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The Big Show / Re: bringing semen to Canada from the US?
« on: October 29, 2009, 10:03:02 AM »
How about the reverse situation? How difficult is it to get semen across the border from Canada to the US? I'm goign to be heading to Agribition in a month and may want to bring some semen back across the border with me. Anything I need to be prepared for?

The Big Show / Re: Beet Pulp Prices
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:58:22 PM »
40 pound bags. Last year we were paying around $8-9 per bag. Not sure what the reason for the sudden price hike.

The Big Show / Beet Pulp Prices
« on: September 30, 2009, 06:04:36 PM »
Has anyone seen an increase in the price of beet pulp in the past week? I went into the feed store last night and it had jumped up to $18.75 a bag.

Anyone have alternatives that work similarly to beet but may have a more manageable price?

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 20, 2009, 12:42:46 AM »
I've got 150 bales of alfalfa to haul in tomorrow, maybe I'll try that out. Can't hurt anything! Otherwise it sounds like the snap route might be the way to go.

Do you guys recommend putting the snap through the lead strap, or through the nose piece? Any concerns of the strap rubbing on the animal?

Thank goodness we still have some of the old halters around that are good and broken in, back when Sullivan's still sold halters made of rope and not this nylon junk.

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 18, 2009, 01:13:00 PM »

Still having problems with these things being as slick and loose as the day they left Sullivans.

try manure.

See above. Tried soaking it in crap, didn't work. They're slippier then a whitehouse czar.

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 18, 2009, 11:37:07 AM »
Thanks for the advice folks. Looks like I'll just run a zip tie or something through about an inch below the slide to try and keep them on.

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 18, 2009, 12:50:33 AM »
We've got it on the calendar. I guess we'll see how everything halter breaks, and how we do out at the NILE in  Billings. We've been battling 90-95 degree weather this week, so it's been a pain to keep cattle on feed. Had one open heifer calf that decided she wanted to bloat up and try dying on my tonight. We'll see how the next 30 days go!

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 18, 2009, 12:27:11 AM »
I've tried everything possible with the nylon halters I have right now. They've had the following done:
- ran through the washer in hot water 3 times
- then placed them on the metal barn roof stretched out for 2 days to dry
- put them in the mud in front of the feed trough so they not only soaked up mud, but also got trampled and stomped into the dirt.
- literally put one into a 5 gallon bucket of mud to let it soak.

Still having problems with these things being as slick and loose as the day they left Sullivans.

The Big Show / Re: Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 18, 2009, 12:16:13 AM »
Kind of what I'm scared of with the knot. What do you mean by a 'snap'?

The Big Show / Buying Rope Halters
« on: September 17, 2009, 11:58:39 PM »
I'm starting to get sick of dealing with the nylon halters sold by Sullivans. I put 4 halters on bulls last night to let them drag, came out this morning and all 4 had them pulled off. Does anyone make halters made of actual rope anymore that are nice and tight and will stay on an animal? I don't have the time to try and make one myself, so if there was a vendor who sold them, I would be more then happy to send some business their way. TIA!

The Big Show / Re: Selling old and cull cows
« on: May 12, 2009, 12:34:41 PM »
Just moved a few last Thursday. 1400 pound cows brought $53.25/hwt

The Big Show / 3 weeks behind
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:34:46 PM »
Hey Everyone,
I've really been dropping the ball on here lately. I'm trying to play catch-up with all the posts I missed (up to April 22nd right now). Between calving, planting, and everything else, it just seems to be nuts around here lately. If anyone needs anything while I play catch-up, just shoot me a PM and let me know.


The Big Show / Re: Creep Feeders
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:58:10 PM »
We use the mobile feeders as well. We also have quite a few of the older ones on skid that have become permanently placed in some of our pastures because it's too big of a pain to move them. They ones with wheels are the easiest to move, whether you have cell/rotational grazing like we do, or if you have to bring it home to fill it up. I'd love to pick up 2 more of them if the prices were a bit lower.

It all depends on how many calves your'e feeding, what their age is, and whether it needs to be mobile or not.

The Big Show / Re: Help..Picking a video camera
« on: April 08, 2009, 08:52:05 PM »
I'm a little late to the party, but I thought I would weight in. I purchased a Panasonic PV-GS300 last year to do our video work. The camera was under $500 and a decent tripod could be had for around $50. The thing I like about the camera is the 3CCD chip which allows for better color capture and an overall better image on the camera. So far I have been very pleased with the way it performs. It also connects beautfully through FireWire and i haven't had a problem capturing video through Vista.

« on: April 04, 2009, 11:08:38 AM »
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