April 6, 2012
March 6, 2012
In January I traveled with the Texas Beef Leaders to College Station to attend the Beef 706 course put on by Texas A & M University and the Texas Beef Council for cattle producers. It is a two day hands-on educational experience and it is a whole lot of fun.
Beef 706 is a Beef Checkoff funded program where you can learn about beef quality and safety issues and how they affect your operation. It is a unique opportunity to not only see, but to experience the quality challenges facing our industry. You learn what factors affect beef’s palatability and receive information to help you utilize your herd’s genetics, feedyard performance, and carcass characteristics. You get to work with other Texas beef producers to fabricate a carcass with the help of a cutting instructor. Of course this was my favorite part of the course. I encourage all Texas beef producers to participate in the course in the future if you can. It was a great experience and I really learned some information that I can use back home with our own herd. There is also a Youth Beef 706 program for young cattle/beef enthusiasts.
February 14, 2012
The Chickenman and I will be celebrating tonight with a candlelit Prime Rib Dinner out in Mount Pleasant at Uptown Bliss with our friend Faustine.
Did you know that more than half (51%) of Americans surveyed believe serving beef to someone best says “I love you,” more than all other proteins combined. It’s love at first bite.
The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, found consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol by 10 percent, which was just as effective as the DASH diet. This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef can be an everyday part of a heart-healthy diet.
Big news for beef lovers!
Humpy Valentine’s Day and we hope you get to enjoy a juicy, heart-healthy beef dinner with those you love!
February 13, 2012
February 8, 2012
This week’s HumP Day photo was taken at the State Junior Brahman show a few years ago. Brahmans resting their heads on their neighbors is a common occurence both at a show or in the pasture. I often see them grooming and lovin’ on each other too. I’ve never witnessed our other cattle displaying this behavior, but maybe I just wasn’t watching as close (I tend to be a Brahman gazer). They truly are amazing animals to watch!
January 2, 2012
Brahmans have a higher density of sweat glands per sq. cm of hide, and a low respiratory rate. An abundance of loose skin aids in its ability to withstand warm weather by increasing the body surface area exposed to cooling. In cold weather the skin is contracted, increasing the thickness of the hide and density of the hair, which aids in retaining body heat. A special feature of the Brahman breed is their ability over other breeds to sweat freely, which contributes greatly to their heat tolerance. On the hottest days, one can find them resting in the full sun, without any signs of stress.
2. Brahmans are resistance to ticks and disease
They have an oily skin texture, a short hair coat, and the ability to jerk their hides when they feel irritations on their bodies. This all helps in making the Brahman and its crossbreds remarkably resistant to ticks and other biting insects. A capability that probably also accounts to a large extent, for their being able to withstand diseases as well. Brahmans also have dark skin pigmentation which keeps the breed free of cancer eye.
3. Brahmans are Excellent Mothers
Maternal instinct in Brahman cows is very strong They are well-known for their mothering abilities. Cows will go to extreme lengths to protect their calves. Never, ever get between a Brahma Mama and her calf!
4. Brahmans are adaptable and hardy
Brahmans very adaptive in extreme and often harsh environments. The breed is known for its longevity as well it is not strange to come upon cows still producing at 15 years of age and sometimes even longer. They are survivors.
5. Brahmans are avid Foragers
Brahman will not stand at the gate waiting for hand outs! They forage actively and make the best use of the available grazing.
6. Brahmans are Movers
Due to their efficient mobility, Brahmans can cover great distances in search of grazing. This is a huge plus factor in dry extensive regions. In times of drought when it becomes necessary to move cattle over long distances, breeders have reported in amazement at the Brahmans ability to walk.
7. Brahmans are Drought Resistance
During times of extreme drought, Brahman cattle have repeatedly shown a marked resistance to hostile changes that then occur in the environment. They are diligent grazers and will work hard for you.
8. Brahmans are intelligent
Cattle breeders notice the extraordinary level of intelligence that Brahman cattle exhibit. They cleverly turn this to their advantage, when handling their animals. Sensible use of this characteristic, can be a great help.
9. Brahmans are friendly
Handle Brahmans gently and with patience. If you treat them well, they will treat you well! Good temperament in Brahman is up to us not to them! They are very responsive to kindness and are quite gentle when handled properly.
10. Brahmans are great sources of Hybrid vigor
Brahmans excel in adding hybrid vigor to their offspring when crossed with other breeds.
But my personal #1 reason for having Brahmans…
The calves are so stinkin’ cute!
What do you love about Brahmans?