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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fix this (cast iron)
by sackshowcattle (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:26:06 GMT+5)
Grind both pieces to form a v to weld in. Pre heat with torch well everything in ping it with a pointy hammer. Then wrap it with either a heat blanket or if you pull it off pack it in warmed sand. The problem with welding cast isn't in welding but with the different metals in cast cooling at different rates so the blankets or sand Help slow and make the cooling even. You can also weld cast with nickel or stainless rod. Since getting the tig machine I just use it with stainless for most cast unless really thick.
Making money feeding out calves
by Stocker Steve (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:22:52 GMT+5)
RanchMan90 wrote:With a 70¢ cost of gain the first equation should make $13 and the second equation should make $22.
How much death loss and LRP is included?
Who's paying for
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:00:27 GMT+5)
sim.-ang.king wrote:cowboy43 wrote:One good thing came from the march was their was millions of men sitting home enjoying themselves.
I was thinking the same thing.
The husbands probably payed for it to get that nags out of the house.
They probably thought...
"Wow, all day Saturday, if I set something down, when I came back, it was exactly where I put it..like magic"
Guided hunts-mountain lion
by js1234 (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:55:14 GMT+5)
I've never hunted a Mountain Lion in Arizona but know guys who do, I've only hunted them in the snow, in Nevada and Wyoming. There is a fantastic outfitter in Nevada I could refer you to if you decide to go that route. Those Arizona hunts down in the rocks look like a blast. There's a ranch down there South of I-10, where I've bought some little green yearling heifers to feed a few times as well as Coues deer hunted that conducts horseback lion hunts that way and kill some good ones most years from what I understand.
Old Timer Made me Second Guess Myself
by riquezada (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:23:47 GMT+5)
crop/hail wrote:It happens. That aint the only black baldie or tiger stripe heifer in the world. Go back next week and buy a couple more just like em. They make more cattle every day!!!!!
First of all: My time off is extremely valuable too! I have to take vacation days to attend the sale day of our local sale barn, which is an extremely good one. Last ones I bought I hauled a load home that late afternoon and then went to work. I picked up 2 the next morning. For a while I thought tags had been changed but I'm sure they're the ones I bid on... but I will try to load out same day in the future. You were refunded so just move on despite what some loadout boy did. Like said previously, they aren't the only cattle in the world.
Buying a Squeeze Chute
by WalnutCrest (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:21:00 GMT+5)
I've been drooling over a Arrowquip chute for a while. I've had my hands on a couple at a nearby dealer and was impressed at how smooth they worked and how I as a tall guy (nearly 6'4") would not get smacked in the head with handles, etc. Wife and kids could also work it without too much effort.
as a Packer fan,go Atlanta
by haase (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:18:18 GMT+5)
Guess ill retract my statement, just listening to a bunch of jackasses from tekas, hope you do succeed,it will not make a difference. Go Pats.
Books for beginners
by WalnutCrest (Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:15:20 GMT+5)
I'll echo the recommendation of the book by Dr. Hazard.
I'll also add "Man, Cattle, Veld" by Johan Zietsmann.
by BK9954 (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:44:43 GMT+5)
I dont remember seeing but really wasnt looking too hard for fly tags. After using them this last year I didnt have any pink eye. I used fly spray as well.
Taxes and Claiming Loss?
by callmefence (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:19:51 GMT+5)
jedstivers wrote:This receipt thing is funny.
Anyone ever use checks? I pay for nothing in cash.
If I kept every single one it would bog down a audit for years.
Course most of my expenses are billed to me. The bills get filled.
Every receipt isn't kept though.
Credit cards to. Certain card for certain purchases
One for fuel.
One for fence materials.
One for cattle and so on.
Good cards like American express and capital one business. Can and will provide very detailed list of spending on request.
Just pay the full balance every month . the points add up as well.
I just carry enough cash for breakfast..
2016 Bull Test and Bull Development Programs
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:19:44 GMT+5)
elkwc wrote:Anyone have updates on how the sale went and how the bulls owned by the breeders on this board did?
