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The Big Show / Blow dry after rinsing?
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:19:14 PM »
I have heard a lot of mixed opinions regarding this, so I would love to have a topic dedicated just to this.
I was told that you should always blow them, but now I'm hearing that it's better to rinse for 15-30 minutes, and then just brush them a bunch under the fans, and brush and blow in a conditioner.

So, in order to enable maximum hair growth, do you blow dry your calves after rinsing them in the morning and at night?  Why or why not?

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The Big Show / Re: Steer chewing on halter
« on: May 20, 2013, 02:54:09 PM »
I was told putting dish soap or just wash soap on it, has anyone had any luck with that?

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The Big Show / Steer chewing on halter
« on: May 19, 2013, 04:58:59 PM »
I have a steer this year who has been chewing on his halter, so much so, that he has almost chewed right through it.  He is getting all of his vitamins and mineral, so I can't see that being the problem, I am guessing it's just a bad habit.  Anyone have any ideas for me, that could help him stop? Something that I could put on the halter?

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The Big Show / Lautner's Red Bull
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:05:55 PM »
What are people's opinions on Lautner's bull, Red Bull.  Anyone have any pictures of calves out of him?

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The Big Show / Re: Would you use a bull this colour???
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:55:50 PM »
Really neat markings, what's the breeding on him?

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The Big Show / Re: Carpe Diem Calf
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:54:15 PM »
That is one awesome looking calf! Sure to turn some heads.

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The Big Show / Re: Crazy Calf Characteristics
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:08:09 PM »
A few crazies I've seen, or had friends see:
-A calf that had a tail growing out of where his testicles would have been, and he had no back bone. (was dead by the time we pulled him)
-A calf born with no eyes.  But he didn't even have eye sockets, the bone was solid where his eyes should have been and the skin went right over top
-A calf born with 2 head
-A calf born with 5 legs
-the craziest one, a friend of mine had, it was a cow that wasn't having her calf, so he reached inside, and it was all soft and mushy, so he assumed that the calf was rotting inside, until the calf started sucking on his finger.  he pulled the calf, only to realize this calf had no hide! so it was just raw muscle, you could see his heart, his blood pumping through his body and everything! Needless to say, he died shortly after, but because it was such a crazy phenomenon, he took the calf into the vet, and it was something like a 1 in 5 million chance or something crazy!

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The Big Show / Re: New at showing....
« on: February 11, 2013, 01:35:26 PM »
Another piece of advice when using this website.  If you are looking for quick answers, try searching for your question in the search bar, a lot of questions have already been asked, and then you don't have to wait around for answers.

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The Big Show / Re: What do you think of Fort Worth Steer Show?
« on: February 11, 2013, 01:30:26 PM »
If you are going to judge a Texas major....

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013


There are enough people carrying the pitchforks over Ft Worth, that's not what this is.  Relative to much of whats being said, Im taking the nice approach on this.




Newsflash: I highly doubt he really cares what you guys think.




So, if YOU are going to judge a Texas major




The process began several years ago when the breeder bought the cows to breed.  It continued through the purchase of a bull or semen.  When that calf was born, he was dolled up and marketed.  The family that showed the steer likely chose him out of quite a few choices and spent several thousand on him.  The kid broke him in the schools pens or the pens his family built.  He worked the calfs hair daily.  She fed the calf on a regular schedule and once supplements were taken into account, the family easily put $2,000 in feed into the calf.  The family drove to Ft Worth and got hotel rooms for the week.  The day of the show, several people spent several hours getting the calf ready for your evaluation of him.




That's not a story about the grand champion or class winners, it's every single calf in the show.




That breeder, that kid, that family, and those ag teachers deserve at least two seconds of your time to look at their hard work.




If you don't have both the physical and mental endurance to give 1,400+ steers at least two seconds of your time over the course of two or three days, you are an absolutely horrible human being for agreeing to do so.




If you are a show manager and you make the choice to use a judge that doesnt think giving every calf through the ring a fair evaluation is what he's there for, youre just as bad.




