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Swine Chat / Carry Head High
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:22:52 AM »
I was at a jackpot show this past weekend and seen a lot of nice pigs. Mine did good even though they didnt place I was still happy with how they moved in the ring. However I seen a lot of pigs trotting around with their heads high and the judge said the exhibitors really worked with their pigs. Well I work with my pigs 2 times a day and they dont do this. How would you go about teaching a pig to hold their head up?

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The Big Show / Rock In a hard Place
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:11:30 AM »
Well I need ya'lls opinions, I got a new 2011 Kia Rio Like 2 weeks ago. Well yesterday at work a guy movin headgates with the skidloader hit the side of my car making a nice scratch in the drivers door. My car was nowhere in the way it was in the designated parking space at the farm. Well my boss tells me to get a quote, I called my insurance to see who is the approved repair shops are in my are and there is only 2. Well one was $902 and the other is $895. Well today when I came in my boss was like can you go to such and such body shops(which are not approved by my insurance, the jo shmoe joints.) That they dont wanna claim it on their insurance due to it to go up, and he said it would make mine go up( I wasen't born yesterday, I know it being their fault wont affect my premiums) that they want to pay no more that $550. I mean I just got this car and want it to be right and if it isnt done at the approved shops that it could affect me in the long run and no turn around. The issue is I also dont wanna loose my job over this :-\ so I dont know what to do. Its a big dairy farm that I work at. Also note in the picthat my car is a wonderful color with matallic flakes in it. Please tell me what yall would do, Im so flippin confused :(

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The Big Show / Horse Feed
« on: May 19, 2011, 06:56:46 PM »
Tonight stacking my new feed delivery, I got to looking at all the feed labels. and noticed my horses SR. feed has 10% fat. I have a dairy feeder steer that isnt putting on weight with his grower feed and hay the feed has a 5% fat. Well my question is has anyone ever fed a steer horse feed?  He has been dewormed and is eating everything, I am using Honor Show Chows Power Fuel but I have to keep special odering it and its more pricey than a bag of my horses triple crown sr feed. Any advice ???

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Goat/Lamb Chat / Exercising Lambs.
« on: May 16, 2011, 11:29:36 AM »
I was wondering how everyone else works on exercising their lambs. I put mine on a track with about 2ft jumps and later work on the handling such as bracing.

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Goat/Lamb Chat / Bracing
« on: May 16, 2011, 11:26:44 AM »
My lambs brace well when near a solid object but out in the open they step sideways. Any tips on how to get them to brace right out? ???

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Swine Chat / Show Sticks
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:29:21 AM »
Ok so I was wondering what is the Pros and cons of using pig pipe, canes, and whips? What do yall prefer? ???

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The Big Show / Another pig question
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:48:03 PM »
Where I am keeping my pigs now they have a dairy goat farm and suggest I  feed them milk to fatten them since their a lil small. Does feeding them milk really help?? ???

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Swine Chat / Some begginer questions
« on: April 18, 2011, 10:55:07 AM »
Ok its my first time with pigs just a few questions. Ok first do they have teeth in the front of their mouth? Also when they jump up in the air for fingers are they playing? Also how do you go about training them to walk to practice for show? Thanks!

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The Big Show / Any pig people here?
« on: April 11, 2011, 10:02:56 PM »
I know there is a place for pig issues, but it dosent seem real popular. Any way my question is how do you go about calming 40lb piggies to trust you? I got 3 hamp crosses to barrows and a gilt. Any suggestions?

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The Big Show / Muscling
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:38:18 AM »
Im pretty sure my steer needs to put on some muscling. Does anyone have any advice either feeding or supplements? Right now Im feeding 24lbs a day of Honor Finishing Touch. Has anyone tried any of the Purina Honor Supplements? I was thinking Champion Drive..has it worked for any of yall?

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The Big Show / Getting Adhesives out
« on: March 28, 2011, 05:32:37 PM »
Well the busy bee I was sunday with showing/packing up I forgot a new can of hocus-pocus at the beef expo. The issue is my steer still has adhesives on his legs. Is there anything I can use to get it  out that I dont have to order?  ???

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The Big Show / Results from PA Beef Expo-Now updated with pics
« on: March 27, 2011, 04:14:15 PM »
Well expo was fun, exhusting but fun and educational. Showmanship I placed 3rd out of 4..just by walking in the ring I knew who was going to place top because they both have been showing cattle since they could start showing, also my steer never being in a indoor ring was jumpy. Weight Class went well 3rd out of 6 we were close to second, just the judge liked how the above one was fresher looking then mine( mine wouldnt eat or drink the first day we got there) I was happy with the results (clapping) he behaved alot better in weight class then his showmanship...figures (lol) I just have a few questions for ya'll this judge was looking for "Power" what does this mean? Also she said my steer was a little loose in his pins and had a slight slope in his shoulder? Can any one put this into everyday language for me, lol thanks? I hope to get the time to post some pics. Just thought ya'll would like to know and oh he weighed-in at 930lbs :)

*Updated pics below...he was VERY curious of his surroundings*

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The Big Show / Were Here :)
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:06:40 PM »
Well we arrived at the PA Beef Expo today everything went well other than my friends trailer tire tread tearing off about 15 miles from the destination. Tomarrow my friend is showing her heifers and then will be a showmanship clinic :) The only issue I am having is my steer dosent want to touch his feed, anyone have any advice to get him to eat? I hope to have some pics of our weekend for ya'll! ;D Im just glad my steer is being a gentelman about his new surroundings, I think he likes seeing other steers than small dairy steers ;D

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The Big Show / Advice
« on: March 22, 2011, 04:46:38 PM »
Im heading out to our PA Beef Expo this Friday. Anyone have any advice on grooming? Ive seen people mention shaving cream on here a few times for fitting hair, how do u go about doing it? Also has anybody here ever used toothpaste to whiten hair? Oh and one more question how advance before my class should I wash my steer and start fitting him? Lol sorry for all the questions....I am soo excited. Any other tips and advice are more than welcomed (clapping) I hope to have pics for yall to see on Monday, I know how ya'll all love pics here ;)

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The Big Show / American Pediatrics Association :/
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:02:19 PM »
Well I get an email from my Kids docs saying to put them back into to the rear facing position, because of new guidelines which went from age 1 to age 2. I was like what the heck, my 22 month old is 39 lbs and about 3 ft tall and the just one year old is 21lbs. The both love the front facing view and not to mention it is very easy to feed, hand them things, and see whats wrong with them. Not to mention how uncomfortable it will be for them to have their legs in their chest. Why must they keep changing things, its been ok for the past 10 years why now the sudden change? So any you parents out there that have kids 2 and under, back to the rear facing position agian if ya'll havent gotten the memo. I doubt I will be switching them back especially the oldest. Sorry had to vent, stupid guidelines (argue)

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