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The Big Show / Re: Major Show - Hair problem
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:40:15 PM »
Thats no fun, but lice does happen, and sometimes really fast!! A picture would help us understand how bad it is. Id clip her (dont slick her) and paint the patches at home so you know exactly how itll look at the show. Its great that you want to help the student decide but at the end of the day its probably best to leave it up to her so she can be content with her decision. Good luck!!

The Big Show / Re: Heifer Scholarship update
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:04:36 PM »
Thats awesome, what a great program!

The Big Show / Re: Monopoly Money/ I-80 steer
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:59:06 PM »
Nice steer, it looks like youre doing a really good job with him! When you show him youll want him set up like he is in the second picture- when his hind legs are stretched (first picture) it makes his tailhead look quite high and when his head is too high (third picture) it makes him look masculine. When you clip him youll want to take his crest down really tight to make him look longer necked and less bully. As he gains weight he should belly down but hopefully others will chime in with feeding advice to get more depth. Good work and welcome to Steer Planet!

The Big Show / Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« on: January 26, 2019, 06:00:43 PM »
Ive been on here for a few years and I do read fairly often but I rarely post anymore for a few reasons:

1) I have a lot less questions than I did a few years back.
2) I have very little interest in Shorthorn cattle.
3) I have no interest in people bashing other people.
4) Most of the threads (including this one) get hijacked by AJ and Knabe.

That said, as someone who didnt grow up in a show family I did learn a lot about hair care, nurtition, etc. from this website over the past years.

Edited to add: I also bought my first herdsire off of the Steerplanet classifieds!

The Big Show / Re: Would you sell a steer with a white eye (pink eye)?
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:37:17 PM »
I agree. I cant imagine a judge commenting on it and I think if they did it would only be because they ran out of things to say.

The Big Show / Re: For my fellow Hereford fans!
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:09:29 PM »
Looking goo Larissa.  That bull calf will help pay some bills I bet.  Or you could go buy another heifer....just saying ;)

Thanks! You must have read my mind because thats my exact plan. Paying bills is no fun but buying heifers sure is! Haha

The Big Show / Re: For my fellow Hereford fans!
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:34:17 PM »
The little brother- I really wanted another heifer but I think hes kind of cool.

The Big Show / Re: For my fellow Hereford fans!
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:32:32 PM »
I thought Id update this post for anyone following along.

Below are updated pictures of 49D as a two year old, her maternal sister 6E as a yearling and their little brother 53F at 5.5 months old (53F is on the next page).

I bought their mother for well below the sale average but its safe to say shes earned her keep!

The Big Show / Re: Huff N Puff
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:39:04 AM »
Im a big believer that bulls should look like bulls and that guy is all man! Cool calf. 

The Big Show / Re: Hauling show cattle long distance
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:15:46 PM »
When I was taking cattle to our junior nationals the longest haul we did was 44 hours of driving with two 8-12 hour stops and then four full days to rest. We always hauled them tied loosely so they could lay down and eat hay but not move around too much. We put down a lot of bedding in the trailer so it had a good amount of cushion and added more at each stop to keep them as clean as possible. I also started them on electrolytes two days before we left and carried on until we got home.

My biggest advice is that after your trip you should allow at least one-two full days for your cattle to rest and fill up. Theyll be feeling just as tired and jet-lagged as you do so Id recommend that you dont even work on them on your rest days. We always tried to find a farm close to junior nationals where we could keep our cattle until the show started.

In your case it would be ideal to stop at least once to water them, feed them a little and let them stretch their legs but I certainly wouldnt be stopping every few hours, itll add too much time to your trip.

Youre on the right track by giving them lots of room and driving through the night when its cooler.

Good luck and good choice of breeds!

The Big Show / Re: Harsh water on hair
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:50:58 AM »
Good question. Ive never actually thought about it with cattle but I know that hard water makes human hair dry out.

The Big Show / Re: Angus Herd Sire Progression
« on: May 10, 2018, 04:43:15 PM »
Now theres a good looking bull! I liked the pictures from a few years back but he keeps getting better with age.

The Big Show / Re: weather influence on calf birth weights
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:52:45 PM »
Could there be some validity to the claim that Canadian born calves are heavier at birth than they would be if they were born in Missouri, for example?

Interesting post. I certainly think that a colder climate adds birthweight. I live in Saskatchewan and the farm I work for owns a few American bulls. As a rule of thumb when were using one we take the birthweight plus 10 pounds and thats what we expect our calves to average. Im not at all suggesting that the breeders are lying about the birthweights, its just that we have to feed a lot heavier in the winter to maintain condition on our heavy bred cows. Id guess it would work the opposite when using Canadian bulls down south but I have no evidence to back that up. 

The Big Show / Re: Clipping Slick, and Shedding Questions
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:49:41 AM »
I would agree with slicking her out if your show wasnt less than a month away. Its a little late to do that now. Depending on when your most important shows are you could do it after this one. Otherwise just keep on her with as much combing and brushing as you can. Rinsing will help stimulate some new growth too. Good luck.

The Big Show / Re: Steel Livestock Trailers
« on: February 10, 2018, 06:45:06 PM »
I bought a 24 Delta trailer in 2012 and I love it! It seems to be really well built, pulls nicer than the 24 aluminum Wilson that my boss owns and the dealer I went through allowed me to customize it so I could have exactly what I wanted. My only complaints would be that a few of the rivets on the wheel wells are starting to come undone and I dont love the closure that they use on the back door but both of those things are pretty minor.

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