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Beyond the Bag

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Cattle at sunrise - Bear Creek Country Store For more than a century, Purina has built connections with producers based on the goal of bringing out the best in every animal. During that time, a wide range of tools and services have been put together to help customers identify challenges and find solutions in many different areas of their operations.

To be successful with these tools, our team aims to thoroughly understand the ins and outs of your operation and its goals. We’re invested in your well-being and take pride in helping you meet your goals. That’s why our partnership with producers goes far beyond what’s in the feed bag.

Something for everyone

Adding value to your herd starts with thorough management. Each operation is unique – what works for one might not work for another. Our tools and services can help identify areas to emphasize on the farm or ranch to push your herd further.

A few of our favorite tools and services include:

  • Proof Pays: With the help of a local Purina expert, producers can conduct a feeding trial with Purina products on their own operation with their cattle to show the value of quality nutrition. Proof Pays trials are open to herds with 100 head or more and can last between 28 to 90 days, depending on the trial type. The local Purina Team will oversee the trial, collecting pertinent information and helping producers analyze results.
  • Feed Greatness® Challenge: Producers of all herd sizes can participate in a 90-day trial with Purina® Wind and Rain® mineral. Throughout this trial, the producer collects information on mineral consumption, pasture conditions, and other important factors. At the end, Purina will give you the tools to interpret your results so you can make the right choice for your herd.
  • Purina® Plus value-added program: Purina® Plus is a marketing program for producers striving to raise low-risk, high-value cattle. Utilizing industry-leading and research-proven health practices and Purina’s line of starter feeds, producers can work with their local team to position their cattle to buyers interested in investing in quality cattle.
  • Purina Fly Monitor™ App: Launched this year, your local Purina® representative can use this app to estimate the number of flies impacting a cow herd and accurately sort cows into fly count categories. Producers can work with their local expert to design an integrated pest management plan, utilizing the consistent consumption of Wind and Rain® mineral with Altosid®, to minimize the impact of fly populations.

As with our feeds, each of our tools and services are strengthened by our continuous research at the Purina Farm in Gray Summit, Missouri, also known as the Purina Animal Nutrition Center. The commercial cow herd and Ph.D. researchers and nutritionists at Purina stand behind everything that we do.

Gate side advice

These are just a few examples of some of the tools that Purina representatives utilize when working with producers. Among these, there are many other services that they can offer an operation through an on-farm consultation.

One of the simplest, yet most impactful, ways a Purina representative can help you is by conducting body condition scores (BCS) of your herd three to four times per year. Having an accurate assessment of the herd’s average BCS can be critical to accomplishing goals. Once a baseline is established, recommendations can be made, and strategies implemented to ensure cows are set up for future success.

The relationship between producers and Purina is more than products. We’re invested in helping make improvements with producers to meet you where your herd needs are and help you reach your goals. When you succeed, we succeed.  Need help, reach out to us.

Bear Creek on RFD-TV – Nov 7th

Friday, November 4th, 2022

RFD-TV AMERICAN RANCHER

 

The popularity of the Angus breed creates strong competition and top genetics. At Bear Creek Farms in Leonard, Texas, David Johnson’s pathway to developing high-performance registered Angus began with a commercial herd. Today, David and his grandchildren, Blaine and Katelyn, oversee the development of an all-around Angus herd of award-winning registered and commercial cattle which includes some of the top bloodlines in the breed. Their philosophy is simple; focus on top quality in everything they do, and success will follow.

Tune into a brand new episode of the American Rancher on Monday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET on RFD-TV. If you can’t tune in live, we’ll be streaming the episode on our YouTube channel the following day at 7 p.m. CT:

The True Cost of Cheap Minerals

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Cattle eating out of mineral tubsQuality mineral supplements are an investment in the overall performance of your herd.

Balance and bioavailability

Balance is key when it comes to minerals; more is not always better when choosing a supplement. Minerals compete for absorption when digested in the small intestine. If cattle consume too much of one mineral, it could prevent absorption of other minerals, eliminating benefits to the animal and wasting the money you invested in a mineral supplement.

When selecting a mineral supplement, be sure to consider the ingredients’ bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the percentage of mineral cattle can absorb or use. Some mineral supplements may contain sufficient levels of the required minerals, but not in a form capable of being utilized by cattle. In many situations, these ingredients are used because they are cheaper, even if they provide little or no nutrition to your herd. Generally speaking, organic minerals are more bioavailable and provide enhanced gut absorption

Not all minerals are created equal

With input costs rising, you may be looking for a lower-cost alternative to a complete mineral program by choosing a trace mineral block. While trace mineral blocks have a lower price tag than a complete mineral supplement, it’s important to be aware of the tradeoff you might be taking with this type of product.

