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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2008, 09:54:02 PM »
  I am from Utah.  I live on a small ranch with my 5 wives and 19 children.  We use the money we raise from cattle to finance a movement to stop dancing, singing and drinking caffine with the help of our local church.   Ok I am just kidding , people from Utah aren't really that weird.  I have only one wife and 4 sons.  MY family have been raising Black Angus for almost 50 years.  My grandfather used to say we were angus when angus wasn't cool.  I am a newbie and probably will ask alot of silly questions, but we are just starting to get into the show side of the beef industry.  The rest of my family race horses in Texas and New Mexico and leave my mother and me to run the ranch.  I am planning to AI to some club calf type bulls this spring, and I appreiciate all the great advice that I have gotten here.  This site is great. It is alot more friendly than some of the other sites I have looked at.  I plan on trying to get more involved in topics here when I know something, but for now I will probably do alot of reading and not so much posting.

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2008, 10:30:34 PM »
OH Breeder.... here is a little information about your picture of PS Troubadour. PS Troubadour was the Grand Champion steer at the 1956 Chicago international. He was bred at Penn State and was sired by Calrossie Troubadour, who was a herd sire at Cyrus Eaton's Acadia Farms. ( this explains his name PS Troubadour).

  Cyrus Eaton was the owner and Chairman of the Board of the Cheasapeake and Ohio Railroad.After this win, he commissioned a luxury parlour car on the C&O railroad to be named the PS Troubadour, and he toured this steer throughout almost all parts of the USA and Canada for almost two years. This steer was displayed at majoe events from the East coast to the west coast, was introduced to numerous movie stars and leading politicians .... and was one of the first animals to be displayed on numerous Televison shows in the early years of TV. This steer has his own attendants that travelled with him and cared for him year round. No animal in history was ever introduced to as many world leaders as this steer was.

The picture you have shown here was taken at the 1957  Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The people in the picture are The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963... and his wife Olive. The lady at the halter was Betty Royan who was Cyrus Eaton's secretary and also was very influential in managing the Shorthorn herds at Acadia in Ohio and Deep Cove In Nova Scotia.  Betty Royan just passed away in the last year. The Acadia herd was located at Northfield, Ohio. Is this close to where you or Red are located?Acadia was one of the most prominent Shorthorn herds of the time. I was there once with my dad, but I have no idea of where in Ohio I was at.

In this era, some of the show herds of wealthy owners, had their own luxury rail cars in which the show herds were transported from show to show. I remember seeing a couple of these rail cars when I was a young boy, and I was super impressed.
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2008, 10:39:26 PM »
OH Breeder.... here is a little information about your picture of PS Troubadour. PS Troubadour was the Grand Champion steer at the 1956 Chicago international. He was bred at Penn State and was sired by Calrossie Troubadour, who was a herd sire at Cyrus Eaton's Acadia Farms. ( this explains his name PS Troubadour).

  Cyrus Eaton was the owner and Chairman of the Board of the Cheasapeake and Ohio Railroad.After this win, he commissioned a luxury parlour car on the C&O railroad to be named the PS Troubadour, and he toured this steer throughout almost all parts of the USA and Canada for almost two years. This steer was displayed at majoe events from the East coast to the west coast, was introduced to numerous movie stars and leading politicians .... and was one of the first animals to be displayed on numerous Televison shows in the early years of TV. This steer has his own attendants that travelled with him and cared for him year round. No animal in history was ever introduced to as many world leaders as this steer was.

The picture you have shown here was taken at the 1957  Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The people in the picture are The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963... and his wife Olive. The lady at the halter was Betty Royan who was Cyrus Eaton's secretary and also was very influential in managing the Shorthorn herds at Acadia in Ohio and Deep Cove In Nova Scotia.  Betty Royan just passed away in the last year. The Acadia herd was located at Northfield, Ohio. Is this close to where you or Red are located?Acadia was one of the most prominent Shorthorn herds of the time. I was there once with my dad, but I have no idea of where in Ohio I was at.

In this era, some of the show herds of wealthy owners, had their own luxury rail cars in which the show herds were transported from show to show. I remember seeing a couple of these rail cars when I was a young boy, and I was super impressed.

THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
I cut and paste your information and am saving it with the photos. This way I know who is what. The calves that in the picture were from the same farm the steer came from or least the individual I purchased the photos from said. This is great info. I really appreciate it.

