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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Nurse cow and johnes
by Rafter S (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 12:31:46 GMT+5)
I'm glad we could help.
What a Mess
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 12:23:52 GMT+5)
When ya get done, can I borrow him for awhile?
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 12:21:20 GMT+5)
Well, grass can die off from being under water too long and too often too. Mine has been under water a lot and lots of it coated with a thin film of mud when the water recedes and it just dies from lack of sunlight being able to get to the leaves---cows sure won't eat it at the muddy stage either.
I do hope everyone that needs it gets some rain tho. If it don't dry up, I may be buying hay from out of state..........
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 12:17:28 GMT+5)
Always miraculous and still somewhat mysterious to watch 'em come into this world, and so relieved when they take that 1st breath, whether they do it on their own or you have to 'encourage' it some.
Chuckwagon cooking - Wagons for Warriors
by Workinonit Farm (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 11:57:15 GMT+5)
Thanks for the link dun.
Electric fence ground
by cowboy43 (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 11:49:20 GMT+5)
The coop spect. Require the the ground rod to be driven in undistrubed ground away from the hole we had dug for the pole. The foreman had us put the rod in the hole and push it the rest of the way down with the bit. Sometimes the dirt was so hard it bend over so we would connect it that way.
The coop started checking every job site and was not happy with what they found, they then bought a driver and said to follow spects. from now on. Their was places where an 8 ft rod could not be driven, so we started cutting the rod off, that was about the time I started in the office. Never did hear if they found out about the cut off rods.
by Rafter S (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 11:00:48 GMT+5)
I went across the road to talk to the folks working on the power lines, and they asked if I knew anyone with a tractor. So I said I had one. Used it to give a little extra pull for them bringing in the auger truck.
by FlyingLSimmentals (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 10:21:28 GMT+5)
Lucky I've heard that about Blazin Hot and have seen a few. What I've seen I liked. We've had some Dream Doctor, Steel Force, Star Power genetics and never did get much chrome out of them. I have wanted to get a few AI to Milestone and Blazin Hot but running a herd bull just fits our operation the best. Occasionally I'll get a few AIed mostly heifers.
Joe haven't had this much white in several years. Figure the three in the first pics would get docked at the sale barn we usually go to for the excessive markings. Another barn we've gone to doesn't appear as strict. Two are heifers and we're thinking on retaining them as dams and breeding them to a proven solid colored sire. The other is a bull he's bred up to purebred status but he's probably to colored up to sell as a commercial bull. Most likely he'll go to the barn that isn't as strict on colors. We'll see how they turn out. Figure the rest will sell fine. As long as I don't get a large amount of splashing colored calves I don't mind having say a hand full.
Keeping current Knowledge on cattle prices
by Ojp6 (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 10:04:05 GMT+5)
TCRanch you did good. Futures were falling for most of the last week and a half and just rallied little the last few days of this week. Some places the market was down 15 cents this week. I bought some 360 lb heifers Saturday in the 1.30s
by crossbredcalves (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 10:02:29 GMT+5)
I had two more calves yesterday. One is out of a spotted, brindle Longhorn cow. The calf is a heifer, red with a little white on her navel. The other cow is hard to explain. I bought her off a farm that had Longhorn cows. He ran 4 bulls; 2 Longhorns, a beefmaster, and a black. She's yellow with some brindling and a white face and underbelly. The best part is that she raises great calves. She had a solid red heifer.
by D2Cat (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 09:47:55 GMT+5)
COINS LEFT ON TOMBSTONES
While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the soldier when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
Memorial Day and Nascar
by JMJ Farms (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 09:41:52 GMT+5)
I agree. They appear to support the military well. And I was glad to see Truex win. Not my favorite driver, but I think he's a stand up guy and he certainly deserved it. He's been hoeing a tough row. Now if nascar would just quit trying to attract more queers and remember who and what made the sport what it is.
by cow pollinater (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 07:32:34 GMT+5)
My garden is coming along but some of it looks pretty anemic. I was told our soil here is fairly acidic so I thought that was my problem and treated it as such but my soil test revealed that the bigger problem is severe potassium deficiency. It's a little late to help what's out there but I'm starting now on the open areas for my fall garden.
AI heat Detection Question
by pdfangus (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 02:45:58 GMT+5)
if you do not have time to sit and watch the cattle and do the work required of heat detection then you are using the wrong protocol.