Some really nice bulls sold way to cheap, and that's across the board with all the breeds. Don't really know why but it was probably a combination of things. The weather was terrible for starters, and then this bull sale took place right down the road a few months ago. https://southerncattlecompany.com/cattle-sales.html
So probably a lot of the local buyers bought there this year. IDK
But it was depressing to me the price some of the bulls brought. Hopefully Jscunn, Mrs Gizmom, or M5 will post their thoughts on the sale. I do know the wife and I had a great time and enjoyed seeing everyone. Thanks again everyone for the good food, lodging and hospitality, you know y'all are always welcome at our place. But please leave the bad weather at home.
Reclaimed chicken barn kit
by RiverHills (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:53:02 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Depends on the climate as to whether it's worth covering the working areas. If you are doing stuff in the winter or late at night I think it would be a great idea.
It would be nice on nasty days to work a problem cow or at night. It would have a pen for the problem cow for a few days or to pen calves before loading.
We also are trying to keep the squeeze chute and alley out of the weather.
Rocking P Livestock - Congratulations
by elkwc (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:50:51 GMT+5)
Jersey bull on first timers
by elkwc (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:50:06 GMT+5)
There used to be a few big ranches that ran jersey bull with all of their heifers and had good results for years. We usually use either a corriente or a corriente/Angus cross. I don't trust Angus BW EPD's. Have seen some wrecks using an BW EPD wonder. Then we bought one that the breeder stated wasn't a heifer bull and his EPD's indicated he wasn't. He accidently bred 7 heifers we thought were bred and they all calved easy with small calves. His BW was 87# I believe but he hasn't thrown a calf over 80#. Most int he low 70's. But he is crippled now. I broke down and using a low BW grandson of HD. I will hold my breath until I see the first calves. A man had him and had no home for him and we have lots of wheat so going to try him. Again if I wanted to breed to something that I wouldn't likely have to help them calve it would be either a Jersey or a corriente cross.
What I'm seeing today
by callmefence (Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:43:47 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:jedstivers wrote:It got where I couldn't get it to work on here a long time ago. I might try again.
It's all I use. I don't like the little ones. Can't see most of em that people post.
X2 The little ones suck and only work half the time.
Photobucket is like trying to push a chain . and only works half the time.
I don't understand why it's so easy to text or email a pic. But such a process to post one.
IBBA ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 10-11, 2017
The International Brangus Breeders Association's (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention is scheduled for February 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
DEBTER HEREFORD FARM HOLDS 44TH ANNUAL SALE
Debter Hereford Farm's 44th Annual Production Bull Sale was held, October 22nd, at the farm in Horton, Alabama.
TAKING A LOOK AT 2017 FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
It's time to drag out the trusty crystal ball and take a look at what 2017 has in store for the beef cattle industry. For this to make sense we need to consider where we came from and how we got to where we are.
IT'S THE PITTS -- CATTLE TRAITING
Expected progeny differences (EPD's) have done wonders in improving the quality of our cattle. My only problem with EPD's is there aren't enough of them for traits that I'm most interested in.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FEWER AND BIGGER
Whether the proverbial chicken or egg, another round of agricultural consolidation appears to be spurred along by suppliers dealing with narrow margins.
BLACK INK -- MAKING THE MOST OF IT
Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars? An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders meeting this summer.
LATE WEANING HELPS AVOID EFFECTS OF HARSH WINTER
A growing number of stockmen are calving later in the year (April, May or June) rather than early, to be more in tune with nature. They have green grass at calving time and less need for harvested forage when the cow's nutritional needs are peaking during lactation.
NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2017
As of January 1, 2017, beef producers must comply with the new rule regarding use of antibiotics in feed. This rule is aimed at better management of certain antibiotics considered medically important to humansputting them under more veterinary supervision. This is part of a larger movement to minimize development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
HEALTHY SOIL AIDS GRASS AND ANIMAL VIGOR
Dung beetles, earthworms and pollinators are the good guys when it comes to the health of soil and grassland resources.
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW WHITE CLOVER
Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.
IT'S THE PITTS -- WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven't seen him for awhile because he's been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- MOM'S CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
Christmas Eve was always celebrated at a little two-room country school called Bethel School House out in the middle of Greggs' pasture.
CALVING IS VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN PRODUCTION YEAR
For the cow-calf operation, the main goal is for each breeding female to produce a healthy calve once per year. That said, in the typical cow-calf operation, calving is, without a doubt one of the most important periods of the entire production year.
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.
WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.