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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Aubrac sired F1s
by Bright Raven (Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:46:45 GMT+5)
WalnutCrest wrote:Bright Raven wrote:Nice pictures. Interesting cattle. Very healthy.
Tell us what your objective is using several breeds.
The only one that's mine is the F1 Angus cross. The plan (assuming she turns out) is to breed the F1 to a top AI black Angus bull as an example of what an F1 Aubrac sired female can do...then, she'll be a recip for us.
The others are owned by a client who posts here from time to time. He gave permission to post pictures of his calves. He's traveling right now and I suspect he'll comment when he's able.
Thanks. They are nice.
Hereford heifer prego
by Oliver RC (Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:13:54 GMT+5)
Hello, I just purchased a bred Hereford heifer roughly 2 years old. This will be her first calf aswell as mine.... She was bred in mid August last year. When should I expect the calf and what signs should I be looking for that she is getting close? She's as big as a truck right now and looks like she will pop any minute. Any help is appreciated.
Your favorite non Priefert, ForMost or Powder River squeeze?
by LDEnterprises (Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:58:40 GMT+5)
WalnutCrest wrote:A squeeze I've recently come across ... I've not seen it in person yet (should this week or next) but some of the features look to be similar to the Arrow.
Of note, it's 32" wide.
Good looking options on it, are you going to see it at a farm show? If they have a corner less tub there give some input on it as well I like the looks of it. I'm replacing my crowding tub soon and this caught my eye while looking at their website.
Cow had stroke???
by boondocks (Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:27:55 GMT+5)
Bright Raven wrote:Of course. A stroke is a blood clot that obstructs normal blood flow to a part of the brain.
Can also be hemorrhagic (burst vessel as opposed to a clot/ischemic)....I would wonder whether a relatively young cow that DID have a stroke wouldn't be more likely for it to be a hemorrhagic stroke than an ischemic one? My (very vague) understanding is that that is how it works in most species...
Help!! Clipped steer too short!
by DLD (Posted Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:10:16 GMT+5)
Alonsosteer wrote:DLD wrote:This time of year, your best bet may be to just go ahead and shear him off, especially if he hasn't shed his winter coat yet. Even if you're going to show him before long, it'll probably look better smooth and short than chopped up. Shag has helped us, if you want to try a supplement, but this time of year they're naturally shedding hair, not so much growing it, so I'd just roll with it unless your target shows are going to be within the next 60-90 days, maybe even then unless he shed out early and you're already working with fresh growth.
We'll be shearing some in the next couple of weeks. I use my old big sheep heads with P2712 blades and go down - I leave from the knee down on the front legs, hock down on the back legs, the belly behind the sheath and the tail head, that way you have a little hair there to work with if you do decide to show before it grows back good.
I was reading about Shag last night.... we may try that. This might sound a little crazy but do you think rubbing some coconut oil into his skin would help his coat/skin at all??
I don't think a little bit would hurt anything, and I'm sure it would condition the hair and skin, but you have to be careful - too much oil of any kind weighs down hair and clogs pores, which will end up doing more harm than good. From now til about September the only daily products we'll use on hair is a little bit of sheen (usually mixed 50/50 with white vinegar). All of our shows 'til then are blow and show, where we'll use a light coat of revive - that's about it. And even with those products, we rinse at least daily. We don't wash unless they just need it, or to clip or show - then we may use a conditioner, but be sure and rinse it out. Shade, fans, rinsing and brushing is what we count on to grow hair - it's worked for us for a long time.
There are some spray on products available now that claim to aid in hair growth - both Weaver and Sullivan have products, and there are others available too. They're not cheap, and they require daily use with lots of rinsing, brushing and blowing. Personally, I suspect the routine has as much to do with results as the product, but that's not to say that we might not give it a try - every little bit helps.
