Kentucky Cattle


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 + cattle producers.

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 boondocks (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:10:16 GMT+5)
Justice Kennedy has never been considered a conservative Supreme Court judge.

He's a deeply religious Catholic, Republican, appointed by Ronald Reagan. His (more recent) reputation as some sort of a moderate is fairly undeserved, and is primarily due to the contrast between his opinions and those of the far-right jurists like Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. He is not as doctrinaire as they are, but wrote the majority opinion in Citizens United ("corporations are people"); nearly always favors states' rights; has voted to strike down affirmative action; voted to halt the recount in Bush v Gore; and has voted against environmental protection. In short, until "conservative" came to mean something else over the past 30 years (or so), he would be firmly called a conservative. The goal posts keep getting moved, not his ideology.

{Not intended as a political post. Hopefully we can discuss civics/history w/o getting locked like the gun debate was. Fine line}

Need a utv opinion
by Brute 23 (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:06:30 GMT+5)
houstoncutter wrote:Drove a Kubota RTV today, it was a diesel, seems to have a lot of power. Not much of a speed wagon though. Anyone no how that machine handles the mud in pastures

I hunt with some guys who tried to use Kubotas. They are well made machines but better for hard packed surfaces. I have told my stories on here about the Kubota bogging down and breaking thru but I was able to back up to him and pull him out with the mule. We have pastures that are sand and the Kubotas do not do well, especially when its wet.

Favorite pet
by CindSein (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:08:17 GMT+5)
Hi all,
Let's start an interesting discussion on which is your favorite pet. Do specify the reason also. Mine is cat. It is just because they are very cute.

Philando Castillo - settlement reached
by boondocks (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:07:00 GMT+5)
Ok, so the US pop went from 200mil to 300mil. Then we'd expect to hear about just 1.5x the number of police-involved shootings as in 1967. I'd be willing to bet we are "hearing" (and "seeing", and reading about) far more than can be explained away by a simple rise in population. Moreover, per your stats, the increase in the white pop has been greater than the increase in the black population. Yet, I don't think the news stories (or stats) support that there's been a disproportionate rise in cops killing white folks.

People in poor communities (especially poor minority communities) say that this has been going on since, well, forever; and that we luckier folk are just now learning of the issue. Is that true? Or have cops become much more inclined to use lethal force?

Hi all
by CindSein (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:04:13 GMT+5)
Thanks all for you welcome.

Best Sitz Upward son
by Luckiamute (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:38:53 GMT+5)
I know EXAR Upshot 0562B was a very popular Upward son a few years ago. I don't have any experience using him or have any females by him though. I think you can still get semen for him pretty easy.

calf can't walk
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:21:52 GMT+5)
I read elsewhere that the vet diagnosed the calf today: Sepsis.
Vet gave it colostrum, batril and Dex.

by greybeard (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:14:33 GMT+5)
Got nearly 1" late this afternoon.
Ground was awful dry earlier in June, so a lot of what we got spread over the last 6 days soaked in.
The river is still well within it's banks.

Crazy question on AI and "hormone free"
by farmerjan (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:02:55 GMT+5)
I also do some AI breeding and do not as a rule use any hormones to get them to come into heat, like all at once etc. I have on occasion used gnrh to help a hard to breed cow to release an egg, but you do not need any hormones to just breed AI. Natural heats and timing the breeding will suffice in 75-90% of the cows.

Sorry for your wife's difficulties and I can sympathize with her not wanting to use anything that could cause her body to trigger another bout with the cancer. I tend to think there is some correlation to some of the chemicals in our environment and cancer today, so I fully understand her wariness of the hormone situation and the way it can possibly cause something to go out of whack.

Is the bull a problem? Maybe get all the cows bred then get rid of him and then breed them back AI next time.

2 cows won't stand up
by farmerjan (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:45:56 GMT+5)
With no other info, sounds first off that they are stressed from them having to use dogs and horses to catch them. If the weather there has been hot, I would say dehydration is a very good possibility. Did you get any kind of guarantee since they had to "rodeo" to get the cows caught and then had to deliver them? Maybe they got hurt in the "catching up" process? Making sure they get plenty of water is ESSENTIAL. Dehydration will cause the muscles to "fail" and not be able to co-ordinate their ability to get up or to walk without falling down. There could be any number of other things, but stress from the catching/moving and the heat would be a good way to start....

What about body temp? If all other signs are "normal" and no temp, then I would suspect heat/catching stress and dehydration first....If they aren't up tomorrow, a call to the vet and the previous owner are my next suggestions. Keep us posted and good luck.

Up and Coming Heifers
by frieghttrain (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:39:29 GMT+5)
Goldie still looks great! I hope she'll work well for you.

Borrowed bull
by farmerjan (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:35:57 GMT+5)
Muddy, the only reason I wanted to post my disagreement was due to the fact that the heifer is a dexter/jersey cross according to the original post. I have had several from good sized angus heifers with a hereford bull years ago and no big problems. I had a BIG brown swiss heifer that had problems from an easy calving angus bull, but she was a wuss. But the dexter/jersey cross being a heifer is just one I wouldn't want to babysit when she was due. And I agree, it is good to agree to disagree.... everyone's opinion is worth something due to their own personal experiences.

Just for conversations sake, tested a dairy that had to have the vet do a C-section on a cow ( 3rd calf I think). It was an ET calf, and it weighed 205 LBS. A heifer and they saved her!!!!!!! Cow is milking good and you would never know she had that huge calf. Calf looked like it was nearly ready to wean..... This is a farm that does alot of ET work and was unbelieveable that this mating produced this massive calf and that they were able to save it. Cow has has 2 normal calves prior so they are sure it is the particular ET mating. Had one a month before that was a couple of weeks early, same ET flush, and the calf was born dead and was very big too. He said he will not be implanting any more of the eggs from that mating...too much risk. So you never know...

Bulls breeding age.
by dun (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:29:39 GMT+5)
We turn them out at 12-14 months as long as they have passed their BSE

Twin heifer a Free Martin?
by farmerjan (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:21:08 GMT+5)
Yes, it is 90% chance she is a free martin.....That said, have a dairy that I test for, that is milking 3 "free martins".... Which of course means that they are technically NOT free martins. This dairy has more "GOOD" heifers from a bull/heifer set of twins than any I have ever seen. Probably 30-50% of the "free martin" heifers are actually "good". So, Either do the test, or let her get up in size and the vet can palpate and tell you if she feels normal at 8-12 months.... Most I have gotten and raised on nurse cows have all been 'no good' but did have one that bred years ago. Good luck.

Water trough Tip
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:09:29 GMT+5)
connect a 50' garden hose to a faucet. Hold the end up and run the water till a clear stream comes out the end. Turn the water off, and disconnect the female end, and quickly connect the 2 ends together.
Go to the tank, disconnect the 2 joined ends, hold thumb over the male end and drop the female end in the tank and toss the other end away from the tank.
The water will siphon out on it's own. No power source, pump or battery needed.
Gravity never sleeps, it's free, and it's everywhere.


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