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The Big Show / Re: Selling animals with a right to flush
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:37:48 AM »
does anyone have any experience with somebody actually exercising their "right " to a future flush?  Seems to me the wording of buyer's convenience is pretty tricky.  I don't know that it would ever be convenient for me to take a cow out of production or my own flush schedule for someone else to do it.  I think the better way to do this is to retain an embryo interest if you really want the genetics.  much more structured and up front.  sure it will decrease the value, but you better be willing to give up some up front $ if you want to retain the right
Chap

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The Big Show / Breaking News - Afterhours
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:24:51 PM »
SCF and Pruess Cattle are excited to announce the sale of fall possession and 1/3 semen interest in Afterhours, to Brandon Bird of Bird Cattle Company - Lubbock, TX. After just 1 calf crop the progeny of this great THF and PHAF, Irish Whiskey x Dr Who/Imprint has caught the attention of one of the most renowned breeders in the country. High quality semen is being collected at Nichols Cryo Genetics and is available from the owners and Cattle Visions.
Chap

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The Big Show / Re: HELP-wedding ring inside of cow
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:23:52 PM »
same thing happened to me a couple years ago.  hard to explain to the wife, but you are not alone.  wife got over it, but I still don't have a replacement wedding band.  she says I am married to the cows

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The Big Show / Re: Dr oz the bull
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:39:05 PM »
Really good bull with an exceptional pedigree. Huge foot and extremely sound. I was in the picture pen when that photo was taken. Great necked for an aged bull with plenty of power and middle.

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:15:31 AM »
Afterhours market heifer at this past weekends Iowa Beef Expo

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:11:45 AM »
Reign On 022A heading to his new home in Java, SD.  thanks to Rau Cattle for your purchase.  to date AFterhours progeny have averaged $4635 on 7 head sold.  We have retained 13 of the 31 for replacement heifers.  Afterhours is at Nichols Cryo Genetics if anybody would like to see him in person while at the Iowa Beef Expo.

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: February 02, 2014, 06:51:01 PM »
Thanks for your confidence in Afterhours

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:13:49 AM »
Reign On 022a sells in his entirety. As do all the bulls on this sale. I like to buy cattle that way and choose to do the same when selling.

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:16:19 AM »
For clarification Doc is an OCC Doctor son that Wade Rogers, Lonny Sievers and Jeff Maas owned. He is a super cow maker and has been used on heifers with great success. 

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:35:21 PM »
We got some pics back on the sale bulls that sell on Monday Feb 3, 2013 on Pruess/Thernes online sale hosted by CW.
1st is Afterhours x Doc/Dr Who/Wyoming Wind
2nd is Afterhours x Grizzly/Paddy/Fear This
3rd is Afterhours x Aftershock

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The Big Show / Re: Pick of the 2014 Display Bulls
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:31:32 PM »
there were a lot of nice bulls in Denver.  I am sure someone says this every year, but These bulls all have some quality, and not a single one of them was PERFECT! Not all of them fit my program and some of their faults are deal breakers for my operation , but maybe totally acceptable to someone else.  I would have been proud to have bred anyone of them and surely have a high degree of appreciation for those folks that go through the time, expense and hassle to display them for my appraisal.  I really like to look at the display bulls as several classes in a show and in the end there is only ever 1 Grand Champion crowned by 1 man on 1 day.  That certainly doesn't mean that the others have no value or place in our herds.  Pick the ones you like and give them a try if you want to.  Need a colored up bull?  Muscle? Profile improver? Hair? structure? Maternal? I would venture a guess that nearly every bull that is in your tank right now was run down by someone, for some reason,  if he was ever displayed for public critique. 
IMHO
CHAP

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The Big Show / Re: Walks Alone and Believe in Me calf temperament
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:52:21 AM »
We've never had a Walks born on the farm, but have had numerous by BIM and some can be a little fiery, but not any worse than any of their ancestors.  From what I have heard, I would say BIM is better on disposition than WA.  MAB calves we had were very gentle. I have had as much issue with Monopoly attitudes as I have BIM, and I would guess that most people would tell you the Monopoly attitudes are just fine.  Remember that nearly all of these bulls go back to Heat Seeker and that attitude can and will show up from time to time. Cull accordingly and remember that the cow and environment lend their share to the disposition trait

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The Big Show / Re: Afterhours - new Irish Whiskey son from SCF
« on: December 30, 2013, 04:08:22 PM »
cell phone pic from the clipping chute last night of our Afterhours x Doc/Dr Who/Wyoming Wind bull that will sell on Dana Pruess' online bull sale 2/2/14on CW cattle sales.
Bull combines - Irish Whiskey, 2 shots of Dr Who, Doc, Imprint and Wyoming Wind.  THF and PHAF.

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The Big Show / Re: If I could start all over again I would......?
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:12:15 PM »
I am pleased with the direction our program has taken and feel blessed to have met some great folks along the journey.  I wouldn't change that at all.  the struggle from start up is what makes you appreciate where you have gone and the direction you are headed.  I absolutely love to walk into the cow herd these days and think about how far they have come since the beginning with a mongrelized group of crossbred,  commercial oriented cows.  The regrets are mostly based on the fact that as a young, cattle enthusiast with limited funds and no equipment, I had to sell some of those early heifer calves from our first few years of AI breeding.  We got along well selling them and got to a financial situation where we could buy some better cows, but I continually find that we are happiest with the stock that we raise ourselves.  We buy a couple every year, but now try to find something we don't have or are better than we are raising. 
Start with less than you think you need, stay financially independent, focus on quality, be especially critical of structure, tailheads, attitude and udder quality.  Those things will create more headaches than you want to deal with, especially as you get older.  Buy semen from reputable sources, with quality standards.  Be careful not to get sucked into the ET game until you are ready and have a proven producer. 

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The Big Show / Re: What to breed her to????
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:28:04 AM »
if  I read correctly she is bred to Ali for her first calf.  you are asking about breeding her for her 2nd.  With that being the case, try Afterhours.  THF/PHAF Irish Whiskey x Dr Who/Imprint.  We bred all our clubby cows that way including cows coming with their 2nd calf.  The heifer pictured is an Afterhours x Naughty Pine that we recently sold.  He should add length of body, a tick of frame and really loosen her up on structure.

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