Archive for August, 2013

Fall Over-seeding Grasses

Friday, August 30th, 2013

pasture rye seed1 225x300 Fall Over seeding GrassesIt isn’t too early to begin thinking about it.  In fact many already have called to reserve their bags of ryegrass, oats, and wheat seed.  With the limited rainfall we received this summer, pastures already look bleak.  What that traditionally means is, many will be looking to over-seed their pastures to make up for the hay shortage.  Therefore, seeds such as ryegrass will sell early and potentially run short.  Think now how many bags you need and let us know by calling 972-635-7878 and we will be sure to reserve them for you!

Ark Construction at Eagle Hardware?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

shawn aggie blog pic Ark Construction at Eagle Hardware?The recent dry days… No, the recent dry weeks… Still, no.  Try again.  The recent dry months have caused me to rethink the arid days leading up before a well known man begins to make the world’s first boat.  Not only were the days dry but the people were acting crazy as well.  I am sure you immediately agree with the parched pastures of area and see the correlation but the people you ask?  Oh, are they ever here too!  It doesn’t take an examination of too many customers to realize from where I base my summation.  From Norma who does her weekly feed shopping early Saturday mornings in her cowboy boots and pjs to the boys who just couldn’t get their electric fence to work after three trips to the store to understand.  Granted it was working the whole time; it just took them pulling off their cowboy boots and grabbing hold of the 5000 joule, 14 gauge, galvanized, light my fire wire for them to walk back into Eagle (albeit a little inebriated) and then announce “it works”!  Then there’s Debbie who brings her goats in (not to..) the store for me to make her male goats not be so “male” anymore!  Makes me think.  Dry days.  People acting strangely.  Here me say, if you begin to see a boat being constructed out front of Eagle Hardware, do not be alarmed.  I am only taking up a new little hobby, ark construction!

While I consider becoming the author of Union Valley’s new Boat Building Blog, let me encourage you to consider some of the following.  The first is simply water conservation.  Though you hear it all the time and see the message just as often, the encouragement of conserving our most precious resource can never be before us too much.  With that said, do your part and make sure you, your family and house are not too leaky.  Eagle Hardware has everything you need to fix that drip, drop and leak thus saving two precious things, your money and our water.

The second is taking care of your livestock during these dry days.  Providing fresh water is essential to the survival and wellbeing of all animals, be it household pets or pasture residents.  One not look too far for multiple options in keeping fresh water available to your friends.  Stop in and let us show you everything from stock tanks to automatic waterers.  We have a solution.

Finally, Burn Ban!  We’ve reached the point where our county officials have issued that two word phase that changes things for us living in the country.  Recently the residents of Hunt County were placed under strict guidelines preventing the burning of brush and open trash.  With the recent absence of rain, though it may be inconvenient, is only for a time.  Just as soon as it’s safe, the ban will be lifted and we’ll do our part to keep you informed.

Please be sure to keep reading.  The fall season is full of activities and events you’ll want to be sure to be aware of.

See you soon!

Liquid Feed at Eagle Hardware

Friday, August 30th, 2013

liq feed white tank1 e1358541778550 225x300 Liquid Feed at Eagle HardwareLooking for an economical and efficient way to add weight gain to your cattle?

This year Eagle Hardware introduced Purina’s liquid feed.  We are proud to offer another economical way to feed your cattle.  Purina’s Accuration Range Liquid 32-10 provides a 32% protein feed with 10% fat with an intake limiter of 2-3 pounds per day.

Liquid feed contains the necessary vitamins and minerals to furnish all the nutrients necessary to balance deficiencies in range cattle diets.  The 10% fat will increase the level of readily available energy in ration to optimize body condition score and weight gains.

Have questions about using liquid feed?  Call us today at 972-635-7878 and let us tell you how we can help your cattle gain and not lose weight this winter.liq feed tub1 300x224 Liquid Feed at Eagle Hardware

Kenny Hinkle Takes Scientific Approach To Raising Cattle

Monday, August 12th, 2013

When it comes to raising cattle, Kenny Hinkle has it down to a science. So much so that the sale price of bulls form Hinkle Prime Cut Angus (HPCA) averaged $5,400 this past march.