Bull clipping time 2017
by frieghttrain (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:38:09 GMT+5)
Titan and Max are still looking good! Hoping to make it out there this year, those young bulls look good also. Joe
by greybeard (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:30:45 GMT+5)
dun wrote:TexasBred wrote:greybeard wrote:Wind turbines probably out number pump jacks 4:1 around Sweetwater nowadays..
I wouldn't mind a couple of wind turbines on my place. They pay pretty darn well.
The ones around where we used to hunt are loud. That wooshing noise sure drove the game out of the area.
Till ya get up pretty close to one, you don't realize how noisy they are. Of course, I used to live close to a well that had one of those old Ajax hit-N-miss engines on it too. Not exactly quiet either. POW! puf,puf,puf,puf,puf, POW! puf,puf,puf,puf,puf, POW! ...all night long.
$425 for fake muddy jeans
by Dave (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:03:35 GMT+5)
I am going to have to check this out. My youngest sister is fairly high up at Nordstroms corporate office in Seattle. Maybe they will be interested in half worn Wrangler cowboy cuts with real mud and cow flop. I am one step ahead of the rest of you as I have a line straight to the top. It pays to have connections.....
Pictures of Cows and no grass
by younggun (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:54:29 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:I drove from my end of the state, to Frankfort this afternoon. Grass appears to be not growing anywhere.
Grass is growing some here in south central Ky but we had it pretty dry up until Easter. Now we got a fair amount of rain and more coming this weekend and grass is starting to take off
Wye Breed that way ?
by Stocker Steve (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:14:08 GMT+5)
Son of Butch wrote:Feed Lots, they are set up for higher inputs to maximize highest growth potential.
This was my thought also, but I think a more general answer could be the guy who retain ownership of growthy calves.
I had an experiment were I fall grazed some straight bred BA weaned calves and some Wulf sired Limi flex weaned calves. The ADGs were not even close.
So would the "composite" answer be the guy who retains growthy terminal cross calves?
Is it possible?
by Banjo (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:08:11 GMT+5)
If you got too much clover, put some ammonia nitrate on it and that will push your grass and stifle the clover.
I want to apologize
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:49:07 GMT+5)
Bright Raven wrote:In tune with Brother Butch, if you were providing a modest monetary compensation for your trespasses, it would go a long way in the consummation of your forgiveness.
I'm ashamed and do feel a deep sense of guilt but rather than attempting to right these wrongs with mere monetary guilt offerings I thought it more appropriate that I move to Pulluvila India and better myself by first becoming a social justice warrior while also running a stray dog rescue center.
Here, I intend to grow a man-bun, learn yoga and pursue my life long dream of working in the exciting field of anvil repair. I intend to use the twelve step program - less any steps which prove difficult or challenging - to better myself. Once I've completed a sufficient number of these steps and mastered yoga and the cello, I fully intend to give you and Son of Butch free yoga lessons which I'm confident you both will find more valuable than gold.
But first, I must achieve total enlightenment .... oh and um ..... get my seed money. But have no fear, you have my word come May when I get my first check I'll get started.
by littletom (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:44:24 GMT+5)
Watch cl and sort through that mess. And auction zip here at a sale they always seprate them at sale. I would rather buy that way have a tractor and no loader than a loader and no tractor
by AdamsCreek (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:18:04 GMT+5)
I poured mine with ultra saber in March and been mixing 4 oz. per head of igr mineral in feed every day and I'm still eat up with flys. I guess it's just gonna be a bad year.
what CE EPD to get arounda 65 lb calf?
by Lazy M (Posted Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:56:27 GMT+5)
For angus go with a CE of 10 or above. If they can't handle that, they deserve to die.
NEBRASKA STUDY SHOWS NO ILL EFFECTS FROM CROP RESIDUE GRAZING
It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can't do much to compact common soilsif they're grazed responsibly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- ASK THE STYLEMASTER
It's been awhile (30 years) since I, the god of good taste, answered your many questions regarding what's in style. It's quite natural that you'd seek guidance from such a fashion forward expert as myself.
