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Offline OH Breeder

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2009, 12:29:19 PM »
No actually I am not a shower but at the County Fair a couple of years ago there was someone that did it and we tried pressing charges but they said it couldnt be proven. And yes I am young starting my own herd.

The right person would be able to tell from a hanging carcass. CSI for animals I am sure there is one. Scaring should definitely appear different in muscling I would think. Good question.

 I am not sure you would be able to distinguish it through the naked eye.

I had a guy come and see a steer of ours. He said, if you let me take this animal to XYZ's farm for month  we could make it a champion and have more an ass. I said, no I think you need to keep on moving and preferr you don't come back.
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2009, 12:36:48 PM »
Good jpb OHB -- hope you told him better in real time!

If you were a judge at a major show -- terminal -- as you run your hands over the steer to feel for condition, it is very easy to take the tips of your fingers and run down the out side of the round and thurl -- every couple inches you'd feel a little bump -- like a small scab possibly. Dead give away -- if I were judging that pen, any steer with that feel would be tanked -- and I wouldn't even give a reason. I am that dead set against it.

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2009, 01:03:37 PM »
Young fitters here on the SP:   First of all, I do not mean to sound condescending.   Look this up in the dictionary...it will serve you well later in life...haha.

 If you affiliate yourself with fitters that air or oil your cattle, it does not take long for your peers, mentors and the old lady at the feed store to find out.  First, they will talk about you.  Then people will do their best to distance themselves from you.  Eventually, nobody will bid on your calves in the junior market sale.

Going to the dark side will only pay off for the first purple ribbon.  Then you are toast and people will never take you seriously again. 

I know several traders/fitters that have found families that will buy their "doctored" calves.  Then the families wonder why nobody will associate with them.  I wonder if they think "Doesn't everybody do this?"

Bottom line.....IT IS WRONG, just despicable!    If you cannot find happiness playing with work, genetics and feed, you need to find another hobby.
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2009, 01:10:13 PM »
The people that do thinkgs like this just sicken me.  Glad that you tried to press charges against them.  Maybe next time they will think twice about doing it at your fair.  I have heard of some larger outfits doing this and other things for shows and it makes me not want to ever do any kind of business with them.

Remember kids, just say no!!!!  in the end it doens't just hurt the cattle. 
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2009, 01:20:17 PM »
My land people,  it is common chat in this business that airing is a practice by some.  The OP was just asking what this process did to improve the animal. No mention that they were considering using this practice.  Nothing wrong with asking about it.  I had to ask how it worked  the first time I heard about it, but it sure didn't mean that I had any intentions of using an inhumane prodedure like this.  I am glad I understand what the process is so that I can stay clear of the people that use it.  The OP is maybe just trying to learn what goes on no sense in hammering them for just inquiring.  Sorry for the vent!

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2009, 01:29:58 PM »
If I ever catch somebody airing one of my steers that I raised and sold, they had better be a damn fast runner -- and I Mean FAST.

If there are any one out there that thinks this is not cruelty -- I will demonstrate on that person what it feels like tohave your hide peeled off alive. There are alot of people (?? used in context) doing this  -- I hope they can sleep well at night, most likely doesn't bother them one darn bit. It's all about the money -- how stupid -- there you have it.

You young folks on here had better do more home work than you get from behind the barns -- it just is not right - that's all there is to it!

It is not illegal to be ignorant of procedural ethics -- HOWEVER -- it IS illegal AND imoral to do this once you know the least little bit about cattle. Now that you know, this subject aught to squeezed out of your brain cells and left at that. FFAshower - this is the bottom line, now you know, I hope you will use the info to do what is right and not go down this path!

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Terry

AMEN, and what I haven't seen mentioned is the fact that you can kill one real quick by hitting a blood vessel and air embolus to the heart or brain and presto, dead calf.  You can always tell when someone has done something fishy to a calf by the intense heat that you can feel in the hide, plus one that has recently been aired will crackle like bubble wrap, something I will loudly point out if I feel in one, all the time acting like I have no idea how it got there.  It is amazing how fast the color can drain out of a person's face when that is mentioned. 

