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



Cow-calf producers use a variety of efficiency measures to help manage production systems. Many of these are technical efficiencies that capture physical measures of output and input use and range from very specific measures to more broad-based values that incorporate a range of production components.
Beef producers ask experts lots of questions designed to improve production, so to help them start 2018 with the best practices, University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Smith answers the four most frequently asked questions of 2017.
Over the past decade, dramatic weather changes such as drought and parasites have created a set of new challenges for Texas beef cattle producers.
Do you castrate your bulls? In 2006, Oklahoma State University research estimated that more than 17,000,000 bulls between one day and one year of age are castrated in the United States.
Winter months remind us of possible nutritional concerns cattle can face. There are several nutrients that may become deficient in cattle diets, however this first in a series highlighting some more common mineral deficiencies and toxicities seen in Alabama cows will cover selenium associated problems.
The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis.
Occasionally cattle suffer fractures, and it's generally a leg bone. Often it's a young or newborn calf, and the fractured limb should be cast or splinted.
There's a fad occurring in the western world that I'd like to encourage. Ranch people are naming their kids rodeo-inspired words.
Every cattle farm has flies and are considered a nuisance. However, fly infestation reduces performance and certain flies are responsible for spreading diseases such as pink eye and potentially anaplasmosis.
Hooter couldn't remember the last time the inside of a crew cab felt so good. His partial round of miniature golf with Myron—just Myron—on a blustery West Texas morning left his hands beyond numb. He knew they'd sting like blazes when they started to thaw.
Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the "Premium Red Baldy" program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females.
An independent survey of beef producers found 74 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program; this finding is five percent higher than the survey a year ago.
The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) International Committee hosted guests from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua for an International Brangus Seminar Nov. 26-28 at IBBA headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.
Livestock producers across the Southeast are always looking for an edge: some forage source that is ideally high-yielding and high-quality, reduces the need for supplemental and stored feed, while it performs well in less-than-ideal soil and weather conditions, and has a fertilizer bill that doesn't break the bank.
Texas A&M AgriLife and Colorado State University researchers are teaming to evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and programs to assist producers with meeting requirements for exporting to China, and helping the U.S. beef industry capitalize on future export trade revenue.

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A friend rethinks things
by Bigfoot (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:24:54 GMT+5)
herofan wrote:Although stress has always been viewed as a negative thing, I think some people actually have to be under pressure in order to feel alive. That?s certainly not me. I try the avoid stress. I?ve also never had one thing that was the focus of my life, even when it comes to fun

I don?t know if I?ve mentioned before, but I sing with some guys on occasion. We do some local gigs on occasion, and sometimes have an out of town gig; it?s fun. It?s like a little taste of the limelight. I?ve always loved music. The guys are good, and we rarely practice.

We have all said, however, that if it got to the point we were practicing three times a week and playing every weekend, it would then become work and no longer be fun.

I feel that way about most everything. I don?t like for my life to be consumed with activity.
I like being available when my daughter calls from college and says, ?hey dad, you want to come down and be with me tomorrow??

I?m curious, for those of you who do work a lot, how do you work out family time and obligations?

Currently, my children are involved in my farm work. I may view it differently, when they are not. I would say, that my children have some activities, that I have never witnessed. The activity that I deem most important is rodeo. I've never missed one. May have spent too much time at rodeos.

We buried my MIL today. My wife's side of the family all live out of town. We gathered at my MIL house after the funeral. I stayed about 30 minutes, and had to leave. Cows calving, calves up being weaned, still feeding hay, the list goes on and on. I was gone about 3 hours, and rushed to get things done. Could have gotten someone from my family to cover for me. People with stock to tend, all know. Nobody can just walk in, and do what needs done. I know which cows are springing. I know where everything is,and how to do it.

I honesty, didn't feel bad at all. I might should have, but I didn't. My wife knew she married a busy man. My kids realize, what goes on. I begged my son not to come with me, but he wanted to.

I never have less than 8-10 hours of work to do at my job. I have an almost equal amount of work to do at home. I could actually work more at home, but I leave some stones left unturned.

This'll get your thread shut down, but I have to be honest. Faith with out works is dead. My service to God is what is suffering. Farm work makes me happy. Cows/horses/rodeo are pure enjoyment to me. They partially (see I even try to smooth it over) block me from doing things that need to be done to grow the kingdom.

