Thursday, June 15th in Graham, Texas we will hold an NACA members meeting. If you are unable to attend, you may vote online or with a mail in ballot. Online and mailed ballots will be collected and tallied with those voting in person on June 15th. Only one vote per membership will be accepted. Continue reading →
We have one opening on the NACA Board of Directors in the next election. The election will be held in Graham, TX during the Texas Corriente Cattle Show and Membership Meeting, June 14-16, 2017. Ballots will be emailed out to all active and lifetime members. You may mail in your completed ballot to the office, vote online, call the office or turn in your ballot during the membership meeting in June. One ballot is counted per membership number.
Thanks for being active in your Association. You make the NACA a great place to be.
A question that I am often asked is, “what is the best age to castrate bull calves?” We have found that the closer the calves are to a year in age, the better horn they will grow. The testosterone is what makes the base of the horn thicker. So the longer the calves have circulating testosterone, the stouter the horns are going to be. Early castration will cause the horns to be skinny and not as desirable for a quality roping animal.
The two most common ways to castrate are surgical (knife cut) or mechanical (banding or Burdizzo.) We band our bulls because it is easier on the cattle and us. You should always contact your veterinarian to discuss which is the best method for your program.
About the Author:
Thank you to the author, longtime Corriente breeder and NACA member #2152, Russell Barham, Barham Cattle Company of Madisonville, TX.
His cattle won both Grand Champion Roping Animal and Reserve Grand Champion Roping Animal at the 2016 National Show in Meridian, Mississippi.
The summer of 2016 was an exceptionally dry season for northeast Wyoming. Things had not improved much by the time the PACA Show rolled around in late September, which isn’t necessarily bad weather to gather Corriente folks and cattle. Nary a tenth of an inch of rain had fallen all summer. Ten breeders, 55 head of cattle spread across 87 class entries showed up in Gillette for the beginning of what was shaping up to be a fine weekend. After unloading, tagging & penning the cattle, the assembled Corriente crew gathered in the arena for a BBQ feast hosted by the PACA (catered again by Pokeys Smokehouse). Everyone enjoyed catching up with old friends over supper prior to the Fundraiser Auction. It’s truly a family reunion when the PACA gets all these dear friends together every fall – seriously. Continue reading →
There are many different ways to market Corriente Cattle, but as with any business it must start with a plan. I have listed tips that I hope will help new, and maybe even some established, Corriente breeders to be more successful raising and marketing their cattle.
First, there are many variables in different areas of the country such as when is the best time to calve, availability of forage, cost effectiveness of supplemental feed, etc. However, as with any business, there are several things we need to look into. They are product (Corrientes), location, target customer, promotion and price. Continue reading →
The NACA National Show was a wonderful event Nov 5 – 7 in lovely Meridian, MS. A beautifully run show, great cattle, and fine food was capped by belly wrenching laughter at the awards ceremony Saturday night. Thank you to the Eastern Corriente Association staff that worked so hard to make this all come together: Douglas Dale, Patty Dale, Dr. Newell, Tommy Jordan, and the list could go on. This was a real “family” effort by all in the region. One final note: If you are ever passing through Meridian, find the Kewanee One Stop (map) for the BEST BBQ of your life! They catered two nights of our events. Yum…but what you are all waiting for…the 2015 National Show Results:
Big Thanks To Our Show Sponsors:
Henderson Steel Corp.
Lauderdale Co. Ag Center
Vermeer & Davis Tractor
W-W Livestock Systems
Planters Supply Co.
Maples Gas Com.
Citizens National Bank
North American Corriente Association breeders were asked to supply the team roping cattle for the Professional Cowboys Finals Rodeo and the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show!
NACA breeders and stock contractors, Douglas Dale of Dale Cattle Co. and Tony Wilson of 4W Corrientes, supplied the cattle for the 20th annual PCFR held in Biloxi, Mississippi January 16th-19th, 2015. The top 15 headers & heelers from the Southeast as well as the top 15 competitors in the other rodeo events battled it out for the title of CHAMPION.
During and after the rodeo, nearly half the team ropers personally found the stock contractors and told them “That was the best set of cattle we have ever roped at the finals” or literally thanked them for bringing to cattle so it could roping contest and not a drawing contest. Continue reading →
To register your Corriente, every animal must have either a number brand or an ear tattoo for identification. You may know all about branding, but just in case you don’t, we have some great basic information that will help you get started! (go to part 1)
What number branding system should I use?
This is one of the more frequent questions asked by those who are just starting to register their corriente cattle. NACA leaves it up to the individual to set up their own number branding system. Continue reading →
To register your Corriente, every animal must have either a number brand or an ear tattoo for identification. You may know all about branding, but just in case you don’t, we have some great basic information that will help you get started! (go to part 2)
For those lucky enough to have grown up on a ranch, branding time may bring a rush of fond memories. For newcomers in the cattle business, it can be downright intimidating. Though procedures vary from ranch to ranch, the basics of branding stay the same.
It was a National show that brought:
….. spectacular weather,
….. impressive cattle in both confirmation as well as performance classes,
….. a little guitar playin’,
….. unlimited laughter,
….. multiple birthday celebrations and one 55th anniversary!
How much fun can one have in just a few days? Continue reading →