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The Big Show / Re: Lawn tractors
« on: May 31, 2007, 08:14:49 PM »
We have a 20+ year old JD 318 and just replaced the engine it this year.  That said, hubby loves that mower so much that when he had a chance to buy a used one, he snatched it right up.  Me, I'd really like to have a Dixon.   

The Big Show / Re: New here and have a question.
« on: May 29, 2007, 07:22:09 PM »
Thanks again for the advice, they are actually starting to get better - baby steps.. but we'll take what we can get! 

The Big Show / Re: Rat tail defect
« on: May 27, 2007, 12:38:38 PM »
Has anyone ever noticed that they seem to express in varying degrees?   Some have all the characteristics and others aren't so obvious?   Wasn't there some talk several years ago about less performance and lower carcass quality? 

We get about 1 every other year or so in our commercial cow herd.   We use all black bulls - Simmental or SimAngus on mostly black & red cows, there are a few grays  but we don't get the rats from the gray cows.   I don't know if it makes a difference but most of our red cows go back to either Hereford, Gelbvieh, or Limousin originally.    Anyway, with no more than what we get, they end up in our freezer and do quite well there. 


The Big Show / Re: New here and have a question.
« on: May 25, 2007, 12:43:20 PM »
Thanks for the welcome and the  advice.  These are Charolais heifers.  Our other breeds are Simmental & Angus.      We've had them tied up and been doing so for a few weeks now.   The charger has just started doing so as she has gotten over some initial fears - she was the more flighty of the two.    So far we've not let the kids work with them because they are so unpredictable.     I have talked to the breeder and I don't think anything will come of that.    I'm pretty familiar with the horse methods that knabe mentioned and will try to pay more attention to the signs.   If something doesn't change soon, they'll be put to pasture.   These are nice heifers and I'd hate to just turn out but it isn't worth anyone getting hurt either.     

The Big Show / New here and have a question.
« on: May 25, 2007, 08:58:58 AM »
Hi all!  I'm new here.  I've been lurking for awhile but decided to join in.   A little about myself.. We've been involved in the beef industry for many many years.  We've shown for a lot of those years.

My question/problem is this.  We are getting into a new breed and bought a couple nice fall heifers that we are trying to halter break using our usual method - a lot like  Red's way in the articles.   These heifers are not breaking out very good.   One heifer is very chargy, she acts like she'd like to take me when we are messing with her.   Any suggestions on her?   The other heifer isn't so bad but she is a little flighty and could be a kicker.  These heifers were supposed to be shown by our kids age 9 & 12 later this summer and thru the fall.   I've talked to the breeder we got them from and he just told me that they've never had any that haven't broke out in all the years he's done this.   

Thanks in advance!!

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