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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Fence help please
by cowboy43 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:25:10 GMT+5)
Why are you building the fence, shouldn't this be a joint venture with adjoining property owner?
hello from the republic of Texas
by greybeard (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:15:21 GMT+5)
Arkansas wrote:I dont even see a location..lol Welcome
Many people think Austin is close to center of Texas, but they probably have never driven out to the extreme western or northwestern edges of Texas. USGS says geographical center of Texas is right outside Brady Texas. When someone says they are from the center or heart of Texas, most of us assume they are from near Brady.
feeding replacement heifers???
by angus9259 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:12:10 GMT+5)
Are you saying you don't have grass? Should be able to do just fine on grass or decent hay by that weight. If you must feed something, personally I would just buy some oats. They are cheap right now, easy to find, not too high energy so they won't get fat. That's the big thing. You don't want replacement heifers fat.
That said, for their ages they seem like reasonable weights and "maximum growth" is not language typically used for replacement heifers.
Southern Excellence Bull Development and Sale
by Backbone Ranch (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:25:58 GMT+5)
Good looking bulls! I really like lot 63.
Introduction - South Texas
by msplmtneer (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:29:57 GMT+5)
Howdy and to the board
by msplmtneer (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:22:27 GMT+5)
Happy Happy Birthday May God Bless You and Jesus Christ Guide You and Keep You and Yours Safe
by creekdrive (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:13:21 GMT+5)
Lazy M wrote:That 17 yr old's heifer calf would be my first pick for replacement
She's been on the keeper list from the minute she hit the ground. That one's not going anywhere!
Starting to look like fall here:
Have had a few hard frosts the past week or so. Soon the leaves will all be gone and everything will be brown....then white.
by mooo (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:07:15 GMT+5)
like HDRider said you got skills ,and time to match it thats darn nice looking cchute you made !!
by angus9259 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:59:23 GMT+5)
gizmom wrote:I had never looked at the bull, but sure like the look of him his numbers are really good and I like the pedigree. Looking forward to hearing more on how the calves grow out for you.
I bought him for his pedigree and on something of a gamble - he was on sale so I thought I'd sample. I didn't use him on any heifers since he was so new, but his BW and CED have actually dropped with time and I can see why. I'm not sure he'd be my "cow bull" on a regular basis but, going forward, he's going to be my go-to bull for heifers. Calves are spit fires. No evidence that they came early at all. Hard to tell this soon but I really like the way they look in the field too. Not fine boned or anything. blocky little guys with some pretty cool looking base width for their age.
Storage of Drugs
by Margonme (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:48:22 GMT+5)
Professional drug makers do a horrible job of labeling/instructions.
In preparation for vaccinations/parasiticides in the next 6 weeks. Checked my supplies. Had an unopened bottle of Ivomec Injectable Ivermectin. Checked expiration: 05/2019.
Pulled out the enclosed instructions: Rev 08/2010. One 8.5 X 11 sheet, both sides. There is nothing provided on STORAGE!!!
I read it at least 5 times under every possible heading. Ok, must be on the box or bottle: NO!!! Instructions and Box states: Protect product from light. Nothing on storage temperature.
Amazing! I would fire the group who was assigned the job of labeling/instructions.
I happen to know that Ivermectin is appropriately stored at Room Temperature. It is a stable compound. But first time users may not know that. Furthermore, I wonder how many folks leave it in buildings that exceed a 100 degrees F. Or get below 20 degree F. Both conditions may denature the compound.
If anyone doubts my effort to find storage information on this product, please comment. I am sitting here with a newly opened box, bottle and full instructions. I don't think I missed it. I looked under every heading.
Ivomec is a Product of Merial. Made in Brazil. Does not say where it is packaged.
Storage of drugs is not a minor issue. If you are administering all your own drugs to your dogs, pets, livestock, etc. Better be properly storing them.
Y'all ever seen one of these??
by M-5 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:42:08 GMT+5)
Yes , had a solid white buck in the 80's we still have some piebald blood in our herds that shows up every few yrs.
by cowgirl8 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:36:09 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:One of my boys used to live up in central Texas along the Nolan river had a place I called O Shyt hill never seen as many broken arrowheads in one place. They were everywhere rarely find an intact one. We figured must have been a popular camp with water while following the buffalo to prepare for hunts.
Along our creeks you can find areas where arrowheads were made. Since we have no rocks, if you come across any kind, its an old indian site..Our fire lanes are the best places to find artifacts since its the only places churned up..
Got nothing on the game camera, nada.. But it wasnt there long. I worried i used up all the card while getting there thinking the camera was on, but not sure why it was showing so many images, there were only 4, 3 from the other location and one in the new location i did with my hand to see if the camera was working.. This time i'll just leave it there until lots of rain is coming, its where it floods.. At least i know its not where wind will set it off..
What does your wife drive?
by dun (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:13 GMT+5)
HDRider wrote:dun wrote:1982vett wrote:
I think I got the sports car phase out of me when I was young.
I thought I had too until I saw the Ford GT a couple of years ago and I still at times hanker for my Alfa Romeo Julietta Spyder that I sold years ago.
You have good taste.
That's the 2017 Ford GT. I like the older ones that looked more like the orginal GT40
Wasps - Ever heard this?
by Margonme (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:11:49 GMT+5)
I would guess someone has studied the phenomenon you raise. It would make sense for makers of pest repellents.
Like you, I got other priorities.
High School football
by ez14 (Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:11:40 GMT+5)
Lowell beat greenville 35-10
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectorswhether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.
BLACK INK -- INDICATOR COWS
When you have just enough cows to name them all, it's easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.