If you are a show manager and decide that your loyalty to a certain weight break format that your facilities are not capable of handling is more important than your responsibility to the kids that enter your show, go jump in that same lake.




In a year when there has been more complaining about a show than Ive personally ever heard, complaints about the cattle Mark Johnson used have been oddly absent.  Nobody (well, almost nobody) is running around yelling that he played politics or that they should have placed higher. 




What the complaints HAVE been about are they didnt even get a look because his attention was elsewhere on the way in.  They didnt run over other kids so they ended up in the back half of the class and were therefore irrelevant.  They were never examined while lined up on the wall.  They cooked corn for weeks to get a calf just right to the touch only to never actually be touched by the judge.  The walk out of the ring was nothing more than a formality.




If you weren't pulled on the initial walk in, whether Johnson saw you or not, you were done.




I dont care who you are or what your judging team did in Louisville; you owe it to those kids to evaluate every last calf that is put in front of you.




If you cannot do that, do not agree to judge a major.




There are a lot of steers at those big Texas shows.  You have to be able to look at one walking into the ring and then turn your attention to the next one without missing 3-4 steers while you turn your back on the line.




If you cannot do that, do not agree to judge a major.  If it's the ring managers that keep the pace too fast, it's your job to tell them to slow down.




You are going to miss some on the initial walk because just like everyone else, you are human.  If the kids are supposed to keep showing until they leave the ring, you have a responsibility to keep judging until they leave the ring.




If you cannot do that, do not agree to judge a major.




No, this isnt about us getting snubbed; we don't really raise Ft Worth cattle (you think structure matters to heifer mates?  try calving those shaggy monsters in July/August where we live) and didn't even have a calf there.  I have no bone to pick about any calf that placed highly or vice versa.  Frankly, Im actually being quite polite and respectful relative to whats generally being said about the situation after last Thursday and Friday.




Please dont think this is about a person or the gripe fest thats currently happening on social media and in barns.




Its about grown men showing those "God raised a farmer" kids at least the absolute minimum level of respect they deserve for a year of hard work.




If you cannot do that, do not agree to judge a major.

By Jeff

AMEN

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The Big Show / Re: What do you think of Fort Worth Steer Show?
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:35:15 PM »
Could someone post some pictures of the Grand and Reserve?

and what grand brought $ ?

The sale isn't until tomorrow morning at 9

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The Big Show / 2005 Fort Worth Stock Show
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:16:42 PM »
I found an article saying that in 2005, the father of the girl who won Grand Champion Steer was sued by the Fort Worth Stock Show?  Does anyone know what went on here?

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The Big Show / Re: What do you think of Fort Worth Steer Show?
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:56:55 PM »
Could someone post some pictures of the Grand and Reserve?

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The Big Show / Re: Size of a calving pen????
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:41:36 PM »
10 X 10 is what we do, you don't really wanna go any smaller than that. Ours all usually come in (because it is around -10C to -30C) for 12 hours max, just until the calf is cleaned off, standing and sucking, and then they are turned out.  Then we also have a maternity pen in the barn for if we need to pull, and then once the calf is on the ground, they go into one of the smaller pens. 

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The Big Show / Re: Semen Prices on New Bulls
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:33:27 PM »
Personally, I don't care if the semen is $20 or $200, odds are, I am probably not going to buy semen on an unproven bull.  I would much rather wait until the next year, see some calves and then decide.  For me, the price of semen is so miniscule in comparison to the cost of raising a show calf, that I don't really care how much I have to spend on semen (within reason), but I would much rather just get proven semen, especially since there are so many bulls out there to pick from.  IMO, it's just not worth it to risk putting an unproven bull on one of my show-calf producing cows, when there's a chance the calf won't turn out (and I mean there is always a chance of this happening, I know that, but I would like to minimize this risk), because IF that calf ends up not turning out, then I've lost a year out of that cow.

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The Big Show / Re: Ringworm in feedlot calves
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:56:51 PM »
Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much.  Our entire pen of replacement heifers usually gets it over then winter.  They get over it, and are perfectly fine, just takes a bit for the hair to grow back in. 

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