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Summary of Oklahoma Brand Laws Those applying for State Brand Registration must fill out the "Application for Registration of Brands and Marks," and file the same with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Brand Division, Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. The application must be accompanied by the $20.00 registration fee. Upon approval, a brand certificate will be mailed to the applicant indicating the brand registered. All brands approved by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will appear in the next brand book or supplement printed. The current registration period ends December 31, 2014. State registered brand owners will be notified by mail prior to the closing of the five-year registration period, at which time their brands are to be renewed preparatory to publication of the 2010 Oklahoma Brand Book. Points to be kept in mind for State Brand Registration 1. A brand is defined as a permanent mark, not less than three inches in length or diameter and burned in with a hot iron, or a method commonly known as "freeze branding." Acid brands are not recognized for state registration. 2. Single unit brands such as: one initial, numeral, bar, slash or quarter circle, cannot be accepted for state registration. 3. Each brand registration must be confined to one location on the animal. Where the same brand is used on two positions, two applications are required. Brands must be registered for the following eight positions ONLY: Left Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Rib, Left Hip, Right Neck, Right Shoulder, Right Rib and Right Hip, except that previously registered Oklahoma brand positions are not affected in any way (O.S. 2, Sections 405). The left jaw is reserved for the use of Band T brands, identifying Brucellosis and Tuberculosis-reacting cattle. 4. Applicants are required, under law, to list three-distinct brands and/or three positions on the animal for use of their brand, in order preferred. 5. State registration of your brand is not required by law. Brands on record take precedence over unrecorded brands of like and kind where questions of ownership arise, placing the burden on proof on unregistered brand users in the event of controversy. Registered brands are prima facie evidence of ownership in a court of law. Brand books are furnished to County Sheriffs, County Extension Agents and Agricultural Education Instructors without charge. They may be purchased by the public at a price commensurate with the cost of preparation, printing and delivery thereof. For more information about State Brand registration, contact Tiffani Pruitt, 405.235.4391 or tpruitt@okcattlemen.org.   ...more


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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.
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.
Even though it seems barely out of its infancy, national herd expansion may be coming to an end.
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 program—a drylot situation where they are fed a growing ration—until these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term “backgrounding” covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.

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.

Wildlife enthusiasts often ask how to attract more animals to their property, and the answer is more complicated than most people realize.
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.
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.
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.
Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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Layed up
by wbvs58 (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:42:10 GMT+5)
You really put your foot in it this time or under it. Heal well.


by saltbranch (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:26:36 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:saltbranch wrote:I think everyone is correct my self. Cattleguards built 8-9' wide was common back in my grandfathers time and used folding wings. The purpose was 2 fold, to keep cattle from going past the CG and to allow for oversize loads or cattle trucks(read as 18 wheelers) It was common to put entrances right up against county/state roads back then too. So an 8'-9' CG could be potentially opened up to 15' with folding wings, pending height. The CG we have built from RR tracks is built this way and I remember as a kid dropping the wings for such purpose. These days CG are built wide to eliminate this and set back into property to allow for trailer length, back in the day cattle trailers for 3/4-1 ton trucks were not the norm. It was 18 wheelers(hence the wings) or bob tail trucks. We used to use sideboards on a 2 ton truck to carry cattle and anything over that a 18 wheeler was hired. We used to haul horses in the back of 3/4 ton pick up truck with side boards from lease land to lease land to work cattle, the horses would step up into truck bed and back out of truck...dont see that anymore. Really a 12' wide CG is wide enough to handle any normal ranch traffic and fixed wings/ends should be fine, with a set back entrance. The CG Brute is referring to is used for moving drilling rigs and general oilfield equipment in and out of and it really is a different animal than a general land owner CG uses. If it were not for my trucking experience, I do not think I would have any desire for a 22-24' wide entrance.

We actually started on a 16 foot one today. I plan on posting pics of the construction and install on the fence thread for anybody interested.

Sign me up for post and pics.Shoot me a text when you start posting so I dont miss it.

Prescription drugs from Canada?
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:14:54 GMT+5)
If you want to know why drugs cost more in the US vs the rest of the world.
Start reading from the bottom up.


If only the US government had more control, drug costs would be more affordable.

Can I get a Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
by Son of Butch (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:55:19 GMT+5)
I guess if you don't have a local Pro team you have to cheer for the local minor league teams.
Why doesn't Alabama have a professional football team?

Because then Tennessee and Georgia would each want one too.

7 Year Old Bull
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:59:38 GMT+5)
dun wrote:If you have a calm cow that will load,I would run her in then run the bull in behind her. Boys being boys, he should load fairly easy

Agree, this often works. Had a neighbors big 2000+ charolais bull that was quiet til you got him in the catch pen then he would just go through it/over it....had a cow in heat that he was following around and since she was a pet, let her lead him right on the trailer. She got a ride to town, got the bull unloaded and she got a ride home again. No one got hurt, they had the facilities to sort him and all the new smells occupied him when they sorted her back to the trailer. Stockyard put him in with cull cows and he behaved. ALWAYS tell them before you unload if an animal has an "attitude"...

How to be a rancher ( language )
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:42:26 GMT+5)
I never drive over a wire gate.. that said I also don't tangle them up either.

