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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by Jogeephus (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 13:18:20 GMT+5)
You may be right about it being the only time they can work them and when they were moving more hives to the clover fields they may have done this at night so all the bees would be in the hive. Anything I say about honeybees is like Old Faithful spewing ignorance because I don't know anything about them other than they will sting you and that's all I care to know. Oh, and the honey can be fermented into a nice concoction.
by Brute 23 (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 13:07:29 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:Brute 23 wrote:That is becoming real popular right now. I will be curios how that market pans out. A buddy of mine was trying to get me to go in with him on some also but I passed. I told him selling roping steers is like selling drugs, there is a lot of demand, and even money in the right market... but you got to deal with people who have a drug habit. They would rather show up at your house and smoke or snort you stuff than pay for it.
I could be wrong... it won't be the first time I missed out on a good deal.
More head per acre, with less inputs. Fertility issues largely non existent. Majority of what we cull a commercial cow for, doesn't even apply to raising ropers.
For sure. My hesitations were all about the market to sell them. Is it the next Emu deal? If you sell them at the auction it's like giving them away.
I know several guys who turned out cows to breed thinking they would do all the good with an Angus bull. They have all gelotten rid of them over time because they were giving the calves away... even with the low inputs.
If you don't get out and work them, market them, etc as ready to go roping steers there is no market.
by bird dog (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 13:04:11 GMT+5)
Welcome. What part of Central TX
Brown Swiss For Sale
by Bigfoot (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:58:24 GMT+5)
Brangus bull on a brown Swiss cow, makes a nice cross actually.
May have asked this before. Looking for ideas on a diy fish feeder
by M.Magis (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:50:44 GMT+5)
The swinging pole idea is on my list of things to build, but another idea that my grandfather used years ago was a simple cable/pulley running over the pond. This was long before there were feeders, not that he?d have spent money on one. He built a wire cage and would shoot ground hogs, put them in the cage, and run it out over the pond so the maggots would fall in.
What are you eating today?
by Jogeephus (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:48:18 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Dam good friends are priceless.
Yes, I always put the interests of my friends in front of self. Its just the kind of guy I am.
Bull Age and Rotation ?
by M.Magis (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:47:45 GMT+5)
But why change bulls at all is I guess what I don't understand? Is it to move him to another herd that hasn't been bred yet?
by Jogeephus (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:34:59 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:Jogeephus wrote:Rank grass will have more nodes on it and be thicker and harder so it won't dry out as fast as younger grass. If I'm going to use cuttings for a hay field I'll leave a little swath uncut when cutting hay then go back a couple weeks later and cut it with a nonconditioning mower and use these to start new fields. Works surprisingly well.
How many sprigs say per square foot would you use.?
I throw out as much as I can. How I used to do it is to load a hay wagon and pull it through the field and have two guys on the back just throwing the grass in the air and let it fall where it will. Sortof like spreading straw. However we've gotten modern now after a friend took rear axle out of a truck and built a wagon on it. The "transmission" is vertical and he fashioned a spinner wheel on this and you just toss the hay on this and it slings it over the ground along with the skin from your knuckles if you get careless.
I always try and spread right before a rain and as I'm spreading the field I have a tractor with a harrow with the discs turned as straight as possible and run over the springs and hope the rain gets them settled in. If not, I pack it two or three times.
The hardest part is collecting the grass and getting it moved to the field but we've also baled the fresh cut hay in mini-rolls and used these to get the grass to the field but the bales need to be rolled loose or they will heat on you. I prefer doing it loose even though its more of a PITA.
by Dogs and Cows (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 12:33:16 GMT+5)
Best Angus Bull for Replacement Heifers
by Stocker Steve (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 11:59:20 GMT+5)
RanchMan90 wrote:Hoover dam
What do you like about the Hoover Dam daughters?
The Dead South
by Bestoutwest (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 11:58:07 GMT+5)
Anyone else found these guys? I kind of like them, they're entertaining.
Sold in less than 30 minutes
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 11:56:53 GMT+5)
And when the same ad is renewed every three days and stays on CL without any change week after week . I pass right on by it. If I open the ad and they refuse an email or text I don't care how cheap it is. There's a guy here that has been running same ad for handful of farm stuff for over a yr. I called him when he first posted the items . he wants new price and is a DY refuses to accept a reasonable offer . he gets flagged all the time. .
