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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2009, 03:23:51 PM »
August/September

We are near Wichita Falls, TX - about as hot as you can get in Texas in an area that actually has grass.  We start calving around Sep. 1.  We don't have hardly any trees for shade and cattle can get in a little heat trouble trying to calve in August.  If you get up in the Texas Panhandle or up in OK it cools off just enough to let you calve a little earlier.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2009, 06:09:04 PM »
I would go where alot of people show cattle. I would say Iowa,Illinois,Indiana,Ohio. It seems like they have alot of community/state support.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2009, 07:53:00 AM »
I would vote for Oklahoma.
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2009, 07:55:18 AM »
Ohio has good grass, feedmills & many shows for both kids & adults. Our beef expo is one of the best east of the Mississippi. Also quite a few well know club calf breeders as well as maternal breeding stock.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2009, 08:14:18 AM »
You guys are great, thank you for all of the good suggestions :O)
I'm not sure we want to go further east than MO just because it's a long ways from our family and grandchild.
My husband's a finance director for a large automotive dealership in Colorado Springs. Thankfully there are usually jobs available as long as we stick close to a pretty good sized town.
I would love Texas but might be a little too warm and grass not plentiful enough. OK, MO and KS seems to be the most logical. Anyone live around Topeka? It's grown so much land prices might be too high. I think we'll probably average around 10-15 cows.
Born and raised in CO so this is a big undertaking for us. But as someone else said it is slowly becoming a little California here. Nothing against that just getting too crowded and too expensive.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2009, 10:45:57 AM »
OK, MO and KS seems to be the most logical. Anyone live around Topeka? It's grown so much land prices might be too high. I think we'll probably average around 10-15 cows.


My Dad is from Osage City, about 35 miles SW of Topeka.  I still have one cousin left in Osage.  It was a 100% sweedish community when I was a kid; lots of small, family farms in the county.  There are a couple of mighty high powered cattle opperations in Osage City.  I think land is still reasonable, and it's not a long dirve to Topeka or the Kansas City suburbs.  The fescue in incredible.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2009, 11:07:36 AM »
We did exactly what your thinking.  We lived in Ohio, but property values and urban sprawl made it almost impossible to raise cattle there and make a profit (I was in northern Ohio)
After lots of soul searching and looking at way to many farms, we ended up in NW Missouri.  I love it here just wish my mom and dad lived closer.  Property values are so reasonable here and were close enough to Iowa and Nebraska to get out and look at good cattle.
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2009, 11:29:22 AM »
  I think as far as support from local community and school systems you can't even come close to the support system that Texas & Oklahoma PPL offer their youth. As far as competition I think that you'll find it hard to find more great club calf breeders than in Iowa, but my judgement maybe a bit tainted being from Iowa. There are great calves all over, but if you're wanting a warmer climate with great PPL and support, I would look @ Tx./Ok.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2009, 01:20:07 PM »
August/September

We are near Wichita Falls, TX - about as hot as you can get in Texas in an area that actually has grass.  We start calving around Sep. 1.  We don't have hardly any trees for shade and cattle can get in a little heat trouble trying to calve in August.  If you get up in the Texas Panhandle or up in OK it cools off just enough to let you calve a little earlier.

I'm 10 minutes from the kansas border on I35 and we usually start calving the 3rd week of August.  It can hit 105-110 during that stretch, pretty brutal on a heat wave baby that doesn't find the shade.  We try to make sure everything is under shade by 11am on those days.

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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2009, 05:16:22 PM »
If I won a 20 million dollar lottery I would buy a ranch in the sandhills in Cherry county somewhere up there by Adamson. That is neat country.
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Re: Best place in US to raise show cows and calves?
« Reply #40 on: February 20, 2009, 07:11:05 PM »
If I won a 20 million dollar lottery I would buy a ranch in the sandhills in Cherry county somewhere up there by Adamson. That is neat country.

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