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The Big Show / Re: Icon or maternal made 2
« on: May 13, 2021, 09:02:07 AM »
Three Icon calves here. Two heifers and a bull. Two baldies and a black out of solid black cows. Best one is a Maintainer out of an unregistered Daddy's $ cow, but they're all pretty good. BW's were reasonable (80's-low 90's). I'll use him again.

The Big Show / Re: Black gold, stout, couple others
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:46:00 AM »
Are these bulls really that old? A big chunk of my cows go back to Stout and Overload. K&A Amtrack was another we used. Big cattle and fertility was a problem with the Amtracks- at least here. Those cow families have weeded themselves out. If I remember correctly, these bulls were among the first decent sized wave of black polled Maines. There weren't a bunch of options. Also used a bull called Coal Miner - a Chicago son I think.

Is that a picture of Stout, or his brother Real Stout?

The Big Show / Re: Old Dogs and New Tricks.....Facebook
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:27:21 AM »
So this brings up a question. At what size of an operation does professional marketing start to pay? We'll never calve more than 20 cows and it'll probably be closer to 15 most of the time. Yes we try to keep the quality as high as we can, but in reality by the time you pull out some replacements, maybe only half of those calves are worth a premium.

Seems like the marketing cost spread over 10 calves would put a hurt on the breakeven. So if the marketing cost is $250- $500/calf (just a wild ass guess), can you recoup that here in the East?


The Big Show / Re: 1952 International Steer Judge
« on: July 08, 2017, 05:34:27 AM »
Herman Purdy was at Penn State from '54 to '72. I can't recall the year Troubadour was shown but can find out next time I'm in the office. I do recall that Henry Gruber took Troubadour on his national train tour following the show. Guess that was sort of a tradition for Chicago Champions in those days?

Here's Troubadour

The Big Show / Re: North central Pennsylvania
« on: July 21, 2016, 09:22:37 AM »
That part of Pennsylvania is not highly populated but you'll see some upland farm country around Mansfield and Liberty. Gettysburg and the Amish Country will be several hours away. So if you do those, it would probably be best to plan those stops on the way there or on the way back. The Pine Creek Gorge might be a good day trip while you're there and you won't be far from some of the most remote country Pennsylvania has to offer. Lots of hiking opportunities. It's pretty country but not exactly the metropolis most folks envision when they think of Pennsylvania. Lots of opportunities to hit a deer in the mornings and evenings, so keep your eyes peeled!


The Big Show / Re: BC Classic 385-7
« on: January 26, 2013, 06:18:30 AM »
I've seen enough straight Angus calves from him to be impressed. Penn State's set has been uniformly complete, and his dam Libby was evidently something special though I never saw her. I have a couple too-big Maine cows bred to him and will use him on heifers this year.


The Big Show / Re: farm facebook pages
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:02:57 AM »
Here's the page for Mid-State Maines. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-State-Maines/367870663280098

Thanks for looking!


The Big Show / Old Dogs and New Tricks.....Facebook
« on: September 12, 2012, 08:06:31 PM »
I never thought I'd see the day, but so far this Facebook marketing thing is kind of fun. Talk about a brave new world....

Here are couple Mercedes Benz heifers I've had fun working with the last few weeks.

Thanks to all who provided the impetus to bring this project, if not to completion, at least to the starting line.

And to all you techies, this social media stuff is like work to us old fogies. Give me a feed bucket and scoop shovel any day!   (lol)


The Big Show / Happy birthday, Maines in Pa!
« on: April 01, 2012, 12:25:42 PM »
Today is mainesinpa's 53rd Birthday! Much love and Happy Birthday. :)

Cattle For Sale / Re: Calving Ease Maine Bull for sale
« on: October 26, 2011, 05:33:37 AM »

Cattle For Sale / Calving Ease Maine Bull for sale
« on: October 24, 2011, 08:30:32 AM »
Mid-State Tuscarora (AMAA #400034).
CMAC Tyson x NBH Polled Energizer. This guy is a super sound, moderate, problem-free bull.
Reserve Champion bull at 2010 PA Farm Show as a calf
Ten of his first 15 calves were from heifers. All births were unassisted. Calves are very uniform.
Located in Central Pennsylvania $2500
PM or Call 717-860-9274 for more information.

Bob Mikesell

The Big Show / Re: Wernacres Off Road Calves
« on: July 30, 2011, 06:14:06 AM »

The Big Show / Re: Wernacres Off Road Calves
« on: July 29, 2011, 02:02:23 PM »
Here's one out of a Maine/Sim/Angus cow.

The Big Show / Re: Tyson Bull Calf
« on: July 13, 2011, 07:07:03 PM »
The Legend dam (AMAA # 386925) is out of a BK Power Plus cow. Nice udder and milks pretty well. I've heard some negative reports about Legends not milking much, but this one's fine. The cow is probably a low frame 5. This calf looks like he might be a touch bigger framed but not much. He'll tip the scales pretty well though. More guts at this age than most of my high % Maines. Tame as a kitten too. Just hope he gets some hair. That would make him really fun.

If you don't mind me asking, what else is the cow that's legend? What is her frame like? Tyson is high percent maine right? From his picture he just doesn't look like he has much side to him.

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