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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2008, 03:25:29 AM »
Not to get off subject but Joe Boy's reply is worthy to note.

Joe Boy first of all thank you. Thank you for your family for it is truly an American tale. Thank you for the service of your children to this country. You have raised them to be productive citizen which unfortunately isn't the norm anymore. But its families like yours that give us hope for our future.

Again thank you and God bless.
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2008, 09:08:44 AM »
Joe Boy - That's awesome!!    Thank you for posting, that's what it is all about!

I don't know about making money but I like to think the cattle do make money overall -  but our kids enjoy it and I often wonder what they would be doing otherwise and what that would be costing us.   

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2008, 10:59:15 AM »
 Congrats Joe Boy!! We raised four  the first three were city kids when the wife and I got married. they all have degrees one has her masters, two grandchildren and one on the way. Well when these city kids got out into the world they come back for all the stock shows and say how much the miss them. They also tell us that their kids will show when they get old enough.So we keep the farm for them. roni

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2008, 11:41:14 AM »
As a friend of ours put it one time.....projects cost money and so does paying a lawyer to represent your son/daughter when they are in trouble with the law because of lack of responsibility. 

We have three grown children....one is a computer software engineer who writes software that has won world-wide awards for "Best New Product"....he will change the way we all live; the next one is ranked 9th in his class of 160 at the University of Tennessee School of Law, one of the top 50 law schools in the nation. and the third child is finishing up her undergrad and deciding which medical school to attend to become a physician.

Each of these kids had over 10 years of showing all 3 species...sheep, hogs and cattle, but our main focus was the cattle.  They all won state awards for livestock judging and two represented our state at the Nationals 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the NAILE.  In fact, the son that is in law school attributes his great ability to litigate to it being "alot like giving reasons in livestock judging".   

Those tiny seeds that you plant in those little people can have huge rewards later.

I know we "lost" money each year that the kids showed....but that money was looked upon as an investment into the future.

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2008, 11:53:26 AM »
its an investment in the future of my kids is how I look at it.  I want well rounded responsible children that grow up to be productive citizens.  The time I spend with my kids getting the cattle ready and at the shows are priceless.  But on a better note, my daughter won enough jackpotting her heifer last year (her first year showing) to pay for her first heifer.  This year she showed her as a cow/calf pair and brought home over $500 in show premiums.  Not many 10 year olds have cd's (not the music ones) and investments like her.  I think some get carried away with the price they pay for show cattle.  I feel there are a whole lotta cattle out there that people miss and are more economical.
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2008, 11:58:33 AM »

Can you make money with a Junior Project? Isn't that what it's all about?  I was not raised in an Ag family, and hadn't heard of a livestock show until I was in my mid 20s. When my kids first started in 4-H, I was lead to believe that ALL of these "projects" were designed to better prepare my children for the real world. Everything I can think of from the Illustrated Talks, to the Dress Review, Talent Contests, AND LIVESTOCK had a real world economic agenda. When FFA rolled around, the main concern was making sure that all things lead to a meaningful and positive Supervised Agriculture Experience Program. It was all about record keeping, and making money; teaching young adults responsibility, economics and basic business practices.  

Here is a quote off the FFA website:
 Information provided in this record book will be valuable for transacting SAEP-related business, assessing learning experiences and growth of the SAEP, and reporting SAEP achievements when applying for employment and FFA degrees, awards, and scholarships.


Our younger daughter received her State FAA Degree, American FFA Degree, and was also awarded the SE District Star Farmer.  I knew nothing about these awards, but understood it all had to do with having a profitable business, and maintaining good, accurate records.  Her business was nothing great, but by the time she graduated(1999), her records showed a $24,000 net worth.  This little business was Beef Production, more specifically, raising and selling Show Calves.  $24K is certainly no great wealth to amass over a 4 year period, but it does prove to me that most, if not all these Junior projects have the potential of profitability.  It's all a mater of the goal set forth at the beginning.

By the way, we all had a lot of fun too!!!

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2008, 07:13:30 PM »
I'm glad there are many that do well but I think that profitability is becoming the exception rather than the rule.  I'm really surprised that some FFA kids can get judges to believe that showing cattle can be a beef enterprise.  They won't believe the prices that are paid for calves here were I live (IL).
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2008, 10:49:28 AM »
I want to know where you can find great ones for 2-3k?  Thanks.

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2008, 12:05:44 PM »
If you have been at it long enough - your own back field lol! 
But the steer in my avatar was 700 and we made that back like 4 times in our sale (we have so many animals that most dont go for more than 1.60)  and that calf was top ten would have been higher with more finish

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2008, 03:00:01 PM »
Profit - Spending time with my kids I may not otherwise have spent with them

         - Watching their confidence in themselves grow with each show

         - Knowing they are with me instead of ???????????

         - Seeing them learn responsibility, meet new people, make new friends, tour the country and actually consider me a friend
           instead of just their Old Daddy!
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2008, 03:01:52 PM »
Shortdawg

Here Here - agree totally (clapping)

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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2008, 03:16:08 PM »
Profit - Spending time with my kids I may not otherwise have spent with them

         - Watching their confidence in themselves grow with each show

         - Knowing they are with me instead of ???????????

         - Seeing them learn responsibility, meet new people, make new friends, tour the country and actually consider me a friend
           instead of just their Old Daddy!

And learning to make money. (We do have a market economy)

I guess they could wait around for the government check! ;) ;)
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2008, 04:09:49 PM »
 (clapping) (clapping)Shortdawg!  Well said!!   
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Does anyone think it makes a difference if you are primarily showing heifers vs steers?     


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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2008, 04:19:01 PM »
I think there's huge difference.  Steers (while not always) I think you can make money on more consistently, because you always sell.  Heifers could have a lot of money put into them and still do nothing.  Especially buying young open heifers.  Thats probably more risk than any steer because the pay out takes at least 3 years.  Sure you might lose your butt big time on steer, but you can limit your losses sooner.
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Re: Making money with show calves, there really is a profit?
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2008, 04:24:58 PM »
I would think you'd have more potential for long term & thus more profit with heifers.   Steers are a shorter term investment. You really only have one chance at profit/loss, then he is gone.   

 

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