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Advanced planning can help producers minimize the loss of animal lives and the health problems associated with all disasters. Due to the vulnerability of Louisiana to hurricanes and their potential to cause widespread damage due to high winds and flooding, hurricane preparedness is essential. And much of the disaster preparation for hurricanes will also help prepare for other disasters, such as fire, hazardous material spills, animal disease outbreaks, etc. It must be stressed that although help may be available from many sources following a disaster, producers themselves are ultimately responsible for the welfare of their animals and should prepare accordingly. Well in advance of a potential disaster situation, producers should evaluate their herd health programs with their veterinarian. Cattle that undergo evacuation either before or after a disaster will be stressed and are likely to be commingled with other cattle. Herd biosecurity will be breached, which makes increasing herd immunity imperative. Pneumonia and abortions should be anticipated and can be minimized with proper herd nutrition and vaccinations. Animal identification is also important. If cattle get evacuated and commingled, or escape and are later captured, it�s essential to be able to identify the herd of origin through brands or tags. Many cattle look alike, and plain numbered dangle tags and tattoos can be duplicated. So if cattle aren�t branded, producers should identify the farm or ranch on the dangle tag or tattoo, or use electronic identification that is unique to each individual animal. Pictures and/or videos of cattle may also help identify cattle later. ...more

 

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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.

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Two old Aubrac cows
by KNERSIE (Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:11:28 GMT+5)
WalnutCrest wrote:Without quoting your entire post, UG, I think there will be many producers who made cull / keep decisions by looking at a sheet of paper, who, in 5-15 years, will stop and look at their herd and wonder what happened ...

Over the last couple of years, I've developed some rules to apply to help decide when it's time to cull / keep old cows. These rules balance the scarce resources of the pasture (can't keep them all), the benefits of generational turnover, and the value of old genetics. In fact, I'm pretty excited about these steps and think that in a decade or two, my family and clients will as well.

I agree with you both.
Please elaborate.

Generational turnover is totally overrated unless you've just started out and still need to get to the type you want.



Charbray Cattle
by KNERSIE (Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:09:14 GMT+5)
gaurus wrote:Bigfoot wrote:That's all well, and good, but you won't have any ear on your cow that way.

True, you got me on that... True, what we need is a small framed zebu composite breed of cows for the hot down south climates, a Brazilian friend of mine is thinking on using Milking Zebu(gir) crossed with angus to create a smaller framed brangus(5/8 angus 3/8 zebu).

But I told him to leave the milking zebu cows as they are and just AI them with a positive + Birth EPD Charolais Terminal sire, you know one of those cow killers, these milking zebu give birth to 35-40 pound calves not matter what bull you use on them.

The simple solution is to use BritishXBrahman F1s.

No composite will ever come close to the vigour you'll get from the crossing of two pure strains.



Beefmaster Cows
by KNERSIE (Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:05:09 GMT+5)
JWBrahman wrote:You could actually be increasing heterozygous traits by breeding pure.

No guarantees in Beefmaster unless you are linebreeding and culling hard.

While I agree that there still is way too much variety in Beefmasters ( a result of a still open herdbook) it's ridiculous to say you'll get less heterozygozity by crossbreeding than you'd get by purebreeding.




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