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The Big Show / Re: Agribition for Dummies
« on: November 04, 2010, 01:03:44 AM »
Does Pro-Biotic count as a feed additive (Appetite Express, etc)? Otherwise we'd just be bringing our normal feed with, some beet pulp, etc.

Thanksgiving is on the 25th this year. We're not released until the 27th, so it shouldn't interfere.

The Big Show / Re: Agribition for Dummies
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:08:35 PM »
We're based out of North Dakota and will be in the Gelbvieh barn. Good to know about the Tail Adhesive! If we can get away with not having to bring hay along it'll cut down quite a bit on trailer packing. We will go through North Portal for our inspection. I spoke with the folks at Agribition today and they said they're trying to get the vet lined up to be there on Sunday the 28th as well. I'm all too familiar with winter blend diesel. I noticed last year that finding a place to fill up with fuel is more of a problem than anything.

What does a guy need to be ready for when you cross into Canada? Do they tear the trailer apart? Go through the show box? Is there anythign else in the show box I need to get rid of before I get there?

We actually have 1 heifer in the sale up there, and are just showing the rest, so we're really going to get a trial by fire this year :)

The Big Show / Agribition for Dummies
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:41:06 PM »
Hey Folks,
We're going to be pulling our string across the border for Agribition in a few weeks. Had a few final questions so we have an idea what we're in for:

1. I know they do straw in the tie-outs for you. Is there hay available for purchase up there? If so, what kind of quality is it? And do they nail you on the price?
2. Are the chips in the barn provided?
3. Is there typically any issue with getting across the border with feed and fitting supplies?
4. We're planning on leaving Sunday the 28th to come home. Does anyone know what we need to get back across the border to the US?

Is there anything that I'm probably going to forget to bring? Anything that I can leave home because they provide it? My wife and I came up last year for the week to get a feel for the show, but this will be our first time bringing cattle for exposition. We delivered a bull to Alberta in March, so I'm familiar with getting the cattle across. The feed and show supplies are what have me nervous right now.


The Big Show / Re: Seat sales to Agribition
« on: October 11, 2010, 02:55:44 PM »
We booked our hotel rooms back in May already and rooms were getting tight then. Just got off the phone with the vet to get our paperwork in order to make the border crossing. Now to get those entries sent in and finally - get the cattle broke :)

The Big Show / Re: Truck question
« on: October 05, 2010, 03:54:23 PM »
Had an 08 3500 dually, put 75,000 miles on it, only problem I ever had was related to a reprogram of a sensor. Traded it in June for a 08 GMC - 15,000 miles on that one so far without a hiccup. Duramax is very strong and will tow the crap out of whatever you put behind it. Allison tranny is flat out awesome.

For the time I would stay away from a 2011 model until the Urea systems become a bit more proven. The 07-08's can be had for pretty fair money in comparison.

The Big Show / Re: What ever happened to honest judges
« on: August 03, 2010, 01:28:21 PM »
We typically take recommendations from our exhibitors for judges they'd like to see, and then put them on a list of names that gets constantly rotated and modified.

Last year at NWSS I sat across the Coliseum from a major breed show that was taking place and watched the bull show. As the judge walked in front of the animals, he reached over and smacked one of the male exhibitors on the butt. Of course, later on this same exhibitor ended up with National Champion Bull. It was disgusting how they didn't even disguise, in the show ring, that they had a relationship. Had I been sitting on the other side I never would ahve seen it though.

The Big Show / Re: Anyone know of any Gelbvieh breeders
« on: August 01, 2010, 12:55:10 AM »
I'd recommend contacting the Hayek family, they normally pull some pretty good stock. Another option, contact Randy with Mitchell Marketing - he has enough connections across the country that may be able to get you exactly what you want.

The Big Show / Re: Bagged Show feed - Your input appreciated
« on: July 26, 2010, 05:32:58 PM »
We feed a ration from Woody's Feed  & Grain who is a local company in Norht Dakota, although I've seen people from all across the country feeding it. We pay approx $8/ 50lb bag.

The Big Show / Feeding Older Cattle
« on: July 26, 2010, 10:48:59 AM »
I brought 2 bred heifers and a coming 2 year old bull out of pasture on Saturday to start feeding them for this fall/winter. You folks that pull out older cattle - what percentage of body weight do you typically feed? On calves I normally stay between 2-3% of body weight. 3% on a 1500lb bull is 45lbs/day, which seems a little high to me. We're targeting them for NILE in October, Agribition in November, and NWSS in January.


The Big Show / Re: New website. OPINIONS NEEDED
« on: March 29, 2010, 11:28:54 AM »
My biggest critique is that everything seems stretched for some reason. The navigation bars seemed like the words were stretched just a bit, as did the image at the top. I know this is weird, but it literally made me a bit dizzy. Otherwise I think you have a good layout to work with.

The Big Show / Re: Conneally Bull Sale
« on: March 29, 2010, 12:20:36 AM »
Heard the high seller went for $210,000 to ABS. 2nd high seller was around $110,000.

The Big Show / Re: 2 new herd bulls
« on: March 27, 2010, 12:48:03 AM »
We've known Vern & Eileen for quite a few years. We've got one son working in our herd right now on heifer duty....he's the true definition of a heifer bull. Calves average 65 pounds at birth and 750 at weaning. Last year was our first set of calves - put him with 15 heifers, got 1 bull calf and the rest females. This year he's at 80% heifers so far. He's going to get pretty limited use at this rate!

The Big Show / Re: 2 new herd bulls
« on: March 27, 2010, 12:17:02 AM »
Right you are TPX.

The Big Show / Re: "SCHOOL of HARD KNOCKS"...Contribute if U Can!
« on: March 27, 2010, 12:16:19 AM »
1 - The fastest way to ruin a good set of cows is to buy a bull because everyone else thinks he's a good one.

2 - EPD's and numbers can lie, Phenotype rarely does.

3 - It's much easier and safer to play in the calm water then try to ride the wave of a trend.

The Big Show / Re: 2 new herd bulls
« on: March 26, 2010, 03:27:46 PM »
I know the feeling. Bought 1 bull out of Sioux Falls on the 5th, turned around and made it to Swift Current on the 6th and bought a Canadian bull, and then picked up another the following week. We're running 5 herd bulls this year, 4 of which will be yearlings. Could be interesting.

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