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The Big Show / Re: Sale Barn Designs
« on: January 22, 2011, 12:31:47 AM »
That's actually my plan for the facility. We have all the pens right next to the site location, so the bulls will be penned outside in their normal feeding groups. This way nothing gets moved around, the animals are content and settled and not fighting or horsing around. We would not be installing a 'sale ring', but would rather have a large overhead screen and full video for each lot. I've been in too many buildings that have a ring installed and isn't usable otherwise. This way you can clean up the chairs and the bleachers and all you'd have taking up space in the building is the auction block.

Not sure if I'm going to make it up for Davidsons this year. I've been up the past couple years but we're expecting a baby around that time so I'm not too crazy about leaving home. Obviously the most important thing in a facility is that you can hold a sale in it. A nice facility won't make anyone bid any more money. It has to be functional first and foremost!

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The Big Show / Re: Sale Barn Designs
« on: January 21, 2011, 03:23:47 PM »
I've got a pretty good idea as far as the layout and the technology I want to move into the barn. What are some of the cool features you have seen in different sale barns? Things like kitchens, restrooms, bars, etc? Also, what do you see for seating in a lot of on-farm barns? Are they using folding chairs, or bleachers? Are the bleachers aluminum or wood? All kind of different things to consider!

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The Big Show / Re: Sale Barn Designs
« on: January 18, 2011, 01:36:36 PM »
Couldn't find any pics on their site. My plan is to go approx 40x60 and put a wall in the middle dividing it in half. Half the building would be used for feed storage, and also storage for the skid steer and the Ranger. Come sale day it can be cleaned up and used for a meal or settlement. Put mens and women's rest rooms in the middle, then the other 30x40 portion can be used for the sale ring and maybe a small bar. Use the moveable bleachers that can be folded up and set against the wall and you have another half building that can be used for vehicle or machinery storage for 11 months out of the year. Not sure if 40x60 is going to be big enough though....

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The Big Show / Sale Barn Designs
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:17:54 PM »
I know there's been a lot of talk about show barn plans and designs, but I'm going to change this up a bit. We're looking at possibly building a sale facility at our place. I'd like the building to be used for more than just the sale though so we can use it year round. Does anyone have a similar facility at their place, or experience with facilities like these? I'd love to see any pictures, drawings, plans, or hear any ideas or recomendations you might have.

Thanks!

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The Big Show / Re: Broken or dislocated shoulder on bred heifer
« on: January 17, 2011, 04:57:30 PM »
Funny story - we actually sold a heifer at Agribition in Canada this fall. New owner wanted her to go to Denver. We bring her home and a week later she spooks on the ice and screws up her front shoulder. She made it nearly 3 weeks of progressively getting worse until we were nearly ready to put her down. Vet wanted to try one last thing. She said that if the heifer was laying around quite a bit it was actually causing the condition to worsen rather then improve because the leg would go numb. We cut back on her bedding and moved it further from her water and feed. Week later you would never tell it was the same animal. Actually kicked her out with the rest of the replacement heifers yesterday and she bucked and kicked like a champ!

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The Big Show / Re: Waterer Keeps Freezing
« on: December 18, 2010, 01:38:49 PM »
We've been sitting at around 0 for raw temp, -20 with wind chill for the past couple days. We have the splatter proof lights in the rest of our metal tanks and typically don't have any problems. The door on this Poly tank is small enough that you can't get a splatter proof bulbs below, so you're restricted to just a standard light bulb.

Other issue to consider - this tank is setup with the hose system, so whatever is placed next to it to keep it thawed can't be too hot, or it'll burn through the rubber hose.

The propane heater option probably isn't the worst idea, but would it get too hot and melt through the poly?

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The Big Show / Waterer Keeps Freezing
« on: December 18, 2010, 12:44:53 PM »
Hoping to pick some brains with this topic. I'm about out of ideas already.

We have a Franklin Poly livestock waterer setup in a fenceline to service 2 pens. This is the 100 head capacity waterer. One side of the tank is plugged, so water is only available on one side. We keep having issues with the water line freezing in the tank. There is an element in the tank that is keeping the bowl open though. I have heat tape (36" long, thermostat controlled) that runs down the hole to keep the line open below ground. I believe the line is freezing between the valve and the float. Tried putting a light bulb under the tank, but there's not a whole heck of a lot of room in there, and the bulb keeps shattering from moisture hitting it.

Any ideas on what a person could put in the limited space under this tank to generate some heat and keep the supply line thawed? I'm trying to find either some kind of sticky heat tape, or even looking for a light that could be plugged right in to the outlet.

Would love to hear some ideas!

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The Big Show / Re: Exciting Times at Agribition
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:26:15 PM »
We were stalled down in the Char barn and got to hear all the good gossip about this. I'm not sure how much of this is factual, but I've heard the same story quite a few times now from different people.

The cow was part of a cow/calf pair. The cow was pumped with 7 liters of 7-Up, and apparently the bull calf got a good dose as well. While in the ring the nose started turning blue and the tongue hanging out, the guy on the end of the halter just kept stuffing the tongue back in her mouth. Ended up 2nd or 3rd in class. On the way back to the stall the bull calf got loose and they left him and were just trying to run the cow down the aisle so she could drop in tie-outs.

My understanding is that Agribition immediately took possession of the cow carcass and shipped it to University of Saskatoon for a post-mortem.

My understand is the owner was one of them helping to tube the animal, so who knows. Bull calf supposedly nearly died as well, but on Saturday morning he was still there. They also won Champion bull with a different animal.


A person has to wonder how many times this could have been avoided. If someone across the aisle would have said something, if the judge would have excused the animal from the ring, if the owner would have used his head...luckily Agribition did a great job with it and the barn wasn't quarantined!

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The Big Show / Re: Agribition Stalls
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:03:07 AM »
Already got the call plan taken care of. Found out the hard way that the Blackberry data plan is apparently "international data roaming" in Canada. Good excuse to turn my phone off so I'm not answering emails from the office the whole time.

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The Big Show / Re: Agribition Stalls
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:51:01 AM »
Good to know. What's the average space/animal? We've got 6 head - 3 calves, 2 breds, and a big bull. Just figuring how long of a chain or cable I'm going to need.

What other stuff am I forgetting that could make my life easier?

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The Big Show / Agribition Stalls
« on: November 17, 2010, 06:00:20 PM »
What is the stalling like in the barns for Agribition? I've seen a few people who bring chains or cables and bring them to tie higher to. Do I need to be bringing corral panels or something with like we do for NWSS so you can tie with heads up?

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The Big Show / Re: Keeping Halter On
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:59:27 PM »
Sounds better than bringing portable corrale panels with :)

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The Big Show / Re: Keeping Halter On
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:29:52 PM »
Wow, I hate to even admit this, but we've never done anythign with the neck rope through the halter at tie outs. I imagine you just kind of slip the neck rope under the halter and then complete the loop and clip it onto the ring?

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The Big Show / Keeping Halter On
« on: November 15, 2010, 11:50:46 AM »
I've got a coming 2 year old bull that has figured out how to pop his halter off if he rubs it the right way. We're taking him to Agribition next week, and the last thing I want to do is run around Regina after a big bull. We've tried running a zip tie through the knot, and that doesn't seem to do it. Any other ideas? Or should I just give JIT a head's up now so he knows who the bull visiting his stall every night belongs to.

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Wanted / WTB - Upright Show Box
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:25:09 PM »
Looking to purchase a Sullivan's upright showbox. Looking for the 5' model with the two doors. Please message me if you have one to sell.

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