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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Bulls breeding age.
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:57:59 GMT+5)
rmoran wrote:So y'all think that a 18 month old registered angus bull should do ok with being turned out on 9 cows? Had a man tell me that if I put him out at 18 months it would stunt his growth.
Old wives tail. As long as he is still growing and that depends on feed, he should be able to service 9 cows with no problem
Twin heifer a Free Martin?
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:56:38 GMT+5)
Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Don't be quick to cut. We had a bull/heifer set, heifer was a free martin (it was obvious; her vulva was almost non existent, and she had a large clitoris that stuck out at the bottom, so malformed). Confirmed it with the vet when we weaned the set (he palpated her, she did not have a complete vagina, nor a cervix or any other parts).
The bull, however, was a wonderful looking bull. We sold him for breeding, he passed his BSE with flying colors. He never had a set of twins (that we know of, the buyer kept up with us on how his babies looked). If he is a nice bull, do not let the twin factor be the deciding ax for him. Sounds like he has a nice pedigree; I sure love the Antoinette line!
He wouldn;t be expected to throw twins but his daughters would
by Craig Miller (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:54:34 GMT+5)
I'll trade you some hot banana peppers for some bell peppers. Somehow we didn't get any planted this time.
Shaklee Basic H2 for Deworming Cattle??
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:53:09 GMT+5)
M.Magis wrote:I have to wonder what would ever cause someone to decide to be the first one to feed their cattle a cleaning agent.
This crap started years ago with mother earth news. I would recommend to OP got their for advice if he/she doesn;t want to raise cattle sensibly.
A Great Government Program
by Craig Miller (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:52:21 GMT+5)
Looks good Raven. I don't think there is anything wrong with using the programs. They were set up for small farmers to stay in competition, but since none of you proud fellows are willing to accept the help the money is instead going to bigger richer farmers who know how to use the system and aren't ashamed of it. You didn't save the taxpayer a dime by not using it or sending it back. You only allowed another person to get it instead of yourself. The money will be spent either way. It has to be spent or else the budget for that department will be cut the next year so you better believe it will be spent one way or another.
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:51:22 GMT+5)
Rather then just pounds of feed, calculate percentage of body weight. Start with 1% of body weight and gradually ramp them up to 1 1/2 - 2 percent of their body weight. Keep that ration as they grow and add pounds.
hay hauling rigg
by bigbull338 (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:47:45 GMT+5)
TT the truck looks new for its age.the motor is stout and doesnt smoke.plus it has room for great nephew and neice.im ready to look for a gooseneck cattle trailer.but gotta get somethings off my back 1st.
Employees few and far between.
by Bright Raven (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:31:10 GMT+5)
bbirder wrote:Bright Raven wrote:callmefence wrote:
Well I certainly don't get sick leave.
Would you believe I worked 33 years and never used hardly any sick leave? I had enough sick leave to add over a year of service.
That seems to be the standard for all public employees be it Local, County, State or Federal. They can't find bookkeepers that can keep track of time correctly. "Fringe benefit" that used to be overlooked by the public because the wages were lower than civilian jobs.
Now the pay scales have surpassed the civilian jobs in some cases, but the extra benefits remain. This extra is also used to calculate retirement pay in most cases which is raping the taxpayers.
I won't say most but many could never hold down a civilian job for 30 days. It would offend them to find out that "work" means more than being employed.
Some would struggle. It is like any cross section of the population. During my three years with Tesoro Coal Company, I saw more deadwood than I did in federal service.
New year new calves
by elkwc (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:22:25 GMT+5)
Beautiful pics and great cattle. I like the scenery.
CNN Russia Fake News Busted on Video
by slick4591 (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:40:16 GMT+5)
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:26:20 GMT+5)
Sync cows for natural service
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:29:31 GMT+5)
GnRH and 7 days later Lute then turn them in with the bull. As long as a heifer is cycling it will work on them.
