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The Big Show / Sale Barn Designs
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:17:54 PM »
I know there's been a lot of talk about show barn plans and designs, but I'm going to change this up a bit. We're looking at possibly building a sale facility at our place. I'd like the building to be used for more than just the sale though so we can use it year round. Does anyone have a similar facility at their place, or experience with facilities like these? I'd love to see any pictures, drawings, plans, or hear any ideas or recomendations you might have.


The Big Show / Waterer Keeps Freezing
« on: December 18, 2010, 12:44:53 PM »
Hoping to pick some brains with this topic. I'm about out of ideas already.

We have a Franklin Poly livestock waterer setup in a fenceline to service 2 pens. This is the 100 head capacity waterer. One side of the tank is plugged, so water is only available on one side. We keep having issues with the water line freezing in the tank. There is an element in the tank that is keeping the bowl open though. I have heat tape (36" long, thermostat controlled) that runs down the hole to keep the line open below ground. I believe the line is freezing between the valve and the float. Tried putting a light bulb under the tank, but there's not a whole heck of a lot of room in there, and the bulb keeps shattering from moisture hitting it.

Any ideas on what a person could put in the limited space under this tank to generate some heat and keep the supply line thawed? I'm trying to find either some kind of sticky heat tape, or even looking for a light that could be plugged right in to the outlet.

Would love to hear some ideas!

The Big Show / Agribition Stalls
« on: November 17, 2010, 06:00:20 PM »
What is the stalling like in the barns for Agribition? I've seen a few people who bring chains or cables and bring them to tie higher to. Do I need to be bringing corral panels or something with like we do for NWSS so you can tie with heads up?

The Big Show / Keeping Halter On
« on: November 15, 2010, 11:50:46 AM »
I've got a coming 2 year old bull that has figured out how to pop his halter off if he rubs it the right way. We're taking him to Agribition next week, and the last thing I want to do is run around Regina after a big bull. We've tried running a zip tie through the knot, and that doesn't seem to do it. Any other ideas? Or should I just give JIT a head's up now so he knows who the bull visiting his stall every night belongs to.

Wanted / WTB - Upright Show Box
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:25:09 PM »
Looking to purchase a Sullivan's upright showbox. Looking for the 5' model with the two doors. Please message me if you have one to sell.

The Big Show / Agribition for Dummies
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:41:06 PM »
Hey Folks,
We're going to be pulling our string across the border for Agribition in a few weeks. Had a few final questions so we have an idea what we're in for:

1. I know they do straw in the tie-outs for you. Is there hay available for purchase up there? If so, what kind of quality is it? And do they nail you on the price?
2. Are the chips in the barn provided?
3. Is there typically any issue with getting across the border with feed and fitting supplies?
4. We're planning on leaving Sunday the 28th to come home. Does anyone know what we need to get back across the border to the US?

Is there anything that I'm probably going to forget to bring? Anything that I can leave home because they provide it? My wife and I came up last year for the week to get a feel for the show, but this will be our first time bringing cattle for exposition. We delivered a bull to Alberta in March, so I'm familiar with getting the cattle across. The feed and show supplies are what have me nervous right now.


The Big Show / Feeding Older Cattle
« on: July 26, 2010, 10:48:59 AM »
I brought 2 bred heifers and a coming 2 year old bull out of pasture on Saturday to start feeding them for this fall/winter. You folks that pull out older cattle - what percentage of body weight do you typically feed? On calves I normally stay between 2-3% of body weight. 3% on a 1500lb bull is 45lbs/day, which seems a little high to me. We're targeting them for NILE in October, Agribition in November, and NWSS in January.


The Big Show / Need a partnership name
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:22:41 AM »
Bought into a bull futurity while down in Denver this year and need to come up with a name for the partnership. 1 important thing to consider - the name we choose will be the name we are stuck with. We can't add people to the membership, but we can always have people drop out. So my partner could drop out and I would be the one left with the membership. Want something that is creative, but won't be confused for a ranch name - so if someone sees a bull entered by "XXXX Genetics", I don't want them wandering the barn looking for that farm.

Ranch names are Prairie Hills Gelbvieh and Golden Buckle Gelbvieh.
Both are from North Dakota
Both raise Purebred Gelbvieh.

Ideas so far:
The Prairie Partnership
Golden Prairie Partnership
The Guppy Gang
Dakota Connection
Dakota Genetics
Golden Prairie
Dakota Seedstock
Dakota Prairie
Dakota Duo
Northern Edge

Anyone have somethign else that might work?

