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The Big Show / Re: Any Rumor mill calves?
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:29:32 AM »
Thanks jbzdad and Limiman12. 

The Big Show / Re: Any Rumor mill calves?
« on: April 08, 2013, 03:05:09 PM »
I apologize in advance to everyone involved for the horrible picture.  Here is ours.  This is 40 days post calving.  She has been in a dry pasture/dry lot since and eating grass hay and a lick tub we provide pre/post calving.  She is filthy and absolutely a cow and gets zero special treatment and right now it shows, but in my opinion she is still looking pretty good considering.  

The Big Show / Re: Any Rumor mill calves?
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:06:12 PM »
We have a cow that we purchased from Blind Badger as a heifer and she has now had her second calf.  She is a full sister to Rumor Mill and we absolutely love that cow.  She is deep bodied, easy keeping, stout, sound, has a perfect udder and is a wonderful mother.  I don't know how much that helps you, but if he is as good as she is I wouldn't hesitate to use him for a minute.

The Big Show / Re: Yardley Bull
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:32:36 AM »
I haven't seen that one in person.  However, if you call Mr. Yardley (Gib) he would probably tell you everything you needed to know and more.  Super nice guy.

The Big Show / Re: Help with a crazy steer
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:30:53 AM »
Larissa, I was going to suggest the same thing.  Use a calming agent on a daily basis and see if he makes progress.  I have heard however that Ace can have on opposite effect on some cattle, so I may steer clear of that.  Good luck.  Another product that has worked well for us in the past is Peace Pellets from Sullivan's.  I believe the active ingredient is Triptophan.  It is something that they would have to eat (very, very small amount everyday) and if eating is a problem....  Good luck.  It sounds like you are doing the right things.  As for the radio in the barn I would leave it in there.  He will eventually get used to it.

The Big Show / Re: Help with a bad udder...
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:31:07 PM »
Well I went and got the needle looking things and drained her back quarters all I could. Put a bit of salve on it to soften it up. I put the milk in a bottle and tried to let the calf drink it but he wouldnt at this point. He hadnt been away from the cow for long. I will keep getting her in and draining it or trying to teach the calf to nurse. No we have no daughters from her and this is a ET calf, she would have been gone last fall but the embryo took so one more year of this then gone this fall. 

If it were me I wouldn't feed the calf the milk that you drained from the cow (I think that is what you were meaning).  You want the calf as hungry as possible so it can keep up with the cows milk production.  I feel like I am telling you things I am sure you already know, so sorry if it seems elementary.  I swear I don't know how many times I have uttered those same words "she is gone this year" and then they take to some exciting pregnancy and we wind up keeping them one more blessed year.  We just have two that we have a little trouble with and the one we had in the chute last night it was the first time we had laid a hand on her and she is eight years old.  The other is her mother and she is ten and every year we have to train those calves to eat off those low and large back quarters.  The cow stands as we wrestle her calf and after about three days they seem to figure it out.  If we had a whole herd of them I would have to shoot myself, but one, easy to deal with cow seems doable for now, but I swear next year is her last year.  Good luck Frostback and I am sure it will work itself out.   

The Big Show / Re: Help with a bad udder...
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:19:12 PM »
If the calf is only a couple three days old it probably wont be able to keep up with the production just yet on a heavy milker then they of course go for the easiest access and it leaves the back two quarters to swell and become painfull for the cow.  Then if the calf does try and suck the cow swats her off.  I would drain the cow down so that the teats and udder are more comfortable and manageable in size.  True if you drain her down she will fillback up, but maybe by that time the calf will start using them and problem solved.  We struggle with this exact scenario every year.  We actually had a cow in the chute last night for the same reason.  I have never had one turn into a huge problem.  Usually once the calf is a few days old and gets hungry enough everything handles itsself.    

The Big Show / Re: Help with a bad udder...
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:05:44 PM »
Frostback, how old is the calf?  Have you milked the cow out to this point?

The Big Show / Re: CIDR heat question
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:48:46 PM »
We typically have one or two that are johnny on the spot.  If she is standing breed her.

The Big Show / Re: Science Fair project on a.i.ing
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:46:41 PM »
My child did a similar project.  Went through the process and equipment used.  Kept it pretty simple.  Took some sire catalogs and other AI equipment.  Showed cow and offspring, so the kids who were maybe not as familiar could put two and two together.  Focused mainly on having much greater genetic opportunity when AI'ing as opposed to just using the same bull year after year.  How AI'ing could improve the herd etc.  My kiddo is an 8th grader, so what was done seemed pretty age appropriate.

The Big Show / Re: Meyer x angus cow
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:14:45 AM »
We have a Mossy Oak daughter that is an awesome mother she is by far one of the best mother cows we have out of that particular cow family.  Our Mossy Oak is plenty stout and has an awesome hip on her.  We have never had five minutes worth of trouble with her.  We also have a Dirty Hairy2 that is a little to terminal in her makeup and she will not be kept in the herd.  For what its worth.

The Big Show / Re: Cattle Apps (iphone, android)
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:58:37 PM »
I think it would be pretty cool to have an App that is a quiz type game for learning parts of cattle and possibly cuts of meat. 

The Big Show / Re: Cows in heat??
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:56:16 PM »
Thanks!!! which of those do you guys think works the best??
We have had real luck with the CIDR protocol that was mentioned.  

The Big Show / Re: calving
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:43:50 PM »
We very typically have cows calve 7+ day over the 283 day calving date.  This year we have only had one cow go over and several cows calve early.  I was also worried about larger birth weights because of our cold winter, but it really hasn't seemed to affect it any.

The Big Show / Re: calve won't suck!
« on: March 24, 2013, 07:35:36 PM »
O-No-More, a small pen and a set of hobbles if she kicks at him.  Good luck getting the hobbles on and give the cow a minute to get used to them before you stick the calf in there.   

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