That’s something Kenny is proud of, but what he finds even more gratifying is that over 70 percent of his bull sales went to repeat customers last year.

With his wife, Janyce, Kenny runs about 200 commercial and registered Angus cows on approximately 600 acres in Nevada, MO. Their enterprise, which they began in 1995, sells around 200 bulls a year through private treaty or a production sale Kenny conducts every March. And, everything is done through artificial insemination (AI) or embryo transfer (ET0.

To be able to sell 200 bulls a year, HPCA transfers around 300 embryos per year and also does “joint venture” bulls with small Angus producers who have purchased females in HPCA sales.

“They buy females, and then when they calve, we partner on any bulls out of our cows, as long as they follow AI and ET, and use the same sires out of the group we are currently using,” Kenny said. “Then we market those bulls. They do the weaning; we take it from there and split the profits.”

Kenny flushes about eight donors every 60 days throughout the year. A group of females is selected once a year to be included in the donor group. Currently about 70 percent of the bulls HPCA sells the result of embryo transfer.

As far as selecting the donors, Kenny said they sort females at a young age and let them calve at two years, Then, they observe the heifers’ mothering skills and milk production. Based on their observations and DNA profiling for such attributes as marbling, yearling weight, fat and internal fat, they select 12 that excel.

“We select what we think are out best females, based on what we see,” Kenny offered. Then with six drops of blood on a card – and $75 for the DNA profile – we will know more about the cow than if she had eight calves naturally.”

“DNA allows us to improve out genetics more rapidly than we’ve ever been able to,” Kenny said. “It’s amazing what science can do. A lot of people don’t realize how much we use science in the cattle business.”

Besides genetics, the other thing that has helped Kenny’s operation prosper is sound nutrition. He buys all of his hay, rather than raising his own. And, he provides automatic water, fencing off all ponds, which he says are too difficult to keep clean.

And, over the past three years, he has employed Purina’s Accuration, which he credits with maintaining – even benefiting – his herd during drought conditions.

“I learned about Accuration at a seedstock producer conference in 2010 at Purina’s Animal Research Farm,” Kenny explained. “I had never used it before, but it has made a world of difference.”

“What really impressed me was the last two dry summers we got by without feeding any hay,” Kenny said. “We fed straight Accuration from the middle of July on, and the cattle were in as good of shape as they have ever been in their entire lives. Plus, we had the best conception rate ever on AI, and I think a lot of that is because of Accuration.”

Their first round of AI yielded a 78 percent conception rate, and the first round of ET in a 68 percent conception rate at 45 days.

The feeding program, customized to the needs of the bulls, heifers and cows, was designed by Purina Nutritionist N.T. Cosby, Ph.D., along with Leland Browning at Heiman, Inc. in Rockville, MO.

Leland explained, “We start Kenny’s calves on a special mix. Then after the calves learn how they eat, they go on Accu-Creep. After weaning, the bulls go on to the Accuration Impact Grower program, and the heifers go on a development program built around Accuration, corn and forages. All groups are provided mineral supplements year round. The minerals selected vary based on forage quality and the needs of cattle.

Purina’s Wind and Rain All Season 7.5 with Altosid was used for fly control from May until first frost, and All Season 7.5 with Aureomycin the remainder of the year. In addition, Availa 4 Tubs were provided to donor cows year round and for bulls 60 days before semen was collected.

The results were so impressive, Leland added, that one of Kenny’s heifer customers from Louisiana called Heiman, Inc. to find out how they had fed the cattle because, “he had never seen cows that looked that good.”

Kenny concurs. “We would not have had a $5,400 bull sale without them being developed on Purina. Plus, if I need anything I pick up the phone and call Leland or Bud Mareth, the Purina regional rep, and they will get in touch with N.T. and get it done.”

Kenny praises the program’s cost-effectiveness, exhorting other producers to think more analytically about their feed choices.

“People look at price per ton of feed. Instead they should look at price per pound of gain – or conception rate, or whatever their goals are,” Kenny declared. “Our bull feed costs us about $4 per day per head, but the average cost of gain is 93 cents. Anybody today would be tickled to put on four pounds per day at 93 cents per pound.”