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The Big Show / cattle on the hot seat
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:14:08 AM »
Epicurious magazine announced they have eliminated any beef recipes from their future publications.  They said it wasn't anything against cattle, just trying to do their part to save the planet.  According to the article I read, an arm of the UN declared that 15% of all global greenhouse gas emissions derive from livestock.  Of that, 65% is attributed to cattle.  I heard some story over the weekend that the Government's Green New Deal proposal would limit red meat consumption to 4 pounds per year, though that was walked back some yesterday.  Does the National Beef Producers organization have any contrary information they could present?  Is there anything to be done to combat this type of thing?  Are cattle really so bad that we all need to jump off a cliff?  After chasing the cattle off first, of course?  I'm not too smart, but I have a hard time believing that cattle do more harm to the environment than all the cars in Los Angeles.  True or not, the perception is out there. 

The Big Show / 2 things I shall miss....not
« on: April 05, 2021, 08:56:05 AM »
Baseball and Coca Cola

The Big Show / Proposed Colorado livestock legislation
« on: March 22, 2021, 09:53:01 AM »
Everyone better check out the proposed Protect Animals From Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation legislation in Colorado.  Among other things, it will prevent the slaughter of animals until they have reached a certain percentage of their expected life span.  According to the bill, the expected lifespan of a cow is 20 years, a chicken 8 years, etc.  I believe the article said they need 124,000 signatures to put the rule on the ballot.  This type of thing is never ending, proposed by folks who have absolutely no knowledge of agriculture.  We need to stay aware and the production associations we pay money to need to combat these types of actions.   

The Big Show / synthetic beef
« on: February 23, 2021, 09:27:12 AM »
I listened to Bill Gates, an obvious agriculture and science expert, proclaim that we should consume nothing but synthetic beef.  It tastes different, he proclaimed, but you'll get used to it.  Reminds me of the old poster "Eat crap.  10 zillion flies can't be wrong."  How does the industry combat this lunacy?  There are many, many folks out there that take what he said as gospel.  Will we get to the point where we can go to Walmart, purchase a junior science set, drop a few "seeds" in a test tube, and grill our "steaks" later that day?  It is of great comfort to me that Cory Booker, an avowed vegan, serves on the Senate Ag. Committee.  Our national and state cattle associations collect a lot of our money.  Looks to me that they have their work cut out for them. 

The Big Show / cattle and young legs
« on: August 19, 2020, 02:03:29 PM »
In spite of the virus and now the mega destructive storm that hit most of us Iowans so hard, it's nice when something good happens.  Last week my twin grandsons called me at work and told me there was a cow in the pasture down at the corner, about 1/4 mile from the house, that had just had a set of twins.  When I got home, we took the 4-wheeler out and checked on them.  They were doing fine, both had nursed and were actually running around a little bit.  Since they appeared to be doing fine, we decided to leave them alone and just check on them regularly.  Sometimes when we checked on them, we would see one calf and the other would be lying in the grass or something.  The boys checked them one day and one of the calves hadn't appeared to move much over the day.  They called later and said the cow and the other calf had come up to the lot by the barn.  They had shut her in that pen and told me they were going to try to find the other calf.  They called back and said the other calf was lying in some tall grass and seemed to be a little weak and thin.  I told them to take the 4-wheeler down, hold the calf in the back end, and bring it up to the house.  My daughter called 15 minutes later and said the calf was a lot stronger and peppier than they had thought.  It had taken off running towards the house.  I asked them to open a particular gate so that if it made it that far, it would have to go into a pen adjoining where the cow was.  I then thought of them maybe trying to chase the calf, so I left a message on my daughter's cell phone to tell the boys not to try to chase the calf, it might come up on its own or we would deal with it when I got home.  About a half hour later, she called back and said, "Too late!"  The calf had gotten spooked, squirmed through 3 barbed wire fences and was at the extreme west end of the pasture, 3/4 mile from home.  Just before it went through that fence, one of the boys jumped on it and held it down while his twin ran the 3/4 mile to the house.  He then drove the Toyota to the end of the field, put the calf in it, and brought it to the house.  When I got home we reintroduced the calf to its mother and all is well.  It's been a lot of fun the past 5 or 6 months having the grand kids home and enjoying watching them enjoy the cattle.  Also didn't hurt they're both cross country runners.  Comes in handy sometimes.   

The Big Show / Iowa State Fair
« on: June 10, 2020, 03:50:17 PM »
Just heard the Iowa State Fair has been cancelled.  Over 50 years in a row showing there, never dreamt it would end this way. 

The Big Show / optimum cow size
« on: June 01, 2020, 03:41:21 PM »
A frequently discussed, and sometimes heated debate on this site is optimum cow size.  Check out the 5-23-20 issue of Iowa Farmer Today for an interesting piece on the subject.  According to Kansas State Research and Extension beef specialist Bob Weaber, "Our results showed that in eastern Kansas, a 1,300 to 1,400 pound cow was optimum in that she was able to produce a moderate to high level of milk in an environment where all her nutritional requirements were met."  There was some dialog on the effects of increasing cow size and the amount of beef produced per acre.  The article pointed out several times that there was no one size fits all in regards to cow size.  The study listed 7 main factors to consider.  Interesting reading.  My interpretation is that if it works for you, go for it. 

The Big Show / Let's see some new calves!
« on: March 26, 2020, 09:19:58 PM »
We can't leave the house, can't see anybody.  Glad we can look forward to seeing the new calves every day.  Here's a few of our new borns (one is a couple of months old).  The grandkids took these earlier today.  Good, bad, red, black, blue, or pink.  Cheer us up and post a few photos. 