Timed AI does pretty well without heat detection....heat detection just enhances any breeding efforts....
I used to spend more time on heat detection than I did on breeding.....
But then back in the day before synchrony that was all we had...after supper heat detection was my favorite time of the day...just me and the cows and a good horse and a cigar
For aids I still prefer just plain cattle marking grease stick....easy to apply...easy to color code....no glue or ripping off
Is the middle class gone and am I poor?
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 30 May 2016 00:04:46 GMT+5)
I just couldn't bear to read thru all this stuff. What or why would anyone need or want with a refrigerator with a TV inside?? The milk, celery, and eggs don't give a crap who wins Wheel of Fortune.
(I'm typing on a 3 yr old Lenovo laptop that I bought new for $300 at Best Buy and I can stream anything I want with it--wife has a Toshiba that cost about the same and does just as good as this one)
SPRING WEATHER CONDITIONS CREATE A CHALLENGE FOR FORAGES
A cool, wet spring delayed growth of several summer grasses, but not the weeds that compete for space in fields and pastures across Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- UNIDENTIFIED FRUITY OBJECT
Besides being a great-granddaughter of the former President, Laura Eisenhower is a professional clairvoyant and spiritual healer who reads Tarot cards and gives astrology readings for a living. In an interview with Fox News Laura said that vegetarians are more apt to see UFO's than meat-eaters because, "we are multidimensional beings and based on our frequency, perceptions and our vibratory levels that we are functioning from, we are going to see things differently."
PRODUCERS SHOULD EVALUATE VALUE OF CREEP FEEDING
n the last issue we started a discussion concerning creep feeding and an ongoing evaluation of the value of this practice in cow-calf production. The main question the producer has to ask is if I decide to creep feed my calves will this result in higher weaning weights and will it be profitable?
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- WINDSHIELD ECONOMICS
Hooter was riding shotgun with Peetie Womack on the way back home from a feedlot where Peetie was checking on some of his cattle.
GENETRUST AT SUHN CATTLE COMPANY BULLS AVERAGE $5,863
Blue skies, blustery winds and Brangus bulls welcomed customers and friends of GENETRUST to the Flint Hills in Eureka, Kansas, on March 22, 2016 for the 24th annual installment of the event hosted by the Suhn family, in what has become one of the premier Brangus events of the year.
BLACK INK -- BEYOND THE BURNING HAIR
Our electric branding iron hangs high on a barn wall, bought on impulse 35 years ago but not used in 30. We freeze brand our replacement heifers though.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MOTHER NATURE, FATHER TIME
Women are nature, men are time. Women are beautiful like a Maui sunset or a forest of pine wearing a fresh blanket of snow, while men are as timeless as Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
GRASS-FED BEEF CONFERENCE TO BE HELD MAY 26-27, 2016
With consumer interest heightening about where their food comes from, grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends during a May 26-27 conference in College Station.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - DECLINING PRICES MAGNIFY COST FOCUS
Expenses won't come down as fast as commodity prices, says Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Cow-calf expenses won't come down as fast as cow-calf prices. 2016 will have lower calf prices but not to the extent it will affect these higher expenses. During 2017, expenses still will not be coming down, where calf prices will be in their second year of decline. That's what concerns me.
CONSIDER PROS AND CONS BEFORE CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding of calves while still on the cow has been a management tool used for years by the cow-calf producer. The value and profitability of this practice has been long debated as well. So when producers ask if it is something worth considering, I give them the stock nutritionist's answer: well, it depends.
LITTLE W CHAROLAIS HOLDS PRODUCTION SALE
Little W Charolais held their 6th annual production sale on March 26, 2016 at the farm in Lebanon, Tenn.
EGYPTIAN VET STUDIES AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
New research techniques learned at Mississippi State University through a scholar exchange program will help a cattle veterinarian from Egypt as she pursues a doctoral education in food safety.
DEER ANTLERS MAY HOLD HEALTH SECRETS
Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these sheds may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.
CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFERS CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP
Gaven and April Hammett want to expand their cattle operation and are looking to Clemson University for the information they need.
EARLY SPRING CAN BE A CHALLENGING NUTRITIONAL TIME FOR SPRING CALVING
Late winter and early spring is the most challenging time of the year for the nutrition of the spring-calving beef cows.