First, trace mineral blocks don’t contain the macro minerals essential to cattle production, like phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Additionally, trace mineral blocks are often virtually all salt. A block may be 96-99% salt, depending on the product. Due to the high salt content, cattle can’t consume enough of the block to meet their trace mineral requirements.

Aside from intake, trace mineral blocks tend to utilize less bioavailable ingredients to keep cost low. Meaning, not only is mineral content diluted by salt, but the form of the mineral is virtually unavailable for absorption, both of which can compromise animal performance.

Often, a simple snapshot of your herd doesn’t reveal how much a cheap mineral supplement can really cost you. Minerals are the precursors to cattle performance, facilitating every process in the body. High-quality mineral influences high-quality performance. Production traits such as fertility, disease resistance, feed intake and muscle development depend on proper minerals in cattle’s diet.

Get the most bang for your buck

Getting the most impact from your investment is a top priority for any cattle operation. One way to ensure your mineral supplement is working efficiently and effectively for your herd is to track consumption rates. Your Purina® representative can walk you through how to track consumption in your herd. Most Purina® minerals are formulated for four ounces of consumption per cow per day.

Once you know consumption rate, you can help alter mineral intake levels by moving mineral feeders. When feeders sit close to areas where cattle spend most of their time, they can consume more than the target amount out of boredom. If cattle consume too much of a mineral supplement, move feeders away from water sources and loafing areas. If consumption is below target, move feeders closer to these areas, or provide additional feeders to allow more access for cattle.

The domino effect

Poor mineral nutrition can contribute to poor cattle performance. Mineral deficiencies can lead to a cascade of events such as more open cows, higher sickness rates, more spread-out calving season and lower weaning weights. If these conditions are allowed to domino and compound, they can lead to a loss of profit on your operation.

Talk to us about what a complete mineral program should look like for your herd.

Martindale Feed Dealer

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Bear Creek Country Store offers Martindale Feeds

 

Bear Creek Country Store is now an authorized dealer of Martindale Feed. Martindale Feed Mill is based in Valley View, Texas, and serves the North Texas and Oklahoma area with quality feed products for your cattle, livestock, and horses. Known for their quality premium feeds and cattle cubes, you can trust Martindale Feed Mill for top-quality feed for farmers and ranchers.

Find out what products we offer on our Feeds page.

You’ll find Martindale Feeds at both Bear Creek Country Store locations in Leonard and Bells, Texas.

Winter Seed in Stock

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Winter seed in stock. Wheat, oats, & rye grass in stock at Bear Creek Country StoresGetting ready to plant a winter grazing crop? Working on a food plot ready at the deer lease, or reseed your yard? Bear Creek Country Stores have winter seed in stock, including wheat, oats, & rye grass.  See pricing and suggested planting rates:

Forage Wheat- $19.00, 2 bags/acre
Dixie Gold Rye Grass- $39.00, 1 bag/acre
Bob Oats- $28.75, 2 bags/acre
Super Buck Food Plot Mix- $35.00, 1 bag/acre
Pick up winter seed at Bear Creek Country Stores two locations in Leonard and Bells, Texas.

3rd Annual Angus Female & Bull Sale

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Bear Creek Farms Angus Female & Bull Sale on November 18-19, 2022.

Bear Creek Farms intends to sell 30 Elite Registered Angus Females  Friday evening November 18th, 75 Registered Angus Bulls at 12pm on Saturday, November 19th followed by 100 of their best commercial females! See the schedule below.

ELITE REGISTERED FEMALE SALE

Friday, November 18th at 7 pm

Friday, November 18th, 2022 Bear Creek Farms will sell 30 of their most elite Registered Angus females.  The auction starts right at 7 pm, but the cattle and bulls are available for preview all day. Stay for dinner and live music & famous chicken fried steak after the auction! You won’t want to miss this!

BEAR CREEK FARMS BULL SALE

Saturday, November 19th at 12 pm.

See this powerful, consistent group. The sale starts at 12pm, but the bulls are available to view prior. Lunch is available at 11 am.

COMMERCIAL FEMALE SALE

Saturday, November 20th following the Bull Sale. 

This year Bear Creek Farms offers a cross-section of their commercial Angus herd. They will be selling 70 females in small lots of 3-6. There will be open heifers, bred heifers, bred cows, and pairs in the sale. Stop by and see what their offering during the sale!

Have questions? Reach out to Bear Creek Farms, they’re ready for calls, texts, messages, or emails.

David: 214-415-1857

Blaine: 903-449-1076

Kate: 903-624-1494

To request a catalog contact our sale manager, Troy Robinett. You can reach Troy by phone817-995-7509 or email at [email protected]

Find out more, see pictures, video links, and catalog info on Bear Creek Farms Website. Or follow us on the Bear Creek Farms Facebook page.

