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The Big Show / Re: Interesting Article
« on: November 15, 2013, 02:28:56 PM »
Interesting comments from the few brave enough to tackle this subject.....I love this site but often feel like I'm the only one who sees what goes on behind the barn!

The Big Show / Interesting Article
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:02:41 PM »

November issue of NM Stockman - pages 87 & 98.   Have never met the author but I applaud him for speaking up and thank the magazine for printing the article......this subject has been swept under the rug for far too long.  We don't show steers, but have seen this "who's your daddy", & "who's your fitter" mentalities in the open shows too.  Have won a few & lost a few - have often shaken my head & said "that's a da*n good animal" when I've stood behind such an animal - but sure do resent getting beat by nothing more than a popular bloodline or good clip job.  It hasn't stopped me from continuing to show because I've walked for a lot of conscientious & honest judges but have also been subjected to some that have been blatantly biased & using the "buddy" system.  It's time to weed them out.

The Big Show / Re: at the end of the rope
« on: November 08, 2013, 08:01:31 PM »
Any updates on the calf's attitude?
thank you for asking. he seems to be a little better. the smaller calf tends to keep him calm. He seems to be over the kicking and seems to enjoy being in the chute now .
as for my daughter , im very proud of her. tagging is saturday and we have decided to tag him. If so happens he dosent show and sell,  my daughter has decided to  sell tickets and raffle him off , donating to the ranchers relief fund. if he does show and sale she has still donating a percentage to the ranchers anyway. how awesome is she. She just trying to make the best of a disappointing experiance.
never got a return call just to throw that out there. we will definately be going elsewhere.. SOO...we will be looking for fall borns soon ..and thats always fun. hopefully that will give me the pick me up i need...nothing like new calves  :)

Congratulations to you on the way you're raising your daughter!  She obviously has been taught to think more of others than just herself - this will carry her to success in her life. 

The Big Show / Re: Brings a smile to your face
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:58:45 PM »
Priceless :D

The Big Show / Re: Teen's selfless act at fair livestock auction
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:49:32 PM »
Absolutely uplifting!  Congratulations to the parents of this young man for instilling character and caring in him....

The Big Show / Re: Thanks SP
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:48:09 PM »
  But THANK YOU for all the helpfull advise that you've all given, I don't post on here alot but use this site all the time.

Good for you!  SP has helped me out more times than I can count.  Glad to hear your calf is doing well.

The Big Show / Re: Best hair whitener
« on: June 08, 2013, 03:58:26 PM »
We had some mostly-white SH heifers last year that we just couldn't get clean & some really helpful Hereford folks at Tri-State told us to mix Sullivan's Bright Lights with joy dish soap - it really did the trick.

The Big Show / Re: Share your funny/cute livestock photos
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:45:50 PM »
Cute idea Larissa - sometimes we all need a smile.  I'll see if I can manage to post a couple.  1.  Had to run get my camera & hoped he wouldn't move before I got back.  2.  Think he's asking momma for attention.

The Big Show / Re: Calves born with rear leg issues
« on: May 27, 2013, 12:55:39 PM »

Another thing to consider when breeding clubby females is to have them pelvic measured and if they have a pelvis the size of a peanut change their career

The only thing worse that a "nice calf" that can't be shown bc it has a leg issue is a nice calf that is dead from dystocia  ;)[/color]

Hear, hear!!

The Big Show / Re: my late transformation tuesday
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:09:47 PM »
Gosh, I guess!  Looks like a power house.

The Big Show / Re: Stomach Ulcers
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:11:19 PM »
Cowman52 is correct.  Gastro Gard works wonders.

The Big Show / Re: Using mane tail and groom on heifers hair
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:07:48 PM »
Good for you for letting your kids learn by doing.  Have to admit that I did chuckle over the gouges - reminded me of the time my youngest grandson, after watching his older brother's lamb get clipped, decided to try it on his own head then had to explain to people why he was running around with a bit strip of hair missing.

The Big Show / Re: My sons heifer
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:15:19 PM »
May be too big for some, but sure is a nice deep bodied gal - I like her.

The Big Show / Re: Maternal instinct taken for granted
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:25:01 PM »
Maternal instinct is something most show calf producers do not pay attention to.  I used to think gelv and angus had good maternal ability, but then I witnessed red angus.
The calves are usually up in less than 10 minutes and nursing within 15.  Of course, maternal ability is something that the reds have focused on, where as most show people have focused on hair and hip structure.
It also varies within breed and of course, opinion. Some people think a cow that chases you down and hits you is a "good cow", whereas some people will not tolerate such behavior.
One selection is not better than the other selection, it just depends on what your management and goal is.
Red angus cattle probably have a fair amount of Shorthorn blood in them!
We haven't noticed much difference in the maternal instinct between our Red Angus & our Shorthorns.  At our age we prefer them to allow us to weigh & tag the calves without being over protective - but let a stranger or a dog in the vicinity & they are really aggresive to them!  Duncraggan, your last statement will probably create a firestorm, and whereas I don't necessarily agree I will admit that the structure of some Reds has changed a bit in the last 10-15 years!

Agree with Gary. People knows Shorthorn breed, now, need to know what breed have to offer for industry against past bad concepts. Data informing what vantages for breeders is primary.
Birthweight is a consequence of some famous bulls, this matter need to be assumed by technical staff and breeders that must show low birthweight bulls that will keep providing weight gain after weaning.
Now, regarding coat, don't know what think. I believe that roan is the Shorthorn coat, and marketinh need to be direct for this side. Not become one mopre black hided breed or red hided breed, following this way, we will to be more one imitator looking for a part of booty, without personal identity.
People must understand that hide color has no relationship with meat quality!!
EXACTLY!  We fought the hide color bias for years in the Red Angus due to the propaganda put out by the Blacks and before Reds became 'popular'.  In our experience, the Shorts have been a bit harder to maintain than the Reds but the result on the plate has not been that much different.  And yes, we consume what we raise.

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