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The Big Show / Re: FULLBLOOD MAINE UPDATE
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:40:30 PM »
Do you have any video of him on the move in his new working clothes?

Yukon is the only fullblood bull I've seen in the last decade that has made me wish I didn't give up on the small group of red maines we kept around for several years.

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The Big Show / Re: LOOK at this Charolaise bull from back then
« on: October 24, 2014, 11:34:50 PM »
For anyone interested the Charolais  bull is FWT SAM 951  was very popular as were the 4T and Litton cattle were for many years with great disposition ....

I had to laugh at your disposition comment.

I don't live too far from where the farm was and my father worked for the family a little as a kid.  The story about them getting Sam into the china room for the "bull in the china cabinet" advertisement has always been amusing to me.

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The Big Show / Re: IS it worth raising these club calves !!!!!
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:14:40 PM »
The small dollar side of the club calf deal has been saturated for awhile now.  There are quite a few small operations who are doing a large amount of work for free and if they would put an actual dollar figure on the daily breaking, fitting, fluffing, and selling they'd probably scare themselves with what their calves would need to sell for to come out ahead of GOOD commercial cattle right now.  The transition back to GOOD commercial cattle who take care of themselves in your operation isn't cheap, or quick, though.

I'd even go so far as to say there are a lot of purebred breeders who are not getting the dollars their animals are worth right now considering commercial guys are moving everything for good money and the purebred side has been lagging just a little.

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The Big Show / Re: critique this bull
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:42:41 PM »
I've nerve seen that image of him, but something looks a little off.


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The Big Show / Re: flush suggestions for maine cow
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:07:19 PM »
I just went through that old Maine weekly update thread trying to find the flyer I was looking for but was unsuccessful.  This flyer (made in recent years) had 3 bulls on it, 1 of which I don't think was talked about much, and was, IMO, a much better looking animal than the other two on there.  Maybe it will show up--

Are you talking about the Imperial bull who was on a pdf with Yukon and another bull?

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The Big Show / Re: are online sales legit?
« on: October 16, 2014, 03:48:48 PM »
Some are and some aren't, but this has been happening well before online sales ever became popular.

The long distance phone bid offs of yesteryear while watching vhs tapes of the cattle during a day long marathon of sitting by the phone playing three way tag with some mythical figure always felt very dirty to me.

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The Big Show / Re: Studers Sale Sunday Mitches couple stand way out
« on: October 16, 2014, 03:14:42 PM »
Tom's calves always stand out to me.

I hope the bids roll in on them as I think they've sold a little too cheap the past few years.

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The Big Show / Re: What do you think of this heifer?
« on: October 16, 2014, 12:32:08 PM »
MIGHT be time to get out of clubby's seen some  nice calves with the extra work and costs not bring enough over market to pay for it .....In NEBRASKA
THERE ARE A LOT OF COUNTY SHOW'S THAT OFFER MORE PREMIUM FOR THE END PRODUCT THAN THE state fair of Nebraska and they expect you to spend 4-5 day's  lodging and food while there ...

I believe the small side of the market is saturated and has been for quite some time.

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I was able to purchase Gafa Macbest's Lady 32d in 1999 she was a 3/4 sister to 6g and happened to be carrying Wolf Ridge High Level when I brought her down.Needless to say he played a very important role in my herd.Here is a pic of one of my favorite High Level daughters.

What is this cow's frame and weight?
This cow was a 5 frame at weaning and maturity.I never had a mature weight but would put her in that 1300-1400 weight range based on the weights I have of similar type cows.She had a 591 lb. adj.weaning weight and ratioed 109 in a contemporary group of 9 several of which were bigger framed than her.

She looks good!

I had guessed her a little smaller than that by her picture.  Would love to start funneling 5-6 frame ~1400lbs females of her type back into the commercial herd.

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I was able to purchase Gafa Macbest's Lady 32d in 1999 she was a 3/4 sister to 6g and happened to be carrying Wolf Ridge High Level when I brought her down.Needless to say he played a very important role in my herd.Here is a pic of one of my favorite High Level daughters.

What is this cow's frame and weight?

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The Big Show / Re: good old commercial cross
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:55:21 AM »
Hey Mark, we're not all too good to keep those easy doing SHxAN cows around!  All they do is hang around and spit out calves for years.  Before you know it you've got a line 4 or 5 generations deep and you're culling the papered cows for not keeping up.  <rock>


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The Big Show / Re: Some Shorty Bulls
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:38:52 PM »
I get bored every now and than at University and I like to look through bull and donor pedigrees.
I found these 5 bulls showing up quite a bit in some of the more showy donors:
Vortec
Diamond Leggs 21
Creole 9590
steermaker
HS Rodeo Drive
Prime Time Paymaster
Hill Haven Bold<(believe he's canadian)
Wondering if any of this semen is still available in canada.
aswell as...
Gizmo and Jakes Proud Jazz (For Breeding Heifers

Thanks!

I had a lot of fun showing some of the the Leggs and Steermaker breedings back in the day. 

I always thought Gizmo was one of the most underrated bulls of his time.  Her name has slipped my mind, but there was a lady in the sand hills of Nebraska who had some very nice beasts out of the Leggs and Gizmo breedings.

Anyone know how Gizmo ended up coming out of the defect deal?

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The Big Show / Re: South American Hereford bull. Thoughts?
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:32:30 PM »
There is a lot of good in that Hereford bull!  I would add some frame and nit pick at him a little, but that's a pretty good looking bull.

The red bull is not what I'm looking for.

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The Big Show / Re: Advice on bulls to cross with angus cows?
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:15:17 PM »
It's been close to 20 years ago, but the best decision we ever made was buying a nice thick white shorthorn bull to clean up behind our Maine AI'ing.  Those blue roans hung in there with the AI calves and many of the original Angus x Shorthorn F1 females stuck around and became the foundation of the set of commercial females we still have.

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The Big Show / Re: My son's favorite "added a clipped picture"
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:02:15 PM »
I bet he has a lot of fun with her!

What is the breeding on the heifer behind her in the first picture of her in the pen.

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