Bear Creek Farms 3rd Annual Angus Bull & Female Sale Flyer

 

 

 

 

Fall at the Garden Center

Friday, September 16th, 2022

It’s fall at the garden center! We’re stocked with mum’s, pumpkins, and cole crops for your fall gardens. Come see our latest selection and get ready for fall.

 

Using Minerals as Your Ounce of Prevention

Monday, September 12th, 2022

It’s time to think about cattle minerals differently. Using minerals as your ounce of prevention can pay off for producers in the long run.

Using minerals as your ounce of prevention. Cattle on Purina Accuration tub.

A mineral can be more than just a way of efficiently delivering nutrition to your herd – it can also be a cost-effective health management tool. Your mineral package can deliver critical trace minerals, vitamins, and even additives that work to proactively address costly health issues.

Managing health through minerals is important to any herd’s overall return on investment. Mineral ensures performance is maintained.
In extreme cases where nutrition is imbalanced, death can be a side effect, meaning lost potential income. For instance, when phosphorus levels are not adequate, weaning rates suffer. Studies have shown a 25% reduction in calves weaned when no phosphorus is present.

Several cents per head per week invested in minerals can help combat challenges that can cost thousands. It’s a smart investment.

Use Mineral as a Value-Added Tool for:

Foot Rot

Foot rot is an infectious disease leading to swelling between the hoof claws. It is common during wet, muddy periods and can lead to lameness in cattle. When foot rot is prevented it can result in 20% more weight gained during a grazing season.

The dairy industry has seen how dialing in nutrition can help improve hoof health and limit issues like foot rot. Feeding trace minerals like zinc, iodine, copper, and manganese can positively impact hoof health.

Organic iodine, scientifically called ethylenediamine dihydroiodide (EDDI), is a more bioavailable – or readily digestible – form of the mineral. Feeding iodine at or above the National Research Council (NRC) recommended level helps limit foot rot.

Zinc is also beneficial because it aids with skin integrity, which can make it harder for pathogens to breach the skin.

Grass Tetany

Cool-season grasses risk being low in available magnesium during spring and fall, causing grass tetany. Symptoms of grass tetany include loss of muscle control, irritability, and ultimately coma and death in cattle.

When cool-season grasses are in their key growth periods, potassium can also be higher than normal, causing magnesium to not absorb easily. Compounding the problem of grass tetany is the need for cows to have double the magnesium requirements when lactating, which tends to coincide with calving for both spring and fall calving herds.

A mineral higher in magnesium is a simple way to help prevent grass tetany and meet the needs of lactating females grazing cool-season forages. Provide high magnesium minerals two to three weeks before cattle are first exposed to lush grass to achieve consistent intake before the time of highest risk. Continue feeding for 60 days after the first sign of grass growth.

White Muscle Disease

When selenium or vitamin E is low in a cow’s diet during gestation, young calves can acquire nutritional myodegeneration (NMD), commonly referred to as white muscle disease. Calves born with low selenium or vitamin E levels suffering from white muscle disease can have two types: a congenital version and a delayed response version.

The congenital version of NMD impacts the heart and is fatal in most cases, with calves dying in a few days. The delayed response version results in weak calves that can’t stand, but can be remedied with injectable selenium and vitamin E when calves exhibit symptoms.

Fortunately, white muscle disease is avoidable with balanced nutrition. If soil selenium levels are low, feeding higher selenium levels is recommended, especially during gestation. Testing forages for selenium levels and other nutrients, particularly if you are in regions like the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes, is a good idea to get a baseline of your mineral needs.

Urinary Calculi

Male cattle can develop kidney stones or urinary calculi when there is inverted calcium: phosphorus ratio in the diet. Urinary calculi can happen when feeding higher levels of
distillers’ grains or grazing forages that are high in phosphates.

A balanced mineral program helps reduce the risk of urinary calculi by providing the correct calcium: phosphorus ratio.

Get Extra Benefits from Additives

Minerals can also be a convenient way to deliver additives that support the health of your herd.

Using Minerals as Your Ounce of Prevention. Wind and Rain mineral with Fly Control.1. Fly Control
Controlling flies means that those flies are less able to bite and stress your cattle. Reducing flies benefits the immune system because cattle don’t devote nutrients to fighting and avoiding flies.
An insect growth regulator (IGR) in minerals can help to limit horn flies. Purina® Wind and Rain® Fly Control mineral contains Altosid® IGR, which inhibits the horn fly life cycle in the manure by stopping pupae from developing into biting adult flies.

2. Bloat
The risk of bloat is common when grazing lush grasses during the early part of the grazing season. Ionophores added to minerals can help relieve bloat.
Mineral intake is also key to increasing ionophore intake and limiting bloat when forage is lush. If the mineral isn’t palatable, cattle won’t consume the needed ionophore.

Shop Bear Creek Country Store in Leonard or Bells for Purina Cattle Minerals.

