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The Big Show / Embryos stolen USPS custody
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:48:24 PM »
Took my N shipper - plastic tan colored protective container with N vessel inside to local post office.  Post office is small 1 post master & 2 rural carriers, office only open ~ 30 hours per week.   Used click n ship like I always do, insured for ~ half the value of the 6 embryos I sold.  Shipper went to Champaign, IL USPS hub then to Houston, TX USPs hub.   When the shipper arrived at the Embryo center in TX the inner lid was missing, embryos were gone, tank was warm.   I did not seal the shipper with a zip tie.   Shipped Priority Mail with tracking notifications.

Anyone ever have this happen before?   Could the liquid N be what the thieves were after?   Thinking if it was the embryos, the thief would have replaced the lid.  Filed a claim with USPS, will talk to postmaster tomorrow.

The Big Show / Re: Best red Simmental bulls for AI
« on: November 11, 2017, 07:51:32 AM »
UNL Husker 84X is a halfblood from Select Sires, not in current catalog but still available.  BW -5, API 150  Calves come black out of black cows, calves are VERY thick made.


Bar 5 Harach, ya I know he is Fleck, does not make big fronted Canadian looking calves, available from numerous semen vendors.  Makes showy simmys & "Fleck effect" eligable

The Big Show / Re: More help with semen codes please
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:07:11 PM »
bought some Signal semen for $20 last year, saw some sell online few months ago @ $30

The Big Show / Re: Belted galloways
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:14:56 PM »
Belted Galloway is a product of single trait selection (BLACK color & white belt) since Hector was a pup, hence the breed is as near to as ideal inbred as one can get.  Genetics 101 taught me that the expression of heterosis ought to great when crossing Beltys with pretty much any other breed.  So I did that using a Belty cross bull & got 70 calves over 5 years.  I believe there was a greater expression of heterosis in the areas of health, udder soundness, reproductive efficiency, time to stand, time to nurse, and possibly feed conversion.  Notice I said nothing about rate of gain.   Belt is small frame breed, so when you cross a Belty - the offspring are still small.   

It takes at  least 3 generation to get rid of the belt using black Angus as a cross.  The belt is gone in 2 generations using Red Angus as a cross.  My hypothisis for this is there is a little Holstein blood floating around in the Angus breed (or maybe Chianina) which gives the belt trait a place to shine.   If crossing a belt with some black Angus families it is gone in 2 generations, with other families like Fairfield High Guy - the belt actually gets bigger.  EXT Angus bloodlines are prone to have big / hard to get rid of belts.

Breeding a clubby to a belty will get you a hairy dink.  I am getting ready to try Charolais Belty cross to add frame & lose some hair - Bet they come out black too.

Consider the source when obtaining belties.  Most herds are small & micro managed where things like rib eye area, yield, quality grade, rate of gain are rarely considered.  Calving as 3 year olds & grass fed are often the focus...

Gelbviegh might be interesting - go for it

The Big Show / Shorthorn Show American Royal
« on: October 27, 2016, 08:34:04 PM »
Saw the winners on the Pulse.  How many head were there?  Anyone have a snap of the class listing?

The Big Show / SFT brands on State Fair of TX steers
« on: October 27, 2016, 08:32:07 PM »
Saw on the Pulse where a couple of the champion steers were branded SFT & some were not.  Was wondering if the brands were paint or permanent & why some were not branded?  (I am from a non brand state)

The Big Show / Re: Oldest bull in the tank
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:23:33 PM »
1)  Cunia in amps
2) Sugar Ray, still looking for a cow to use him on that needs more jaw flex and neck depression, or just a latent desire to have a bovine come after me with its' head down and mouth open on the run

The Big Show / Re: Bulls that add frame.
« on: August 15, 2016, 08:57:45 PM »
sugar ray

The Big Show / Bruhn Sale
« on: June 17, 2016, 09:33:58 PM »
Wanted to buy some cows today, but got frustrated with the lack of organization.  I have never seen a catalog that was not in numerical order, sale order was not posted.  Anybody know what sells tomorrow & in what order?

The Big Show / Stockshow Confidential MIA?
« on: July 26, 2015, 09:53:18 PM »
Anybody see Stockshow Confidential at Jr. NAtionals?  Not at Shorty Jr. Nat & pretty sure not at Hereford Jr. Nat.

The Big Show / Re: looking for a new semen supplier. Who do you use?
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:58:27 PM »
Best to stick with those vendors that have brick & mortar like Select Sires, ABS, Genex, Semex, etc. They can also fill your N tank & have supplies on the truck.  There are many semen brokers out there, our low conception rates have always been from semen from resellers.  The Top Sires rep has a mullet.

The Big Show / Re: Discbines
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:51:26 PM »
All 3 are OK, Deere & NH are good, be sure to get the impeller conditioner instead of the rolls.   Been running a Deere impeller for 11 years & love it.  Remember that NCBA members get a $500 rebate on Deere hay mowers

The Big Show / Re: Denver '15 bulls
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:16:21 PM »
Gotta like Doc Holiday & Easy Coming 'cause neither are ...same ' ol same 'ol.  The Chiford bull is cool that should work on many types of cows.  Easy Coming appealed to me for calving ease baldy that should work on many types of heifers that wasn't ...same 'ol

The Big Show / Live Auctions . TV videos bad
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:37:01 PM »
Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble with grainy pictures that are slow to load, cannot be enlarged on Thomas Angus Ranch sale. 

Dish Network channel 232 has a new agreement with Sony Entertainment that drops ALL ag related programing like Stock Show Confidential, Superior Livestock, Americas Heartland, etc.  Americas Heartland has moved to 3:30 PM Wednesdays only on RFD channel 231 (when most ag industry folks are watching ??)

The guy who decided to drop Ag related programing is: patrick@rfdtv.com

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