adminforchat: Txt question from this afternoon: What’s your favorite product?
BCCC: I like you white out product but it’d beamazing on hogs if you’d make something similar with some sheen in it
Curtis Bowling: Are there any new products that you are looking to introduce in 2011?
Johnsullivan: Yes, we are coming out with a few I am really liking. They’ll be out mid-June. One is an especially interesting product. The Hair Wizard comb. It’s a truly innovative product that hasn’t been seen before. It makes a marked improvement for show day grooming. It has very small fine wired teeth that separates every last strand of hair. It actually reaches under the hair down to the hide to pull up that fine hair you didn’t even know existed. It works awesome in the top and loin area and the flank and b
Johnsullivan: belly. It will become an industry standard. Great tool!
Johnsullivan: White out…We will take into consideration. We have to be careful w/ the hog show rules on the amt of oil that is allowable.
Josh Nagel: John, how would you describe the Heatseaker cow that sired the Monopoly heifer that Davis’s won the OK expo with?
Johnsullivan: That’s a Heatseaker/Carly cow. Carly is a famous Maine-Anjou cow for K/A farm. Cow is ultra neat made, sharp featured, very sound. Avg on thickness.
Curtis Bowling: Those products sound very interesting. I am anxious to use them this summer
Johnsullivan: We’ve got a lot more new products coming out mid-June. Our new catalog will be done June 1 where we will introduce them.
adminforchat: Do you have a favorite product?
Alex Cosgray: What products work best on hereford calves?
Curtis Bowling: What method and/or product do you suggest to help tame kinky hair?
farmerboy54: I was wondering what would be the best product for the use of hair growth would be for growing hair in south georgia?
Johnsullivan: My fav aerosol product is our adhesive, Prime time or Tail. They perform so well in all environments regardless of weather. Two really great products that never let you down. My fav liquid product is Rag Oil. A lot of people dont know this but it is named Russ’ Rag Oil because it was invented by one of the pioneers of cattle fitting, Russ Brannen. As Russ got older, after numerous phone calls to him, he decided to sell me the original recipe. it’s been the same since the 70s. there is nothing that re
Johnsullivan: replenishes the natural oils of the skin and the hair like rag oil. It’s a very under rated product.
Johnsullivan: My fav equip is Air Express III. We actually mfg these in Dunlap in an old gas station by a small group of retired farmers. We have NO problems with this product. They do an awesome job of mfg and the quality show thru. I love the aerodynamic front end cap and the filter system.
Pam Cooper: How do you use the Rag Oil? Do you use it daily?
Johnsullivan: for hereford calves and kinky hair i suggest using Kleen Sheen on showday. I would only use oil on the head/neck area. I would not use any oil on any of the body. Use Sullivan Wave Tamer to relax the curl. When it comes to kinky, curly hair less is better.
Zakk: What did the supreme heifer at Louisville have for a calf this year?
Deanna Arbucci: What do you consider as the must haves for feed additives, which work the best to get that combo of finnish and hair?
Kayla Richards: As far as feed, what do you think are the key ingredients to get enough rib shape on young heifers?
Johnsullivan: for hair growth you still have to brush to stimulate hair with a rice root or roto brush. any type of coolness also helps. Air cond preferred. a lot of it is just elbow grease and consistency. we’ve had good reports on Hide and Hair and Flair. these are two feed supplements that seem to get more popular as time goes on.
BCCC: As far as getting your sale calves ready, what do you feed? Anything specail to keep costs down trying to get condition on that many calves?
Johnsullivan: Rag oil…it’s a tricky product. it has to be used with 2/3 kleen sheen, 1/3 rag oil. in summer spray on night before lightly and rinse next morning. Use it 1-3 times per week depending on the dryness of hair coat and skin. in winter, leave in for a couple days and let soak into hide. nothing will produce a healthy hair coat and skin like rag oil if used properly…if you overuse it will get greasy.
Johnsullivan: Lsvl supreme heifer was a Right Direction sired heifer/ a clone to Solution out of a Heatwave cow. She had a bull calf out of Northern Improvement. Weighed 80 lbs. at birth.
