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The Big Show / Gotta brag on my son a little....
« on: March 21, 2012, 12:29:14 PM »
My son is 10 years old, and if you look beneath the brim of all his caps you'll find his motto: HARD WORK PAYS OFF.  This last Saturday his hard work indeed paid off, as he drug his eye candy steer into the ring at OYE and walked out with the banner for champion charolais market steer.  This little boy worked hard with the steer & puts in his time.  He would get off the bus, hop on his bike & ride to the barn, halter the steer & walk it around until I got off work.  We would rinse him and work his hair in the evenings, and put him back out.  We fed 2 steers this year, and the other one (my daughter's heatwave steer) made the sale at our county fair, but was just too unpredictable to show at OYE.  She had to just help her little brother instead.  I'm awfully proud of my 2 kids this year.  They absolutely cannot wait until they get some new babies to work with.  

Here's a picture of the steer.  Some of yall will probably recognize him from the Steerplanet classifieds.  

The Big Show / Opinions of my kid's steer, please......
« on: January 20, 2011, 06:17:27 PM »
Here's a couple pictures of my son's shorthorn.  Let me know what you think.....  he's gonna need some groceries, but we think he might turn into a show calf.

The Big Show / I've got a question for you Honor Show Chow feeders
« on: October 13, 2010, 05:23:04 PM »
We picked up a steer yesterday for my son, to replace one that went lame.  This sucker is really light.  I can get him finished, because our important shows aren't until the end of February, then OYE in March.  I can make it.... I just want to press him and get him going on his feed, big time.  This steer is weighing 830, and with his frame he should be pushing 1000 at least. 

Here's my question: For you folks who feed HSC, how much of it do you normally feed? 2%?  3%?  Everybody always talks about how high hsc feed costs, but if there really is that big a difference in how much of it you give the calf, I think we'll be coming out way ahead.  Besides, the feed we're feeding is no bargain on price anyway. 

Another question: at this point, would you put the steer on the fitters edge or finishing touch?

The Big Show / Our first OYE
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:27:29 PM »
Well it was a bittersweet OYE.  Although our calf went on yet another hunger strike when we got to the fairgrounds, he wound up 3rd out of 13 in class & my daughter showed him liked a grizzled old veteran.  I don't think there's any way I could've been more proud of how she showed.  She remembered everything I told her to do while in the ring, and she did it all with style.  Man I was an excited daddy.  Here's a few pictures of her in action in her first big ring....

In this picture, you can't see my daughter very well, but our calf is the third from the right.  He's the one with my little girl's orange show stick udnerneath him, lol.

The Big Show / I need some help.....
« on: March 10, 2010, 03:44:26 PM »
I know there are people on this site who know how to make a calf look "spot-on" at the appropriate time, most everytime.  I don't know how to do it, and I think that lack of knowledge has cost my little girl at a couple of shows this year.  I know a lot of this type of stuff will come from experience, but it's really frustrating.  I don't know the tricks necessary to make her calf eat and drink at the appropriate times, in order for him to have the "full" look that he needs at showtime.  Our calf isn't a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but he's good enough to be competetive within his breed.  If anybody can share some tips with me on how to manipulate him to eat & drink at the appropriate times, I'd really appreciate it.  Send it to me in a PM if you feel like you have to. 

Thanks in advance..... <beer>

The Big Show / My daughters first OK state fair
« on: September 20, 2009, 05:50:06 PM »
To say that the State fair was another learning experience for me, would be an understatement.  It never ceases to amaze me, that people can have cattle looking that perfectly, at every single show.  It just taught me that I have even more to learn in order to keep my daughter's calf competetive in the show ring.  I figure many of these steers will look differently when they're 1350, but I was still really impressed with the quality I saw up there.  We just didn't have enough finish on our calf. 

I was very proud of my daughter, and the job she did showing her calf.  She did a good job with her steer being uncooperative  in  showmanship class but didnt' win, and then she was 2nd in her class with him.  She did a good job, and is starting to understand why we work so hard with our cattle at home.  I don't know what to do to keep her steer from wanting to lick her when she's showing him.  I was thinking about trying some Sour Apple spray on her shirt sleeve, hey it works with dogs.  They won't touch the stuff, maybe the steer won't want to lick it either..... heck I don't know.

We were penned right next to the show ring, in what I would call "the petting zoo."  I should've made a sign that said CATTLE KICK to keep people away from them, but didn't.  Friday evening at about 10:30pm, there was a fella come through there pushing a lady in a wheelchair, and he wheeled her up behind my daughter's standing steer so the lady could pet him.  I kinda barked at that guy a little bit, but hey... our steer kicks and she was not in a position to get out of the way.   ::)  I tried to be pretty understanding of most people when they walked through and wanted to touch the calves and ask questions.  I got pretty nervous a few times and had to explain to a few of them that what they were doing was unsafe.  I still think baby strollers, wheelchairs, dogs and balloons should be outlawed in cattle barns though.  When we were about 25 feet from entering the showring with my daughter's steer, a little boy threw a balloon right in front of him.  Luckily the whole situation didn't go badly, but it sure could've. 

Overall it was a neat experience and we really enjoyed it.  The show was a fun one to take the family to, and we got to hit the rides and graze on the junk food during the fair too.  It was a good time.

The Big Show / yall getting ready for deer season yet?
« on: August 30, 2009, 10:08:15 PM »
I put out a gamecam to see what I could spot on one of my dad's places.  I didn't even have a feeder out or anything, just set it on a trail.  I picked up a few pics of bucks, including one nice 8.  Anybody else getting the itch yet?

