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The Big Show / OBE
« on: March 20, 2009, 06:54:42 AM »
Well, almost ready to go! Pie baked as well as cookies. Minor change on woody. Juli said signs all over saying no dogs in building. He might have to stay in crate most of time so don't look for me w/ him.
Take care all & hope to see as many as possible. My cell number is 740-360-3980.


The Big Show / How many miles walked at cattle show/sale?
« on: March 17, 2009, 02:34:14 PM »
OK, as part of my fitness challenge, I bought a pedometer to measure miles walked. Am taking to OBE.
Anyone want to take bets on how many miles racked up in 2 days?

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The Big Show / Is there a prejudice for "fluffy" women? N/C
« on: March 17, 2009, 07:00:32 AM »
recently there has been a growing debate between Meghan McCain (John McCain's daughter) & Laura Ingraham (talk show host) over weight issues. Laura is of the belief that for a plus size ("fluffy" as Gidget calls them) woman might not be as acceptable as a 0 size woman. Is this a socially accepted attitude? Is there a prejudice? Heavier men don't seem to have issues that women do.
Although I am on the thin size, there were times when I had a few extra pounds, my mom would ride me when I hit what she classified as an unacceptable weight. Oh yes, she's a joy to to be around.
Any comments? I know this isn't cattle related but we have discussed judging heifers based on a woman's size.  ;)

Quit Talking About My Weight, Laura Ingraham
by Meghan McCain
March 14, 2009

 Meghan McCain responds to Laura Ingrahams attack on her weight: Why is this topic still a socially accepted prejudiceand why in the world would a woman raise it?

Recently my not-size-0 body has come under fire again by the conservative pundit Laura Ingraham. On her radio show recently, she sarcastically commented that I was too plus-sized to be a cast member on the television show The Real World and needled me about my weight with a comment about Barbie's 50th anniversary. Instead of intellectually debating our ideological differences about the future of the Republican Party, Ingraham resorted to making fun of my age and weight, in the fashion of the mean girls in high school. I responded on Twitter by saying, To all the curvy girls out there, dont let anyone make you feel bad about your body. I love my curves and you should love yours too.

My mother was constantly slammed for being too skinny, so the weight obsession of the media and our culture goes both ways. It also goes to both parties.

But now that numerous media outlets seem to have picked up on our tiff, I believe it warrants a more thoughtful response than can be contained in 140 characters. I have been teased about my weight and body figure since I was in middle school, and I decided a very long time ago to embrace what God gave me and live my life positively, attempting to set an example for other girls who may suffer from body image issues. I have nothing to hide: I am a size 8 and fluctuated up to a size 10 during the campaign. Its ridiculous even to have this conversation because I am not overweight in the least and have a natural body weight.

But even if I were overweight, it would be ridiculous. I expected substantive criticism from conservative pundits for my views, particularly my recent criticism of Ann Coulter. That is the nature of political discourse, and my intent was to generate discussion about the current problems facing the Republican Party. Unfortunately, even though Ingraham is more than 20 years older than I and has been a political pundit for longer, almost, than I have been alive, she responded in a form that was embarrassing to herself and to any woman listening to her radio program who was not a size 0.

In todays society this is, unfortunately, predictable. Everyone from Jessica Simpson to Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, and Hillary Clinton has fallen victim to this type of image-oriented bullying. Recent pictures of Pierce Brosnans wife, Keely Shaye Smith, on the beach in her bikini raised criticism about her weight and choice of bathing suitas if the woman should be wearing a giant muumuu to swim in the ocean. After Kelly Clarksons recent appearance on American Idol, the first commentary I read on the Internet was about her weight gain instead of her singing.

My weight was consistently criticized throughout the campaign. Once someone even suggested I go to a plastic surgeon for liposuction. Afterward, I blogged about loving my body and suggested critics focus their insecurities about womens bodies elsewhere. On the other side, my mother was constantly slammed for being too skinny, so the weight obsession of the media and our culture goes both ways. It also goes to both parties. Hillary Clinton has consistently received criticism for her pantsuits and figure. Whatever someones party, these criticisms are quite obviously both wrong and distracting from the larger issues at play.

The question remains: Why, after all this time and all the progress feminists have made, is weight still such an issue? And in Lauras case, why in the world would a woman raise it? Today, taking shots at a womans weight has become one of the last frontiers in socially accepted prejudice.

I also thought the media outlets that reported on Lauras comments about me were out of line. I dont listen to Lauras show, so if journalists hadnt picked up on it and reported on it, I never would have known what she said. I wonder how Laura would feel if at some point someone were to criticize her daughters weight and broadcast it nationally on the radio.

At this point, I have more respect for Ann Coulter than I do for Laura Ingraham because at least Coulter didnt come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight. All I can do is try to be a positive role model for women of my generation and, I hope, help show that no matter what industry you are in, what size you are has nothing to do with your worth.

