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The Big Show / Re: Going to Arizona and back to Iowa
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:36:34 PM »
We are going to be leaving Saturday to head south and coming back the following Saturday. If anyone has anything needing to go that way. Will pick and deliver along the way.

The Big Show / Going to Arizona and back to Iowa
« on: December 22, 2016, 03:46:29 PM »
At the end of January we are going to Arizona and have room for 2 possibly 3 more calves then on the way home right now we will have an empty trailer. If you are needing something going that way let me know. Looking to leave around the 30th and be back Feb. 7th. Leaving from southern Iowa and can drop things off along the way.

The Big Show / Re: AAOK feed ration question
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:13:14 AM »
We use something very similar to this and just add to it depending on what we are feeding. We have always gotten along very well with it much better than many of the begged feeds out there and it is less expensive 

The Big Show / Re: Trailer opinion needed
« on: July 08, 2016, 01:25:08 PM »
We have a stock combo as well. We do horses too but our show box stays in the trailer in the tack area and I can keep a lot of essentials in the nose that way as well. We wish we would have a center gate that moves to make different size compartments instead of a fixed one. A ramp isn't a necessity and I don't think I would have one as we use our trailer for too many things. I know a slam latch on the rear is nice. Tie rails inside and out. Plenty of lights inside and outside. We will go with a Wilson next time so we can have a plug kit instead of plexi glass for winter.

The Big Show / Re: mini herf
« on: February 09, 2016, 01:33:52 PM »
Is that the one that you posted before? He looks good.

The Big Show / Re: Beginner Question! :)
« on: February 05, 2016, 04:05:36 PM »
Sullivans sell refurbished or used clippers and blowers at a lesser price. I am still using my refurbished blower I got 15 years ago and the clippers I got over 10 years ago. They go thru them pretty well.

The Big Show / Re: Maine anjou guy looking at Denver bulls
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:57:04 AM »
Simplify was bred and raised by Kendall Bremer. He and his parents are long time Maine breeders. He did very well at Kansas City also. So I am guessing he looks the part.

The Big Show / Re: advice needed on what's best for conditioning...
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:11:32 PM »
Pictures would help but I would not push since its a heifer and you don't want her to put on fat you want her to grow and develop. You will be surprised on how much condition one will put on with correct feeding especially if she hasn't had much. I really like AAOKs ration that is on here. We use our own version of it. It is very economical much cheaper than any bagged feed. Also what kind of timeline to the first show? If she is only 7 months old she is still young cant expect nor do you want those summer born calves to look like a January.

The Big Show / Re: Mini Herefords
« on: December 09, 2015, 11:45:27 AM »
We just bought our first mini steer for my 3 year old. Hes soon to be 4. Our calf is puppy dog tame and currently weighs maybe 200 lbs. We love going out and messing with him. We have big cattle to but I feel much better having my son feed this calf on his own than our others. The popularity right now is really climbing as well. Jr nationals will be in Iowa this summer. We have also really enjoyed the people we have met so far that are into the breed. If you have any other questions pm me. I can get you in touch with several breeders. We are learning as we go as well. I will say they are considerably cheaper to feed as well.

The Big Show / Re: Reoccuring Hoof Rot
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:48:35 PM »
Also look at what the footing is in the pens. We were using fly ash which is a by product from our local coal plant. It burned off pieces of coal in a sandy material. It is also cheap and packs fairly hard. Growing up we only had horses and never an issue then when we started getting more cows and foot rot began to pop up. After talking to a few people in the area that had the same problem when using the fly ash. Now we use lime chips which in our area is extremely cheap and we have had no problems with foot rot.

The Big Show / Re: Best Marketing Avenues
« on: October 01, 2015, 10:13:22 AM »
I have had good luck with craigslist but be ready for people to try to scam you and tire kickers. I have also used several groups on Facebook. Get decent pictures of them that always helps.

The Big Show / Re: Maine Heifer
« on: September 22, 2015, 03:03:57 PM »
I would say Kendall Bremer or Jason Minneart. Kendall is in Blakesburg, IA and Jason is in Atkinson, IL 

The Big Show / Re: Cooler or no cooler?
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:31:53 PM »
My opinion on a cooler, If you have the resources to build and run one, cost is not a factor then yes they are a great tool for hair. We did not have one and did not get the hair our friends did with one. The kids with the cooler put in just as much time rinsing blowing and grooming (twice a day during school year, and 3 times oncethe school year ended) Our fair is in July, our calves went in the barn the last week end of March, same as the calves that went into the cooler. They had 4 inch yak hair we had 1 1/2 -2 inch decent hair.
It is not a short cut to avoid work, they rinsed, chilled (pumped water out of a box freezer that was just above freezing) and blew the cattle out, they did all this in the cool room, so it actually took longer to get them blown out, they had a wash rack in the cool room.
Cooler or not the more work you put in the better the hair, A solid routine that is followed daily is key, everyone does it different but it is going to take time everyday to really acheave good hair.

If you are going to build one dont put the wash rack inside the cooler. I had a very good friend lose 2 heifers one summer because the dampness of the washrack bred somekind of crazy pneuomia like bug that they had a very hard time getting under control. The states vet office was involved and everything. It is the big reason why I am not all about them.

The Big Show / Re: Cooler or no cooler?
« on: August 27, 2015, 12:48:17 PM »
Personally I would only do a cooler on market animals not breeding stock. I can't say I dont like coolers because they have there place but Im not a fan. We insulated our barn, hung several fans and a couple of misters and have done very well with it. When we were really hauling the cattle go inside before 6 and not out til 9 or 10. It was dark in the barn also. It also comes down to budget and what you want to do. I have also had some friends do really well with porta cools. Hair is something you have to work on and everyday.

The Big Show / Re: Leasing a heifer
« on: August 27, 2015, 12:43:52 PM »
Are you wanting to do this on a national level or junior shows? We have had several juniors show for us thru the years. We have done the feed either way and we have also kept a few and have had the kids keep a few also just depends on the situation. We have never had much of an issue working it out.

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