The Big Show / What do yall pay for Naxcel?
« on: July 06, 2009, 12:43:36 PM »
I bought some from a local vet this morning and was just wondering if what I paid was in line with what everyone else charges.  If any of yall care to share what you pay for it, I'd appreciate it.

The Big Show / Probably a silly question....
« on: May 31, 2009, 08:57:52 AM »
We're rinsing our calves twice everyday right now.  Do we need to be blowing them and hitting them with sheen every time we rinse?

The Big Show / Keeping things in perspective.....
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:56:31 PM »
I don't know about all of yall..... but there are times when I wonder if show projects in general are worth all the hassle.  This is our first year showing calves, having shown hogs last year.  I've been spending around 4 hrs a day out there with her 2 calves.  When I get to thinking about all the expense associated with showing calves, it gets somewhat mind-boggling at times as well.  Luckily I have a grandpa (my dad) who is interested in helping his grand-daughter with her show project.  Since we've started, I've been really blown away at all the "tricks of the trade" and trying to figure out what is appropriate to try & what all seems a little bit underhanded.  My mind has been swimming with all I've had to learn, and am still trying to learn. 

Well, standing out in the pasture tonight watching my daughter set up her steer, I was reminded why we're doing this.  My daughter is doing exceptionally well trying to learn to show, and she really enjoys working with her calves.  She's only 9, but she's taking on responsibilities already that I wouldn't have expected for several more years.  She's showing a lot of work ethic, courage, leadership, and most of all she's very patient.  I couldn't be more proud than I am right now. 

This is why I do what I'm doing.  I know it isn't a great picture of the calf, but that isn't really the point:

The Big Show / Anyone been to a Stierwalt clinic?
« on: April 20, 2009, 05:03:17 PM »
I'm gonna take my daughter to a Stierwalt clinic this summer & was looking to see if anyone had ever been to one before.  Are they as good as they're made out to be?  I've been told they're pretty thorough, and very informative.

The Big Show / Happy easter everyone.
« on: April 12, 2009, 06:44:49 AM »
Praise God, it's finally raining here in Southwest Oklahoma.  We've been in a terrible drought here for several years.  Just last week I had to save 3 catfish from a little mud puddle, in what was formerly a pond at my dad's house.  It's been dry.  Last night it was pouring rain when I went to bed, and it's raining lightly this morning when I got up to feed the calves.  God is good.

This morning I'm a thankful man.  My savior lives.  Today is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, and his victory over death, sin, and the cross.  To be totally honest with everyone here, I struggled for years to find meaning in Easter.  I understood what it was about, but had a hard time putting my finger on its significance.  Over the past 10 years it's come to mean something more to me, and I think I can honestly admit that now I get it.  Christ's resurrection is the validation of his whole ministry and proof that he was all God, not merely another well-meaning man.  It's a pretty simple concept really, but my simple mind sometimes doesn't grasp even the simplest of concepts.

When things were at their lowest point for his followers and disciples, they woke up Sunday morning to find an empty tomb.  He wasn't there.  He said he would raise the temple again in 3 days, he said he would rise again, and few understood what he was talking about.  The religious leaders of their day understood, as did the government & they paid the guards to tell people that the disciples had stolen the body.  The fact remains that thousands of years later, we're still celebrating that morning when the 2 Mary's went to spread spices on their savior's dead body, only to find an angel and some really freaked out guards where Christ's body should've been.

It's a great day to serve our risen Lord.  I hope everyone has a great day today.

Archived Classifieds / Blower needed
« on: April 09, 2009, 05:53:20 AM »
I need a blower.  If anybody has one they'll part with at a reasonable price, please let me know. 

The Big Show / Shoulda had a gun.
« on: March 28, 2009, 04:44:59 PM »
I was out piddling around with my daughter's heifer this afternoon, leading her around & combing her & such.  All of the sudden, she threw her head up & started getting really agitated.  She was dancing around, flapping her tail, and breathing really hard.  I've only been messing with her for a few weeks or so, so I didn't know if she was just getting uneasy with something I was doing or what (I'm new at show calves).  Anyway, this went on for about 10 seconds or so, and she kept looking to the south.  I looked over there & a coyote was wandering up.  He got right to the edge of our pens, by the creep feeder (that used to be full of feed) before he finally noticed me standing there.  He was about 30 yards.  I used to always carry a rifle when I went out there.  I guess I'll have to start again.  He would've been toast if I'd had a gun.   ::)

Anyway..... thought it was kinda weird.  He was a rotten little scraggly sucker.  The wind was blowing nearly directly in his direction, so he must've had something wrong with him.  He didn't look mangy, but he was pretty skinny.

The Big Show / Daughter's first calf
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:12:53 PM »
Well, my daughter officially has her first calf, a heifer (I think she's a Who Made Who.)  She hasn't named her yet.  My 2 kids got to spend the afternoon today rinsing and blowing out 5 calves for my dad.  They had a ball.  My son (7 yrs old) walked through the door and told my wife that it was the best day of his life.  True, the kiddo has a tendency to lean towards the dramatic a bit, but they enjoyed themselves for sure.  Anyway, here's a couple pictures of her. 

Of course she had to take a dump as soon as we quit blowing her out.  Anyway, I think we'll try to find one more heifer and a steer for her.  I think this heifer is a great place to start though.

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