Northfield OH is now surrounded by Cleveland suburbs. I work inthat area at times and now it well.. I480  and I 271  in cleveland runs right near Northfield.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2008, 10:53:34 PM »
Back to the thread topic....

I live in Southern Saskatchewan 30 miles from the US/Canadian border on a family farm that was homesteaded by my grandparents in 1903. I farm with my wife and my father who is now 83, but still can out work me an many days ( but that isn't saying much!!). Shorthorns have been on this farm for over 100 years. The registered herd was established in 1917 when my grandfather purchased some purebred Shorthorns that were sold in Brandon Manitoba, by the government of Scotland. The Scottish government had these cattle brought to Canada and they were sold here., in a special sale. My grandfather, having been born in Scotland, felt compelled to attend this sale and help his fellow countrymen out. I am sure he did not realize that he was starting something that would still be ongoing today.

We have a straight cattle operation and our entire farm is seeding to grass or is native grass. We have also raised several other breeds of purebreds along side our Shorthorns, but today, we concentrate only on raising Shorthorn breeding stock and a few club calves each year. We also maintain a commercial herd that is used to supply recips for our ET program. We cross our commercial black cows with Shorthorns and have a ready  market for any females we wish to sell . The ET part of our program is becoming more important every year and we have sold embryos to 6 countries in the past 4 years. Britain, USA and Australia have become our major embryo markets, and just last week we finalized a deal to Scotland that included the 100th embryo to that country.

Right now our herd numbers at about 160 breeding age females, but we have been as high as 350 in past years. We are planning on reducing our numbers and concentrating on a smaller number of our best females. In the last two years, 6 females have generated over 40% of our income, so it suggests that we should concentrate on them more.... and say good bye to a bunch of others.

I also own and publish the Canadian Shorthorn Report, which is a breed magazine for the Shorthorn breed in Canada.  You can find out more about us on our website www.horseshoecreekfarms.com.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2008, 11:31:06 PM »
I'm Shortdawg and I live in South GA about 45 mins from the FL Line. We have about 40 head of cattle with about half  being Shorthorn and the other half Angus. We market our calves through both private treaty sales and consignment sales as well as some feeder calves being sold at he local sale barn. My family was one of the first to farm in this area and I'm at least a 5th generation farmer. We grow cotton, peanuts, tobacco, corn, watermelons, and cantaloupes on 1350 acres as well as pine timber on about 2500 acres. I have a lovely wife, two sons ( 12 and 9 ), and a daughter ( 4 ). We love to show cattle becuase of the time we get to spend together doing it. We've shown cattle in GA, FL, OK, and KY so far and plan to visit many more in the future. My family and I are active members of our local Baptist Church where my wife serves in the Childrens Church Ministry and I serve as a Deacon, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and help with the Men's and AWANA ministries. We would definitely welcome any visitors to South GA anytime any of you may be in our neck of the woods. New River Cattle is the name of our cattle operation and we are in the small town of Lenox, GA.
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2008, 07:46:54 AM »
Ok, I feel like the odd duck out.   ;D  I am Kupsmom from Northwest Indiana.  We currently do not have cattle.  My family raised mainly 4-H cattle for 20 years. But all five of us girls are done with 4-H and my parents sold off the 5 acre property.   I am engaged and getting married in June.  We have one son.  I am still a 4-H leader in my county and love this board for the helpful advice that I can pass on to my friends who still raise cattle.  I help younger 4-H members with their halter breaking, fitting ( I am by no means a pro) and marketing of their animals for our auction.  We are hoping to purchase someday a decent tract of property to raise a few head on.  I am leaning towards Lowlines or other "minis", but I still love my crazy Chis. 


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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2008, 08:20:00 AM »
My name is Jamie.  I am from Southern IL.  Both sides of my family have cattle.  My Dads Father has commercial simm influenced cattle and my moms dad and 2 brothers have reg. blk angus, reg. salers, and some commercial simms.  My dad, younger sister and I have about 60 head right now. 30 reg. salers and 30 angus commercial.

Both my younger sisters and myself are lined up to go to the jr nationals, the futurity, and hopefully The American Royal and a few others.  Between the 3 of us we  usually take 10-12 head to the county fairs.  That includes Mature cow and calf, heifers of all ages, mature bulls, young bull calves, and market steers.  I have been showing since I was five (now 16) and between me and my sister have always walked out of the show ring with a trophy.  (Even when we had white hided cattle HEHE).

