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The Big Show / Re: how do i twine legs?
« on: June 23, 2019, 08:03:23 PM »
Why would you want to twine?  There are several better products in aerosol cans to build legs with. I always thought twining looked fake and there probably arent one guy in 500. That can do it right so that it stays on the legs. They really dont look that good with chunks of twine falling off their legs.

The Big Show / Re: Less well known Shorthorn herds
« on: June 14, 2019, 08:24:29 PM »
What part of the country are you from?  There are some cattle out there that should fit what you are looking for.

I would also recommend the Andis 2-speed clippers. I have 3 pairs and they are the most trouble free clippers I have owned. They are easy to maintain and economical to buy.

The Big Show / Re: Short horn bull sacred ground
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:41:26 AM »
Newcastle, OK. They have sales with Travis and Jill Otterstad. Just had a sale a couple weeks ago. High seller brought 104K.

The Big Show / Re: Short horn bull sacred ground
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:57:11 PM »
They have had steers in their online sales the last 2-3 years. Some of them looked good and sold well.

The Big Show / Re: OYE
« on: March 22, 2019, 09:53:53 PM »
The first time I showed at OKC was in 1976. I had a light heavyShorthorn steer that weighed 1000lbs. There were 4 classes and we were in class 3. I placed 5th. Back then sale order was after the steer show was over. Every class was lined up thru 5th place and lined up on the little arena in the old horse barn that was next to the colesium. I remember standing there with my steer all afternoon and moving up one place. One of my friends won the light Hereford classand stood there all afternoon and didnt get in the sale either.

My hats off to the guys that took it over and started the OYE. Jimmy Harrel and Bob Funk have been great supporters of young people in Oklahoma and have put together a great crew to run the show. The Grand Drive is talked about by people from other states and is a great event. Every kid that shows livestock should attend this great event. My family is on the 3rd generation to show there. Its always our goal to try to make the sale but its very hard to do.  We have put some animals in the sale and had breed champions in steer and heifer shows.
And heifer shows

The Big Show / Re: Winch for Spring o matic
« on: February 08, 2019, 11:38:02 PM »
I have replaced them with regular boat winch. Just make sure you get one rated for enough weight for the cattle you plan to put on it. If you are only going to do steer you should be able to get by with a 2000 lb. winch. 
I use a table that our ag teacher put a battery operated athletic winch on. Saves on cranking but you have to keep the battery charged. It has a remote which is handy when you lay them down if you are short handed.
You can buy winches at most farm supply or automotive stores. I would look for one rated at 3000 lbs or more because they should be heavier built.

The Big Show / Re: Reserve Supreme Heifer at the American Royal?
« on: October 29, 2018, 10:52:06 AM »
Collins girls from Oklahoma with the Hereford.

The Big Show / Re: Steer doesnt like cottonseed hulls....
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:17:48 PM »
Tell your feedmill to run the mixer longer. Getting inconsistencies in a batch of feed is from not running mixer long enough for it to completely mix. I have had this problem before with small Co-op mills that change help frequently.

The Big Show / Re: Feed ration too dry?
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:51:25 PM »
It sounds like they need to run the mixer for a longer period of time if there is inconsistency in a batch of feed. I have had trouble at small mills
With the same thing. Ask the hands running the mill to let it mix a little longer.

The Big Show / Re: Steer doesnt like cottonseed hulls....
« on: September 01, 2018, 08:04:11 PM »
I would try mixing it good and adding some watered down molasses to make it more palatable. Dry hulls couldnt be real appealing if they arent mixed in well.

The Big Show / Re: Looking for information
« on: August 25, 2018, 12:33:09 AM »
I actually have 2 of them. This one and another head a bought from a friend of mine about 15 years ago that had retired and was selling his equipment. The plug where you put the grease in the gears in the head is gone on it. The heads on the brownies uses 90W gear grease so the plug is important. It is a flat metal plug about 1/2 with fine threads on it. Any idea when these were made?  I was guessing 40s or 50s.  I know with the metal shield around the backside of the brushed, you could sure wrap a tail up pretty quick!  I have used it on cattle with tight leg hair to break it loose so you could pull legs.
A tail

The Big Show / Looking for information
« on: August 23, 2018, 04:53:18 PM »
I have been looking for information on a brush I have that attaches to an old brown Sunbeam clipper motor. A neighbor gave it to me when I started showing in the mid-70s. They had quit making the brown motors by then and the single speed motors were the black ones. Any of you old timers know anything about them?  TIA.

The Big Show / Re: Help with getting some weight on heifer
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:49:23 AM »
My experience with feeding little cattle is that the feed needs to be fairly nutrient dense.  Young calves lack the rumen capacity to handle large amounts of roughage and utilize it. I would probably drop the precon or at least decrease it.

The Big Show / Re: Oklahoma wildfires
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:49:51 PM »
Its been brutal since last Thursday in that area. I am in the east end of the panhandle and we e had wind in the 40 mph range almost every day with humidity at around 5%. I taught at Vici for 9 years and have several good friends in Dewey county. At last report the fire had burned 265,000 acres. Before today homes lost in the Vici area was in the 30s with more lost today.

I have t been in contact for a few days because I figured they were busy and didnt need me to distract them. I will try to contact some of them tomorrow. I cant imagine what has happened and the devastation and destruction these fires have caused.

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