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The Big Show / Re: Dealing with it
« on: January 26, 2021, 12:09:15 PM »
Congratulations, the heifers look great and it sounds like you have created an awesome program!

The Big Show / Re: Best Clubby Bulls for Charolais Cow
« on: December 10, 2020, 07:40:05 PM »
I dont claim to know much about whites or clubbies but the Char X Monopoly cross is pretty popular here in Western Canada.

The Big Show / Re: Anyone ever successfully IVF'd a cystic donor?
« on: September 20, 2020, 10:48:17 AM »

Thanks. What is the drug called that you use as a DFR?

I left that out because Im not a vet and dont want to give you advice that might mess up your donor. These drugs and procedures are a lot more technical than most people think. Please talk to your collection centre to be safe and good luck with your collection.

The Big Show / Re: Anyone ever successfully IVF'd a cystic donor?
« on: September 19, 2020, 08:29:58 PM »
I work at an embryo and oocyte collection centre in Alberta. We occasionally get cystic donors and can usually collect them successfully.  Shell likely require a bit extra time to set up, at least one extra DFR (dominant follicle reduction) and/or extra drugs which would all be planned out by the collection centre but after that you should be good to go!

The Big Show / Re: Hereford breeders
« on: June 21, 2020, 06:15:54 PM »
Harvie High Roller?

I bet you could hit a home run if mated to something moderate that needs more bone, growth and power. They can get pretty big though and youll have to expect some extra birthweight.

This is a High Roller son I bought and used. Hes pictured at about 14 months. He had tonnes of performance and bone but did end up getting taller than I expected. 

The Big Show / Re: Breeding heifers.
« on: June 10, 2020, 08:25:06 AM »
BroncoFan I agree with you. In Western Canada as a rule we generally select females with a little extra natural muscle shape and power because frail cattle dont do well in our environment. I realize that XBAR disagrees with that and thats fine but as the environment changes so does the selection criteria. A very successful Hereford breeder once told me that they purposely breed for cattle with a little throat because those tight necked ones dont work where they are and I completely agree.

If the heifer you posted is an example of what youre showing Id say youre doing something right. Id take her over a frail boned, freaky necked, flat made heifer any day- both in the ring and the pasture.

The Big Show / Re: Valuing Used Show Equipment
« on: April 24, 2020, 04:12:51 PM »
Not sure if this helps or not but the farm I was working for sold all of their show stuff in the fall. It was all three years old or newer and very well taken care of. We valued most of it at 70% of the new price. We didnt have any trouble selling it and I was happy to buy a few things for that price.

The Big Show / Re: Thoughts on this guy
« on: March 26, 2020, 11:04:55 AM »
I dont know anything about Americans but I like him a lot!

The Big Show / Re: Skin
« on: March 23, 2020, 10:41:12 PM »
Usually rotating between revive and a kleen sheen/vinegar mix should do it. How often are you washing him with soap and what type of soap are you using? Also, are you making 100% sure youre rinsing all of the soap out?

The Big Show / Stock Show Kindness
« on: March 19, 2020, 04:55:55 PM »
The world is a bit of a crazy place right now so I thought it was a good time to start a thread about random acts of stock show kindness. Below are two of my stories, be sure to share your own!

This past year at the Manitoba Ag Ex we had four females in the grand drive and were waiting outside because it was quite warm in the barns. We were pretty far from our stall and the rest of our crew was getting bull calves ready so when a huge gust of wind came up and covered all of our heifers in dust and shavings we were about to go into panic mode. At the perfect time an Angus breeder I had never met said "Come with me!", marched over to someone else's stall, borrowed their blower and carefully blew out our females! He didn't have anything to gain from it but he sure made our day!!

One year at Agribition I was leading two heifer calves to tie outs and until then we hadn't realized that one was just coming into heat. I got separated from the rest of our crew and was really struggling to keep the heifers from jumping each other. A breeder I didn't know very well at the time took one heifer from me and I assumed she was just going to tie her up so I could wait for the rest of our crew to come back and help me. Instead she said "I'll follow you" and led the heifer all the way to tie outs. Keep in mind that this was back when they were really far away and it was -25 Celsius with wind on a good day!

Let's hear your feel good stories!

The Big Show / Re: Cleaning Out Semen Inventory
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:20:50 PM »
Old doesnt always equal bad. I dont know anything about the SAV bull but I think it would be a mistake to dump the Revolution semen. Hes homo polled, known for great females and good numbered.

It would at least be worth listing it on the Steer Planet classifieds and applicable facebook groups. Weve also sold semen that we werent going to use to neighbours with commercial cows that just wanted something different. It sure beats throwing away money.

This one went from Denver contender to county fair bottom ender in a hurry.

The Big Show / Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« on: March 01, 2020, 10:32:07 AM »
Have you made those changes? And if so, have her eating habits improved?

The Big Show / Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« on: February 19, 2020, 09:29:50 AM »
Id give her all the hay she wants. I know it sounds backwards but once she figures out that she can have hay anytime but only have grain twice a day she should start eating her grain again. We have a round bale out for our show cattle at all times. Keep us posted.

The Big Show / Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:59:10 PM »
If I understand correctly she doesnt have hay during the day- is that right? She needs to have access to hay at all times, not just during the night. Shes getting hungry during the day and gorging herself overnight.

Feed her 6 pounds in the morning but only give her 20 minutes to eat. After that take the feed away and give her hay. At night give her 6 pounds, not 6 plus the leftovers from the morning. Let her have 20 minutes to eat and then give her hay. After a few days she should get back on schedule and then you can start slowly increasing her feed. Good luck.

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