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The Big Show / Re: Do you have a school barn?
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:15:11 PM »
High schools do that? I've never heard of such a thing. It sounds like a good thing though!

The Big Show / Re: HSUS wins in MO
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:29:06 PM »
I'm very disappointed that it passed as well. It's scary to think what the HSUS is plotting for us here in Missouri next! We need to get out and educate the people of St. Louis and Kansas City (and the bootheel apparently) before the HSUS comes up their next big plan!

The Big Show / Re: Ear tag information
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:04:00 PM »
Top: Abbreviation of Sire's Name
Bottom: Calf birth year letter, cow birth year letter, cow family number (this is also their tattoo)

The Big Show / Re: leave it on or take it off
« on: October 19, 2010, 09:05:02 PM »
I've tried both ways. I've always had much better luck with just leaving them on.

The Big Show / Re: Proposition B
« on: October 18, 2010, 08:49:41 PM »
I'll definitely be voting no on this. If this passes, the HSUS will probably go after the livestock industry too. Think about it: Missouri is the top producer of both purebred dogs AND purebred cattle. Once the HSUS knows that it can get stuff passed here, it will probably keep coming back. I wish the HSUS would just stay out of Missouri!!

I do not like that it is called a "puppy mill" bill either. It is sounds like slag for a bad dog breeder. This will hurt the good dog breeders too! Not to mention confuse voters.

The Big Show / Re: Building you own grooming chute?
« on: October 16, 2010, 02:00:59 PM »
I agree with sjcattleco. I originally planned on building one myself but after seeing steel prices, I ended up buying a steel cadillac chute from sullivan's.

The Big Show / Re: buying my first blower, advice needed.
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:52:23 PM »
I bought one of these when I first started showing cattle and it is still my one and only blower.

It's not the fanciest thing but it gets the job done. The only bad thing about it is that the hose is kind of short but it doesn't really matter if you have a tame calf.

It's been stepped on, kicked, rained on, and dropped and has never given me any trouble. I've had it for about 7 years now. Plus, it's under $200. :)

The Big Show / Re: i miss my market steer!!!!!!!!!
« on: September 23, 2010, 08:52:23 PM »
I only showed a steer one year. He acted goofy the entire week and I was looking forward until the end of the fair to get rid of him. But after I loaded him on the trailer and saw them driving him away with him looking at me with his big ol' eyes, I cried... A lot. But he had a great life. He got to eat all the food an animal would ever want, he got washed and brushed, and he was just plain spoiled. He had a better life than most people! lol

I prefer to show heifers. It's nice have a bunch of friendly cows!

The Big Show / Re: SteerPlanet Creates New Friendships
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:18:26 AM »
I haven't met anyone from Steerplanet in real life but I have a lot of you added on facebook and enjoy seeing all your updates on your cattle. Maybe if I ever get to go to one of the big shows I'll meet some of you. :)

« on: September 11, 2010, 10:10:57 AM »
Here's some of my cow's/heifer's names:

Paris - Paris and Nicky were the first heifers I showed as a pair :)
Delilah - The song "Hey there, Delilah" by the Plain White T's came on the radio on my way home from buying this heifer
Ash - Got her on Ash Wednesday

A lot of people name their cattle after whatever letter year it is so this year would be X names.. But X names seem like they would be hard to think of. I know my heifer Trixey was born in 2007 and the next year at the fair, it seemed like every other heifer there was named Trixey/Trixie. lol

The Big Show / Re: Ugliest Recip
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:13:18 PM »
We used to have a pretty ugly cow and to make it worse she was the cow that would always turn around and run the opposite direction when we would have to move them. She'd have a pretty good looking calf each year but they were even spookier than she was. She had just one horn, a roach back, a bobtail, and she was really short. The only reason we kept her as long as we did is because she'd always breed back fast. Finally had an excuse to get rid of her a couple of years ago when there was a big hay shortage. When we took her to the sale barn, everyone was asking what in the heck kind of cow she was. lol

Here's a pic. She wasn't a recip though. Just a commercial mama cow.

The Big Show / Re: Percentage Simm
« on: August 21, 2010, 12:49:00 PM »
Just write down the breed of the dam. They're registered as American Simgenetics cattle.

The Big Show / Re: Carcass contest
« on: August 21, 2010, 12:45:53 PM »
Carcass steers and market steers are different at the show I go to.

The market steer show is for people in 4-H and FFA under 21 years old and are judged based on their looks and are sold later in the week based on their placing. The only way their carcass will effect you at all is if the buyer requests resale and you checked "send to packer" (as opposed to taking him home or sending to sale barn) on your contract if the buyer. The packer pays you based on carcass traits and you get the difference from the original buyer from the floor price. Nothing to do with the show though.. in the past they used to do an ultrasound test and the steers that were prime got $100 extra.

The carcass steer show is for everyone and they only stay at the fair one night. They show first thing in the morning and some years they have an FFA livestock judging contest with them. Then they are loaded on a truck and butchered right after the show.

The Big Show / Re: ''Good Showmanship Questions''
« on: August 14, 2010, 09:36:29 PM »
Know about carcass traits.

The Big Show / Re: Favorite Moment(s)
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:33:33 PM »
I love watching baby calves playing-- running around together with their tails in the air and kicking up their heals.

And just working with my show calves.

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