Johnsullivan: Feed additives…we fed a lot of Oxy Explosion over the years..very good all around for appetite, hair coats and reasonably priced. for hair growth we’ve gone to Hide and Hair or Flair. We’ve had great luck with them both. we have cattle in our barn that we are feeding some to each right now. For an all natural joint supplement, there is nothing to compete with Natural Stride. It’s done a fantastic job for us for the last couple years.
Mike Davis: What happened to the Asset bull? Die, quit producing or what?
Johnsullivan: As far as feed/rib shape…believe it or not, on young heifers the flesh has more to do with rib shape than a filler product. feed a tad more corn, maybe even 50/50 corn oats ration when the animal is 6 mos old. then slowly move into more of a bulk ration. by bulk i mean cotton seed huls. You dont want to burn them out.
Zakk: Did you have any who da man calves this year? If so how do they look?
adminforchat: John, we’ve had multiple ppl txt in about the Stock Show U and how cool it is. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
Josh Nagel: John, how would you describe the Irish Whiskey cow that raised the Monopoly x Irish Whiskey steer you raised that won the Sioux Empire show in January for the Jorgensons?
That steer was purchased by Steve Bonham in your September 2010 pasture sale.
Johnsullivan: sale calves, feed…we don’t really feed anything special to our sale calves. what we try to do as a total program is not let our feed sources get too low in any one area and start skimping on the cows or calves. Nutrition and feed is a 12 month program…consistency goes a long ways. we usually feed 50/50 corn, oats, 12% cotton seed huls and protein 12-14%.
Callyn Hahn: Where do you see the scholarship program going, in years to come?
Johnsullivan: Asset bull…I believe the bull is still alive but not doing well. I talked to Dave Guyer a couple weeks ago he thought the bull had a pretty severe injury and would not produce semen again…most likely have to put him down.
Kayla Richards: How have calves looked out of SULL Blue? What is he working on?
Johnsullivan: Who da Man calves this yr…Zach, we have a pretty good set of who da man heifer calves again. Mainly out of Heatseeker cows. It appears we have a strong set of black crossbred hfrs sired by WDM, Monopoly, Solution/Right Direction and Beef, a Shorthorn bull.
Gonewest: John this is Phil Reed. What exactly is the Stock Show U Grad program and what about Blue Blood calves?
Johnsullivan: about Stock Show U…Thanks. As our company matures we try to do more things to benefit the kids and the future of livestock showing. This program is designed to reach kids and give them an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. My dad was a good cow man but knew nothing about showing cattle. Thanks to a few older brothers and some friends, we prevailed but we had to learn the hard way. Hopefully Stock show u can expedite the learning curve for a lot of kids. The 1/2 hr event at a
Johnsullivan: lot of the shows is great but we’re really looking fwd to June when we have 6 two day clinics spread around the country where kids can come and get hands on experience. There’s no cost to attend any SSU clinic.
Johnsullivan: Irish Whiskey x DJ Salute cow that raised the Monopoly calves we had last year is stout topped, big hipped power made heifer. She was 3rd over all at the Iowa state fair a few years back. We had Monopoly and Heatwaves born out of her again this spring. the Monopoly has just clicked so consistently with her.
adminforchat: A TXT Question: Would you rather sell show supplies or show cattle?
Johnsullivan: callyn…Hi. congrats, you were a sullivan scholarship winner last year. this is a program we really enjoy. It feels good to be able to give back and help kids go to school who are involved in the show industry. i was a victim of the farm crunch so the cost of college was out of the question for me. It’s a program that we plan to continue each yr to reward stock show youth. We had over 1000 applications from 43 states this yr.
Johnsullivan: SULL Blue…we have a nice group of calves out of him. He’s worked really nice on Double Stuff and Heatwave calves.
Neil Andersen: Is there any Chance you guys will be opening a store somewhere out west? Shipping gets exspensive from Iowa or Texas to Idaho.
Johnsullivan: Hi Phil…the Stock Show U grad program are 2 day clinics that are a little more in depth that we can get the kids to be a lot more hands on. WE are having 6 in June…one on our farm, one in In at Tim Shaffers, one in IL at Dave Guyers, one at Troy Jones in Ohio, one at Heartfelt farms in Penn. and one at Griswolds in Okla. We’re thankful for all of these people to allow us to have these at their farms.
