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The Big Show / Simmental advice
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:18:20 PM »
Im trying to produce some quality replacements that can be registered and possibly be bred back clubby down the road. I would just like some advice on what type of cows these bulls match up well with. I have mostly com angus cows but a few have some clubby background. Bulls I have and will be using Dream On, 3C Macho, and Fat Butt.  I also have access to get some Felt Next Big Thing and zckk custom built (full brother to chopper).  I have read searched and read older posts but any suggestions would be appreciated. What about the cow that pictured?

The Big Show / Calving redemption
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:50:49 PM »
Early march I heifer had a stillborn calf at midnight, next afternoon a heifer had a calf in the yard that got stepped on and died, and that evening a heifer that delivered a live calf but she has mastitis and is only milking out of two quaters. Rough start, but my cows that are AI-ed starting calving this week and So far having great luck and by far best calves I have ever had. Went out this morning at 5:30 and saw a calf laying dead pretty close to a cow and come to realize that she had another one by her side so I was happy she had one live one. As I went up to the other calf I come to find out it was still barely breathing, cold and wet.  Got it in the truck, dried it off, got it some colostrum and saved the calf. The cow obviously isn't taking the calf but it's doing good and to top it both off the twins are really nice 67lb blaze faced (Fat Butt) heifers!!!  It made my easter, along with having another good looking Fat Butt bull calf this afternoon.   

The Big Show / How common is a false heat?
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:32:46 AM »
I searched this topic but was wondering how common a false heat is during pregnancy?  We combined cows from 3 pastures last week on Thursday and yesterday I had two of the better cows (typical) seem to be in heat. They both came from the same pasture. Two of the bulls were following them around and tring to jump them for over a day but the two cows wouldn't stand at all.  I found it interesting that the bull they were with in the pasture all summer wasn't chasing them though. He was semen tested and bred all the cows he was with last year. I had recoreded one of them being bull bred on June 28 and the other July 1.   We are working the calves next friday so I will have these two preg-checked at that time but was wondering if it's possible this was a false heat in part to increased hormones when combing the cattle back into one group?   Any thoughts appreciated

The Big Show / June calves?
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:47:43 PM »
 I have a couple nice late calves that weren't born til  mid June and will be too young for most fairs here in the midwest and was wondering if they fit for any shows and if so what part of the country? Also, how would you go about selling to them, ex. find a trader in that area or ???  Thanks

The Big Show / T-Magic Calves!
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:38:18 PM »
Would love to hear some thoughts on these calves? Good/Bad. 

The Big Show / opinions appreciated (fat butt calf)
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:30:17 PM »
Fat butt/ angus bull calf, two weeks old and I have been impressed with him since he was born but would really like to see what others think good and bad?  In the first pic he is the front calf the one behind is a Sunseeker.

The Big Show / Advise cow head-bunting calf
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:08:59 AM »
I have a cow that just calved and she is accepting calf or at least is somewhat protective of calf when you get in the pen but she keeps head bunting calf when it gets up. She isn't banging him into the gates or anything but just keeps knocking him down. I have just let her be for now in hopes she calms down. I think she just gets worked up after calving and needs some time to settle down. What are others expiriences and what do you normally do? How long should I wait to get her in the chute and get the calf nursing if she doesn't calm down?

The Big Show / Gestation thoughts???
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:06:25 PM »
So I have searched a lot of old posts and read quite a bit on gestation lengths and inducing cows.  I found one old post that I thought was interesting so I decided I would see what peoples expeiriences this year are as far as gestation variations among breeds.  I am not overly concerned yet with my cows but am getting there.  I thought I had 14 out of 20 due to AI. All were synched and bred on 6/25/22 and preg-checked out in the correct range.  The bulls in that pasture and the other pastures with no AI cattle were put out 7 days later.  So far>>>>>
275 days - 2 Angus AI  bulls
279 days - Sunseeker AI  bull
280 days - Angus AI and a Fat Butt AI both heifers
285 days- Walks Alone AI bull
I have also had 3 calves so far that were bull bred.  These all came small and would've been about 10 days early.
I was anticipating 2 more walks alone, 3 more fat butts, 1 more angus, and 2 more sunseekers.
Today is 290 days from AI-ing and 4 of these look pretty close (as in hopefully a week) and 2 I am sure wont be for a couple weeks and got cleaned up by our bull.
Wondering what other peoples experiences have been with calves this year and gestation with purebred simmental bulls on angus cows and also the clubby gestation length.

