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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by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:26 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:Looks like I missed a good one. It's almost over.
Care to elaborate?
by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:57:05 GMT+5)
Yes, I did quite enjoy The Wire.. If you liked that, you may also like the british series Line of Duty.. it's got lots of plot twists, ran 3 seasons, not sure if more are coming
Calves & alfalfa question
by greatgerts (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:54:54 GMT+5)
I would increase their grain to be closer to 3% of their body weight. That will go from the 4lbs a day to 9lbs a day at their current weight of 300lbs. You can still keep splitting the feeding.
What breed are the calves? How old are they? To finish in 11-12 months you'll need at least 2 1/2 lbs of gain a day out of them? This is doable. Keep track of how much they are eating to how much they are gaining to see if you need to adjust the amount you are feeding or if you need to adjust the ration any. Cheaper is not always better!!!!!
Have you implanted them? It wouldn't hurt to do it. Ralgro is about the most common implant out there.
Welcome to the Boards and best of luck! Maybe put a location on your profile so that others can help with suggestions based off of where you are. You may have options readily available where you are that I do not have in Missouri.
Building that perfect cow
by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:46:33 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote:Nesikep wrote:I think this is the claim that got this all going
There is no breed if cow that can compete. You cannot get any breed to perform like the F1 Braford cow even if it is in its ideal environment.
No combination of British and Continental will have its first calf at 2 & keep delivering a profitable calf for the next 15 years.
Perhaps in HER ideal environment, nothing can compete.. but she won't be doing well up here..
Neighbor of mine that very unfortunately had open range around our place ran Sim/Anugs/Herf cows.. big beasts that I wouldn't want, but dang could those cows eeke out a living on bunchgrass and cover some ground.. that is when they weren't breaking into our place.. When you have half your year of grazing on range or someone elses grass, it doesn't matter how much they eat, they brought home big calves though.
When Texas leads all states in cattle production that is the reason the F-1 is the queen of cow country.
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and ... -50-states
Some light reading
http://brahmanjournal.com/brahman/the-b ... w-country/
Intersting you should post that last link..
Shorthorn (460) is within 1% of Brahman(463), and MUCH better suited to our area
Gravely vs hustler vs bad boy need help deciding
by cfpinz (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:40:31 GMT+5)
I've got a Hustler with a 50-52" deck, can't remember which, and an 18hp Honda motor. Heavy built machine but it's underpowered if you let the grass get too tall. Overall I like it, though it vibrates pretty bad. Gave $1500 for it at a farm auction a few years back.
Painting a Steel pipe fence
by HDRider (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:37:21 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:TexasBred wrote:lcompton wrote:It's 2 3/8 drill stem and 3/4 sucker rod. we have sanded and used a rust converter OSPHO on it and started using Valspar Oil Base Red Oxide Primer for Metal. my question is do I need to paint over the primer ? or can I just use the primer ? since I was gonna paint it Red, and the primer is Red . I have around 2500 ft to do so I don't want to spend anymore time on it than I need to. thanks
I haven't been able to find anything to use yet that will last over 2-3 years without having to sand and repaint.
That's why we don't paint.
I just put up a pipe corral. It was bare metal and has rusted up. Are you saying just let it rust don't put anything on there?
backgrounding for profit?
by ddd75 (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:34:33 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:mncowboy wrote:looking for ways to turn a profit during the summer months while using the same equipment /facilities already here for cow/calf.
Simplest way is to run enough stockers to harvest the spring flush surplus, and then sell them in late summer. Some folks just retain their own summer born calves and run them with the cow herd in one large mob. This will not maximize ADG, nor will it maximize profit per acre, but it is simple and it is low labor and it avoids importing diseases.
NDSU in Dickinson has a lot of recent data on taking their own steers back to grass. They do it the hard way by grazing a stocker only herd on a mix of permanent pasture and annuals. They have cost of DM and ADG for each forage type in their annual reports.
that'd be a pretty interesting read. have any more info online about it I can look at?
I think I won a convert
by cfpinz (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:33:10 GMT+5)
reeler wrote:cfpinz wrote:I'm just glad it was only antifreeze.
Cfpinz, saw your post & 'Tightwad' avatar. Was wondering if you've ever eaten at Charley's Buffet? It's not far from your neck of the woods. It's closed for the winter, but I think opens back up in March. One of my favorite places to eat
I actually live in Virginia (can't say that I'm real proud of that these days) but travel thru Missouri a good bit. Hadn't heard of Charley's so I had to look it up, might have to add that to my list of stops next time I'm out that way!
by M-5 (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:17:20 GMT+5)
That's easy. Nesi
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by tom4018 (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:12:14 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:Our local weather guru says we are in for some actual winter weather late Feb, and early March.
One of the weather guys out of Bowling Green is saying that also. My cows seem to be going thru more hay than normal, not sure why. We did have a terrible wet spell for a while in January but only a few days of really cold weather.
