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    A few more statistics for you to ponder
    Each head of cattle weigh approx 1102 lbs
    The sale price is approx 75c per lb
    Each animal will therefore be sold for approx $825
    Total revenue from this is approx $2,356,200

    Remembering that cattle stations in the Northern Territory are larger than some European countries, it is just wide open country out there.

    This cattle station is called Helen Springs Station and the Managers wife used to travel into town every month to take classes with our patchwork group. They have since moved interstate to manage other properties.
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    Independent farmer here wants about $335 per quarter of a beef. Quite a difference in price for local USA meat compared with the price there.

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    I just looked at the cattle prices for last week and they would average about $1/lb. With corn and beans at the prices they are, the growers don't have much margin. Mirabelle, are all these cattle in feedlots or do they graze on the range? Sure a lot of them in one place. How many times a year do they have these caravans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Independent farmer here wants about $335 per quarter of a beef. Quite a difference in price for local USA meat compared with the price there.

    How big is the quarter? Is that a processed price or does one pay the locker processing on top of that> We just sold a few steers "grade and yield" for 1.68/# dressed weight. Haven't gotten the check yet to see what weight they dressed out at.
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    I think its corn feed steers and that is with processing, wrapped and frozen; twice as much for a half, four times the price for a whole beef. His Mother (also neighbor) quoted me that price for a 'mixed' quarter balanced with what would be in a half or whole steer processed and wrapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    I think its corn feed steers and that is with processing, wrapped and frozen; twice as much for a half, four times the price for a whole beef. His Mother (also neighbor) quoted me that price for a 'mixed' quarter balanced with what would be in a half or whole steer processed and wrapped.
    If a 1200# steer dresses out at 60% that's 180# per quarter. $335 meat, processed etc is $1.86 a pound. I know that's a chunk of change but IMHO, that's very reasonable hamburger, let alone steak. Especially when we just sold steers for that $1.68-that's less than 20cents a pound in processing. It costs me 25 cents just to grind the hamburger let alone other butchering fees. I'd find out about how big the steer is when butchered.

    We feed out our steers with corn/soybean meal mix and a little hay for scratch to keep the digestion processes moving. The only additive they are given is Rumensein. Yes it does increase feed efficiency, but it also deters coccidiosis which is a problem on our farm. FYI cocciciosis (carried by birds) is a spirochete that burrows into the animal's stomach. Causes diarhhea in the animal; naturally animal doesn't get any nutritive value from the food it eats and will end up dying of "starvation". We use no other hormones and only antibiotic use if animal is sick ie pneumonia, which for us is uncommon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    I just looked at the cattle prices for last week and they would average about $1/lb. With corn and beans at the prices they are, the growers don't have much margin. Mirabelle, are all these cattle in feedlots or do they graze on the range? Sure a lot of them in one place. How many times a year do they have these caravans?
    GGal they are not in feed lots, this cattle station is 198 square kilometres, which converts to 123 square miles, and is one of the smaller stations in the Territory. This road train of cattle to the sale yards would happen every couple of years.
    All freight is transported in the Northern Territory by these road trains.
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    It certainly a different world in farming than what I grew up with; small independent farmers. In fact, my great Aunt put her steer into close quarters the last 10 days and feed him Molasses and brown sugar with grains and hay. It flavored meat, unbelievable well.

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    MiraB ... now that's some serious "train" ... and when you look at the pics, it's hard not to think of a train!! Incredible.

    OKSGlad ... like 2 peas in a pod, that's exactly what started running thru my pea-brain this morning when I read this!!! ♪♪♫♫♪♪ Trivia Bit ... we did some dairy Rumensin trials on our farm!! Our vet left private practice and went with that company to run their Canadian on-farm trials. Being that we had the two breeds, and located close by, we were quickly recruited.

    $$$$$$ ... yes the farmer hardly gets his "fair share" ... no matter where in the world!
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    ...and for the farmers on this thread, I saw one brilliant farmer making haylage last Saturday. Bloom was at the perfect stage. He had done a patch of oats up from the looks of things, too. He has a small beef herd. No action on the beautiful alfalfa to the west of town.

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    We used to do oatlage or barlage (words?) .... using the grain as a nurse crop for the small seeds, to help keep the weeds under control. Then mid/late June, we'd take the first cut of the two for the silo, then a 2nd cut later on.

    Usually our first haylage comes off end of May or first of June ... dry hay to follow. This year? who knows when? So far the hay hasn't jumped much yet, as we haven't had a lot of warmth the last few weeks. Some good rains though this last week, which will help it get growing, so long as we don't get extreme heat (like in March!) So far they're not talking about that!!



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    I just returned from a mega shopping trip. First stop Farm Fleet and filled out the farm order form there. Then onto finding a dress--yeah I did it and new shoes. Now off to KY for the weekend with DD. So no stitiching again tonight. Catch up when I get back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    I just returned from a mega shopping trip. First stop Farm Fleet and filled out the farm order form there. Then onto finding a dress--yeah I did it and new shoes. Now off to KY for the weekend with DD. So no stitiching again tonight. Catch up when I get back.
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    Taking note of the multi-task shopping trip .... farm supplies and dress 'em up clothes!
    OKSGlad ... Have a fun weekend with your DD!
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    OKSGlad...I think it is so funny we are both from Iowa and going to KY this weekend! The kids (10, 12, and 14) are really excited for the archery tournament. I am not quite as excited for the drive! My dad is going along so it will be nice to spend some time with him.

    Hope you all have a great rest of the week...if I get all the packing done early enough tomorrow I might get to sew (haven't done much at all in the last two weeks so kind of going into withdrawal)

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    Hay Ya'll we got some rain, & they there is more ta come. Prayin' that some of it goes to the lakes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    Hay Ya'll we got some rain, & they there is more ta come. Prayin' that some of it goes to the lakes!
    And we got a little too. Storms have been coming through this spring but we have gotten very little rain. It was fun to work in the garden yesterday with moisture in the soil. Most of the heavy lifting is done and I'm starting the plant the tender stuff. Hope we don't get any more frost. It looks like it nipped some of the raspberry blossoms. I only covered the strawberries when we had frost warnings and picked a couple quarts of the most flavorful fruits yesterday. Worth all my efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriem View Post
    OKSGlad...I think it is so funny we are both from Iowa and going to KY this weekend! The kids (10, 12, and 14) are really excited for the archery tournament. I am not quite as excited for the drive! My dad is going along so it will be nice to spend some time with him.

    Hope you all have a great rest of the week...if I get all the packing done early enough tomorrow I might get to sew (haven't done much at all in the last two weeks so kind of going into withdrawal)

    Carrie
    Drive safe and good luck to the kids!

    Alfalfa in the bud stage here. Our early warm weather forced quick growth, now the cool and wet has slowed it down. Think it's going to be stemmy, too. Local coop does a 'Scissors cut' test about every week. Our pealage (that's what we call it) and hay crops seem to be timed about the same as yours QE. But then weather always skews the dates.
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    Darn that weather!!! ... you'd think with all this technology we could get it under control ... rain on this field and that, but not on these fields!
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    GGal, our early strawberries were hit by a frost, so have not had any yet. Our Thornless dew berries are putting on full bloom and it is not the 4th of July yet. A handful of peas are blooming, and some tomato plants.

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