The Big Show / Angus bulls on heifers
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:01:15 PM »
I have searched this topic and read a lot of older posts but would like some thoughts on a low bw angus bull to use on heifers. I was thinking about possibly using the same bull on some cows to try to get replacements. I go through ABS and a lot of the bulls I have read on the posts, they don't carry. I will have a few calves this year out of styles Upgrade, so he may be one option. I know In-focus is heavily used but has varying opinions on the calves, but i thought about him. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The Big Show / Heat wave clone semen price$
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:01:03 AM »
I am buying a semen tank from my uncle and he has some heat wave clone semen left. I am not sure what clones yet but I was just wondering what the goin rate is for the clone semen. I checked lautners website and see only about 5 clones listed out of the 15 or so there is. Most are at $30/unit except Heat Wave1 that says ask.  Is there a big difference in which clone the semen would be from and is $30 a good price for any of the clones.

The Big Show / Thoughts/opinions wanted on this bull????
« on: October 26, 2011, 10:39:10 AM »

Heres T-Magic a bull I raised out of Carnac and my best Angus/Simm cow. He is in his working clothes and always has been. Thought I got a decent pic of him this morning so I wanted to get some SP expert opinions and thoughts on him. He has lost some weight and condition from running with the cows. I am excited to see the calves out of him next spring. Due to pasture size limitations he only runs him with about 15 head. I was going to collect him so I could AI some of my other cows to him. I decided to wait til I see some of his calves next spring as I should have time to still collect before breeding season. Born on 2/28/10 and I dont have any exact BW but was unassisted, approximately 80lbs, and he is a THC. He is thick, good bone, sound, good hair and has the best temperament of any calf I have ever raised. I have never had him clipped up or haltered but can still go out and brush him in the pasture. If I collect him I should have more semen than I will be able to use for quite a few years to come in one or two times of collecting, so I would be interested in selling some at a very reasonable price as I do not have the time or money that it takes to promote a bull these days whether he is good or a dud. I would just like some input on what others think of him. All comments welcome Thanks.

Cattle For Sale / Sunseeker / WMW Heifer.
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:20:12 PM »
I don't have time or any family members old enough to be in 4-H so I am selling my heifer.  I would really like to have her shown as she should make a great breeding or market heifer. She will make a great cow someday too.  I am planning to halter break her and get her clipped up in the next few weeks. She will look awesome then. I will put updated pics back on here later if she is not sold.
Born Feb 26th, Dam- Who Made Who/Angus   Sire- Sunseeker     Asking $2,500  obo      Located in Nebraska.   Call 402-369-2530  if interested   

Cattle For Sale / Replacement qaulity heifers!
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:05:37 PM »
I have around 10 - 15 heifers that I can't keep due to facilities. They would all make good replacements for someone or good starting group for someone wanting to get into cattle.  All heifers were born in April or early May.  Sires include a Sunseeker/Angus son, Dr. Who/Angus Son, and Dream On/Angus Son.  Heifers are in Nebraska and priced at $850. I can send more pics over email if wanted or call at 402-369-2530.

The Big Show / Share-A-Beef program
« on: August 02, 2011, 03:45:54 PM »
I just wanted to see if there are any county fairs out there that do a share-a-beef program, where a farmer will donate/loan a steer to a kid whose is responsible for raising and caring for the animal throughout the year and then there is a special class for those calves at the fair as well as be able to be shown in there respective classes/divisions and afterwards the farmer and exhibitor split the money 50/50 after the fair when the calf goes to market.  We had this at one county when I was not old enough to show but my brother was able to take advantage of it and I thought it was a great program and can help get kids back to showing market animals. The down side and reason they did away with it is cause a calf got loose one year and got into a swampy area south of the fairgrounds. I don't know if they eventually got him back but the farmer raised such a fuss about not getting his money asap that they did away with the entire program. Our local county fair has a very very low number of market and feeder calves but a lot of cow/calf and bucket calf projects.  I would really like to start this at our fair as I think it would give kids more incentive and responsiblity while being able to earn some money for their hard work withouth the upfront expense of purchasing a show animal. If anyone else has a program like this please let me know how it works.

Cattle For Sale / Spring heifers for salle!!! Pics added 8-2-11
« on: July 29, 2011, 04:28:55 PM »
 I have some spring heifers for sale. They are all on pasture and no creep as of now. I  plan to halter and clip them later in the summer. I have a sunseeker/WMW who was born Feb 26th and will make a good show prospect and cow. She is long-fronted, thick, and good-hair. I am asking $3,000 or obo for her and I have a few others that will make good replacements  out of a THF Sunseeker/Angus bull. All are at $1,200 obo and are born in April .

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