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The Big Show / Re: angus cattle (take a look)
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:18:27 PM »
We have several Bushs Montana Truck females in the herd and are still breeding to him today.  I think he might be one of the best kept secrets in breeding the "right kind" of Angus cattle.  I would think the future of the bull calf could be limitless.  Northern Improvement genetics crossed with the maternal ability of the great Dixie Erica 814G should make him a pretty desireable breeding piece.  I bought a Duff New Edition from JTM last year and she is one sweet "momma".  She also has a Northern Improvement bull calf that should be really nice.  Thanks for the comments.  I would sure like to hear more opinions.

The Big Show / angus cattle (take a look)
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:05:23 PM »
I went out to the barn and snapped a couple pictures of some of our critters.  The first is a Feb angus heifer sired by WWSC Joe McCoy (OCC LegendxBushs Montana Truck) and the dam is a Bushs Big Time daughter.  The second is a Jan heifer calf also sired by WWSC Joe McCoy and her dam is a Ronaan Skookum (Smoke'm).  The last is a Jan bull calf out of a first calf heifer.  He is a Juneau (Northern Improvement son) and his dam is a Duff Gunsmoke (OCC Dixie Erica 814GxWAR Cowboy Up).  What do you think?

The Big Show / new show animal barn (kids toy) check it out!
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:01:06 PM »
My son and I built this barn as a toy for him to play with.  I thought it turned out really cool! (clapping)  It is 24x30 with a 12 inch rafter.  It is perfect size for play with ertl Big Farm toy sets.  I used standard pole barn contruction with interlocking gates.  The gates actually lock into the support beams of the barn both inside and out.  It has a hayloft (complete with racoon) and a sliding door on one side.  I am actually working on a cool room for the inside and designing  a cupula for the top.    The roof is removeable or can be tipped up making it easy to play with.  I have a few friends that have seen it and said I should make more and sell them.  It has really been easy to build and a great way to spend time with my son.  What do you think?  Any ideas for improvement?

The Big Show / Japanese Minitrucks
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:23:24 PM »
Anyone out there using one of these as a chore vehicle.  We have looked into getting one and was wondering if anyone had any experience.  It looks to me like you could get very good fuel economy, stay out of the weather, and feed round bales or whatever on a farm or ranch.  I sounds like you can put a SMV sign on it and hit the road.  We have a dealer who is local and he thought they would be completely road legal in the states pretty soon.  He said 40+ mpg and a top speed near 60 mph.  Sounds like its time to park the full size truck to me.  Anyone have one?  How do you like it? (thumbsup)

The Big Show / Re: what is your worst mating?
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:28:10 PM »
Our biggest bust of the calving season is a draftpick bull calf out of a heartbeat cow.  The cow never misses and we actually had this mating a few years ago and got one of the neatest hereford colored bull calves you cound imagine.  This calf is as tall and lanky as you can make one.  No guts and just plain off in his hip.  very disappointed.  We thought he would be a clean up bull prospect.  Boy were we wrong.

The Big Show / Time to wake up America!
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:54:53 PM »
Every now and then something will happen that will make you think "What the heck is going on here?"  Tonight, on world news tonight, former President Clinton gave an interview discussing the fact that he had gone Vegan.  He was basically trying to convince others to follow his lead because he had realized the error of his ways.  He stated that not using or consuming animal products made him feel better, both physically and mentally.  WHAT THE ?!Here is a man that feels guilty about using animals for human benefit and doesn't think twice about cheating on his wife having "sexual relations" with an intern in the oval office.  What the heck is wrong with these people?   ::)

The Big Show / Re: best and worst buys
« on: January 22, 2012, 06:01:44 PM »
I have to add some additional products.  I bought a used Kubota B7100 diesel tractor with loader and FWD.  What a handy machine!  It is smaller than most 4 wheelers and will do many more jobs.  Very handy for fencing, cutting firewood, pushing snow, walking cattle, moving bale wagons, mowing weeds and brush,  and retrieving dead deer from the woods.  You couldn't imagine how useful a little tractor like this can be.  It is truely a "mighty moe". (clapping)

I also have had little luck with roundbale feeders.  We usually buy cheap ones from TSC so you can bolt broken ones back together to make one feeder out of three broken ones.  We bought two more expensive models last spring because they said they came with a 5 year guarentee.  We figured there isn't a roundbale feeder made that can last that long around here.  They are both destroyed already.  No luck with warrenty so far.  Back to the cheap models I guess.  ::)

The Big Show / best and worst buys
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:27:39 PM »
Let's start a thread that could be very helpful by giving someone advice about products that work and ones that don't.  Perhaps this thread could save someone alot of trouble or give them the encouragement to buy with confidence.

