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 boondocks (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:04:46 GMT+5)
Nesikep wrote:The EPD's don't matter apparently.. just has to have a 'look' to them.. and it's one I don't particularly like
agree! as best I can tell, "show" means fuzzy and sway-backed, to this newbie
Saved the worst for last.
by Nesikep (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:31:17 GMT+5)
it ABSOLUTELY makes grafting easier if the cow hasn't sniffed her real calf!
I had one, same story, a leg backward, dead when I got it out.. I backed her right up the chute and held her in the pen, disposed of the calf, milked her for 2 days, then had a twin born at 2AM to a stupid momma.. I didn't fuss with her at all, took the calf in the shop and gave it a meal, went to bed.. Next morning I carry the calf up the chute to the one who lost hers.. she mooed at me and it was hers.. like "finally you bring me my calf!" Did a great job of raising it, she didn't LOOK like a freemartin but wasn't going to take the chance on the bad odds.
I lost a cow this spring, and grafted her calf to another cow that was easy to work.. she had her own calf as well, and she did fairly well.. lots of petting, but she was alright.. still preferred her own calf of course, and the orphan wasn't as bold as some milk thieves, so he missed a lot of meals. Survival rations is what it was.
by boondocks (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:25:40 GMT+5)
Nesikep wrote:If anyone ever talks to me about the "free market" and b!tches about bailouts to GM, AIG, Fanny Mae, etc, this should be RIGHT UP THERE on the list of gripes.
I'm sure that even with the subsidy, once it runs out they'll go back to China, if they can even make it that long. I also think the number of jobs created is a high estimate... maybe at first they'll have that many, then they'll automate more and put half of them back out of work again.
Ever the optimist I am.
Math wasn't my favorite "subjeck" but it looks like if they hit towards the lower end of the hiring target (rather than the higher end), that the taxpayers will be paying Foxconn potentially $70-80k/yr/job? (maybe there's a reason "conn" is right there in the name? )
I dunno about this whole global economy thing. Seems like a global redistribution of wealth to me. But would love to hear well-reasoned opinions contra.
I've decided that everyone of us here are all demented
by Nesikep (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:17:23 GMT+5)
The worst offenders around here are my dads cows... Stupid mommas teach their calves stupid, and it just goes on down the line... Smart momma teaches the calf I'm the good guy, and do as I say, and that goes down the line too. Most of them halter train without much effort now... I put a halter on them, they run around the corral for a couple minutes and settle down.. a week later I tie them up a bit, then bring them out to eat grass, and they figure it out pretty quick that coming with me gets you places you want to be.
New info on Paris salebarn
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:16:43 GMT+5)
I met him a couple of times at one of his working pens on FM 2352 in Lamar County a few years ago, tho they likely wouldn't know me from adam. I used to go up and watch them work cattle while my wife was visiting with her family about 1/2 mile up the road toward FM 37 North of Paris and Sumner. Saw them do a C section on a good looking cow that went down in the chute and suffocated and they tried to save the calf. Didn't work. He seemed like a nice enough guy and he and QB Stevens were well liked there in the community of Georgia (pronounced 'Georgie') from what my in-laws said.
They run baldies and brangus.
I know nothing of his business dealings at all.
The bells of war are ringing.
by Nesikep (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:06:50 GMT+5)
Hahaha, Korea is going to send freighter ships to tackle cruisers?
Amazingly green Texas summer pictures
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:38:24 GMT+5)
Very close...Livestock pics are from my cousin's place in Tom Green County..cotton is just outside the city limits going toward Wall on 87.
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by Aaronjet (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:30:48 GMT+5)
Welcome to the board. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. I hope youll be blessed again soon.
by Son of Butch (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:58:50 GMT+5)
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by gizmom (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:48:47 GMT+5)
If you get a chance check out our Friend and Partner's sale catalog http://www.angusjournal.com/salebooks/upchurch101417api/#page/5 The lot 1B and 1C are out of the 913 cow we purchased last year. We are pretty excited about this cow and the impact she will have on our program. Her 2017 bull calf out of Regard arrived at the Midland Bull test this week.
Medical Power of Attorney or ?
by boondocks (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:23:41 GMT+5)
Personally, I would urge everyone to have the proper health care documents for your state. (If you can't find them, look at your state bar association website, or state medical association website, or state government website, or local hospice/palliative care website). It forces those difficult conversations and makes us think about what we'd actually want done in the event of X, Y, or Z. Then we can convey our wishes to our loved ones, and medical providers. This decreases intrafamily tension during crises, and gives the patient some assurance that their wishes will be followed--I think this is important since so much may be beyond the person's control, it is good to still have some autonomy.
Once you have all the documents prepared, plaster them everywhere, staple it to your forehead, go over them with family and drs., etc.
Also, lots of people decline to fill them out because they "don't want people to give up on them and "pull the plug" too soon." One thing to keep in mind is that the documents allow you not only to refuse treatment, but to specify that you DO want all lifesaving measures taken. Thought I'd mention that since I think people think of them as just "DNR forms" but it's much broader than that.
