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The Big Show / ear tag issues
« on: June 18, 2014, 03:24:37 PM »
I cant be more frustrated with the current manufacturers of cattle ear tags.  They have been turning out cheap junk! We have tried every brand and have even double tagged cattle putting one in each ear.  We tag them when they are being bred and are lucky if they last long enough to tell if they pass over their AI date.  We have been in the cattle business 45 years and are not amatures at this.  We have checking the tightness of the buttons after tagging to make sure they are secure.  The tags just keep breaking at the neck of the button and falling out.  I have found them laying on the ground and the button breaks off at the neck and out they come.  These are brand new tags.   They fall apart like they are five year old dry rotted junk.  We are going to go back to chains and neck tags if this keeps up. Rediculous!

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The Big Show / updated photos. take a look
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:11:06 PM »
This is a northern improvement New edition Angus bull. Very pleased. Born in May from a first calf heifer. 62lb birth weight. I think this bull is pretty cool. Any thoughts?

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The Big Show / what do think of this bull calf ?
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:42:21 PM »
He is a May sired by northern improvement out of a duff New edition first calf heifer.

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The Big Show / angus cattle (take a look)
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:05:23 PM »
I went out to the barn and snapped a couple pictures of some of our critters.  The first is a Feb angus heifer sired by WWSC Joe McCoy (OCC LegendxBushs Montana Truck) and the dam is a Bushs Big Time daughter.  The second is a Jan heifer calf also sired by WWSC Joe McCoy and her dam is a Ronaan Skookum (Smoke'm).  The last is a Jan bull calf out of a first calf heifer.  He is a Juneau (Northern Improvement son) and his dam is a Duff Gunsmoke (OCC Dixie Erica 814GxWAR Cowboy Up).  What do you think?

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The Big Show / new show animal barn (kids toy) check it out!
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:01:06 PM »
My son and I built this barn as a toy for him to play with.  I thought it turned out really cool! (clapping)  It is 24x30 with a 12 inch rafter.  It is perfect size for play with ertl Big Farm toy sets.  I used standard pole barn contruction with interlocking gates.  The gates actually lock into the support beams of the barn both inside and out.  It has a hayloft (complete with racoon) and a sliding door on one side.  I am actually working on a cool room for the inside and designing  a cupula for the top.    The roof is removeable or can be tipped up making it easy to play with.  I have a few friends that have seen it and said I should make more and sell them.  It has really been easy to build and a great way to spend time with my son.  What do you think?  Any ideas for improvement?

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The Big Show / Japanese Minitrucks
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:23:24 PM »
Anyone out there using one of these as a chore vehicle.  We have looked into getting one and was wondering if anyone had any experience.  It looks to me like you could get very good fuel economy, stay out of the weather, and feed round bales or whatever on a farm or ranch.  I sounds like you can put a SMV sign on it and hit the road.  We have a dealer who is local and he thought they would be completely road legal in the states pretty soon.  He said 40+ mpg and a top speed near 60 mph.  Sounds like its time to park the full size truck to me.  Anyone have one?  How do you like it? (thumbsup)

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The Big Show / Time to wake up America!
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:54:53 PM »
Every now and then something will happen that will make you think "What the heck is going on here?"  Tonight, on world news tonight, former President Clinton gave an interview discussing the fact that he had gone Vegan.  He was basically trying to convince others to follow his lead because he had realized the error of his ways.  He stated that not using or consuming animal products made him feel better, both physically and mentally.  WHAT THE ?!Here is a man that feels guilty about using animals for human benefit and doesn't think twice about cheating on his wife having "sexual relations" with an intern in the oval office.  What the heck is wrong with these people?   ::)

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The Big Show / best and worst buys
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:27:39 PM »
Let's start a thread that could be very helpful by giving someone advice about products that work and ones that don't.  Perhaps this thread could save someone alot of trouble or give them the encouragement to buy with confidence.

The best buy: We own 2 IH 826 tractors and had an IH 806.  I would say they may be the best tractor ever built.  You can use them for almost everything and you can't kill them.  They just a good solid machine.  We also have a Gehl discbine that nevers breaks and mows like crazy.  The blades can be replaced in a few minutes and it has been a real time saver.  Can't imagine how we ever made hay without it. (clapping)

The worst buy:  A Troy-Built weed wacker (4-stroke).  It starts hard and the string feeder is very cheaply made.  The string often breaks of inside the reel and you have to stop every ten minutes to rethread the trimmer line.  I am also disappointed with the portable gates I purchased from the Tarter gate company.  They just don't hold up, even under normal use.  I have several 16 footers that are bent like a "C" and the walkthrough gates break apart at the base making them nearly impossible to carry and move.  The gates are not very old and getting ready to be sold by the pound.  Good thing scrap prices are high, maybe I can buy some better gates. ::)

I also have a friend of mine that was a Ford mechanic and he said the 6.0 L Powerstroke is an absolute nightmare.  Very expensive repairs every 15-20,000 miles.  He said EGR valves are bad and causes other failures like headgaskets, fuel injectors, etc.  He even said in many cases the cab of the truck must be removed to work on them.

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The Big Show / the value of line breeding
« on: January 14, 2012, 10:03:21 AM »
There was a fairly long thread on this topic and the discussion was very interesting.  I agree that line breeding does not create genetic defects.  What it does is reveal them.  I know alot of breeders that are afraid to linebreed because they are afraid they will get some genetic mutant.  That is highly unlikely.  What happens is that linebreeding creates homozygousity which means "matching or like" gene pairs.  An animal that is homozygous and linebred is an absolute genetic copying machine.  That means they can't help but send genetically "like" gametes and their offspring become very predictable.  The problem occurs because the "lottery" many breeders like to play by making "magic matings" and hoping for a great one goes away.  If you have a losy linebred animal it is a VERY safe bet that the offspring will also be losy no matter what you breed to.  However, if you have a fantastic individual that is linebred it would likely not matter alot what mating you make, it will work.  High quality linebred individuals are very valuable but they are hard to get.  I hope this explaination helps some understand linebreeding.  I think I told most of you what you already know, now maybe you understand why. ;)

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The Big Show / Look here JTM
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:49:32 PM »
Wanted to show you the eye candy calf we raised this year.  He is one cool customer.  He really has the deep sided, deep flanked fat steer look.  He will make someone a very good project.  What do you think?

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Cattle For Sale / eye candy x wazn't me steer for sale
« on: November 01, 2011, 09:54:18 PM »
This is a march eye candy steer for sale that is located in NW Ohio.  He is kid broke and stands like a statue for clippers.  He loves to be messed with and will make someone a great project.  He is stout, sound and fuzzy.  He has a very soft look and is as smooth as you can make one.  This steer will compete at any level.  He will run with the big dogs! The pictures are good but he is even better in person.  You will not be disappointed.   Call me and let's talk. (419) 307-3978.

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The Big Show / What do you think of this steer?
« on: November 01, 2011, 09:46:16 PM »
This is a march eye candy x wan't me steer that we raised.  What do you think?

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The Big Show / How's harvest going?
« on: October 31, 2011, 08:23:41 PM »
Things are getting pretty serious here in NW Ohio.  It is an absolute mud fest!  The area seems to be slowly transforming back into "The Great Black Swamp"!  I would venture to guess that less than 10% of the acres have been harvested and little to no wheat has been planted.  It just won't stop raining!  It could be worse I guess; atleast it isn't snowing. ::)

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