. Use your index finger to feel the tip on the uterine side of the cervix.
8. Do as many cows as you can. Know the anatomy.
9. It is a blind man's game. Form an image in your brain of what you are doing. You are manipulating a rod through a fleshy opening that is pointing back at you.
10. It is not luck. It is determination. Enjoy the challenge.

I think success is enhanced more by good heat detection than anything. But I do believe a lot of people fail to understand the anatomy. It is very important to master the placement of the semen. I talk to friends who AI and I am convinced many are depositing semen in the fornix and thinking they are through the cervix. Second, I think some get through the cervix and fail to bring the tip of the gun back to the body of the uterus.


Black Bulls on Green Grass
by mncowboy (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:08:51 GMT+5)
Gizmom, I PM'd you when you have time. Thanks

Plastic hay rings
by TCRanch (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:02:56 GMT+5)
Atimm693 wrote:TCRanch wrote:They're steer proof as well. Found this guy yesterday, also a mental pygmy but not a progeny of our aforementioned bull. If they can get in, they can get out. Eventually.

That is one down side.

They get in there and think they're king of the hill, eat their fill and be nice on it for everyone else.


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