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The Big Show / 2018 Oakbar calves
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:48:01 AM »
Some of our calves at Oakbar Ranch this year

The Big Show / Aviator semen
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:54:35 AM »
I'm possibly looking for some Little Cedar Aviator semen to use for IVF.   Do any of my Shorthorn friends know of any that's available?

The Big Show / Passing of Arlen Low---IOWANN'S husband
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:05:31 PM »
I know Iowann has many friends on SP so I thought many of you would like to keep her in your prayers as her husband Arlen(Arne) passed away over the weekend.    Arne was my classmate in high school so I've known him my whole life.   He and Ann were avid cattle breeders and sold and showed many good ones.   They have also been very active supporters of the 4-H and youth programs in our area.   Please keep Ann and her family in your hearts and prayers at this extremely difficult time.  RIP Arne!!

The funeral will be held on Thursday morning at 10:00 am at the Methodist church in Manly, Ia.  Obituary is available on the Conner Colonial Chapel website.

The Big Show / Watch the turkey pardoning on Wed.
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:23:10 PM »
My good friends John and Joni Burkel and their family will  be presenting two turkeys to Pres. Obama on Wed.   John and Joni are turkey growers from Badger, MN(about as far north as you can get without being Canadian) and they are great ambassadors for agriculture and the rural lifestyle.   John spends many days each year traveling to Washington D.C. and other areas(all of which are not an easy commute from Badger) to defend animal agriculture and  better educate the policiticians, regulators, etc. about the unique needs and qualities of the animal protein industry.   He is certainly not a big supporter of Obama, but I am happy that he and his family will represent the turkey industry and animal agriculture.  They have included the entire Badger senior class(15 strong) in the adventure and they are all touring D.C. the next couple of days before the presentation ceremony.   I'm sure they are providing an educational experience to these young people that will endure throughout their lives.   My hat's off to John and Joni and I'm proud to call them my friends.

There are numerous videos online about the MN turkey grower and his family presenting the Thanksgiving turkey to the President so feel free to browse if you have more interest.   Its really quite interesting! 

The Big Show / Purple & Gold Sale
« on: November 10, 2012, 06:32:14 AM »
The Ellsworth CC Purple & Gold sale will be held in Iowa Falls, IA tomorrow at 1:00p.m.   We'll be selling an Ace of Diamonds steer and a Bellringer heifer.  45 top quality calves in all!

The Big Show / North Iowa Beef Clinic scheduled for 4/14
« on: February 10, 2012, 06:55:45 AM »
North Iowa Area Community College is hosting a Beef Clinic on Saturday,April 14th.  It is intended for junior cattle enthusiasts and will include segments on clipping and fitting (instructors from Stock Show U), show calf nutrition,  showmanship, FSQA certification for those wanting to show at the State Fair, and more.   The NIACC Ag Program will be sending information to all area 4-H offices and FFA Chapters.  Should be a great time and very educational for the young showmen!!   If you have any questions, contact me or the NIACC Ag office.l

The Big Show / Shorthorn Historians ---Need some info!!
« on: November 27, 2011, 01:12:37 PM »
Do any of you Shorthorn historians remember breeders from north Iowa back in the 60's named Lester Luckason or Bob Sherrard?   My understanding is that both these gentlemen were involved in raising Shorthorns in our county around that time.   We're interested in finding out more about the history of Shorthorns in this area.   My wife is actually related to the Luckson family.  I'm thinking Sherman Berg or Bert Moore might be able to shed some light on these guys, too!

The Big Show / NIACC Club Calf Sale on October 12th!!
« on: September 22, 2011, 10:46:26 PM »
I talked with Abbie Johnson today at North Iowa Area Community College.   They have opened up their sale to a few select calves from area breeders as well as selling the top end of the calves from their herd.   They will be selling a full sib heifer to the MN Champion heifer from 2009 as well as some other very good calves.   We will be consigning 2 or 3 very good calves as well.   We'll offer a double registered (Shorthorn Plus/Maintainer) steer out of our Vortec/Myrtle Bo cow and the Maine bull K&A Spice that should work well for someone and a Myrtle Bo X TM Gus purebred Shorthorn heifer that's very maternal and really starting to come on.   WE'll also have a really flashy Heat Wave X Commercial black&white heifer.  If the weather cooperates we should have a few pictures by early next week.