 URL: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-03-14/the-politics-of-size/p/

The Big Show / Happy St. Patrick's Day!
« on: March 17, 2009, 05:13:00 AM »

May the roads rise to meet you,

May the winds be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the hollow

of His hand.

The Big Show / Hard core bull
« on: March 16, 2009, 09:25:57 AM »
we had our Hard Core bull calf Saturday. Just required an easy pull. Out of a Fearless x Iceman x Foreplay cow.

one more to go!!!!

Archived Classifieds / Red Maple semen for sale at Ohio Beef Expo
« on: March 16, 2009, 07:58:17 AM »
I have semen for sale that can be picked-up at OBE

Rowe's Gold Club (PHAC)

REG. 75% Maine-Anjou Embryo Bull Calf


Easy x Wild Rose
purebred Maine
PHA/TH free by parentage

MCNB Tugboat

Habanero X Wild Rose
Purebred Maine
PHA/TH free by parentage

Wild Rose

Snake eye (ful brother to Black Dice) x KOH cow
Purebred Maine

all units $15.00, any amount, pick-up only

PM me if interested or call me at 740-360-3980 or email me at cbillenste@aol.com

The Big Show / How do you want to go?
« on: March 16, 2009, 07:02:06 AM »
Ok, this is a morbid thread! I was thinking today since it's about the anniversary of my grandmother's passing. My family does not do viewings & both the hubby & I agree. At her funeral they had a bagpipe player walk in at the last of the ceremony. it was so touching because she was very proud of her Scottish heritage. she actually went to Scotland in her 90's!

My grandfather was cremated & his ashes scattered over his farm. Somehow I see that being my choice except it would be in our cow pasture.

My other grandmother donated her body to the OSU medical school. there was no body to be buried. Don't like that idea but I am an eye, tissue & organ donor.

anyone else ever give this a thought or am I just weird?

Red   (angel)

The Big Show / Would you fudge on age?
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:30:45 AM »
Since the fudging on BW was so interesting I thought we'd try age. If you had a calf born towards the end of December would you make it the next years model? Or if it was right at the end of the month would you bump it a month? Or is it not a problem to bump several months? For you big breeders do you know all the ages at all?


The Big Show / To fudge or not to fudge, that is the question!
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:41:50 AM »
OK, first off before the ethics patrol accuses me of wrong doing, I'm not changing BW's.  My question is this; if you had a bull calf that weighed 101 pounds would you fudge a little & say it's below 100? Or would you just estimate & just base weight on how the calf looks?
Since this poll is anonymous no one while know how you voted so you can vote without repercussions. Of course if you don't care you can make all the comments you want!  ;)


The Big Show / Money Man calves
« on: March 14, 2009, 05:03:31 PM »
I will admit that last year I was disappointed w/ my 2 Money Man's. But I decided to give him a second chance on the same cows & boy am I glad I did!!!!

This is the heifer Gidget

here is the bull calf out of Rose just born this afternoon

I've never had calves w/ so much vigor after being born! Of course both deliveries were quick so that helped.

Do need some help naming the bull calf!


The Big Show / Joke's on us!
« on: March 14, 2009, 03:47:33 PM »
Last year we AI'd a cow. A couple of months later she was back in a strong heat. Since we were looking at reducing some of our numbers here & it would put her real late, we turned her over to the farm's bull. Well, yesterday she had her calf & it was spot on for the AI date. Gave us quite a chuckle. I guess you can't always believe what the cows tells you!

Also Wild Rose had a really nice Money Man bull. Not sure of weight but I've never seen calves w/ such vigor! We had a Hard Core out of our Iceman x Foreplay cow. She required just a light pull. Will get back w/ weights.


The Big Show / heifer blind in one eye
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:17:53 AM »
it's looks like our one heifer will be blind in one eye. Too be honest no idea why. She was the one we had troubles w/ from the beginning. We've thrown the whole arsenal at her including an ointment for the eye.
My question is how much will this hurt her resale value? So far she's a good looking girl. Any one have a similar problem?


The Big Show / Advertisers
« on: March 12, 2009, 07:13:10 AM »
I'd like to take a moment & thank the people & businesses that are advertising on our forum! I hope it's getting your name out to more people!

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The Big Show / Dirty Harry on heifers?
« on: March 12, 2009, 06:16:25 AM »
need to settle a dispute. I have a Hardcore x Iceman x Foreplay heifer that will be bred this spring. Hubby & nephew are set on Dirty Harry. I want gigolo Joe. Has anyone used Harry on 1st calf heifers? If so how did it work out? I see he has no EPD's so can't compare that. Since out of Ali is said to be any easy calver.

Any help?


The Big Show / Meet Gidget!
« on: March 11, 2009, 10:28:33 AM »
I'd like to introduce everyone to Gidget. She is a Money Man x Gold club x Wild Rose heifer. Was born unassisted at 87#'s. Can already tell she's going to be ornery!


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