Georgia has over 30,000 cattle producers with an average herd size of less than 50 head. Most Georgia farms are cow/calf operations with calves being sold at the local auction barns.
The calves which usually weigh between 300 and 500 pounds often go to a forage based stockering program, where they gain another 300 to 400 pounds. Then the feeders which now weigh between 600 and 800 pounds will typically move into feedlots.
A 1,000-pound market steer yields approximately 525 pounds of beef. Of the carcass, 99 percent is either used as meat or recovered as by-products, both edible and inedible, from which are made a wide variety of goods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and clothing.
Up to 75 percent of all beef consumed in the US comes from cattle fed in feedyards. Feedlots are increasingly becoming fewer and larger. The states of Texas, Nebraska and Kansas now finish 60 percent of the cattle fed in the United States.
Most of Georgia's cattle end up in feedyards in these states.
Agriculture and related agribusiness employ 1 in 6 people in Georgia. The agriculture's direct impact to Georgia's gross product is $6 billion. If you add sales and service, processing and distribution, the total impact is $52 billion dollars.
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Caproni's on the River
by ga.prime (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:32:00 GMT+5)
That's pretty cool location, BR. Salmon and asparagus is an excellent combo. I grill them over charcoal fairly often, probably 8 to 10 times a year.
anyone watch the NFL draft?
by greybeard (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:30:28 GMT+5)
Drew Brees, Blake Bortles, Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez, Russell Wilson and Son of Butch all scored 28
Houston and the Cowboys should each share CB as a head coach or GM for next season.
we had a farm accident..
by dieselbeef (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:15:08 GMT+5)
hes ok..im getting there. I know sometimes it happens..don't make it easier to swallow. he got right back into it like it never happened..
Winter Go Away!!
by Smoothy (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:07:10 GMT+5)
I thought I lived in a wierd weather place. There it's dry..windy..fires..snow??
Cows on fresh pasture in the back 40
by Smoothy (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:05:24 GMT+5)
Wow grass looks awesome! Pond looks full as well. I was thinking the same on a dry summer it's been really dry up until the last two weeks. Snows been messy and pain to deal with but it still isn't adding up to a lot of overall moisture. Usually this time of year the cows are piecing together rafts to float around the pasture
Do you pick up hitch hikers?
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:39:15 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:The packing heat thread got me thinking about hitch hikers. I don't pick up hitch hikers and haven't for years now.
Haven't picked up a hitch hiker in ages. My how times have changed. Freshman year at Aggieland I hitch hiked home every time I came home then hitch hiked back. Seldom had to wait over 10-15 minutes for a ride and rode in everything in the world from a DPS cruiser to an old pickup truck with side frames on it and about a 300 lb. sow in it. Never had any problems. I was usually wearing a ROTC uniform which probably helped some.
Parents driving her back to A&M?
How to get rid of armadillos?
by wacocowboy (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:54:52 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:wacocowboy wrote:The dillos around here don't tear up much. They root around some in the yard but haven't done near as much damage as my dog. I like watching them at night weird lil creature. The babies are my favorite to watch.
Watching armadillos tear your ground up? Personally I try to kill them all, and their spawn if at all possible.
Like I said they haven't done major damage. My dog has done a lot worse heck I have done worse with the 4wheeler. I think they are neat and fun to watch.
Breeding cows to calf together
by dun (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:50:26 GMT+5)
There is really no way to getm to all calve at the same time. You can get better odds that they will be close together but that's about it. I AIed 5 cows one day and the difference between the youngest and oldest calf was 2 weeks.
Minerals for bottle calves.
by Standardbredgirl (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:32:50 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Standardbredgirl wrote:TexasBred wrote:Bottle calves should be getting what they need from the milk replacer as well as the good high quality calf starter I hope you have available for them ( I know they won't eat much now but the sooner your put it in front of them the better)
I always have starter in front them at all times... They have recently found out the starter is delicious!
They should be getting all the need from their feed but if you want to drop a handful of mineral into something for them it certainly won't hurt anything. I doubt they'll eat it though.
Will I need to offer them minerals when they are weaned? Sorry for all the questions but these are my first calves, I just want to make sure they're getting everything they need.
Bull on the rampage
by Bright Raven (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:32:11 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:Bright Raven wrote:dun wrote:Bulls can be creative. We have a small shelter at one end of the bull pen. It has an external walkethrough type door so that it can be accessed from out side the pen. It swings in to open. The bull broke the handle off of the inside of the door and managed to unlatch it and swing it in. Woke up the other day with him trimming the lawn in the front yard.
This is the same bull that managed to put all of his toys in the water tank.
According to research, cows are generally very intelligent animals who can remember things for a long time. Animal behaviorists have found that cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time and sometimes holding grudges against other cows who treat them badly.
I believe this. I have a cow right now that reacts badly to her parasite injection (Ivomec injectable). Ever since injection, she has been mad at me.
I know the strained relationship weighs heavily on you. Keep your head up I sure she will forgive you in time.
Lol. Seriously, I noticed she was not having a good time when I AIed her in December. She is developing chute fear. My cows go through the chute and facility like they are having fun. Except for her. It can be a serious - even a culling - issue. I work mine alone. I agree with Brute 23 above. She is acquiring bad training.
by WaseemLatif (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:57:53 GMT+5)
Hi, Thank you A.j.
here is my little farm, hope you will like it.
Off to the Pasture Races
by chevytaHOE5674 (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:39:22 GMT+5)
Very jealous, my cows are itching to get off the hay. But with 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground its going to be a while.
by slick4591 (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:32:00 GMT+5)
So ashamed. I forgot all about Earth Day.
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:52:56 GMT+5)
A minnow is good bait.
by TexasBred (Posted Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:47:37 GMT+5)
Cross-7 wrote:I've been kicking the idea around of expanding, but nothing has come up that I really like.
So while I wait I've wondered whether I should pay off my current place and use it as collateral when I find another place
Or keep cash on hand although I'd still need to borrow 25-50% to make the purchase.
From a bankers standpoint which looks more appealing ?
Paid for land as collateral or 50% vested
Say cash and paid for land being equal value
Fees and closing cost will be higher on a loan with two separate properties as collateral. You'll have two appraisals, two survey, possibly two title policies, not to mention a larger loan balance and more interest paid each month. I'd keep one property free and clear just in case everything might go to he// unexpectedly . At least you'd have it left to start over with. From the bankers point of view he will take everything he can get as collateral.
CONTROL FLIES TO AVOID PINKEYE PROBLEMS
We were fortunate this year to have quite a mild winter in the southeast. The grass is growing and we are getting some much-needed rain to fill the ponds that dried up during last year's drought. Unfortunately, along with warmer weather come the flies and various problems associated with the little pests. Severe fly infestations have been associated with increased incidence of pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK).
CIRCLE A ANGUS RANCH SALE HELD MARCH 18
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 23rd Annual Spring Bull And Heifer Sale offering 345 head sold on March 18th.
WHY IS INSECTICIDE RESISTANCE AN ISSUE IN HORN FLIES?
What is insecticide resistance? It's the inherited ability of flies to survive an insecticide dose that would kill the majority of flies in a normal population.
SMALL CREATURES MAKE BIG ECOSYSTEM IMPACTS
Many Mississippians care about wildlife and related activities, including hunting, fishing, birdwatching or just enjoying the outdoors.
CONSUMERS HAVE OPTIONS, SO PUT BEST BEEF FORWARD
The growing beef supply won't automatically find more room in the meat case, but it can earn its way with differentiated quality.
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.