Alabama Cattle


The Alabama Cattlemen's Association, with over 12,500 members, is one of the largest cattlemen's associations in the nation. Every county in the state has its own county chapter. It works to protect, promote, and advance the state's $2 billion beef cattle industry. The Alabama Cattlemen's Association works on behalf of livestock producers to educate consumers, influence farming legislation and promote beef. The "Alabama Cattlemen", the association's monthly magazine keeps members current on new ideas, equipment, and cattle sales.

The livestock industry is one of Alabama's largest agricultural products in terms of cash sales. Many operations consist of small herds having less than 20 brood cows. Cattle operations are located throughout the state with many of them owned by part-time cattlemen on small farms.

Alabama ranks 9th in the U.S. in the number of farms with beef cows. USDA figures show there are 25,000 farms in Alabama with beef cows. Only Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa and Arkansas have more beef cattle operations. Alabama cattle ranchers are mostly cow-calf operators with feeder calves shipped to out of state feedlots for finishing. A statewide network of 27 stockyards provides easy and ready markets for most Alabama cattlemen.

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Calf dies in 12 hours
by Eugen23 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:09:53 GMT+5)
On the dairy farm where I work 10 days calf died in 12 hours. we feed them 3 times a day. So in the afternoon at 12.30 it finished the milk replacer without any help. At night at 8 p.m. the calf was little sad and I helped it to start drinking. A baby girl finished only a half of her portion. At 5 oclock in the morning was laying still and did not want to move and did not drink at all. At 8 o'clock it was dead. I could not see any signs of dehydration of diarrhea.
What it can be?

Beef checkoff
by Craig Miller (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:23:27 GMT+5)
They do it for you when you sale at the barn. I don't think anybody sends any checks personally though.

Any guitar players?
by boondocks (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:48:41 GMT+5)
Supa Dexta wrote:boondocks wrote:Wow, great Prince solo! Gotta admit I never appreciated his guitar skills until fairly recently....

He was an odd duck, but would apparently play anything with the same amount of skill. Eric clapton was once asked what it was like to be the best guitar player on earth, and he said - I don't know, you'll have to ask prince.

As for the above clip, the story was he was left off of a rolling stones top 100 guitarists list - so he worked his way into that 2004 hall of fame induction show, didnt really rehearse with the guys - just told them he'd be ready for the show and then stole the show just to prove a point. For a guy hardly over 5ft tall, he always controlled a stage and then disappeared back to Minnesota to hide away from fame. And according to Charlie Murphy he was really good at basketball too.

Was talking to my guitar teacher tonight (figured I'd spring for a few lessons, see how it goes, since I'm getting such a late start at guitar as well as cows lol). He recorded in LA years ago at the studio Price was recording at, at the same time. He said the guy was incredibly focused, and would have a mattress delivered to the studio and not leave until it was done.

Dog barking at calf
by Pamkisaac (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:24:05 GMT+5)
Update : After a day of telling him no and redirecting him, he has stopped barking at the calf.

How is the ag economy in your area
by Stocker Steve (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:11:53 GMT+5)
Aaron wrote:More older guys are starting to plan their exit.

I agree there will be a number of beef and dairy operators retiring over the next couple years.
Will there be enough outside money to buy them out ?

Creep feed
by Stocker Steve (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:06:35 GMT+5)
Value of Gain
$/lb for weight added
((end price/lb x end wt) - (initial price/lb x initial wt))) / (end wt - initial wt)

Name Calling and Political Correctness
by hurleyjd (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:59:18 GMT+5)
Where and why did the work redneck originate

Does Rock music no longer exist?
by boondocks (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:47:35 GMT+5)
TCRanch wrote:LazyARanch wrote:I listen to a lot of rock music, don't like the real hard head-banging stuff but I do like Disturbed (watch the video for their cover of The Sounds of Silence), Collective Soul, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Audioslave, The Black Keys, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Imagine Dragons, Redlight Kings, Pop Evil and Papa Roach to name a few. I don't like EVERYTHING they sing but I pick what I like and make my own playlists. I also listen to a lot of Classic Rock such as the Eagles, and a lot of classic country from Patsy Cline, Waylon, Johnny, and yep, Willie too!

Excellent taste! And I do love the classics. My husband was making fun of me the other day for wearing my Stones VooDoo Lounge Tour t-shirt from 1994. Hey, it's still in semi-decent condition and I refuse to get rid of it

I just found my Journey t-shirt from the mid=80's! Looks tiny though

What are you eating today?
by ohiosteve (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:04:59 GMT+5)
jalapenos, stuffed with cream cheese and muenster and wrapped in bacon.

