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 Jeanne - Simme Valley (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:52:07 GMT+5)
I agree with Rafter. The cattle don't associate with the fact that you KILLED their herdmate. They would get riled up over the commotion, but they should settle right down.
I don't think we have anaplasmosis in NY??? I believe it is more southern.
Jersey cow price?
by Son of Butch (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:50:20 GMT+5)
run of the mill 16-18 month old short bred Jersey Heifers 750 - $1,000
3 month and 6 month old jersey heifer calves.... 500 - $600 for the pair... not each
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:40:45 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:It's really hard to haul in the freezing weather too.
try hauling 3000 gallons of milk
tagging and tattooing calves
by Jeanne - Simme Valley (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:40:22 GMT+5)
You still have a LOT of grazing out there. What is that white thing in the 2nd picture that looks like an upside down cup & saucer?
We are very GREEN compared, but there isn't any grass left for grazing. We stay green under the snow, and it is usually totally buried in feet of snow by now but we are still bare.
Fall AI Breeding Who are you using?
by Midtenn (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:38:09 GMT+5)
Musgrave Big Sky on cows
Mar Innovation on cows
Victor719T on brangus x cows
Musgrave aviator on heifers
by farmerjan (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:37:41 GMT+5)
The heritage turkey market is a specialty market and the birds will command a fairly high price. There is a following and if you get in with the ones that sell at farmers markets etc, they can be an additional source of income.
Turkeys are susceptible to blackhead and can get the disease from being raised with chickens. I have raised mine with chickens and have never had a problem but most places that have turkeys will tell you that it is a no-no.
Toms can and are actually better off, if run with a flock of hens. In the wild there will be a tom to 6-15 hens. A good tom can cover up to 20 hens if young and active. Most purebred breeders will run 4-8 hens per tom to insure fertile eggs.
They are slower growing, and will do better if raised in a range type situation. Turkeys require a higher protein and they get that from foraging and eating more insects. They were often raised in orchards in the "old days" because they helped to keep down the pests that plagued fruit tree growers. They also do a good job of cleaning up the drops and spoiled fruit, and the bugs that overwinter like coddling moth eggs etc.
Royal palms do a good job of raising their own. Had several hens set and hatch and rear their own poults. Many of the older breeds will set but not all are good mothers.
The meat has a stronger flavor than commercially raised birds. They do not have the "double breasts" like commercial birds, but they can breed naturally because they are not "top heavy" .
I fed a commercial ration that is 20% protein and let them free range. I also get commercial white poults and do the same. They actually do pretty good until they get really big. You get some leg problems in the BB ones, but not like when they are kept confined and fed all they want.
The white ones will pluck cleaner than the dark feathered ones. Some of the breeds are better foragers than others, but if you raise them to forage from the time they are small, they usually all will do a pretty good job.
3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat
by Rafter S (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:35:37 GMT+5)
I admit your concern, but I think you're almost certainly worrying way too much.
I officially agree that the world's crazy
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:34:25 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Glad I can't "top" any of that.
You ate my jerky didn't you...
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:25:58 GMT+5)
People always amaze me. I figured when I wasn't plowing I would fix peoples plows they tore up. I had my number on my trucks for mobile welding. I got a call from a fool asking me how much I charge I tell him my service call fees and he proceeds to tell me i just need this and that. I said i understand that however I can't use my stuff and drive 45 mins for under my service call fee. He asks me to come out and cut and weld a piece.. Tack Weld it till he can get home and try to fix it for $50.00 I said sir thanks for your call but .. NO I said just how your trying to make money so am I. What is wrong with people?
Wean weight, heifers vs. steers?
by gizmom (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:24:22 GMT+5)
were they split into heifer and steer groups at sale barn?
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:16:48 GMT+5)
What are you eating today?
by slick4591 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:07:30 GMT+5)
ALACOWMAN wrote:slick4591 wrote:Grocery store ceviche
Never heard of it,, is it good with cornbread
Haven't tried that. Sounds interesting tho. Garlic bread might be better.
Gripple contractor tool
by callmefence (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:52:07 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:1. How does my contractor tool strip barbs off?
2. If you make your initial stretch from the center of the wire, you've got a bunch of barbs to get off. Should I make an initial center pull with a goldenrod, and then join the pieces with the contractor tool, while it's drawn tight with the goldenrod?
3. There is a learning curve to this thing, I only fiddled with it in the dark for a little while.
1. Second picture on the OP
2. Yes your on the right track. For a long pull a come along and two dogs beats the goldenrod.
The gripple will make that slack you get between them a piece of cake.
Or use the gripple on your splices and terminal s. Pull just like you always have and use the contractor tool to tighten things up at the gripples.... there's more than one way.
3. Yes. There is a considerable learning curve.
by pricefarm (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:44 GMT+5)
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