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.
SBBA FIELD DAY & IBBA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD
The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) will host a cattlemen's gathering at the Seminole Indian Reservation in Brighton, Florida, on Friday, Aug. 18.
TAKE MEASURES TO KEEP FACE FLY POPULATIONS DOWN
The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal.
FIRST-CALF HEIFERS REQUIRE DIFFERENT MANAGEMENT
First-calf heifers. Let's face it we all struggle with them at least to some degree. And it's an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country.
GENETRUST SALE AT CAVENDER'S RANCH HELD APRIL 22
A capacity crowd gathered at Cavender's picturesque Neches River Ranch to evaluate the largest offering of registered Brangus and Ultrablack females presented anywhere in the spring of 2017.
PRODUCERS FIND SUCCESS GRAZING COVER CROPS
Interest in planting cover crops on Mississippi row crop acres continues to grow, along with interest in adding livestock grazing on those acres. Cover crops have been used by growers of cash crops for many years to solve a number of problems. Erosion, water quality, nutrient loss, compaction, organic matter, and conversion to no-till planting have all been addressed by the use of cover crops
REMOTE DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS AREA GAINING POPULARITY
Remote drug delivery (RDD) systems, or dart guns, are being used more and more frequently throughout the beef industry for the delivery of antibiotics.
KNOWLEDGE OF GRAZING BEHAVIOR CAN AID MANAGEMENT
As ruminants, cattle can eat a lot of forage in a short time. Understanding and taking grazing behavior into account can help stockmen optimize production when managing cattle on pastures.
MANAGE FORAGES IN ANTICIPATION OF NEXT DROUGHT
A few years ago we were in the midst of one of the worst droughts in US history. It had huge implications on the beef cattle producer as well as most of production agriculture. Fortunately, these conditions passed, moisture conditions improved in most areas and we were back to normal.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY MOST MEMORABLE VACATIONS
It's summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- INDEXING OPPORTUNITIES
Selection indices, to me, are the most valuable tool we have to help us make more right decisions and fewer mistakes, says Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch at Throckmorton, Texas.
TENNESSEE FIELD DAY TO BE HELD JUNE 22
Whether you're a beef cattle producer or a tobacco producer, you can learn useful strategies to make your operation more productive at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day.
ABBA NATIONAL BRAHMAN SHOW TO BE HELD IN HATTIESBURG, MISS.
The ABBA National Brahman Show will be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., October 2-7, 2017 at the Forest County Multi-Purpose Center.
ABBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) held its 93rd Annual Membership Meeting March 8 in Houston where they initiated a new president, board members, and officers, and recognized outstanding members of the Brahman breed.
BE VIGILANT TO PREVENT HERD HEALTH RISKS
Beef cattle producers should be observant when conducting annual health vaccination protocols on their cattle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.
TAKE MEASURES TO PREVENT FOOT PROBLEMS IN HERD
As is common every year about this time, I have been getting calls and emails regarding hoof problems producers are seeing in their cattle. Generally this starts with I've been having several cases of foot rot over the last few weeks. . . . , and the follow up discussion covers potential treatment and prevention.
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by JWBrahman (Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:18:18 GMT+5)
The weird part is you have two Australians, an Englishman, and an Argentinean doing the most whining about American Herefords. Foreign competitors talking trash about America.
Look what happened when Nash Herefords posted photos of functional cattle with good feet, udders and pigment. They were immediately accused of being impure Hereford. Not by someone who has actually purchased and used their cattle, but by a foreign competitor.
How many cattlemen in the United States sell based on purity? Crickets
1) live calf every year
2) calf grows well on minimal inputs
3) carcass has above average yield with choice grade
Everything else is BS marketing, propaganda, and an outright attempt to destroy our reputation in the global marketplace.
1st attempt is a fail. Looking for feedback
by dun (Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:24:49 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:You have synched them once so you should have an idea when they are due on heat so put some patches on them and see if you can catch them on a natural cycle. Are you doing the inseminations yourself? Have you had much experience? It does take a bit of time to perfect the technique but persistence is the key and attention to detail.
