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I have used this before, I have never purchased from them, but did give me an idea of what i needed if I did go through with it.

I have a portable Preifert tub, corral, chute setup. All open sided panels and all chain together. I like it. The bow gates are about heavy and more than I like to handle setting up by myself. The other panels are not bad. Tub is 4 separate panels and easy to setup. Thats for a 180 sweep. I really like the preifert chute and palp cage. Not a real fan of the transport cart. About takes 2 guys to get lined up and then lift and lock into place. I do it by myself quite a bit but not ideal. If you don't move it very often though I really like the chute compaired to the others i have seen and used. I use this setup for a pasture then have old stand alone wood alleyway seti[ at my house. Then just hook my chute up to that when needed. The old one at the house is getting pretty worn down. Thinking about trying to set my whole preifert setup there somehow or putting it inside like what your doing. The place I bought all my stuff also sells fencing and setups from Corbin steel. http://www.corbinsteel.com/I would like to add a squeeze ally to mine someday. They have a Y panel that would be nice. At my place I Y off my chute from the ally. Then close off the chute and use the same ally to use for a loadout. 

The Big Show / Re: What Simmental Bull to use?
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:48:57 AM »
Don't know about Climax offspring but when I saw him at stud he acted like if there was no fence between you he was going to call you lunch.  Maybe I caught him on a bad day but if heifers acted half as crappy as he did they would all be hamburger at my place, not replacements.

The Big Show / Re: Club sires for disposition
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:37:49 AM »
Sunseekers were consistantly the best at my place out of any cows I bred them too. Now all my cows I can tag a calf in the open with the cow beside me with no troubles so that helps tremendously. Had my turns out of the same cows and completely different story there a few of them complete train wrecks. I think I will save the last of my straws of sunseeker in the tank for the next couple years for my sons first calves to show. 

The Big Show / Re: New Simmental Heifer, Suggestions?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:45:31 AM »
I have not seen a bad upgrade calf yet all of them I like and all the bulls at sales my eyes seem to go right to the upgrade bulls.  Genex has a blaze faced son called Allegiance that looks like he might even top upgrade. http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php?action=DETAIL&code=1SM00139&lang=EN
I think I am going to breed some to him this year. Plus breed some to upgrade.

The Big Show / Re: Show Cattle Prices
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:49:10 PM »
I have some 1/2 to 3/4 blood simm steers and heifers that are green and in the pasture, no creep. Calves all out my my purbred and 3/4 blood simm bulls out of HC Hummer and Nichols legacy cows. The top calves cows go back to meyer and I have some out of my turn and sunseeker that look really good, I am not going to have the time to mess with them this year. I usually keep most my heifers but I would say almost anything could be bought for 3K or under this year. Located 30 min south of Des Moines IA. I should be weaning them in the next 2-3 weeks.

The Big Show / Re: Water trough valves.
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:55:18 AM »
My step dad put in some Corbett waterers and they had a valve on the bottom with a steel float. They worked great but i'm not sure what brand of floats they used. They only used ground heat and i only saw one freeze up about 1/4 inch on the one that the 2 horses were on and no wind break. They others always have stayed open with 50 head or better on them. They just use ground heat and have about the size of a large trash can installed below the water tank.

The Big Show / Re: County Fair numbers
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:37:10 AM »
Just looking through the barns at our fair cattle numbers are much lower from 10 years ago, and dropped some from last. But with cattle numbers dropping over the last couple years and lowest since the 50's I would say a drop in numbers at the fair should be expected as well. I think next year is really going to see a drop if prices stay the same. 550 weights going for 1300 range, I say the people that were already spending 2500-3K on a calf, and the ones raising there own will still be there but the ones buying $800-1000 I imagine will drop off. Not sure how many people want to keep up with the market prices right now. Heck I raise cattle and I wouldn't want to be in the buying market for them. I can say the cattle I saw this year I saw prob a dozen that were some high dollar calves that you figured the grand champ was and did come from, but the other kids should be proud. I saw a lot of good home raised or local calves that were fed and finished for the fair. I find myself glancing over some of the really good calves and look harder at some of the cheaper bought or home raised calves, seeing what those kids did with prob less of a start. Too bad there is not something involved like rate of gain. Maybe rate of return, proof at what you buy them at, dollars invested, and money they sold. I think there was a lot of calves at our fair that should get a return and not a loss. I imagine its all the ones that stood 3rd place maybe down to last and last might make the most money. Guess what those kids are putting dollars in their bank. Hopefully they maybe spend it on a cow and start putting more dollars in the bank every year.

