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The Big Show / Anyone go to Jeff Miller sale?
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:04:52 PM »
Great guy! We have two cows we purchased from him as show heifers that in production. He is a great guy to work with. I hope his sale was a huge success! Did anyone go? How did it go?

The Big Show / Cane Code for TKCC Classified
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:26:35 PM »
Can anyone tell me the cane code for TKCC Classified? Also, what kind of cows does he seem to be working with?


The Big Show / Bulls coming along nicely
« on: November 22, 2018, 03:00:27 PM »
I took some pictures of the bulls we are developing right now. I would like to get a few of them sold, but bulls seems to be moving really slow this year! These guys are all fall, and a few Feb sired bulls. Sires include HPF Optimizer, Upgrade, Upperclass, and Shell Shocked. The calf with his head on the rump of another is our Feb Shell Shocked. We might show him at Junior Nationals next year, he looks pretty good!
Thanks for letting me share, and if you know of anyone looking for a good bred bull, I got a few!  ;)

The Big Show / spring grass pictures
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:18:59 PM »
I moved the cows to grass today, and boy where they happy! I thought I would share a few pictures of them...

The first pic is a Sept Upperclass x Zsa Zsa embryo heifer...

Second picture is a Jan One Eyed Jack bull, soon to be steer, calf. He is 5/8 simmi, and guess the 3/8? He will make a great show steer!

Third picture is Wide Body x Rendition feb heifer. We just bred her to 1143Y last week

Fourth picture is a Built Right x Cole Camp angus heifer, 2 years old. We had a hard time getting her to cycle (later maturing than anything we have ever raised), so we put an embryo in her. She is due in May, with a flush sib to her! lol

Last picture is an American Pride x Bear Mountain Pride angus, so half blood. She is bred to Lock n Load for fall calf (she is a December). 

Pretty happy with our girls!

The Big Show / ACW Iron Hide
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:19:53 AM »
Thought I would update about my Iron Hide calves. We are pretty happy with them, for sure. They have great docility, and are big boned with plenty of power.
Pictured is a 14 month old bull I have for sale. We showed him at state fair, where he was champion percentage in the junior show. He was also reserve champ in his division. The other picture is a heifer we kept back, out of a Shear Force cow. We actually kept back two heifers, both stuck to their first AI attempt.
If you don't have your Iron Hide semen and have been thinking of using him, it might be too late! I found out he is no longer collecting, since he sustained an injury to his testicles while out with cows. I was told he is going up to $50 a straw. I have 7 straws left in my tank and plan on using them wisely.

So, I am looking for contact info on Reproductive Management Assoc. I have a number that was registered in the embryologist manual (not sure what it is called, but it lists all registered embryologists with location and phone number).
I bought some embryos out of the Circle M dispersal sale, and they were listed as conventional however one set is IVF (Wheelman sired) and the other I am unsure. Greg was nice enough to bring them up to me when he came this way (MO), but I did not get paperwork with the embryos. My embryologist wants paperwork, and we had an epic fail with the first implantation of these embryos because we did not know they were IVF (and they should have gone in a day later). We had no paperwork, and since the catalog listed them as conventional I just assumed that is what they were. The Wheelman sired embryos were labeled well, and I was able to track down where they were collected and get the flush record (of which we found out 2 of the eggs were 6-2 and three were 5-2). I still have the 6-2's left to put in, so I can plan on those recips being a day later.
However, the other set, sired by Icon, are collected at a place called Reproductive Management (ET code 539, a very old number). I think they are conventional (no IVF indicated on the straw we put in), but I need to know maturity of the eggs (or better, my vet needs to know), so I need the flush record.
Anyone out there have a phone number or email I could use to make contact? Thanks a bunch!
When I call the number listed, it just rings. I tried an Internet search and have come up with nothing.

The Big Show / Simm bull 1143Y
« on: December 25, 2017, 03:45:07 PM »
Anyone use him? He is a full brother to Loaded Up, carried by Genex


He had a really nice red, white faced heifer sell in a sale here recently, she went for a lot of money ($12,500)!

We bred a few to him this fall, for September calves.... just wondering if anyone out there has seen them or heard of them?

The Big Show / Come see us!
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:53:15 AM »
The annual Fall Harvest for the Missouri Simmental Breeders is Saturday, December 2nd. We will be there with our cattle (we have 13 head consigned) on Friday and Saturday, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. I would love to meet some of you, and it is always a good time to reconnect and hear the latest about new sires!

here is a link to the catalog: http://cattleindemand.com/2017/08/04/fall-harvest-2/

And a few pics of our consignments. We have one pair (A really nice Broker 2 year old with a super Broadway heifer calf), 4 bred cows, 5 bred heifers (all AI bred, to sires like W/C Lockdown and LRS Elevate), and a pen select of 3 fall yearling heifers (we are breeding them this week to W/C Lockdown and Pays to Dream for a September 18 calf).

Anyway, come see us!

The Big Show / Anyone heard of Mohnen Load Up?
« on: October 28, 2017, 05:02:46 PM »
My Select Sires guy stopped in today to drop off some semen, gave me the new book. There is a bull in there that I would like to find out  more about....

His EPD's are not bad.... I do not know the Angus side of his pedigree (he is a 3/4)....

