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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Under the walnut tree.....
by dun (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:15:09 GMT+5)
angus9259 wrote:All I know is that I rotate pastures and I want to wait till they eat everything before rotating and it takes FOREVER till they get interested in that grass underneath them!
Ours must just be used to it. One edge of a pasture is a string of 50-60 foot tall black walnuts. Cows eat the grass and clover under them just fine.
Fertilizing pecan trees
by rnh2 (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:14:21 GMT+5)
How many years does it take for a pecan tree to start producing?
Canadian Company Switches to US Beef
by arkie1 (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:11:46 GMT+5)
Nesikep that's exactly right. Personally I blame the media. They can write whatever they want and put whatever kind of spin on it they wish and the public will just eat it up and take it as gospel. Then once it starts getting passed around facebook and tweeter..... let's not even get started on that.
Dairy cattle vs beef cattle.
by dun (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:11:22 GMT+5)
Or we could just leave well enough alone and not try to add more regulations that make no sense. The concept of not using the trimmings to make burger makes as much sense as trying to relable beef as something different based on what breed of animal it came from. CAB was done many years ago to sell more black angus bulls.
by bird dog (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:10:35 GMT+5)
This is from the Dow site
Crossbow® herbicide is a postemergent product that targets woody plants and brush ? such as blackberries and poison oak ? as well as annual and perennial broadleaves, while leaving grasses unharmed. NOTE: Dow AgroSciences is no longer manufacturing Crossbow. Our newest and best farm brush control product is PastureGard® HL herbicide.
Whats your favorite stock dog breed?
by rnh2 (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:10:31 GMT+5)
How does spaying or neutering affect working dogs? Would you use a shock collar to get their attention when they're being bull headed and won't listen to you?
Hesston 4590 In-line Baler HP Requirements
by Son of Butch (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:10:30 GMT+5)
I love the old jd 3020 hp 58 pto hp 65
Whatcha gonna do the 4th
by greybeard (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:09:25 GMT+5)
at an old beer joint
the best kind.
Winner(June) - "Church Buildings"
by HDRider (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:00:54 GMT+5)
by arkie1 (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:43:55 GMT+5)
What are your thoughts on application? Is it best to use rubs? Direct application? Both?
Steer Carcass Contest data collection begins
by Fire Sweep Ranch (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:34:57 GMT+5)
Well, we are just competing another year. I thought I updated this thread, but I guess not. So here goes. Steers were weighed into the contest in early Feb. All steers were mid march to the first of May born. I will not bore you with the beginning data, so I will update from the fair, live evaluation and the the carcass data given tonight....
So, the first Saturday in June, the steers were exhibited at the Lawrence County Fair. Our steer, a purebred simmental, won champion carcass steer
Sunday was the final weigh in. Here is the breakdown"
This steer was the leanest viewing on the hoof. He is 7/8 angus, 1/8 shorthorn. His sire was Brown Total, a Total Recal son I think. He had a final weight of 975.
This steer is our steer. He is a purebred simmental steer, out of a bull we raised and sold (and collected), and 4 generations deep in our herd. He finished at 1220 pounds. He was guessed as the steer that would be the third fattest.
This steer was 3/4 Angus, 1/4 shorthorn (he was a blue roan). He was 1110 pound at final weigh in.
This steer was the heaviest steer at 1320. He is half Angus, 1/4 Simmental, 1/4 Red Angus. His sire was POSS Total Impact. The kids guessed him to likley be the second fattest steer on the rail.
This steer is a purebred angus. He was 1320 pounds. The kids guessed him to be the steer having the most fat in the group.
This steer was 1/2 Angus, 1/4 Red Angus and 1/4 Gelbvieh. His sire was Brown Total. He finished out at 1160 pounds.
And a final rear shot....
And the results.....
Steer number 1 Rib eye:
He had a hot carcass weight of 590, graded Choice average, Yield grade 2.4 (surprise), rib eye of 11 inches, .35 inch backfat, and KPH% of 1.5.
Steer number 2 Rib eye (ours):
He had a hot carcass weight of 775, graded Choice average, Yield grade 2.1, rib eye of 12.7 inches, .55 inch backfat, and KPH% of 3.5 (this was a surprise for all).
Steer number 3 Rib eye:
He had a hot carcass weight of 682, graded Choice minus, Yield grade 1.62, rib eye of 13 inches, .35 inch backfat, and KPH% of 2.