PASTURE RECOVERY AFTER DROUGHT CAN BE DIFFICULT
Maintaining a healthy pasture can be challenging, even in years with average rainfall. Drought affected the southeastern US from July to December of 2016. Drought conditions can impact pasture productivity further into next season.
PRIORITIZATION IS IMPORTANT TO NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
Most cattle producers have a nutrition program of one type or another. Some are very well structured, perhaps even having been designed working with a nutritionist. Others are less sophisticated and are the results of getting recommendations at the local feed store or coffee shop. Some are very simple and include grazing on pasture, feeding some hay in winter and throwing out some range cubes when you want to call the cows up to gather calves (this is the program I grew up with).
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HOW THEY'RE RAISED
It was what I would call a life-affirming experience, maybe even a life-altering one, Peetie Womack said with a solemnity seldom heard. He was addressing the monthly meeting of the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association (RRCA), talking about a brief journey to Kansas where recent wildfires had done some of the broadest and worst damage.
DEBTER RECOGNIZED BY ALABAMA BCIA
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently awarded the 2016 Richard Deese Award to Glynn Debter of Debter Hereford Farm in Horton, at the 2017 Alabama BCIA Annual Meeting held in Jemison on March 11.
SALACOA VALLEY BRANGUS SALE HELD MARCH 25
Eighty-nine registered buyers from 11 states and Australia participated in the recent Salacoa Valley Customer Appreciation Sale in at Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmont, Ga.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY EMPTY-BUCKET LIST
Other than becoming the first billion dollar lotto winner, my bucket-list is empty. I've already jumped in a pool fully clothed, made soap, worked a potter's wheel and been lost in the smoke at 6,000 feet over Donner Pass in a small airplane.
NUTRITIONAL TOOLS ENHANCE HERD PERFORMANCE
In more recent history, cattle producers are beginning to focus more on production efficiency. What is the most economical way I can produce a calf or a pound of gain on the bulls and heifers I sell? With every production parameter there is an efficiency measurement that comes with it. Cattle producers are in a constant search for ways to save money or improve productivity and profits. Producers who are in the business to be profitable and to maximize profits should review all avenues that can improve efficiency and help the productivity and performance of their herds. Since the largest single input for most herds is nutrition this article will focus on this aspect.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRADING UP IN HERD REVENUE
Although still discounted relative to fed cattle, resurgent calf and feeder cattle prices continued to lift hopes through March.
CONSIDER USING BALEAGE TO CONSERVE FORAGE
In many county Cattlemen's meetings and trainings held of late, I have strongly encouraged producers to consider taking full advantage of spring rains and growing conditions. Included in that discussion is usually an encouragement to use baleage to harvest and store any excess winter forage production. In this article, we will dive a little deeper into the management and use of baleage.
CLOVER SPECIES CAN COMPLEMENT FORAGE PRODUCTION
Most of the forage production in Mississippi targeting livestock is dominated by warm-season perennial grasses (bermudagrass and bahiagrass) and cool-season annual grasses (annual ryegrass and small grains). However, there is a number of clover species that can complement forage production to improve yields, reduce nitrogen inputs, improve forage quality, and extend the grazing season.
BRAHMAN FIELD DAY HELD AT LANGDALE FARMS
Education, fellowship and fun were on the program for the Brahman Field Day held at Langdale Farms in Avast, Georgia January 19-20. Langdale Farms hosted and sponsored the event; additional sponsors included the Wire Grass Cattleman Association and the Florida Brahman Association (FBA).
SIRE SELECTION IS FOUNDATION FOR PROFITABLE HERD
Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CIRCULAR CHATS
Hooter hated driving anywhere with lots of traffic, which was about anywhere on I-45, from about Sherman to south of Houston; anywhere on I-35 from South of San Antonio to Oklahoma City; anywhere on I-20 from
you get the notion.