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Offline Red Cow Relocators

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2019, 09:30:40 PM »
I was originally on here as Road Warrior, back when Red, Dragon Lady, Cowboy and several of the "old timers" were here. Over the course of time I lost my login information and had to start again. I enjoyed the swapping of information that used to go on here and helping the "newbies" with the challenges that they faced getting started. Over the course of time it seems that there was a change in the attitude of the posters here and it became more o a bashing sight than a helpful place for people to go. I still talk to "Cowboy" pretty regular on the phone but I seldom post here anymore and only check in occasionally.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2019, 04:30:19 AM »
Ive been here since April 2007 - another refugee from the old ShowSteers board.

I think these boards tend to have a life cycle, a kind of ebb and flow of their own. Regular posters get busy, or bored, or distracted, or sometimes their interests change. Im not at all complaining about the Shorthorn breeders that have made a home here - to be sure, they get a lot of credit for keeping this board alive - but like others have said, I personally only have a passing interest. There are always cliques, and banter that newbies dont quite know how to take and so not many stick around unless the board is busy enough that they can find a place to fit in.

I see the kind of newbie questions that we used to get here on Facebook groups now - and if you thought this place could be brutal, you aint seen nothin yet...

There used to be a handful from here on Cattle Today, but only a couple (that I recognize, anyway) are active now. But last I looked the show sub forum hadnt had a post since October.

Im certainly as guilty as anyone of not adding new content to this board. I check in 2 or 3 times a week, comment occasionally if something piques my interest. Then ill follow it a little closer til that topic dies, and then go back to only looking in once in awhile. Yet I always think about how I miss the times when this board was busy.  Like everything else in life, we only get out of it what we put in it.
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I see it when I swing past...
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2019, 07:59:02 AM »
I know we are not supposed to talk about lethal genetic defects on here but.........when th and pha,ds, fawn calf were first discovered.......this was the best place to come for raw information. Dragon lady endured more hatred than than Obama or Trump on here. At first there was some confusion about PHA and th being the same deal. Some people thought that there would never be a dna developed. We thought that we were in the same position as the Herfords dwarfism deal that started with the 1890's bull St Louis Lad. Once dna tests were developed........there was no need to chase pedigrees. You didn't have to be a personal friend of a breed association's CEO to get information. We know know that those damn Maine's didn't bring the th deal to Shorthorns.......and in fact the Shorthorns brought the ph to the Maine's. I guess I was never interested in the fluffy hair stuff.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2019, 08:30:40 AM »
Or at least Double stuff spread pha all over the place. I can't remember for sure. Double Stuff may have gotten the PHA from the Maines's.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2019, 09:02:38 AM by aj »
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2019, 04:41:10 PM »
Stuff probably got PHA from Stinger-Draftpick was also PHA but I think Stinger came before him-and at least looked like a full blood-PHA or not-I saw some of the coolest calves out of Stinger-there isnt anything in a Shorthorn anymore that can compare in thickness and rugged make up O0
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2019, 07:50:08 PM »
For me personally, life got in the way.  I always thought I was "busy", but learned that I actually wasn't until we started having kids.  It is amazing the energy that was once focused on other tasks outside my job, seemingly disappear when your running around chasing kids.

I do think messageboards have seen a decline, they are competing for your attention against other social media outlets.  They still do have their place and are a great wealth of knowledge in specific topics.

I was just looking at the visitor stat reports, and even though people are not engaged in posting, the #s are still pretty strong for people viewing the site.  We still average around 50k unique visitors a month.

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2019, 11:04:06 PM »
I think double stuff is triple stuff.

I think he is carrier for

Pha
Th
Ds

Not a big deal.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2019, 02:46:32 AM »
I enjoy the site and the posts.  I try to check at least once a day to see what new and interesting topics people are posting about. I do however, dislike the drama and bickering, enough of that crap at work.  I try to post stuff I think others would want to know or see.  If I see that no one has ever posted pictures of a certain bull and I have a calf that I feel is representative of the offspring from a particular bull, I will post it.  I just like cows, they're kinda like pizza, some better than others, but in the end they all have a purpose.  And Jason is so right, kids really get in the way, I had my older kids almost raised and my wife and I decided we'd like to try and have one more..... BAM, triplets, who are now 15 months old and if that's not enough we're expecting a single in June.  We both work full time, try to manage our small herd of cows, farm and do it all without daycare.  They have been such a blessing, after raising the older kids, I try to take the time to enjoy the experiences I missed out on with the older two. 

