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Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« on: February 15, 2009, 09:43:32 AM »
We've been considering moving from Colorado to somewhere else. Where in the US do you think is the best weather plus the most affordable to raise quality show cattle? Just two of us left so we don't need a huge house and schools aren't a factor. Need to be somewhat close to a mid size city so my husband can get work. Other than that we are pretty open. I hate the cold, would like to find something more mild.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 09:49:48 AM »
Try SD,NE, SD

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 10:21:43 AM »
DEPENDS ON IF YOU WANT TO RAISE FALL BORNS OR SPRING. IF YOU DONT MIND FALLS OK OR TX IS A GREAT PLACE. PLENTY OF TRADERS TO GET THEM SOLD FOR GOOD MONEY. NOT TO MENTION ECONOMY IS STILL OK

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2009, 10:58:54 AM »
I would have to say Iowa the climate is very suitable there. Not to hot in the summer, yet not rediculusly cold in the winter

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2009, 11:13:02 AM »
I think if you go solely with what will feel good you may find the cost of living no so affordable. Usually if the weather is mild or temperant folks want to live there.Not always. IE:colorado springs is 15% more expensive than Macon GA. Tennessee is pretty and fairly mild in weather. Talk with Doc on that one. Consider also feed source and access to grains and hay. That will factor into your operation. Price of land etc. I am not an expert Just a thought.....several of my coworkers have done what you are talking about.

Personally I like the change of weather. I have lived in Ohio all my life. Travel all over US but really like it hear. Affordable and grains/hay are easy to access.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2009, 12:23:15 PM »
We have been kicking around the idea of OK and TX. Don't really care when we calf just trying to have 10 to 15 calves ready for the 4-H kids or others to buy when it's the right season for the calves to sell.
Would like to stay somewhat centrally located to Colorado. Would like to have 60 to 100 acres. Thanks for the cost of living calculator.
Anyone live around McCalister OK? I think that's the name of it. It's close to the Texas border.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2009, 01:37:47 PM »
I would have to say Iowa the climate is very suitable there. Not to hot in the summer, yet not rediculusly cold in the winter

this year in iowa its was around the -40--50s

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2009, 03:44:46 PM »
I personally like GA! not to hot, not to cold. Just right, but it is a fall born state!

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2009, 04:14:54 PM »
Ok or Tx would be your best warm markets.  Iowa is great, but you're kidding yourself if you don't think it gets cold there.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2009, 04:44:01 PM »
ohio

it gets hot in the summer, cold in the winter, i thought that was how it was supposed to be.

there is a show every weekend somewhere and no matter where you are in the state, your never to far away.
The livestock (show) industry is a tough one- if you've never had anything worth a damn you might as well go on the internet and rundown everybody you can.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2009, 06:31:21 PM »
I don't think there are ALOT of shortys shown down south.
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2009, 06:32:53 PM »
I don't think there are ALOT of shortys shown down south.

Yeah, maybe not as many as up here in IL, but there is almost as much money in the ones in Texas.  V8, WR, CPR...some pretty good stuff down there too.
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2009, 06:43:24 PM »
Right now, I am thinking that Hawaii would be a great place to raise show cattle and calves!
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2009, 06:51:07 PM »
Hey JIt I hear there is a little snow in SE Sask

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2009, 07:00:30 PM »
Bob... I just said to Chris a few minutes ago, that I may have seen this much snow before, but I don't think I have ever seen this much piled where I don't want it. I have spent at least 20 hours this week moving snow with the tractor. There are 11 snow plows working in the oil patch around here and none can come here for at least another week... and that is only if we don't get more snow or wind. I don't even want to think of the water and mud we will have when this decides to melt. It is also one of the coldest I have seen in a long while.
Experience is what you get when you don't have it when you need it.

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