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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How do you like your steak?
by Craig Miller (Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:53:12 GMT+5)
Sirloin cooked medium to medium well. I use Montreal steak seasoning on mine. I like Rib eye sometimes cooked the same way. I used to only eat well done but I have come to like them at medium. After all they only come two ways when somebody cooks them at the rig. Thats rare or medium.
by A.J. (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:42:48 GMT+5)
Sorry I can't be of help to you, but I'll try to bump your question back to the top for you.
by A.J. (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:39:27 GMT+5)
I've noticed you can tell the Turkeys are usually more timid just by driving by some road kill. They will usually fly off or get away before you get close to them. The black ones will usually just step back far enough away at the last minute so you don't hit them, then go right back.
by A.J. (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:27:17 GMT+5)
Interesting pictures. Nice to see cattle from different places. Those all look like they could raise a calf or three. As a general rule, seems like eared cattle are usually good milkers, not to that extent necessarily tho. Some of the issues I've run into with some of them are over time winding up with Coke bottle teats too big for calves to latch onto when they are first born. Looks like a few of those pictured are on the verge of falling into that category.
What to look for after Lute?
by BK9954 (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:54:52 GMT+5)
Started discharging blood and fluid tonight when I got home and checked the cattle.
Hobby Farmer Newby could use advise
by Duramaxgirl (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:54:36 GMT+5)
Welcome! My sister owns dairy cows. She had a steer from one cow that was half Jersey half black Angus. It wasn't the best grower and they kept it till it was about 28ish months before butchering and it tasted great! Having your own beef in the freezer is so amazing! I would grow them all and split with someone on the cost of butchering and cut and wrap. We butchered a cow early this summer. We kept half and sold half. After it was all said and done we made about $400 profit and the meat was free... Of course that doesn't count the hay and grain we put into her.
We plan on at least 2-3% of body weight every day per cow during the winter in hay, this is what my dad taught me as he was raised on a cattle ranch. Often we feed more then that though. So if you know your cattle weights its a easy way to know how much hay for winter. We feed about 8 months out of the year here in North Idaho.
Slick. You got in trouble!
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:29:52 GMT+5)
bball wrote:Margonme wrote:I think your trailer was a little too gender sensitive.
Seriously, I saw some comments on there that might have been unfair to women.
I wanted to say, "Why should a woman not look for a man that can provide for her?"
I didn't have a daughter, but if I did, I sure would want her to look for a man with some assets!
BTW: was not me who complained!!!
Come on Margo! Unfair to women? How can a man possibly be unfair to a woman. She holds the most powerful weapon known to man. The playing field is forever tilted in her favor.
However, it is quite important to remember there is more than one playing field.
Guy I used to work with was in a spat with his wife. She told him she was going to cut him off. He said, you can't. You don't know where I'm getting it from.
I've wondered from time to time if they are still married.
Houston, we may have a problem
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:27:47 GMT+5)
I hope to cut either tomorrow or Thursday. So far I've had no worms which is surprising since we just had a full moon and I've seen them around on other places. Looks like good weather in the forecast but you know how forecasts go.
by greybeard (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:23:51 GMT+5)
Shooting them in the foot is ok if you're just wantin to watch them hop around a bit before you finish the job.
Bird ox in pasture
by Nesikep (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:17:17 GMT+5)
That's Burrdock.. if it's getting close to flowering, cut it.., otherwise roundup will work.. actually, I recommend cutting the flowering stem off and spraying the rest of the leaves.. it'll just come back if you cut it at ground level, though a good handful of salt on top of the cut will usually kill it
Disking in oats
by jedstivers (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:59:31 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:Jogeephus wrote:Fertilizer will sling a lot further than seed so be sure to adjust for that or you'll get streaks. Best to do a basket weave pattern with half rates but I rarely have.
Thanks. In hadn't thought about that and I should have. Did crabgrass that way a couple of years ago. Seems like we set spreader at half rate and made 20 foot swaths instead of 40
Oats will sling ok on 20'. I've done a lot that way.