We rent most of our ground since we only have 10 acres here at the house.  The puppy-dog gentle show cattle stay at home, so they can get all the attenion they need. ;D.  We do not put out any crops and make all of our own hay.

I am a sophomore in highschool and after highschool, like tyler, I want to be a veterinary surgeon.  Through the summer i work at a local vet office (when i am not at a show) adn have gained much knowledge by doing so.

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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2008, 09:19:57 AM »
Ok, I feel like the odd duck out.   ;D  I am Kupsmom from Northwest Indiana.  We currently do not have cattle.  My family raised mainly 4-H cattle for 20 years. But all five of us girls are done with 4-H and my parents sold off the 5 acre property.   I am engaged and getting married in June.  We have one son.  I am still a 4-H leader in my county and love this board for the helpful advice that I can pass on to my friends who still raise cattle.  I help younger 4-H members with their halter breaking, fitting ( I am by no means a pro) and marketing of their animals for our auction.  We are hoping to purchase someday a decent tract of property to raise a few head on.  I am leaning towards Lowlines or other "minis", but I still love my crazy Chis. 


If you are interested in seeing some Lowlines in person, Doc's co-owner lives between Lafayette & Crawfordsville, IN.  She loves to have visitors & to entertain.  They just got back from FL & it will probably be a few weeks before they pick up their cattle. 

Unlike most mini breeds, Lowlines have a percentage registry (similar to Shorthorn Plus), so you can breed Lowlines to Chi X's & register the cattle.   Also, look for at least a few Lowline shows east of the Mississippi River this year.  Lots of interest in having Lowline shows especially from new members, some that aren't even ALR members yet.  I don't have enough fingers to count the number of Lowline sales that I've lost due to the fact, that there were no Lowline shows in this region for their kids.  That problem is going to be remedied this year.   We are also hoping that the NAILE will allow us the opportunity to showcase our cattle this fall!  We should know something in the next few weeks. If we get in this fall, that would be huge, IMHO.     

BTW, I still have a fondness for Chi cattle, but I absolutely love Lowlines... smaller, gentler, etc.  Also, Jerry Adamson, is a Chi breeder in Nebraska who has a large number of Lowlines. 

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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2008, 11:07:41 AM »

My name is Doug. I live in SW Michigan with my lovely wife and two kids. We also raised one niece since she was 5 yrs old (she is now 2, attending college, and out on her own). Another niece lived with us from 2 yrs old until she was 13 when she went back to live with her Mom.

Anyway; I am more of a show cattle wannabe than a real cattleman. I grew up with cattle, both a small cow/calf operation and then a small feedlot and worked with my Dad for a while but times got tuff and he made some bad decisions and ended up loosing the farm to bankruptcy.

After I was married and kids got old enough for 4-H, they started showing pigs and then steers. We bought a hiefer for my son to show and kept her as a cow to start. We did this again for a couple of years and also bought a couple of bred heifers so we now are expecting five calves this year. That is all the bigger we can go as we have no more room. We only have 6 acres we live on and basically purchase all the feed for the cows and show stock. Our goal is to be able to sell our calves as show stock and those that are not good enough, we finish out and sell as freezer beef.

I really enjoy this board and all the participants and comments.
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008, 01:23:57 PM »
Ok, I feel like the odd duck out.   ;D  I am Kupsmom from Northwest Indiana.  We currently do not have cattle.  My family raised mainly 4-H cattle for 20 years. But all five of us girls are done with 4-H and my parents sold off the 5 acre property.   I am engaged and getting married in June.  We have one son.  I am still a 4-H leader in my county and love this board for the helpful advice that I can pass on to my friends who still raise cattle.  I help younger 4-H members with their halter breaking, fitting ( I am by no means a pro) and marketing of their animals for our auction.  We are hoping to purchase someday a decent tract of property to raise a few head on.  I am leaning towards Lowlines or other "minis", but I still love my crazy Chis. 


If you are interested in seeing some Lowlines in person, Doc's co-owner lives between Lafayette & Crawfordsville, IN.  She loves to have visitors & to entertain.  They just got back from FL & it will probably be a few weeks before they pick up their cattle. 

Unlike most mini breeds, Lowlines have a percentage registry (similar to Shorthorn Plus), so you can breed Lowlines to Chi X's & register the cattle.   Also, look for at least a few Lowline shows east of the Mississippi River this year.  Lots of interest in having Lowline shows especially from new members, some that aren't even ALR members yet.  I don't have enough fingers to count the number of Lowline sales that I've lost due to the fact, that there were no Lowline shows in this region for their kids.  That problem is going to be remedied this year.   We are also hoping that the NAILE will allow us the opportunity to showcase our cattle this fall!  We should know something in the next few weeks. If we get in this fall, that would be huge, IMHO.     

