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The Big Show / Re: Hard Whisky/Irish Whisky
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:48:04 PM »
Is a bull's fertility not somewhat heritable to his daughters?  I am thinking a bull that is not producing that well, maybe I wouldn't want too many daughters out of him.  I know that scrotal circumference is related to fertility and is heriditary, but does the inability to produce viable semen not worry anyone else?

Just a thought, could it be that they CHOSE to just pull a bit of semen instead of large quantities for these exact reasons, so that the demand is higher, and it increases the value of calves out of him?  I have a friend with a large black angus operation, and with their new bull, they've only sold limited packages of semen, and now aren't selling anything for 2 or 3 years I think.  This should (as long as the calves are good), make it more valuable, because not many people have him.

The Big Show / Hard Whisky/Irish Whisky
« on: January 30, 2013, 02:53:16 PM »
I am still fairly new to the club calf world, but I am trying to learn.

I have heard of Irish Whisky and Hard Whisky (I am assuming that they are related).  However, I thought they were just some of many bulls used, so I was surprised when I just saw semen on Hard Whisky currently at $200/straw and Irish Whisky semen at $475/straw on Breeder's World.  I am assuming that they are both diseased, but what about them made them so good that their semen is selling this high?  What kind of offspring did they produce in general?  Because I don't know much about them. 

The Big Show / Re: Denver 13 bulls
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:26:11 PM »

I really wanted to get out there this year to see all the display bulls!  So I'd love to see some pictures, and hear some opinions on the animals. 
There were some bulls really heavily publicized, like Trausch and Lautner's, what were the best in their lineups.

The Big Show / Re: What is it with some people?
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:10:12 PM »
Just some good thoughts to ponder.  We never mind standing behind a good one  (clapping)

How To Tell a Winner From a Loser

A Winner says, Lets find out; a Loser says Nobody knows.

When a Winner makes a mistake; he says, I was wrong; when a Loser makes a mistake; he says, It wasnt my fault.

A Winner goes through a problem; a Loser goes around
it and never gets past it.

A Winner makes commitments; a Loser makes promises.

A Winner says, Im good, but not as good as I ought to be; a Loser says, Im not as bad as a lot of other people.

A Winner tries to learn from those who are superior to him; a Loser tries to tear down those who are superior to him.

A Winner says, There ought to be a better way to do it; a Loser says, Thats the way its always been done here.


Well said.

The Big Show / Re: Clipping/blending Necks & Front Ends
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
I get the 5/8" for my Andis 2-speeds, and if you just got against the hair, and take down their entire neck, you're left with a nice even layer of hair, which gives you a huge head start when it come to the shoulder.  I then take them and go backwards across the shoulder, NOT taking it all the way down.  Then I use a pair of medium blending blades to finish it up.  Depending on how new you are, and how confident, you could always use a plain plastic comb (not a show comb) and pull up the hair with that and cut along it, this will make sure you don't dig any huge holes. 

The Big Show / Re: Opinions on my Alias calf
« on: January 13, 2013, 12:22:43 PM »
Not the best picture in the world but i can tell he has some good features, looks square hipped, level topped,enough body, a good tail head set, and ample bone. He may be just taking a bite in the pic but  calves with that posture (if they are not eating) are usually not feeling well.

Yes, he was just eating, this was just a pasture picture from before I brought him in and put him on feed. 

The Big Show / Re: CALF HELP! quick
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:14:09 AM »
it sounds weird, but if holding a showstick in front isn't helping, you can always try walking him into a fence post or something, so that he learns to follow you.

The Big Show / Opinions on 4H calf (updated pic on July 15)
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:08:32 AM »
This is my Alias steer for this year.  Anyone have opinions?

The Big Show / Re: shipping cattle into Canada
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:56:53 PM »
I know they have to be tested for TB as well, because we bought a calf and then the calf tested positive for TB, so we couldn't bring the calf up.  

Just a sad story :
The calf was then tested a second time, and tested positive for something different, so they killed it.  Turns out the calf was 100% clean, and it was a false positive.  Was a WICKED calf too :(

But here is the link for the official requirements from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website : http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/2007-4/eng/1321034031770/1321034232389

We'd had a cow with lumpy jaw, and we left her out on pasture with the rest of the cows until she calved and never had a problem with it spreading.  From what we were told, the only way that it would have spread, is if some bacteria from inside got on the grass, and then a different cow ate that grass and had a cut on the inside of her mouth already. 

The Big Show / Re: How about some "Global Warming" this morning !!
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:00:05 PM »
Where I am at in BC, we had -22 C (-8 F) this morning... plus a wind chill.

When you think Supreme champion, you think best female in the sense that they should be a good "cow", and be able to produce, well, maybe that judge thought the best female is the prettiest, most well put together animal, and a lot of the times a calf can look perfect, whereas when they grow up, you can start to see more flaws.  Does that mean that that calf is going to produce a better calf than that cow standing next to her in the grand champion drive? No.  And in the end, in showing livestock, it all comes down to one man's opinion.

On another note, I have noticed that it seems to happen a lot less in Canada.  I remember last year at Agribition, under an American judge, in both the Horned and Polled Hereford shows, it was a calf and bred that took Grand and Reserve.  But this year, I think ever breed's Grand Champion female was a cow/calf pair, with the exception of the Limos.  Depending on the area, you are going to see different animals winning.  So I wouldn't focus too much on that.

The Big Show / Re: T - 84 Blade
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:41:33 AM »
They are great for cleaning up lines, so you dont end up with clipping lines all over their heads.

The Big Show / Re: Wash rack
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:39:42 AM »
I'd recommend a drain, or at least to make sure its sloped so you dont get stuck in a pool.  I'd also recommend closing it in if possible, so they can get used to walking into the closed area like at most shows.

The Big Show / Re: Thank you SP
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:37:10 AM »
I saw some kids going around meeting everyone and I think this is a great idea!  It will definetly be a must have for next year!!

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