How you can tell everyone has lost interest cattle
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:55:55 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:The old penhooker is probably smarter than most of us. He knows it is more of a gamble so he just keeps his money in his pocket. I have bought a few calves every week and each week I think, darn they are too cheap. The next week those look too high compared to the ones there now.
The cattlemens association said the outlook for next year does not look any better. Our Administration is allowing live cattle imports from brazil starting last month, large surplus of cattle population is not looking good for the market.

Mineral blocks or loose minerals?
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:48:06 GMT+5)
Selenium is a key mineral that impacts calving and abortions. Gotta have it.

First post
by coachg (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:46:32 GMT+5)
Welcome to the forum ! A lot of good info, a little manure, and even more good people !

Cattle price today - Steve
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:30:56 GMT+5)
RanchMan90 wrote:BK9954 wrote:I sold a Black Angus pair last week $1350. Calf looked great, cow was young but had health issues, bought a black brangus heifer today, fancy with good ear, which it what I like, for $1.22 at 500 pounds. Little calves were going all the way up to $2.85. Bred cows topped out at $1000. All unbred cows were going for under a dollar.
Sounds a bit stronger there than here on replacements, the brammer cross always seem to bring a premium in TX.
yep the charolais and angus were getting less, hereford were taking a beating.

by BRYANT (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:28:48 GMT+5)
I would make sure the pipe is not lined and that it has not had salt water ran through it.

Black Herefords Question
by Lazy M (Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:24:47 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:Muddy wrote:You meant Bos indicus. Most imported beef is very inferior and usually cheaper than local raised beef. Heck we didn't know what breed of cattle they raised and sent the beef to us. But please put your Brahman pimping away. Nobody asked about what breeds that supplied the world's beef supply, just why the other black breeds are better than Black Herefords.
Call back under your rock pecker head
If you don't think we are competing against the global market your dumber than I thought
My concern with this line of thought is that if we have to compete based on quantity of meat, Brazil has us beat. Their beef herd is way larger than the US, but their environment requires a heavy brahma influence. My thought is that we should be focusing more on the quality of our beef. I'm not looking for a fight or putting down brahma but I don't think that it is debatable that high percentage brahma meat quality is poor compared to many other breeds. Brahma influence should be minimized to only what your environment requires for your cattle to thrive.


Beef, in general is a quality, healthy product that has enjoyed a place in the world's diet for thousands of years. The world is a changing place, however, and as most of us are well aware, consumer's attitudes toward food, in general are changing.
Even though it seems barely out of its infancy, national herd expansion may be coming to an end.
Some ranchers hold their calves over as yearlings, to sell later when they are bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow them to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program—a drylot situation where they are fed a growing ration—until these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term “backgrounding” covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.

There are several ways to castrate calves and bulls. Regardless of the method, it's generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daniel Thomson, Kansas State University (Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology) says that castration, dehorning, branding are necessary but painful for the animal.

Wildlife enthusiasts often ask how to attract more animals to their property, and the answer is more complicated than most people realize.
Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving.
It's no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program.
Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection.
In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the transition process taking calves from the cow/calf sector on to the next stage of production. The initial destination may be one of several including a grazing stage, preconditioning operation, feedyard or some variation of these. In any case, the transition stage with the handling, transportation, lack of feed and water, comingling with other animals and the associated exposure to pathogens to which the calf has no immunity, all work together to create an extremely challenging situation. This commonly results in sickness in the calf, from which it may or may not fully recover. Worst-case it can result in the complete loss of the animal. All of these scenarios result in significant economic loss to the owner at whatever stage it occurs.
I've got the scars to prove that I've spent a good chunk of my life fixing and installing fence. Those fences could be sorted one of two ways: they were either defensive or offensive fences.
Aunt Pinky's Irish disposition was easily ruffled, but she was harder to scare than a slab of granite. That's why Hooter was extra shaken when his aunt grabbed his arm with one hand, scratched for the door handle with the other, and commanded him to stop, all at the same time.
Calving season discussion is often a heated debate among beef producers. Should I calve in the spring or the fall? Do I need to pull my bull? Is it better to be committed to selling calves at a certain time of year or should I have calves available year round? These are common questions beef producers often ask themselves, their neighbors, and the experts when trying to make management decisions. There are two key points that need to be considered when making calving season (or lack thereof decisions: management and marketing.
A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today's Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious.
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.

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