Correct as far as it goes. But the cows being spun up, i.e. excited and nervous can also cause serious conception problems. As can extremely hot/humid weather.
looking to buy first cows
by wbvs58 (Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:38:22 GMT+5)
I'm all ears.
by Nesikep (Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:38:03 GMT+5)
hillbilly beef man wrote:Nesikep wrote:all you flatlanders!!!
Here's one of our local roads.. GEAR DOWN!
It aint steep till crap starts coming off the dash.
coming up that hill stuff does come off the dash... it's all washboard and there's a switchback every half mile.. I think you drop like 4000 ft in the course of a couple miles
I've about had it
by djinwa (Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:50:42 GMT+5)
Millions continue on in work they hate because they think they've either invested too much (college, etc), or there is some future reward that they might get.
That is where I found myself at about your age. And I thought I was mentally ill and depressed - went to shrinks for pills and counseling. Figured I could just change my brain and I could like what I hated.
Wasn't working. Out of desperation, I gave up my career that I hated and took a job in a warehouse for $8/hour, while I had 3 kids. Actually quite liked it, worked up to managing a pretty big operation. Play with a few cows on the side. No medication needed. Will need to work more years without the big retirement I gave up, but no problem given I don't hate my job.
A guy I know kept on in the same career, that he also hated, working toward retirement and was miserable all those years. Now with big retirement, he's bored and not happy.
Anyway, as Yogi Berra said, when you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can try this or that trick with your dad, but generally speaking, people don't change.
Happiness is worth more than money.
I wouldn't waste another day there. You're still young. The only thing worse than having wasted time there, is wasting more time there.
Not that big a deal - no regrets. There's only one way to learn some things - through experience.
Any money in Jersey Bull Calves?
by skyhightree1 (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:58:16 GMT+5)
Aaron9876 wrote:I've also wondered if there is any merit to picking up 1-2 cheap dairy calves, raising them on pasture, and butchering them for burger and maybe a few of the nicer steak cuts. Got more grass than cows...
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:23:00 GMT+5)
Al die motorfiets manne moet pasop vir die Brahmane!=All motorcycle men should beware of the Brahmans!
Gettin cussed movin hay
by Dave (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:16:25 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Dave wrote:dun wrote:I thought I was the only one that did that
I did that a dozen times yesterday. Hauling manure over to a neighbors hay field. I am only on the road for about 150 yards but with that side slinger manure spreader I can't see behind myself. About 50 yards before my drive I start slowly edging toward the middle to prevent anyone from passing.
Ever been tempted to turn it on when someone tries to pass?
(or you pass a bicyclist?)
There are times I would really like to but it throws the manure to the right. The bicyclist I would like to get are the bike races that occur here 6 or so times a year. But they go faster than my tractor so they would pass on the left. Dang it.
Calf leg problem
by kenny thomas (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:16:10 GMT+5)
Probably born with contracted tendons. If so as it gets stronger it will be fine.
multi min 90 without a script
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:06:18 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:A script is not needed when we buy it in Australia, must be a requirement to get it into the US.
Yeah they canceled my order from Australia when I didnt have one. I was buying 2 bottles to stock up.
Spray or clip?
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:47:09 GMT+5)
B I never believed in cutting cow feed unless I was putting it in a bale.
Anyone here raise pigs? Need feed advice.
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:40:23 GMT+5)
These hogs are about 75 pound feeders.
aim for behind the ear
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:38:40 GMT+5)
I either shoot them in the gut if they are over 100 yards or right over the front leg if 100 yards or less. Never lost one. I use a 45-70. Blows the guts out the other side. That cannon makes sure no matter where you hit them they aint reproducing again. I wont touch them unless I have to. After about 10 minutes it will look like their hair is moving and waving. Its all the ticks moving around because the blood isnt pumping anymore. Pretty gross. Those darn hogs are nasty things.
The juice is loose..........
by A.J. (Posted Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:38:11 GMT+5)
Based on his previous track record I'd bet he'll do something dumb to violate and will be back in some day.