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The Big Show / Re: Calving Trouble
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:28:58 AM »
I can't agree more! Cowpoke, you are the type of person young agriculturists like my self love to hear stories from. It's all a learning process, some of which come harder than others. The fact that I have seen and experienced more than many if not all of my peers is something to take pride in. The cattle industry builds character and the experiences, both good and bad, are something to cherish and learn from. Frustration and doubt set in but in the end, like many of you have said, the sense of accomplishment one feels when a bunch of newborns are running around is something that brings joy and an indescribable feeling. The reason Steer Planet is so awesome is because people like myself can share experiences with so many awesome people. Thanks for all the great information on this site Jason, and thank you everyone for the amazing advice.  
Jsurh, we are young agriculturists as well and have only been in the cattle business for eight years.  I have learned more in those eight years than from any other experience in my life.  Sometimes it is learned the hard way, but wow those are the mistakes that we have never made again.  Keep it up because agriculture needs young people like you and me.  Steerplanet is great.  Lots of sound advice to be had from some folks on here.   

The Big Show / Re: What Do People Of Colorado Think Of This?
« on: March 22, 2013, 02:11:53 PM »

The 2nd amendment mentions hunting 0 times as the reason for citizens to have the right to carry. 

Sounds like you do tote the party line.  Just not the one that makes sense. 

Have you seen what is bought back?  Junk guns and the criminals aren't bringing their's in.  It might make you "feel" good, but it does nothing.  Only law abiding citizens will bring them and so you will just be disarming law abiding citizens more.  Good plan. 

And again, show me where limiting magazine size limits gun violence.  It doesn't and you can't.  Less than 2% of gun crimes had anything to do with higher capacity guns. So you have a much larger problem 98% of the problem to deal with.  Your argument stinks. 

If you want to do something, do something about violence in general.  Our cultural issues start in the home and church, too bad liberals keep trying to take over the function of both and can't do either.  Political correctness is killing the country and your buying into it is the problem.  Good luck with that. 

 (clapping) " Our cultural issues start in the home and church, too bad liberals keep trying to take over the function of both and can't do either."  Great points commercialfarmer.

The Big Show / Re: Calving Trouble
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:17:12 AM »
Viewer Discretion Is Advised!!!! As I checked over the cows close to calving this evening I noticed a cow that seemed to be in labor, and also happened to look the same way yesterday. Yesterday i figured she was just coming in and having normal contractions, no big deal. This evening when she contracted, I though i saw a foot poke out. To be safe we tied her and reached in to be sure everything was ok. What had been going on, was both feet were back and just the head was forward. We tried and tried to monkey the front feet around but no luck. At this point we concluded the calf had been dead for a couple days. Then our only option was to eliminate part of the dead calf to make more room. The head came out and we had to take out the saw... (you can finish the thought). The vet had done this one other time with a similar situation years ago. Then we got one leg forward but no luck there either. We hooked up the come-along and that dismembered the one front leg unfortunately. As I think about this and feel awful and sick, all I could do is wonder why and how or what happened to kill the calf. She was arguably our best cow, and had previously had 6 calves. Her first 5 were bulls and last year we luckily got a nice heifer that I kept.  As much as we enjoy the good times, situations like this really make a guy doubt himself, and the business he's in. Hopefully better luck will come with the rest of the cows.  :(
Jsuhr, do you think the calf died during labor and it just went unnoticed for too long?  Wow that just sounds like a horrible experience and then to lose the cow on top of it all.  I bet it feels like someone just punched you in the gut.  Ugh so sorry.

The Big Show / Re: What Do People Of Colorado Think Of This?
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:48:45 PM »
<deadhorse> This will be my last comment on this topic, but it is just as plain and simple as the government sticking their nose in once again where it doesn't belong and our crooked president and his various wack agendas.  True, maybe we don't need some of these guns and ammo on the street and in the hands of fools, but laws aren't going to stop that and anyone who thinks that's the case is delusional.  Also, if 99% of the Texans that flood this area during hunting season would leave their trucks they would see more game and have better luck.  Just sayin.

The Big Show / Re: What Do People Of Colorado Think Of This?
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:29:18 PM »
I know that I read some where and don't ask me to find it now, but there were special interest groups begging liberally based companies to move to Colorado and based their operation on the front range near Denver. Rather it is true or not the influx of people that lean to the liberal side came in the late 90's and early 2000's and they have made the state almost intolerable for the cattleman that has to depend on federal lands to operate. there are so many issues on the table right now from wolves and sage grouse to timber harvest, oil and gas and water rights that you cannot start to keep up, factor in the unemployment and high cost of doing business and why would you want to live in Colorado.