Best laugh we ever had was when a city slicker came and offered to open the gate for us.. Opening it was fine, but we were watching him trying to close it in the rear view mirror, trying to figure out the stick on the chain.. Hilarious doesn't even begin to cover how funny it was!

Having some Health Trouble
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:38:07 GMT+5)
Keeping you in my prayers

We are the minority
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:27:40 GMT+5)
lavacarancher wrote:City Guy wrote:D2Cat, A combine IS a combination of two machines; A mower and a thrashing machine, that's how it got the name!

Any of you ever think about asking a school group out to your place for an informal education?

Do it every year. Had a few adults out three weeks ago when we were working cattle. They got really upset when we cut horns and nuts. Don't think they'll be back but might get a call from PETA.

The cutting horns and nuts really does hit home in the dairy business now. There are several bulls that are polled in both jerseys and holsteins due to problems with "PETA-TYPES" on the whole dehorning thing. At our yearly DHIA meeting had a couple of speakers that were talking that it won't be long that there will be more regulations and ordinances on dehorning being cruel and unnecessary. You can no longer dock tails on cattle; I think some of them went way overboard when they did them way up high, but in certain types of milking parlours, (paralell) that milk from the back, the tail and switch below the hock joint gets in the way and is usually dirty so can contaminate the milk and get caught in the milking inflation....not that I like the tail docking as it hurts the animals that are outside with flies; but so many dairy cows are kept in confinement barns with fans, and sprinklers in the hot summer weather. And I overheard some "do-gooders" at a fair one time talking about how it wasn't fair to castrate a poor animal; but you can believe they would be the first to get out of the way of a loose animal, let alone a bull that was bent on hurting someone...they ought to go live with the cattle in India that are "sacred" and see some of the sad condition so many of them are in...have heard from friends who have seen it first hand. Most farmers/ranchers do truly care about the welfare of their animals as they can't make a living if the animals are poorly treated....of course, then they go on about how we should be vegetarians...UGH

by Runaway Deere (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:22:57 GMT+5)
Just wondering why no one has mentioned the effectiveness of mga. It is very popular in Nebraska, according to people I have discussed breeding with. My heifers have always had great success with a 33 day cidr synch

Gotta show it off
by dun (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:12:20 GMT+5)
Talked to the artist today to find out how she got the stuff she needed to paint that particular composition. The background was from some snapshots she took one day when they were at the farm visiting, the truck was from one she took in the parking lot at NRCS and the one of me was from a snapshot she took when I was in the office doing some volunteer work. That folks, takes some serious talent.

Mixed Breed Bulls
by dun (Posted Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:07:17 GMT+5)
CG is right. Stick with purebred bulls. We have a strange combination of breeds that seem to work for us. Everything is Red Angus based. Some are crossed with Simmenthal and some with Gelbvieh, some with Polled Hereford. We've pretty much settled on using either a Polled Hereford or Red Angus on the Simmenthal and Gelbvieh crossed cows. AI to Polled Hereford and cleaned up with Red Angus. The straightbred Red Angus are bred to Red Angus. The crossbred heifers are bred back to one of the continentels that are in the mix or bred to the opposite of what their sire is. Red Angus sired bred to Polled Hereford, Red Angus sired bred to Polled Hereford. But everything gets cleaned up with Red Angus since we only have or want one bull on the place. It's worked well for us, but it also includes pretty ruthless culling of replacment heifers and only keeping or selling for breeding those that pretty much flourish on our KY31.

The benefit of low cattle prices.
by farmerjan (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:57:53 GMT+5)
We have certain cow families that have names, and there are cows that have real personalities that get nicknames even when they have numbers....but I don't have a problem with eating a "named" animal. Mostly anything that is likely to be designated as freezer beef gets a name like "rump roast or steak"....I have become much less "sentimental" as I have gotten older and am usually the one that says an animal has to go when it comes up open or is old or doesn't produce a calf up to snuff even when it is a pet. Cried when we had to ship our old red poll bull; he was having trouble getting up due to arthritis and was as sweet as any animal we ever had. Never saw him breed a cow but never had anything come up open when he was used in any pasture. But I wouldn't watch him suffer through a winter when he started getting so stiff in the hind leg, and he was getting some real age on him. I never make a steer a pet so don't have to feel bad about selling/eating them...not even the ones I raise on nurse cows or bottles. I regularly raise and have butchered jersey steers for my own beef and they are raised as bottle babies or grafted on nurse cows that I spend alot of time with in the barn lot. They are there for a reason and I try not to let them become something that they are not....I also feel better about killing one that I have raised as opposed to sending them off to a strange place and not getting treated decently at the end....And I have an "orphan Annie" too, and she was given a reprieve when we finally caught her out at pasture after her mother died, she isn't much, but gotta respect the will to live.

Genex bull Subzero? Thoughts?
by LRAF (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:23:20 GMT+5)
Anyone used him? If so let's hear the results. Or give your opinion on him.

SAV Resource???
by LRAF (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:23:26 GMT+5)
What do you like so far?

Arc welder recommendations
by callmefence (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:04:32 GMT+5)
saltbranch wrote:Best dollar I spent was on the Hobart briggs/stratton powered one I got from Tractor Supply 5-6 yrs ago.

Great little welder. Don't take up to much room on the truck and two men can unload it. Can be carried in a utv or even a large wheelbarrow.

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