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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2014, 01:38:21 PM »
For me as a spectator, I prefer to be able to see the steer's actually body as opposed to seeing his silhouette.  For those with inferior cattle, I can see how the desire to cover up flaws via hair placement is pretty significant. 
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2014, 01:50:09 PM »
Has nothing to do with inferior cattle. Cattle look better with hair to most people I'm sorry but slick sheared cattle don't look eye appealing that's why there is such a turn out as far as spectators that don't belong to the cattle world. Any person looking at cattle that knows anything knows when he's looking at hair or he's looking at close to the real calf.
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2014, 03:12:37 PM »
Guess I'm the exception--  Nothin to me looks better than a slicked off shinny healthy lookin coat
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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2014, 03:47:22 PM »
I'm with you xbar.  I show in the summer and I slick my cattle out and I also show in winter/fall shows with hair.  Almost without fail, the cattle who place better in the summer are superior animals (funtion, longevity, production) to the ones who place better in the fall.  Cattle that look good slick do so with superior structure and natural muscling as opposed to hair and fat. 

I'm not bashing the show industry.  There is something to be said for the time and commitment that people put into preparing an animal, but I'm unsure if it's a great way to judge breeding animals especially.

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Re: Slick shearing cattle
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2014, 05:26:50 PM »
I strongly prefer hair shows, but I'm a northerner so I'm biased. I appreciate the beauty pageant aspect of a cattle show; it makes it more fun and I simply enjoy looking at/evaluating cattle with a beautiful coat of hair more. Sure the hair element does get away some from the purity of the beef production industry, but there is a difference b/w that and the show cattle industry.

I also like the work that comes with growing hair in the cattle project for these kids. Slicking would encourage less daily work.

Also, slicking to me would be tougher. You have to buy a closer to perfect animal if you want to win, especially at the Texas majors. There's no hiding faults and there's no building artificial mass with hair growth.



 

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