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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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Charolais Health
by BK9954 (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:39:09 GMT+5)
jerry27150 wrote:smokies don't sell good, & when you cross angus & char you get some rattails that sell for a little of nothing. I personally have nothing to do with chars anymore
Not sure what "Rat Tails" are, can you explain. The smokies were going for pretty good money today. Charbray were being sold as well. Darn big animals. A little wild, but so were the charolais.



Old Timer Made me Second Guess Myself
by RanchMan90 (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:09:26 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:Your smaller calf prices are way above here.
Yep, $1.80 to get a 400 lb #1 black steer bought and $1.50 on heifers. Trump's already making America great again lol.



New year new calves
by Kenany Farm (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:44:11 GMT+5)
how is the twin doing?



Can cow with no uterus go into heat?
by dun (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:25:49 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:Yes if she is a free martin (twin to a bull) she can have parts of the female reproductive tract and not all; many are lacking the uterus or parts of it, most seem to have at least one ovary but not always. She can "come in heat" with the typical signs of mounting and being mounted. They are often used on dairies as "heat detectors" so they don't have to deal with bulls, and only use AI for breeding. They usually are very active, more so than a late castrated steer. We always have the vet check the "free martin" females to see if they are "good" as far as a normal feeling repo tract. There is also a blood test I think. If he did her 7 months ago, and she was showing heat signs, and the bull was breeding her, there may be an accumulation of fluid that will get "stuck" in the partial vagina and it can't go anywhere if there is a dead end.
We use a rod like AI and see if we can go in; the tract is small in a heifer but it is easy to feel if it is all there if you know what you are feeling.
Have a dairy that has the uncanny luck of getting more "free martin" heifers that wind up being good than anyone I know. Vet friend said that if they are forming in different horns, sometimes the male hormones, which develop first, don't "invade the placenta" in the other horn and the heifer will develop normally. They are milking 3 that are "free martins" right now.
If they carried a pregnancy they aren;t freemartins. Just being born twin to a bull doesn;t make one.



finishing steers
by No Rest Farm (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:09:24 GMT+5)
I've sold by hanging weight for a number of years. I always explain the process to each customer. Often I give the exact details of a steer that was butchered the year before. And most importantly customers should understand that each animal is different so the amount of finished product will be different every time.



Well that was a new one for me - think you could figure it out?
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:00:31 GMT+5)
fencing staples are the really big ones most places.. for tires as well as for cows.. Gotta remember that cows really don't chew when they eat.. it pretty much goes straight down to be chewed later... Cows also don't have mouths that work well for spitting with all the barbs designed to keep food IN.



fix this (cast iron)
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:54:00 GMT+5)
definitely have to take the assembly off!.. this is a job that should be done once, but done right

I think it's the Eagle 88 rod (or 180) that's a high nickle rod that I've used for this kind of work... definitely have to gut EVERYTHING out of it, V notch it out until there's pretty much nothing left, HEAT HEAT HEAT, then start filling it up.. Might help if you had a brass or copper pin to put in there saves you some grinding later and keeps things aligned.

If you had a coal forge or something you could braze it.

Is this one of those JD's made in India by chance?



black buzzards, any other ideas
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:49:19 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:But we were told here that "TECHNICALLY" they are protected and cannot be shot/killed in any manner due to that law that protects all raptors, etc. Like we cannot legally shoot an eagle or a hawk or an owl etc and so on.

You can take them if they are needed for a native religious ceremony.



What's something you've done, 99% of us haven't?
by Kathie in Thorp (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:47:03 GMT+5)
I hunted for years as the only gal in elk camp, and I wasn't the camp byytch . . . that's nothin. I worked with/particpated in activities for a cancer kids camp in Idaho . . . that's nothin. Have smothered two different people that were on fire, but that was reaction . . . that's noth'n. Got rolled down a sand dune backwards with a 4-wheeler once, and enjoyed my Corvair driven sand railer during same time frame. Had more horse wrecks than I'd like to have had. Did quite a few trips ocean fishing in S. California and in Baja, and that was someth'n! Would like to do more of those out here. Shot my share of elk and deer, but that's what we do out here. I offered bone marrow for a local sick kid once, but turned out his mama was running a scam for money; that was truly noth'n. I don't take vacations -- not like REAL vacations. That would be something! I kinda like the quiet life.



Jersey bull on first timers
by Son of Butch (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:42:44 GMT+5)
OzssieDave19 wrote:
Has anyone whacked a jersey bull over angus or hereford cows to get a little calf out and then gone on to the prefered breed after that.

Ozssie... Ozssie... Ozssie... Oi.. Oi.. Oi?
Where are you located?



