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The Big Show / Re: Biss element 79 what ever happened
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:32:51 PM »
A grandaughter of BISS Element won an Interbreed show in Australia this year. This is her pic.

The Big Show / Re: All That Glitters Online Sale in the Covid world
« on: October 07, 2020, 05:37:19 PM »
A secial thanks to the bidders and buyers at the All That Glitters online sale. Top seller was Saskvalley Curfew 41C to Prospect Hill Shorthorns( Les and Shelley Peterson and Skyvirtu Ranches, Joni and Kevin Schaub) at $5125 ( opting for 100% interest) High Selling female was Diamond Garland May 42G to Linda Fisher, Sweetgrass Ranches at $4400. High selling embryos were Diamond Minnie Searle 11S x Balmoral Oaks Eagle 9X to Meagan Wirsta at $1300 per embryo. High selling semen was the Royalla Rockstar K274 to Bernard Leahy at $200 per straw.

The Big Show / All That Glitters Online Sale in the Covid world
« on: September 28, 2020, 07:08:57 PM »
This year our sale is online with only bred heifers, a senior herd sire, a couple of embryo packages and some semen lots.


The Big Show / Re: Herd Bull Pictures
« on: September 05, 2020, 01:05:18 PM »
Our senior herd sires at the end of August, we had the best grass growing season in several years.
Saskvalley Curfew 41C and Hatfield Bingo 2F

The Big Show / Re: Herd Bull Pictures
« on: June 10, 2020, 03:04:31 PM »
A couple of our herd bulls this year. The white one is Hatfield Bingo 2F by Diamond Director 7D and out of a Diamond Prohecy 21P cow. The red is Diamond General 40F, a Diamond Belvedere 29B son out of a Glenford Captain 39X daughter. He is seeing limited use before heading to his new home, a 500 head commercial herd in the foothills.
 Diamond General 40G had a 4.91 ADG for 100 days, he was the high gaining bull. He also indexed 111 for marbling.

The Big Show / Re: optimum cow size
« on: June 10, 2020, 02:30:58 PM »
Here is a very interesting video on selection in the beef cattle industry, well worth the watch! (clapping)


The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: May 27, 2020, 03:35:46 PM »

The Big Show / Re: E- Scrabble
« on: May 27, 2020, 03:33:15 PM »

« on: May 27, 2020, 03:32:40 PM »
On both CSA and ASA there is a tab that shows any DNA testing that has been done. It is a really good feature for those wanting to avoid a genetic condition. I think more breeders should insist on these tests for potential herd bulls and especially AI sires. In this bull's case he has been tested for everything including the 50K. If more breeders did the testing we would see higher accuracies.
Also thsi bull's dam has some calving ease, she is sired by a Haumont bull and CF Prosperity was not only one of the first Trump bulls used but also probably of the better and most consistent lower birth weight sires from that breeding.

Great group of bulls again this year.
Link to DLMS.ca to view sale and online bidding. Starts at 1:00 pm MST APRIL 2


The Big Show / Re: Let's see some new calves!
« on: March 28, 2020, 05:36:54 PM »
Some of this years calves. First photo is a Royalla Rockstar K274, second is a Northern Legend 3N and some Rockstars after some snowy weather. Third is photo of some calves sleeping after it warmed up a few days ago.

The Big Show / Re: What do you think of this bull?
« on: March 26, 2020, 11:17:00 AM »
There is a really good selection of bulls. This guy is I think one of the best ever raised here. I don't select on EPD's but they are another tool in the tool box. He has some EPD's in the top 1% of the breed but actual weights and scan data to back them up. He had a heavier birth weight than some like but he was born while we were at the sale last year and up running around when we got home. I personally would question the value of a mature
that couldn't pop a calf his size out but that's a whole long thread....   ;D
 He has 50K genomically enhanced EPD's. Free by pedigree of DS,TH, PHA and myostatin variants. He has BW, WW and YW's and a back scan contributing to his outstanding EPD's. Top 1% of the breed for WW, YW, REA and $F, Top 2% $BMI, marbling, ST, top 5% YG, Top 10% TM, CEM, Top 15% CW. Sired by an ET son of The Grove Kookaburra W735 and Diamond Whitney Maid 14W and out of an ET daughter of Crooked Post Grissom 24T and Kenlene Secret Maid 6T(bred by the late Phil Butterfield) 100% both Canadian and American herd books.



The Big Show / Re: What do you think of this bull?
« on: March 24, 2020, 05:41:52 AM »
Prolly a dozen bulls in this sale that I like better than either of these.  The Red Bulls rear third is oddly disproportionate to the rest of his body.   The lot 4 Red Bull on the other hand is very good.
I think there are a lot of useful bulls, Lot 4 is a pretty neat package.


The Big Show / Re: What do you think of this bull?
« on: March 23, 2020, 04:00:10 PM »
I do not know that but it cost me $10 a head.  I did wait until he was in the general area.
There are only a couple of CUP lab technicians in our area. At the present we try to submit BW, WW, YW, Scan info, 50K and DNA tests.....I would add tenederness to the mix but it would have to come with our current scans as there really is a limit to the costs incurred to try and verify your product!
Here is the other Hill Haven Fire Storm 28C bull selling in the sale. He is an ET out the Frimley Wedgewood Clare 2W cow.


Here is a link to his EPD's , pedigree, performance and DNA tab


The Big Show / Re: What do you think of this bull?
« on: March 20, 2020, 05:34:15 PM »
As far as I know the border is not closed to trucking of products or livestock but things seem to change daily. On a plus side for American buyers our dollar is nose diving, so $1000 Canadian is now about $700 US.

The couple of Firestorms DU has had were easy calving.

How and where do you get a tenderness test?

Here is the link to his EPD's, performance tab has his scan info andhis performance results, he also has a 50K. DNA results on DNA tab.


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