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The Big Show / Cost/Head/Day to run cows
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:10:50 AM »
We are running a few cows for some folks and was wondering what cost/head/day people usually charge for both feeding hay, and running on pasture.  Some are pairs and some are heifers so.......  and just an FYI we are in the great state of CO.

The Big Show / Heifer Feed Question
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:07:15 AM »
I have a question about feeding breeding heifers.  What % of their body weight should you be feeding and what should the ration look like.  End goal is to be competitive in the show ring and have a heifer that will settle and not be morbidly obese at the end.     

The Big Show / Breeding Advice
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:31:24 PM »
I want to know what is everyones favorite clubbier Simmi bull.  I am looking for something with guts and fleshing ability.  Something that isn't  monstrous when it comes to frame size.  Something that would make good steers.  Give me your opinions and why.

The Big Show / Advice on Mastitis
« on: October 14, 2012, 09:08:41 PM »
We have a cow that has developed a severe case of mastitis post weaning.  She has an entire rear quarter that is black and looks like it is detaching or getting ready to open.  I am sure the cow will not be worth keeping.  However, she is currently about 5 months pregnant. Would it be worth our while to treat the cow just to get the calf and then ship her after she calves and raise the calf ourselves, or should we ship her now and cut our loss.   I am not even quite sure how to treat her other than with antibiotics and at this point I don't even know that it would help.  Advice please.

The Big Show / SAK Shelby 2Y
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:06:34 PM »
What can anyone tell me about this bull, SAK Shelby 2Y.  He was on display at NWSS and I haven't seen, or heard anything about him since.  All I know is what little information I could google.

The Big Show / CO Dept of Ag. Media release
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:45:25 AM »
I found this to be an interesting read because I guess I was ignorant to what Anthrax really is.  My heart goes out to the folks involved....

media release

Colorado Department of Agriculture

August 8, 2012

Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 239-4190, Christi.lightcap@ag.state.co.us


Colorado Department of Agriculture Investigates Anthrax Case


LAKEWOOD, Colo. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently investigating an anthrax case in Logan County; one deceased cow is confirmed to have been infected with the disease, approximately 50 dead cattle are suspected to have been exposed. One location has tested positive and adjacent ranchers are being notified.  No cattle left the location prior to the quarantine.  No cattle entered the food chain.


 The risk is minimal outside the affected ranch.  We believe, at this point, that anthrax is confined to that specific premises, said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  Colorado has not had an anthrax case in 31 years but anthrax outbreaks are not uncommon in the Western United States.  We are dedicated to providing the necessary response to ensure that the investigation works quickly to limit the spread of this disease.


The premises has been quarantined and people, cattle, and equipment that may have come into contact with anthrax are being monitored during this investigation.


"Our focus is on the potential for human exposure," said Dr. Tony Cappello, district public health administrator for the Northeast Colorado Health Department.  "We are currently conducting our own public health investigation and contacting individuals that have been involved with the livestock.  Anthrax is not spread from person to person and exposure is limited only to those who had contact with the affected cattle or the immediate area."


Anthrax can develop naturally in soil; the spores can become active in association with periods of marked climatic or ecologic change such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought which can then expose the anthrax spores to grazing livestock.  Outbreaks of anthrax are commonly associated with neutral or alkaline soils.  In these areas the spores apparently revert to the vegetative form and multiply to infectious levels so that cattle, horses, mules, sheep and goats may readily become infected when grazing such areas.


Anthrax is a serious disease because it can cause the rapid loss of a large number of animals in a very short time.  Often, animals are found dead with no illness detected.  Appropriate carcass disposal is being used to prevent further soil contamination.


Producers should consult their veterinarians and vaccinate their livestock, if deemed appropriate.


Humans or animals can become infected by coming in contact with infected animals, soil or water.  Anthrax infection can be treated with antibiotics, especially if caught in the early stages.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Anthrax?

Anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that forms spores. There are three forms of anthrax: cutaneous, inhalation, and gastrointestinal.


Is it contagious? Who is susceptible?

Yes, it is contagious to all mammals, including humans.  Animals most susceptible include cattle, sheep, horses and goats.  Humans or animals can become infected by coming in contact with infected animals, soil or water.  If humans become affected 90-95% of the infections are the cutaneous form.


How is it transmitted?

Anthrax is transmitted through direct contact with the bacteria or by ingesting or breathing in the spores.   


How is it treated?

Anthrax can be treated with antibiotics, especially if caught in the early stages. There is a vaccine for humans and livestock.  People on the quarantined location and adjacent ranches have been contacted.



