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The Big Show / Evening pasture photo
« on: May 27, 2015, 12:18:55 AM »
This photo turned out pretty cool, so I thought I would share it. Nothing quite like winding down after a work day at sunset with the girls looking pretty in the pasture. This is my 9 year old 3/8 Maine by Moody Blues I've posted photos of before, she's raising a cool looking black and white No Surprise heifer. Hopefully she's got several more good years left in her, because it'll be hard when I have to let her go.  Enjoy  :)

The Big Show / Structure Wreck or ??
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:02:46 PM »
Hey All,

I thought everyone was happy and healthy but I was out observing 30 day old calves on this one is looking to be bucking at the knees. A few days ago I noticed he popped one knee forward while standing on uneven ground, but I didn't think much of it. The last two days I've been looking at decided yea, something isn't right. Today, we moved pastures and they did a lot of running, and he tired himself out. When he was tired it became very much more evident. He was bucking forward on both front knees. I've never had one do this in my few calves and I'm trying to decipher if it's just a structure wreck, or if there is something else going on. I have seen other topics points towards joint ill, but he's 30 days old, is it likely to just be showing up now?

He's out of the last cow I would anticipate throwing structure issues, she's 1/2 AN, 1/4 SH, 1/4 MA and not extreme in any way. He's sired by No Surprise, a monopoly son.

It's frustrating, because up until this point I've really liked him, and was excited about what he'd develop into.

Opinions? Worth having the vet come up? He doesn't act sore, bright eyed, spunky. Ripping through the pasture tonight at a dead sprint in circles.

I don't have any other photos of him on the profile except for the last few days to help see him before it started to become an issue.

The Big Show / A couple of calf photos
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:09:42 AM »
The first calf is a April bull sired by Ali, out of a Angus x Maine female. He is PHAF/THF by pedigree. With a weight tape he's right about 500 pounds a week ago.

The second is a mid March steer sired by Eye Candy, out of a Moody Blues x Maine cow. He was taped at 550 pounds 3 weeks ago.  (This is the calf I had that had an impacted hairball completely blocking his small intestine this spring that we had to operate on to get it out) He's recovered nicely!

I'm really pleased this this pair of calves, just wish the Ali calf had been a heifer to hold back. I've got 4 cows now, and darned if he isn't related to everyone of them, kind of making it hard to justify keeping him around! I have his mother, maternal grandmother, and two bred yearling heifers that are sired by a Ali x Who son.

My March 12 Eye Candy calf is camping out at the vet office already, but I thought I'd get some opinions/thoughts/experiences.

A few days about a previously very heath, fast growing calf presented with obvious abdominal discomfort. Standing stretched, kicking at his belly, getting up, laying down, but not bloated and not showing significant dehydration. He also had stopped eating, as the cows bag was engorged. After a call with the vet we considered a blockage, we tubed him with mineral oil and electrolytes, gave him some oral betamine for pain, which seemed to help him feel a little better. At that time he passed a VERY hard ball of manure which looked sort of like deer droppings clung together with a little mucous. He also put a magnet in him in case he had ingested metal and we were in time to catch it. 24 hours later he was in increased discomfort (betamine had worn off) and was starting to get a bit more lethargic. So, off to the vet he went. He got more Betamine, another dose of mineral oil. He had a 103 degree fever, so he also got antibiotic as a preventative. He had passed no additional manure, but was passing gas and urinating. He had no abnormal heart or lung sounds and his rumen function sounded normal.

This morning, his temperature was normal, but he still has minimal appetite, has continued to drink water some, however, still had not passed any manure.  He had an ultrasound done which showed some distention in some areas of the small intestine with decreased peristalsis in the small intestine. We're playing the wait and see game today, hoping the mineral oil will do the trick and get something moving on its own. If nothing has changed tomorrow we're considering an exploratory surgery to see if they can find the blockage in the small intestine.

I feel like it's a darned if you do, darned if you don't situation. Either do nothing else and wait too long and there is no chance of recovery, or spend some money and see if there is a chance to fix him, but yet putting a tough and doubtful recovery in front of him if their is a blockage they remove in a surgery, when maybe he just needed 1 more day to have it work its way out.

Meanwhile, I'm stressed, the bank account is protesting, momma cow is ticked off and I'm out there hand milking her twice a day so she's ready if baby comes home! (All while putting together the final touches on a memorial service of my father-in-law that is on Saturday, and a hectic schedule at work..when it rains, it pours!)

But, he's so darn cute! (He's the #14 calf)

The Big Show / Some new heifers
« on: September 02, 2013, 12:37:23 PM »
Just thought I would share a couple of pictures of my newest acquisitions. They aren't great photos, just snapped of them out in the field while I was looking at them. Hopefully they'll be solid heifers that will be good mommas for me in the future. No show ring in their future, just out pasture be cows and hopefully raise some decent prospects.

Heifer #1: Sired by Mossy Oak out of a Hot Spot daughter.

Heifer #2: Sired by a Who Made Who X Ali herd bull out of a AngusX cow (unsure of details on pedigree)

The Big Show / Eye Candy X Moody Blues Daughter
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:56:32 PM »
Hello again, since things have changed around I guess my old name is gone. It was AgVandal89. This is a bit of a continuation of an old thread.

Here is the old thread talking about the Moody Blues cow

In the end I decided on Eye Candy and have been thrilled with the outcome. See below! Comments welcome and appreciated!

at 4 days old

The rest are from 2 months old:

The Big Show / Youth Programs
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:13:08 PM »
Hello, for some reason my old account no longer works, I was previously AgVandal89.

Anyways, while it's not exactly cattle related, cattle is my background and I though this would be a good place to do some digging on the topic here.

I just found out I have a 2nd interview with a Horse Breed Association as their youth coordinator. One thing I was suggested to have ready for tomorrow is some new fresh ideas on ways to improve the program. Currently, they have your stand-by programs such as essay contests, speeches, art, photography and of course all that goes along with their national youth show.

I'm looking for suggestions as to what kind of things you have thought would be good for a breed registry youth organization to provide to better the experience for youth involved. Perhaps ways to involved youth that aren't able to buy the big money animals or afford to truck their animals to the national show. Or, ideas for contests or programs that are beneficial and fun for the youth.

Thanks, I look forward to bouncing some ideas around with you all!


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