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The Big Show / Re: Less well known Shorthorn herds
« on: December 29, 2019, 04:29:44 PM »
Front 3/4 view for you Mark.

The Big Show / Re: Less well known Shorthorn herds
« on: December 29, 2019, 04:28:04 PM »
Long look and calf

The Big Show / Re: Less well known Shorthorn herds
« on: December 29, 2019, 04:24:59 PM »
Mark, here are some candid mature photos and two calf photos.  Roan is a bull and red is a heifer. Red calf's dam is double bred JPJ. Roan bull is out of a ramrod jazz son i bred and goes back to the old GRC mantua marigold cow.

The Big Show / Re: Myostatin gene
« on: December 29, 2019, 04:06:41 PM »
We owned DFS Red Rider 839 flush mate to 844 which is in this calf's pedigree.   We used to wonder how anyone would consider these genetics low birth, calving ease?  We had multiple with abnormally large bw.  When i had a chat with Dr. Byers and Lincoln Job about there 878 calves they said the same thing eradic bw's. We just called it the Red Rider disease.  Mark, i think the magic line may have issues as well.

The Big Show / Re: Myostatin gene
« on: December 28, 2019, 10:13:41 AM »
Dale- i did not see test results on the calf you had concerns about. So, did you just speculate that myo might be the culprit.   I have quite a few cows with very similar breeding to the bottom side of that pedigree.  I really dislike having to pay more and test for more things but, as they say, an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound to cure. On a positive note i really do like what i see from both your HC son and the one i have. Keep me posted on how you mate the daughters.

The Big Show / Re: Less well known Shorthorn herds
« on: December 27, 2019, 07:45:20 PM »
I would breed her CSF LONG LOOK i have 30 of the on the ground now and they are great. BW are good and i like how they are growing so far. I will try and post photos soon recovering from surgery. semen will be available after the first of the year. If you want to go asterisk free we collected Saskvalley Endover and i believe Carl has calves on the ground by him at Saskvalley and likes them.  If going black clubby i would use I-80.

The Big Show / Re: Looking for suggestions
« on: December 24, 2019, 10:35:52 AM »
I would use night watch.  I have a neighbor that used county O and the smallest bw calf was 98# and the largest was 128#. These were angus/Hereford cross cattle. He was really surprised and said quite a few had structure issues as well. 

The Big Show / Re: 18 vs 24 months old steers?
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:59:35 AM »
I have been contemplating doing the opposite.  I was going to look at my larger calves at weaning and push them to be 1200 by 12 months.  I have one now that has only been on 9 lbs of grain and free choice wheat hay since weaning and he is right at 1000 lbs.  So, i thought if i had known he would gain that well i could have pushed him and made the light weight division next week at the count fair at 12 months old.  Seems to me it would save on the feed bill and produce a better end product.

The Big Show / Re: incorporation of % wygu cattle.
« on: August 07, 2019, 08:48:10 AM »
Yep, cross your DM shorts with wygu. Sounds like the latest craze.   What do you think they would look like?

The Big Show / Re: Oversized switch plates.
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:09:43 AM »
Try National Hardware Supply.  Their website won't have it but give them a call and they will help locate some.

The Big Show / Re: Our senior herd sires for 2019
« on: June 22, 2019, 11:21:11 PM »
Those are some good looking bulls! I really like the style of the curfew bull and the depth,mass and muscle of belvedere.   

The Big Show / Re: Maternal Credentials
« on: May 01, 2019, 11:25:56 PM »
That appears to be a very useful bull you've got there!

Bill Jacobs once told me to pick a number say 550lbs at weaning for heifers keep all that are above and ship the rest.  Then 5 or so years down the line increase that number to 575 or 600 depending upon how well it is going.  After awhile all the poor producers will sort off.  A agree with philse most of the time the calves out of heifers dont meet the stated criteria at weaning but i keep the ones that do.  The one's i have kept seem to have worked out well.  I could see that genetically calves out of first calvers should be genetically superior yet because of the harshness of raising a firts calf on a cow they never quite produce as well as your middle aged females.  This in turn woul suggest that while these calve may have the genetice the environment (i.e. the mothers lesser production) the never achieve their full potential. 

The Big Show / Re: Keeping replacement hfrs out of first calf hfrs?
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:01:04 AM »
I believe they are called educated idiot's!

Cf sonic, ar su lu tonic, jfs goldenrod, crooked post stockman, jr legend, lc diamond cutter, chs royalty,  dunbeacon venture, sc irish mark, ideal irish, i will try to think of some more.

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