How do you catch them all?
by boondocks (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:14:13 GMT+5)
Are grass fed only like Artesianspringsfarm's? Trying to catch cows is bad enough in good weather, but during the with snow up to your but and in a blizzard is terrible. Cubes - cake will make your cows come like a dog, and in your environment cubes could be a lifesaver.
Even given the accuracy of the above average weather forecaster.....trying to catch cattle during a blizzard?.....ya need better planning skills and maybe check a weather app every now and then.
Brute is right too, I tried to catch some calves last month a little to late in the day. Cows weren't interested in leaving their shady spot. They had settled in for the day after grazing all night. Sure you can get some, but your not likely to get all that you want.[/quote]
TG, ours are grassfed too. We have tried cubes in the past. A few love them but some want nothing to do with them. Probably will get some more at some point. Tractor Supply has been out of them for about a year (ours sux).
Vett, we try very hard not to have to catch them in winter, at least in the worst of it. We finish up vaccines, AI, final preg checks, then move them to winter grounds. That said, although we try not to work them if it's real snowy, during winter we can usually get them to come with good hay thrown in the corral. (Then we work them into the barn where the chute/headgate is). We just back off their hay a bit the day before so they are hungry. (Note to PETA: we do NOT starve them! They only get peckish, I swear!)
by Highpoint (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:11:52 GMT+5)
ddd75 wrote:i just throw seed on the ground
I am just learning grasses here and we have bermuda bluegrass srab grass and other native but have never seen the grass you show. What is it as it looks thick. Do cattle like it. We have some orchard grass and cattle eat last.
New York isn't all that bad...upstate.
by boondocks (Posted Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:03:15 GMT+5)
ga.prime wrote:boondocks wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:
There's no oceanfront property in Pennsylvania, that's a big deal to a commercial fishermen.
Man has a point....
Ok, I get what you're saying. Long Island is a nice piece of real estate. Ever try driving east out of NYC on the Long Island Expressway on a Friday? There's not enough cuss words to describe it. Meanwhile, Philadelphia has the Delaware River port.
Yes. Yes, I have. People drive like idiots, and too fast at that.
It's also where my son (driving a motorcycle) was hit 2 yrs ago by a 19yo driver who blew a stop sign. He was wearing full kevlar riding gear or wouldn't have survived, per trauma dr. It's a very corrupt police dept and they didn't even charge the kid. So no love lost for L.I.E.
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The concept of a value added calf (VAC) program is not new today, but in the late 1980's it was thought to have little value in some circles.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- NO WORSTER
LeRoy was ancient. The lines in his face looked deep enough to hide in. His hair, mostly silver now, was still thick; his black eyes continued to sparkle with mischief.
DO HOMEWORK BEFORE HEADING INTO BULL BUYING SEASON
When it comes to genetics, bull selection is the most important decision the cow-calf producer has to make.
BLACK INK -- WEIGHING PREVENTION
Sometimes it only takes a couple of 2-cc subcutaneous shots to head off problems down the line. Sometimes it takes a few tons of steel, careful planning and focused construction.
WEANING IS CRITICAL TIME IN CALF'S LIFE
As we enter the fall months, weaning time is at hand for most spring calving herds. This is the exciting time of year when producers are able to reap the benefits of a year's worth of work and planning.
FALL CALVING SEASON MAY YIELD HIGHER RETURNS FOR S.E. PRODUCERS
The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.
HAVING A VACCINATION PLAN IS IMPORTANT TO HERD HEALTH
To begin, I do not believe it is appropriate to recommend "cookie cutter" vaccination programs. Your vaccine program must be developed with your risks and expectations in mind.
PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS TO KEEP COWS PREGNANT
Getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail.
START PLANNING FOR HEIFER DEVELOPMENT
Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $400 million. Development and selection of the best females to join a productive herd is one of the most challenging aspects of a beef operation, and two of the keys for success, not surprisingly, are: 1) start early and 2) have a plan. Weaning time is not far off.
HAVE A PLAN WHEN MAKING CULLING DECISIONS
When culling cows, it is important to have a plan, and this should include pregnancy testing and closely evaluating every cow.
IT'S THE PITTS -- I'LL LET YOU GO NOW
I'm the last person in America who doesn't own a cell phone so when your phone doesn't ring, it's me.
TAMU BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE ATTRACTS RECORD CROWD
A record 2,200 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course participants heard about potential export market opportunities and the outlook for cattle markets, as well as practical information to take to the ranch and become more profitable.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- WHERE YOU FIT
Just tell us what you want. What's the target? That request was made decades ago to a noted executive from one of the major beef packers.
PROMPT TREATMENT CAN LIMIT DAMAGE OF ARMYWORMS
Although 2016 brought unusually heavy infestations of and damage from fall armyworms, vigilance and prompt treatment can limit damage this year.
WILD PIG NUMBERS GROWING IN MISSISSIPPI
Wild pigs have roamed parts of the Southeast since Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto introduced them as food for early settlers in the 16th century. But during the last two decades, Mississippi has experienced a rapid uptick in the spread of the nuisance animal.