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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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Summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating.
The cow-calf production unit is the basis for the entire beef industry. The production of quality calves requires strict attention to the health of all calves, cows and bulls in the facility.
Chutes and calf tables have made livestock handling easier—on the animals, and for the people doing the job, whether branding, castrating, dehorning, implanting calves, etc.
Despite having lived in, or near, rattlesnake country my entire life I've never known anyone who actually got bit by one, let alone got bit and lived to tell the tale. Until now, that is.
As the bull-buying season gets underway, commercial cattlemen should do their homework to help ensure the bull(s) they purchase this year meet their needs.
The concept of a value added calf (VAC) program is not new today, but in the late 1980's it was thought to have little value in some circles.
LeRoy was ancient. The lines in his face looked deep enough to hide in. His hair, mostly silver now, was still thick; his black eyes continued to sparkle with mischief.
When it comes to genetics, bull selection is the most important decision the cow-calf producer has to make.
Sometimes it only takes a couple of 2-cc subcutaneous shots to head off problems down the line. Sometimes it takes a few tons of steel, careful planning and focused construction.
As we enter the fall months, weaning time is at hand for most spring calving herds. This is the exciting time of year when producers are able to reap the benefits of a year's worth of work and planning.
The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.
To begin, I do not believe it is appropriate to recommend "cookie cutter" vaccination programs. Your vaccine program must be developed with your risks and expectations in mind.
Getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail.
Even in this current, somewhat depressed, cattle market, replacement females for the Florida commercial cow herd are an annual expense of approximately $400 million. Development and selection of the best females to join a productive herd is one of the most challenging aspects of a beef operation, and two of the keys for success, not surprisingly, are: 1) start early and 2) have a plan. Weaning time is not far off.
When culling cows, it is important to have a plan, and this should include pregnancy testing and closely evaluating every cow.


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Fall 2017 Calving
by xbredcattle (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:47:38 GMT+5)
best of luck on the rest to calve
That's a fine pair

Brahman Pics
by xbredcattle (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:46:01 GMT+5)
good looking cattle & country too !!

Opinions on calves
by sske (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:43:08 GMT+5)
Thank you for the input, I'm hauling these calves to the sale next week for a neighbor when I take my calves down. I'm planning on buying the heifer as a possible replacement, and have been debating buying the red bull if the price is right, and see how he matures. I wanted to get some more input on him and see what you guys thought of him.

Gardiner bulls longevity
by Rniemann (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:26:02 GMT+5)
There sale is coming up and just looking for opinions on quality and how they hold up in commercial country. Any experience? Feet, legs, condition etc. thanks!

Craigslist prize bulls
by jkwilson (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:21:37 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest wrote:Any Hereford boys here need a bull?
https://boise.craigslist.org/grd/d/here ... 01463.html

If a guy had a problem with his calves being too stout, that would be the bull to go with

Imported beef.
by Cross-7 (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:47:37 GMT+5)
A COOL label wouldn't do anything for the fast food industry.
The burger, taco's type places aren't going to label their food for you.

They are probably the biggest buyers of imported meat

Lick Wheel Liquid Feed
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:20:43 GMT+5)
Yes, we will occasionally use a liquid feed in the winter... We quit using the "Lick Wheel" style feeder around 5 years ago and here is why:
Lick Wheel tubs only allow for a few head to utilize at one time... when the dominant cows are finished and move on, most of the time all cows will follow. Not saying this will happen everywhere because it will depend on how many head you are trying to feed and how big of operation you have. The bottom line is that not all cows will utilize it.
We use the open tub style feeders (150 gallon) that will allow multiple cows to use at one time. I actually have a picture of 11 cows consuming at one time. This ensures that all cattle are using and allows you to better calculate pounds per head per day. The product that we use has a limiter in it so we can control consumption a little better and make sure that all cattle are using it (easy to figure if you know your max consumption rate per head per day and how many gallons you are using daily.
The disadvantages of liquid feed is that it can get messy. We purchase our liquid via truck load and store it in our own tanks... this means that we have to pump it into our mobile tanks and then pump it again into the feeders. This can be time consuming as well as messy at times (but it is a lot more economical than having someone come out and fill the tanks every couple of weeks or so). Bottom line, you have to put pen to paper and determine what makes since to your situation.