The Big Show / Is there an App for that?
« on: June 09, 2012, 09:12:31 AM »
Does anyone know if there is an educational Ipad/Iphone App for quizzing on livestock body parts and/or cuts of meat?  Kind of like the Horse 360 app.  I am looking specifically for beef and swine.  If not would someone please make one.  Thanks in advance :)

The Big Show / Topic for DL or someone equally as genius! (Bloat)
« on: April 01, 2012, 04:31:47 AM »
We had a calf (bottle baby) that would bloat after we let her out of her pen and she ran around.  If we let her out prior to eating in the evening she usually did fine, but anytime post eating even four hours or so after she would still get an acute onset of bloat and this most recent time she died.  What could cause her to bloat and die so rapidly from just running around?  What kind of bloat is this?   

The Big Show / TH / PHA
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:22:01 PM »
Ok nobody brow beat me for asking this question, but how much does breeding to a TH or PHA carrier change things in terms of size and BW of the resulting calves.  I know and understand how TH and PHA occur and all the specifics when it comes to that.  We have clean females and have never bred to carrier bulls simply because it scares me a little.  Our cows have big enough babies without adding any other factors to the mix.  I don't want to kill a cow just to have a calf, but I almost think that to be competitive you have to breed to a carrier or your females have to be carriers (correct me if I am wrong).  So someone with some experience in this department enlighten me.  Are there particular cows that you would never consider breeding to a carrier?  If so, why?  I am asking this question because looking at the new sire catalogs this time of year I cannot help but notice the dwindling number of clean bulls.   

Swine Classifieds / Colorado Club Pig Sale
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:34:55 PM »
Colorado club pig sale. See flier.

The Big Show / Amen
« on: March 04, 2012, 09:05:57 PM »
Has anyone seen Amen, seen any calves out of Amen, have any information about Amen that they would like to share?  I saw some pictures of calves on a blog or something a couple months ago and now cannot find anything and no one seems to be talking about him either.  I was thinking about using him on some cows, but I am leery because it is almost like he fell off the grid. 

Upcoming Shows / Open to CO Jackpot Show
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:30:19 AM »
These are the fliers for an upcoming show in CO.  The show is open to any youth enrolled in 4-H or FFA in the state of CO

http://www.facebook.com/events/304894632892932/  (link to the event that was created on FB)

The Big Show / Need Calf Help
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:50:05 AM »
Ok all you smarties out there I need an opinion on a new orphan calf we purchased for my daughter for a peewee 4-H deal.  I think I know what I need to do, but I would like your opinion.  Ok here goes....the calf is approx two days old and her legs are so weak she cannot stand up for more than a minute (literally 60 seconds).  If you look at her from the front she is very knock kneed or calf kneed, but her front legs seem to be the stronger of all her wheels.  If you look at her from the side her back legs almost make a "C" shape when she stands.  When she walks she swings those legs like she is marching just to keep upright.  She is out of a super super skinny Nevada range cow. Her mothers legs seemed real correct so to me this doesn't seem like a genetic deal.   Other than having bum legs she seems to be doing fairly well.  It is a bit of a chore to get her to eat and as of yet we have not been able to get her to eat while standing.  Tell me what you think!

The Big Show / What Angus bull...?
« on: November 02, 2011, 08:41:45 PM »
We are looking for a good Angus bull to breed to our old school clubby bred female to.  She is Maine, Shorthorn, Chi and a touch of Angus.  She is getting up there in years and we want to try and get at least one more replacement out of her that would be able to raise some steers.  She needs powered up a tick and could use more guts, but is real pretty made in her front end.  She milks like a Holstein, but her bag isn't the best design.  I know that is asking a lot of one bull, but I know there has to been one out there...  I would appreciate any input. 

The Big Show / Steer Size
« on: July 06, 2011, 02:30:38 PM »
We have a couple steers one is a Chi cross (1600lbs and 55" @ the hip)  and the other is a Maine (1400 lbs and 52" @ the hip) both are pretty framey calves and definitely not your standard tiny little show steers. They both have a reasonable amount of cover on them although I would like to see more, but I don't really think that is possible at this point.  We have a couple weeks until they show and my question is do we try and take some of the weight off of them to try and weigh in at a more reasonable weight, or do we feed them like they have been fed and not worry about the weight in an attempt to try and present them at their freshest regardless of size?  They were gaining roughly 3lbs per day on full feed which was about 28 lbs of a complete feed/day.  Please feel free to post comments harsh or otherwise and I will do my best to answer any questions that may come up.   

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