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The Big Show / Re: Cooler Room Alarms
« on: June 09, 2011, 12:05:28 PM »
I agree definately get an alarm...they are affordable and can keep you from loosing calves...sawboss I really like your idea, but what if something happened like your cooling unit or fans went out but you didnt necessarily loose power, could still cause dangerous conditions in the cooler...would your latch release in that situation as well?

I see your point, I have a cooling unit, turbo fan and a fresh air fan all set up on different circuits.  The likelyhood of all 3 systems failing at once is slim to none, only power outage can take all 3 out at once. Then I have my door system in case of that, just my way of doing things and a different approach.  Of course there all always exceptions, what if the phone system (lines) are out of operation, same scenario.

The Big Show / Re: Cooler Room Alarms
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:24:22 PM »
Putting in a cooler room and looking for an alarms system.  I've done some google searching and found quite a few for warehouse, freezer rooms, etc. and I know that Cool Calf sells them as well.  Has anyone had good luck with a certain brand or bad luck?  We are going to be hooking it up to a pay as you go phone and adapter to avoid running a land line down to the barn.  Thanks!

Instead of putting in an alarm, I installed a 3500 lb. electromagnetic latch on the door and attached a bungy cord to the handle and opposing fence.  When you lose power the latch releases and the door swings open and calves receive fresh air, problem solved.  This set-up cost me less than $300.

The Big Show / Re: Porta Cool
« on: June 07, 2011, 09:24:54 AM »
I have one we have used for four years in our show barn, has been great for the calves during the Texas high heat and humidity.  Clean up is relatively easy once the unit is diassembled.

The Big Show / Re: Ford Powerstroke question
« on: June 07, 2011, 09:17:21 AM »
Injectors have fun with for 6.0...

I have to agree here, the injectors and heads on the 6.0 are notorious for going out.  I have a '01 with a 7.3 and 250,000 miles with no problems and two '08 F350's with the 6.4.  I avoided the 6.0 like the plague, good luck and find a buyer.

The Big Show / Re: So very proud of my daughter!!!
« on: May 06, 2011, 08:07:45 AM »
Very proud for your family success and determination.  The tough wins are always the sweetest, I shed my tears of pride and joy also this year with my two sons victory.  This is what life is all about as a parent, teaching our kids to get up and go again when life knocks you off your feet.  Again a big CONGRATULATIONS from the Sawboss Family! <beer>

The Big Show / Re: how big is too big on the weight card
« on: May 04, 2011, 02:26:05 PM »
My oldest son won Reserve Grand Champion at county with a 1400 lb. Heat Wave, long spined, huge bone and it took all 1400 lbs. to make him look spot on finished.  Then again youngest son won Grand Champion with a 1250 lb. steer at same show and carried more finish than the 1400 lb'er.  To me the bottom line is not the weight, but the weight where they are at 12 o'clock for the show.

The Big Show / Re: Brothers Take Home Top Steer Honors
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:24:53 AM »
Thanks for all the kind words.  I had some serious health issues this past summer, so the boys really stepped up their game taking 100% care of the calves.  Winning was nice, but just being around to be a part of it was priceless.  Grand Champion was bred by Garrett Gerhardt and the Reserve Champion was bred by Dr. Mike Mimms. 

The Big Show / Re: Who all is going to the steer show at Fort Worth???
« on: January 26, 2011, 08:08:18 AM »
Sawboss...I will find you!!  I know we met up once before in Fort Worth showing heifers, but I can't wait to see how much your sons have grown.  My daughter has an Angus that will fall in the lightweight class.  This will be our first time showing steers at FW....I know we are up for a big challenge.

I look forward to seeing you again, the boys have really grown.  The oldest is 17, 6'3" 220 lbs., the youngest 14, is 5'11" 195 lbs.  It has been two years since we have been there with steers, we finally have the look to our calves that will fit in at a Major Show.  We will see how it goes.

The Big Show / Re: Who all is going to the steer show at Fort Worth???
« on: January 26, 2011, 08:01:59 AM »
You need to play a recording of the Star Spangled Banner in your barn very loud for your light weight Angus calf over and over.  Two years ago my son had one in that class (first ones to show on Thursday morning).  They bring the calves out, line them up on butt view, and then blare out the song before judging actually starts.  It about freaked his calf out.  They had to stand there 15 minutes before the judging ever got going.

We'll be there.

It has happened to us a couple of times with Class 1 Brangus heifers, introduction of judge, pledge to the flag, invocation, and National Anthem.  The kids have trouble maintaining their animal and still show respect to our God and Country.  We will be in Class 1 or 2 and Class 7 or 8 in European Cross depending on the weight breaks this year.  Good Luck to all, I know we will need it!

The Big Show / Re: Who all is going to the steer show at Fort Worth???
« on: January 25, 2011, 01:06:57 PM »
We will be in Cattle Barn 2, my two sons will be showing European Crosses.

The Big Show / Re: Houston Calf Scramble
« on: March 23, 2010, 09:00:48 AM »
He saw the scramble show, he has a really nice calf!

This award my son received was for his hard work, not his heifer.  He was last in his class.

The Big Show / Houston Calf Scramble
« on: March 23, 2010, 08:52:48 AM »
There have been numerous inquiries about how scrambles work lately.  In 2009 my oldest son caught a calf in Houston and received a $1500 certificate to purchase a heifer to return and show in 2010.  This was a year long process of writing monthly reports, financial statements, breed essay and year end essay.  These items along with a pictoral scrapbook and stall direction had timeline dates to be met.  After all was said and done he received Reserve Supreme Scrambler out of 300+ participants.  The lessons he learned from his hard work greatly overshadowed the original money he received and these lessons should help him as he continues to mature.  I encourage any young person to become involved in this type of program if they have the opportunity, it was good to see hard work pay off and I promise politics did not play a part.  My hat is off to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they do it right.

Archived Classifieds / Re: Looking for June-September steers
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:02:16 AM »
We still need one more steer, purchased one this past weekend at Mimms' sale.  Thanks to all who have contacted me so far.  Must e-mail me a picture so I can get some sort of idea about the calf, I have saddle sores from driving and looking already. 

Archived Classifieds / Re: Looking for June-September steers
« on: February 15, 2010, 12:02:53 PM »
I have a shorthornxangus steer that is red and white I can get a pic if you would be intreasted I am in ks and would like 2000. if thats in your price range and dont mind location and breeding let me know and i will get you a pic sent right away.
Please send picture, open to all breeds.

Archived Classifieds / Looking for June-September steers
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:17:25 AM »
Looking for a couple of steers for my two sons.  Prefer June through September borns.  You may send info to sawboss@eastexas.net or call me at 936-569-0582.  Please include picture, DOB, price and location of calf.  Not interested in bidding on calves in sales, would rather deal with breeder on load and go price.  Thanks for your help, I know there are some good ones to be found on SteerPlanet.

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