Jason, Thank You for running this thing, you're probably the most underappreciated person on this site.  To the guys who humbly share their knowledge and experience thank you also, we can all learn something from the other, even if its just to be humble and kind.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2019, 02:49:07 AM by CRS »
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2019, 09:19:00 AM »
As I understand it the DS deal is kind of a minor thing. It almost has to be mated to a pha carrier to even be noticeable.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2019, 09:48:34 AM »
For my family Steerplanet was the go to site for info I couldn't get from my contacts I already had.  I still love this site for it's format and the wealth of knowledge I've gained and "cyber friends" made.  Thank you Red and now Jason for managing it.  I lost a little interest when the number of posts decreased, but prior to that some of the bickering got old.  I'm pretty thick skinned and thought I could see some of the friendly banter between everyone, especially you AJ.  You may be like Howard Cosell, couldn't stand him sometimes on MNF but sure do miss him that he's gone.  We'll all miss you someday if you're not too ornery to die lol.  Glad to see the visits are steady.  And yes I've used the search site a lot, but even an old topic gets new discussion sometimes and it's useful and enjoyable.  I know I've posted the same pics of the same Th carrier cows numerous times for bull suggestions and have gotten many respectful suggestions and have used many of them and am very thankful.    FWIW we still have those same 3 th carriers and have sold some good calves for what we consider a good price because of the help gained on this site.  I still check on here occasionally. But like others, we don't have as many questions and our youngest is 18 so we are almost done.  RW or RCR glad to see you talk to Cowboy often.  Hope he is doing well.  He provided tons of great info on this site, as did many others, but I was shocked to learn he used to breed cows very likely on my farm and local area in the 70's.  I think the young kids have their new likes, FB is my site for news but that may not last long as the bashing is terrible and the searching is a pain.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2019, 11:37:28 AM »
I started reading Steer Planet when I was in junior high, now I am a senior in high school. I started reading because I loved to read the threads about things like daily hair care, feeding, and bulls. I never really posted, I only read. Over the past few months I have noticed the lack of new things to read. It seems to me that people were not posting like they used to. With the lack of things to read, I found myself visiting the site less and less.
I think that the biggest contributing factor to the decline in posts is how big social media has become. Now there are Facebook groups that people go to, to look for advice. I have also noticed that a lot of producers have been getting rid of their websites and just using their personal Facebook account or a farm Facebook page for advertisement purposes. Someone in this thread asked why there haven't been very many posts on here about the Denver bulls. Well, I saw multiple of them on Facebook.
I have not been on this site from the beginning but it seems to me that this site used to be the only/best site to get good information and communicate about all things relating to show cattle. Now, there are other ways to communicate that I think are taking away from this site.
With all of this being said I love the wealth of information that this site has to offer on almost every topic. Even without recent posts on things, I will still come to this site and search for what I want to know. Just yesterday I searched the archives on how to get rid of ringworm, but I also went to Facebook and searched "Everything Show Cattle" looking for the same information. I found the information that I needed in the archives so I did not need to make another post about it. Even if this site is not what it used to be, I hope that it is able to stay alive and continue to grow.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #41 on: January 24, 2019, 05:55:03 PM »
I think double stuff is triple stuff.

I think he is carrier for

Pha
Th
Ds

Not a big deal./// Yea just use him on a clean one-

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2019, 12:35:00 PM »
I registered on Steer Planet on December 29, 2008, but followed and read posts for quite some time prior to actually registering.  I could read posts without registering however, needed later to register in order to put up a post.  Prior, I too was on the old cattle forum Show Steers or whatever it was called.

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time and POSTED and COMMENTED on this conversation.  It makes me feel good to know that you are still Out there!

So very glad to hear from Road Warrior. HEY DOC!  Where are Shortdawg, Jill, and Mark?  Telos is back but many others that have not been on for along time.  Sure wish cowboy would get back on.  I have a sycronization question for him. Also, enjoyed Dr. Lana Kiser, veterinarian, from Michigan that i have not heard from in awhile?  Hey CAB how are you doing?  You re a wealth of information. I know my old buddy JLB reads all the time, but seldom posts. GO SPARTY ON!  HOW ABOUT SIMMIGIRL or SIMGAL?  She would add insight on something other that shorthorns.  Where is Chambrero?  Sure wish we could get some good Bull Discussions again on A.I. Bulls from various breeds and clubby bulls that we could all benefit from when trying to decide on which proven bulls work, what they do or change and on what type of cows that work on?

PLEASE - CONTINUE TO POST - DONT BE A STRANGER! 
SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES WITH US!

THANKS AGAIN!
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2019, 01:02:44 PM »
Ya know, I have thought a great deal about this thread over the past few days.  I really tried to figure out why I personally don't check in much anymore.

I came to the conclusion that I don't check in because my kids are done (barring me tripping over a cheap and REALLY good steer that can compete at KC or Louisville, due to their ages).  It isn't so much that I no longer care about show steers.  It isn't that I don't care about the people that I became familiar with on this site.

It is because I really miss showing steers with my kids, and I miss having the steers in the barn.  I miss all of the work that I sometimes hated when we had a cooler full of those damn things. 

It is easier to not miss it if I just avoid places like this! 


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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2019, 06:22:24 PM »
The average herd of registered cattle has the average life span of 5 years. They are drug store cowboys for 5 years.........and then.......they are gone.
People can't believe we have such a big moon for such a small town.

 

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