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The Big Show / Re: Preferred Head Chute?
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:21:11 AM »
We have a Stronghold Chute with palpation cage.  I can work the headgate from the rear or front of the chute.  Love it!!

The Big Show / Re: In Vitro on Preg cows???
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:51:36 PM »
Yep...up to 120 days...or as long as the ET Tech can get to the ovaries through manipulation.  I had a cow that was almost 120 days but was very hard to feel beyond the cervix.  The Tech needs to be able to hold the ovaries to extract the ovacyts.  A pregnant cow actually will produce more ovacyts than a non pregnant one I was told by Trans Ova, but after 90 days it gets harder to IVF.

The Big Show / Re: EXAR Significant & EXAR Upshot
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:35:42 PM »
Uphot heifers were at Angus Jr. Nationals.  Looks like they did well.  Judge liked deep bodied, sound, easy moving cattle.  Significant calves will come this fall and next spring.  I would assume Express has them on the ground now.

The Big Show / Re: Steer chewing on halter
« on: May 19, 2013, 10:31:05 PM »
We had a steer go through a halter a week.  He just loved chewing on it.  Tryed a neck tie, but he chewed it too.  He would also chew on a neighbor's halter if he could get to it.  The PVC sounds like a good idea.  Good luck...ours did chew right through the nylon rope and be loose.  :)

The Big Show / Re: Who raises good angus steers?
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:54:45 PM »
We have raised some winning Angus steers in the past including one to Kansas.  We usually have several that don't make it as a bull or you can pick one ahead of time.  Have several nice candiates for this year already out of Concensus, OReillyFactor, Pit Boss and First Impression.  Next year will have some out of First Class, Concensus, Blue Chip, Classen, First Impression.  You just need to come and look and "yes" they are PB Angus with papers.  Wouldn't figure out how to make them "angus" because they were to start with!
R&C Angus, Monticello, IA

The Big Show / Re: LiveAuctions
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:34:14 PM »
Actually yes.  It's the principal of the thing.  Pay to be in the seats to bid?  I have NEVER been charged to walk into a sale and watch (and possibly bid) a sale.  Same thing here.  If I can't watch and bid then I take my money elsewhere. 
I understand that it is a way to keep "college kids" that are on just to watch, but those are potential buyers now or someday in the future.
No one else charges to be "in the seats".

The Big Show / Re: Dameron First Impression calves bw?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:28:42 PM »
So far I think they follow the mother's BW epd.  Have had 70 lb. ones and also 100 lb heifers.  Look clean, nice bone, structure, adequate hair.  Have one out of our Donor- EXAR Envious Blackbird that is big hipped, and big boned.  Should be a great one.

The Big Show / Re: Video - What do you think of this Angus bull?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
Nice bull.  Good luck at the sale.  Can't really see him walk very well with the Sire/Grandsire label on video.

The Big Show / Re: angus bull to breed to
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:06:44 PM »
Agree with Mark-  don't breed heifers to Dark Horse. 
I would suggest SAV Brilliance- very stylish and moderates them or Dameron First Impression (SAV Brilliance x dam of Dameron First Class)

The Big Show / Re: Iowa State Fair - Breeding Heifer Video From MLCTV
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:20:13 PM »
Thanks Scott!!

The Big Show / Re: Iowa State Fair Steer Show updates
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:07:24 PM »
A great family and a great kid, however I dont think the portrayal of this being the accomplishment of novice freddy 4hers is entirely accurate. Grandpa is Darwin Koutney. Maybe not as household recognized as say Bob May, but from way back to obviously right now, Darwin can find one, feed one, and represent one with anyone around. I think there was at least one major won in the family, KC in the early 90s I think, and always would have been hunting anywhere they went. Time flies and types and trends change, but generation to generation that which was old becomes new again.

Darwin is Trevor's Uncle, and they have been showing good cattle for years.  Trevor has won the Great Jones County Fair year after year.  He decided it was time to let someone else win it and concentrate on State Fair.  Darwin has been working with this great kid, teaching him everything about cattle and fitting.  They go shopping for calves and bring several back home to sell and show.  He has a good eye for the great ones.  And it is true that the better steer is in their freezer now!

Darwin won the Iowa State Fair back in the 70s a couple of times as well as KC, and his son won it in between the years that Conrad Shada won, I believe in the 1990s.  Jones County steers won the Iowa State Fair 3 years in a row!
Danette (Darwin's sister) showed steers and Angus heifers for Wayside Farms when they were on the top of the Iowa Angus Industry.  The family knows good cattle and can get them ready!

It was kind of fun watching Trevor get the calf ready for the show, clipping all of the long unclipped hair off his legs and his sister doing the tail.  His mom ran the blower, and Darwin stood outside nervously.  There was no one around watching him get the steer ready like several others up the aisle, just a few county people.   

Congratulations to a great cattle family for winning another Iowa State Fair!!

Cattle For Sale / Re: Competative Angus Show Heifer
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:04:34 PM »
So, is this heifer still up for sale?  What is her reg #?  thanks

Sooo..is this still for sale?

The Big Show / Re: Gestation date question
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:21:55 PM »
Looks Angus to me!  ;)  sorry.

July 10th would give you an April 18th calf, with 7 days added for a longer gestation would be April 25th.  Sometimes cows come back around sooner than the 21 days after AI if they are just getting into cycling.  I have had cows get bred to the bull 14 days after AI, so now I always wait at least 40 days before bulls get turned in with our AI cows.  This calf could also be 8 days early to the bull.
DNA will be your true answer.

The Big Show / Re: iowa beef expo
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:13:24 PM »

Maine Anjou Show Results
Judge: Craig Belknap, Mediapolis, Iowa

 Lot #6 BSC Yogi 65Y
 Exhibited by: Braun Show Cattle, Northwood, Iowa

 Lot #7 Oppys Wrangler 109Y
 Exhibited by: JD Opperman Family, Manning, Iowa

 Lot #22 BTLR Radiant 12Y
 Exhibited by: Butler Maines, Northwood, Iowa

 Lot #21 BTLR Marlee 11Y
 Exhibited by: Butler Maines, Northwood, Iowa

 Lot # 18 B4 Hank
 Exhibited by: B4 Cattle Co., Blairstown, Iowa

 Lot # 9 VL Mr Cunia
 Exhibited by: Vander Linden Farms, Prairie City, Iowa

 Lot #33 BJW Yori 121Y
 Exhibited by: Luke Worden, Belmond, Iowa

 Lot #28 Cowpower 418Y
 Exhibited by: Nelson Cattle Company, Denison, Iowa

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