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The Big Show / Re: Pregnancy blood testing
« on: September 04, 2011, 07:55:43 PM »
We have had good success with it.  Several semen distributors now have the testing available as mentioned above, and we also pull blood from the tail.

Semen & Embryos For Sale / Re: Hard to find simmental and angus semen
« on: September 04, 2011, 08:07:22 AM »
Never got a PM from you?

The Big Show / Re: A.I. Problems
« on: August 19, 2011, 04:47:53 PM »
Are you syncing them or trying to catch them in natural heat? 

Pics look great, neat marked calf.  I have two females we are considering breeding to Fat Butt, one is a Power Drive baldy!  My concern was the amount of white, but I think I will just take a chance and see what happens.  Also have an Invasion x Kandy Kisses donor that we are considering flushing to Fat Butt.  She is solid black.  I appreciate the tread and the pics, helped me confirm my breeding plans!

The Big Show / Re: Twin Bull Calves
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:17:02 PM »
I have had a few sets of twins, born to different cows.  Everytime the mother took both, so I let nature do its thing.  In 2002 we weaned two bull calves off a larger frame Simme cow that weaned over 650/each.  They were both blaze face with opposite markings on their faces, like they were looking in a mirror at each other.

In 2007 we had a set of twins from a Simme cow x our cleanup bull (both black).  We had one red baldy and one solid black heifer.  The red baldy was awesome, but we checked them both just in case.....and she was a freemartin.

I have always heard of a heifer and bull twins the heifer would be sterile, and same sex twins were fine, but that was not the case, our vet can confirm....

Anyway, do what you think is best, if the cow won't take one, we nurse him.  If the cow takes both and keeps her condition, I would let them go.  Best of luck!

The Big Show / Re: Breeding Question
« on: August 14, 2011, 10:01:20 PM »
They work!  We use them 100% of the time on AI bred females.

I would suggest syncing your herd, it will make your life so much easier every year when its time to breed your animals.  It should also make marketing a little easier as you will have 5 calves a year to market.

On the show side you might sync the cows and the heifers a few months apart so you will have show calves in different classes.  Just a thought, but in regard to CIDR's they work great!

The Big Show / Re: Show Barn Designs and Pictures
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:17:42 PM »
I would tour several facilities to see what you like best.

The Big Show / Re: Needed: camera recommendations
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:06:04 PM »
I have a Nikon that works great for us.  You want a camera with a fast shutter speed for taking good cattle photos, especially if you are looking for sale quality photos for a catalog.  A DSLR camera works best, but they are more than double, maybe you could find a used one on Craigslist or somewhere?  I will look and see what my small Nikon is, it works good as a multi-purpose camera.  Good luck.

The Big Show / Re: feeding strategy
« on: August 14, 2011, 02:43:00 PM »
Never fed Show Chow to steers but have to our show heifers.  It worked great and I didn't notice any negative effects on their hair.  First year I fed Show Chow was 2008 and we took home banners at every show we attended with those females!

Equipment & Supplies / Re: 2010 Chevy 3500HD 4x4 CrewCab Dually LTZ
« on: August 14, 2011, 02:38:40 PM »
Does it have a turnover ball?
How many miles?
Automatic Trans?
Why are you selling?

Can you post interior and bed pictures and also where are you located?

Cattle For Sale / Re: Angus donor for sale
« on: August 13, 2011, 06:23:49 PM »
Post some pics of her progeny.  Have you sold any of her daughters?

The Big Show / Re: NEW JULY calf
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:23:06 PM »
Personally wouldn't cut him today, but would give him a little growing time to see what you think of him as he gets a little age on him, when he gets a little bigger, past banding size, you will have a better idea on what you think.  Good luck!

The Big Show / Re: Winter bedding?
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:17:50 PM »
I have tried several of the options you mentioned.  We used to have lots of mud problems ourselves.  We fixed the mud inside and around our barns by putting down filter clothe and covering with 4-6" of gravel.  It packs down on the filter clothe like concrete.  Not the cheapest thing we have done but some state departments of Agriculture occasionally have grant monies for "heavy use areas" to help offset these costs.

In regard to the bedding itself, I prefer (just my preference) to use shavings.  I think it keeps the cattle the cleanest of what we have tried.  As long as you put together a solid base bed, and clean up after your animals on a regular basis then you will only be removing and replacing the top layer which should stay relatively cost effective during the winter.

If you are looking for something for cattle to come in and out of freely then I would lean more towards a cheaper option like straw.  Good luck, hope this helps.

Whats her price?

Cattle For Sale / Re: You'll Love these Simmy Heifers
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:09:19 PM »
Your right, those heifers are great!  Best of luck at the sale!

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