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The Big Show / Re: ND Update
« on: March 29, 2009, 08:16:53 PM »
I don't know who peed in Mother Nature's Cheerio's, but she sure has it out for us today! We're getting hit with another blizzard right now here. In the last 3 hours we've gotten 6 inches of snow with more 30mph wind. Final forecast is for 8-14 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. I was going to go take some pictures, but all it would show is a big white blur. My wife's grandmother passed away in the middle of the blizzard on Wednesday, funeral is supposed to be tomorrow, we'll see how that works out.

As much as these disasters have really torn things up, I think it's done a lot to bring our state together. People from across the state have banded together to help out everyone in need. I have a burning to try and get to Fargo and help sand bag, but the interstates haven't really allowed it.

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The Big Show / Re: ND Update
« on: March 29, 2009, 02:35:39 PM »
Thought I'd break this off from the Texas Panhandle post. I've gotten a few PM's and emails asking if I was surviving up here...

A friend of mine just sent me these pictures. It's from the flood close to Fargo. The rancher who owns the cattle apparently lost nearly 100 head to the water. These cattle were lucky enough to climb up the haystack that was there. What you're seeing was a haystack that was 3 bales high. The picture was taken on Tuesday or Wednesday. Not sure if the cows are still there, or what the status is. 

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The Big Show / ND Update
« on: March 29, 2009, 02:33:03 PM »
Hey folks, figured I'd check in. We've had a week from hell up here, to put it mildly. I'm in the Southwest corner of North Dakota, so we're getting hit with everything right now.

Starting last week Friday, we got up into the 50's, so our 4 feet of snow started to really melt down. I found out the hard way that you shouldn't build your corrals higher than your house. It was fun explaining to the wife why the water running through our lawn was brown. By Sunday a majority of the snow was gone, we had creeks going over their banks, and the dams were overflowing.

Monday mother nature decided that we had had enough of the good life. They were forecasting between 10-24 inches of snow for our area. I left work at 3:30 in a sleet/hail storm that dropped around an inch of ice on teh roads. Barely got home, had time to throw a newborn in the barn, and walked outside and the storm broke. We ended up with around 12 inches of snow that night with 40mph winds. At best the snow was 12 inches deep, with a couple drifts that literally covered buildings, fences, and our hay pile. Like JIT, I thought we might be able to sneak through the year with our hay supply. As of right now we have enough to last us until Saturday.
Tuesday and Wednesday the entire state of North Dakota was shut down. In my part of the state it took 2 days to dig out from the blizzard. 100 miles to the east in Bismarck, they were battling the Missouri River flooding, and then got hit with the same blizzard on top of it. Even farther, Fargo and Grand Forks are fighting with the Red River flooding, and if you go 100 miles west of my house to the ND/MT border, they're still in a drought and haven't gotten a drop of snow to this point.

To top things off, we're under another blizzard warning for tomorrow and Monday, another 8-14 inches is expected. If we still have snow on the ground on April 15th, we'll officially have gone 6 months with snow on the ground up here. So far calving is still plugging along though and we're about half way through with only losing 1 calf. Not to shabby really!

At this stage, I'm expecting the Red River to turn to blood and a plague of locusts or frogs to start dropping on us. I'm a little concerned sicne I'm the first born in our family :)

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The Big Show / Re: SP Brand Board?
« on: March 29, 2009, 01:24:38 PM »
We have two of them. The one that we use on everything is the V5 brand on the right rib (non-show side). We only brand out bred females, so we never have to worry about the brand on show calves. The other brand is C-V which is my grandfather's brand. Both of these brands have been in our family since my great grandfathers on both sides of the family immigrated to teh US.

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A friend of mine just sent me these pictures. It's from the flood close to Fargo. The rancher who owns the cattle apparently lost nearly 100 head to the water. These cattle were lucky enough to climb up the haystack that was there. What you're seeing was a haystack that was 3 bales high. The picture was taken on Tuesday or Wednesday. Not sure if the cows are still there, or what the status is.

