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Looking for recommendations (preferably based on experience).


Who is the BEST PROVEN Percentage Maine Anjou bull (50% or less Maine), to use on SIMM/Angus cows to make good replacement females.


The Big Show / Duel Icon
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:22:38 AM »
Can any of you please give calf reports on offspring from the bull Duel Icon?   Thanks!

The Big Show / McKinley, Maternal Gem, Stacked Deck, or Burwell?
« on: February 10, 2020, 10:43:37 AM »
McKinley, Maternal Gem, Stacked Deck, or Burwell.

Which of the Sojka bulls do you like best for using on Simm/Angus females for making replacement females?  Or none?



The Big Show / Ryan Went Complete Cow Herd Dispersal
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:15:06 PM »
I read that Ryan Went is having a Complete Cow Herd Dispersal on CCI.Live.  On December 7th.

Anyone know why he is "Dispersing" and what will be sold?

The Big Show / Carter Airhart Bull Sales
« on: October 21, 2019, 07:19:45 PM »
How and when does Carter Airhart, in Texas, sell his bulls?  Thank you!   <cowboy>

I am trying a little different A.I. synchronization protocol this year that combines both breeding A.I. off natural heats and synchronization using both visual standing heats and timed A.I. and using NO CIDR's.

1. Watch cows for visual heats for a minimum of 21 days.  A.I. breed normally, 12 hours after standing heat.  Inject 2cc of Cystorelin at time of A.I. breeding.

2. Day 0-Sort and inject of cows in herd/group, NOT bred artificially, with 2cc of Cystorelin (or which ever GnRH product you prefer).  No special time of day.

3. Day 7-At 8pm, inject cows NOT bred artificially in herd/group in the last 21 days, with 2cc of Estrumate (or 5cc of Lutalyse).

4. Watch for natural heats for the next 60 hours, A.I. breeding cows normally, 12 hours after standing heat, and injecting with 2cc of Cystorelin at time of A.I. breeding.

5. Just PRIOR to 60 hours past injection of Estrumate or 8am, watch/check cows for visual signs of heat.  Sort cows in standing heat to breed later.   

6. AT 60 hours past injection of Estrumate or 8am, A.I. breed all cows showing no signs of heat, based on "Timed Synchronization".  Inject with 2cc of Cystorelin.

7.  Any/all cows that were in standing heat, 60 hours past injection of Estrumate at 8am, breed 12 hours later at 8pm.  There is NO NEED to inject with Cystorelin again.

Any thoughts or others experiences that have used similar protocols?

The Big Show / Genetics Color Question on Cattle
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:09:44 PM »
I have a white Hi-Ho Silver yearly heifer, out of a black NLC Upgrade-SM x Angus, (half blood SIMM-AN)  cow.

If I breed her to a Red Angus bull, what color calf will I get?

Last year I experienced a high number of unassisted new born calves that would get up and around and look fine, but not nurse and get colostrum early.  Lost calves!


You just went to the calving barn/lot/field.  You find  a perfect looking, healthy, strong, new born calf with mama cow attending (maybe licking calf off or maybe calf is cleaned, dry and up walking/running around).  You DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG THE CALF HAS BEEN BORN.

BUT, you do NOT see calf nurse.  You check later and calf not nursing.  You check again later and calf STILL not nursing.  Also, you can not detect if cows teats have been sucked/cleaned off and NO quarters of the mama cows udders seem to be drawn down/reduced/milked down).  P.S.  i know what the books say...


I use commercially purchased powered colostrum.  REASONS:  Ease of storage, mixing, availability, orally communicable disease control from unknown cows in real milk, specifically, Johness Disease in our geographic area.  I normally use half of a bag of powered colostrum in a quart of warm water and a half cup of liquid corn syrup mixture.  If I do not see the calf nurse in 8-12 hours, I will give the mixture again. 

