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CATTLE TODAY/Ranchers.net Newsletter for November 2014
Volume 16, Number 11
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INTERESTING STUFF

IT’S THE PITTS — LONG LIVE THE COW
Some market reports show bred heifers selling for $2,700 and young pairs fetching $3,300. And these are commercial cattle! I remember when a whole Gooseneck load of them wouldn’t bring that!

24 HOURS A DAY. 365 DAYS A YEAR!
Did you know you could have a site on the Internet that sells your program to thousands of potential customers for only $200/year? If you gain just one additional customer your site will more than pay for itself. Our over 90% renewal rate for existing customers speaks for itself!

WITH MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
In the last part of this series we began a discussion on the various factors that influence costs.

INSURE PROPER PROTEIN FEEDING FOR THE HEALTH OF THE HERD
Cattle producers, feed company’s nutritionists regularly talk about protein and its importance in cattle nutrition. It’s been talked about to the point that it is often taken for granted.

HUNTIN’ DAYLIGHT — MARGINAL DECISIONS
Tight supplies and improving beef demand continue fueling record cattle and beef prices. Just when it seems there is little steam left, prices ratchet higher yet. Plus, barring some cataclysmic shock from outside the industry, there’s little reason for prices to move lower in the short term.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK — SIX DEGREES OF MITIGATION
Myron led Hooter from his office the way they’d arrived. At least it seemed the same way: through a number of doors, up and down stairs until he arrived back at the black limousine that would return him to Vernon.

MANAGE STRESS IN HERDS TO AVOID ILLNESS
The positive nutritional benefits of beef in our diets are undeniable. So how do we keep producing a safe and satisfying product? We follow Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines. And a major component of the BQA program is managing stress.

WILD HOGS ARE MORE THAN A NUISANCE
Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States.

HEAT DETECTION FOR SUCCESSFUL A.I. PROGRAM (Part 1)
Heat (estrus) is simply the period of time when a cow or heifer is sexually receptive and signals that an egg, ready to be fertilized, is about to be released. It normally occurs every 18 to 24 days. In a natural breeding program, the bull is the one that determines when a cow is in heat. In an AI program, you make the decisions.

RANCHERS HEAR KEY FACTORS TO GROWING FORAGE
Ranchers should be mindful of three important components of pasture health when considering restocking beef cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

THE OLD COUNTRY STORE IS OPEN!
Check out The Country Store for great Christmas gifts. No crowds, no traffic, no hassle. Books, CDs, Clothing, Toys, Electronics, Flowers, Gift Baskets, and much more. It’s
worth a look!

WEIGH SCIENCE AND PRACTICE IN CHOOSING SUPPLEMENTS
In the last issue we began a discussion of supplementation options the cattleman has. We started out by discussing using commodities as protein supplements and this is where we will pick up.

RANCH LIST
Over 1600 ranches have listed their operation in our Ranch Links. Have you listed your ranch yet? It’s quick, easy and free. List your’s today! And if you are already listed please check and make sure your info is up to date

MANAGING SICK CATTLE IS IMPORTANT TO PROFITABILITY
There are few factors that affect the profitability of a cattle operation like sickness and death loss in cattle.

PROPER CHEMICAL HANDLING PRACTICES ARE IMPORTANT
How safe are the chemicals you store on your farm? An even better question may be how safe are the animals, environment, and even family, workers or neighbors on and around your farm? Your chemical storage and handling practices can be vitally important to the safety of all of those involved on your operation and also those near your farm.

CATTLE GRAZING BEHAVIOR CAN BE USED TO MANAGE CATTLE
Cattle are grazers and browsers, eating a wide variety of grasses, forbs and leaves/bark from shrubs and trees. Not having upper front teeth, cattle can’t nip off plants as a horse does but use their flexible tongue to wrap around a “bite” and break it off with a movement of the head. They bite short grass with the lower teeth and hard upper palate, but cannot graze as closely as a horse or sheep.

WEIGH PROS AND CONS OF FALL VERSUS SPRING CALVING
On numerous occasions the topic of calving in the fall versus calving in the spring has come up as a topic of discussion among cattlemen. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with each of them and as with most management decisions it becomes a matter of which fits your production scenario the best.

IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HAY TRAILER
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales, there’s nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.

MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR HERD PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF WINTER
As the winter feeding period quickly approaches let’s take a moment to evaluate some important points. As everyone is well aware of, input costs are extremely high. Thus, it is of utmost importance to make every dollar count.

COWS’ NUTRITIONAL NEEDS VARY DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES
Nutritional needs of cows may vary considerably, depending on age (young and still growing, or mature, or old with poor teeth), size, breed, whether or not the cow is lactating and/or pregnant, whether the weather is warm or cold.

BAXTER BLACK
If you haven’t read Baxter Black’s articles in Cattle Today, you are missing an American Original. Baxter is always interesting, usually funny and occasionally controversial.

LONGEVITY AND FERTILITY ARE PROFIT DRIVERS FOR CATTLE OPERATIONS
Producers in the 21st century beef industry come better prepared than ever before. Continued education programs and an abundance of online resources help cattlemen stay well informed. Record keeping practices have improved and cattlemen have a good handle on the costs associated with their operation.

GOOD GRAZING MANAGEMENT CAN BENEFIT STOCKERS
Practicing good grazing management strategies can be very beneficial to a stocker operation. Pastureland that has been managed appropriately will be more productive for a longer period of time, have higher forage quality, and forage waste will be reduced.

CATTLE TODAY COOKBOOK
Looking for some new dishes for the Holidays? Check out our Cookbook!

SUPPLEMENT INTAKE IS A MOVING TARGET
One of the most common sayings in animal feeding is that we are feeding the averages. If we have a group of 100 head of cattle, regardless of age we have 100 different feed consumption patterns.

VACCINATION PROGRAMS PROVIDE PRODUCERS INSURANCE
Many ranchers know the feeling, all to well, circulating on Wall Street. There is a lot at stake and cattlemen have had to employ all the tools at their disposal to protect their investment over the years. High risk cattle, that are left unvaccinated, are the same kind of time bomb we see on the Exchange, ticking away just waiting for the proverbial wreck or outbreak to occur.


CATTLE TODAY NEWSPAPER

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DECEMBER  SALE DATES

Cattle Today will be at the following sale in December:

December 6 — Dyess Farms Brahman Production Sale, Bassfield MS


SITE OF THE MONTH

Dyess Farms
Dyess Farms located in Bassfield, Miss., has been in the cattle business for over 40 years. Originally a Braford cattle operation Dyess Farms is now home to 200 plus head of Brahman cattle and only has registered Brahman cattle. Their website includes useful and helpful information on show cattle, sale cattle and herd sires.  Congratulations to Dyess Farms on a job well done!


WINDOWS TIP OF THE MONTH

Hide the Taskbar

If you hide the Taskbar at the bottom of the page you will have a better view of the page. To hide it just left click on Start, right click on properties, click on the Taskbar tab and check ‘Hide the Taskbar’.

OR

Use the Windows Logo Key!

The Windows logo key, located in the bottom row of most
computer keyboards is the shortcut anchor for the following commands:
Windows: Display the Start menu
Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows
Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer
Windows + F: Display Search for files
Windows + Ctrl + F: Display Search for computer
Windows + F1: Display Help and Support Center
Windows + R: Display Run dialog box
Windows + break: Display System Properties dialog box
Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all windows
Windows + L: Lock the workstation
Windows + U: Open Utility Manager


FUN SITE OF THE MONTH

Pilgrim Hall Museum

The Pilgrim’s Story — the hazardous voyage, the 1620 landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth — is the founding story of America. This dramatic saga of courage and perseverance has inspired the American people throughout the nation’s history.

 


QUOTE OF THE MONTH

“So while it’s true that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year, we should actually celebrate thanks each and every day. It’s just a matter of learning to live with a spirit of gratitude.” — Author Unknown

Send us your favorite quotes! We will pick one each month to be included in our newsletter. (Be sure to include where you are from in your e-mail!) Send quotes to: editor@cattletoday.com


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