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 to do? I need some opinions.
by angus9259 (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:17:20 GMT+5)
BC Acres wrote:[
I agree with all you said. The question is, does it make sense to buy a bull for 5 girls, leave him with them for 60 days and sell.
Financially? No. But you have a hobby. It is what it is. Otherwise ai and have a calf here.... have a calf there.... watch heats like a hawk. Not sure what your ai tech will charge but eventually, that'll add up to have him/her keep coming out for the random open cow.
I cant remember who you said was the fall calver - you or your brother. In my neighborhood, there are few fall calvers so about Sept when everyone is getting done with their bulls, a $2500 bull becomes an $1800 in a hurry.
Cow had stroke???
by wbvs58 (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:51:34 GMT+5)
Whether they actually get a stroke anything is possible but I suspect the majority of the neurogical conditions put down to a stroke are not a stroke, it is a term that most people can relate to and many conditions get pigeon holed as such. A stroke is rarely or never proven by autopsy or other advanced diagnostic scans in cattle.
trailer brakes and lights
by saltbranch (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:46:53 GMT+5)
I would clean them all. I use a pocket knife to "scratch" them real good. A .22 brush for cleaning rifle works good. Once cleaned you can go to auto parts store and and buy the ends you need to cap them. When trailer not in use, put a little electric grease on each prong and cap it. Keeps it out of the weather and should be ready to on next trip. Do the same for the truck side if you dont pull many trailers
What are you eating today?
by Jogeephus (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:26:17 GMT+5)
ohiosteve wrote:Soaked em in salt water for an hour then fried in butter with some chunked up longhorn meat with some greens and carrots and homemade salsa man that was good
Morels? You are lucky to have those. We have very few edible mushrooms here. Most will either kill you or make you see unicorns and aliens.
So ashamed. I forgot all about Earth Day.
by Jogeephus (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:23:05 GMT+5)
Nesikep wrote: if some people weren't told not to drain the engine oil next to a creek, they would.
Don't necessarily agree with this because I've heard of people making liquor just because the government says they can't because it will blind you or something if its not taxed properly.
by sim.-ang.king (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:21:39 GMT+5)
Good find sky..got me a minnow bucket last week.
Is that bucket approved by the EPA to transport endangered minnows?
Is it possible?
by Jogeephus (Posted Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:16:58 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:Jo, I have a theory that we had so much drought last year that we have lost some of the grasses. The hard clover seed have been laying there just waiting for the open space so they can fill it.
You may be on to something. About three years ago I sprayed some gramoxone around the barn and did a 100% burndown and what came back was persian clover. I've never planted any persian clover but now its all over where I did the burndown so this could be the same as what you are talking about with the other clovers in the pastures. I have two hay fields that have never been seeded in clover which are nearly ready to cut but the one with the clover in it is at least three weeks behind.
We've had some odd weather this year.
Packin Heat when mowing the lawn
by Craig Miller (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:06:24 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Where in the Sam Hill is this war zone you speak of Troy? I run all over north and east Nashville to job sites without a weapon of any kind.
Ever even to Memphis? Ever been sitting at a red light minding you own business only to have a group of young men try and surround your truck? Ever been working in Bessemer alabama to have an elderly lady tell you it was time for you to leave cause it's getting close to dark and you was the wrong color be down there after dark? Or a cop give you directions to get out to an interstate and tell you not to stop any where along the way cause you'll get shot? Man you haven't lived.
by Florida cowgirl (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:32:22 GMT+5)
That is why I am reaching out because my Dad never mentioned a program like this.
Preparing for early calving?
by Hogtiming (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:19:38 GMT+5)
They both look good. Are you going to more 1-2 more calves in her?
What's a reasonable price to you as the buyer?
by talltimber (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:10:35 GMT+5)
That actually doesn't sound too bad for someone that doesn't keep their own heifers or background their own calves, barring a need to sell some early for whatever reason.
What is the agreement concerning calf vaccination/worming/cutting?
Completely Flat Land???
by jedstivers (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:03:19 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:hmm all I have is flat land
I seen flat land once. Even coon hunted on some. Couldn't walk right. We have one leg shorted than the other so we can walk the hills. So do our cows.
He kept walking in circles and I'd have to go back and get him. I finally tied a block to his book to even him out.
When to place patches?
by NolanCountyAG (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:38:23 GMT+5)
ricebeltrancher wrote:15-16 days after AI. Are they shedding really bad to have that many patches come off?
Either shedding or that I poured the with with saber a few weeks ago. However they didn't feel oily when I put those patches on.
Diversifying with sheep question
by farmerjan (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:35:49 GMT+5)
Our Dall sheep are very good mothers and if you don't catch the lamb within 12 hours to tag....forget it. Have to get them all in a catch pen as they are fast and very active. They aren't like the commercial wool sheep that are way too dependent on man to take care of them. Those are looking for a way to die it seemed. Aside from the foot problems and the worm loads, they are pretty hardy overall. The friends that had the dorpers said they were pretty self sufficient, they may have had some other crossed in them. Some of the Dall's we have, have had some wool sheep crossed in them and so we get a few with some wool but it will usually shed off as it is not dominant.
Our big thing is really fences, and keeping the llamas as guardians.
Hi Tensile question
by Farm Fence Solutions (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:35:12 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Farm Fence Solutions wrote:CaddoFarms wrote:I have been using 9 guage brace wire and wrapping it twice....is that overkill, can I do just one wrap? Other than that ive been building them like you described pretty much thanks to texas a&m's guide I followed.
That's not overkill. You'll get more strength/less stretch out of HT 12.5 gauge brace wire.......and it's cheaper.
I sometimes use 12.5 HT wire for brace wire myself. Sure cheap enough @ less than $120.00 per 4000' and 200K tensile, it works fine.
Be careful if your twisting that HT brace wire, Greybeard. I had a contractor friend that had to get a finger sewed back on after he lost his grip on the twist stick. Somehow, it unwound all the way, and that's when his finger got hung in the backlash. Makes my finger twitch just thinking about it.
NEBRASKA STUDY SHOWS NO ILL EFFECTS FROM CROP RESIDUE GRAZING
It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can't do much to compact common soilsif they're grazed responsibly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- ASK THE STYLEMASTER
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PASTURE RECOVERY AFTER DROUGHT CAN BE DIFFICULT
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PRIORITIZATION IS IMPORTANT TO NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
Most cattle producers have a nutrition program of one type or another. Some are very well structured, perhaps even having been designed working with a nutritionist. Others are less sophisticated and are the results of getting recommendations at the local feed store or coffee shop. Some are very simple and include grazing on pasture, feeding some hay in winter and throwing out some range cubes when you want to call the cows up to gather calves (this is the program I grew up with).
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It was what I would call a life-affirming experience, maybe even a life-altering one, Peetie Womack said with a solemnity seldom heard. He was addressing the monthly meeting of the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association (RRCA), talking about a brief journey to Kansas where recent wildfires had done some of the broadest and worst damage.
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The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently awarded the 2016 Richard Deese Award to Glynn Debter of Debter Hereford Farm in Horton, at the 2017 Alabama BCIA Annual Meeting held in Jemison on March 11.
SALACOA VALLEY BRANGUS SALE HELD MARCH 25
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IT'S THE PITTS -- MY EMPTY-BUCKET LIST
Other than becoming the first billion dollar lotto winner, my bucket-list is empty. I've already jumped in a pool fully clothed, made soap, worked a potter's wheel and been lost in the smoke at 6,000 feet over Donner Pass in a small airplane.
NUTRITIONAL TOOLS ENHANCE HERD PERFORMANCE
In more recent history, cattle producers are beginning to focus more on production efficiency. What is the most economical way I can produce a calf or a pound of gain on the bulls and heifers I sell? With every production parameter there is an efficiency measurement that comes with it. Cattle producers are in a constant search for ways to save money or improve productivity and profits. Producers who are in the business to be profitable and to maximize profits should review all avenues that can improve efficiency and help the productivity and performance of their herds. Since the largest single input for most herds is nutrition this article will focus on this aspect.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRADING UP IN HERD REVENUE
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CONSIDER USING BALEAGE TO CONSERVE FORAGE
In many county Cattlemen's meetings and trainings held of late, I have strongly encouraged producers to consider taking full advantage of spring rains and growing conditions. Included in that discussion is usually an encouragement to use baleage to harvest and store any excess winter forage production. In this article, we will dive a little deeper into the management and use of baleage.
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Most of the forage production in Mississippi targeting livestock is dominated by warm-season perennial grasses (bermudagrass and bahiagrass) and cool-season annual grasses (annual ryegrass and small grains). However, there is a number of clover species that can complement forage production to improve yields, reduce nitrogen inputs, improve forage quality, and extend the grazing season.
BRAHMAN FIELD DAY HELD AT LANGDALE FARMS
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SIRE SELECTION IS FOUNDATION FOR PROFITABLE HERD
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you get the notion.