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 Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:48:21 GMT+5)
I found a new company. Takes affect October 1st. I was already looking, and my old company raised my premium $37 every 6 months. That got me even more interested in finding somebody. "Supposedly", I have better insurance, and about 20% cheaper. We shall see.
by SoILcattle (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:45:21 GMT+5)
Duramax for me, have owned power stroke and cummins.
Recently sold a 2003 Duramax with 180k replaced both front hubs
Currently have a 08 with 87k 0 problems
Blind bearing removal
by M-5 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:43:07 GMT+5)
Need to remove a spacer out of the lower housing where the lift arm attach to the shaft . This spacer has to removed to put new seals in. I have a slide hammer but it's not budging and its tight area. Need ideas to get this pulled.
Are you guilty
by Aaron (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:42:11 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Aaron wrote:Depends on how quick I need it and if I am ordering other parts along with it. Bought a slug of parts to rebuild the gearbox on my BH 406 brush cutter last week. Mechanic also wanted to replace the main bottom nut holding the stump pan. Knew it would be pricey with left hand threads on a 2" nut, ended up being $26. 2nd day air freight was very reasonable at $20. I always check price before I pay, and have at times said no way at parts counter. Having some of every brand, New Holland is by far the most ridiculous for price, even for parts they still manufacture for current models. Belarus is cheapest and I try to source via the Net straight from Ukraine.
I just today ordered a part for my bush hog 3008. List price is 179.90 plus shipping. From the dealer it's 190.79 and will take a week to get here.
Easier to get parts online for the lighter duty models than the 406. Majority of aftermarket want to pass off the cheaper round shaft blade bolt for the 406, rather than the proper hex shaft bolt which run about $200 at the dealer.
National Anthem Unbelievable
by Aaron (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:32:42 GMT+5)
Great stuff. Thanks for sharing, Dun.
Renting pasture & cows
by jerry27150 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:28:24 GMT+5)
I see no way you could lose, if it was near me I would have it
by Ebenezer (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:25:41 GMT+5)
midTN_Brangusman wrote:Ebenezer wrote:I always looked at it as paying a lot of money for a herd prefix and shipping to get about the same unproven bull you can buy locally from someone who is using SS or ABS semen in their herd. At least the local bull has a better chance to be more adapted to the environment via gestational programming.
Very true however that farm prefix does help when marketing the calves.
Right. That's why the AI sired bulls on a farm bring the money and the bought bull is just another bull on your farm. If you want to sell other folk's prefixes, use semen. That way you get the linkage to the other folk's coattails via their current star bulls. Once you get a breeding bull on the farm it is a generation or two behind on the promotions.
I find it easier to raise decent bulls without the linkage.
Let's talk about rope/wick applicators
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:21:31 GMT+5)
Daddy had one, when I was little boy. All I remember about it, was he claimed it was junk. I would like to make a stab at wicking some broomsedge. It may not work on broom sedge, but I'd like to give it a try. 1. Can you kill broomsedg with a wick? 2. Do wicks work, and if they do, is one any better than the others?
Sunbelt Ag Expo
by Williamsv (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:17:35 GMT+5)
We are planning to go probably on Wed. I have never been. Always in school and then after I retired had somebody sick. My husband used to go every year. Maybe we can make it this time.
latest dead calf - thoughts?
by TCRanch (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:16:28 GMT+5)
angus9259 wrote:TCRanch wrote:Angus, you've had some baaaad luck and I'm so sorry. It's not like your cows are neglected. Sending good juju, it has to get better!
Does this juju of which you speak have an expiration date and what are the proper storage conditions? How is it applied? IM or SQ or is it a pour on?
How 'bout hugs, good thoughts & a hefty dose of what Mama Gladys referred to as "recipe". Absolutely no expiration date. Pour in?
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:58:23 GMT+5)
A bunch of your cheaper saddles will have the D rings in the skirt to. Which, isn't necessarily a terrible thing if I was going to get a cheaper saddle, I'd want the Ds in the rigging.
You might look at a rough out saddle to.
I'm A Little Nervous
by gizmom (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:54:06 GMT+5)
I won't normally give cows a second chance, but I think breeding early has played a major factor for us this year. We have lost five calves, one was out of a heifer we purchased last September, we were not able to get her shipped until December the fella we purchased her from went ahead and AI'd her a week prior to shipping. She stuck, but being hauled that far a week after breeding, coming into a totally different environment (a really hot one) could have played a big part in her lost calf. One we don't know who the mamma is, one we feel suffocated found with the heifer still licking it just didn't get the afterbirth off its head. Loss number 4 was another first calf heifer that did everything she could do but the calf was just two early and weak to make it, she stood over it for five days before it finally died. We were treating the calf, but the lungs just weren't developed enough to make it. Calf number five was out of a coming three year old cow and this was her second calf. So for us we will give the heifers another shot the three year old will probably get a trip to town.
Commercial cow bull
by Fire Sweep Ranch (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:42:19 GMT+5)
http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php? ... e=1SM00121
The weaning and yearling weights on those are scale smashers! AND, a really good plus, the heifers make great cows that raise super calves.
What's CRP paying now?
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:35:50 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:If somebody is netting $237 an acre on a cow/calf operation, they need to write a book. I'll buy the first copy.
What's your address?
Y'all ever seen one of these??
by Boot Jack Bulls (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:22:09 GMT+5)
Not terribly uncommon up here. See plenty of albino squirrels too.
TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE SHRINK WHEN WORKING CATTLE
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectorswhether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.