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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by Nesikep (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:59:17 GMT+5)
I don't know how you guys south of me do it
Truly Affordable Health Care
by boondocks (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:07:37 GMT+5)
Commercialfarmer wrote:Ill take my chances on the financial well being of the people paying a 1/4 of what i am for equal or better care.
If you make a monthly payment every month, then you are covered by shared agreement. If you fail to make that payment, you aren't covered- which sure seems a lot like insurance in America used to work.
That is a failed argument by someone wanting to direct people away and into obamacare.
I think the ACA has its good and bad points. The fundamental problem (that no one, myself included, knows how to fix) is that we all want great care for ourselves and our loved ones; and most of us also want others to be personally responsible for themselves and not overuse/abuse the "system." I do like a few things about the ACA (health care for young adults up to age 26 on their parents' plan; insuring those with prior-existing conditions; etc). I'm not sure but think it also expanded mental health benefits. That's a big problem in our rural area; people with untreated mental conditions cost our county a ton of money (in ER visits, crime, psych episodes, etc).
The problem with the ACA is that it worked as advertised to insure the poor people (the working poor) who did not have insurance. But the penalties were too low, so the young and healthy opted out, which led to a higher claims rate, and, now, increased premiums. At any rate, I'm equally troubled by the number of obese people, many of whom who like their cigs and hooch, but pay the same premiums as I do (for my employer-provided plan). If we are going to knock the ACA, and health care premiums/costs, we also have to admit that we Americans are in lousy shape but want medicine to cure us.
My dad just had a blocked artery and a stent put in. He reported that the dr said it didn't have anything to do with (his diet, smoking, or sedentary lifestyle). (I'd bet the dr said no such thing). He's a retired steel worker. The poor "kids" now making half of what he did at the plant are expected to keep profits high enough to cover their own costs and help out with the retirees' costs. I think it's surprising the young folk haven't rebelled more....
by boondocks (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:14:23 GMT+5)
js1234 wrote:boondocks wrote:js1234 wrote: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.
I don't have the paperwork for the one cow we sold at the sale barn 2 or 3 years back, but found this rather alarming website that says that not only are seller and buyer equally responsible for making sure the buck is paid, but that they can charge you a $7500 fine per sale if you don't comply. Wowzers. (And/or they can charge 2% interest).
I would assume the sale barns remit the buck per head rather than risk fines.
by southernultrablack (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:08:56 GMT+5)
Thanks for the feedback. Thought I would post a pic of his dam too.
by Kingfisher (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:56:35 GMT+5)
EZ was a kid? What's he now?
Cost to AI
by Kingfisher (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:54:16 GMT+5)
Where are your cows?
How much are my calves worth?
by NolanCountyAG (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:52:13 GMT+5)
Muddy wrote:$200-$250 sounds fair for a colorful longhorn heifer calf
There was a big mixed group of longhorn & Corriente calves ran thru the ring last week, $175 per head.
If they are potentials or #1 ropers, they bring at least 50% more than beef calves right now. West Texas anyway.
Experience with Broadcasting Rye Grass
by Kingfisher (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:52:11 GMT+5)
It's got to hit dirt and get wet soon after.
What the heck happened here on Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 4:30 am?
by Bigfoot (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:39:45 GMT+5)
I remember that day well. I was sound asleep at 4:30am.
Thermal Imaging - Handheld
by alisonb (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:26:40 GMT+5)
Thanks Brute...I've joined a NV Forum
Must have equipment
by Supa Dexta (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:40:43 GMT+5)
Never heard of a belgian punch before.. either a belgian, or a suffolk punch. I've got one of the latter,
How much do you tip?
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:39:43 GMT+5)
Alan wrote:slick4591 wrote:I'm not very good with tip jars at the cash register. Local doughnut shop has one at the register when all they do is hand you their product. They are being paid at least minimum wage and not doing anything extra for me so I don't tip in that situation.
I don't like the tip jars like that, it's almost offensive. The little country store/gas station here has one next to the register. It's a convenience store, they sell you a pop or beer and a bag of chips. They do have a "warm deli" case, hot dogs and burritos and such, but that's even serve yourself and pay up front. Just what is it I'm supposed to be tipping for?
Around here, I'd say their annual trip back to Saudi Arabia for Haji?
Deer valley all in
by Hogtiming (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:36:14 GMT+5)
Has anyone seen any of his calves at a yearling age and can give me any feed back. Bulls or heifers?.
Pinned breed cow with hay bale
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:24 GMT+5)
I guess he removed the pics?
New from Texas
by greybeard (Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:03:51 GMT+5)
you probably aren't far from BarbedWire either--his place is in Shiro.
MANAGE CALF WEANING TO AVOID STRESS
Weaning is arguably the most stressful event in a calf's life. Combining stressors at weaning can inhibit immune response triggering health problems and shut off gains. Fortunately, cattle producers can understand stressing events and manage against the freeway pile-up that can occur at weaning.
RECOGNIZING SICKNESS IN CATTLE CAN BE CHALLENGING
If you deal with livestock, at some point you will also have to decide to treat a sick one or call a veterinarian to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Knowing what to look for and how to decide whether an animal needs treating and what kind of treatment is sometimes easier said than done.
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.