Should be a good spot for 4-Hrs and FFA kids to get a good calf for a reasonable price.

The Big Show / Club Calf Paradise sale
« on: September 03, 2011, 09:52:51 AM »
We'll be attending the Club Calf Paradise sale late Sunday and early Monday so I hope we'll see some of our SP friends there.   Juli and Brad are doing a great job with the calves and they have a real top notch set this year.   I know that Brauns have some really good ones there(check out their Mercedes and Ali heifers),  Millers have some top calves all the way from Wyoming(their Redemption and Monopoly calves haven't had much action yet but they're really good), and we really like the Bloodstone X Dream Lady 420 Shorthorn heifer we consigned.  Of course, Juli has some really good ones of her own as well as do several of the other consignors.   Its certainly worth your time to stop in Denison and have a look or check them out online at clubcalfparadise.com.

I hope everyone out looking at calves this weekend travels safe---the weather looks like it will be perfect!! 

 This heifer was Reserve Champion Shorthorn Feeder calf at the Iowa State Fair.   Full sib was Grand Champion Female of the Open Shorthorn Show and Res. Champ Shorthorn heifer in the 4-H show at the Iowa State Fair.

I'll be spending a lot of time at the Iowa State Fair in the next 10 days or so.   I'm looking forward to seeing many of my friends from SP.

Good luck to anyone showing there this year!

The Big Show / Pasture pics from Oakbar
« on: June 30, 2011, 09:46:27 PM »
I took a few pasture pics last night while doing the chores.  Not great quality but I thought some of you might enjoy them.

We clipped up our Bloodstone X Dream Lady 420 heifer for the first time today.   A little tough getting a good picture as she wouldn't relax out on the grass by herself.

The Big Show / Calving season underway at Oakbar!!
« on: March 07, 2011, 06:34:09 PM »
We have our first six calves on the ground--3 heifers, 3 bulls--4 of them are ET calves.    We have two Bloodstone X Dream Lady 420 calves(one  bull  and a really good heifer.  We also have an Ali heifer out of our Ace of Diamonds/MAV Felecia heifer, a Gus heifer out of Myrtle Bo, a Red Vision bull calf out of SS Cathy, and a very good K&A Spice Maintainer/Shorthorn Plus bull out of our Myrtle Bo/Vortec cow.  I'm very pleased with them overall!!  The Bloodstone bull calf was 115 pounds and he's had a hard time recovering from a difficult birth but he's starting to come around now and the others are doing really well.   Our second calving season will be in May.  We're expecting a Pioneer calf out of Myrtle Bo(natural calf), our Trump cow is bred to TM Gus, and our Vortec/Lovely Lady was bred by our clean up bull--Oakbar Sonic(ArSuLu Tonic X our Sonny/Charmer cow)

No good days for pictures yet---soon!!

The Big Show / Front yard livestock
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:57:09 PM »
The last couple of years have been pretty harsh here in north Iowa and as a result we have had an extreme amount of damage to trees, shrubs, etc due to the whitetails that live in our area.  We have had an almost permanent population of "livestock" in the small hay field between our house and the road.   The boss is none to happy because we have two graduations at our house this spring and the small trees and the arbor vidae hedge have been totally decimated up to a height of about 7 feet.   What was a full, green wall 30 feet high and 150 feet long now looks like somebody stole its drawers and you can see right through it.  The deer were tearing up our round bales of hay this year and even chewing on the Blue Spruce windbreak.  I've always liked having whitetails on our property but they seem more like large, damaging rabbits this year.

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