Sources: Checkerpoint, Summer 2022

Kent Tjardes, Ph.D., Purina Mills cattle nutritionist

Weathering This Winter Workshop – Thank You

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
Vendor Thank You Graphic
A big THANK YOU to those who attended and supported our September ‘Weathering This Winter Workshop” at the Bear Creek Farm Sale Arena.
We had a great turnout and support from the local community. Below are a few photos of the event.
Thank You Speaker Graphic

2022 – 2023 Texas Hunting Season

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Texas Parks & Wildlife released the 2022 – 2023 Texas Hunting Season dates. Check them out below. You can find more information on their website. Before you head to the lease, stop by Bear Creek Country Store for all your hunting supplies, feeds, and attractants.

  • JAVELINA
    Javelina season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General North Oct. 1 – Feb. 262022 – 2023 Texas Hunting Season dates are published, take a look here. Shop Bear Creek Country Store for deer feed, attractants and more.
    South Sep. 1 – Aug. 31

 

  • MULE DEER
    Mule deer season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General Panhandle Nov. 19 – Dec. 4
    Trans-Pecos Nov. 25 – Dec. 11
    Archery 59 of 254 counties Oct. 1 – Nov. 4

 

  • PRONGHORN
    Pronghorn season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General 41 of 254 counties Oct. 1-16

 

  • SQUIRREL
    Squirrel season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General East Texas Oct. 1 – Feb. 26 & May 1-31
    Other open counties Sep. 1 – Aug. 31
    Youth-only East Texas Sep. 24 – 25

 

  • WHITE-TAILED DEER
    White-tailed deer season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General North Nov. 5 – Jan. 1
    South Nov. 5 – Jan. 15
    Special Late North Jan. 2-15
    South Jan. 16-29
    Youth-Only North Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
    South Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
    Archery 252 of 254 counties Oct. 1 – Nov. 4
    Muzzleloader 90 of 254 counties Jan. 2-15

 

UPLAND GAME BIRDS

  • CHACHALACA
    Chachalaca season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties Oct. 29 – Feb. 26

 

  • PHEASANT
    Pheasant season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Panhandle Dec. 3 – Jan. 1

 

  • QUAIL
    Quail season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Statewide Oct. 29 – Feb. 26

 

  • TURKEY
    Rio Grande Turkey
    Rio Grande Turkey season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Fall North Nov. 5 – Jan. 1
    South Nov. 5 – Jan. 15
    Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties Nov. 5 – Feb. 26
    Archery-only Oct. 1 – Nov. 4
    Fall Youth-only North Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
    South Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 16-29
    Spring North April 1 – May 14
    South Mar. 18 – Apr. 30
    One-turkey counties Apr. 1-30
    Spring Youth-Only North Mar. 25-26 & May 20-21
    South Mar. 11-12 & May 6-7
    Eastern Turkey
    Eastern Turkey season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Spring East Texas Apr. 22 – May 14

MIGRATORY GAME BIRD

  • DOVE
    Dove season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular North Sep. 1 – Nov. 13 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 1
    Central Sep. 1 – Oct. 30 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 15
    South Sep. 14 – Oct. 30 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
    Special White-winged Dove Days South Sep. 2-4 & Sept. 9-11

 

  • DUCK
    Duck season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 29-30 & Nov. 4 – Jan. 29
    North Nov. 12-27 & Dec. 3 – Jan. 29
    South Nov. 5-27 & Dec. 10 – Jan. 29
    Youth/Veterans High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 22-23
    North Nov. 5-6
    South Oct. 29-30

 

  • GOOSE
    Goose season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Early Canada Goose East Sep. 10- 25
    Light & Dark Geese West Nov. 5 – Feb. 5
    East Nov. 5- Jan. 29
    Light Goose Conservation Order West Feb. 6 – Mar. 12
    East Jan. 30 – Mar. 12

 

  • RAILS, GALLINULES & MOORHENS
    Rails, Gallinules & Moorhens hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Statewide Sep. 10-25 & Nov. 5 – Dec. 28

 

  • SANDHILL CRANES
    Sandhill Cranes hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular A Oct. 29 – Jan. 29
    B Nov. 25 – Jan. 29
    C Dec. 17 – Jan. 22

 

  • SNIPE
    Common season dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Statewide Nov. 5 – Feb. 19

 

  • TEAL
    Teal hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    September Teal Only Statewide Sep. 10-25

 

  • WOODCOCK
    Woodcock hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Statewide Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

 

OTHER ANIMALS

  • ALLIGATOR
    Alligator hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    General 22 Counties & Special Properties Sep. 10-30
    All Other Counties Apr. 1-June 30

 

  • RABBITS AND HARES
    Rabbits and Hares hunting seasons and dates
    Season Zone Dates
    Regular Statewide No closed season