F1 Herd Bull Selection
by Caustic Burno (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:06:35 GMT+5)
xbredcattle wrote:Has anyone ran a purebred brahman bull over f1 tigerstripe cows? I have a small group of tigerstripes and have an opportunity to borrow a friends brahman for a few months..just curious if anyone has had had any luck with this cross??

My main goal would be to retain any heifers for replacements.

The heifers would be great the bull calves not so hot. It's not like you will have to give them away at the barn, they will take a hit.

Anyone put up any tongue and groove pine?
by tom4018 (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:39:16 GMT+5)
tja477t wrote:i always cut the ends at an angle so when you butt them up there is always wood showing. plus if it dries out some there isnt a gap where they come together.
We did do that also.

North Korea
by Bright Raven (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:30:02 GMT+5)
wacocowboy wrote:https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-koreas-kim-says-deranged-trump-pay-dearly-011025885.html

Any of y'all starting to get the feeling that we are going to see a mushroom cloud. This just keeps escalating and I don't see a good outcome. This is actually starting to get to me. Even if it don't hit here it would be bad for the economy and our jobs.

No. The news item you linked is probably closer to being right about Kim Jong Un's assertion that Trump is "mentally deranged" than North Korea detonating a Hydrogen Bomb. If you would like to take bets, PM me. NK is employing rhetoric. Like someone on another thread posted. The dogs are howling because they know if they bite, they will be hotdogs.

Where's TexasBred been?
by haase (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:16:42 GMT+5)
Tb, glad your still here, hopefully we can still argue about the cowboys and packers from time to time, maybe even Newman and Matt, although not sure if Matt will be racing next year.

Creep Feed - What do you use?
by Stocker Steve (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:11:21 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Stocker Steve wrote:Literature is all over on creep feed conversion. Do you have any personal trusted information on this?
Steve that would depend entirely on the quality and density of the creep feed. Doubt you'll find any "trusted information".

Do you have a favorite feed conversion estimate?

Hay Season 2017
by M.Magis (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:10:46 GMT+5)
Finished mine last night. Just need to pick about about 30 more square bales and stack about 200 that are thrown all over the barn floor.

Everyone here can be witness to me saying I will never again use the POS round baler I currently have.

Soil Samples
by Stocker Steve (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:08:48 GMT+5)
1wlimo wrote:However if you look at work done by Gabe Brown and others like him, adding fertiliser is a waste of time. Much better to feed the soil naturally than with chemicals. Where we bale graze or stock pile the grass is much much better than fertilised land.

Gabe has naturally high ph.
Lots of dead dirt may require a kick start and/or a rebalance.
Bale grazing is best from there.

More on EPDs
by cotton1 (Posted Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:04:11 GMT+5)
EPDs require accurate and honest data being turned in by each and every producer every time or the information will be flawed. I have been noticing the EPD values continue to get "better" or improve as time goes on. Is it because breeders have been using superior breeding stock over time? Maybe, but I dont think so. Its way to human nature and easy to turn in favorable numbers so that corresponding EPD values "look good".

One thing is for sure, the more a breeder buys into EPDs the more he will likely spend on chasing them.I have been guilty enough in the past to know, and my cattle herd has some pretty nice EPDs I will add. So think of it this way, there are way too many bulls out there to maintain the inflated value between registered stock and grade stock without some form of value added coming to play.Early on for example, simply having a registered bull was sufficient. The knowns about the bulls parentage and the paper on him made him worth more than a bull of equal composition and performance without the registration papers.What did it mean really? It meant selling a registered bull was more profitable than selling a non registered bull.I believe the bar keeps getting raised to encourage folks to spend their money. Thats my opinion, and mostly based off a lifetime of experience with both commercial grade cattle and registered cattle.

In the past the way to prove a bulls genetic purity was to breed him to 20 or more of his daughters. If no defects came about he was considered a good bull. Pre Ai days meant that majority of breeders were trying to validate his own herd bull in house. Could those guys lie back then? Sure, but I doubt it since the price would be loosing calves or creating a herd that was not good doing would be adverse for the breeder. With the EPD magic the bull of the month rotation can include yearling bulls who have never bred a cow but has "curve bender numbers".If he fails, oh well you already bought the semen and signatures and " here is this new, better one now".

I used to believe EPDs and will sorta use them some for now, but not like in the past. I have witnessed too many dishonest things in this industry to believe that every contributor turns in accurate data.My herd is mostly becoming closed and the more that happens the less breed EPDs mean. Likewise the more my own data and record keeping mean more to me, and hopefully to my customers.


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