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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What would you do?
by 5S Cattle (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:43:32 GMT+5)
dieselbeef wrote:found yer trophy
Lol awwwww thanks!!! I'll put it right next my give a be nice
Went to the auction yesterday
by Rafter S (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:40:09 GMT+5)
JSCATTLE wrote:I know some people say a good heifer will raise a good calf but that hasn't been my experience on the grass we have here. I'm not feeding a cow during the summer to keep her fat. I usually pull the calves off the heifers at 3 months old. I get better breed back bigger cows and the next year she falls right in with the cows .
I do the same thing, and have for years.
Calf split down the middle
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:05:39 GMT+5)
I can post them here if that's ok with everyone.
It's a pretty mature group of folks here--pics are always welcome, especially of cattle medical conditions not usually seen.
Poll - 'Wheels'
by Nesikep (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:31 GMT+5)
good pics everyone
What is the diff between a 400 lb calf and a 600 lb?
by dieselbeef (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:58:03 GMT+5)
so how do you get paid then...I get 1.50/100 if that what the lot sells for? or do we split it 90 ways
NCAA March Madness
by Hogtiming (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:41:16 GMT+5)
Who would you bet on Butch? And then who are you pulling for with no money on the line
Inherited Cattle TEXAS
by Arnold Ziffle (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:30:35 GMT+5)
JBull44 -- I too am sorry for your recent loss. If you can spare the time (and the cash) consider attending the replacement cow and bull sale that will be held right down the road from your cattle, this Saturday 3/25/17, at Four County Livestock Auction barn in Industry, Texas. Sale starts at noon and of course you'd want to get there well in advance to closely look over the bulls and the info in the sale materials.
They will have a lot of cows & heifers but also about 60+ bulls (Char, Angus, Brangus & Simm). Looks like you have some older "tigers", "Brimmers", etc. cows and for those mature cows it is hard to beat the calves you'll get by putting a good Char bull in with them. I switched to Char bulls on tigers, Brangus and Beefmaster type cows some years ago and have been well pleased with the resulting calves. Black calves are still highly in regarded but the Char sired calves out of mature tigers, Brangus, etc. cows really mash down on the scales. But I'd generally keep a Char bull away from any heifers you're planning on retaining unless he was a very proven low birthweight Char (but in that case perhaps he wouldn't be the optimum bull for bigger & "roomier" mature cows).
Good luck to you and your brother.
Small scale solar
by Nesikep (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:15:02 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Nesikep wrote:I just don't see the return on investment by charging solar..
Yeah, but you're missing the whole clean/green/sustainability/gluten free aspect which no monetary price tag can be placed on. Just think--"Our eggs and meat hatched are from chickens hatched the responsible way--from Solar!"
Disease of farming
by Nesikep (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:12:54 GMT+5)
Aaron wrote:greybeard wrote:Aaron wrote::D You're a fragile bunch.
I hate to say it, and really hope I'm wrong Aaron, but your day is probably coming, either thru breakage or just wearing out.
It hasn't been very many years ago, that I thought myself bulletproof and invisible, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound too..
Haha. No GB I am pretty wore out. Always had aches and pains. Knees, hips and ankles all have a distinctive 'click' to them, even when I was a kid. Had my first bout of arthritis in my hands when I was 13. I might have been invincible at 15, certainly not at 32. But I have never put myself into a situation where I could break a bone. Never seen the pride that some do playing sports and then eventually hobbling around with a cast. That being said, I know a lot of people that have had bulls or cows step on their feet and they break a bone. I lost count how many times my feet have been stomped on, and never even a fracture. But Herefords don't lend themselves to breaking many bones. Certainly not true with other breeds that have been on this operation. Slow and steady always wins the race in my books.
I'm only 38, and yeah, everything is clicking and groaning.. broken 4 bones (femur, hand, and one in each foot) but only went to the hospital for one.. I've been stepped on countless times, but that never broke a bone. Yes, I do have some arthritis in my fingers that just occasionally acts up...
I'm told it just gets worse!