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by dieselbeef (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:59:48 GMT+5)
bull and bull EPD comparison
by Stocker Steve (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:22:54 GMT+5)
bse wrote:My Question would be, how do the arrive at preg check numbers? Personally I think that's a joke and marketing scheme.
No genomic test yet
So the same way EPDs are traditionally adjusted
Are EPDs a marketing scheme?
by lithuanian farmer (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:29:07 GMT+5)
MarkH wrote:I took a look at Fiston and think he is a worthy bull to use on your dairy cows to get a more beefy animal and replacements. He appears almost to be a culard type. One thing that sticks out in my mind is the warning not to use him on muscular cows. I also like the fact you are using Irish bulls; I think they are better than the UK ones. Here is one from Dovea you might like: http://www.doveagenetics.ie/bivouac-ch2218.html
The idea for using North American genetics is not for the average cow. It would merely be to calve out young heifers ( get a calf earlier) or breed to cows that may have too much muscle. Here is a list of bulls the Swedes and Norwegians have imported:http://charolaisbanner.com/newcbsite/international-genetics/
Can you grade up to purebred status in Lithuania?
I am wondering also if you have considered using Belgian Blue or Parathenaise due to the emphasis you have on muscle.
I also herd that Lithuania exported some beef to the U. S. do you know anything about this?
I also gather you are a student what are you studying?
Not using Irish AI bulls at the moment. Will use when will have purebred cattle. The limousine bull we've now has irish and french genetics. Don't have any dairy cows, the highest %of dairy in some cows are 50%.
Can't register a crossbred animal as purebred even if it has over 90% one breed's blood.
Have an interest in Parthenaise, Blonde breeds. But no purebred animals in my country yet. If had extra money probably would buy some heifers and bull from abroad.
Haven't heard about export to US.
I'm the 2nd year veterinary medicine student.
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:41:46 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:I've had ringworms several times in my child hood . evrry time i had th em it was from felines , I was rarely seen with shoes back then and played in the dirt all the time. With more than one it can be patchy like the cow . I assume because the skin is thicker it appears different but it's the same fungus . I was always treated with kerosene and painted with finger nail polish. Don't know if it helped but that's what they did.
Your so lucky. If walnuts were green, momma would use that, if not I had to go to school with blu kote on mine.
SALACOA VALLEY HOSTS TWO DAY SALE EVENT
Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 142 registered buyers from nine US States, Mexico and Australia who gathered at Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga.
INTEREST IN LEGEND LESPEDEZA CONTINUES TO GROW
Predictions swirling around for 2017 include very little improvement for beef prices and the possibility of some extended drought conditions in some regions. That means that every serious manager facing this possible scenario had better be looking for ways to manage on both sides of the ledger.
BLACK INK -- THE PAYOFF FROM PROGRESS
There's always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there's all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather task).
IT'S THE PITTS -- GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND BEEVES
I get my news from paperview. I read the newspaper. I don't watch much television and have found that your average security camera monitor is more entertaining than TV.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- PAST TIME FOR A UNIFIED INDUSTRY VOICE
Ignoring extremist animal rights groups in the hopes of dousing the flames of controversy might have seemed logical in the beginning. Limping along without having to commit more scarce resources to the fight might have seemed necessary. Now, these notions seem less quaint than downright destructive.
MANAGEMENT OF YEARLING BULLS IMPORTANT TO HERD
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management.
PRODUCERS SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVING PROTEIN NUTRITION
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on.
FRIENDSHIP FARMS SALE AVERAGES $4,010 ON 83 LOTS
The Friendship Farms Fall Bull Sale was held October 28, 2016 in Canoochee, Ga.
GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK HELD NOVEMBER 4-5
The GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock is an annual highlight of the Brangus breed, producing more chart topping A.I. sires than any other sale in the breed and the deepest offering of registered females anywhere, and 2016 was no exception.
PROPER BULL SELECTION CAN INCREASE RETURNS
The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets.
DROUGHT CAUSES SHORTAGE OF HORSE QUALITY HAY
Though we have received some beneficial rains the last few weeks the availability of hay, especially horse quality hay, is something that will continue to be problematic for several more months.
PASTURES REQUIRE REST AND RECOVERY FOLLOWING DROUGHT
The winter is typically a time that we count on for rainfall and cooler temperatures in the Southeast. By the time you read this article, significant rainfall may have fallen around the state already. However, this does not mean we are "out of the woods" on drought conditions.
PRODUCERS MUST MANAGE DRASTIC WEATHER SHIFTS
One of the joys of living in the south is the often mild winters we experience. However, as I write this article, we've currently just experienced one of the weather swings that Mississippi is famous for. A Friday of temperatures hovering in the upper 30's to low 40's to a Saturday of almost 80° to a Sunday of freezing rain and sleet.
RESEARCH TRIALS FOCUS ON WINTER PASTURE STOCKING
Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU CAN NEVER BE NEW AGAIN
Farmers and ranchers, I was thinking of you today. You hardly ever write any more. When I started writing this column 35 years ago I got lots of letters. Paul Harvey once sent me a box of 1,400 letters addressed to me. But not so much anymore.