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The Big Show / Valuing Used Show Equipment
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:11:13 PM »
I am trying to buy the following items and the current owner asked me to figure out what they are worth and make him an offer.  Before I do that, I want to make sure it is fair for both of us.

2003 Featherlite 24' aluminum stock trailer.  2 cut gates with 1/2 slide door, rear full swing door with slide, interior lights and ties down the side of the trailer.  One owner, paid $11,000 new.  Good condition

Sullivans 8' Aluminum Chute

(2)Sullivans Aluminum panels

(2) Sullivans fans with panel mounts

Any help on values or resources to find values would be greatly appreciated!

The Big Show / Mini Herefords
« on: December 08, 2015, 05:04:41 PM »
I have a 5 yr old son and a 7 yr old daughter.  Both have expressed interest in showing.  My wife seems to like the idea of starting them with Mini Herefords instead of our Simmental and SimX calves.

I know NOTHING about mini cattle.  Any thoughts, suggestions are welcome.

Goat/Lamb Chat / Getting Started
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:58:45 AM »
Looking for suggestions and/or resources for getting a kid started showing goats and/or lambs.  Any advise would be appreciated.  I have a 4 year old son and a 6 year old daughter.  Both show interest in showing, but I don't think they are ready for showing cattle just yet.

The Big Show / PHA/TH Status Unknown
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:57:37 PM »
I was searching the Club Calf Sire list on Cattle Visions website and noticed several bulls with PHA and TH status "Unknown".

Does this mean these bulls have never been tested?  I'm not as familiar with PHA and TH as it's not tested in the Simmental breed which is what I have shown since I was young.  Just recently we have started picking up some crossbred cattle and looking at other breeds to produce better cattle. 

I always thought bulls had to be tested prior to selling semen on the open market but maybe that's not the case?

The Big Show / Club Bull For Balancer Heifers
« on: January 01, 2013, 08:02:25 PM »
I have a nice group of Balancer first calf heifers that I'm considering trying something different with.  We raise Simmental cross cattle and bought these females to use as recips but their calves are nice and I'm thinking about trying a few different bulls on them to see what works.

Any suggestions on how to breed them?  Any breed or bull is on the table at this point for them.

Thanks in advance and Happy New Year!

The Big Show / Part Time Labor
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:03:23 AM »
I have never had help on the farm, but am considering having someone help us feed and do some farm chores for us.  It would only be an hour a day at the most, but really most days only long enough to feed in one or two barns.

I know a guy looking for odd jobs and work who said he would be glad to help, but what does something like this pay, or what should it pay?

The Big Show / Bad Straws
« on: September 25, 2011, 08:16:23 PM »
I recently got several straws of semen from a local farmer who was getting rid of his tank.  Haven't used the first straw but this weekend I happened to pull out one cane and noticed that every straw in that cane had somewhat of a black tent to it at the very end.  Didn't take any of the straws out of the cane, just put them right back down.

My thought is that these straws have been thawed and refroze, or they the tank ran dry and then was recharged only to cause frost bite in the ends of these straws.  Is that what this is?

Do you think this cane has any quality in it whatsoever?

The Big Show / Weaver Livestock Products
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:29:19 PM »
Is anyone using Stierwalt's new product line from Weaver?  Looks like they are promoting them hard but everyone I know is still using what they have been.

The Big Show / Like Us on Facebook
« on: July 31, 2011, 08:44:54 AM »
I started a page for my farm on Facebook.  Apparently you have to have 25 likes before you can even get a user name.  Search 3D Farms LLC.

Most of our farm pictures are either print pictures or on another computer, so I am slowly getting them uploaded on there.


The Big Show / Flush Bull - Help Me Decide
« on: July 31, 2011, 07:42:55 AM »
I am getting ready to flush this female in November.  She is sired by HC Power Drive 88H.  She is heterozygous black, so I have considered flushing her to a heterozygous black bull just to see if we'd come up with any reds from this mating.  Really want marketable calves with a chrome face, whether red or black. 

As of now, Built Right is the bull of choice, just wanted to get the thoughts of our Steer Planet friends.

The Big Show / Custom Branding Irons
« on: July 30, 2011, 09:39:43 PM »
Does anyone know where to buy custom freeze branding irons?

The Big Show / Co-op Herds
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:02:20 PM »
Does anyone have any experience using co-op herds to grow an operation using ET?  I have a local breeder who is considering allowing us to use a group of his cows as recips, possible the whole herd next year if we work something beneficial to both of us on his group of Fall Calvers.

Anyway, I have heard people say they buy ET calves at weaning at a flat fee, or an amount over market price, and one breeder said he partners with the co-op herd all the way through marketing the calves whether they are selling the ET calves when they are late yearlings and bred or whether they are show prospects. 

My question is does someone have a plan that has worked for you or someone you know you'd be willing to share.  All help is greatly appreciated!

Semen & Embryos For Sale / RARE Wheatland Bull 131L "Teddy" semen
« on: December 20, 2010, 08:39:26 AM »
We have 4 straws of Wheatland Bull 131L "Teddy" semen left.  His semen is next to impossible to find, we purchased a breeders semen and embryo inventory and got lucky to find this semen in there.  I am attaching a picture of Teddy on here as well as his progeny pics Sand Bling Bling and the ABS sire Ranch Hand.

We will accept serious offers, but we are asking $450/straw.

The Big Show / Show Barns
« on: December 16, 2010, 05:47:52 PM »
I have seen a wide range of show barns out there.  Can anyone share pictures of their showbarns.  I have a barn I built when I was 15 and we have added on to it twice.  We are considering adding on to it again and redoing the way the barn is laid out to fit not only as a show barn, but a work facility, feed storage, etc.

Any pictures/advice would be greatly appreciated.

The Big Show / What is Best
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:08:06 AM »
Is it best to have a quality cattle, make smart breeding decisions and market one natural calf per cow every year?

Or, is it better to have one or two elite females and flush them a few times a year putting embryos in and also marketing the embyros as well?

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