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The Big Show / Re: Help! Underweight calves
« on: September 22, 2021, 01:14:30 PM »
any change with the calves, calf manna is a very good product and sometimes it will get them to eat because they like the smell.

The Big Show / Re: Help! Underweight calves
« on: September 20, 2021, 04:26:33 PM »
What feed are you feeding, fat and protein content?
I would back off the grain, just good hay for a few days and then start them out slow, 3 pounds each a feeding, with plenty of grass hay. Once they clean it up real well, up the feed a 1/2 pound a feeding. Do this until their up to full feed, (9 pounds a day for 300 pounds) once they are eating the 9 pounds I would look at adding a pound a feeding of Precon or Stabilized rice to their feed (start with a half-pound and work them up to the pound over a few days). I would also hit them with some probios paste, to get them going and then I usually just start giving them the probios powder twice a week.
If they slow down or go off feed skip a feeding and then start them back up, if you are working on increasing feed, and they go off feed or get the skirts back up to where you were before increasing and slowly work them back up.
Remember slow and steady, better to start slow and get them on track then to have the keep going off feed.

The Big Show / Re: Heifer Scholarship
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:57:48 PM »
a few more

The Big Show / Heifer Scholarship
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:48:32 PM »
Currenss Cows Foundation will be awarding a heifer scholarship again this October, applications and details can be found on our website www.currenscows.com. We limit the scholarship to youth in California, so if any of you on here know of a young person who likes to show cattle, works hard and is dedicated that would appreciate working with a nice heifer please pass the information on to them. If there are any breeders out there that either have a heifer they would like to donate or knows of a young person who is deserving but does not have the financial support to purchase a nice heifer contact me.  A few of our past recipients. 

The Big Show / Re: one pretty heifer
« on: August 09, 2021, 03:02:18 PM »
Well someone in Colorado ended up with a very nice bred heifer to build off of.

Sounds like they are doing an awesome job with the California Youth Ag Expo in just their second. it appears to be quite competitive as well as well organized, I need to go next year to check it out.

The Big Show / one pretty heifer
« on: August 06, 2021, 01:42:17 PM »
Heifer is being raffled off with all proceeds going to support the youth at the 2021 California Youth Ag Expo!

The Big Show / Re: Feeding a Mini
« on: March 05, 2021, 10:24:09 AM »
I would have assume you feed them the same way. If you base the amount of feed off of body weight, 3% is 3%, If a 900 pound heifer needs to consume 27 pounds (hay and feed)a day, a 400 pound mini would need 12 pounds a day, that would be my assumption.

The Big Show / Re: Dealing with it
« on: January 29, 2021, 05:34:31 PM »
Thank you, we have been lucky with both the young people and the support we have gotten to be able to do this. Ron Colburn has been gracious enough to supply the heifers up to this point, but it would be nice to find other avenues so he does feel obligated to do it every year.

I have been surprised how hard it is to get applicants, the kids who have applied have been awesome. We received 5 applicants the first year, but only 2 each the next 2 years, made it easy to decide who we would award the scholarships to, we just did all of them.   

The Big Show / Dealing with it
« on: January 26, 2021, 10:09:29 AM »
As some of you may know, the foundation we started in my grandsons memory, Curren's Cows, sponsors heifer projects to kids in California. This year we sponsored a young lady from Shandon California, and a Young Man from our home town. With Covid and all the shut downs both young people have had to get creative, the young man has traveled to Arizona twice to show and the young lady has traveled to northern California in order to show. They may not be able to show as often as they had hoped, but they both have been putting in the work at home that the heifers look great when they do get to get out. Our biggest show of the year was officially canceled last week,  the Red Wave Classic has been moved to March, hopefully later in the spring things will settle down and they will get the opportunity to show more. This is the third year and we have been so blessed to have such wonderful young people to work with each year.

The Big Show / Night blind cow
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:01:46 AM »
Have an older (9) cow who seems to be night blind, gets around fine during the day but at night she uses her nose to get around. I turned them out on the new grass in the pasture, with just a portion of the hot wire pulled back, so I can close it off if it rains or to irrigate if it does not, she cant find the opening once it gets low light, it is white ribbon wire easy enough for the other cows to see. I had to go help her through it the other evening, once through it she went to the corrals and found the panels and followed it with her nose until she found the gate into the feed area, what was really strange is one of the other cows seemed to come out to the opening to help her in. Like I said during the day she gets around perfectly fine. Any one else ever see this?

The Big Show / Re: Melatonin pills question?
« on: December 21, 2020, 04:32:02 PM »
If you are going to use the Melatonin tablets for hair, 3mg, you need to give them 33 tablets a day, this equals the dosage they recommend with grow & shine (100mg a day).
We fed them in the morning when we put the calves in the stall, counted out a whole bottle of pills and bagged them so all the boys did in the morning was put them in the feed with the other top dressing.

For calming we would start with 20-3mg pills give it a few days and see what the result was, depending on the animal, if they become to lethargic drop it down if it seems to have some or no effect increase it by 10 pills.

The Big Show / Re: Aluminum Livestock Trailers
« on: November 30, 2020, 12:53:25 PM »
Most of the time you will not pulled over pulling a livestock trailer if it is only 2 axle, add the third axle and they will pull you over for a class A almost every time. Had a friend hauling 2 calves (2000 lbs, plus tack) back from Denver to California, he was pulling a 3 Axle trailer 30ft trailer. He was pulled over and given a warning by the first trooper, he was told to pull off the highway at the next exit and find someone with a class A, he made it 2 exits farther and was shut down. Had to have a friend fly up from Texas to get the calves home. it was his 3 or forth year he had hauled that trailer to Denver. Just happened that the troopers were looking for that type of violation hard and with Cal plates they new he was going over the 150 mile ag exemption.

The Big Show / 5 month old Primo Heifer
« on: October 26, 2020, 05:43:57 PM »
Just wanted to share a picture of our 5 month old Primo Heifer, she is sopping wet but after no rain for the past several months that is OK with me.

The Big Show / Re: Angus heifers?
« on: September 17, 2020, 11:17:32 AM »
I would think because of the covid it might be the right time to go the embryo rout, find you a decent heifer this year, if the shows go on then you have an animal to drag around if they do not you will have a decent cow and hopefully competitive calves on the way. We had 2 heifers from Colburn's they supplied for our heifer scholarship, the Girls who were showing them entered them as grade heifers, won their classes and even had a few champion and reserve grade banners. The Angus deal in California is pretty competitive. 

The Big Show / Re: Angus heifers?
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:07:24 AM »
Colburn Cattle Company, They have a really good set of cows producing some awesome Heifer calves. They also sell quit a few embryos throughout the year if you wanted to go that rout


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