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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by Jeanne - Simme Valley (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:11:50 GMT+5)
I am a strong believer of using an eye patch. You can buy them "ShutEye", but I generally use old blue jeans (as suggested). Cut a 4-5" square, then just round off one corner. Put the middle point up with the rounded edge down. Glue both sides of top & stick over the eye, so the bottom is open & they can see "down" under the patch. I treat with 300 & use mastitis or Vetericyn to spay in eye, then patch & turn out. I hate to say it (bad luck???) but I have never lost an eye.
Cow will not take to AI
by jkwilson (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:05:21 GMT+5)
We had one that was a problem. We'd give her one AI attempt and then turn her in with the bull.
AI tech bred her twice 12 hours apart and she stuck two years in a row. Next time we were using higher cost semen and he gave her a shot of cysterellin and she took again with a single breeding. He believes her ovulation and behavior are out of sync to other cows.
Or maybe we just got lucky 3 times and we don't have any clue what is going on.
looking to buy first cows
by Jeanne - Simme Valley (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:03:43 GMT+5)
Welcome to the cow business.
Still no hay
by Jeanne - Simme Valley (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:55:44 GMT+5)
I like to use the JOBE water float. The mechanism goes under water with a string & ball as a float. Cattle can bob the float around, but cannot make the water keep running.
We are also Upstate NY and let me tell you, he has described our weather to a tee! I have 85 acres of hay ground. We do baleage for 1st cutting. We were able to mow & bale 37 acres, getting 10 bales to the acre - two weeks later than normal (around 6-29). We rutted the sh$t out of our hay field, and have not been able to get into any others since. Luckily, we had 180 bales left over from last year & with the 375 bales we put up, I have enough winter feed. I am grazing some of my hay fields now, but still hoping to put up some of our 1st, 2nd & 3rd cutting (LOL) as dry hay if we could get a break. Had 1" of rain yesterday, in about 20 minutes.
Solar energy failing?
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:52:44 GMT+5)
I read yesterday that the UK wants to ban any new fossil fueled cars by 2040.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/busi ... sions.html
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:50:01 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Rafter S wrote:As I've gotten older I've come to realize that unsolicited advice is rarely appreciated.
I learned that lesson many years ago, but it still doesn;t always help me to keep my mouth shut. What's worse is when someone asks, "what do you think?". I figure since they asked they really want to know. A bit naive of me I know.
I'm of the same mind. Figure they asked for a reason and want the answer, whether they like it or not.
(I'm pretty old, but ain't no snowflake, & if I'm doing something wrong, I still WANT to know about it)
Been my observation, that people that have cattle are pretty thick skinned anyway.
People with other animals...not so much..
My b-i-l raises hair sheep and some kind of goats. When I told him his sheep needed to be dewormed, you'd think I had told him his daughters were ugly. (they aren't, but that's beside the point)
'No good deed goes unpunished'
Angus in Texas
by Muddy (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:46:14 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:It's hard to tell from the picture, but is that Brahmans out in the sun?
Looks like Charolais X
Someone is using my bull without my permission to sell their genetics
by slick4591 (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:44:24 GMT+5)
There's a lot to be said for using watermarks. One of my Facebook pics ended up a guys blog from Bulgaria. I simply thanked him for thinking enough of my picture to use it on his blog. Checked 30 minutes later and the picture and comments had gone poof.
So it begins....
by TexasBred (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:35:08 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Saw a news story about this yesterday. Seems it's being touted as a better method for security and non-cash money transactions. Just hold your hand to the scanner at the door to a secure space and it's like using your access card. Hold it up to a vending machine and out pops your stuff and your account is charged.
Thieves won't be stealing cards, etc. Now they'll just chop off hands.
by hurleyjd (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:31:15 GMT+5)
dun wrote:hurleyjd wrote:dun wrote:Maybe you need to talk to more order buyers. The ones around here with dock a banded calf because they;ve been burned too many times by stags. I suppose if you knife cut and cut the scrotum off flush with the belly like it appears on a banded calf you wouldn;t know the difference. I've been told by feedlot owners that part of how they jusge the closeness to finsih is by the cod.
My dad used burdizzos (sp) to clamp the cord leaving the testicles and sack intact. I guess similar to a vasectomy. Does anyone use them any more?
Funny you should mention that. Last weekend at a local auction a set of small cheerio banders sold for 50 bucks (I know, I know). A set of large burdizzos sold for 5 bucks. I don;t think anyone new what they were.
by backhoeboogie (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:29:10 GMT+5)
ddd75 wrote:backhoeboogie wrote:My problem has always been longevity. Fix it up and you lose it.
i have a neighbors 12 ac .. he hasn't touched it in years. It's actually looking pretty good now with my cows on it.
Now he's asking me to mow, spray, etc... I'm like.. I'll mow it once, thats it.
After ripping all the trees down, getting it all nice.. new fence.. boom.. that place will be on the market for top dollar and not even a 'thanks' to me.
nah.. i'll just let it grow up and buy it for market price like it is.
There is a man who had his pasture leased sort of the same way. The kid on it really didn't need it any longer but he was going to stay since he had fixed it up so nice. The owner decided to go up on the rent. I helped the kid get his stuff off of that place. Anyway, that place has been sitting and is getting grown over with mesquites and weeds. It needs a little TLC and the owner will probably loose his tax exemption if it does not stay in ag.
Tractor Brand a Regional Thing?
by Brute 23 (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:19:43 GMT+5)
That is JD big deal. It's not that its better, there is just one on ever corner.
by callmefence (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:09:43 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:I've never used tordon. The little bottle rtu (ready to use), is that any good to tank mix for a foliar application?
Going off memory but I think it's only like 5 percent piclorsm and maybe 25 percent 24d
And 30 a quart. It's basically a homeowner type product.
Gordon is around 26 percent piclorsm. 75 per gallon
Grazon PD is around 12 percent
Tord an is corrosive. And had a strong residual in small amounts. Clean your sprayers
by dun (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:36:56 GMT+5)
Just like a watched pot!
Thinking long term
by cbcr (Posted Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:33:55 GMT+5)
WalnutCrest wrote:Stocker Steve wrote:I did not totally understand. You are trading semen with a respected French breeder?
Semen to France.
Embryos and semen to the US.
Import restrictions and the nuances of the French herd book are not inconsequential. There is a decent (or better) chance this won't happen ... but that they sought me out and want it to happen is a big deal to me.
There is no reason that it can't happen. With our dairy breed Montbeliarde, Coopex / Umotest in France have purchased one bull here in the US and are in the process of purchasing a second bull. The bulls will remain in the US and semen has been exported to France, Russia, South America and Turkey so far. The bulls are also in the Montbeliarde herd book in France with their US information.
Some of the very top bulls of any breed from overseas are not available for use in the US because of Schmallenberger disease. As some protection against this problem, some of the foreign bull studs are bringing embryos to the US to develop a breeding program in the US. Viking Genetics is one of the first to do this.
BLACK INK -- RISE ABOVE THE CYCLE
Is this a good time to expand your cow herd, now that the U.S. beef cattle industry is deep into a fourth year of its rebuilding phase? The consensus has a short answer: no.
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.