The Big Show / Selling Semen Packages
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:48:53 AM »
Hey Folks,
We've got a smoking calf we're planning on taking to National Western this year - he's a purebred Gelbvieh, so hopefully everyone sticks with me here :)
I know what it's going to cost me to find a herd bull of his same caliber, so I'm thinking of keeping back natural breeding rights on him and just marketing semen packages. Has anyone had any experience in this? I'm sure Justintime has been down this road. I'd like to hear some of your experiences though and recommendations for things to do and not to do.

My thought is to begin marketing him now through flyers, website, video, etc. Also market him once we get down to Denver. Looking at selling 500 straws total - 10 packs of 50, or 20 packs of 25, or some combo in between. There is also the possibility of doing the same thing in Canada next year and marketing another 500 straws of Canadian approved semen.

The Big Show / Semen Tank Suggestions
« on: October 30, 2009, 11:04:05 AM »
I'm looking for a small semen tank to use to deliver a few straws to a show. We'd only be putting about 30-50 straws in the tank. If anyone has a recommendation of a good tank, or has one they would be willing to sell, please let me know.


The Big Show / Beet Pulp Prices
« on: September 30, 2009, 06:04:36 PM »
Has anyone seen an increase in the price of beet pulp in the past week? I went into the feed store last night and it had jumped up to $18.75 a bag.

Anyone have alternatives that work similarly to beet but may have a more manageable price?

The Big Show / Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 17, 2009, 11:58:39 PM »
I'm starting to get sick of dealing with the nylon halters sold by Sullivans. I put 4 halters on bulls last night to let them drag, came out this morning and all 4 had them pulled off. Does anyone make halters made of actual rope anymore that are nice and tight and will stay on an animal? I don't have the time to try and make one myself, so if there was a vendor who sold them, I would be more then happy to send some business their way. TIA!

The Big Show / 3 weeks behind
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:34:46 PM »
Hey Everyone,
I've really been dropping the ball on here lately. I'm trying to play catch-up with all the posts I missed (up to April 22nd right now). Between calving, planting, and everything else, it just seems to be nuts around here lately. If anyone needs anything while I play catch-up, just shoot me a PM and let me know.


The Big Show / Embryo Storage
« on: March 29, 2009, 10:23:21 PM »
Been thinking of flushing a couple of our cows (our first forray into ET work), but I don't have the recips available right now to implant. What do most of you who flush cows do for storage of your embryo's? If you have a place store them for you, what's the average cost/egg?

The Big Show / ND Update
« on: March 29, 2009, 02:33:03 PM »
Hey folks, figured I'd check in. We've had a week from hell up here, to put it mildly. I'm in the Southwest corner of North Dakota, so we're getting hit with everything right now.

Starting last week Friday, we got up into the 50's, so our 4 feet of snow started to really melt down. I found out the hard way that you shouldn't build your corrals higher than your house. It was fun explaining to the wife why the water running through our lawn was brown. By Sunday a majority of the snow was gone, we had creeks going over their banks, and the dams were overflowing.

Monday mother nature decided that we had had enough of the good life. They were forecasting between 10-24 inches of snow for our area. I left work at 3:30 in a sleet/hail storm that dropped around an inch of ice on teh roads. Barely got home, had time to throw a newborn in the barn, and walked outside and the storm broke. We ended up with around 12 inches of snow that night with 40mph winds. At best the snow was 12 inches deep, with a couple drifts that literally covered buildings, fences, and our hay pile. Like JIT, I thought we might be able to sneak through the year with our hay supply. As of right now we have enough to last us until Saturday.
Tuesday and Wednesday the entire state of North Dakota was shut down. In my part of the state it took 2 days to dig out from the blizzard. 100 miles to the east in Bismarck, they were battling the Missouri River flooding, and then got hit with the same blizzard on top of it. Even farther, Fargo and Grand Forks are fighting with the Red River flooding, and if you go 100 miles west of my house to the ND/MT border, they're still in a drought and haven't gotten a drop of snow to this point.

To top things off, we're under another blizzard warning for tomorrow and Monday, another 8-14 inches is expected. If we still have snow on the ground on April 15th, we'll officially have gone 6 months with snow on the ground up here. So far calving is still plugging along though and we're about half way through with only losing 1 calf. Not to shabby really!

At this stage, I'm expecting the Red River to turn to blood and a plague of locusts or frogs to start dropping on us. I'm a little concerned sicne I'm the first born in our family :)

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