The Big Show / Re: What Do People Of Colorado Think Of This?
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:45:29 PM »
Rackranch, I absolutely believe that is why our state has become so liberal.  There are densly populated areas like Boulder, Aspen, etc. that attract a very wealthy, powerful, liberal type of person and being a Republican state is a truly a thing of the past.  Yes I know how bad it sounds for me to say that, but it is so true.  It is just so sad and sickening for those of us who have lived here our entire lives.  Like i said before CO is no longer a place where I want to raise my family.  Pretty sad.

The Big Show / Re: What Do People Of Colorado Think Of This?
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:45:18 PM »
I firmly believe that there is no law that is currently on the books, or one that they can come up with, that will keep criminals from doing what criminals do.  I believe Hickenlooper is just as uninformed and spineless as every other elected official that continues to support the current administration and the removal of our rights.  As soon as I can find a way out of CO my family and I will be leaving.

The Big Show / Re: Steer not eating any grain..ANY TRICKS?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:47:06 PM »
Cowgirl, do you think it may be worth your while to go down to the local feed store and buy the standard, no frills show ration that they sell?  Maybe a little bit of a change and a different smell will get him started back up.  If he takes to it use it to get him back on grain and then slowly transition to your bulk ration.  With everything else you are giving him a $17.00 bag of show feed is probably the cheapest option.  It has worked for us before.  Good luck it sure can be frustrating! 

The Big Show / Re: Carpe Diem Calf
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:06:52 PM »
Thanks for posting!

The Big Show / Re: bobby jindal funny
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:24:41 AM »
I love that and I like Bobby Jindal. Thanks for sharing.

The Big Show / Re: Jesse James & I80 bulls
« on: March 12, 2013, 08:31:37 PM »
Thanks but if hes producing 50lb light boned calves, I doubt they amount to much.. Will they ever get a decent size and if they aren't good enough to show will they get big in a feed lot fast like all of the others?? I am still very unsure about this bull.. What do you guys think about Breathe Easy,Montego Bay, Smokin' Joe, S A V Brilliance, Ali's Solution, and Rocky Balboa?? Also there is a bull called Little Black Book , someone told me about him but I just can't find any information on him or anything.. If you find something please share a link. THANKS!!! (thumbsup)

I think you might still be talking about Tiny Tim in your post here, so if you are I will attempt to answer you.  Our steer finished at 1350 and both of our yearling heifers are over 900 lbs at this point.  Like any other bull I just think it depends on what kind of cow you use him on.  Our cows are probably a little "old school", so they have a little more grow in them than some.   

The Big Show / Re: Jesse James & I80 bulls
« on: March 12, 2013, 04:51:40 PM »
is tiny tim that consistent?
He has been for us. Also, if you do a search on here there are other folks that have had consistent results with him.

The Big Show / Re: Jesse James & I80 bulls
« on: March 12, 2013, 04:11:05 PM »
These are a couple pictures I was able to round up.  The calves are a few days old in the pictures.  The one with the white socks is the steer that won our county show and the other is one of the heifers.  I would agree with Gargan when he says I-80 has more show success.  He is definitely one that you hear a lot about.  Good luck with your decision.   

The Big Show / Re: Jesse James & I80 bulls
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:50:25 PM »
I know you didn't mention Tiny Tim, but we have really liked our calves out of him.  They are sound, consistent, easy doing, cattle.  They have also been some of the smallest calves we have ever had even when compared to a calving ease Angus sire.  Might keep him in mind if he is something that you can use.  He seems to throw black calves with a little chrome on our cattle.  We run mainly Maine x Shorthorn.  One of our Tiny Tim's from two years ago was overall Grand Champ at our county fair and we have two nice breeding heifer prospect that are just now yearlings that look like they will make good cows.  Good luck.   

The Big Show / Re: Sick calves..Help!
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:43:24 AM »
Well darn.  I was thinking maybe you were having trouble with C& D and maybe someone else will chime in here, but it sure doesn't sound like it.  Well I am not sure what to tell you other than good luck and stay on top of it, as it sounds like you are.  Hopefully your vet can give you some incite on what may be going on before it gets too out of hand.  I also didn't notice and maybe your profile doesn't say where abouts you are from, but that may help someone in determining whats going on.

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