Poll - 'Caption'
by greybeard (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 10:42:08 GMT+5)
ohiosteve wrote:callmefence wrote:ohiosteve wrote:Those were a lot better than I expected. I'm still laughing at "cash me outside, how bout dat"
I don't get it?
It's the dumbest girl you've ever heard in your life. You'll have to Google it
What the heck did I just watch?
That one needs her butt whipped more than any millennial I've ever seen.
by JCcattle (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 10:40:26 GMT+5)
That's really good! You'll get him back on his feet soon looks like! Thanks for the pics n video
A few Simmentals
by Bright Raven (Posted Fri, 26 May 2017 10:35:36 GMT+5)
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Tim -thanks.
BR - how did you do yours? My pictures were on my phone, so I emailed them to my computer. Then I clicked "add image" and chose the size for Message Boards. What do you do??
If they are on Facebook, I click on them and hit download. If on my laptop, I download to desktop. If on my phone, I download to photo gallery. Then I open TinyPic. I download from desktop or photo gallery to tinypic. Then copy the URL into my post.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SQUIRRELED AWAY
Hooter's old friend, Uncas Bingelmeyer was usually more carefree than the owner of a new credit card at a discount store. Today, though, he watched the scenery speed by as if they were approaching doom instead of Tulsa.
PLAN PROPERLY TO MANAGE YEARLING HEIFER BREEDING
Developing and breeding yearling heifers can be equally rewarding and frustrating. The process is too timely and costly to land anywhere short of success. The technology around estrus synchronization continues to evolve and improve. However, the best protocols alone are not enough to create high pregnancy rates. It requires meticulous planning to properly execute the synchronization protocol and nutrition programs. It all matters when fighting for a few percentage points.
WELL-DESIGNED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REQUIRES PLANNING
Every business has (or should have) a means of measuring and analyzing the various factors that play a role in overall performance and profitability as well as to help in decision making. Cattle operations are no different.
LOOK FOR SIGNS TO REDUCE AND HANDLE HEAT STRESS
Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat.
BLACK INK -- ARE WE THERE YET?
We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she'd ask, Are we ALMOST there?
IT'S THE PITTS -- HOW TO LOAD A HORSE
Here is the correct way to load a horse.
GIVE YOUNG WILDLIFE SPACE TO GROW
Spring is a glorious time of year. Flowers and leaves are not the only signs of new life. Plenty of food and warmer weather make this the perfect time for wildlife to mate and raise their offspring.
BLACK INK -- ARE YOU ON TRACK?
Biology says it takes two years from the day you breed cows till their calves can be harvested for beef or join the breeding herd to calve as two-year-olds. Decisions before, after and during any two-year span can make a big difference.
NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW TO BE HELD IN DES MOINES
Come win with the Angus team in Des Moines, Iowa, at this year's National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
ALABAMA BCIA ANNOUNCES PUREBRED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Clanton, Ala. The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) named Hillside Angus Farm, Dale and Judy Parris of Albertville as the 2016 Purebred Producer of the Year at the Alabama BCIA 2017 Annual Meeting held in Jemison on March 11.
LAST YEAR'S DROUGHT MAY AFFECT THIS YEAR'S HAY
Starkville, Miss. -- Last year's drought will likely affect this year's hay acreage in Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY FAVORITE FIRES
First, let me state for the record that I am NOT a cowboy poet. I don't have the mustache or the wardrobe for it.
HAVE PLAN IN PLACE WHEN UNEXPECTED COW LOSS OCCURS
It happens. If you own cattle, at some point you will drive out in the pasture and you'll find one with all four feet in the air, or maybe very close to it.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- CONSUMERS ARE DRIVING PACKER CHANGES
Ultimately, consumers determine what enters and exits the harvest facilities of the nation's largest meat packers. Consumer demand determines which meats they'll consume in terms of quantity and price, or if they'll consume meat at all.
CONTROL FLIES TO AVOID PINKEYE PROBLEMS
We were fortunate this year to have quite a mild winter in the southeast. The grass is growing and we are getting some much-needed rain to fill the ponds that dried up during last year's drought. Unfortunately, along with warmer weather come the flies and various problems associated with the little pests. Severe fly infestations have been associated with increased incidence of pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK).