CATTLE TODAY/Ranchers.net Newsletter for January 2011



Yon Family Farms

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REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY BEGINS WITH SELECTION
Efficiency has become a big word for most cattlemen of recent times. Volatile grain prices and most costs related to the production scenario have producers constantly looking to get the most return from these resources. Conversions, rate of gain and other measures are easy to monitor for most outfits and often come to the forefront as chief indicators of efficiency.

IT’S THE PITTS — OFF-LABEL USE
Country folks are very familiar with the term “off-label use.” Many a sick rancher has given himself a shot with drugs intended for livestock, or used Super Glue to mend a bad cut instead of stitches.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEW YEAR START WITH CALF HEALTH
The start of the New Year lends itself to many things. For the cattle producer, one of these opportunities is evaluating his or her overall management program.

PROPER LATE GESTATION NUTRITION GETS RESULTS
Multi-tasking has been linked to job performance and, of recent times, valued as one of the intangibles workers exhibit. The ability to perform a variety of tasks makes that employee a vital member of the team. Cattlemen, by nature, have known this phenomenon as part of the daily grind for a long time. Unfortunately, most are often stretched a little too thin and have to re-evaluate what is important.

HUNTIN’ DAYLIGHT – – 2011’S TOP STORIES
Chance and human foible often make even rational assumptions a risky business. But, odds favor the following topics to be among the most heavily reported and discussed this year.

EASY DOES IT FOR CATTLE, BOTTOM LINE
Cattlemen often analyze practices based on the return on investment (ROI), but usually they’re only talking about money.

FORAGE LESPEDEZA THE “LEGEND” CONTINUES
What produces a high protein forage on marginal or poor soils in July and August? What tolerates hot – dry weather, low pH soils, and does not cause bloat? What makes ‘great calf or horse hay’ and put pounds on calves in August… “ Like you were feeding them corn?” It’s nothing new – it’s called common lespedeza.

PLAN FOR HAY PRODUCTION NOW TO IMPROVE QUALITY
Production of quality hay has been a concern to cattle producers for decades. The value of quality hay, whether it be grass or legume, has always been important as it provides for a significant portion of the animal’s nutrient needs, especially protein and energy.

IT’S THE PITTS — RUNNING OF THE BULLS
There are two things I’ve always wanted to do before I saddle a cloud and ride to the great beyond. I want to run with the bulls in Spain and mush across Alaska in the Iditarod sled dog race.

EVALUATE WINTER FORAGE AND FEEDING TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
By this time of the year producers are well into the winter feeding season. Most decisions have been made, hopefully, months ago. With the uncertainty of the current feed and commodity markets this is not always the case. In many cases, about this time, many cattlemen realize – “I may not have enough hay or forage to carry my herd through,” being unfortunate enough to live in an area affected by drought.

PASTURE LEGUMES: SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
We have all been cautioned to be skeptical of the idea of getting ‘something for nothing’. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, we’ve been told.

GOOD HERD HEALTH PROGRAM CAN PREVENT CALF SCOURS
As we have discussed many times, research and practice has shown the link between health, nutrition and management. This is especially true in young calves, especially those born in the winter and spring during periods of cold and wet weather.

RANCHER’S PHOTO GALLERY
Have you browsed through the Ranchers.net Photo Gallery recently? New photos are added nearly everyday. See other ranchers cattle and facilities. Check and see if you can identify any of the breeds represented in the albums. And if you see a picture you like, leave the Member a comment.

INTERNATIONAL MARKET COMPETITION CONTINUES TO GROW
The model that the United States has established to promote U.S. beef exports internationally has been a successful one – and has spawned a growing replication of the model, proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At the same time, it is creating vigorous competition for overseas red meat customers.

THE CATTLE BOOK STORE
Have you visited the ‘net’s best cattle related book store? If it’s about cattle, it’s here! But if you are just going to buy one make it Heather Smith Thomas’s "Storey’s Guide to Rasing Beef Cattle". And it’s on sale at 32% off list price!

PROPER WRITTEN CONTRACTS IMPORTANT FOR RANCH MANAGERS
We all know that recordkeeping is important for tax purposes, as well as for keeping track of day-to-day activities on the ranch, but most ranchers do not keep the right kind of records.

TAKE OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE
There is one absolute fact that is central to the cow/calf sector of the beef industry. In order for an operation to “work” you have to get cows bred and get them bred efficiently.

TECHNOLOGY ADDRESSES DELIVERY OF CRITICAL TRACE ELEMENTS TO CATTLE
Over the last few years a new method of providing supplemental nutrients, specifically certain trace elements, has emerged. Although the concept itself is not new, the product and results are showing new promise in an area where complications abound.

USE VARIETY IN DEVELOPING BEST NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM
A key factor to remember is that there are no perfect feeds or ingredients but that several should be used together to develop the best possible nutritional program.


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SITE OF THE MONTH

Yon Family Farms
The stated mission on the Yon Family Farms’ website is "to provide high quality, value-added cattle to satisfied customers who believe that honesty, quality, service, and value are synonymous with the name YON Family Farms." When you visit their website, it is obvious that  owners Kevin and Lydia Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C., put a great deal of emphasis on customer service. From updated information on their upcoming sale and prior sales, to pictures and testimonials from their satisfied customers, this site is full of useful information about the Yon program.Their "Scenes from Around the Farm and the Ridge," add a nice personal touch to this exceptional website. Congratulations to the Yons on a job well done.
http://www.yonfamilyfarms.com


FEBRUARY  SALE  DATES

Cattle Today will be at the following sales in February:


February   5 –Clemson Bull Test & Heifer Sale, Clemson SC
February 12 — Black Crest Farm Angus Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Sumter SC
February 19 — Monarch Farm Angus Sale – The Seventh Metamorphosis, Folsom LA
February 19 — Willow Oak Best Black Bulls in America Sale, Rogersville TN
February 19 — Yon Family Farms Performance Tested Angus & Composite Bull Sale,
                        Ridge Spring SC
February 26 — SEBBA Dixie National Beefmaster Sale, Murfreesboro, TN

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FUN SITE OF THE MONTH

Got a teenager who loves horses? Have them take a look at the Forum on Horselover.net. They can find like minded young people from across North America who have a passion for horses. I think they will find it interesting.
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

In honor of Valentine’s Day……
"Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots." — Hoosier Farmer


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