Example:  I know one cattleman that uses a strict policy of.  If he has NOT seen calf nurse within 6 hours of finding the new born calf, he automaticaly Tubes colostrum to calf.

The Big Show / DJS The Outsider-Shorthorn Bull
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:39:04 PM »
I heard that Jim Compton purchased all or part of the Shorthorn Bull, DJS The Outsider. 
Congratulations to Jim!  Very nice bull!

The Big Show / Jakes Proud Jazz and DS
« on: March 18, 2019, 01:42:56 PM »
Most breeders know of the past popularity of Jakes Proud Jazz-SH. 

I have a couple of straws of Jakes Proud Jazz left in my semen tank.  Considering using it on a nice Shorthorn Plus for a 2nd calf heifer.  I would want to retain a heifer calf if quality is good.
I am aware of his DS Carrier genetic standing.  I understand this is why the decrease in his semen being used.

However, could some of you help me in understanding of the issues and problems I might face if I were to use his semen and retain a heifer from the mating?

I believe first, that I have a 50% probability of the calf either being clean or a carrier of DS?

Subsequently, if the resulting mating would produce a heifer carrying the DS gene what issues do I face? 

1.) Would I not be fine as long as I breed the subsecrant heifer to a Clean for DS bull?
2.) What other breeds is the DS Gene found besides Shorthorn?

Whom of you have bred to Jakes Proud Jazz and How have you gotten along?  Especially, when keeping back replacement females out of him?

Thank you?

The Big Show / Calvo Family Red Angus?
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:17:32 PM »
Can anyone tell me much about Calvo Family Red Angus in the Sandhills of South Dakota?  I saw their Bull Sale advertised and am curious about their Type and cows and cow families.  Thanks!

The Big Show / Best Here I Am Son
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:04:24 PM »
Working on breeding options for club calves.   I really like what I have seen in the clubby bull Here I Am.  However, I would like some more middle and depth in a slightly smaller frame package.  In your opinion...

Who is the BEST Here I Am son that fits this scenario?

The Big Show / Best Lab for GEONOMIC TESTING?
« on: March 07, 2019, 07:30:44 AM »
In your experiences...

Where is the BEST business/lab for Geonomic, i.e. TH, PHA, DS, etc., testing for crossbred or unregistered cattle?  Service, turn around time, cost, accuracy?  Name and location.

Business that I have been using seems very slow.


The Big Show / Poll Qustion - Top 10 Best Current Club Calf Bulls
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:35:52 PM »
It's cold, it's February, Denver is over, it's about calving time (albeit some people have long started) and it is time we are planning on what bulls to A.I. to this year, 2019.  So, with that in mind lets have a little fun.  Let's have a poll. 


Any crossbreed or breed can count.  Please NO OLDER club calf bulls that are not now being used (at least to any high degree).  So, NO Sugar Ray, Heat Seeker, or Heat Wave.

If possible please list your bulls in order of first-to-last, that is your top choice to last.

If you only want to list 5 Bulls that is FINE!

Reasons for your choices are GREAT!

"Type of cow" mating's for the individual bull that works is even BETTER!


The Big Show / Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:31:30 PM »
Just wondering What has happened to this site?  It seems very few cattlemen follow this forum or if they do, they do not start posts or comment.  This past weekend was the Big Weekend of the NWSS Display Bulls.  The NWSS is the largest cattle event of the year in this country.  Yet almost no posts about it.  Years past there would have posts (and photos) for several weeks before and after the NWSS.  The last Bull Directory post was April 18, 2018.  The last Cattle Sale post was May 25, 2018.  Now, someone puts up a post about a bull or a sale or has a question and there are no or very few responses.  And usually only the same few people that do respond.   

Social media is exploding in numbers of people engaging in it.  So...what is the reason?

1. Too much false information?
2. Too much drama?  (Hard to believe with all the other drama that is written on other social media sites).
3.  Not enough content which they seek?
4.  Gone to another site?  Where?

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