Florida's cattle industry ranks in the top 15 in the US. It is mostly cow/calf production with very little feedyard or processing capacity. Florida's ranchers are comitted to conservation of the states natural resources. Cattle producers provide jobs for state residents and support a wide variety of businesses such as feed companies, equipment dealers and fertilizer manufacturers. Additionally, Florida's ranchers are strong supporters of Florida's youth. From county fairs to scholarship contests, they have worked hard to give back to theie communities.
Real estate developers are quickly buying up what is left of Florida's pristine ranch land. In an industry with historically low profit margins, it is hard for a rancher to give up cash bonanza for selling their land.
Florida once was a farm rich state, but with continued population growth and development, it is becoming a more urbanized region each year.
The Florida Cattlemen's Association works to create a greater understanding among Florida citizens of the problems faced by cattle ranchers and fact that rural and urban interests are interconnected and interdependent.
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New Bobcat Mount
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:00:15 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:That looks great. Glad you didn't use my guy!
Bigfoot, with all due respect, that has to be the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Looks like somebody just poked him in the butt with a sharp stick.
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:58:40 GMT+5)
Cross-7 wrote:Last year I stocked hybrid bluegill and bass at the same time.
TG said I should have waited and let the bluegill get established first and he was right as all I have is bass and having to buy minnows to feed them.
I have another that I've stocked with bluegill, crappie and 5# of minnows last week.
How long before I stock bass
It's pretty good size and has some cover
When those crappie get old enough to reproduce you'll have millions of them. Bass should stay fat.
Business Partner Drops Out
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:57:16 GMT+5)
Take nothing for granted. I would have him sign off on something releasing all assets to you in lieu of you releasing him from his debt. Just a bit of insurance to have later. Nothing like dealing with relatives especially close relatives.
Culling cow heard
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:55:25 GMT+5)
Failure to breed back in a timely manner
Failure to wean a calf that meets my criteria weight wise and quality wise
Poor udder and/or feet
I just don't like her !!!!!!!
Building that perfect cow
by Stanford777 (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:55:17 GMT+5)
I'm afraid the majority of folks on here are what we call hobbyists and closed minded to what they own is the best option for everyone. What is everyone's herd size??
by crossbredcalves (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:37:15 GMT+5)
I like the looks of both her 1st and 2nd calves. She did a good job with both.
No Winter Here
by Bestoutwest (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:25:15 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Bestoutwest wrote:This has been the worst winter on record. Usually we get 12 inches of snow for the winter, this year we got that in a week. I think we ended with about 2 feet. We had two weeks stayed below 29 degrees, got to -10 at one point. Its finally thawed out enough to start melting and it's almost gone. Wife's been a champ feeding and watering through it all while I've been parked with foot surgery.
Hopefully during this time you'll also get her to fix a little fence, clean the pens and service the tractors.
She did have to fix some fence!
What was the low end of the SAV sale this year?
by WalnutCrest (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:18:58 GMT+5)
I suspect you know the answer to that...
? about sowing tomato seed, like used to sow tobacco beds?
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:40 GMT+5)
Ky hills wrote:Thanks y'all.
M-5, I think I will try that too.
Bigfoot, I am just thinking of doing it part way, without the chemicals, probably will be pretty weedy though, just a semi small scale project.
There was some easy money floating around at either the ascs office, or the Nrcs office for hoop houses. You might check it out.
You could go old school, and burn to kill the weed seeds
by reeler (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:07:23 GMT+5)
Incredible pics! My fave is the "flush sister".
913 -Wow- never seen anything like her, glad she's docile!
New year new calves
by reeler (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:01:44 GMT+5)
Absolutely gorgeous calves, thanks for sharing
I think I won a convert
by reeler (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:48:43 GMT+5)
cfpinz wrote:reeler wrote:cfpinz wrote:I'm just glad it was only antifreeze.
Cfpinz, saw your post & 'Tightwad' avatar. Was wondering if you've ever eaten at Charley's Buffet? It's not far from your neck of the woods. It's closed for the winter, but I think opens back up in March. One of my favorite places to eat
I actually live in Virginia (can't say that I'm real proud of that these days) but travel thru Missouri a good bit. Hadn't heard of Charley's so I had to look it up, might have to add that to my list of stops next time I'm out that way!
