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The Big Show / Haul from Illinois to Nebraska
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:01:06 PM »
Looking for a haul for an open heifer from Illinois to central Nebraska.  Of course can meet on I-80, or somewhere agreed upon.  Drop me an email or a DM.  Thanks.

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The Big Show / ET pregnancy rates
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:26:26 AM »
It's the time of year that lots of folks are calculating conception rates, be that ai, or ET.  I'm curious how those rates vary across the board.

Just talked to a larger ET facility, and they told me that they average 45-55% typically, on conventional, frozen embryos.  I was surprised, as this seems toward the low end to me. 

Curious what everyone on here sees for ET conception rates.

Thanks,

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The Big Show / Spray bottle for fly spray
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:08:15 AM »
Does anyone have a recommendation for a spray bottle that works for fly spray (oil based)?  Seems like whatever kind I try, they are shot in a week or 2.

Thanks for any help.


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The Big Show / Nebraska to Texas haul
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:58:48 PM »
Need a couple bulls hauled from Central Nebraska to the San Antonio area of Texas.  If anyone is going that direction, please let me know and we will see what we can work out. 

PM or email me from my contact information.

Thanks,

Scott G.

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The Big Show / Costs of certain vet charges???
« on: May 10, 2014, 08:13:38 AM »
I'm curious what vets are charging around the country for certain fees...our charges have dramatically increased and want to see if we are just in line with the rest now, after an old vet retired. 

I'd like to know costs of health papers for out of state shipping.  Simply a healthy paper with a visual appraisal; no testing of any type.

Also, what is it costing in your area for Trich. tests?

Thanks.

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The Big Show / Bowl Game Thoughts....
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:58:37 AM »
For all the college football fans on here...Interested to hear any thoughts on the bowl season so far. 

My take from the games so far:

Of course the Nebraska game was the most interesting to me.  Two teams that were decimated by injuries battled.  Good, hard-fought game.  With a little luck, Nebraska pulled it out in the end.  Neither team (or fanbase) was overly interested in being there, or playing each other.  Several NFL-caliber players in the game.

Also watched the MSU-Stanford game intently, cheering for the Spartans.  I'll have to admit, after they played in Lincoln, I was thinking they were over-rated (mainly there defense, offense looked good that day)...but they really showed up in their last 2 games.  Big win!

Iowa and Wisconsin were both close and both could've won with a little luck. 

My question of the day (perhaps we have a football official on here that could clarify)...  The targeting rule seems to be really messing with the integrity of the game.  It seems to be purely a judgement call.  Here's my question.. On Stanford's final play that was stuffed...the MSU replacement lineback dives over the line, meets the running back helmet to helmet, and all is well.  Great defensive play.  But tell me, how is this not considered targeting and leading with the helmet?  After the game, he said his job was to "launch" himself into the backfield.  Seems to be a double-standard.  I totally agree and understand that this can't be called in this situation, or it would ruin the game...but how is it not called?  Is it because the running back wasn't considered "defenseless"; though I've also seen it called for simply leading with the helmet.  Nonetheless, a great stand by the Spartan defense!

One other question, anyone know what the MSU linebacker did to get suspended?  How about the Ohio State player?

Wishing all a great new year in 2014!

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The Big Show / Multi-Min 90 Questions
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:06:40 AM »
How many folks are now using multi-min 90?  I searched the topic and found a few results, but thought that I'd start a new thread. 

If you are using it, when do you see as the most beneficial times?

Are there any stages when it is not recommended?

Can it be given a few hours after birth when processing the new calves?

Thanks for any thoughts.

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The Big Show / Hauling from North Dakota south (to Nebraska)
« on: March 21, 2013, 07:52:00 AM »
We will have an empty 30 foot trailer (with 3 compartments) heading back south from the Bismarck, North Dakota area this weekend.  Our final destination will be central Nebraska.  If we can assist in moving any livestock back this direction, drop me a PM before Friday evening.

Thanks.


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The Big Show / Iowa expo heifer show judge
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:27:53 PM »
I was really confused with the end results. What was up with the grand  and reserve hfrs selected. Just not expo champion quality at all. Truly didn't c either  her had the quality to be close to a top ten hfr What happened . Bad judging or politics.?..?...?

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The Big Show / Drought in Central U.S.
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:52:16 PM »
Spring is getting closer and I'm getting more and more nervous about pasture.

I'm curious what kind of moisture situation the rest of the central U.S. is in?

We are facing the possibility of having to get rid of a sizeable number of cows...and just want to start figuring out how far from home we made need to go to find buyers.  We are in Central Nebraska and are probably as dry as we've ever been in my 43 years.

