IBEEF - Indiana Beef Evaluation and Economics Feeding Program
IBEEF is a steer and heifer feedout program that provides Indiana producers with a way to place cattle on feed and gather performance, carcass, and economic information to make genetic and management improvements in their herd. Cooperators receive individual and group feedlot performance, feedlot costs, and individual and group carcass information, including quality and yield grade, ribeye area, fat thickness, carcass weight, etc. IBEEF also allows producers to compare sires, as well as evaluate alternative marketing strategies and their impact upon profitability. The program also helps to improve the reputation of producer cattle by establishing a database of feedlot performance and carcass merit on their calves.
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Have you found your safe place
by jedstivers (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:39:07 GMT+5)
I like to have enough weapons to make a safe space around me anywhere I am.
Cattle Water Heater
by sim.-ang.king (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:30:33 GMT+5)
Make a Wood burning water heater. Pretty simple design if you can find the material, and have a welder.
I plan to make one over the summer for next year when I'll have some stalks to graze.
by angus9259 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:19:20 GMT+5)
Wow - death from coccidia. That's pretty rough and seems (to me) kind of excessive. I'm sure we have it at my place and only see an occasional case as, I believe, they all get "used to it" as calves while on their mommas (as was mentioned). Had one pretty sick calf at 4 weeks but I think that's because her momma was a first time heifer and kind of a low milker - think she was spending a lot of time drinking out of mud holes.
All that said, as has been stated, I find bovatec tubs much easier and more helpful than corrid with the exception of that real young calf I mentioned above.
About that time of year
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:12:18 GMT+5)
Great looking stock as always.
Load lot receiving pens (size and material)
by pricefarm (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:54:22 GMT+5)
jedstivers wrote:I can't get them fixed and headed in the right direction and still get enough weight in 90 days. I need 120. Some need more than that. I'm sure some would be ok in 90 but not enough. That last 30 will be the profit.
What weight bull calves do u buy ?
by dt34715 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:10:18 GMT+5)
Sorry about the spelling!!
Sweating out a cold
by GMN (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:08:42 GMT+5)
No I just searched this topic to see what home remedies were out there I haven't tried it yet -I have been taking NyQuil at night knocks me out so I can sleep
Show your bull(s) - Put a pic up
by Backbone Ranch (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:46:40 GMT+5)
Great looking bulls southernblues. That Angus bull in particular looks really nice.
The "Off Grid" lifestyle
by wbvs58 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:23:47 GMT+5)
melking wrote:wbvs58 wrote:melking wrote:
Curious Ken. Are you solar powered with batteries or are you generator powered?
Mel, I have two banks of batteries actually. I got a neighbours old bank that was replaced by insurance after a lightening strike hit his wind turbine. There was nothing wrong with his batteries other than a bit of age but no one really knows what is going on with these systems when something goes wrong. I have a pretty good understanding of it all now and knew the batteries would be OK. I alternate between each bank daily so have good reserve and rarely have to use the generator. Solar panels and charge controllers are very cheap on ebay and each bank has a good set of panels.
My hot water is a solar system with a pretty big storage tank but does have a booster element which I can run off the generator but only ever have to do that if a few overcast days in the middle of winter. I picked up the complete HWS at an auction for $50 had never been installed previously, came with all the fittings and relief valves, works great, one of my luxuries to stand under a steamy hot shower for as long as I like after a days work.
So, not to be nosy but what do you run your welder on?
Mel, out where I live I use an inverter type welder to repair things and just plug it into the 240 volt power from the inverter and batteries it handles it easy. I have another block closer to town that has a house that I built and sheds. It is on the grid. I have tennants in the house but keep the sheds for my own use and any big project I'll go around there.
chrome on calves
by M-5 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:01:07 GMT+5)
Muddy wrote:That's odd that your black angus bull throws spotted calves.
Only off this cow and her daughter . I get a little white on a switch or two and some belly white from time to time.
