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The Big Show / Re: Cowboy- difference between Lut & Estrumate
« on: August 13, 2007, 09:13:52 AM »
   Cowboy, just so there is no confusion, you are giving 2 mls. of estomate, not 1 ml. correct? Brent C.

The Big Show / Re: Anaplasmosis - help
« on: August 10, 2007, 02:55:49 PM »
    Different parts of the country are short in different elements. Here in Iowa, no one ever talks about cobalt, but Se, Mg, I, & Mn are considered  short in some cases.
   I always kind of get a chuckle out of some of the feed recipes. We are so lucky to live here in the corn belt. There are so many different feed ingredients that can be used for cattle, that'll vary to where you are located also. If you want a calf to smoke to market, it's all about calories and dry matter intake. Brent C.

The Big Show / Re: Horned vs Polled
« on: August 07, 2007, 10:30:27 AM »
   Most everyone tags calves @ birth. Why don't people just take a quick feel @ that time & paste any horns Off? We've done it for many years, works very well. Brent

The Big Show / Re: embroy transfers.
« on: August 03, 2007, 05:59:38 PM »
   Hey SH, you've got to have great quality embryos for those kinds of conception rates. If you don't mind, would let us know who & where you had your flush work done please? Are you putting in the embryos frozen or fresh? Thanks in advance. Brent C.

The Big Show / Re: embroy transfers.
« on: August 03, 2007, 01:11:32 PM »
   2 cents worth. Check on the amount of experience that the tech that is going to be putting in your embryos has. Seems like everyone can flush and freeze, but getting pregnant receips is what it's all about for success. Brent

The Big Show / Re: Legrand Reload
« on: August 03, 2007, 10:25:01 AM »
   There are some clubbie breeders using Reload for depth of rib & spring of rib, also to hopefully help with some structure problems that we all breed ourselves into. Doesn't hurt that he should produce some moderate easier keeping baldies. Another bull that I think will be used similiarly will be Wide Angle, a 1/2 sib to Reload. Brent

The Big Show / Re: would they be big enough
« on: August 02, 2007, 10:58:34 AM »
   Should be no problem hitting your goal. You seem to have a plan. Go for it. Pay attention to details. We calf mid April and started slaughtering cattle @ the end of May weighing from 1254 to 1302. All thbe cattle are gone now averaged 1270, heifers and steers. Wean early & feed em hard. Brent

The Big Show / Re: embroy transfers.
« on: August 02, 2007, 09:03:40 AM »
   Hey Pigguy, if you put an embyo in on the 31st of May the receip would be due to calf on the 1st of March. The 29th of June makes a calf due the 31st of March. You should calculate how far you are from McCook,Ne., Tthat's where Cowboy is set up and would be great as far as walking you through the process and give you a break down of the costs that you will incurr. Good Luck, Brent

The Big Show / Re: simmental/polled hereford cross breeding
« on: August 01, 2007, 04:01:49 PM »
  Sorry, I forgot to say that there is nothing wrong with your calves. You just need to evalue wehat you have and try to decide what you would like to do to improve whatever you think needs  worked on. SimmeX herefords are a great X, and I personally like Gary Bob's suggestions for the F2 X, but there are many choices that you can choose. If you can't AI yourself, try to find someone that will help you out there. The cidr's have made that quite a bit easier for someone to give you a hand with improving quicker than we could use to.Good Luck. Just keep trying to improve if you like the business. If not find something else that you do like. Life is too short to waste your time with something you don't like. Brent

The Big Show / Re: simmental/polled hereford cross breeding
« on: August 01, 2007, 03:54:36 PM »
   Someone asked this morning on another thread here on the planet, why not or can't we breed for both performance and eye appeal. Doesn't that seem logical? Brent

