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The Big Show / Re: Implant help
« on: September 27, 2016, 01:38:30 PM »
Revalor G is for cattle on grass. It's 1/3 the potency of Revalor S. No exactly sure what your goal is, but I don't think you'll experience any adverse effects. You can still give a terminal implant to the lighter calves in January, or if you want, just slit the back of their ears now and pop the implants out.

The Big Show / Re: Using Lute
« on: May 18, 2016, 11:57:53 AM »
Lutalyse is a prescription drug. I can't believe your vet sold it to you without instructing you on its proper use. As an abortant, you need to wait 10-14 days after breeding. That heifer is bred, even if you don't think she looks like it. Do the math - when was she bred? You say fall. She could calve anytime from mid-June to September. I wouldn't expect you to visually see that she's bred if she's going to calve in July or August.

The Big Show / Re: Using Lute
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:19:41 AM »
How soon after breeding did you give the Lutalyse? Have you preg checked the heifer?

The Big Show / Re: Daddy's Money Calves
« on: December 28, 2015, 09:39:55 AM »
I would call him calving ease, although I had a big one out of a THC cow. I got 68 & 72 pound heifer calves out of a 2 and 3 yr old. The calves have good rib shape and capacity, correct rear leg set, clean fronted, and decent hair. I am a bit disappointed with the amount of muscle the calves carry.

The Big Show / Re: About surveys, help an FFA member.
« on: November 24, 2015, 03:42:16 PM »
A quick and easy 10 question survey. You don't need to have participated in a NASS survey in order to take the survey. Help an FFA'er out. Good luck from South Dakota, Clara. Hope you advance to national competition.

The Big Show / Re: Opinion on Heifer?
« on: October 07, 2015, 10:14:57 AM »
LOVE that rear shot. What is her pedigree? She is quite green now. It will be a while before you need to worry about getting her too fleshy, but I appreciate that you want to be careful with her condition. I would feed about 2% of her body weight as a grain ration, maybe 25%oats/75%corn with a protein supplement to get at least 15% protein. Give her all the grass hay she wants. As you get to 60 days from showing, start adding beet pulp to the ration to get more fill on her. As far as condition, get some fat cover over all the ribs, then you can start backing her off feed. Watch the udder. She should be able to carry a little fill in her brisket without impacting her future production. Hope she does well for you. I'd like to see updates as she develops.

The Big Show / Re: can't register calves
« on: April 02, 2015, 01:35:53 PM »
I'm guessing that out of a non-documented dam that they want her tested for genetic defects? Is she still around to do this?

The Big Show / Re: can't register calves
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:16:01 AM »
Kind of hard to collect damages from Thomas' when you paid Polzin for the embryos. Polzin needs to make it right with you and let them settle things with Thomas.

The Big Show / Re: Daddy's Money Calves
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:23:05 PM »
2 yr old Hired Man X Ali had a 69 pound heifer
3 yr old Sherriff Taylor x NAGE Forecast had a 72 pound heifer
4 yr old Special Delivery x Warrant (suspect she is THC) had a 113 pound bull

The Big Show / Re: You be the judge
« on: March 23, 2015, 10:16:27 AM »
The top heifer (#38), in my opinion, quite easily. Large advantage in base width, muscle, and rib shape. She has plenty of length and extension. She will grow into that loose front, which isn't that bad. The second heifer is easily the more feminine fronted and squarer hipped, but in the end that top heifer has way more power and performance.

The Big Show / Re: EPD's
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:26:54 AM »
Just average them (add and divide by two).


The Big Show / Re: twins question
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:57:35 AM »
Unfortunately there's only a one in ten chance it will be fertile. I've heard you can test by trying to insert a test tube into her vulva. If you can, she will have a viable reproductive tract, if not, you're out of luck. There is a blood test if you want a more definitive answer, but the odds are not in your favor.

The Big Show / Re: Maine Bulls
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:34:00 PM »
I have had 5 Maine Man calves. 91, 94, and 95 birth weights and a set of twins 60 & 65. From my experience you would really want to make sure the cows you breed him to are deep, soggy cows that are high in their tail head. He will not add depth of body in my limited experience and he throws a rounder hip and tighter muscle pattern. If you match him up right you can get some nice calves. Use him on the wrong type of cow and you'll be disappointed.

The Big Show / Re: PB Angus Heifer
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:47:51 PM »
Strikes against her - she's a July, she's sired by a clean-up bull (unless your neighbor is a well-known breeder). She's probably worth more to you than anyone else, plus you like the cow line. I'd keep her.

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