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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Ready for Football and some Fall Weather
by Son of Butch (Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:39:00 GMT+5)
Kingfisher wrote:That Seahawks Cardinals game was a doozy! Pittsburg is good but Patriots are gooder .
NFL is rigged (just ask Trump)... a little known fact... in addition to the draft picks to Philly in the Sam Bradford trade,
Vikings also had to agree to throw the game when they played. Skol Vikings
Local hospital reported uptick in injuries from fair weather fans jumping off the Viking bandwagon.
New from Texas
by Son of Butch (Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:24:58 GMT+5)
Seems you will be getting in when prices are low... don't forget to sell high and you should do okay.
Best of Luck.
Just Ordered for My Wife
by Son of Butch (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:55:52 GMT+5)
Craig Miller wrote:Are those the fly tags or the regular tags?
Now that is funny.
by js1234 (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:39:34 GMT+5)
Margonme wrote:I took this picture today while fellow CT user Dave was here. He liked this Optimizer calf. Said he may come back and steal him. But he didn't leave empty handed. He bought Margo's steer for his son. I enjoyed your visit Dave. You have a wealth of knowledge, I learned from you. You have three wonderful children. Hope the steer works well for you. Ron.
Awful useful looking pair. Nice looking country too.
how small is to small?
by js1234 (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:38:01 GMT+5)
Muddy wrote:js1234 wrote:farmboy80 wrote:The price was right on her. And I've gotten a lot of jewels out of the "dumpster "!
Was she less than $500?
Why it does matter to you? It's still months away from due date and the heifer is still growing. A lot of commercial operators didn't weight their yearling heifers or first timers and they often underestimate their actual weights.
The OP said "the price was right on her" that's the price my pencil says would be right given what alternatives that don't have as many asterics or so much downside potential in terms of development or contribution to the herd can be bought for.
You're right that many operators don't weigh cattle. You're also right that many guess on weight and don't know what they're doing.
My point was and still is that there's hardly a replacement heifer around right now that isn't half price or cheaper from last year. In these market conditions, when good replacement heifers, bred or otherwise, are so cheap in terms of dollars per head, buying one that has to "grow into herself" or "weigh more than you think" or "do just fine" or "outproduce herself" or "have personality" or any other justification tool, the price needs to be around 50% or less of a good one to offset just doing it right to start with.
It's just not very many dollars per head to do it right at the moment and good heifers are so undervalued in many instances that from my view, the most expensive thing one can buy right now in terms of stunting the improvement of a cowherd and the opportunity cost of not doing it right is an inferior heifer to put in the herd.
This market is the time improve the cow herd not to dig through the dumpster as it were.
All that said, I assure you, very little has ever mattered to me less than what someone I've never met does with or pays for a dink heifer I'll never see.
Just trying to offer a little insight.
2017 Supplemetal policies, if you are on SS/Medicare ... ??
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:35:02 GMT+5)
I'll be more than happy to send you all the envelopes full of healthcare plans I been getting in the mail for the last 2 years. Get 2-3 every day--evidently, it's that time of year again.
tire water trough
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:31:39 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:log skidder-they are wide and tall and will make a great water trough. Hard to find one around here unless it is split out--these po boys run em till there is just nothing left.
Where are you? - Market Cycle of Emotions
by Stocker Steve (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:06:05 GMT+5)
Bigfoot wrote:I'm starting to think, that 25 cows would be more enjoyable, than 150. There's no money in cows and calves at the moment. Zero times 25 is still zero, and zero times 150 is still zero.
There is money in cows if you can make direct marketing, or a niche work. There are also some commodity folks with their income less than direct cost. Getting to zero would be progress for them.
by js1234 (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:58:29 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:js1234 wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
I agree with you.
To be fair, I must not understand how your state does it. Here in the West, the deduction is made by the sale barn, video auction country buyer or however your calves are marketed.
I grant you that if you sell 5-6 calves a year and have to mail your own buck or two per head in, it could certainly be a more trouble than it's worth sort of task that gets lost in the shuffle.
Well we have only put one thru the sale barn and I don't know if they took out a buck. Rest were sold privately (or butchered). A recent mailer from the state Angus Assn had a short blurb on it (and I think listed a website to download the form to send in with your check for a buck using your 50 cent stamp, on an animal that if I cared to do the math, I'm quite sure I lost $ on...). Gotta love it...
Out of curiosity, when you think of it, look at a sale barn check stub. I would assume there is a line item, something like "beef promotion" for $1/head. I'd be interested to know about NY State. I was under the impression, it was deducted at barns nationally.
Mineral blocks or loose minerals?
by kenny thomas (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:45:54 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:kenny thomas wrote:TexasBred wrote:Kenny, traditionally Cyrstalyx has made great tubs. This one looks to be fine too. You will need to make a salt supply avaialable free choice as it has none added. It's not really a mineral tub but just a good protein tub with added minerals. Should compliment your hay very well although usually a bit pricey.
So even when using the Crystalyx the better loose mineral should be offered as well. I like this product because it is not regulated by the salt intake.
Yessir I would. Salt is cheap and they need the sodium in it.
TB, in the winter I having been using the Crystalyx tubs and loose white salt. I need to revisit what I am using I think.
Why won't my rake fold up?
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:31:43 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:Bigfoot wrote:skyhightree1 wrote:What ive found when that's happened to me. I took the remote adapter end and unscrewed it from the hose enough that air comes out and some fluid and it works fine after that.
I will try that.
Single action or double action cylinder. Tractor make would help a lot in determining if we can offer any help.
It's a Massey Ferguson. It's a double action cylinder. I didn't get to fool with it this afternoon.
Wanna Bet on whose the daddy is?
by WalnutCrest (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:20:18 GMT+5)
So, each one she's given you she's kept longer than the one before ... and ... she's taken each embryo she's been given ... so, my money is on an ET calf.
Looking forward to the DNA results.
Where's Maury Povich when you need him?!?
by JW IN VA (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:17:40 GMT+5)
wbvs58 wrote:I put lots of switches on my fences so that I can isolate sections to work on it but also helps to narrow down where to look for a fault.
Gonna build a shed
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:08:13 GMT+5)
I dearly love to build. I'd have something going all the time, if I could afford it. I built a loading alley a couple of months ago. I plan to subdivide my cattle trap a little now. It's to hard to separate out what you want, from what you don't.
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:00:40 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:greybeard wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:That hideous. I wouldn't have it in my pasture.
The cows don't care what it looks like or who it impresses and even less, who it doesn't.
Post a picture of yours.
I don't have one, but only because I don't have tires big enough. No combines anywhere in this area. Have a cement one, a galvanized one, and 3-4 poly tanks, but if I ever find an old skidder tire, it'll be a water trough before it knows what happened. Them cows won't care one bit how much tread or lugs are left on it either--neither will the water.
IT'S THE PITTS -- HELP IS ON THE WAY
Computers and the Internet have turned many businesses upside down and in many cases, eliminated them entirely. In this technological movement for improvement farmers seem to be ahead of ranchers.
IS "ALL NATURAL" OR "ORGANIC" A PRODUCTION OPTION?
Beef, in general is a quality, healthy product that has enjoyed a place in the world's diet for thousands of years. The world is a changing place, however, and as most of us are well aware, consumer's attitudes toward food, in general are changing.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SO LONG, HERD EXPANSION
Even though it seems barely out of its infancy, national herd expansion may be coming to an end.
OPTIMIZE RESOURCES FOR BACKGROUNDING PROGRAM
Some ranchers hold their calves over as yearlings, to sell later when they are bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow them to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement programa drylot situation where they are fed a growing rationuntil these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term backgrounding covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.
CASTRATION LESS STRESSFUL AT A YOUNG AGE
There are several ways to castrate calves and bulls. Regardless of the method, it's generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daniel Thomson, Kansas State University (Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology) says that castration, dehorning, branding are necessary but painful for the animal.
BRUSH PILES PROVIDE HABITATS FOR VARIOUS WILDLIFE
Wildlife enthusiasts often ask how to attract more animals to their property, and the answer is more complicated than most people realize.
WEANING CALVES BEFORE AUCTION REDUCES STRESS
Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton.
CALVING SIMULATOR OFFERS TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving.
MAKE FERTILITY TOP PRIORITY IN REPLACEMENT FEMALES
It's no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program.
BREEDING FOR QUALITY BEEF BEST ASSURANCE FOR TOP PRICES
Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection.
SOUND NUTRITION REDUCES DEPENDENCE ON ANTIBIOTICS
In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the transition process taking calves from the cow/calf sector on to the next stage of production. The initial destination may be one of several including a grazing stage, preconditioning operation, feedyard or some variation of these. In any case, the transition stage with the handling, transportation, lack of feed and water, comingling with other animals and the associated exposure to pathogens to which the calf has no immunity, all work together to create an extremely challenging situation. This commonly results in sickness in the calf, from which it may or may not fully recover. Worst-case it can result in the complete loss of the animal. All of these scenarios result in significant economic loss to the owner at whatever stage it occurs.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IN DE FENCE
I've got the scars to prove that I've spent a good chunk of my life fixing and installing fence. Those fences could be sorted one of two ways: they were either defensive or offensive fences.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PURSED AND PINCHED
Aunt Pinky's Irish disposition was easily ruffled, but she was harder to scare than a slab of granite. That's why Hooter was extra shaken when his aunt grabbed his arm with one hand, scratched for the door handle with the other, and commanded him to stop, all at the same time.
INFORMATION IS KING WHEN MARKETING CALVES
Calving season discussion is often a heated debate among beef producers. Should I calve in the spring or the fall? Do I need to pull my bull? Is it better to be committed to selling calves at a certain time of year or should I have calves available year round? These are common questions beef producers often ask themselves, their neighbors, and the experts when trying to make management decisions. There are two key points that need to be considered when making calving season (or lack thereof decisions: management and marketing.
BLACK INK -- RETROSPECTIVE
A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today's Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious.