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The Big Show / Re: Ace or Thorazine?
« on: August 16, 2019, 07:12:42 PM »
My halter of choice is actually halter breaking the calf and not drugging it. Ace and Thorazine are both illegal tranquilizers to use on cattle. Per FDA standards. Its a federal crime.
If you cant halter break the calf, dont be an ass that breaks laws.

I had a heifer that was in a wild, hot HOT heat at nationals. She was bawling, and trying to jump EVERYTHING that stood still. She is more than halter broke, been to at least 10 shows this year. Send her to the ring, dragging a kid, trying to jump everything.... or give her something to take the edge off her heat???? No way with the fees involved you are leaving her in the stall, so why make a kid miserable showing a raging heat heifer???

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The Big Show / Re: how are shows going?
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:43:08 PM »
Yes, I have. I know the Simmental nationals will be live, and I think the regionals were too (I saw it being recorded), but you find the link on Facebook. That is about all the coverage I have seen. Maybe Nationals will be better covered by The Pulse and such?



Have you guys noticed how little coverage there is anymore?

I used to log on to the Sullivan Blog, Lautner Blog, and Rodgers Blog first thing every Monday morning.  There were always show results and pictures from the weekend shows.

Not any more.  I don't know if nobody is providing them with the information, or if they have chosen to lay back on the coverage.  Sure there is some coverage but nothing like it was 3 years ago.

I have no idea who or which steers are doing well this year.

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The Big Show / Re: how are shows going?
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:31:46 PM »
We have had a good year so far. South Central Regionals was in OK a few weeks ago. We had the 6th high purebred bull (Shell Shocked x Upgrade), pictured, and the 7th high purebred heifer (Grand Fortune x Rockin Robin), also pictured.
We are also dragging a nice Bandwagon embryo heifer (Hera), and a Declaration 3/4 blood (Oreo).

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The Big Show / Anyone go to Jeff Miller sale?
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:04:52 PM »
Great guy! We have two cows we purchased from him as show heifers that in production. He is a great guy to work with. I hope his sale was a huge success! Did anyone go? How did it go?

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The Big Show / Re: Water thaw or pocket thaw
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:02:42 PM »
Genex semen can be pocket thawed. We do it all the time. However, other semen is different.

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The Big Show / Re: Cane Code for TKCC Classified
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:59:51 PM »
FSR I think he has been working on a lot of different stuff. He seems to put a good long and beat front on everything with good depth and spring of rib.

I used him on a SF cow this year. She has always put plenty of power, bone, and depth in her calves but lacks the cool front. Fingers crossed.

I need to be careful stacking Upgrade (His paternal sire) on Upgrade in my females. Many of our cows are Upgrade sired, or grand-sired. I used a straw last night on a Built Right x Wide Track cow. Hoping she sticks!

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The Big Show / Re: Cane Code for TKCC Classified
« on: April 22, 2019, 09:15:13 PM »
Should be SM218C That was what was on my invoice from Cattle Visions last fall.

Found out today he is also 16SM2566. I called today to verify, and yep, he was collected at another place. So happy I got a cane on him!!!!

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The Big Show / Re: Cane Code for TKCC Classified
« on: April 21, 2019, 07:35:05 AM »
Thanks, I figured that. They are not open on weekends. I bought a cane off a good friend for way under his normal price, but wanted to make sure of the cane code before I moved them to my tank. I was hoping someone on here would have it.

Again, thanks!

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The Big Show / Cane Code for TKCC Classified
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:26:35 PM »
Can anyone tell me the cane code for TKCC Classified? Also, what kind of cows does he seem to be working with?

Thanks!

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The Big Show / Re: Electronic Heat Detection Systems
« on: February 17, 2019, 05:22:49 PM »
best bang for your $ IMO, Gomer bull with a chinball marker. (dog) (dog)

We don't want any bulls around, so that will not work. Looking for other options. There is a system out that that measures activity of the cow, along with a bunch of other stuff. I can not look at the cows in the morning before work, and my help has missed several heats because they were not looking for signs of heat. I hate losing time on the cattle, so I am looking for other options.

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The Big Show / Re: Electronic Heat Detection Systems
« on: February 16, 2019, 07:20:56 PM »
Reviving this thread.  I have gone back to work full time, so finding it hard to hit some of the heats. What is out there that works well?

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The Big Show / Re: SSC Shell Shocked 44B
« on: January 27, 2019, 03:06:03 PM »
Thought I would update the pictures on our two shell shocked sired babies. The bull is a mid Feb, his dam is an Upgrade x Club King cow, and he is her second calf. We weighed them today, he was 930 pounds.
The heifer is a June born, so 7 months. Her dam is an Upgrade 3/4 blood we bought from Jeff Miller many years ago (she showed at nationals when it was in Nebraska, so that tells you how old she is!). The heifer weighed 556 pounds.
These cattle come VERY small. The bull was 58 pounds at birth, the heifer was 50 pounds at birth. They are the SMALLEST cattle ever born at our place, full term.
Shell Shocked seems to clean up the neck and shoulders, and add muscle. He does not seem to throw the white face. None of ours have had a white face so far, but often have a snip on the nose. Out of 10 straws of semen, we got 9 pregnancies, so I would say his semen has high fertility. Definitely has his place, I think.

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The Big Show / Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:47:10 AM »
I'v been a registered user since Jan 2010, but was just a stalker before that. Everything said on here is true and fits for me; I have very little interest in Shorthorn cattle (though I did buy 5 straws of Manimal to try for spring half blood calves, on a recommendation that came from this site). I started here to learn about daily hair care and feeding, and still use AAOK's base ration for our feed. We too are in the "moving out of show cattle" mode, with both of my kids getting older and ready to move on (the third one has been out for several years now). I will still breed the cattle and sell good quality seed stock, but will not likely show for much longer.
I check in here about once every few weeks, just to see what is new and who is active. I too was looking for information on Denver Bulls, this used to be the place to go to get the newest information on what was coming up! Doesn't seem that way anymore. I get most of my information and exchange discussions on Cattle Today, that board is more active but has the same banter as here.
Good thread to see who is still out there and active. I miss the old guys too, but life moves on and people go different directions.

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The Big Show / Re: SSC Shell Shocked 44B
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:35:50 PM »
That's great to hear from both of you. Really like the looks of that calf FSR!! It definitely sounds like Shell Shocked is proven heifer safe, however I have a question for you both and anyone else that cares to chime in.. I have a super thick clubby heifer that I will be breeding in March or April. I mean she is THICK and had a fairly heavy birthweight in the 90 lb range. What are your thoughts on using him on her? She's got great structure and will be a tank of a cow, I just want to make sure this first calving goes alright. Any thoughts? Thanks for all the info you've provided to this thread!
All of mine have come TINY! TINY! Tiny! Use him on heifers, they will come TINY! lol. I hope that helps

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The Big Show / Re: SSC Shell Shocked 44B
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:08:44 PM »
I have two that I still own (not sold as a pair last fall). I love them both still. The bull will be shown at Nationals is KY if he continues to grow like he has...I pictured him at 8 months old.
The heifer we have will likely be shown also, she is a June bred and owned. I will use him on heifers, without a doubt! The conception rate is really good on his semen too!


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