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The Big Show / Re: Red Angus bull
« on: April 03, 2009, 11:04:48 PM »
I'm starting to foresee another table in all the catalogs right next to the EPD table. It'll list out AM, PHA, TH, Hydro, Marble Bone, Fawn Calf, Monkey Pox, Count Choculitis, and a few others.

And yeah, this was on Black Angus cattle.

The Big Show / Re: Who's Chipped
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:29:07 PM »
I had one for my 04 Duramax and loved it. Noticeable increase in torque and mileage. I also ended up going through a set of injectors.

I haven't been brave enough to do it to the 08 yet. Once I'm past 40k miles I might put a tuner on it.

I have a Diablo Predator for a Duramax LLY. If anyone is interested PM me.

The Big Show / Re: Red Angus bull
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:25:29 PM »
I spoke with my neighbor who is a pretty well connected/informed Angus breeder. He said he spoke with a couple from Iowa who runs a DNA lab for about 3 hours the other night. Apparently they were working on on test samples for Marble Bone in a popular Angus line. Looks like there's another possibility to add on to that deformity list. The list of clean/dirty acronyms will eventually be longer than the pedigree!

« on: April 03, 2009, 10:07:36 PM »
Salt Lake City

The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: April 03, 2009, 09:58:09 PM »
root canal

The Big Show / Re: Is the grass growing yet
« on: April 03, 2009, 09:45:27 PM »
I've got good grass but most of it is under water - 15 - inches of rain since Friday !

Wow, and I thought the snow was bad!

The Big Show / Re: My semen tank
« on: April 03, 2009, 09:01:33 PM »
I'm going to start charging you guys for insurance advice:

On livestock mortality policies, there are 2 general ways you can go with these. The first, and most common is to go with a company like Harding and Harding, or American Livestock Insurance, that will actually cover the animal for a specified amount. These are the policies that will require a vet exam before the policy is issued, as well as upon verification of death. They are also quite a bit more expensive since they cover the full stated value of 1 animal against the peril of death.

The second common form of livestock insurance is to put them under a farm blanket coverage. Typically you will say that you have 50 cows valued at $50,000, or $1,000 per cow. The problem with this is that the animals are typically only covered upon a listed peril in the policy (fire, wind, hail, aircraft, etc). If you have a group of cattle standing along a fence that gets hit by lightning, you will be covered since lightning is a listed peril on the policy. If the bulls get in a fight and one gets killed, you're out of luck. Some policies do allow for endorsements for stated value items like bulls or show animals, but I would recommend going with a mortality policy since it's more fitting to what you're wanting to cover.

I posted in another thread about checking your farm policy for equipment breakdown coverage. If your semen tank ruptures and the semen is not recoverable, the equipment breakdown coverage should pay you the cash value of the semen. Many of my farm companies also have coverage for reproductive materials. Whether this be semen, embryo's, etc.

Of course, with all of these options, they all come with a price tag. Here is the simplest rule to remember when you look at these: if one option is considerably cheaper, it's probably for a reason. Why do you think it costs $300 to insure a $5,000 bull for 6 months with Harding and Harding, while it costs $300 to insured $50,000 worth of livestock for a year :)

The Big Show / Re: Who hasn't filed their taxes yet?
« on: April 03, 2009, 08:33:48 PM »
Actually got my butt in gear this year and get in to the accountant on March 15th.

The Big Show / Re: April Birthdays
« on: April 02, 2009, 11:57:05 PM »

WOW!  Am I really THAT OLD?

If you can't remember AAOK, it probably means it's true :) They say the memory is the first thign to go...

« on: April 02, 2009, 11:53:56 PM »
St. Louis.

The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: April 02, 2009, 12:11:55 AM »

The Big Show / Re: Is the grass growing yet
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:59:35 PM »
Found the first speck of green today when I was shoveling snow. If we still have snow on the ground on April 15th, it will have been here for 6 months. We had our first snowfall Oct 15th of last year. Looks like we'll be in the 50's for the next week or so, so I'm hoping things start to green up.

« on: April 01, 2009, 09:37:57 PM »
Savannah, GA

The Big Show / Re: Aprils Fools
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:32:45 PM »
Today I changed my facebook status to "Klint is going to be a daddy". Within 3 hours I had a couple dozen congratulation wishes and a few raised eyebrows. I finally posted a message that I was a daddy, but it was to the bull calves we had this afternoon.

One of my buddies who works for our local paper wrote a story and put it on page 2 of the Press. The story was about how Polar Bears and relocating into the Theodore Roosevelt park due to all the snow that ND has had. The last line said that if you had a hard time believing this, you should look at your calendar.

The Big Show / Re: Aprils Fools
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:17:59 AM »
Around 3 years ago my now wife and I were at a small jazz band concert her class was putting on. Half way through it I said I had an announcement to make, and proceeded to get down on one knee and give the worst proposal in the history of the world, I then pulled out a ring box and gave it to her, inside was a note that said April Fools on it. I got slapped and got a lot of dirty looks from her friends that were hoping for something a little better and more legit.

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