Bull for Charolais Heifers
by riquezada (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:39:49 GMT+5)
I run mainly Charolais and CharX cows. I periodically use a Jersey bull for heifers but sometimes between having a Jersey some are bred to Charolais. I haven't pulled a calf in over 10 years...but could happen tomorrow...I kept a few Charolais Jersey Xs for cows. They were great but culled a little earlier than usual for bag issues. My current heifer bull is just a bit under 1/2 Jersey, rest Angus.

I have a day job so I haven't tried AI due to time issues. We don't live on the farm



Interesting voting facts.
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:10:17 GMT+5)
Sickening isn't it? I make less than 30,000 and even with drs recommendation, letter and visits to support it, can't get any disability without a fight; will have to be "not working" to prove I "can't do my job" and might take 2 years to get, and I will be able to retire at 66 in 2 1/2 yrs....
That's why we need to do whatever it takes to STOP all the ones that work the system, and make them live on what they make like us hard working "stupid" people do.



The NCBA convention in Nashville.
by cowski (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:01:11 GMT+5)
my son and i are going $125 apiece hope its worth it.



Tight Calving Season
by Bigfoot (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:54:45 GMT+5)
Margonme wrote:Breeding season is over. All Bred AI on natural heats. Ronnie has not passed 21 days post AI. She was the last to calve in October. If she sticks, here is my fall 2017 calving season based on 285 day gestation period:

Miss Mo 9/10. Uno Mas
Bartlet 9/12. Ironhide
Summer 9/14. Optimizer (owner Fire Sweep)
Melaina 9/18. Upgrade
Socks 9/19. Ironhide
Abby 9/19. Broadway
Twister 9/20. Ironhide
Price 9/20. Live Ammo
Kim Kardashian 9/23. Broadway
Cricket 9/23. Optimizer
Star 9/25. Live Ammo
Reina 9/28. Elevate
Tatum 9/30. Upgrade
Margo 10/7. Optimizer
Mercedes 10/11. Ironhide
Ronnie 10/23. Optimizer

I have one Spring Heifer due March 10 to Uno Mas. Otherwise, I have them all setup for fall calves. One calving season, one breeding season. And no bull to manage. I did not have to use CIDRs to kick start an estrus cycle and many of them were bred back in less than 60 days post partum. My cows are well conditioned but it is not hurting fertility.

Note: I had good heats. In a previous post on estrus behavior, I mentioned some suppressed estrus behavior. Actually, estrus behavior was strong but I did have 5 cases where I did not observe standing. I mentioned that to Kenley Conner this week when he serviced my tank. He said it is not unusual. Some of the higher ranking cows do not get riden as much.

PS: just in case Ebenezer reads this. I like my Fluff and Puff AI program.

Not sure what your spending per straw on average, but even if it's $40 (when I AI, I'm in the $25 range). You saved a small fortune on not owning a bull.



Taxes and Claiming Loss?
by jedstivers (Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:53:27 GMT+5)
Dave wrote:Bigfoot wrote:I'm not spoiling for an argument here, but there is no limit to the number of years you can show a loss. If you have steps and measures in place to run your farm like a business, then it is treated like any other business. If you manage it like a hobby, then it very well may be treated like a hobby.

My guy who is a CPA told me he has a dairy he works with that hasn't shown a profit in 30 years. Don't ask me how they can afford to eat or stay in business, just repeating what he told me.
That's called creative bookkeeping.




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IBBA ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 10-11, 2017
The International Brangus Breeders Association's (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention is scheduled for February 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
DEBTER HEREFORD FARM HOLDS 44TH ANNUAL SALE
Debter Hereford Farm's 44th Annual Production Bull Sale was held, October 22nd, at the farm in Horton, Alabama.
TAKING A LOOK AT 2017 FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
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.
IT'S THE PITTS -- CATTLE TRAITING
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.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FEWER AND BIGGER
Whether the proverbial chicken or egg, another round of agricultural consolidation appears to be spurred along by suppliers dealing with narrow margins.
BLACK INK -- MAKING THE MOST OF IT
“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.
LATE WEANING HELPS AVOID EFFECTS OF HARSH WINTER
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.
NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2017
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.

HEALTHY SOIL AIDS GRASS AND ANIMAL VIGOR
Dung beetles, earthworms and pollinators are the good guys when it comes to the health of soil and grassland resources.
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW WHITE CLOVER
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.
IT'S THE PITTS -- WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
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.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- MOM'S CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
Christmas Eve was always celebrated at a little two-room country school called Bethel School House out in the middle of Greggs' pasture.
CALVING IS VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN PRODUCTION YEAR
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.
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
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.

WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.

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