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The Big Show / Re: County Fair Report - Nebraska
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:31:21 AM »

Not sure if we'll have anything down there this year...if not, probably won't make it.  I'll keep you posted if we head that way.

Have a good one.

The Big Show / Re: Grazing corn stalks with lots of corn....
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:29:04 AM »
To control grazing to certain amounts (limit corn intake), you can always fence with a hot-wire and move the fence daily....it's work, but you can make certain that only so much new feed is available each day.

The Big Show / Re: County Fair Report - Nebraska
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:59:12 PM »
added a picture...staring down the judge!

The Big Show / Re: Heatwave 5 Market heifer
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:09:04 PM »
Thanks, Phil.

I did price her at $50 under fat price to a neighbor...with no guarantees other than she will calve before April 10th. 

Just really bothers me to potentially take one to the locker with a calf in her.

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.

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. :)

The Big Show / Re: First for me!
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:02:44 PM »
Simple answer...take care of the people that you sold one too (encourage them), or else keep your opinions to yourself.
I'm sure that buyer won't be back.

The Big Show / Re: upcoming feed costs
« on: August 14, 2012, 01:56:54 PM »
Creep feed at our local store jumped this week from $309 per ton to $470....

We feed ignitor (ADM) at weaning.  It's a wonderful product and the calves wean great on it...I think it was $.18 per pound last year.  The local feed store said it will be .31 per pound bagged, .29 in bulk this year.

Distillers grain that we contracted at $110 per ton last year is $165 per ton this year.

Hay...all across the board, but it takes a minimum of $200 per ton to get anything decent up here. 

Imagine cornstalk rental rates (to graze) will be much higher this year too.

It's gonna be a tough one.

The Big Show / Re: Picture Pen Question?
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:43:57 AM »
I agree with leanbeef that an open background is best...however, in many of our situations, that isn't possible.  I've seen some nice catalog pictures with round bales as the background.

Do the best you can.

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.


The Big Show / Re: Hay Prices in your area
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:00:10 PM »
I'm gonna keep tabs on you guys in the states with extra hay....in our own operation, we have enough hay ground that we should be in decent shape, but I have several customers who are in dire need.  I know you're half way across the country, but I will let them know what's out there...

It is hard to comprehend how tight the hay supply is in Nebraska.  High priced row crops have taken many acres of hay ground out of production and, coupled with a horrible hay harvest tonnage-wise, the supply is just not there.

I'm thinking right now that it will be realistic that we can see $300-$350 hay...and that won't be for the cream of the crop...just the average hay.

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.

The Big Show / Re: Mineral Feeders
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:42:39 PM »
You guys ever had trouble with those ground feeders ripping ear tags out....?  I've heard comments on that before. 

My favorite is the easy-way....have had our first one for 12 years now, insecticide tank cracked, but like new other than that.


Have never had one tipped over.

We've got several of them now.

The Big Show / Re: The resurrection of the 1980's simmentals
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:32:01 AM »
My only memory about Black Max....

A former prominent Simmental breeder, who was a professional bull rider in his younger days, always said he wanted to find a pasture full of Black Max daughters and breed them Brahman to make some rodeo bulls...he said that the Black Max sired cows were the meanest around.

The Big Show / Re: The resurrection of the 1980's simmentals
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:00:07 AM »
One of my favorites for making females back in the day was Pineview Jazz.  We had some good ones, and nearly every one had that trademark big, bold spot on one cheek.

One of the top 5 females on the place, ever, was BCC Miss Signal 102P.  She was a little (for the time, anyway) 6 frame cow, very soft made and super easy fleshing, but still long bodied.  Perfect uddered, and milked like a 'stein.  She busted out a good calf every year.  Even though she had more white on her than red, I'd still take 20 just like her....A good Signal daughter.  Now the crazy thing...I remember purchasing her for $525 as a bred 2nd calver.


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