Refuse to dump them at the local salebarn...I will search to find them new homes.

Thanks for any updates of your moisture/pasture situation for the coming year.

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The Big Show / Bull calves "accidentally" banded
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:03:31 AM »
Had a friend tell me yesterday that he was working about 100 calves with the vet, when he had to leave to move panels to a different pasture.  Vet and assistant continued running calves through the chute while he was gone.  He had told the vet that there were a few young calves that needed banded, but forgot to tell him that there were 4 big bull calves that he wanted to stay intact.

When he got back to the working faciity, he noticed that the good bulls were banded and they immediately got them in and cut the bands off.  

They figured the bands were on about 20 to 25 minutes.  No swelling of any type occurred after the bands were removed, and the calves never missed a beat.  These were not the little colored bands, but were done with the emasculator...so they were positively tight.  **My terminology was incorrect...not an emasculator, but the ratchet-type bander with the rubber band...

How long could the bands be on before irreversable damage is done?  My thought is the damage might've already been done.  Jim said that the vet told him he's never had this happen before, but he thought if they didn't swell at all, and all still felt firm in 2 or 3 weeks, that it should be fine.  Told him I'd do a little research (here I am!) and see if anyone has any strange experience with something like this.  It would be cruddy to feed those 4 claves all winter to find out they are no good in the spring.

Thanks for any help.

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The Big Show / Heatwave 5 Market heifer
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:28:01 PM »
Need some opinions.

Son got done with county fair with his Heat Wave 5 market heifer.  We did breed her just to keep her from cycling.  She's due to calve late March to a Built Right son. 

The only other Heatwave we've had around didn't  really know how to milk.  If this one is out of a good crossbred cow that milks, is a Heatwave heifer like this worth giving a shot?

She's made well and should be a nice, moderate cow.  Never got overly fat...weighs 1125 right now.

Any thoughts appreciated...limited experience with this bloodline.


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The Big Show / County Fair Report - Nebraska
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:21:44 PM »
Just got the Nance County Fair completed last week here in Nebraska .  Thought I'd give a report.

Our fair is pretty small, with around 35 market animals and another 35 to 40 breeding animals.

My son, Tres,  is 9, so this is his second year showing.  He's out there every step of the process with me; selecting calves, breaking, feed, blowing, clipping, etc.  He works his behind off to do well.

Day started with Jr. Showmanship.  10 kids in the class; my guy was second youngest.  His heifer looked good and showed like a dream.  I don't think he used the stick on her once, just walking her into place!  He and the judge had a chuckle when he answered questions...not sure what he said, but the little dude is quite witty....He told his uncle that when the judge came with questions, he was gonna pull his phone out of his pocket and say "hold on a second, I gotta take this call"...  Champion Jr. Showman.

Next was his market heifer, a Heatwave 5.  This heifer is not easy to work with.  Not wild, just very, very obstinate.  He won his class, but stood in the overall drive.  Did as well as he could've with her.

His steer was next.  This was a Heatwave 5 that he picked out from a family friend for $100 over market price.  He even got his own loan on the calf.  Steer looked really good, great hair, 1280#...won his class of 5 head.  He had to work a little showing him, but got him set perfect in the final drive...Reserve Grand.

3rd class was a New Trend Way Cool 3/4 Simmy that he showed commercial so he didn't have to show against his PB Simmy.  She will  be a great cow, but probably wasn't made to be a show heifer.  Biggest class of the day (9 head), but he got out-horsed by 3 chi-maine heifers.  4th in class, bottom purple.

Simmy division.  He showed a Triple C Bettis that we raised...she was also his showmanship heifer.  She won the class, simmy show, and ended up Reserve Supreme to the the Chi-Maine heifer.  An excellent day.

Todl him they won't all be like this.  I'll see if I can add some pictures later. :)

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The Big Show / Spray bottles & Fly Spray
« on: July 31, 2012, 02:15:09 PM »
Does anyone have a spray bottle that works good and lasts when using the oil based fly sprays like Vapona?  About every one I try fizzles out pretty quickly.

Thanks.


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The Big Show / Hay Prices in your area
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:21:30 AM »
Wondering if hay prices are sky-rocketing across the whole country, or just in certain areas.  Our alfalfa price in Nebraska has gone from $125/Ton a year ago for the good stuff all the way up to $225 to $250, if you can even find it.  Hay is nearly impossible to find.  Have lots of friends getting very desperate in their searches.

Had a customer tell me yesterday that they had a big native grass meadow on the edge of the sandhills that did 385 bales last year...this year they hauled home 43 bales. 

Shaping up to be a very tough year in Nebraska.

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