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The Big Show / Pasture pics *resized
« on: July 06, 2016, 06:17:35 PM »
Finally getting a chance to post some pics.  Calving season was a breeze and with all the early rain we had, the cattle are in as good as shape as I can remember.  I calved a little later than in past years and that definitely plays a big factor into how good of shape the cows are in coming into the hot dry part of the summer.  One of the challenges I face is trying to balance calving later in the spring with conception rates late July and August.  It was over 100 today and it's forecasted to be high 90/100s for likely the next couple months.  Calves this year are sired by Saskvalley Alamo and Waukaru Forward.  This year, Alamo is servicing heifers and 2nd calvers; Forward is with the commercial cows, and the newest addition: Leveldale Genesis is with a smaller group of purebred mature cows.  Slowly but surely, I am putting together a set of cows that I feel fits my vision of what functional beef cattle should look like, and accordingly, of how they should perform. 

« on: May 23, 2016, 08:55:37 AM »
Ran across a very interesting and informative piece about the Irish Black cattle breed.  I had vaguely herd of the breed prior but never really read much into them.  Does anyone here have any experience with the breed? I know their breeding philosophy is one I highly subscribe to.  Hoping maybe someone here has some personal experience to share?


**Maurice Boney is worried about the beef business. He says the U.S. cow herd is too diverse, comprised of too many breeds and too many gene-trait combinations, to ever produce consistently high-quality products for consumers.
So he's spent much of his life trying to do something about it. Boney, who ranches near Johnstown, Colo., has been developing a linebred breed of cattle called Irish Blacks and Irish Reds for nearly 40 years. The breed, trademarked by Boney and marketed under an exclusive contractual agreement to a select but growing group of producers in 22 states, is gaining attention from cattle feeders, packers and restaurateurs as an answer to many of the industry's most pressing concerns. Derived primarily from Friesian genetics and a small amount of Black Angus genetics (35 years ago) from the old Revolution line, the breed has been close-herd line-bred for built-in genetic predictability to transmit quality genetics for fertility, production attributes and superior beef quality.

The genetic make-up of a large portion of today's beef herds is highly heterozygous, explains Boney. Because most cattle in the U.S. cow herd are heterozygous instead of homozygous for important production and carcass traits, they've lost their ability to transmit desirable genetics for carcass quality and fertility to their offspring. The result of all this heterozygosity, explains Boney, is genetic instability, inconsistency and diminishing beef quality.

The extremely broad and ever-expanding gene pools of today's cow herds will only ensure beef's quality continues to decline, he says. That's why we have concentrated on producing a highly concentrated, small genetic pool of cattle for correcting many of the problems the industry faces today. Less than two percent of cattle attain the Prime quality grade. The percentage of Choice-quality carcasses falls every year. Our program is built on correcting those problems by producing cattle with heightened predictability to transmit superior, proven genes to their offspring. Boney's efforts trace back to 1971 when he began implementing a linebreeding program built on the teachings of Dr. Jay Lush, a professor at Iowa State University and world-renowned geneticist.

Both Guy Gould and Maurice Boney believe there are six fundamental reasons for commercial producers to use Irish Blacks and Irish Reds: First, genetic purity. The breed has four decades of disciplined line-breeding behind it. It has had no other breed's blood introduced into its small gene pool, which has been the case in many pure breeds in the United States.

It's most important to understand that a percentage bull cannot, and will not, reproduce himself, says Boney. Simple arithmetic bears this out: calves sired by a halfblood bull only possess 25 percent of the blood that one is trying to make improvements with. Then consider one's chances when using a percentage bull whose gene pool is made up of several different breeds. The result of such matings will produce a broader more diverse gene pool with hundreds of different gene trait combinations.

Adds Boney: The big bonus for the commercial producer in using our purebred bulls is the resulting heifer calves. These F1 heifers should be retained......."

The Big Show / Thomas Leader 13C
« on: November 04, 2015, 11:53:26 AM »
Does anyone know where to find any vials of Thomas Leader 13C?  I've asked around some with no luck but I'm still holding out that someone will have some-

Anyone have any more pictures of the bull or maybe pictures of daughters?

The Big Show / Bernie
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:11:02 PM »
He may not have all the answers, but he certainly recognizes the issues most worth addressing:

The Big Show / somewhere between 0-100%
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:57:55 AM »


The Big Show / SC
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:30:49 AM »
No scrotal measurements = fertility???. 

Is scrotal measurement an indicator of fertility or age of puberty?

From what I have read there is a very high positive correlation between scrotal circumference and fertility.  This stays true to a point then tapers off at more extreme measurements.  I don't disagree with you that it also measures the speed of maturation of the bulls as well, which is also a desirable trait in my opinion.

