South Carolina Cattle


South Carolina ranked 38th in all of the fifty states for beef cattle productions with 222,000 animals in 2004. The highest number of beef cows that have calved on record for South Carolina was 336,000 in 1977. The lowest number recorded in the state was 15,000 in 1939.

Today there are many different cattle breeds in the world, all stemming on one ancestor, the aurochs. In 1623, two Devon heifers and a Devon bull were imported to the Plymouth Colony from Britain. These three cattle were probably the first purebred cattle to reach North America.

The United States and Australia are the top beef producing countries in the world. The United States produces about 25% of the world's beef supply with less than 10% of the world's cattle population. Over 900 different breeds of cattle have been reported in the world. Breed associations maintain breed registrations for many of the individual breeds, with some cattle breeds being able to trace their ancestry back 600 years or more. Many of the beef cattle produced in the United States today are crossbred.

The demand for beef has significantly increased in the past few years because of consistent quality, consumer changes in taste and preferences such as high protein diets, and innovative products and advertising. Per capita consumption of beef is over 66 pounds per person per year and beef is consumed 77.8 million times a day across America.


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Landowners often worry about trespassers entering their land, whether intentionally or by mistake, during hunting season.
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.
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.
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.


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Web-to-Print Differences: In-Plants vs. Commercial Printers
by LarryMub (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:42:43 GMT+5)
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Bundy Trial
by bmcdonald (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:33:11 GMT+5)
Im Impressed He Represented Himself And Won.

Calf with mucas secretion
by dun (Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:07:36 GMT+5)
Milk stool. Sticky as can be.

Is now a good time to buy?
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:53:30 GMT+5)
Well, I,bought high and lost my aurph. What about now, auction buying a good option?

Craigslist Cattle
by BK9954 (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:51:10 GMT+5)
craigslist and facebook cattle high high high, led me to buy my first first purchase at the auction.

Light Weight Calf Value ?
by js1234 (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:28:24 GMT+5)
Out here its because they fit the two season grass programs. If a Fall/Winter stocker operator, or two season stocker operator ranches' country isn't filled up yet, it's time to do so.
I'm working to finishing filling up our country, I got 5 truck loads of lighter, two season type calves bought today.
I bought 3 loads of cattle today out of the country:
1 load (90 head) of fancy Red Angus steers, weaned, 525lbs., Nov. 15th. delivery, Vac. 45. $130/cwt. FOB sellers corrals.
1 load (95 head) of better than average but not quite fancy, Angus/Angus X steers, bawlers, 500lbs., Nov. 10th. delivery, Vac 34. $131/cwt. FOB sellers corrals.
1 load (112 head) of better than average but not quite fancy, Angus/Angus X heifers, bawlers, 425lbs., Nov. 10th. delivery, Vac 34. $127/cwt. FOB sellers corrals.
The first load are the light end of the steers of a reputation Northern Nevada high desert ranch. We have bought these steers 15 of the last 20 years. Typically own them all the way through due to their superior feed yard performance.
The second two loads are both off the same ranch, basically their calf crop less cuts and replacements, we haven't bought these calves before.
All these calves were bought off Northern Nevada ranches.
I also bought a 2 load deal on the video today:
1 load (202 head) of fancy, Char/Angus X heifers, weaned, 475lbs., Nov. 9th. delivery, Vac. 45. $126.50/cwt. FOB sellers corrals.
These heifers are the middle cut weight wise of the heifer crop off a reputation Eastern Oregon high desert ranch. We have bought these cattle several times.
They will come to our California ranches for the season and then ship to one of our Wyoming ranches in early May. Depending on market conditions, we will either sell them off those Wyoming ranches for October 2017 delivery or put them on feed and make them Feb. 2018 Fats.

Turning my fence on and off with my phone
by Runaway Deere (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:19:12 GMT+5)
I have serious question about a electric fencer. Why do you turn it off to merely find shorts? I never turn mine of unless I'm doing major repairs. I use a jumper lead, short fence to ground and make my repair. Just wondering if I'm the only one.

Beef Bacon
by farmerjan (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:47:18 GMT+5)
Chipped beef on toast (SOS to some of you ) is a GREAT way to incorporate beef into breakfast too.... never had beef bacon but would be willing to try it. Canadian bacon is made from the pork tenderloin....maybe beef ...naw, that's a waste of some really good eatin'

Land price shock
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:47:06 GMT+5)
I'd love to travel someday to Mongolia and stay in a yurt.
I did that for about a year, more or less, and as close to Mongolia as I ever want to get.
Take my word for it--camping in a tent is great--livin in one for any length of time is not all you might imagine it would be.

What is going on in our country.
by js1234 (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:43:51 GMT+5)
Margonme wrote:Moderators:

The forgoing posts are NOT political. The posts are intended solely for the purpose of education. It is our civic duty to know our country's history.
I agree. Regardless of which side of the aisle one inhabits, deleting those posts would be silly.

Poll(Oct) - 'Resting'
by NECowboy (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:33:48 GMT+5)
6. Granddad holding little granddaughters hand.

How to be a rancher ( language )
by Craig Miller (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:33:44 GMT+5)
js1234 wrote:Craig Miller wrote:Never seen one of those fancy wire gate latches before.
Interesting, it and variations of it are very common out here.

Peoples too uppity around here to use wire gates anymore. Got to have those painted gates.

Broadcasting clover into Bermuda
by 1982vett (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:23:24 GMT+5)
5S Cattle wrote:1982vett wrote:As with overseeding ryegrass, your Bermuda needs to be grazed or cut short.

If I were to pasture drill ryegrass and clover into my Bermuda, I'd go with 10 lbs of ryegrass. Clover rate would depend on variety. Since I'd be overseeding I'd seed at roughly 25% of the recommended rate for a pure stand. Broadcast maybe about 35%. I don't want a whole lot of competition come spring.
That's the info I was looking for! The only clover I have any experience with is crimson, but it really comes on strong in the spring time. Might smother grass? What clover do you recommend for sandy type soil?
Clover and ryegrass both can smother out your warm season grasses if not grazed or cut for hay before they blow over. I've seen someone mighty pretty Ball clover on some sandy loam. Earlier this year, Jogee posted some pictures of his hip deep Arrowleaf clover.

Come on florida
by NECowboy (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:20:34 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:It will be a landslide in the panhandle

Doesn't matter when most of the country is red but the states are blue cuz when you live in a city you just don't get the big picture and something weird happens to your mind where you lose your common sense. I think we need a sign that says rural votes matter just saw one that says black votes matter but we know that rural votes don't cuz this country urbanizes more and more each year and urban gets more and more control. Sad but few people care about us. We're not cool that's for sure but we are the backbone that makes the city possible. Nebraska is fairly red but with Lincoln/Omaha megalopolis having over half the population of our state, little in common with rural Nebraska, and growing much faster than rural, it gets less red over time. Repeat with Seattle/Tacoma/Bellingham vs Eastern Washington, Eastern Colorado vs the Front Range and the rich liberal ski resort country, Downstate Illinois vs the Windy Corruption City, and you got a sad situation for the good folks who make their home away from the rat race nationwide.

Foods that require condiments to be palatable
by NECowboy (Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:36:17 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:I talking about , cubed steak, roast, chicken, pork, deer . Meat in general. HeII I tell the woman at mickyd's I don't need a sauce for chicken nuggets.

Good meat other than bbq style food needs no sauce. To me it takes away from the quality of a good steak or piece of prime rib. I don't even put ketchup on hamburgers I just like to taste the juicy, medium rare ground beef (not raw and bloody like the butchers son likes )

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