Charley's is a wonderful place to eat, but only open on Friday & Saturday nights, from around march to november, so call before you head out there! Problem is sometimes the line is Extremely long, I've waited over an hour,But it was worth the wait! The food was originally all cooked by the Amish, not sure if that's still the case. I haven't been there in a while.Just thinking about it makes my mouth water Hope you get to try it.
Weaning a calf so she doesn't get bred.
by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:19:27 GMT+5)
If it's feasible for you and you know when momma is in heat, just get momma bred and you could still keep the calf on the cow for a while longer if you want
Pest control companies
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:04:20 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:I can't even get anyone to come out. We have chinked and caulked and still get overrun. Nature of a log home, I'm told. Only the 8-legged ones really bother me, although the cluster flies are not fun if you have company over during an outbreak
Go to your feed store or a TSC and see if they have Demon-WP....Walmart may even have it. Four pkgs. of powder in each large pkg and each makes a gallon of spray. Odorless and will kill whatever touches it. Has a long residual as well. A large pkg. should be $15.00..maybe a little bit more. Another good one is Tempo. Some pest control folks use it but is a little more pricey but available without any special permits or licenses required.
by alisonb (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:54:32 GMT+5)
Dot dot "-"
Where are the ladies pics???
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
As cattle producers one of our main tasks in day-to-day and overall management is providing for the nutritional requirements of the herd.
SALACOA VALLEY HOSTS TWO DAY SALE EVENT
Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 142 registered buyers from nine US States, Mexico and Australia who gathered at Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga.
INTEREST IN LEGEND LESPEDEZA CONTINUES TO GROW
Predictions swirling around for 2017 include very little improvement for beef prices and the possibility of some extended drought conditions in some regions. That means that every serious manager facing this possible scenario had better be looking for ways to manage on both sides of the ledger.
BLACK INK -- THE PAYOFF FROM PROGRESS
There's always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there's all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather task).
IT'S THE PITTS -- GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND BEEVES
I get my news from paperview. I read the newspaper. I don't watch much television and have found that your average security camera monitor is more entertaining than TV.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- PAST TIME FOR A UNIFIED INDUSTRY VOICE
Ignoring extremist animal rights groups in the hopes of dousing the flames of controversy might have seemed logical in the beginning. Limping along without having to commit more scarce resources to the fight might have seemed necessary. Now, these notions seem less quaint than downright destructive.
MANAGEMENT OF YEARLING BULLS IMPORTANT TO HERD
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management.
PRODUCERS SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVING PROTEIN NUTRITION
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on.
FRIENDSHIP FARMS SALE AVERAGES $4,010 ON 83 LOTS
The Friendship Farms Fall Bull Sale was held October 28, 2016 in Canoochee, Ga.
GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK HELD NOVEMBER 4-5
The GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock is an annual highlight of the Brangus breed, producing more chart topping A.I. sires than any other sale in the breed and the deepest offering of registered females anywhere, and 2016 was no exception.
PROPER BULL SELECTION CAN INCREASE RETURNS
The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets.
DROUGHT CAUSES SHORTAGE OF HORSE QUALITY HAY
Though we have received some beneficial rains the last few weeks the availability of hay, especially horse quality hay, is something that will continue to be problematic for several more months.
PASTURES REQUIRE REST AND RECOVERY FOLLOWING DROUGHT
The winter is typically a time that we count on for rainfall and cooler temperatures in the Southeast. By the time you read this article, significant rainfall may have fallen around the state already. However, this does not mean we are "out of the woods" on drought conditions.
PRODUCERS MUST MANAGE DRASTIC WEATHER SHIFTS
One of the joys of living in the south is the often mild winters we experience. However, as I write this article, we've currently just experienced one of the weather swings that Mississippi is famous for. A Friday of temperatures hovering in the upper 30's to low 40's to a Saturday of almost 80° to a Sunday of freezing rain and sleet.
RESEARCH TRIALS FOCUS ON WINTER PASTURE STOCKING
Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.