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Offline jdb333

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« on: June 20, 2016, 06:51:39 PM »
I have an ethics question. I am a person experienced in helping kids develop their show steers for county fairs. Last year a young person bought a very nice steer for $4,000. that is a lot of money to this particular family. They bought a calf that would have a chance to win their fair. The intended and well understood use was for the kid to show the steer. I have fed cattle for 30 years and have fed many winners over the years. About a month ago this calf broke down in the front end. The knees and ankles on the front legs buckle the wrong way. A vet has diagnosed this as a genetic disorder not a feeding or nutrition problem. My question is, does the seller of this calf have any ethical responsibility to give some of the purchase price back to the kid? I would also like input on whether it would be ethical for this person to post online their experience with this particular seller. Any feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 07:01:46 PM »
No the buyer probably shouldn't say anything bashing the seller because it will make them look like a moron it happens on steerplanet often.

The buyer is responsible for making sure they feed sound cattle that are designed well. If he was cripple and or inured when you picked him up vs when you saw him and bought him then sure the seller should make it right maybe refund you or find a different calf that's not hurt whatever the case may be. If he was sound when they got him the man that sold him isn't liable. The buyer is liable for selecting one that's suspect on structure it happens all the time. The "genetic" side of it is called being a show steer probably being high %clubby. Happens often

It probably wasn't a feeding or nutrition problem I bet a dollar to a donut that it was a selection problem.
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 07:05:04 PM »
Was the calf sold with any guarantees?

Did the buyer judge this calf to be sound at purchase?

What does the vet mean by disorder? Something like spastic paresis or just a straight fronted calf?

There are many calves sold for more than $4k that are not sound enough to make it to a fat steer show. I'd personally rather not sell an unsound one, and it's rare that it is done with malice. Many traders only have calves in their possession for a few days to a couple of weeks and structure issues may not present themselves in that time.
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 07:06:08 PM »
I agree Braden. Selection is becoming a lost art.
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 07:29:59 PM »
Did they buy him through an online sale or buy him private? Is there a video or pic of him from the time of purchase?
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016, 10:25:51 AM »
I would let the seller know.  It isn't like this was a $35,000 steer.  I certainly don't feel that the seller owes the kid their money back.  With that said, I would say there is a very good possibility that the seller would be willing to find a way for the kid to afford another steer next year.  If I were the guy that raised this steer, I would want to get my eyes on him today.  I would want to know what the particular mating produced so that I could make an adjustment next time around.

As far as selection, this deal goes both ways.  I have passed on steers that seemed way too straight for me, and seen them actually get better by the time they were fat steers.  I have also bought "bullet proof" steers and had them get pretty straight on us.  It is easy for us to say that there was a mistake made in the selection process, but sometimes all of the indicators are present and they just take a wrong turn.

Our first year, we had 3 steers all get too straight on us.  These steers all did well in the show ring, and never got to the point that they had movement problems.  We did however spend a lot of money keeping them sound to the point that we could show them.  I swore that year, that we would NEVER have another steer that had running gear problems.  This year, our best steer is starting to swell in his hocks, and is getting too straight.  Maybe I just don't know how to pick them, or maybe I need a Crystal Ball.

Sometimes it just happens.

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 11:24:35 AM »
It's probably different with market animals than it is with breeding stock. We don't have that kind of back and forth too much. There are always animals that will be a risk/reward situation, but we're always very conservative when it comes to structure. I'd much rather be beat by a little mass than by one that flat moves better.

There isn't the pressure to get just the stoutest, coolest looking heifer like there is a steer, because middle of the road type females almost always do well as big ones. I thought the steers were headed that way for a bit but I think they're getting a little more extreme again.
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 12:30:16 PM »
The seller has no ethical obligation to "make it right" with the owner, especially many months
after the calf has been handled and fed by the new owner.

I agree the seller would likely do what they can to help the child.   Word of that would go a long way toward selling cattle in the future.   

With the seller's help, perhaps it can be minimized by different nutrition, exercise, chiropractic or supplementation.

And why did the family buy a calf that would put too great a financial burden on them?

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 04:03:47 PM »
The seller has no ethical obligation to "make it right" with the owner, especially many months
after the calf has been handled and fed by the new owner.

I agree the seller would likely do what they can to help the child.   Word of that would go a long way toward selling cattle in the future.   

With the seller's help, perhaps it can be minimized by different nutrition, exercise, chiropractic or supplementation.

And why did the family buy a calf that would put too great a financial burden on them?

Good point that the word of mouth would likely sell some cattle in the future!

I didn't understand the original post to suggest that the steer put "too great a financial burden" on the family.  I guess I took it to mean that they don't typically spend that much for a steer.


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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2016, 06:35:03 PM »
Not to hijack this thread but what are you doing to the steer that is swelling in his hocks tallcool? I have one doing the same but only when I rinse him or he goes in the pond to cool off. I think the water is causing it to swell!(I know it sounds weird)

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2016, 06:36:17 PM »
Orrrrrr do you only see it when he's wet because his leg hair is slicked down?
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2016, 07:03:45 PM »
I shaved his hair to make him cooler for the summer. It's only one hock and it is not swollen when I put him in the wash rack but after I spray it with water it swells really fast. But it does go down in 30 min.

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2016, 10:43:31 AM »
The reason it swells on the wash rack is because they are standing on concrete.  When they are out in the pen or in the cooler, they are on a soft surface which relieves pressure on the hock joint.

What I am doing to this steer to cause it is most likely a couple things.  First off, we are feeding the hell out of him to get him fat ASAP so that we can cool down his ration and grow some real hair...not just this fuzz.  The second thing we have done to cause this is picked a steer that just plain got a little too straight. 

Not to cause a big uproar, but every Monopoly we have showed in the last 5 years has had this problem.  I believe that there is something in their hip structure that causes it.  What makes them look so square from behind (with a little hair) is the same thing that makes their hocks swell.  It is simple geometry with how they set their foot down.  There is nothing wrong with his pastern structure although I wouldn't say that he is "squishy" on the ground.  He doesn't pop in his pastern is my point, and his hoof structure is excellent.  I picked him up to trim his feet a couple weeks ago, and just set him back down without touching his feet.  They could have been touched up, but how he was hitting the ground was good enough for me.

Like I said in an earlier post, some of them just change as they get fat.  It is just how it is.  Needless to say...no Optiflexx for this one!

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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2016, 06:30:50 PM »
People who buy club calves.......are here today......and they are gone in 3-5 years. The rape will continue as long as this pattern continues. It is a economic model that has occurred since 1975 came in.
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Re: Show Cattle Ethics
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2016, 08:50:51 PM »
I watch him close the other day. I tied him up in the wash rack and did not spray him with water. No swelling for thirty minutes. Soon as I sprayed his hock swelling started, so it's not the hard surface making him swell. I never heard of water causing swelling.

 

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