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2009, 01:42:54 PM »
Speaking of inhumane I think the ADG requirement for state and county shows should be eliminated.

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2009, 01:50:49 PM »
First let me start off by saying that I have never aired a calf.  Nor have I been been in the corner of someone that was showing an aired calf.  However, I will venture to say that it happens a lot more than people think.  Can you tell when you look at the carcass?  You bet you can.  Does anyone ever get disqaulified?  Nope.  No one wants any controversy.  No show manager wants their champions to be tainted.  It's the same reason the champion steer at Ft Worth goes to the zoo after the show.  The people that run a show aren't looking to kick out a calf after it wins.  They only do it as a last resort.  Eg.  Positive drug test or animal identity isssues.

In a lot of circles airing a calf is spoke about like feet trimming or dehorning.  Just something that you do.   Do I think it is right?  No.  Would I ever do it? No.  Am I going to protest when one wins that I have reason to believe has been aired?  No.  Protesting a calf would probably be worse for you than it would be for the person showing it.  You would burn a lot of bridges with a lot of people depending on whose calf it was.  I'll just keep minding my own business and trying to help family and friends do well and have fun.  
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2009, 01:52:13 PM »
Speaking of inhumane I think the ADG requirement for state and county shows should be eliminated.

Why?  Is pulling 160lbs off a 850lb calf inhumane? No one would ever do that right?
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2009, 02:02:26 PM »
   I shouldn't probably say this, but honestly, I would like to see it done. I guess just out of curiosity. I've had PPL here that critic calves with,"he has everything, but the pump". Please don't crucify me.

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2009, 02:06:41 PM »
If you were a judge at a major show -- terminal -- as you run your hands over the steer to feel for condition, it is very easy to take the tips of your fingers and run down the out side of the round and thurl -- every couple inches you'd feel a little bump -- like a small scab possibly. Dead give away -- if I were judging that pen, any steer with that feel would be tanked -- and I wouldn't even give a reason. I am that dead set against it.

Terry

Terry, true story. I was at Fort Worth in 08 and came to a new AI sire. I asked the crew around him if I could run my hands over him. They said no and gave some lame excuses. I later came by and just one gentleman was there who looked clueless. I asked again and he said I could I felt down his rear and it was like you described. When I asked he said it might have been warts. I looked and found no sign of warts or the removal of warts. I always wondered if that bull had some real life "photoshopping" done.

You are a boat load of great info Terry!
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2009, 02:21:10 PM »
Speaking of inhumane I think the ADG requirement for state and county shows should be eliminated.

Why?  Is pulling 160lbs off a 850lb calf inhumane? No one would ever do that right?
Too many or most of our county extension agents who have input on the rules and requirements of county and state shows still think this is a kids beef finance project where he goes out and pulls the old commercial black baldy out of the hills and does some serious record keeping on adg, feed conversion, and costs for profit or loss.  They don't realize or don't want to realize the project or business this really is and it's effects on cattle to try to beat these requirements

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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2009, 02:23:28 PM »
The whole thing stinks... its sad how far people will go.. just for  a purple or the $
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2009, 03:26:17 PM »
I've heard of once the calf has been aired (you guys are forgetting about oil too) you take a rolling pin and smooth out the lumps.  Failure to do this causes one side to be bigger than the other, so I've seen.
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Re: Airing Cattle
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2009, 06:32:17 PM »
Ok Im gonna jump in here- I know alot of you are not from Iowa and I for one dont approve of airing cattle, but if you walk down the aisle at the Iowa Beef Expo
or the Iowa State Fair you would run out of toes and fingers counting which ones have been aired.  Unfortunately its pretty common practice here in Iowa I know of
at least three very big steer jocks that commonly air their cattle.  I know alot of people out there wont admit it but believe you me here in Iowa its done, I dont think the young guys do it as much as the established big money ones do. The young guys dont know how to do it or are scared.  Just remember if a steer you paid big money for in Iowa looks different a couple of weeks after you get him home he probably has been aired.  Why do  you think so many of them disappear with kinda big butts and appear with Really big butts. 

 

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