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Shebet21:
I'm from west central Wisconsin, about 30 miles from the Minnesota border. Showed a lot as a kid, even made the trip to Denver one year with some partnered cattle we had. When my father retired, I didn't want the cows so they went but I bought the farm. Now my kids have showed for the last few years so I'm starting a cow herd again ( 6 cows calving this year and some yearling heifers that we're showing this year ). Really kicking myself now for letting the cows go. I've got 360 acres of classic Wisconsin land ( hills and valleys ). We don't know what level land is here. I currently work an off farm job while my wife is in law school, once she's done I hope to get back to the farm full time. Really enjoy the site, learn something every time I'm on here.

SD:
I started out as Show Dad but shortened it to SD to save time.

My family lives in south central Kansas but I grew up in western part of the state. My wife and I have three kids daughter 18 attending Emporia State University, sons 14 & 10. Been around cattle and agriculture all my life and make my living from it. We got started showing through 4H and through breed associations. We raise Angus (family tradition) and Red Angus (because I like them better). The Kids also show pigs and are involved in 4H shooting sports. We have done OK showing but our claim to fame is we have had the top carcass in our county 6 years in a row and the only time we showed a steer at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show got top carcass there too. I know in the show ring thats not a big deal but to a commercially focused operation that's what pays the bill. Besides isn't call "market beef"

Love the planet for all the information, discussion, Reds kind guidance and Knabe!

jimmyski:
I am Jim Latoski. I am 24 and currently the livestock judging coach at Colby Community College in Colby,KS. I grew up on my families farm and ranch in eastern Colorado(Wray) where we run 150 commercial Red Angus cows and farm around 1500 acres of mostly dryland wheat. I attended Colby Community College for 2 years and then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I was on the 2004 Livestock Judging team. I then went to Colorado State University where I am still finishing up my Master's degree in Animal Science. I love raising cattle and everything that goes with it, but probably my proudest accomplishment came with this year coaching my first team. As many of you know I took over the program in December and things had been pretty rough for the team as they had only finished 13th in KC and 19th in Louisville. However, we had an awesome spring finishing 11th in Denver, 2nd-Iowa Beef Expo, 8th in San Antonio (with the High Individual Overall), 2nd-Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic, and then 5th in Houston. I couldn't be more prouder of the set of individuals that I have to work with. With them it was never a question of how talented they were, but just a matter of convincing them that judging could be fun again. Having fun along with a little sucess took these kids a lot farther in the 3 short months that I have been here than they ever imagined. I just cant think of better feeling than finally getting people to believe in themselves and then seeing the rewards that they achieve along the way. Anyway, enough of my rambling. It's been wonderful reading about everyone and if any of you are ever out in Western Kansas feel free to stop in anytime.

ROAD WARRIOR:

--- Quote from: jimmyski on March 30, 2008, 04:18:42 PM ---I am Jim Latoski. I am 24 and currently the livestock judging coach at Colby Community College in Colby,KS. I grew up on my families farm and ranch in eastern Colorado(Wray) where we run 150 commercial Red Angus cows and farm around 1500 acres of mostly dryland wheat. I attended Colby Community College for 2 years and then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I was on the 2004 Livestock Judging team. I then went to Colorado State University where I am still finishing up my Master's degree in Animal Science. I love raising cattle and everything that goes with it, but probably my proudest accomplishment came with this year coaching my first team. As many of you know I took over the program in December and things had been pretty rough for the team as they had only finished 13th in KC and 19th in Louisville. However, we had an awesome spring finishing 11th in Denver, 2nd-Iowa Beef Expo, 8th in San Antonio (with the High Individual Overall), 2nd-Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic, and then 5th in Houston. I couldn't be more prouder of the set of individuals that I have to work with. With them it was never a question of how talented they were, but just a matter of convincing them that judging could be fun again. Having fun along with a little sucess took these kids a lot farther in the 3 short months that I have been here than they ever imagined. I just cant think of better feeling than finally getting people to believe in themselves and then seeing the rewards that they achieve along the way. Anyway, enough of my rambling. It's been wonderful reading about everyone and if any of you are ever out in Western Kansas feel free to stop in anytime.

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Congrats Jim - it was good to meet you in person at Denver - Keep the team rolling - it should be fun!

Dutch Acres:
We are in Northeast Indiana, we have about 25 purebred shorthorn cows.  It's a 4-H project that went out of control.  My sons are all raised and will probably show as the grandchildren get older but for now they just help occasionally.  Problem is Dad can't give it up.  We have been extremely fortunate as a family as we bought a factory 8 years ago providing ag. products to equimpment manufacturers.  Deere is our largest customer but we also make parts for CNH, AGCO and make the hood for the military HUMVEE which goes to AM General  Needless to say the purchase was unbelievably successful.  I am getting close to retirement and wanted to spend my remaining days doing what I love which is raising show calves.  We hired a very good herdsman 3 years ago and have been buying many of the best genetics in the country recently.  However we refrain from buying from many of the largest breeders and sales as we believe there are some very good cattle with excellent pedigrees at smaller operations.  We would rather help the smaller breeders vs make the big guys richer. Our objective is to sell very good calves to families who know how to show and win but can't afford that $25000-100,000 heifer that is getting way too much hype.  Our struggle is we are really poor marketers but trying to improve.  We have made some excellent purchases recently, Full heifer sib pregnancy to the Darbyshire heifer that was Reserve Grand in Denver in 2006, Sonny/Rose heifer for $9900 at Schrags in 2007, % interest in DF Tuscaloosa for $15,000. Revival/Sonny cow  from Schrags in 2007 for $17000 plus several others prior.  I tell you all this so that it would encourage you to visit us this spring or summer.  (My effort to improve our marketing)
When I hired my herdsmen he asked what the objective was.  My response was "I don't expect to make a lot of money, we want to have fun and not lose a lot of money"  Not sure how well we are doing on  not losing a lot of money but we are having fun.  Come see us.

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