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The Big Show / Re: This Year's Show Bull
« on: August 09, 2019, 08:37:07 AM »
Sandman just wrapped up his breeding season. Between 2 herds he bred for 14 weeks and bred close to 80 females.  Not too shabby

The Big Show / Re: 1107 lb. weaning weight
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:11:49 AM »
As with any SAV bull you gotta let the smoke clear, let some early adopters use them and see which ones are actually useful.  SAV America himself isn't real big framed but as you can imagine was extremely fat. If I'm not mistaken SAV sell all their bulls untested so that's a risk the buyers take I guess. Although I understand the buyers insure them for fertility so Herbster won't be out much if he never passes. I've never been a Charlo fan so I don't have much interest in SAV President or SAV America unless they prove me wrong down the road.

The Big Show / Re: 2019 spring calf birth weights
« on: March 01, 2019, 03:05:34 PM »
We started below our normal average and then the weights jumped up.  Pretty much like the weather dropped. 30 days later BWs are higher.

The Big Show / Re: New Donor Cows
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:49:19 PM »
2 cows off to the ET center today.  New pic of N7's Mary KT 30Y and her full sister, N7's Net Mary KT 9X.  Still trying to decide on bulls. Other than docility neither need much improvement in my opinion.  9X has really clicked with Sitz Upward sons and bulls of that type (more frame and growth).

The Big Show / Re: SAV Angus Valley
« on: February 19, 2019, 08:22:33 AM »
They'll come easy and they will grow well.  Our only issue with them has been feet aren't great and they can be a bit straight off the front shoulders. As far as calving ease he's the kind you're looking for.  No 60lb little midgets but how hard pulls either.  Calves are made right for calving ease.

The Big Show / Re: Question for Canadians
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:39:41 AM »
Yup I agree with Rusty - we have canarm bowls.  Not fancy, use lots of electricity but they probably handle as much cold as anything. They're relatively cheap, easy to fix, and parts are readily available when needed.  Ritchie bowls are alright as well. I don't have any but I know lots who do.

The Big Show / Re: "Not a bad day, uh?" -tollbooth willy
« on: February 11, 2019, 01:25:50 PM »
Odds are slim he makes all of  that money back unless he turns out to be the next Final Answer and produces marketable semen for 14 years. Most of that is a tax write off for Herbster. But I can honestly say I've never seen so much buzz about a bull's price.  Good or bad, it's hard to buy that kind of publicity. Name recognition alone will go a long way to earning that money back. 

The Big Show / Re: Bulls Heads
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:29:44 AM »
Came across a couple bull pics.  First one is pretty nice headed for a thickness and power type of bull. Certainly not a calving ease type.  Second picture is starting to get to that "puggy" stage in my opinion.  Notice the raised brows and curved nose.  To me those cattle lack some growth and females tend to be less fertile with those heads, especially i the more extreme cases.

The Big Show / Re: Bulls Heads
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:54:23 AM »
A hair off topic but....Cross Diamond Cattle Co. of Nebraska measures baby calves heads in order to help judge calving ease. Readings had varied from 51.5-42 cm.
Interesting. I suppose that is not much different than using the tape measure for birth weights.  Head type and size usually follows pretty consistently with body type. Long narrow head -> tall narrow animal, tiny head -> tiny calf, short stout head-> short stout calf.

The Big Show / Re: Bulls Heads
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:37:09 AM »
Heres a long yearling on grass-NO : her left rear leg didnt start like that-theres a metal rod in it-She still managed to come back from an extremely bad calfhood. She was injured through most of it. Although I dont think her head had alot to do with how she developed along in spite of it all that O0

Agreed Mark that's a nice headed heifer, broken leg or not haha. We need an "injury prone" EPD I think  (pop)

The Big Show / Re: Bulls Heads
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:22:54 AM »
Back to the topic of heads, here's a good example of a day old calf that has the right kind of head in my opinion.  Muzzle is almost as wide as his forehead.  Maybe a bit more set to his eyes (more hooded so you can't see them from head on) would be ideal. His mother isn't ideal in that way and accordingly she has had pinkeye in the past.  Pretty direct correlation around here.  If I can see their eyeballs from the front, they will get pinkeye in their lifetime.

The Big Show / Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:07:39 AM »
Perhaps SP readers leave and/or quit commenting on The Big Show is due to the PISSING MATCH and NEGATIVE COMMENTS made by Mark Tennebaum, XBAR and E6 Durhams in the two threads...

Top Five Thickest Shorthorn Bulls Available and
Thick Bull?  You Aint Gonna Use One Anyway!   


People DO NOT like all the NEGATIVITY.  We can watch and read and hear that everywhere, on the radio, on TV, on the internet.  Plus, some readers may be hesitant to post or comment for fear of being Chastized for their remarks when reading what is said to other posters.


The negativity is a bit overwhelming but on a slow day at the office those threads are entertaining haha. But I rarely wade into their conversations so I see what you mean about people being reluctant to engage.

The Big Show / Re: Bulls Heads
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:00:13 AM »
I'm a big believer of selecting for head shape.  Wide muzzle, hooded eye, nice poll. No long heads, no pug heads.

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