The Big Show / Re: fair/show numbers
« on: August 01, 2007, 03:47:16 PM »
   I think there are so many reasons that the numbers have fallen off that it's hard to figure out what to do to build it back up. Our county has had some good success buiding #'s of younger members through a bottle calf program. I think that if the kids have some early success and find an attachment to their calves that it will stick with most of them. On the other hand our sheep show has went from 100 + to 2 exhibitors & 8 sheep this year. Most families can't afford to pay the higher prices for the show lambs & kind of give in instead of digging in. It's hard for a kid to compete with a family that has been AIing for 20 years and they may be lucky to get Dad  out & look for a calf 1 week B4 weigh in, it's just going to be such an uphill battle for the kids. I wish we could get every kid an equal oppertunity to show a good calf during their career. I've tried a couple of times to offer a group of calves @ a very reasonable price & thought that the kids should draw #'s for them, but extension agent didn't want to do it. I picked a young member last year that I thought had a good starting interest in cattle, called his Dad & offered a bull that was strictly maturnally bred for lb price + $100.00 to get them a better female base to breed on, but dad said no. Have offered to cidr and breed cows for families, and again , no. Should say that we have won alot @ the county level and that may have something to do with all the no's. We have raised them all but 1 & that one we gave $700.00 for @ an auction, no one else would bid on the calf, he was red. People will spend good money driving up & down the road playing sports to get better, and it's kind of the same thing, you'll be better if you work @ it harder.I think that the #'s are going to keep going down if we don't find a way to somehow level the field somehow. It's going to be hard, because people that don't really make their money from ag.are paying way too much for these calves. I'm guilty of wanting the big dollars too. We were talking this week about state fair and how the calves that have a chance to win are all in a cooler somewhere and have been sorted through by a keen eyed group of excellent cattleman. The days of Joe or Sally blow winning the real big shows are probably gone for good unless a big change comes. Let,s face this too, the show business is a fairly big business anymore. Sorry for the long post. I wish we could go back to where it was when I was a kid. I loved it, and my white ribbons were the best thing for my motivation. Do they still print those pretty white ribbons? I think I may have gotten the last one. Brent

The Big Show / Re: Antibiotics for respiratory issues
« on: August 01, 2007, 03:16:07 PM »
   Chambero, We always treat foot rot here with LA200 with Sustain 3 boluses @ the same time & can't remember ever having one that didn't respond well & quickly. Brent

The Big Show / Re: Friends & enemies
« on: July 31, 2007, 02:20:55 PM »
   Cathy, one of the best posts that I have read anywhere. The people on this site are very intelligent and caring people. I lay back some mostly because I am very opinionated & strong headed, but I am always cking this board for information. You just haven't had the problems with people bashing others as bad on steerPlanet. I hope it remains that way. Thanks Cathy for a very well written post and your sentiments. Sincerely, Brent

The Big Show / Re: Ice Cream recipes
« on: July 31, 2007, 10:37:15 AM »
  In the last few years we have literally made thousands of gallons of ice cream. A couple of the favorites are, Chunky Monkey & our green chococolate chip mint.
 base mix= 3 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 cup 1/2 & 1/2, 1 can of evaporated condensed milk,(keeps the ice cream smooth), 3 cups of sugar, 1 heeping TBS double strength vanilla, pinch of salt. Churn this until ready to take out.

 Chunky Monkey= 2 cups mashed bananas, 2 cups dove chocolate cut into small chunks. Stir into vannilla ice cream well. Enjoy.
  Chip Mint= 1-12oz bag of mini chocolate chips, 1 cap full of mint extract,( real stuff, not mint flavoring), may have to get this on the black market, not available in very many states anymore. Missouri does have it. Have to add 1/2 cap full of green food coloring. People will not eat it if it's not green. I don't know why.
    I'll have to share our recipe for Chocolate Raspberry ice cream sometime.
    We have in the past followed RAGBRAI, ( bike ride accross Iowa each summer) vending only homemade ice cream. The oddest one that we have on our list of recipes is Rhubarb Cream. People do love it. If you like rhubarb pudding you can imagine what this one tastes like. Hope you try the recipe, we use to use a egg custard mix when we first started, but needed to change to this base as time retrains demanded as the cooling period killed us. Have tried the premix once, not even close to good. Brent

The Big Show / Re: Structural issues- comments welcomed
« on: July 05, 2007, 12:40:25 PM »
   Red, can't remember it we talked about my Cowboy Cut's or not, but this structure problem that you are seeing , is definatly coming from the bull. I had some issues exactly the same. You'll know in a short month whether the calf is going to make it or not. Your Friend Brent

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