The best buy: We own 2 IH 826 tractors and had an IH 806.  I would say they may be the best tractor ever built.  You can use them for almost everything and you can't kill them.  They just a good solid machine.  We also have a Gehl discbine that nevers breaks and mows like crazy.  The blades can be replaced in a few minutes and it has been a real time saver.  Can't imagine how we ever made hay without it. (clapping)

The worst buy:  A Troy-Built weed wacker (4-stroke).  It starts hard and the string feeder is very cheaply made.  The string often breaks of inside the reel and you have to stop every ten minutes to rethread the trimmer line.  I am also disappointed with the portable gates I purchased from the Tarter gate company.  They just don't hold up, even under normal use.  I have several 16 footers that are bent like a "C" and the walkthrough gates break apart at the base making them nearly impossible to carry and move.  The gates are not very old and getting ready to be sold by the pound.  Good thing scrap prices are high, maybe I can buy some better gates. ::)

I also have a friend of mine that was a Ford mechanic and he said the 6.0 L Powerstroke is an absolute nightmare.  Very expensive repairs every 15-20,000 miles.  He said EGR valves are bad and causes other failures like headgaskets, fuel injectors, etc.  He even said in many cases the cab of the truck must be removed to work on them.

The Big Show / Re: the value of line breeding
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:14:02 PM »
I'll give you a scenario. I have a purebred heifer out of "Bob" and dam is "Sally". "Sally" is out of "Max". If i were to breed my heifer to "Max" would there be any ill effects in the resulting calf?

It is doubtful that you would find genetic mutation.  You may however discover some traits that are undesirable.  However, you may also find traits that are very desirable.  The importance of linebreeding is to realize that the offspring become more homoztgous and more predictable breeders, that being good or bad.  It is true that there is a very high cull rate associated with linebreeding and that alone can discourage some from doing it.  There is also a difference between linebreeding and inbreeding.  Inbreeding is mating two individuals that are very closely related.  (son and mother)  Linebreeding is when the same individual can be found several times in an animal's pedigree (lineage). It is very valuable to purebred breeders that are establishing their own type.  "That bull looks like it has (enter breeders name here) breeding in it."    It is less closely related than inbreeding and is usually mating cousins to cousins or aunts to nephews etc.  Linebred animals from proven, rare, or popular bloodlines can be very valuable.  Timing has alot to do with value.   ;)Hope this helps.

The Big Show / the value of line breeding
« on: January 14, 2012, 10:03:21 AM »
There was a fairly long thread on this topic and the discussion was very interesting.  I agree that line breeding does not create genetic defects.  What it does is reveal them.  I know alot of breeders that are afraid to linebreed because they are afraid they will get some genetic mutant.  That is highly unlikely.  What happens is that linebreeding creates homozygousity which means "matching or like" gene pairs.  An animal that is homozygous and linebred is an absolute genetic copying machine.  That means they can't help but send genetically "like" gametes and their offspring become very predictable.  The problem occurs because the "lottery" many breeders like to play by making "magic matings" and hoping for a great one goes away.  If you have a losy linebred animal it is a VERY safe bet that the offspring will also be losy no matter what you breed to.  However, if you have a fantastic individual that is linebred it would likely not matter alot what mating you make, it will work.  High quality linebred individuals are very valuable but they are hard to get.  I hope this explaination helps some understand linebreeding.  I think I told most of you what you already know, now maybe you understand why. ;)

Cattle For Sale / Re: eye candy x wazn't me steer for sale SOLD!
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:46:43 PM »
Thanks to all that have contacted me about this steer.  The calf is now sold.

The Big Show / Re: Look here JTM
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:34:33 AM »
You bet!  That's why we bought her.  I'll get on the heifers pretty hard after the steer sales slow down.  I'll post some really cool heifer pictures including the heifer from you.  Thanks Dave. (clapping)

The Big Show / Look here JTM
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:49:32 PM »
Wanted to show you the eye candy calf we raised this year.  He is one cool customer.  He really has the deep sided, deep flanked fat steer look.  He will make someone a very good project.  What do you think?

Cattle For Sale / Re: eye candy x wazn't me steer for sale
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:40:07 PM »
Calf is currently still available.  Calf is priced to sell.  Call me or email me and we'll talk. (419)307-3978

The heifer I got from you has settled in nicely.  She is really soggy and gets better every day.  She is not going to get very big but she is sure made good.  She has all the parts I like to see in a female.  We couldn't be happier.  We'll get you the registration information you need as soon as we get it.  Should be soon.  Thanks ;D

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