Alfalfa for Corrientes

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Re: Alfalfa for Corrientes

Post by Ben3 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:22 pm

DCA and Hippie, If a guy loves his cattle, ropes them or just likes to raise them, its doesn't matter to much that they get hammered at the sale barn. Seems like the buyers are looking for a particular kind of calf and none of them have a market for the native cattle. That is changing a little, but I don't see everyone getting on board with the program. If you don't owe a lot, they don't cost a lot or eat as much maybe they are a better deal.



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Re: Alfalfa for Corrientes

Post by Ben3 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:52 pm

Bigfoot, Snoopdog and 5S, From a practical stand point. Why fight the established markets? The main breeds have dominated the market for as long as they have been around. I don't know when it started, but in the 70's I became aware that Angus crossed with Hereford topped the market, baldies are always good. We started crossing Charolais bulls with mixed cows and most of them were near the top of the market.
Now, I've been out of cattle for 35 years and things have changed a bit, prices...not enough, but it's hard to get in without breaking the bank, so we are looking at it from several perspectives.
In the 70's I bought a little cow, with a bunch, that weighed 610 lbs. never thought much about her but didn't want to sell her because she didn't look like anything. All black and nothing to look at. Every year I noticed that little biddy cow raising a calf that would be as big as she was and as big as the calves off the Angus/Charolais or any of the other crosses.
What I figured out and now want to experiment with is that it doesn't necessarily take a 1200 lb cow to get a fast growing calf. Price of land keeps going up, price of hay last year got pretty high and the banker always wants his money back. So if a guy can breed a good Corriente/Beef cross, then I think that I might be able to sell a 1/4 Corriente/3/4 Beef calf off a 700lb cow for the same price as I could off a 1200 lb cow. Probably not a perfect plan, but why not give it a shot.

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Re: Alfalfa for Corrientes

Post by 5S Cattle » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:49 am

Sounds like you got your mind made up. I don’t like big cows either, but I ain’t buyin corriente anything, and I can buy em for about $3-400 around me all day long. Let us know how it works out

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Alfalfa for Corrientes

Post by EmileVal » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:28 pm

Im not sure what to say Margo, my ewes are eating 5 lbs of RFV >140 alfalfa right now, and the feces look pretty normal. are they at least formed? or looser than that?

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Re: Alfalfa for Corrientes

Post by gcreekrch » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:51 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:43 pm
When the market starts dropping like it is now, the bottom falls way out of those corriente calves. I don’t care how much ground they make up on efficiency, they don’t make much money.
I watched a few Corriente calves sell last Wednesday for $150 per head. The same owners non Corriente cattle dollared over $900
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