BTW, I still have a fondness for Chi cattle, but I absolutely love Lowlines... smaller, gentler, etc.  Also, Jerry Adamson, is a Chi breeder in Nebraska who has a large number of Lowlines. 





Thank you for the information.  I will have to check out some more Lowline sites.  It might be a year or so before I actually get the land to do it, but I am a firm beleiver in researching everything to make sure it is the right fit for me or someone purchasing from me.   I have literally sent a dozen or so books home with someone before they have purchased a Jack Russel terrier from us.  I have done the same thing with a few guinea pigs that I have placed into homes.  Most people do not know that Gpigs require full time hay in their diet.  But I love my cattle best of all.  I think my love of Chis comes from my first 4-H project, an red Overdrive heifer, who raised several breed and grand champion cattle for us.  I have had Chis that I could sit on and have had ones that would rather kill me than get haltered. 
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2008, 01:43:57 PM »
  My name is Mike. I live 25 miles north of Nashville, TN , 4 miles off  I-65. I have been raising Shorthorns since 1970. I did work 1 year for a Hereford outfit in Winona,MS after college, though. I have a wife & 3 daughters. I use to also raise & show barrel horse futurity prospects. We raised Aussies until 2 years ago , now all we have is 1 minature Aussie for a house dog.
  Right now I have 25 momma cows & I try to put in about 10 embryo's a year. I have about 6 cows we flush & sell some embryo's out of. I've had a fondness over the years for the full Irish Shorthorns.
  I work as a sales rep for a company, haven't been fortunate enough to be able to work full time on the farm. I'm like OHB & really enjoy collecting old Shorthorn magazines & memoribilia.
 BTW , OHB I've got pictures of Troubadour with Bob Hope & with President Lyndon B Johnson if you ever want me to make copies of them.
  I really appreciate the knowledge that everyone has shared on this website. I've been fortunate to meet some of the individuals off this site in person . If anyone is ever in northern middle TN & wants to stop by & talk cattle or need a place to lay over , just let me know. You are always welcome.
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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2008, 05:07:16 PM »
Hi, I'm Rem from Minnesota. I don't post much but enjoy reading everyones replies to the topics. I spent 5yrs teaching Ag. Ed. in SD before I came home to take over the family farm. I've been married for 3 yrs, and have 2 kids. We farm 900 ac of family owned land, we have 60 hd of Maine Anjou and Maine x cows and have 500 head of feeder in custom lots that I manage. Hope every one is having good luck calving!
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« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2008, 06:56:50 PM »
Hi, I'm from Kansas.  My husband & have- 3 kids - daughter ( 12), son (10), & daughter (3).  We farm full time, have crops, commercial cows, background cattle, and have a small PB herd of cattle.   The older kids show sheep & pigs as well as cattle - althougth this might be the last year for the pigs.   We both grew up on farms & raising cattle.  I started out showing Polled Herefords a few decades ago.      We also show Pembroke Welsh Corgis - sometimes exhibiting ourselves and other times with a handler - and have had moderate success.       

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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2008, 07:45:55 PM »
names zach. southern ohio, we run a little hobby cattle farm, 20 maine cows, usually 3-5 show animals in the barn at any given time.

started showing about 5 years ago, had a bucket heifer which won her class at the local fair :) and alamb my first year of 4-H, we've sold a few county fair champions and the PA farm show lightweight steer a while ago. Nothin to fancy or high dollar but i plan on being a vet or something along those lines on down the road as im only 15 and am convinced i want to be involved in the cattle industry ;D
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« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2008, 08:29:12 AM »
Believe it or not I am from NY.  And as some of you know a young guns from back when the site first got up and running.  I am currently a senior in college and will graduating in May and that really has taken some of my attention away from posting since the early fall of last year.  I think that this is a great learning community that is also very curteous and concerned about the growth and development of a healthy beef industry across the United States and Canada even.  My father and I have a smaller clubby type operation but mainly try to stick to shorthorns and maines.  We currently only run about a dozen cows but try to show at a few local shows every year.  The bad news is that there is a good chance I will be moving from home in the late summer in pursuit of my law degree.  Anyhow that pretty much sums it up.  Any questions feel free to ask.

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