Kentucky, the largest cattle producing
state east of the Mississippi River, is home to over 1.1
million beef cows and ranks 5th nationally in total number of farms. Three-fourths of Kentucky's cows are on farms with fewer than 100 head.
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and the industry and be a catalyst for enhancing producer profitability.
In 2005 Kentucky began registering farms with premises numbers for the National Animal Identification program. A 'premises' is the geographically unique location in which agricultural animals are raised, held or boarded including farms, feedyards, ranches, auction barns, and fair sites.
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Another school shooting
by D2Cat (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:14:03 GMT+5)
In about 1980 I remember reading a book, "Psycho-Feedback", by Paul Thomas. I also remember writing down something he had in the book because it seemed so true to me in my experiences. "When your imagination and your willpower are in conflict, your imagination always wins."
Why can't we lose weight, maybe because we keep imagining how good the food looks and taste and want just one more bite.
I think of the friendly neighbor who never does anything wrong, always seems helpful. He's up on the ladder painting a house. The kids get out of school, and he notices them as they walk by. If his mind drifts on thinking of illicit activities with those young girls, he has to (one) recognize it is improper, (two) turn his focus in another direction....back to painting or something. If he continues each day he's on that ladder to wait, look forward to, and focus on what he know he shouldn't. How long is it before he follows through on his thoughts?
If youngsters don't get direction so they know what is proper to do and think in our society, if they see continued violence whether in person or on TV they are soon focused on the wrong thing and eventually act it out.
DNA no doubt is who we are, but we have the ability to focus on what direction our mind wonders. Those that are let to wonder will eventually be on the wrong path. The family is who should control that young mind to give it proper direction and approval.
Gripple contractor tool
by Farm Fence Solutions (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:07:23 GMT+5)
bball wrote:callmefence wrote:
I will never use a ratchet strap again!
You'd be amazed how many people show up to buy a trailer load of posts and wire, and don't bring any straps. I've boomed down plenty of loads with Gripples and wire.
Newest addition to my gun safe
by jltrent (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:03:29 GMT+5)
Very nice gun, Browning .22 you will enjoy.
by jltrent (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:00:49 GMT+5)
I am sure 1968 was bad and I would say the great depression wasn't good either. I think the biggest problem of today, that is worse than then, is the break down of the family. There are so many more problems that are connected to split families, no family, family drug problems, etc. etc. that wasn't as much of a problem then. I would agree there is nothing worse than war though.
I need to take more trips......
by jltrent (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:53:20 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:You called that one yesterday. It's snowing hard here today, hopefully the roads won't be to bad heading south tonight.
Be careful going home as you have a pretty good drive. Maybe the snow/rain will be gone by the time you are on the road south..
Would you keep her?
by Son of Butch (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:51:40 GMT+5)
You could sell her and use the money to buy a heifer you like better and eats more.
But I'd keep her and give it a go, you can always fall back to the above option at a later date if you change your mind.
by 1wlimo (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:47:31 GMT+5)
fence_it wrote:Gallagher M300 is our go to charger here. 6 or 7000 volts consistently. Its a middle of the line energizer, rarely do we set up properties large enough to need a bigger one. We always tell people spray to keep the brush and grass off the fence, helps alot with keeping the fence hot and in good shape.
Always used to go to Gallagher, but have one here now that keeps having issues. There was a parmark here that was older and runs well so I tried a couple of newer ones. They work really well, but the snow is being a problem.
Never really had a problem with long grass or weeds, animals normally eat it down out of the way. But then I am only running one wire these days so that helps a lot.
Back to AI
by lithuanian farmer (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:32:40 GMT+5)
frieghttrain wrote:Holy smokes talk about variety! What's the matter with limousin? Are you just sampling other breeds to get a feel for what works best? Gotta say that parthenaise bulls sire has poor feet.
We won't be able to make our cattle purebred no matter how many generations will pass, so no need to use only one breed. Also using only one breed we loose heterosis bit by bit. Already have several 7/8Limo heifers/cows calving with Limox calves.
Yes, we like to try new things. I always was interested in these breeds, so why not try some. It'll be interesting if we'll like those crosses. There is the possibility to import a bull of almost every of these breeds, so better try the cheaper way first with AI'ing some and seeing if we like it, before actually buying a bull. Maybe even will buy some purebred heifers if we'll really like a certain breed.
Plus our recent Limousine bull won't bring that much of muscle, so it will be just better to have some calves by other more muscled bulls. Also we have almost sold all our BBx cows (the last one is 10yo, and should be culled this year), and I personally very like cows with atleast abit of BB in them.
I had plans to use these breeds for several years now, and now when there is a possibility, why not.
