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.
The Kentucky Cattlemen's Association,
has 93 chapters in 120 counties and is a strong voice for the state's 40,000 +
KCA's mission is to provide
a strong, proactive voice for all of Kentucky's Beef Farm Families,
serve as a resource for information and education for producers, consumers
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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by callmefence (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:41:50 GMT+5)
This has been a very interesting thread. I've learned what a herpetologist is. And that it's not anywhere near as bad as you'd think.
Kenny Thomas has a question
by Margonme (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:31:46 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Kenny asked me to post this label from a bag of minerals available in his market.
He would like to hear opinions please.
What happened that he cannot ask himself?
Grass on new land
by oscarsteve (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:28:30 GMT+5)
So, you're saying you would stay away from an annual ryegrass...not just a perennial? Bahia is the dominant grass I currently have in the other pastures. But it's just whatever came up (wasn't planted). Can't remember if that means Pensacola or Argentine? So, what variety of Bahia would you recommend?
What's CRP paying now?
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:18:53 GMT+5)
$237 an acre, doesn't sound exuberant to anyone?
by Whatnow (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:46 GMT+5)
TCRanch wrote:Whatnow wrote:I'm following this post too...also have a limping calf (weaned). Mine's also still eating and keeping up with the herd, but is lagging behind a little bit.
Foot rot is always my first thought. Have you been able to check?
How long to you typically "wait and see" if they recover if you're uncertain whether or not it's a twist/sprain or foot rot?
by creekdrive (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:54:13 GMT+5)
yes talltimber is right - those prices were in CDN $$$ I meant to put that when I wrote it and then forgot. Oops
USAxBrad wrote:Awesome pictures Creek! Some very nice girls you have!
Any method behind the tagging? Some left eared, some right eared?
There is somewhat of a method....any that are registered have to be tagged in the left ear (tattoo in the right). The last couple of years we have been trying to do all the purebreds (even if they aren't papered) in the left ear and commercials in the right ear. Colour of the tag is who owns them within the family. Green is ours, yellow is the grandparents (just to confuse things - quite a few of ours that were bought from them still have their yellow tag), blue is the father in law, and orange is anyone else (my younger brother in laws both have some cows they keep out here in exchange for some work).
by midTN_Brangusman (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:45:46 GMT+5)
Ebenezer wrote:I always looked at it as paying a lot of money for a herd prefix and shipping to get about the same unproven bull you can buy locally from someone who is using SS or ABS semen in their herd. At least the local bull has a better chance to be more adapted to the environment via gestational programming.
Very true however that farm prefix does help when marketing the calves.
Wasps - Ever heard this?
by cowgirl8 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:40:52 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:cowgirl8 wrote:I have one hive i call a$$ holes.. No way no how would i ever attempt to open them without a suit. They are so unpredictable that even smoked, they can be volatile. I'd suffer hundreds of stings, they usually get me though my leather gloves.. This spring im going to replace the queen.
If they're that mean why are you waiting until spring to re-queen?
Because it was a trapout and before that i took half their workers and put them with a struggling hive. About 2 months ago, they started out from scratch once trapped out. I set a new box with new frames, it was empty...Kind of didnt care at that point if they survived, but they did.....Queen is a egg laying fool and they are growing nicely. I dont want to bother that. They are far from the house and all by themselves doing their own thing. I usually just go and smoke, open to see if they are still growing, then shut it before i smell or hear anything. They will do fine till late winter early spring, its no problem waiting. I have way too many hives anyway so just want them to be a thriving hive for the next few months, then i'll worry about them.. Not getting honey from them this year whether they have a new queen or not...
by backhoeboogie (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:29:06 GMT+5)
dun wrote:We ahve gold coins we bought many years ago. Canadian Maple leafs and Krugerands. They're stuck in the back of the safe for a just in case scenerio.
Several people do that. Its always concerned me. I don't want to make myself a burglary target any more than what I already do. Friend of mine is holding way too much. He's got several video cameras for security. I just hope he has electricity to power them thru the crisis if it happens.
Storage of Drugs
by Margonme (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:19:09 GMT+5)
Koffi Babone wrote:FYI
You can always contact the manufacturer and ask for specific storage conditions as well.
I had a similar issue with pool products that did not described what was in the container. I emailed the manufacturer to complain since if there were an accidental ingestion (children) we need to know what product we are dealing with when you call the poison centre. I got all the requested info within 24 hrs...
Thank you. I contacted Zoetis a couple of times to resolve contradictions in literature supplied with vaccines.
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:06:47 GMT+5)
backhoeboogie wrote:TexasBred wrote:backhoeboogie wrote:They split a couple of dairy calves (twins) off of an old dairy cow. No bids at $50. No bids at $25. No bids at $10. No bids at $5. One bid and $2.50. He took 'em both for $5
Been a long time since I've seen this.
That's what happens when you try to sell something in a place that has no market for it.
Right now I have no wet nurse cows. I usually don't buy dairy calves to begin with. Beef splits were cheap too but not that cheap.
As soon as one of the nurse cows calve, prices will be sky high again. Murphy's law.
I've gone to that barn before to buy graft calves and several people were looking too. Bottle calves generally do well there. Maybe its the time of the year?
With all the dairies not that far away it's probably a better buy to just visit a dairy, pay a little more and get a better calf. You'd think the beef calves would be a little hotter item though.
by midTN_Brangusman (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:04:39 GMT+5)
He changed the game that's for sure!
by frieghttrain (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:55:13 GMT+5)
Lazy M wrote:angus9259 wrote:frieghttrain wrote:How small were they?
60-70 based on the ankle tape. seems like it's mostly from the short gestation as they aren't "small calves" so to speak - nice chunky rats now. they are typically a week early with one that was two weeks early out of a cow that tends to calve early herself and one that was two days late (that was the only late one).
I've often wondered if most calving ease bulls are considered calving ease because their calves have a tendency to come early. I never really noticed until we started playing around with ai, but in my limited experience, length of gestation may be as much a factor as anything for ce
I'm A Little Nervous
by angus9259 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:43:11 GMT+5)
gizmom wrote:We have 15 on the ground we have lost three out of first calf heifers so far, two just way to early one the heifer was licking all over it when we found it but it had afterbirth covering its nose and mouth. 17 heifers to go. Our AI due date is 9/29 as of yesterday we had a total of 34. I can assure you we will be backing our calving up a few weeks next season it is just to dang hot to have this many calves on the ground, I think the heat has played a huge part in our losses this year.
Woke up to a new born dead calf this morning myself. Either two weeks early or a week late. Based on size of calf, heat detection, and bag development I'm saying two weeks early. Not hot here. Plenty of shade. Who knows why it's dead.
Question - this is her second calf. Nice cow. Prices are in the basement for cull. Are you re-breeding your heifers that lost calves or parting company with them?
MIG Energy and Labor ?
by dave_shelby (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:42:04 GMT+5)
Got a link to that article?
Its amazing how many dealers there are for cattle handling equipment and how much you can spend. Been thinking about signing on an NRCS fence & well, it would be about 7k out of pocket. It will allow MIG, so there is some ROI but exactly how much?
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.