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The Big Show / Re: Birth Weight
« on: November 03, 2019, 10:45:58 AM »
Kept a Critical Mass heifer. 128# bw. Bred her to a bet the ranch calving ease Red Angus bull. Had to use my Ford Ranger to get the calf out dead of course. She ended up taking a twin I had and guess what happened the next year!!!! DOA calf again being bred calving ease also that time.

Had a 112# Simmental x Shorthorn heifer this year. Soon as I weighed her she went on the sale barn list, NEVER AGAIN!

The Big Show / Re: Simmy bull big casino
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:40:54 AM »
Has anyone used Simmy bull big casino?
I have, buddy has. Probably had 25 calves between the 2 of us. Had a good heifer last year that didn't breed. A heifer that got sold as she was wildern any bull I ever rode.
Buddy may have kept 2-3 back as replacements.

I had a lot of hope in the bull, they did grow well. They were either nuts or didn't breed here. Got 8 units in my tank I'll sell you for $100!

The Big Show / Re: Simm bulls
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:17:00 AM »
Hooks Yukon covers most of those bases.

cool.  who would know if he's homo solid? owners? or another user who has spotted up cattle? anyone use him on holsteins?
Knabe I have not used him but on average you will find most I think of the Hook cattle are going to be white removers if the bull is not a baldy himself. Tom or Ed I'm sure could tell you how many generations solid breeding he is. http://www.hookfarms.com/hook-s-yukon

The Big Show / Re: Simm bulls
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:11:36 AM »
Depends on what you're going for.
Commercial here, absolutely no show considerations... breeding mainly for high WW, as we sell weaned calves; but also selecting for high marbling, high REA and good Shear.

1. Solid red, rather than R/W - but WS All In W111 sired some great ones here... sad that we only got one heifer, but looking forward to seeing what she produces in the future.
2. Have several young cows/heifers in the herd now sired by Long's Shear Pleasure, a white-faced, homo black/polled 3/4-blood Hooks Shear Force 38K son.  Really like them; their steer counterparts were good.   
First PRS Blazin' Hot (homo black/polled white-face PB) daughters will be calving this spring... they may be the best looking bunch of heifers we've ever raised... a little concerned about low milk, but we'll see.
3. I'd like to try a round of Long's Damien... Shear ForceXLucky Man.
While we've been sort of stacking Shear Force, by using sons/grandsons, I'd still like to use some of the old bull himself... but probably won't ever get to that.
Lucky give Tom a call, last I knew they had a bunch left on Shear Force. I still got a few units around waiting for perfect heifer to breed to.

The Big Show / Re: Best red Simmental bulls for AI
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:16:50 PM »
The calves I saw were out of performance Fleck influenced females.  He was used on these females for calving ease and see what kind of calves this small light birth weight  bull would produce.  The breeders that used him like his consistency on birth weight and other traits.  He seems to be siring good footed calves (what can you see on yearlings?) with some eye appeal.  He does not fit the mold of many calving ease bulls that put out plain, narrow cattle that are hard to market.  People like his females as they seem practical in that they carry on the calving ease of the sire and aren't problem children.  I would like to see how he would do on American bloodlines versus Canadian.
Thanks Mark, I am planning on using him on an Idea x TNT Top Gun, an Autobahn x Redestined, probably the Redestined.

Is he throwing an baldies on baldie cows?

The Big Show / Re: Best red Simmental bulls for AI
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:32:52 PM »
Mark H I just got some Sheriff semen and wondering what else besides calving ease you can tell me about him?

The Big Show / Re: Midwest Bred Heifer/Cow sales
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:17:21 PM »

Looks to be a few interesting ones on few sales there

The Big Show / Re: Liquid nitrogen
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:34:19 AM »
Same stuff but how much semen do you have in your tank? Couple of my buddies bring me their tanks in the winter and I store their semen for them. We have a dairy farm also so I spend enough yet. If that's an option for you to go in with someone or buy a bigger/longer holding tank may be cheaper in long run for you.

The Big Show / Re: Fair market animal weigh backs
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:58:14 AM »
I see.  I don't think you could even pump 26% without killing one.  That's 338 pounds if the full weight was 1300.  I gotta go with XBar on this one - didn't happen.  Somebody made a mistake, probably the sale barn - it happens (probably mixed up tag numbers). 

In that situation 5% is the higher end of normal.  In commercial transactions where shrink is accounted for it's generally 2-3%.
It wasn't a sale barn mistake. Seen the steer sell online at market. We have pumped 40 gallons into down dairy cows before.

The Big Show / Re: Fair market animal weigh backs
« on: December 14, 2016, 05:41:29 PM »
26% shrink didn't happen.  They stole your calf. 

5% is a common standard.
Not my calf. I'm a superintendent. I'm thinking he was pumped Wednesday to Sunday...........then shrunk really bad over night stand at sale barn.......

The Big Show / Re: Fair market animal weigh backs
« on: December 14, 2016, 05:40:37 PM »
So you have an official weigh in on Wednesday for a show on Friday, but you have to weigh back on Sunday?  No weigh back at show time?  Is this a terminal show, where the weights are used for selling the calf?  Sorry for the questions, just trying to understand.

Around here we turn in our own weights and the top 2-5 calves in each class are weighed back after the class, and must weigh back within 5% of the weight on the card.  If they don't they're disqualified.  We used to have an official weigh in a day or two before the show, with the same weigh back process.  5% is pretty typical for cattle and hogs, I believe 2 lbs. is allowed for sheep and goats.
Wednesday is weight for Friday show. Sunday weight is what they sell at.

The Big Show / Fair market animal weigh backs
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:30:00 AM »
Any fair have a rule on acceptable weigh backs on beef and hogs? In a % I'd assume. What's acceptable at the commercial level for shrink?

We weigh Wednesday night for class breaks to show Friday for the beef. Then are weighed again Sunday. Most of them weights are acceptable every year. Ones I see go thru Sale barn on Monday and Thursday sometimes make you scratch your head. Had one at 26% shrink last year from Sunday to Monday am............

Haven't seen any weights on hogs but if we are going to make a rule it will be all weighed market animals.

The Big Show / Re: Oldest bull in the tank
« on: September 16, 2016, 08:36:37 AM »
SSS-SCF Autobahn 020G, born in 1997. Had used a bunch few years ago when cattle were real high and sold all the heifers. Wanted a few around again so used 2-3 this year.

Got an original unit of Who Made Who yet born in 96. Will use to flush someday or sell?

L T 598 Bando 9074 will use on some SimAngus cattle here next few years born 99.

Bulls I won't use well as original poster said will/have used on hard breeding dairy cows!

The Big Show / Re: Best Deal you've found!
« on: August 30, 2016, 02:34:26 PM »
Went to a private treaty load and go sale to buy pair of 3/4 sisters that were PB Simmental as most sale were. Paid I think $3,700 for the pair a bred heifer and a open. Walking thru the rest of the offering I seen a Hairy x PB Simmental open. I said what's deal if I take her too and paid $950 for her. Sold her first heifer for $2,600, 2nd $3,450 and has a really nice bull calf at side that may see clean up duty next year. She is ultrasounded safe again carrying a heifer so we better try and keep that one.

Good deal on her, oh and other 2. Bred heifer kept 2 years and couldn't calve on her own. Open never got bred. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not!

The Big Show / Re: who sells small grain auger
« on: August 29, 2016, 03:09:45 PM »

Don't know what stores you had close so I just googled an online place that has them. 4" x 11' looks to be about smallest but google search of utility augers may help you.

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