What do you guys think?

The Big Show / Just some bull, lol
« on: April 11, 2017, 01:00:07 PM »
I took a few pictures of our spring bulls this weekend. I thought I would share. Both are for sale, since we do not use live bulls in our program except in extreme conditions.

The first two pics are of an Upgrade sired bull, April born (so 12 months). He weighed 1330 on Saturday. He is in the top 4% of the breed for weaning weight, yearling weight, ADG, and carcass weight. He was 80 pounds at birth.
The last picture is of the HPF Optimizer bull, just a June. He weighed in at 1008 pounds. We hope to show him this summer, since he is a little younger and we can hold on to him a little longer. He is in the top in his EPD's too.
The last shot is a rear shot; Upgrade on the left and Optimizer on the right.
We used HPF Optimizer a bunch this fall, I am super happy with the few we have.

The Big Show / WINC Live Ammo
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:11:36 PM »
We had our first Live Ammo calves born this week.
The first is a heifer, dammed by a half blood Upgrade cow who has had lots of babies. She was 74.6 pounds and 273 days gestation. She is the black (grey) calf pictured. She is lively and was sucking and running just an hour after birth.
We also had a heifer calve early this morning. She needed just a little assistance (I likely jumped the gun, but I hate watching a first calf heifer struggle!). It was a red bull calf, 82.6 pounds, 282 days gestation. I will put a few pictures of him up, and his dam at state fair.
He has been a little challenge, in that he took several hours just to try to stand (I started to worry that he had a spinal problem), and several more hours before he even looked for an udder. He still has not figured out nursing on his own, we need to help him out a bit. He is just a slow starter!

The Big Show / Some of our fall calves...
« on: October 05, 2016, 04:21:23 PM »
I am super happy about our fall calf crop this year. In the Simmental world, many people seek after that pretty white blaze on the face, but it is not so easy to get. We have been lucky if we get one to two a year, even though we try to breed that way (of course, genetics and function is more important than that pretty white face!). Anyway, so far only ONE calf has not has some sort of white on the face! And several were a surprise, since the bull used did not have much white, or no white at all! So here goes...
This first little bull calf was 86 pounds, sired by American Pride (solid black) out of this Steel Force 2.5 year old cow. This is her second calf. Her first calf was the cute Optimizer heifer calf I have pictured on here numerous times that ended up 19th overall Bred and Owned at the Iowa Simmental Nationals this year. She will not be 3 years old until January, and is doing a fantastic job.
The second picture is two heifer calves, about 3 weeks old. The one on the left is sired by ACW IronHide and the one on the right is sired by One Eyed Jack (out of a first calf heifer who is sired by Upgrade). Both out of solid black dams. These two are always together, and their face markings are almost opposite of each other. One has white eyelashes on the right eye, the other has white eyelashes on the left eye. Too cute!
The third picture is a 3 week old ACW Ironhide sired calf. He has an outstanding hip on him, and his top is thick! He and his dam are consigned to our Fall Harvest sale in November. He was 84 pounds at birth.
The fourth picture is two of our bulls. The little one on the left is our first Hooks Broadway calf and was 48 pounds at birth out of a first calf heifer who is SOLID BLACK. Broadway has just a small white spot on his forehead, so I was expecting a solid black calf. Nice surprise! The other calf is the ACW Ironhide pictured. Both these boys are selling with their dams in our fall sale.
The last picture is a little cutie sired by W/C Lockdown, and was 78 pounds at birth out of a first calf heifer (also Upgrade sired, solid black). This mama took a little bit to figure things out, but is doing great now. Each time he would try to nurse, she would spin around and want to lick him, not let him suck. After two days she now has no problems nursing, which is a good feeling!

The Big Show / Hooks Broadway calf
« on: September 25, 2016, 01:15:18 PM »
Well, we had our first Hooks Broadway calf yesterday afternoon. Dam is a 22 month old heifer. I knew she was in early labor in the morning, so I checked on her a few times. Went back out and the darn thing was already sucking, but barely standing and still wet! Great vigor, and that heifer had to calve pretty darn fast for me to miss it. We weighed him this morning, 12 hours later, and he was 48 pounds! I don't like them that small, but better small than big. The bigger surprise was all the white on his face! No white really on her side, her dam is solid and has never thrown white, even being bred to Fat Butt. Glad we have several bred to Broadway, happy so far!
Oh, and this heifer and her calf will be consigned to our Fall Harvest sale! Lucky buyer will have a really nice calving ease bull for next year!

The Big Show / Sandeen Upperclass
« on: June 25, 2016, 07:54:47 PM »
So, where are they? Any word on how they turn out? He was real hot for awhile, but seems to have slipped off the radar? We were at the South Central Regionals in OK, and I am not sure I saw any sired by him, and there were close to 180 head there. I noticed his sired embryos got real cheap, so is there something I am missing?

The Big Show / Well shoot!
« on: March 10, 2016, 02:19:44 PM »
I went ahead and had our Monopoly x Built Right bull calf tested, and of course he is TH carrier. Oh well, but he looks great. I have not cut him, he is just such a great looking bull calf!
I noticed a lot of these online sales going on are selling calves his age (October), and I think he looks better than a bunch of them! But they are all steers....
What to do, what to do...

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