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.
IMPROVE PREGNANCY RATES WITH PROPER SEMEN HANDLING
In addition to proper heat detection, the area in which operations can make huge strides in improving pregnancy rates to artificial insemination is in correct handling of semen.
BREEDERS MUST IMPROVE HEAT DETECTION
Artificial insemination can be one of the most powerful tools used on a ranch. It allows for use of supreme sires, control of possible disease transmission and also reduces the need to buy and keep as many bulls. It does require a great deal of planning, special training, and special facilities. If there is any area that most operations can improve on, it is in heat detection.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU MAY BE A TOOL NUT IF . . .
There's nobody I admire more than someone who knows their tools, unless it's someone who also collects them.
MANAGE PAIN IN HERD TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Cattle experience pain. Even though they can be very good at disguising it, they do. Pain can come from injury, age (arthritis), natural activity (calving), disease or common management practices.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRANSITIONAL YEAR AHEAD
Arguably, this year is shaping up to be a year of transition from market realignment and balancing to what passes for normalcy in the modern age.
PLANNED BREEDING SCHEDULE PAYS DIVIDENDS
Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/ pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.
BEEFMASTER BULLS INCLUDED IN BEEF ALLIANCE PROGRAM
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef's board of directors for inclusion in the program.
RANCHERS HOPE TO ERADICATE DISEASE CARRYING TICK
In the late 1800s and early 1900s a disease termed cattle fever caused enormous economic losses to the cattle industry. It is deadly to cattle that have not developed an immunity, and the mortality rate is estimated to be up to 90 percent in these naive cattle.
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by fence_it (Posted Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:04:34 GMT+5)
The 6.7 pstroke is one of the better diesels Ford has ever offered. Definitely plenty of snot. I think the 2018's are at 450 hp and 935 torque. 6.7 Cummins only at 385hp and 930 torque. Their have been some turbo issues but I think that was limited to the earlier models?
They are not popular around here, the 6.0 really destroyed Ford's reputation here as far as diesel pickups go. Everybody who needs a pickup for work seems to be using the Ram with the Cummins, with the exception of some of the big companies using the gasser Fords and Chevy's.
An inline 6 engine is superior to a V8 in many ways. The inline configuration allows for a longer stroke which increases torque at low rpm's. Maintenance/repairs are often easier and the engine overall is just more naturally balanced and smoother compared to a V8. Much fewer moving parts and a lot simpler construction. There is a reason most big rigs and equipment have I-6's in them. V8's have a natural imbalance due to their configuration and are much more difficult to work on,(try removing a turbo on a 6.7!) along with having worse fuel economy when compared to an inline 6.
The 6.7 Cummins is a tried and true engine that's been in production since 2007. Nearly all common issues are emissions related. If I had a choice between the two I would certainly choose the Cummins. The Duramax is not even worth mentioning for several reasons. Around here, if you see a trailer being pulled down the road, more times than not it is hooked to a Dodge Cummins, that's proof enough for me.
Age Limit on Social Media
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:03:13 GMT+5)
bball wrote:greybeard wrote:I believe a good portion of parents ARE doing their job. When you objectively look at the number of schools in this nation in comparison to the number of shooting events that have occurred, it just isnt the 'epidemic' our media would have you believe.
Brings up the old questions...........
"Just how many cows does it take to make a stampede Earl..more than 2...3 or more?"
"How many barbarians does it take to quantify as a horde?"
The relevant question tho, is: "How many school shoot ups is too many?
The only reasonable answer is '1'.
Or how many kids need to overdose on heroin? Die in a drunk driving accident? Be abused? Die at the hands of gang violence? The answer is always NONE. The point is, media is sensationalizing these fairly low percentage occurrences(when compared to other deadly higher percentage problems kids face) because they have an agenda. Grabbing assault rifles will not stop this. This country is past that now. These kids are committing acts of terror on one another. That will not be reversed now. You guys like to call it 'closing the barn after the horse is already out.' Society has shifted and will continue to shift. The only constant is change...this one is not for the better.
Media, did not do this in a vacuum or on their own.
Should some of these social media websites be held accountable?
Accountable for what their clients post? That too, would be a tough row to hoe. I do know that lawsuits filed to hold firearm manufacturers responsible after Sandy Hook were thrown out of court, (and I agree with the courts) so I would assume the same would hold true for social media providers.
Social media does (begrudgingly and occasionally) delete postings but afaik, the best or most they 'might' be able to do is forward questionable or troubling posts to the authorities. Then, the problem of the authorities finding out who the person making the posts actually is (or if they even actually made the post) would be a daunting problem for the authorities as well. The FBI was informed of a social media post the Fla school shooter allegedly made, using his real name and the FBI was unable to determine who actually posted the message.
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by True Grit Farms (Posted Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:58:10 GMT+5)
skyhightree1 wrote:farmerjan wrote:Thanks Sky. Did you get your check? Did the bulls do good?
You are welcome yea check came and my bulls sold as follows 5wts 1.54 6wts 1.29 7wts 1.18
Up to 500 lbs the difference between bulls and steers isn't enough to worry about. After that the seller gets slaughtered also.