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The Big Show / Re: Beet Pulp Usage
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:13:38 PM »
Agree with the beet pulp. I wouldn't start them on it until they need a replacement for grain, like if you were holding their weightl.
Careful with the winning fill though, i love the product, but don't give them too much or they will get the shoots, not fun on show day, i know that from experience.

The Big Show / Re: MY MARKET STEER
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:08:36 PM »
Purple shampoo and stainbuster becomes ones friend. I showed a charolais steer, lots of scrubbing, but the stains came out. Shorthorn hair is funny, it likes to trap the stains in. Especially the knees, back legs and their front pits (their hooves leave dirt here).

The Big Show / Re: Glucoat Information
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:04:31 PM »
I've used the stuff. it really  helped with their appeitite. I started out with the stuff, giving them a little bit and increased it. Start to finish it worked well, the cattle like the taste. But on a personal note, if you are going to mix it into the feed, i recomend buying a rubber glove, the stuff is kinda sticky when it gets on your hands. Personally glucoat has worked well for me. I had a crossbred and angus steer, and a charolais heifer, all of them ate the stuff up. I hope that helps.

The Big Show / Re: Need help with fitting questions.
« on: October 15, 2010, 09:59:06 PM »
Oh and get black finisher paint, if its a black animal, they also make brown and white paints.

The Big Show / Re: Need help with fitting questions.
« on: October 15, 2010, 09:57:01 PM »
I've been showing for a long time so a good place to stop is Sullivans show supply. You can go online, or sometimes they have a trailer at big shows. So need to have supplies would be revive, the poofs the hair up sometimes and keeps it from drying out. Tail adheisve or prime time adhesive, i really don't see a difference when using them, that's what you use for pulling the hair on the legs and tailhead up. Then you need hocus pocus or ezall to take off that adhesive. I also recomend Final Bloom, it make them smell good and helps with the overall look in the showring,you put that on when you are done with everything. You should also get a pair of clippers, those aren't too difficult to use.
When making them get used to the spray cans you have to be careful.Normally i make a shuushing sound similar to the sound the spray makes before i put it on so they know its coming. Most of the time they don't mind that, its when you comb the leg hair, so practice when you wash, make sure the calf is used to that before hand. The blower you start with it on the lowest it can go and just let it blow on their side and butt, then crank it up a notch when it seems the calf doesn't mind.
That's all i can think of so far.

The Big Show / Re: MY MARKET STEER
« on: October 15, 2010, 09:39:05 PM »
how should a person go about getting the calf to accept the show stick and let me set him up with it?
Just let him sniff it and talk to him and show him it isn't scary. After he lets you rub his belly, he'll see its not to bad. When you to set his feet up, most times i have them tied up because you never know what they will do, but most times they'll either kick at the stick, so use an older one or one that can be bent and you don't mind, or they'll move their foot. It isn't a big deal just as long as you stay calm and he stays calm. Once he is used to it, practice daily and you shouldn't have a problem.

The Big Show / Re: what to look for in a shorthorn show steer?
« on: October 15, 2010, 03:13:32 PM »
One thing I've noticed with shorthorn steers is most of them tend to get to be like Clydesdale. Make sure he will be moderately framed and have good legs and structure everything else you can mostly live with.

This summer i had a shorthorn steer, according to a judge he had an 'excessive frame'. I have found its hard to get a nice height on  a shorthorn, i've seen fat and short, and tall and lean, its hard to get a good one,but when you do get a good one, ten to one, they'll do well at fairs.
I'd look for height, hair, and make sure their back legs aren't too straight,because they could become lame later on when they get heavier.

The Big Show / Re: MY MARKET STEER
« on: October 15, 2010, 02:57:32 PM »
If you haven't started with the showstick i would show it to him and let him sniff it and stuff, show him it isn't scary. Then just touch his side with it and slowly work down to his belly. This is what i have been doing for the last few years and none of mine have any problems with the show stick

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