New Member Here
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:12:45 GMT+5)
to the Boards!!
by callmefence (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:35:06 GMT+5)
Terry123 wrote:Hello Every one, how are you all? i am new here
I'm pretty good. How bout yourself....
ABS won the race to our mailbox
by gizmom (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:16:52 GMT+5)
I had not heard that about the Rainmaker pedigree, when you say post weaning gain are you talking feedlot performance or frame size. I don't have an issue with a calf growing like gang busters up to weaning then leveling off, but I don't want big framed cattle either. I do want our steer calves to work in the feedlot.
Edited to say based on your post you really don't like anything about the Charlo bulls but one of the bulls in the thread is a Renown so is it just the Charlo you don't like or both? What Angus bulls do you like and why?
Facebook for farm purposes?
by pdfangus (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:58 GMT+5)
facebook has cut into my cattle today time
by gizmom (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:28 GMT+5)
to the boards! Love living the country life!
1954 Hereford bull book
by sim.-ang.king (Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:05:49 GMT+5)
Are you implying that Herefords have changed in the past 60 years?
What blasphemy is this?!?!?!
RIGOROUS CULLING HELPS MAINTAIN EFFICIENT HERD
Which cows in your herd are making you money and who is losing you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep
NOT TOO EARLY TO START "HEAT STRESS" DISCUSSION
A couple of weeks ago, here in Texas as well as numerous other locations across the US, temperatures bumped up into the 70's and even the 80's in some areas. This was in FEBRUARY! Granted, it has cooled back down but nonetheless it's already gotten warm in lots of locales across the country and will again very soon. That in mind, it's not too early to start the heat stress discussion and how this can affect animal performance. Heat stress is a major contributor to animal and production losses each year.
RESEARCH LAUNCHED TO IMPROVE BEEF SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.
BULL MANAGEMENT IS A KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BREEDING SEASONS
Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers' chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
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.
IT'S THE PITTS -- SHE SAID WHAT?
I remember learning early in life that humans should use all five of their senses, but darn it, mine don't work anymore.
INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL SAVES PRODUCERS SIGNIFICANTLY EVERY YEAR
Since man has managed and produced cattle, control of internal parasites (worms, flukes) has been an issue. And while the industry seems to repeatedly discuss and address the problem, given the implications on animal health and performance, revisiting the subject is a necessity.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- WHERE THE COWS ARE
Whether you're looking to buy or sell calves, feeders, breeding cows or bulls, it's always worth pondering the relative volume of inventory and where it exists.
FORAGE AND RUMINANT LAB HELPS RESEARCHERS
The Forage and Ruminant Nutrition Lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville explores ways to improve ruminant diets and mitigate negative environmental impacts for researchers around the state, nation and globe, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
BEEF EXPORTS INCREASE U.S. CARCASS VALUES
Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That's what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don't consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF STUDY SHOWS MARBLING STILL MATTERS
Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child's winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.
BULL IS BEEF HERD'S ULTIMATE ATHLETE
LeBron James. Tom Brady. Usain Bolt. These names bring with them a certain performance standard. Each season, fans expect these athletes to be in top form, to perform and to achieve results no one else is capable of. You expect the same of your breeding bulls each season, but are you treating them like the athletes that they are?
GENETRUST AT CAVENDER'S SALE AVERAGES $5,038
A tremendous crowd gathered at Cavender's Neches River Ranch to appraise the largest Brangus and Ultrablack bull sale in the state of Texas on November 19, 2016 and based upon the demand throughout the day, they liked what they saw.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- DIFFERENT STRIPES
Hooter was feeling lucky. He bought the set of calves because they were cheap enough, and he had some wheat pasture for them. But being able to sell them into an up market with solid gain as the grazing ran thin was more chance than plan. He knew that, but he also couldn't help feeling just a tiny bit proud.
A.I. CAN CATAPULT BEEF BREEDING PROGRAMS FORWARD
The first use of artificial insemination was accomplished by Arab Sheiks who wanted to utilize bloodlines of tribal enemies. They would sneak up to the other tribe's herd at night with a mare in heat secretly collect semen from the stallion into a leather pouch and take it back to their own camp to inseminate a prize mare.