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The Big Show / Re: what is th, pha,ds cattle trait?
« on: June 30, 2019, 12:54:51 PM »
The first two were very expensive lessons learned by those of us who played the game before the tests were readily available.

I'd suggest not even considering using a carrier on a carrier and even avoid mixing a PHA carrier with a DS carrier as well. While a ds calf isn't death, like TH and PHA can be, it's often still a cripple that easily could have been avoided. A lot of people ignore DS as it generally doesn't display without the help of PHA, but I'm guessing most of them have never seen a pen with several ds affected calves in it. There are other defects at play as well. They're just not as highly advertised as these three.

If you do some searching on here. you'll probably find more reading on the subject than you can absorb in a week.

The Big Show / Re: Our senior herd sires for 2019
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:21:30 AM »
Is Diamond Belvedere 29B semen available in the states?  Did they ever get the Australian data into digital beef?

I ran my yearling Lord Belmore son on some heifers this spring. He's sure looking the part.

The Big Show / Re: Mature bulls
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:34:33 PM »
He's a Bonanza son that appears to be putting some pretty functional daughters in the herd. I've used him to create some half sib x half sib matings to wind up some pedigrees and so far things look to be working well.

The Big Show / Re: Mature bulls
« on: June 04, 2019, 01:59:26 PM »
I try to make it through the Iowa stud barns once or twice a year and am often left wondering if anyone actually looks at these bulls after their promotion pics. While some big names are always down right disappointing, there are always a couple lesser or non promoted bulls who look really good that you never end up hearing anything about.

Times have sure changed, too. I think back to the 1990s when you'd run into a highly promoted cubby bull out on lease in some obscure pasture and be blown away. Now you often have to ask how old they are because you're eyes can't believe they're a "mature" bull.

Mature bull pic to keep the thread rolling...

The Big Show / Re: Hydroponic fodder system
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:32:20 PM »
There are several systems that are nearly completely automated. Seeding, watering, lights, heat, etc are all part of the self controlled system that dumps it into a tmr mixer cart.

I've never known one of these systems to be financially feasible, but I suppose some "grass fed" niche market could have a big enough premium to pull it off.

I'd sure like to see a picture of Hazel Leap 2nd if anyone has one. Is there a story behind why his semen straws are labeled like they are?

Pic of an Ultimate Type daughter...

If theyre going to accept data from TOC breeders, then the EPD that is generated from said data needs to be visible to all. 

 The cases Im speaking to are in many times from breeders who have passed 20 years ago.   Like what is the significance of blocking EPDs on animals who were at their last active date owned by people who expired long before WHR was even a thing.

Collecting the data for use in the system and then attempting to hide it from us has never made sense to me. I feel like I've paid my dues and WHR fees to use the system and should be able to see any animal in the database. Some of the old bulls didn't/don't have the correct owners listed so they were even being hidden from the owners. Others don't even have an owner listed and we get to see them.

The actual epds can be entertaining as well. You can observe some of them having significant movements with no recent calves or relatives reporting data. As of today, some of them have epds that are well beyond outliers. I've considered using a few of them I have in the tank just to see what happens. I assume I'd be forced to pay $80-100 for the genetics test just to register the calf and then they'll magically "fix" those crazy outlier epds I used the bull for in the first place.

The Big Show / Re: 1107 lb. weaning weight
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:41:48 PM »
Is he producing semen yet? I know the waiting list was quite large after the sale.

How about Kane Captain AJ?

He's available to all, affordable, Red, and has put a few class winners out there in limited use on big time show lines. Pedigree is not high bw or the typical main stream Trump line breeding.

Red Knight, Red Reward, Red Stallion, Red Blood, Red Demand, Payday, and Hot Commodity come to mind as current bulls.

Availability and the cows they got used on surely affected their individual success/use ratio.

The Big Show / Re: Looking for pipettes to AI from ampules
« on: April 09, 2019, 08:25:08 AM »
If you order some new semen straws, you can use a needle and syringe to pull the semen into them and then breed as usual. I want to say it requires a 12ga to fit the straw right, but would have to check to be sure. Local vet claims you can use the 1/4 straws and a smaller needle to spread the amp out over more cows if needed.

The Big Show / Re: Concealed / Open Firearms Carry
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:18:47 AM »
I rarely carry anymore, but when I do it's always concealed. The last thing I want is to be a known threat if something should ever happen. Being the unknown threat significantly shifts the odds in my favor. Missouri no longer requires a permit to carry concealed. If you can own the gun, I believe you should be able to carry the gun however you want. It's yours.  Some of the laws in the North East make it nearly impossible to use a weapon in defense in any significant way while traveling. It's insane, and they can be quite aggressive during prosecution.

Some of those well educated fringe types who push open carry laws to the limits do serve a purpose to those of us who carry, if they do it right. Most aren't educated enough to do it in a way that's a positive though.

Even the existence of a list of "permit holders" always seemed like a liability to me. In todays world, no list is secure. The opposition wouldn't think twice about using that list against anyone on it.

The Big Show / Re: Red Dirt Treasure sale
« on: April 01, 2019, 10:58:27 PM »
is there a link to the sale?
See if this works...

They have invested heavily in some of these genetics, so I hope the sale goes well.

There's also a few pretty nice AF cows in it that have produced some calves that sold quite well the last few years.

The Big Show / Re: Muridale Raw Hide 6 E
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:54:20 PM »
Do you find theres any significant relationship between actual tenderness and the Igenity testing? Has there been any research on this?

Were there even any Shorthorns used in the development of the test?

The Big Show / Re: Blue roan or white shorthorn calving ease?
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:40:05 AM »
I had forgot about Blue Moon.

I'm not seeing much else out there for calving ease half bloods.

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