How soon can you catch and cut bull calves?
by jedstivers (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:49:05 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:Jed, if your gonna go as far as 2 slits just go and castrate them and be done with it. But still give the tetanus. Running them on that swamp ground you have they will need it. Every germ from Canada south has the opportunity to end up in your fields.
They'll get the tetanus.
I like cutting better, you know then they are done. Hate doing it in the heat and flies. Flies are the worst part of it.
by Margonme (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:36:25 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:That truck is just right . you can drive it anywhere you want now without fear of scratched and dings . unless you do something stupid like fix it . your about to experience true freedom.
How often do Dairy Cows need to be bred?
by Lucky_P (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:16:05 GMT+5)
Back when I was in vet school, we had a small herd - about 35 head - on campus; vet students had to milk and learn to troubleshoot milking machines, etc. The cows also served as palpator animals. One cow, when I was on Dairy rotation, had been in milk for about 600 days... 'cause every time they got her bred, some new vet student would come along and mash the little sucker. Finally had to put her 'off-limits' to any students palpating her.
Was surprised to learn, just recently, that on some goat dairies, they often just keep on milking the does for years without ever rebreeding them. Get some seasonal drop-off in milk production, but then they pick back up.
by RiverHills (Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:12:44 GMT+5)
I made mine 28 inches at the top and 18 inches at the bottom. I can lean it in for any size calf I'm running through it. I put plywood on the sides because without the plywood they would try climbing up the rails. Only problem is stopping them from backing up.
BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE HELD AUGUST 1-3
After two years of historic high cattle prices, a record 1,900 producers attending the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station learned more about the current decline in prices and maintaining profitability despite declining profit margins.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- THE FUTURE OF CATTLE FUTURES
It is almost certain that finished cattle have put in their summer lows as prices have found support, explained Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee.
IT'S THE PITTS -- 10 PLACES NOT TO FIND A COWBOY
If you want to catch a glimpse of a real cowboy here are ten places NOT to look.
SOUND MARKETING PROGRAM IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS
A sound marketing program is an integral part of any cattle production operation. Too many producers engage in cattle production without ever establishing a well thought out marketing and sales system.
ETHEREDGE ELECTED LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
Jerry Etheredge, Montgomery, Ala., was elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, Etheredge will complete a two-year term leading the nation's largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.
PRECONDITIONING VITAL PART OF CALF HEALTH PROGRAM
If you have sold a calf recently, I don't have to tell you that calf prices have dropped significantly from 2015. Last year, you could sell about anything and get good money for it; but now, you have to have a good calf to bring the best price. In the right market, preconditioned calves still bring the most money, and there is a good return on healthy calves. Besides a health premium, farmers also sell a heavier calf.
CONSUMER TRENDS HEADLINE BIF CONFERENCE
The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer. Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
WINNER NAMED IN LMA AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
TAKE STEPS TO MANAGE EFFECTS OF SUMMER HEAT
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
GENETRUST@CAVENDER'S NECHES RIVER RANCH SALE HELD
Green grass, blue skies and good cattle greeted buyers and bidders alike at the beautiful Neches River Ranch west of Jacksonville, Texas on April 23, 2016 for the annual spring GENETRUST Registered and Commercial Brangus Female Sale hosted by Cavender Ranches.
IT'S THE PITTS -- HUH?
In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
DEVELOPING REPLACEMENTS FROM HERD TAKES DEDICATION
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- COST, COST, COST
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial busted record, while revenue matters to the fortunes of cow-calf operations, cost matters more.
CRIMSON CLASSIC SALE AVERAGES $4,015
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.
FOUNDATION WILL FUND ABBA YOUTH IN 2016
At the December 17, 2015 meeting the Brahman Foundation Board agreed to distribute funds to expand opportunities for Brahman youth. In an effort to support youth programs and developing leaders in agriculture, the group allocated $30,000 for use in scholarships, educational opportunities, showmanship and more for the year 2016.