The Big Show / Re: Water trough valves.
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:06:32 AM »
I like the richie valves but tough to find them around me anymore or it takes a day or 2 for me to get time to get somewhere that is open 8-5pm and im at work then. I have swapped to franklin valves just because theisens usually has them in stock and are open till 9pm....I still keep a few extras on my shelf in the shop cause it always seems like i need one in jan. when everyone else does as well and they are all gone at the store. So far i have had pretty decent luck with the franklins not as tough as the richies, and the franklins are the same valves that mirafount runs as well. The one thing on the franklins is the float size is much smaller than the richies so i can get them into a few old concrete waterers that i have that nothing else seems to fit in there and work very well. Also the franklins you can actually rebuild the valves pretty easy. I know this year im stocking up on extra heaters early you could not find any for months around central ia.

I just sold some late calves at 550 and 600 lbs and they averaged 1100 dollars at the sale barn, I have some decent calves this year but won't even think about breaking and weaning early for anything less than 2K. I think that's the trouble you will run into this year trying to find a calf at 1500 dollars if prices stay the same. If you want a good calf for around 1500 I think your going to have to stay away from sales and go find a farm like mine without a big name and buy them out of the pasture, take them early and break them yourself. I would think about selling one for 1500 that way. When you wean calves in aug and sept to get ready for fall sales you put a lot of time and extra money in feed in those calves before they are sold. When my 700 lbs at the salebarn in Jan bring 1200 to 1300 with less costs I'm loosing money at 1500 for club calves unless my time is worthless. And anymore I would rather spend more time with my family instead of countless hours washing and clipping in the barn even though I do enjoy it its just not on the top of the list anymore.

The Big Show / Re: Club Calf bulls
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:41:43 PM »
I have had some Blue Bloods (hanibal son) the past couple years. They have really made the greatest steers and heifers out of my high percentage simmys. I have one heifer i bred this year that looks like she might be the best Clubbie bred heifer I have kept. We will see how she raises a calf hopefully next spring.

The Big Show / Re: Cool Room Alternative
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:19:21 PM »
The one think is maint. Brine = rust and very quickly. So you are really going to have to keep up with the maint on the system like a salt water boat. Otherwise in a couple years you might be replacing everything due to corrosion. I have seen a couple older ice rink systems and they all look like they are ready to fall apart. I think there might be a solution they are using in them that is less corrosive but not sure off the top of my head. You could concrete over the coils that would give you ground insulation and once conrete is initially cooled it would stay cooler longer with less work on the system to keep cold. Plus slope it so it would drain.

The Big Show / Re: Need info on these bulls
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:56:23 PM »
I have raised some decent my turns in the past but dispositions were not the best. Same cows bred to other bulls the dispositions were fine. I do have a couple my turn heifers I kept and they are making decent cows but are def. the first ones to run the other direction from you in the pasture. Not mean but just seem they don't want to be close and flighty.

The Big Show / Re: Semen tank app
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:50:37 AM »
excell file i built.....can print it off and use that when working and not worry about it getting covered in crap. Then when i'm done i can put it on my phone if i want to look in the off season.

The Big Show / Re: New definition for Clubby bred
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:01:15 PM »
Most of my cows are sim angus cows with not to many clubby bred cows in the heard. In the past I have gotten hit mainly on the really harry ones. This year the only calf I took a hit on was a super thick angus calf out a first calf sim heifer that had quite a bit of hair but lost his tail switch.....Same deal there not many cuts of meat come from the tail but they still dock them. But on the harry ones I understand they do not take the heat as well and they get a lot of pounds of mud caked on there in the feedlots so I can't say I blame them there.

The Big Show / Re: Where to go... Where to go?
« on: September 06, 2012, 04:23:18 PM »
I'm located just south of Des Moines if your in the area. Most of my steers are black but I do have a smoke One and Only heifer and a Red and White Salty Dog steer. Also have a really good blue roan shorthorn cross steer.

Bob Dyer

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