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« on: April 01, 2009, 08:59:45 AM »

The Big Show / Re: How much are you paying for Hay??
« on: April 01, 2009, 08:58:00 AM »
I should add that those prices I put up are not delivered prices. You have to be $5 or $6 per loaded mile to have it delivered yet.

The Big Show / Re: How much are you paying for Hay??
« on: March 31, 2009, 05:03:29 PM »
We sell 1500lb grass round bales for 25.

Wanna ship 100 of those over to ND for me?

The Big Show / Re: Why are bulls selling like firecrackers?
« on: March 31, 2009, 04:50:14 PM »
Bull sales here have been strong, especially the one owner- on farm bull sales. The consignment sales have been tougher with a good market for the top end, then little interest in the rest. An Angus sale close to me averaged over $4000 on 120 bulls last week. Simmental sales have been very strong. One averaged $4700 on 108 bulls, on a day where it was -40 with wind chill calculated in. Another was $5700 average on 60 bulls. Some real highs in most sales, with more bulls over $20,000 than i have ever seen in my lifetime. I am not sure where the money is coming from as cattle prices were in the tank for a long while... they are moving upwards now. Lots of commercial buyers paying over $5000 for bulls with some going for commercial use at $8000 plus. In these cases, i think it is some oil money being spent. Good bulls are selling for premiums. We have a bunch of sales coming up in the next few weeks. i am thinking this trend will continue. Good prices for good bulls, ordinary bulls with no bids. The real trick is to figure out which are the real good bulls. We have had several people through our bull pens lately, and I am totally amazed which bulls are being picked out. Usually they are not my picks of the pen!

In a Simmental sale last week, the owner had a run away on his bulls, with close to a $10,000 average ( for the 4th year in a row). After the bulls he ran 6 open heifers in the sale ring and he offered choice of the pen. The winning buyer bid $43,000 and he took his pick. A lady in the crowd, was runner up bidder at $42,500. A ringman asked the owner if he would let another heifer go at $42,500 and the owner said " NO"!!! I heard that after the sale the lady again asked if he would sell another heifer and she offered him $43,000 for second choice, and he again said " NO". I would say that, that was a day when two fools met... her for offering it and the owner for not taking it.

Seeing the same thing down here. The top end of the bulls is going really well, but from there the prices seem to be dropping considerably.

The Big Show / Re: Insomnia
« on: March 31, 2009, 12:35:59 AM »
Calving season and these blizzards has really messed with me. Most nights I'm in bed around 11 and up at 6, but with calving I've been up every 2 hours to check, so that's not helping me. The blizzards are messing with me because I'm playing bachelor right now and don't feel like going to bed, so I stay up late, and then when the roads finally get opened up I'm a wreck for 2 days :)

The Big Show / Re: How much are you paying for Hay??
« on: March 31, 2009, 12:34:11 AM »
Here's what I'm seeing for prices up here in ND right now:
CRP Hay (some is tolerable, some is crap) - around $60/ton
Good Grass Mix - $80/ton
First Cutting Alfalfa - $100/ton
Second Cutting Alfalfa - $130/ton
Third Cutting Alfalfa - $200/ton

The Big Show / Re: sunless tanning spray used on hair
« on: March 30, 2009, 08:50:52 PM »
In Denver last year I saw a couple guys using spray varnish/stain on some red cattle. I can see the point of the Varnish, but confused on the tanning spray...

The Big Show / Re: Star Power heifers poll
« on: March 30, 2009, 06:09:11 PM »
I like the 35 heifer, but I thought she was a bit too wasty fronted. I voted for the 49 heifer. She seems to be the most balanced/complete heifer of the group to me. She seems refined, but she she still has some rib and a decent hip to her.

My $.02

The Big Show / Re: ND Update
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:26:47 PM »
Final snow here was another 12 inches last night. I grabbed the camera this mornign when I went go to feed. Here are some pics:


The Big Show / Re: Embryo Storage
« on: March 30, 2009, 01:29:02 AM »
Equipment breakdown is a relatively new coverage for farm policies. It was used quite a bit on commercial policies in the past. The way it works is that if a mechanical breakdown were to occur that renders a piece of vital equipment unusable, the insurance policy kicks in. For instance, if you have a deep well pump that goes out, the coverage would pay to have the pump removed and replaced. Similarly, if you are running a dairy and your tank cooler quit, the coverage would pay for the pump and your loss of income portion should pay for the lost milk proceeds.

Of course, every company is different on what they offer and how they handle claims. Typically this isn't going to cover farm machinery either.

The Big Show / Re: Embryo Storage
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:28:54 AM »
I learned a major lesson when I started doing ET as I was storing my embryos in my own tank on the farm. I had a tank rupture and lose the nitrogen and you guessed it... it contained 38 embryos, and about 200 doses of semen. I hate to think what this semen and embryos would be worth today. I have 8 semen tanks and this is the only tank I have ever had any problems with.  From that day on, I store all my embryos at the ET center. We also wash all our embryos so that they are exportable to most countries, and that is another reason I store them there. If I stored them in my own tank, they would lose their export status. When I started doing ET, the export market was not a consideration to me. A few years later now, I sell more embryos internationally than I do here each year.

I looked into seeing if my farm insurance would cover loss of embryos and semen stored in my tanks at home. It is possible to get insurance for this, however the additional premium would bevery close to  the same as the storage charges at the ET center.  I also like the fact that when the embryos are stored at the ET center, it is only professionals who ever handle them.

Hey JIT, this is the insurance agent in my talking now - check to see if your farm insurance policy has a clause for equipment breakdown. Most of my farm companies are beginning to offer it. This endorsement will cover the contents of a semen tank in the event of rupture or malfunction. With a majority of my companies it is either included for 'free', or else it is relatively inexpensive (between 50-100/year).

When you guys say $50/egg, is that for a year or for lifetime?

The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:20:37 AM »
panties  ;D

The Big Show / Embryo Storage
« on: March 29, 2009, 10:23:21 PM »
Been thinking of flushing a couple of our cows (our first forray into ET work), but I don't have the recips available right now to implant. What do most of you who flush cows do for storage of your embryo's? If you have a place store them for you, what's the average cost/egg?

The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: March 29, 2009, 09:53:56 PM »

The Big Show / Re: ND Update
« on: March 29, 2009, 09:06:33 PM »
Here is a link to some photos of our more local flood:

Photos from our last blizzard that dropped 12+ inches on us last week:

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