The Big Show / Wish list
« on: March 24, 2020, 11:28:29 AM »
Since we're all house bound, forced to watch the political morons on TV, I can't help but think of the 3 items I would like to wish for our government.  1-Term limits.  You are allowed to serve a maximum of 2 terms of 4 years each.  From President to dog catcher.  After your terms expire, you are not allowed to live in Washington DC, talk to anyone from there, or even fly over the city in an airplane.  In the extremely rare case you had a real job before you became a "public servant", you are required to return to it.  No lobbying.  No lifetime gravy train.  I was asked recently why so many people were running for president.  Easy.  It starts and ends with $.  Compare the financial statement of any politician from prior to running for office to after they were elected.  2-Maximum length of any bill is 1 paragraph/3 sentences.  Here's a novel idea:  The U.S. Government shall send $1,250 to each citizen and $500 for each minor in the household based on their 2019 Federal Income Tax Return.  Simple, to the point.  Debate one issue at a time.  Can someone rationally explain to me why a Coronavirus bill needs $35 million to keep the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts open?  Which, by the way, no one can attend at this time.  Likewise $300 million for the National Endowment of the Arts with an additional $300 million for the National Endowment of the Humanities, whatever that is.  That's not the end of it.  Read the House's proposal, all 1,400 pages of it.  3-Congress is allowed to meet for 2 weeks only every 2 years so they can't help us so much.  The countries' most dreaded sentence is "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help you."  Name one government program that actually did what it was intended to do without numerous unintended consequences.  I have a poster that says, "Government.  If you don't like the problems we've created for you, wait until you see our solutions."  Maybe I'm rambling, so I'll stop.  Only 1,399 more pages and I'd match the House's Coronavirus Relief bill.

The Big Show / county fair
« on: July 25, 2019, 04:25:42 PM »
The moderation movement, if there ever really was one, took a hit yesterday at our county fair.  Supreme Champion female was a 1700+ pound Simmental senior yearling.  She brought back memories of the ton plus junior yearling Angus heifers in Denver in the 80's.  First time in many, many years we couldn't show at the county fair.  The grandkids had basketball weight lifting and practice 6:30-9:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, cross country 7:00-9:00 Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and baseball from 2 or 3:00 in the afternoon until 10:00 or later, depending on where they play, at least 4 days a week.  Baseball practice on the rare days they don't have games.  I wonder what would happen if the Math teacher decided the kids needed to work on math Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for three hours per day all summer long.  I'll bet there would be a revolt.  But, since all our student-athletes will be playing for pay withing 5 years, I guess it's worth it to have zero time off to be a kid.

The Big Show / 1107 lb. weaning weight
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:45:47 PM »
I'm surprised I haven't seen any comments on SAV America, the Angus bull that set a new record with a 1,107 pound 205 day weaning weight.  85 lb. birth weight to 1,107 at 205 days is quite impressive.  I would imagine he weaned at over 1/2 his dam's weight!

The Big Show / eat less beef?
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:57:06 AM »
Last night as I was flipping through channels I came across an IPTV airing of a BBC newscast.  The tease was a video of Holsteins with Global Warming across the screen.  After some ridiculous commercial, the bit came on.  Another scientific study regarding a cow's bad gas has revealed that, taking into account all the machinery, transportation, processing, etc., eating 4 small pieces of chocolate contributes as much to global warming as driving your car 6 miles.  While showing what appeared to be a lunch meat sandwich, the narrator said that was equal to driving your car 12 miles.  A large plate of roast beef appeared on the screen, you'd have to be very, very hungry to eat that much, and it was announced that eating beef is the same as driving your car 30 miles.  The presentation ended with a video of more Holsteins with the narrator telling us "If you want to stop global warming, eat less of this" as the screen went to a large "Beef" sign near a grocery store meat counter.  Not the first claim of this kind I've seen, but it's been a while since I've seen one.  Perhaps the Beef Producers Association should show a video of the millions of cars on the freeway in California, pointing out their massive contribution to global warming.  Or, Heaven forbid, a video of Al Gore riding in his private jet to another global warming convention.  Will it solve the beef problem if we follow Al's suggestion and plant a tree?

Speaking of experts, during the Big Show on WHO radio yesterday afternoon, i listened to a National Weather Service forecaster predict that the winter in the Midwest will be warmer and drier than normal due to a small El Nino.  Last night, I read Progressive Farmer magazine and came across the following headline, "Shivers ahead."  "Minimal El Nino influence calls for cold winter in the central and eastern U.S."  We slept last night with the air conditioner on and an electric blanket.  We just couldn't tell if it was hot or cold.       

The Big Show / Home raised herd bulls
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:09:10 PM »
The bull in the tall grass is Oakview General, a son of Diamond Zulu 3Z r.  The spring calves sired by him are truly outstanding.  The roan bull in the lot is Oakview Leader 9-18, a grandson of Leader 9th and Deerpark Leader 18th.  He is most likely the most consistently easy calving bull we've used and the calves have quite a bit more eye appeal than those out of his sire.  I'll try to post some photos of the calves by each bull as soon as I can. 

The Big Show / bull sales
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:32:48 PM »
According to the Midwest Beef Producer September, 2018, issue, 33.13% of the 56,840 bull sales reported were sold by 10 producers.  48.141% of the bulls were sold by the top 20 producers.  Jorgenson Land and Cattle sold 7.013% of the bulls.  I guess the rest of us are pretty much inconsequential. 

The Big Show / feeding corn silage to cows
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:27:08 PM »
Any of you had recent experience feeding corn silage to cows?  We did it for many, many years, but it's been about 20 since we did it.  The corn is right here on the farm.  I will need to buy about 150 bales of hay otherwise and with the cost of hay, it seems to me it might be time to try silage again.  It seems as thought I spend a month of Sundays hauling hay.  Thanks for the info.

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