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Hey folks, figured I'd check in. We've had a week from hell up here, to put it mildly. I'm in the Southwest corner of North Dakota, so we're getting hit with everything right now.

Starting last week Friday, we got up into the 50's, so our 4 feet of snow started to really melt down. I found out the hard way that you shouldn't build your corrals higher than your house. It was fun explaining to the wife why the water running through our lawn was brown. By Sunday a majority of the snow was gone, we had creeks going over their banks, and the dams were overflowing.

Monday mother nature decided that we had had enough of the good life. They were forecasting between 10-24 inches of snow for our area. I left work at 3:30 in a sleet/hail storm that dropped around an inch of ice on teh roads. Barely got home, had time to throw a newborn in the barn, and walked outside and the storm broke. We ended up with around 12 inches of snow that night with 40mph winds. At best the snow was 12 inches deep, with a couple drifts that literally covered buildings, fences, and our hay pile. Like JIT, I thought we might be able to sneak through the year with our hay supply. As of right now we have enough to last us until Saturday.
Tuesday and Wednesday the entire state of North Dakota was shut down. In my part of the state it took 2 days to dig out from the blizzard. 100 miles to the east in Bismarck, they were battling the Missouri River flooding, and then got hit with the same blizzard on top of it. Even farther, Fargo and Grand Forks are fighting with the Red River flooding, and if you go 100 miles west of my house to the ND/MT border, they're still in a drought and haven't gotten a drop of snow to this point.

To top things off, we're under another blizzard warning for tomorrow and Monday, another 8-14 inches is expected. If we still have snow on the ground on April 15th, we'll officially have gone 6 months with snow on the ground up here. So far calving is still plugging along though and we're about half way through with only losing 1 calf. Not to shabby really!

At this stage, I'm expecting the Red River to turn to blood and a plague of locusts or frogs to start dropping on us. I'm a little concerned sicne I'm the first born in our family :)

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The Big Show / Re: My BVD-PI test results came back
« on: March 27, 2009, 12:26:50 AM »
What are the typical costs associated with this?

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The Big Show / Re: Ultrasound data
« on: March 19, 2009, 10:40:17 PM »
All depends on breed, age, etc. Are you looking at adjusted or actual numbers?

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The Big Show / Re: How's the Weather?!
« on: March 17, 2009, 06:40:14 PM »
Since Saturday we've been between 40 and 50. All our snow is melting off right now and making mini-lakes in all the corrals. I went out to feed this morning and our herd bulls had a lake in their corral. Their bale feeder was sitting right in the middle on an island. Now we just need to get rid of the water!

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The Big Show / Re: How many miles walked at cattle show/sale?
« on: March 17, 2009, 06:38:06 PM »
If you've ever been stalled on the hill in Denver and had tie outs way down in the bottom, I'd be amazed if it wasn't pushing 5 miles a day.

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The Big Show / Re: OK, MORE bull questions with a different twist.
« on: March 17, 2009, 06:37:25 PM »
So do I need to give you our website again? :) We just purchased 2 new herd sires this year that pretty much fit the mold of the perfect Gelbvieh bull in our eyes. One showed up this morning from Canada and the other will be here in a couple weeks.

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The Big Show / Re: Word Association Game
« on: March 17, 2009, 06:30:17 PM »
king

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The Big Show / Re: AI video - educational
« on: March 16, 2009, 12:12:16 AM »
Wouldn't mind having that vet assistant come out and help  ;) I'd probably need to block off half an hour a cow though :)

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The Big Show / Re: Have you ever wondered... not cattle related
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:54:42 PM »
Here's the definition from Wikipedia:

From Italian word minestra (soup) + -one (augmentative suffix) hence "the big soup", the one with many ingedients, is the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes.

There is no set recipe for minestrone,[citation needed] since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be vegetarian,[citation needed] contain meat, or contain a meat-based broth (such as chicken stock). The word "minestrone" has become a synonym for "hodgepodge."[citation needed]

Minestrone is one of the cornerstones of Italian cuisine, and is just about as common as pasta on Italian tables.

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The Big Show / Re: AI video - educational
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:06:19 PM »
Nice find Zach!

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