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Offline CarleyE

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$15 for a straw of Double Stuff semen

Offline Redangus01

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Had a bred and owned heifer out of a friends herd bull, her mother had already paid for herself in the first 5 calves. This heifer was a July born and she won Supreme Champion 9 times just as a yearling heifer. Took her to our national show and NAILE she won her class in our Jr Show and the NAILE Jr Show and was 2nd in our National Show Class. We also won Supreme Showman at our national Jr Show. All this from a heifer that was a last second decision to throw her mama out with this bull!

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My last year that I could show at the county fair I purchased my first show steer two weeks before the first weighin and deadline ( we always showed heifers). He was the last calf a frind of mine had, out of the Shorthorn bull Teddy Bear, and was at a discounted price of $700, he was also blind in on eye. This little calf was about 500 lbs and wild as hell when we brought him home. He finished out at just over 1,000 lbs. but went on to win the light weight class. We made it back in for Grand Selection in both market and showmanship classes. He was deffinatly a judge favorite but he was just over powered by all the "Big Boys". It was a really good year considering he was a tiny reject with a blind eye.
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. ~ John F. Kennedy

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this was 12 years ago, but we bought a bred heifer for $650 and her heifer calf won our county fair and her class at state fair. And 2 years ago I bought a $1200 heifer that won champion shorthorn 6 times including 2 state fairs.

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This one happened some years ago, but it's my favorite cheap calf story (and I've got several of 'em).  One of our neighbors had weaned their calves, and they were penned right beside a road I traveled at least twice a day.  One steer kept catching my eye, so after a few days I stopped to take a look - now these folks were in no way trying to raise show cattle, but had a daughter that had shown some Maine heifers several years before that.  This calf happened to be out of a daughter of one of the old Maine show heifers (who was sired by a Highlander bull, btw) and another neighbors Chi-Angus bull.  I asked the lady if she'd be willing to sell him, she said she would, but she'd really rather we just trade her another calf.  The one I brought her was prob'ly 150 pounds heavier, and I had to refuse her offer to pay me some difference!
This was my neice's senior year, and this steer went on to stand second behind the grand steer at Tulsa - she also had another breed champion ($850 from another neighbor), so we took him on to Kansas City where he stood third in a class where the judge said you could swap the top four steers around any way and he couldn't argue (the class winner was reserve 4H steer that day and the fourth place steer went on to win Louisville).  She had another third place steer that day as well (home raised), so we pulled this one out of the premium sale and took him to Denver where he ended up second in his class (we did sell him there).  That's lots of fun out of a basically market priced steer. Oh yeah, and she finished out the year with an $1100 steer that was reserve grand at county and won his class at Oklahoma City.  Granted, all this was twenty-ish years ago, but those were still very inexpensive cattle at the time.
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I see it when I swing past...
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Offline cownerd

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Good stories! Proves that if you have a good eye and a little luck, you can steal a champion!

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Paid 600 for a Double Stuff x WMW heifer calf once...  Run her as a shorthorn for two summers at the county fairs (no such thing as a plus), was so "different" she went undefeated for 2 summers (about 5 shows each summer).  Now, she produces our most expensive steer calf every year!

 

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