Johnsullivan: Phil…we’ve had a good set of Blue Blood calves. They’re sound, moderate and good made. He’s avg on hair and muscle.
Johnsullivan: Sell or show?…I don’t know. Obviously I like both of them a lot. Both are very challenging. I will say that we all know how much work is involved in showing cattle. Believe it or not, it’s even more work selling show supplies. Every day is showday at the trailer, early morning to late night. If it’s a 12-15 day fair, you’re not just there 4-5 days, you’re there the entire time. I’ve gotta give my show supply guys a lot of thanks. They bust their butt on a regular basis.
adminforchat: A TXT Question: How did S/S get it’s start?
Johnsullivan: Store out west, Neil…we have a small store in Lodi, CA. the number is 209-267-5972. Lee Harrison runs it.
Neil Andersen: Good to know thank you.
Ryan Eberth: John, the majority of our shows here in Kansas have gone to no fit because of our state fair and KJLS shows adopting these rules. Being someone who paid my way through college clipping and fitting for other people, I feel this puts the Kansas kids at a real disadvantage. Many of us have tried to voice our opinion on these rules with no results. Do you have any advice, to go to the people running these shows?
Johnsullivan: I was working as a show cattle mgr. at Little Mondeaux Limousin in Genoa, NV and wanted to move back to the Midwest. I decided to start a show supply company in March of 1989. We started in my mom’s small garage on a 10 cent budget with a lot of good ideas and good old-fashioned hard work and sweat. Four years later we expanded to Hillsboro, TX with my brother Dan as a partner. Now we are a large mom and pop operation with a lot of family, a lot of good friends and a lot of long term employees that have
Johnsullivan: grown with us. We have several 15year+ employees and a few that I showed cattle with growing up including Vince Elder, our TX operations manager, Scott Kinzer, new product development, Shawn Pieper, show manager, and Jim Hanigan, Iowa operations manager. My uncle Fritz Klein heads up our blower and rope halter mfg. and my mom, Norma has sewn items for us since the beginning. Been fortunate to have a lot of good family/friends to surround ourselves.
Callyn Hahn: I am glad I had the opportunity to recieve one of the scholarships last year, It really did help my family out. I also want to encourage future youth to apply next year for the scolarship program, as I hope the program continues to grow in the future.
adminforchat: One Last TXT Question: Best part of being involved in the show cattle industry?
Johnsullivan: Ryan,,,Kansas shows…Maybe it would help to request the shows have a sit down mtg with all the exhibitors. I always thought that fitting cattle was a great family event and rewarded those who wanted to work hard. There is nothing wrong with wanting your animal to look the best they can with grooming supplies. A petition to the show committee may help. The exhibitors are the shows customer so I would start by rounding up as many exhibitors as you could.
Johnsullivan: best part of show industry…From the show supply standpoint, by far the most fulfilling part is watching kids and families go thru their success and failures together. I get to come in contact with some pretty awesome people. I’ve got to say I have the most respect for the hard working families that know how to win like a champion and lose like a champion. From the producer part of raising cattle, it’s a fantastic feeling to raise a national champion and follow it all the way thru to some big wins then
Johnsullivan: proceed to see herself produce great ones. I’m a big believer in the merit of genetic quality in the cow power.
adminforchat: Let’s thank John Sullivan for his time this evening. We had a great turnout & a great chat. Thank you John!
Chris Terembes: What is the secret behind the success of Sullivans? You guys have had success for many years and in several breeds? What do you think is the most important factor in building a cow herd to raise National Champions?
Johnsullivan: I want to thank everyone for logging on tonight, especially Matt Lautner Cattle for inviting me. I truly appreciate it and enjoyed it. There were many ? about stock show university that did not get answered. If you go to our website, www.sullivansupply.com. it explains a lot more in depth about this exciting new program.
Johnsullivan: Chris…the secret behind doing well with our cattle, we’re big believers in the cow herd. We believe in the strength of consistent producing cow families that are sound structured. we try to get females that are phenotypically flawless and breed to solid bulls that will keep them solid fundamentally in all the basic traits. Presently i have to give a huge amount of praise to John Elder. We’ve worked together many yrs on the cattle end. wout his dedication, the success of our breeding program would not