When you pasture cattle, a good barbed wire fence is a necessity. However, one of the most detested jobs cattle producers have to do is fix fence. It seems that every spring several days are devoted to fixing downed or sagging barbed wire fences. For 41-year old western South Dakota rancher, Beau Bendigo, fixing fences has always been part of his way of life. Even as a child, he had to fix fence with his dad. “It was one of the jobs I hated the most,” says Bendigo.
For a cattle producer, building fence can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to driving miles of T-posts. Rhino Tool Company (www.rhinotool.com), located in Kewanee, IL, has both a time and back saving answer to this problem! As a manufacturer of 11 models of post drivers, either air operated or gas powered, along with four different post pullers, Rhino Tool Company’s motto is “Driven to Perfection!” Established by Bob Martin in 1975, the business is now guided by Bob’s son James Martin.
As we look forward to the current and future political landscape, one of the critical concerns for cattlemen and women, and for all small businesses nationwide, is a stable tax code. A stable tax code allows businesses to plan and manage profits and losses efficiently. The absence of a stable tax code, further adds uncertainty to an already volatile economy and commodity market. And while progress in this legislative session has been slow, at best, there may be momentum yet in 2014. This year, a number of tax provisions, important not only for the cattle industry but for the business community as a whole, expired. We lost key provisions like bonus depreciation, taking away our ability to accelerate depreciation schedules, and the Conservation Easement Tax Credit.
As many cattlemen and women know all too well, one of the greatest threats our industry faces is regulation from Washington, D.C. And for many years now, the industry has braced for a rule-making by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers that would substantially impact all uses and users of land, not just farming and ranching. That rule-making came this spring in the form of the EPA and Corps’ Waters of the United States proposed rule, or WOTUS.
Flies are notorious nuisance and public health pests because they have the ability to transmit serious pathogens to both humans and animals. These flies typically occur and breed in a variety of filthy areas, including manure, soiled bedding, spilled feed, garbage and other types of organic matter. One pound of manure can contain more than 1,500 fly maggots, so it is not hard to see how fly numbers can reach enormous proportions and threaten your livestock and workers. To prevent and reduce the instances of fly infestations, be sure to utilize the following best practices in your control plan:
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Whether you install your own fencing or hire a company to do it for you, one thing is certain — it isn’t a task you want to have to redo every 5, 10, or even 15 years. It only makes common (and fiscal) sense to do it right the first time. When done correctly with the right materials, a high tensile fence can last as long as 50 years and is less maintenance than a traditional fence. In fact, you can build a longer-lasting high tensile fence for about half the price of a conventional low carbon fence. The folks from Bekaert recently discussed some of the basics of fencing with American Cattlemen. They also shared some of their best tips for picking the proper fencing materials for your needs and correctly installing them — and these folks definitely know what they are talking about.
For 46-year-old Brian Weidner cattle producer and farmer near rural Newton, Illinois, he is living the dream of his childhood. “As a kid, I was always plowing in the sandbox,” Weidner says with a chuckle. “My dad always had livestock, and all I ever wanted to do was raise cattle and be a grain farmer.”
Cattlemen, would you like to have energy left after a day of driving pasture and range posts? Would you like to use the same drivers that commercial fence contractors use?
If you answered yes, then the REDI Driver is for you.
“Our customers spoke and we listened,” said Lorri Evans of REDI Driver, Inc. “Being fence contractors ourselves, we knew cattlemen had a need for a more versatile gas-powered post driver that didn’t limit them to a post size of only 2-3/8". Ranchers need to be able to drive posts from t-posts up to 2-7/8", all with one simple convenient driver, so we created the new REDI Driver Boss.”
Charles Kendall, a successful Blairsville, Pennsylvania dairy farmer, became frustrated by the time-consuming and occasionally painful process of working with barbed wire. So, when he started a fence contracting business in 1980, he decided to explore techniques to improve the efficiency of fence building. Kendall recognized the advantages of high-tensile wire and hoped to make installation easier. He felt that crimping wires together was faster and stronger than the usual hand-knotting process. Soon Kendall was manufacturing and selling the crimp sleeves, and this was the beginning of Kencove Farm Fence Supplies. Kencove is still headquartered in Blairsville, and now serves customers all over the world as a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fencing supplies.