I took time out today to check a few cows. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. His need of labor is far greater than mine.

Heifers will make you old
by coachg (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:10:53 GMT+5)
With 16 heifers to calve I knew it would be a long spring. First 2 , no issues but # 3 nothing seemed right. Didn't know what day she was bred but full bag, swollen vulva, nervousness ; all the signs she was close. Checked her twice a day ,sometimes 3. No outward signs she had calved but my gut told me something not right. Looked the woods over walked every inch of the pasture nothing. Bag going down but no sign of sucking by a calf. Well this morning I go over before church and as I drove across the dam of the pond I see her calf floating in the pond , probably dead a week or more. No signs of wear on the bottom of the bull calf's hooves. I think she dropped him in the pond. #4 on the ground and up nursing this afternoon. 4 down 12 to go; it's going to be a long spring !

convert FEL to quick attached?
by saltbranch (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:10:24 GMT+5)
I have a Case 485 that I use a ratchet rake on and I basically use it like small bull dozer clearing brush around our place. Having driven some newer, smaller tractors with the quick attach. I am getting the itch to convert this old beast. Is it worth converting this old tractor? I want to do it, then I don't. I think just by the design of the old tractor, seeing the attachment will be hard to do. I think I might lose to strength in the quick attach mount vs the 4 pin mount I have now.
Any thoughts, been the done that advise?

Asking prayers for my Mother
by Ryder (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:51:29 GMT+5)
May she have a complete recovery.
Blessings on her, you and others in the family.
HIS will is to heal. May HIS will be done.
So mote it be.

Branson Tractors.....
by chevytaHOE5674 (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:50:19 GMT+5)
If there is no way to change the tractor to the proper 21 spline 1000rpm shaft then it's useless for anything requiring a 1000rpm pto. You don't want to be running some adaptor on heavy cv style shaft spinning at 1000rpm, as any slight vibration will shake things to death... and in most cases with a cv joint you can't just go changing the yoke over to a 540 style.

Bending New Nails
by cbcr (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:29:53 GMT+5)
The nails aren't as tough as they used to be. Seems like everyone uses nail guns.

If you are driving nails, another thing you can do is dip the end of them in grease, they will drive easier.

Best Bull Pic Ever
by gdale (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:22:41 GMT+5)

JYF Yieldmaster, a polled fullblood Limousin sire from Canada that we've AI'd to. I've been using one of his sons to natural service my herd (second pic shows that son with a yearling heifer)

I Gotta Get Better
by slick4591 (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:18:14 GMT+5)
Finally. Big heifer around 110 to 115 was the hardest pull I've had to date. Took mom a little while to get her feet but was mothering it when I left.

Emotional attachment to land
by littletom (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:54:50 GMT+5)
I was just reading boon docs post and thinking. There was a morning last January it was bitter cold i started before daylight about 4 degrees best i remember. I was at the 3rd pond chopping ice. I looked up at the stars and thanked god for the life and chance to be a farmer. Farming and this farm really means a lot to me.

New to AI
by bse (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:53:18 GMT+5)
You can do a lot with AI mate different bulls to cows to express what they may need.
Takes some time and thought, but whoever is doing the work should be able to make suggestions.
Probably cost $4500 or so for 75 cows that's $60 per head. should cover drugs, cidr and semen maybe a little cheaper with that many. Should be able to eliminate a bill so some savings there.

?Gold Nugget????
by lms0229 (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:41:24 GMT+5)
Thanks for your replies; i really appreciate the insight. Any of you have experience in growing and harvesting your own cattle feed outside of hay fields?

by bse (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:39:03 GMT+5)
For me it would depend on how many heifers, if you have 30 days, run the test and feel better about it, with just parents average, CED would be 7 that would scare most around here, marginal for me.

NCAA Basketball
by Bright Raven (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:25:54 GMT+5)
UNC and Michigan State both gone. This is a very unique tournament.

Semen tanks
by southernultrablack (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:25:44 GMT+5)
I?ve got a Taylor Wharton XT20, ABS guy comes around every 12 weeks to fill it.Seems like it doesn?t matter whether it?s summer or winter, it?s usually down to about 22 centimeters at fill time. I think it holds about 720 straws of conventional semen.

by bse (Posted Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:22:09 GMT+5)
I use Prima tech have several, just always keep them clean and little vegetable oil on the o rings

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