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The Big Show / Re: Lutalyse advice
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:14:31 PM »
Thanks again! I can do that! :)

The Big Show / Re: Lutalyse advice
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:53:10 PM »
Thank you so much, everyone! I'll wait until I bring her home from the fair and that will be day 10+ :)

The Big Show / Lutalyse advice
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:33:32 PM »
I did something dumb this morning and I need advice.

I have 2 show heifers and a show bull, all 11 months old. I was in a hurry to get a heifer clipped this morning. The bull got in with the other heifer. She wasn't showing any signs of heat so I, like a fool, left him in there and took the calf to get clipped. I come back an hour and a half later and the bull is mounting the heifer. Way too young to breed!

I got them separated. The heifer wasn't holding her tail up but I don't know what happened while I was gone. She is very much in heat now (standing and trying to mount the other heifer).

I show these three animals a week from today at a fair.

I'm wanting to give this heifer a shot of lutalyse. When's the best time to give it after a breeding? Should I give it before or after the fair? If I give her the shot before the fair, will it affect her at the show?

Just want to make sure I'm doing everything right. She's a sweet little calf and I just want make sure I'm doing everything right. Thanks in advance.

The Big Show / Re: Calf born today!
« on: June 07, 2014, 10:42:51 PM »
Nice calf, looks like a good one! I had several Uno Mas calves last fall and I love them. Halter breaking 3 of them now.

The Big Show / Re: High dollar generating cows
« on: May 24, 2014, 04:34:17 PM »
I kept my first show heifer for many years as a pet. She never had a calf because she never cycled. The vet said she had a very small reproductive tract. She was a big ol' fat cow. My daughter and my niece and nephew all rode on her back. She was by far the gentlest animal I've ever been around. Everyone loved her! I always figured she'd die on our farm. Last winter, however, she started getting weak in her hind legs. She was not getting around well and all she ever did was rest by the creek all day and would occasionally make it to the hay ring to eat. It was hard to see her like that. I got her up and fed her feed for a month. Last January we took her in to the local butcher shop and sold her on the rail. :( I was sorry to have to do that but she wasn't getting around well at all and it was hard to see her like that. She had a very happy life and was really well taken care of. She dressed out at 808 pounds. I believe when an animal is in pain the most humane thing to do is put them out of their misery.

She was a wonderful cow and I will never forget her. Because of her I started loving cattle.

The Big Show / Re: Charolais cross cattle with skunk markings
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:51:53 AM »
One of my first cows was a yellow 1/2 charolais 1/2 simmental with a skunk stripe. I still have skunk tails pop up in her bloodlines even with a bunch of simmental and angus in the mix. I showed one two years ago and everyone kept asking if she had pinzgauer in her. She was only 1/8 charolais and was black with a skunk stripe and she showed in the simmental class.

I asked one of my professors about it back when I was in college and all he said was that there were some charolais lines back in France that weren't as pure as what they were said to be.

The Big Show / Re: calving ease EPD number question
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:52:01 AM »
I also use the Show-Me Select requirements as a guideline when breeding heifers. :)

They have each breed listed on their website:
Scroll down to the Certification section.

The Big Show / Selling Cattle Across State Lines
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:48:10 AM »
I live in Missouri and I have someone from IL buying one of my heifers. What all is required to get the heifer across state lines? I am assuming health papers and a brucellosis shots from a vet. Anything else? I've never sold cattle to someone in a different state before so tell me all you can. Thanks!

The Big Show / Re: Heifer scared of small people
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:10:36 AM »
Mine used to be afraid of children and strollers a few years ago. Now I have a daughter, a niece, and a nephew. Needless to say, my cattle aren't scared of kids anymore. lol

The Big Show / Re: What is your Dream Blower?
« on: April 26, 2014, 04:47:08 PM »
One with a high, medium, and low settings with a really long hose that doesn't blow beakers. Also, small enough that it could be easily be stored in a show box.

I've had 2 different herd bulls over the past 9 years. I've had about 65% heifers born in that time by those two bulls. Two of those years I only had one bull per year.

In 2012 I started AI-ing some of my purebred cows and I am FINALLY getting some good bull calves.  ;D

The Big Show / Re: what does your County Fair give out for awards?
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:12:14 PM »
At our fair the youth gets a plaque and a rosette. The open show winner gets a lawn chair that says "champion" on it and a rosette. I like the plaques better because they will last forever and you can put them on display. A lawn chair wears out after a few years and you can't display them appropriately. Not saying I don't like the chairs; I just like the plaques better. :)

The Big Show / Re: 3C Sturdy
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:14:08 AM »
That's why I started this post. I want calves that won't always place last in a cattle show. I have highly productive cows IMO. I cull strickly if they do not breed back on time (reproduction is a lowly heritable trait). I have tried several different rations to help my show cattle and stuck with the best ration I could find. Back when I was in FFA, my cattle placed well on a cheap, not so great ration. Now I'm running with the big boys and have the best cattle I have ever had... but they still aren't go enough because they tend to get last place. I love showing cattle so I want to make them competitive. I feel like I have pretty good clipping and fitting skills and a great ration. I work with them and brush/clean them every day, twice a day. I just need genetics. I want something that can keep my cattle's reproductive abilities but look better. Judges often say my cattle need more guts and thickness and I have a few that have too big of a dewlap. Most of my cows are long bodied with a big hindquarter or as I have had a judge say "just a typical simmental." I bought a few bred heifers that had more gut with less quarter but they were never showed.

I was just wanting to see what everyone else was using
 I am excited about showing my Uno Mas calves. They have so much more gut and hair than the calves from my herd bull.

Last year I showed a simangus bull calf by Final Answer out of one of the bred heifers I bought (this calf was inside her when I bought her). He expressed a lot of traits my cattle are lacking in and the judge loved him. I showed him only a few weeks after he was weaned (no creep) so he wasn't quite fat enough. The judge said all he needed was some more fat and he would do well in a show. He is much fatter now so I will probably show him again and keep him for a clean-up bull. He also has good EPDs and is supposedly calving else.

I hope that helps. I've been showing the very best looking of my herd bull's calves but they just aren't placing. I had one do well in a commercial class one time (got 3rd out of 9) but when I show in the simmental and AOB classes, they tend to get dead last.

The Big Show / Re: 3C Sturdy
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:49:49 AM »
Thanks. I think I will try Grandmaster on my Uno Mas heifers for sure. :) Let me see some pics of those calves when you get them.

The Big Show / Re: 3C Sturdy
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:10:26 PM »
I'd like to see some pictures of his calves as well, if anyone has any. :)

So, Sturdy would probably work better on the deeper body type of cattle? I have a few cows like that but most of my cattle are probably needing more depth. lol

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