Steer number 4 Rib eye:
He had a hot carcass weight of 787, graded Choice minus, Yield grade 2.25, rib eye of 12.2 inches, .7 inch backfat (WOW), and KPH% of 2.0.
Steer number 5 Rib eye:
He had a hot carcass weight of 774, graded Choice average, Yield grade 1.92, rib eye of 12.3 inches, .5 inch backfat, and KPH% of 2.5.
Steer number 6 Rib eye:
He had a hot carcass weight of 680, graded Choice plus, Yield grade 2.16, rib eye of 10.7 inches, .3 inch backfat, and KPH% of 2.
Again, the kids learned a lot through this process, with each month having a meeting on topics like nutrition, genetics, health and such. The instructor came down from the University of Missouri, and is running the meat lab facility there. He did a great job with the kids explaining the carcass and why it graded the way it did.
The kids also learned about the aging of the carcass, and how it changes the taste. They explained that if a person wants their steaks aged 14 days or longer, they will cut the primal cuts out and age just them. The reason is the bacteria that grows on the carcass and that the rest of the carcass does not need to be aged. Here is a picture of a rack of primal cuts that are aging...(look at that rib eye! YUMMY).
As always, a great experience. I am so glad we have this opportunity in our county, because I can follow my genetics all the way to the rail.
Your Favorite AI sire Select or ABS
by frieghttrain (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:31:23 GMT+5)
Select sires, Tc Thunder a very nice heifer bull and Durango 44u. We have calves out of each of them also trying Simmental with Uno mas and Another Angus bull Limelight. Has anyone used Absolute from ABS?
Few Angus pictures
by frieghttrain (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:22:16 GMT+5)
I like that Trackrunner bull !! Is that a black baldy in one of the pictures?
by tdc_cattle (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:09:47 GMT+5)
Ebenezer wrote:If you have a heavy notill drill to get adequate depth and cover, inoculated cowpeas would be a good option as they would be releasing N about the time that the fescue could use it. Just don't go heavy on seeding.
I do have a nice heavy notill drill. But its a 30' and the gate to this pasture isn't wide enough. Nrcs rents one with a $100 minimum.
What about forage soybeans? Pioneer dealer has some he ordered in for someone then didn't get taken that he'd sell me at a decent price.
Pasture and hay field leases. What works best for you?
by arkie1 (Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:06:32 GMT+5)
I agree on the contract Sky. I've got a place I run cattle on now and the gentleman who owns it seems to be trying to give me a leg up and simply expects the fences to be kept up and the place to be hogged. I trust this guy (I'm generally very untrusting of people) but even still I insisted we work up a contract. If something were to happen to him you never know what the kids will want to do with the place.
CRIMSON CLASSIC SALE AVERAGES $4,015
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.
FOUNDATION WILL FUND ABBA YOUTH IN 2016
At the December 17, 2015 meeting the Brahman Foundation Board agreed to distribute funds to expand opportunities for Brahman youth. In an effort to support youth programs and developing leaders in agriculture, the group allocated $30,000 for use in scholarships, educational opportunities, showmanship and more for the year 2016.
E6 & REGISTERED BEEFMASTER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE HELD
The E6 and Registered Beefmaster Replacement Female Sale was held April 24, 2016 in Columbus, Texas.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING CALF VALUE
In times of declining cow-calf margins, it is important for producers to evaluate opportunities to enhance calf value while simultaneously managing cost of production, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his early-June market comments. Peel uses a variety of surveys and studies to underscore his point.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY LAST MEAL
Have you ever thought about what you'd like to eat for your last meal?
BRAHMAN "ALL AMERICAN" TO BE HELD IN LOUISIANA
Every year, members of the American Junior Brahman Association gather to compete in a variety of contests, showcasing their skills and their cattle. This year, 250 members from nine states will show off their more than 650 entries. The All American will be held in West Monroe, La., at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, July 4-9, 2016.
TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE FORAGE DIGESTION
At the cow/calf and stocker cattle level, production systems are generally built on forage production, pastures, hay, etc. For these operations forages provide the bulk of the nutrients needed for the animals. In many cases because of inadequate management or simply uncooperative weather patterns, forage quality is not suitable for the pasture and hays to maintain the type of digestibility needed for the animal to extract the needed nutrients.
OCHSNER TO JOIN RED ANGUS TEAM
Red Angus Association of America CEO Tom Brink announced that Katie Ochsner, a native of Torrington, Wyoming, has been hired as a commercial marketing specialist.