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Swine Chat / Pigs losing weight, not gaining...need advice!
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:48:48 PM »
I know it's hot and we probably aren't the only ones with this problem, but our fair is in 9 days and our pigs are losing weight.  We've got 1 that is really good, but at this rate, it will not make weight.  She weighs 213 right now, and was 217 just 3 days ago.  We've tried eggs, syrup, marshmallows, milk slop, rinsing multiple times daily, and she's just not gaining.  Does anyone have ANY suggestions of anything else we can try?  Any different supplements?  I saw from an older post someone mentioned Sumo.  We're desperate!

We are looking for a used aluminum livestock trailer close to Ohio.  Would prefer a bumper pull, but could do a gooseneck also. 
At least 16 foot, but up to a 24-26 foot would work.  Can be an older one, just as long as it's in good shape, with minimal rust.  If you have anything like this that you are selling, please pm me.

Big time off topic, but if any of you Steer Planet members watch Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance", there is a young man on there from Ohio named Kent Boyd.  Kent is a recent high school graduate who comes from a very small farming community in Ohio.  He lives in Wapakoneta, which is about 1.5 hrs west of Columbus.  Kent has been dancing all of his life and won the right to compete in the Top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance last week. 
Next week, the competition starts and voting begins to keep your favorites on the show.  PLEASE ~PLEASE~PLEASE.....vote for Kent.  It's not everyday that a small town kid makes it into something like this, so I'm asking you to take a minute of your time and vote as much as you can for Kent!!
Here's a link to an article in People magazine about the top 11 dancers:  http://tvwatch.people.com/2010/06/10/sytycd-so-you-think-you-can-dance-top-11/

The Big Show / Need some advice.......
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:36:09 AM »
We just brought our son's steer in from being out in the pasture for 2mths (in an attempt to help him lose some much needed weight). We spent almost 3 hrs on  him trying to get the crap clumps out of him and get him cleaned up.  I was really dreading it and it was just as awful as I had anticipated it being.  I  soaked him down with nothing but water for more than 45 minutes, then just started slowly but surely raking that crud off piece by piece.  Then he got a nice soapy bath followed by conditioner and a blow dry  O0
His hair was faded from the sun, but he still had tons of good hair left.  You would think that taking him off grain, turning him out to run with the cows and getting nothing but hay that he would have lost SOME weight.  Well, he gained 15 lbs  :o.  No turning back now....  do we just  fill him out and hope for the best ?
Do any of you have any advice or tips we could use to make a too heavy steer look better?  Our fair is the end of July/ first part of August.
He's 1350 right now  :o.  We realize he's not going to win anything being this big but he's a really nice steer and we just want to make him look the best he can.  We always appreciate any and all advice we can get!
I'll try to attach a pic of him taken in March.  Forgive me if it's too big.  I don't know how to resize.

The Big Show / Duramax Bull
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:06:41 PM »
Does anyone have opinions on Duramax?  Anyone seen him or any of his calves?  Where can purchase his semen from?
Thanks  <beer>

The Big Show / Looking for a used semen tank
« on: April 17, 2010, 05:46:10 PM »
My son recently became certified to AI, and we are looking for a used semen tank.  I'm not really familiar with  brands, etc, but if anyone has one they want to sell, or knows where we could look for one, please reply or PM.
We're located in NW Ohio.  Thanks  (thumbsup)

The Big Show / The simplest things...............
« on: April 13, 2010, 07:01:39 AM »
In the midst of laundry, cleaning, feeding and getting my kids to the multitude of places they need to be, one can find pleasure in the simplest things.
I filled my coffee cup up this morning, stepped out on the front porch and watch the little calves running around in the pasture like there isn't a care in the world. That's something I never get tired of seeing.  They're like this as the sun goes down at night too.  How can anyone not find pleasure in watching this.

It's going to be a good day  ;D

The Big Show / Our newest little one!!
« on: April 07, 2010, 10:57:30 AM »

Our first calf of 2010 FINALLY arrived!  Haven't weighed him yet, but he's a bull calf.... Who Made Who AI'd to one of our older hereford cross cows.  Pretty decent I thought considering his momma.

The Big Show / What are everone's opinions on this?
« on: March 09, 2010, 07:42:38 AM »
I'm new to this forum, and don't post alot, but I am on here at least once a day reading all the great posts, and there are tons of great posts at that.
I have a question that I'd like everyone's opinions on, but don't want to offend anyone, I hope I don't get bombarded with hateful comments for asking.

What is your opinion on the the amount of money some families spend on a steer for their son/daughter to bring to a small county fair?
I'm not talking a big show like the State Expo's or something you would find in Texas, I'm just talking a small county fair.
Some of the kids at our fair, and a few surrounding counties, raise steers that were born on their farm, or maybe have to go out and buy a steer with what they can afford, some not able to afford much. Then they work their butts off all summer working with that steer, only to have someone who has gone out and spent $10,00-$20,000 on a steer and probably their parents spent more time with it than their kid (because who in their right mind would invest that kind of money in a steer and let a first time 4H'er raise it on their own).

I have been struggling with this for some time, and I just want to know if it's just me or do other people feel it's wrong also?  Maybe I'm just jealous, who knows.  But I can't see spending that much money on something that after you show, and say you do win Grand Champion, will be slaughtered, and you are out that money.  You will never be able to recoup any money from that steer.  The money spent on the steer including feed, etc, will never come close to what you get out of it come sale time.

Do you feel there should be a *cap* put on the amount of money one is allowed to spend on a steer or any other animal for that matter, for a county fair?

There, I got it off my chest.  I'm sorry if I'm offended anyone, it was not my intention.    Thanks for reading  :-\

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