Technology Investments ?
by gizmom (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:59:48 GMT+5)
The boss purchased some new technology for planting and applying fertilizer. I can't remember the name of it but it is in the tractor, the way it works is as you go over the pasture it paints it on the screen. The idea is to save on seed and fertilizer and I have to admit it seems to have reduced our cost for both. He did say he needs a better antenna he just has the one that came with the unit. When he gets near a stand of trees he loses connection due to the weak antenna. Another piece of technology that we use is EID tags on the cattle. It is pretty nice to scan a tag and have all the data on that cow come up sure helps with the tracking of the individual animal. From the first time we weigh a calf we can tract ADG without having to enter all the data into a spreadsheet, which is how we did it until we got the new scale and EID reader. I think biology is important but I also think staying informed and utilizing new technologies is important to the success of an operation.
What are they worth?
by Son of Butch (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:49:47 GMT+5)
RiverHills wrote:What are bred heifers worth?
All Calving in February and March
AI bred low birth weight Angus bulls
In case you are interested
by City Guy (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:48:29 GMT+5)
It does not make sense to raise cattle without hair sheep.
Grass on new land
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:35:26 GMT+5)
dwa wrote:I've been implementing a rotational grazing system since 2012. Kind of a combination of MiG and Mob grazing. These fields were continuously grazed for decades. I've kept about the same number of head and every year I'm getting closer to year round grazing. Last year I only fed about 40 bales down from 2-300/year when starting the rotational grazing.
Have you tried to put a $ on extending the grazing season vs. increasing stocking rate ?
by M-5 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:30:49 GMT+5)
Off year for my trees , all are what we call seedlings I got about a dozen trees in my yard some are near 100 yrs old i guess . one neighbor is 90 and said the 4 big trees have been that size his whole life . the biggest tree was struck by lightning about 10 yrs ago pealed the bark off to the ground but it healed over and is only one that makes every yr. They are smaller than they used to be tho. And they are called peacaaaaans
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.
WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.
CIRCLE A ANGUS HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL FALL SALE
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 10th Annual Fall Bull & Heifer sale offering 309 head sold on October 15th. The bleachers were full of potential buyers vying for the opportunity to own elite genetics backed by great service by bidding on the 109 bulls, and 200 bred heifers.
DON'T GUESS AT ACRONYMS USED IN BEEF CATTLE BUSINESS
Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important.
DOGUET'S DIAMOND D BRANGUS SALE HELD OCTOBER 15
A warm fall day greeted a standing room only crowd of Brangus enthusiasts from five states gathered at Poteet, Texas, for Doguet's Diamond D Sale of Proven Producers.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING OPPORTUNITY AND RISK WITHOUT WEIGHT
When feeder cattle markets are in balance, prices for lighter-weight feeder cattle adjust to account for the cost of gain to put the additional weight on those cattle such that feedlots are relatively indifferent to buying feeder cattle of various weights, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments the first week of November.
BULL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE IMPORTANT
In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation. Remember that this genetic potential can never be realized if these animals are not fed and managed properly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- AN APP FOR THAT
Here are ten smartphone apps that we desperately need some geek to create:
SOUTHERN CONNECTION CHAROLAIS SALE AVERAGES $2,765
The Southern Connection Charolais Sale was held October 19, 2016 in Calhoun, Ga.
REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE HELD TO HIGH STANDARDS
As autumn makes its debut across the Empire State of the South, many spring-calving operations have been, or are in the process of, weaning; and in a few months, producers will be sorting through females and deciding which ladies get a job offer and which get shown the door.
BLACK INK -- LIMITS? WHAT LIMITS?
Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates.
BE SELECTIVE WHEN CHOOSING REPLACEMENT FEMALES
Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts.
BE AWARE OF THE PROS AND CONS OF USING DARTS IN CATTLE
Darts - also known as remote drug delivery devices or RDD devices - are frequently used in wildlife to tranquilize animals for research, or when a wild animal strays into a populated area such as a city or neighborhood. They are also gaining popularity among beef stocker growers who have cattle on extensive grazing.
TOWN CREEK FARM BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $4,435
Cattlemen from the southern U.S. resoundingly endorsed the value of the Town Creek Farm genetic program at the Town Creek Farm Sale, Saturday, October 15, 2016, near West Point, Miss.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BULLISH
For years purebred bull breeders didn't get paid what they deserved for making such a big investment in better genetics, so I'm glad to see them finally getting paid handsomely for their better bulls.