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Congratulations on a great Sale!

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The Big Show / Re: Bulls Head
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:42:26 AM »
Agreed.

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The Big Show / Re: First flush- JT Daisy 99K
« on: August 07, 2015, 03:27:17 PM »
 2014 daughter from Daisy 99K
and
Hatfield Y Legend Daisy 6Y and her 2015 bull calf

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The Big Show / Re: On pasture at last
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:33:52 PM »
Lookin' good! Hope you bring some of those to Agribition this fall!  (thumbsup)

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The Big Show / Re: Results of 2014 calf crop
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:16:04 AM »
Always love lookin' at your cattle Diamond family!   (thumbsup) Hope y'all make it to Agribition this fall, if all goes well we'll be there with the 4-H club again. (Our family is planning on going, no matter what!)
Our calving season was an interesting one. We had a little under 70 cows to calve and ended up with 7 sets of twins! We lost 1 calf out of the 7 sets and some have been fostered on to cows in the neighbourhood. All are doing well. Once again we were blessed with an easy calving season, with very few problems. This is the first year that we have heifers sired by Hatfield Governor calve, and they did not disappoint. Sweet temperment, huge improvement on the udders, and so far, the calves look great. The same goes for the Hatfield Snowman heifers. The bulls were put in with the cows this weekend. We are using a black angus bull, Governor, and his son General. I can't wait until next year to see what General will do. Northern Legend is defenitely putting a stamp on our herd through his sons, and grandsons! It's actually a bit of a shame to be using these bulls on our commercial herd. I'm glad Hatfield uses them on some of his cows too.

First pic is a Governor daughter with her 5 week old Muridale Buster 2nd calf
Second pic is 3 week old heifer calf out of Angus 2nd calver x Hatfield Snowman

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The Big Show / Re: New shorthorn herd bull
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:33:47 PM »
Yes he does, Jaimiediamond.  I had gone by myself to take a look at them and then a couple of days later went back with my hubby. Didn't tell him which was my pick and he picked this one out too. There are some other ones in the bunch that look really good too. Some nice yearlings available as well. What I like about these bulls is that they have good lookin' sires and dams behind them!

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The Big Show / New shorthorn herd bull
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:27:44 PM »
We are really excited about our latest purchase. The top picture is of the bull we just bought from Hatfield Shorthorns & Clydesdales. He is Hatfield General 6Z a 2 year old son of one of our current herdbulls Hatfield Governor 17X. Governor has done a great job of improving our herd with his heifers. I've liked General since he was a young calf and can't wait to see what he will do for us!

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The Big Show / Re: son's new angus heifer
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:28:19 PM »
She is a smaller framed and very pretty. Personally we like to have a bit more performance as well. He looked at your bred heifer as well. He was also very interested in Brookmore's heifers. They were a little above his price range.  ;) Met some really nice folks at the sale.

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The Big Show / Re: son's new angus heifer
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:46:15 PM »
thanks and yes that is her pedigree. She is bred to JL Bismark 2071. www.johnson-livestock.com/?p=1769

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The Big Show / son's new angus heifer
« on: January 24, 2014, 02:35:04 PM »
Last year my son bought a nice bred angus cow from a herd dispersal. It was his first purchase to start his own herd. He got a nice lookin'  WAF Zorzal bull calf off of her.This fall she came in open after having many chances with the bull and AI. He was crushed. I asked him what he wanted to do and after a couple of days he said, he wanted to sell her, and by another bred heifer or cow. So we went shopping. After getting some help from a friend who sent us in the right direction, we ended up buying this bred heifer at a sale. She is due to calf end of February.

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The Big Show / Re: County Show = Popularity Contest
« on: January 18, 2014, 08:50:07 AM »
interesting read. Now as a fellow momma bear I would like to put my two cents in. I don't like taking out loans and I do not consider my banker my friend. However, if my kid has to do that to buy something, make sure he only borrows as much as he can pay back. Then he will get good credit and a proper sense of how to borrow money.
I had the same experience a couple of years ago at our sale. My son placed first in the class and worked his butt off, only to get the second lowest price in the club. He had written letters, visited buyers, we buy local, etc etc. There were kids who started training their steers just weeks before the show that got way more money than he did. I was mad. I mean extremely mad. I stormed off and waited to cool off before I said something I'd regret. When my son asked me about it (only because his cousins brought it up) I told him that it was because our family farm can not do enough business to drive up the price of his steer. However, I also added that we could pay the bill for the feed and the steer and that he still had money in the bank, so we shouldn't complain. We did fine. And we did. But mommas don't like to see their babies get less than someone else. I complained to our 4-H leader too only because he's a friend of mine. Now I look back and am ashamed that I even got mad. Should have taken the lesson from my son, and been happy with what we got.
This year, I had two kids in 4-H and someday I hope all 5 of my children will be in the program. There is no way that I can expect top dollar for all my kids. I get them to figure out how much they need to pay their bills and than we go to the sale. Anything over and above that is something to be grateful for. There are buyers who come to buy a certain kids steer because they do business with the family. They always pay more just because they can. It is how life works. If your kid is working hard, doing his best, getting support from his family, and getting less than the "popular" kids, your kid will walk away stronger, more confident, and much more aware of how real life works. He'll succeed in life way faster than the kid who got it handed to him. I feel for your situation, but at the same time you can either cry about it or hammer down and give your kid, your time and love so he can become someone who grows from this. Hey, when he is a grown man, maybe he can find a kid just like him and be his mentor. Good luck and all the best to you!
PS I always tell people that my kids are in 4-H but I learn just as much as they do. Especially about letting my kids become independent individuals.

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The Big Show / Re: New steers/heifers for the 4-H year
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:43:50 AM »
Thanks Jaimie! She is pretty sweet. I think she is going to make a really nice cow. My son picked her because he liked his first steer so much and she is from the same dam. We have Weigh Day on Saturday, so we'll see how heavy the steers are.

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The Big Show / Re: New steers/heifers for the 4-H year
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:46:27 PM »
The top picture is Buckwheat, one of my son's steers. The second pic is one of the heifers that was picked.

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The Big Show / New steers/heifers for the 4-H year
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:39:02 PM »
Another year, another set of steers for the kids. This year we have a nephew and a family friend picking up a steer from our place as well. That means, there will be 3 shorthorn cross steers and one angus x shorthorn steer going to the show. My boys are also taking shorthorn cross heifers to the show. Should be a busy and fun year for everyone! The red one is going to the family friend and the black one is sired by a black angus bull. The picture is terrible and I hope to get a better one soon. The bottom pic is one of the heifers that my son is taking. The steer in the avatar is a 1/2 brother to this heifer.

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The Big Show / Re: Masculinity in Shorthorns
« on: October 10, 2013, 12:15:55 PM »
Here is Governor at Agribition in Regina SK when he was a calf. No doubts that you're lookin' at a bull calf here.

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