4 month old heifers bred?
by MRRherefords (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:28:17 GMT+5)
I'm thinking since you gave them Lute, they should be fine. They are probably fat from the nice spring grass.
by bird dog (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:10:11 GMT+5)
The information provided above is correct. The worse thing you can do is cut them down thinking they are dead. That seems to trigger the roots to put out another sprout. Your cows will tell you when they are truly dead by knocking them over to get to the green grass around them. From my experience it will take a about a year.
I also have a boat load of small elm trees to kill along with mesquite and honey locust. The dow chemical rep told me to mix surmount with the sendero. Around 1% of each. He said that mixing them together makes both work better and allows me to kill darn near everything in one passing. It seems to be working well but only time will tell.
Few hours of free time and this is what I do
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:08:48 GMT+5)
Nesikep wrote:They look happy!
They definitely are that they love their desserts best.
TENNESSEE FIELD DAY TO BE HELD JUNE 22
Whether you're a beef cattle producer or a tobacco producer, you can learn useful strategies to make your operation more productive at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day.
ABBA NATIONAL BRAHMAN SHOW TO BE HELD IN HATTIESBURG, MISS.
The ABBA National Brahman Show will be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., October 2-7, 2017 at the Forest County Multi-Purpose Center.
ABBA HOLDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) held its 93rd Annual Membership Meeting March 8 in Houston where they initiated a new president, board members, and officers, and recognized outstanding members of the Brahman breed.
BE VIGILANT TO PREVENT HERD HEALTH RISKS
Beef cattle producers should be observant when conducting annual health vaccination protocols on their cattle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.
TAKE MEASURES TO PREVENT FOOT PROBLEMS IN HERD
As is common every year about this time, I have been getting calls and emails regarding hoof problems producers are seeing in their cattle. Generally this starts with I've been having several cases of foot rot over the last few weeks. . . . , and the follow up discussion covers potential treatment and prevention.
IT'S THE PITTS -- PROCRASTINATE NOW
Today or not today, that is the question. Will you finally fix the toilet your wife has been nagging you about, or will you man-up, offer up a flimsy excuse and live to plunge another day?
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN STRONG AT MID-YEAR
There is no guarantee prices will remain this strong, but there is also no information suggesting prices should decline, says Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee in his early-June market comments.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SQUIRRELED AWAY
Hooter's old friend, Uncas Bingelmeyer was usually more carefree than the owner of a new credit card at a discount store. Today, though, he watched the scenery speed by as if they were approaching doom instead of Tulsa.
PLAN PROPERLY TO MANAGE YEARLING HEIFER BREEDING
Developing and breeding yearling heifers can be equally rewarding and frustrating. The process is too timely and costly to land anywhere short of success. The technology around estrus synchronization continues to evolve and improve. However, the best protocols alone are not enough to create high pregnancy rates. It requires meticulous planning to properly execute the synchronization protocol and nutrition programs. It all matters when fighting for a few percentage points.
WELL-DESIGNED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REQUIRES PLANNING
Every business has (or should have) a means of measuring and analyzing the various factors that play a role in overall performance and profitability as well as to help in decision making. Cattle operations are no different.
LOOK FOR SIGNS TO REDUCE AND HANDLE HEAT STRESS
Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat.
BLACK INK -- ARE WE THERE YET?
We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she'd ask, Are we ALMOST there?
IT'S THE PITTS -- HOW TO LOAD A HORSE
Here is the correct way to load a horse.
GIVE YOUNG WILDLIFE SPACE TO GROW
Spring is a glorious time of year. Flowers and leaves are not the only signs of new life. Plenty of food and warmer weather make this the perfect time for wildlife to mate and raise their offspring.
BLACK INK -- ARE YOU ON TRACK?
Biology says it takes two years from the day you breed cows till their calves can be harvested for beef or join the breeding herd to calve as two-year-olds. Decisions before, after and during any two-year span can make a big difference.