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The Big Show / Re: Offering Embryo Transfer Services in Ohio
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:29:37 AM »
Just wanted to add a bit of information to Dr. Ervin's post here...

I met Dr. Ervin through this board several months ago.  We've visited about embryo transfer, the veterinary practice, breeds of cattle, and the cattle world in general.  He's even been gracious enough to trouble-shoot a couple cattle issues for me.  His professionalism is top-notch.  He exhibits all of the right attributes to be one of the leaders in this field.  In this business, one of the first characteristics that I look for in a person is someone that is sincere.  He hits the nail on the head.  If he wasn't several states away, I would not hesitate to take him several cows to work with.  Giving a young, ambitious embryologist a chance could be the best thing that ever happens in your operation. 

I did find one flaw...he is a Buckeye!  ;)  Guess we'll just have to live with that one!!!

Best of luck in you endeavor, Doc.  I'm sure you will do very well!

Scott Gonsior   

The Big Show / Re: SAV Mustang
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:03:10 PM »
Very limited experience, but I will share it.

We have 1 Mustang heifer out of a former state fair champion show heifer.  Calf is good boned, sound, broody, very quiet disposition.  I like her, I just might make her a little prettier.  She's a bred right now.

She followed her mother in many traits, though her mother is prettier.

The Big Show / Re: Harvest 2k13
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:52:01 AM »
Central Nebraska.

Came into the growing season extremely dry....Early spring rains were excellent, but the skies shut off in July and early August. 

Despite all of that, record high yields.

Irrigated soybeans up to 80+ BPA.

Dry soybeans up to 60 BPA.

Irrigated corn really strong...heard whole fields averaging 260 or more.  Many spots yield monitors hitting 290....holy cow!

Our dryland will average over 150 on 5 different farms.  Have never had dryland corn over 130 prior to this year. 

Some of the corn is holding onto the moisture....still 18 to 19 in places...but most of ours was 15-16. 

An unreal production year in central Nebraska.

The Big Show / Re: NCAA Football upsets
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:50:19 PM »
I've been quietly lurking, but have to add my 2 cents.

I will agree with the majority that from top to bottom, the SEC is probably the toughest conference out there.

Here's where my opinion differs.  I think the distance between the top 3 or 4 teams in the SEC vs. the top 3 or 4 in the other conferences is quite minimal.

Since I'm a homer ;), I will use Nebraska as an example.  In each of the last 2 years, Nebraska has played a top tier SEC team in a bowl game.  Most that follow Nebraska football will concur that these are not the glory years for the Huskers.  We've stuggled immensely against good teams, while getting blown off the field a few times....

Last year, Nebraska plays Georgia (who was just seconds from playing in the national championship game...loaded with NFL talent).  Nebraska leads 24-23 at the half and is tied 31-31 at the start of the 4th.  Deep in Georgia territory driving to score a touchdown for the lead, Ameer fumbles, Georgia drives the other direction, scores, and game over.  Scores again for a 45-31 win.  Some will say Georgia had no reason to be up for this game...but if that fumble doesn't happen, an unranked Nebraska is right there at the end...against one of the elite SEC teams.  The main difference that I saw is that Georgia's depth wore them down.

Two years ago, Nebraska plays "the visored one" and South Carolina.  Again, one of the top SEC teams.  Nebraska leads 13-9 after 1.  South Carolina scores on a hail Mary to end the first 1/2 and takes a 16-13 lead.  3rd quarter is again a stalemate, but Nebraska's lack of depth again shows in the 4th and they give up 2 4th quarter touchdowns.  Final of 30-13. 

Maybe I'm seeing this wrong, but Nebraska was in both of these games until very close to the end...against some of the SEC's best.  With a couple less turnovers in each game, there might have been a different winner.

The parity level is so high in college football right now, that I don't see that extreme of a difference between the top few teams of each conference...just a difference in the SEC from top to bottom. 

Missouri has shined this year...I was one that thought it would be tough sledding for them in the SEC....been wrong so far.

The Big Show / Re: Irish Whiskey x Dream On ?????
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:07:58 AM »
We flushed a Legacy (Dream On's sire) daughter to Whiskey.  Only have two calves so far.  The bull is a spring...looks good and will make the bull cut.  The heifer is a fall baby and looks nice right now too.  Probably worth a try, I'd say.

The Big Show / Re: at the end of the rope
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:05:51 PM »
There's the old business adage....The customer is always right. 

I know it's sometimes hard to swallow this in the any business, but if you don't take care of your customer, they won't be back.  And they will tell plenty of others about their problems.  There are just so many other choices out there offering similar products.  I realize that there are exceptions to every rule, but in this case, the customer has a very legitimate complaint.

We've had to refund money on a couple different ocassions though the years that just didn't seem right at the time.  However, one of those customers, in particular, has turned out to be one of our best repeat buyers and continues to bring new business to every sale.  Would not have happened if we didn't go above and beyond the call with his problem.

I realized a few years ago that there is so much more to this business than money.  If you are in it soley for the money, that is the wrong reason!  Treat your customers the way you wish to be treated and you will be successful.   

The Big Show / Re: Multi-Min 90 Questions
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:09:44 AM »
Thanks for all of the replies. 

We've used it on a limited basis so far, but thinking of incorporating it more.

The Big Show / Re: at the end of the rope
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:01:06 AM »
It's very hard for me to believe that a prominent operation wouldn't make this right with you.  Negative publicity from a disgruntled buyer is certainly one of the worst things that can happen to any operation.

Flat out ask to return him and see what happens.

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.

The Big Show / Re: FINALLY! Got my pics from State Fair!
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:55:35 AM »
Very Nice.

Y'all do an excellent job.

The Big Show / Re: Bigger calves than normal?
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:41:41 PM »
Calves look nice.

Our fall ET's have all been about a week longer gestation.  One Broker bull in the low 90's...rest of the calves in the high 70's and 80's. 

Calving falls is always so much less stressful than the springs....

Holy S***!

that is a monster.

Give us the story of this hunt and where it all took place.

That is a wall-hanger for sure!

The Big Show / Re: new website
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:37:29 AM »
Good looking bunch of calves....

The Big Show / Re: Just some bull...
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:30:36 AM »
good looking bull calves....y'all are doing it right.

The Big Show / Re: Help - calf with ear infection
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:01:02 AM »
Maybe I'm missing something or setting myself up for ridicule here, but this type of "ear down with discharge" is quite, quite common with any type of respiratory issue with calves.  See it often.  Have never, ever treated the ear, as it seems more of a secondary issue. 

I would compare it to a common cold in people, and sometimes you have ear issues along with that. 

My treatment protocol involves either Nuflor, Baytril or Draxxin, along with Banamine.  Works nearly everytime and the ear issue should be gone within 24 hours....am I missing something?

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