Some breeds have a heifer pregnancy and/or a stayability EPD that would ~directly measure fertility in females but I am not familiar with the details.

Interesting.  My understanding is that the relationship only refers to age of sexual maturity.  Maybe I'm wrong.   I had the discussion not too long ago with a friend and he, like you, felt the relationships were synonymous: earliest sexually maturing = most fertile.   

I had 2, 15 month old heifers calve this summer and, last week, after witnessing one of my 7 month old bull calves service, not ride,  a 6 month old heifer who was in standing heat, I've thought about this topic a lot. 

I just wonder if we've put too much emphasis on early maturing.  Selecting for early maturity to the point where females are cycling long before they're physically capable of calving seems like overkill in terms of selection pressure.   I don't really know how I should address the situation though. Will measures to select gainst (this) early maturing ultimately have a negative effect on overall herd fertility? 

What are the antagonism to super early sexual maturity?  Any correlation w/ longevity?

How do you address this in your selection protocol?

How are other producers managing this issue within their own herds?  Are you separating your bull prospects and their dam? from the rest of the herd?  Maybe I'm going to have to start pulling bulls earlier too. I've always just left bulls out and then just pulled them when the cows started calving so they won't breed back too early. 

The Big Show / UNITE
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:07:17 PM »
"Hello citizens of the world,

After the abnormally high number of fatal shootings by Albuquerque Police Department since 2010, our attention and support for the citizens of Alburqurque has peaked. We are here in solidarity with the Albuquerque's citizens and to help bring justice that is long overdue. Members of the Albuquerque community, families of APD victims, and community organizations formulated the following fourteen demands for Albuquerque City Council and Albuquerque Police Department. We call upon you to hold the appropriate authorities accountable, informing them that they must incorporate these demands into the US DOJ's comprehensive plan for APD'S sustainable reform...."

The Big Show / HC Vanguard 22Z
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:23:42 PM »
heifer looks good.  reminds me of cumberlands.

if she stays that way, breed her to a cleaner made jazz son who is clean or to a half sib with different mother or to another leroy son with or something with bonanza or buster.

Hiefer is the type I like-and if she stays that type,which I bet she does-Id put something like Daybreak Express-or even Gator(FHF Rodeos Hope- llegit LOW BW-grandson of Highfield Hope). Youd have low Bw to high weaning- yearling spread-and definitely an outcross deal that would show. O0

Not to worry-if AHL Ruby looks and produces like Im guessing she does-then you can send her our way-Ill suffer along anyday with cows like that O0

I think I'll hold on to her, Mark- here's a pic of her Vanguard sired heifer calf born 3/5. 81lb bw

Saskvalley Bonanza 219M would be a good option for her. She looks like she is gonna have plenty of size. Coalpit Creek Leader 6th X would be another one that would click on her type I would be. Captain Obvious I think would also click. Bulls that are masculine more compact on that female I think would make fantastic calves. Nice heifer prospect.

The Big Show / Muridale Buster 14K
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:10:28 PM »
Does anyone know anyone who has Buster 14K semen for sale in the US?  I have a friend who is interested and has been unsuccessful in his search. 

The Big Show / Jordan Acres
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:02:36 AM »
Looks like the best time of year is here when the sale catalogs start coming out.   I noticed a few cows I like pretty well in the JA sale- all sired by KKIM Gold Count 22P.  I was very impressed as to their consistency.  What can be said of this sire? How about the strengths/weaknesses of his genetics? I'm honestly not too familiar with the pedigrees of the 22p daughters in the sale.  All 4 look great to me. Long level hip, tons of volume, just nice broady cows. 

The Big Show / Shorthorn show heifer
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:52:58 PM »
If one were to be looking for a shorthorn show heifer that could compete at any level but was a real shorthorn and didn't have any Trump influence, where would they look? How would this female be bred?

The Big Show / karma
« on: May 17, 2013, 04:15:50 PM »
where do you check your karma now?  I keep getting emails saying its been changed but no clue how to see the comments. 


The Big Show / Shorthorn
« on: May 03, 2013, 04:30:58 PM »
Few pics from this afternoon:

The Big Show / RB EAGLE 239th
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:59:08 PM »
Noticed Meadowlane has this bull on their sire page. I really like the way this bull looks. Are any breeders still using the RB sires? Where can I find some pics of daughters?  Bulls with this type of volume should be in huge demand!

The Big Show / Ohio to Texas
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:04:34 AM »
I bought a heifer at the Ohio Beef Expo that Im trying to find shipping for.  Ideally I could find someone coming to WHR this coming weekend as hes only about 30 miles South of me.  If anyone is headed this way or knows anyone that is, please let me know.  Thanks!


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