Parth bull's sire is very good for crossbreeding, so hopefully the son will be good too. Will use him (if will get some straws) on Limox, with some Char, Angus heifers. All from good mothers, from strong healthy long living lines, so will see. Will always be able to cull the ones, which will look odd. Only had one cow with rear legs problems before. She was BBxdairy, bone structure just like BB, and went weak on her legs at ~9years age.
Expanded the herd
by papavillars (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:28:04 GMT+5)
I do not sack feed at that time. Only a few cubes and great hay/ minerals. That is not saying you were doing wrong. Not your bull so sometimes results are in the wind.
Growing "Free" Grain by Leveraging Livestock ?
by ddd75 (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:27:22 GMT+5)
bigbluegrass wrote:ddd75 wrote:bigbluegrass wrote:
Sorry if this is an obvious question, but what grain crop are you referring to? I am looking for a cover crop for some newly bale grazed areas.
radishes / turnips / wheat / all thrive in that
Thanks! I may add wheat to my cover crop mix. I have used radishes and turnips in the fall with mixed results.
I haven't had much luck with them either. It seems they are like wheat and like to be spread on top of the ground and not drilled. I'm going to just spread on top of the ground and then run a cultipacker over them a few times. I think that will do the trick.
Good for another 40 years.....
by pricefarm (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:54:10 GMT+5)
You could probably sell that truck for about what you payed for it.
Sale Barn Prices
by Dave (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:47:16 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:Dave wrote:I ate lunch Thursday with a rancher who had shipped a pot load of yearlings the day before. The steers weighed 875 and the heifers 835. He got $1.46 for the steers and $1.37 for the heifers. This was direct to a feedlot.
What did he back ground them on?
I never asked him. Mainly chopped alfalfa. I drove by his place half a dozen times last week. I can't recall any grain bin or other storage for bulk grain. And know he doesn't raise grain.
Who exports shorthorn semen to the UK?
by CSM (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:24:30 GMT+5)
I would check with Bovine Elite and welcome to the board.
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:20:14 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest wrote:callmefence wrote:Hopefully they do rewrite the second.
To where every able minded adult is required by law to be capable of defending themselves and others at all times.
This is a slippery slope, and will be the lynch pin in a scenario like this. What constitutes "able minded?" Just like the wording of "cruel and unusual punishment" is the most debatable wording in the 8th amendment, this would leave too much room for interpretation. You could suggest any mental illness would revoke the right, but what constitutes a mental illness? Would this INCREASE violence b/c those with mental illness are now going without help to avoid losing their weapons? Would that be constitutional to those in society that have mental illness but are harmless to others and themselves?
It is my personal opinion that we will see government sponsored execution (sorry Grit) removed as being unconstitutional before owning guns is declared constitutional. I can guarantee that there are too many gun loving states that will reject any ratification to the constitution, Idaho among them.
How about a criminal record involving violent crime? That may not be enough, but it would be a start..
How about an age requirement? I mean if kids are shooting in schools, that might be something...
There's no one solution to it all, but if some small steps can be taken here or there I think everyone would be better off
by ddd75 (Posted Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:01:48 GMT+5)
we weren't getting very many channels with our indoor one. i bought a new outdoor RCA version at menards. It was around 60 bucks.. its like 4-5 ft wide by 6 ft or so long. looks kinda old school. Works great. we get around 25 channels now. before i think we got around 4-5.
PLANNED BREEDING SCHEDULE PAYS DIVIDENDS
Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/ pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.
BEEFMASTER BULLS INCLUDED IN BEEF ALLIANCE PROGRAM
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef's board of directors for inclusion in the program.
RANCHERS HOPE TO ERADICATE DISEASE CARRYING TICK
In the late 1800s and early 1900s a disease termed cattle fever caused enormous economic losses to the cattle industry. It is deadly to cattle that have not developed an immunity, and the mortality rate is estimated to be up to 90 percent in these naive cattle.
BLACK INK -- EXCELLENCE CAN CUT COSTS
Working as a waitress throughout high school, I hated the sight of an empty table. It meant one less chance to make a tip.
HOW WILL NEW TAX LAW AFFECT LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY?
The new tax law signed by President Trump, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), has several provisions beneficial to owners and breeders in the horse and livestock industries.
TAKE STEPS TO GUARD AGAINST LAMENESS WITH HOOF CARE
If you raise cattle, at some point in time you will have to deal with lameness issues. Some causes of lameness, such as foot rot, can be easily treated on-farm if caught early. Other lamenesses can be more severe, requiring veterinary intervention and long-term follow-up.
USE BODY CONDITION AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL
Body condition of cows determines whether they give birth to strong, healthy calves, and rebreed on schedule. Keeping track of body condition can help a rancher determine the nutritional needs of cows through winter and spring until they are safely rebred.
MINERAL NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT PART OF MANAGEMENT
Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However, in reality, mineral nutrition is just a part of a good nutrition and management plan.