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The Big Show / Re: Early Calving
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:05:53 AM »
Thank you everyone! We live to far south for cold to be a factor but, I am going to talk to my vet about possibly being a hormone problem. Really hoping it was just a freak thing and that this time everything will go fine and I will have a healthy calf in April. Really excited about this one so keeping my fingers crossed.  :)

The Big Show / Early Calving
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:06:45 AM »
We have a cow that is due April 17th with her 3rd calf. Her first calf came 6 weeks early and did not make it then the second time she had twins that came almost a month early. The twins despite being early and so small at birth they caught up have done really well. She is a good cow that we spent good money on so that's why I have kept her around this long. Any advise about anything we can do to help her make it full term this time? My vet did not know why she has calved early both times. So I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Hoping it was just a freak thing and never happens again but, if it does she will have to go. So far she has only been out in the pasture on grass but, I am bringing her up to the barn beginning of next month. Thank you!

The Big Show / Re: Calf Question
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:29:20 PM »
He is 3 1/2 months old. Thought about that maybe is wanting to nurse but I doubt he will take a bottle. Right now is not to keen on us even putting a halter on him, but I can give it a try.

The Big Show / Calf Question
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:26:16 PM »
I have a calf we recently weaned a little early due to his dam being a poor cow. The calf seems to be doing fine but, when he eats he takes a few bites of his feed then he chews on the plastic of the feeder then goes back and takes a few bites of feed and then back to chewing the plastic. This is how he eats the entire time. At first I did not think much of it but, now I am wondering if there is something wrong with him or is he just stupid. Any thoughts to why he does this strange behavior?  Thanks!

The Big Show / Re: White Jazz
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:16:29 PM »
We leased him a few years ago and his calves come nice and small. I would recommend him for heifers. The calves were real sound, great dispositions and his daughters are great milkers. He will down size so use him on your bigger frame cows/heifers.

The Big Show / Re: CF Primo
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:10:00 PM »
We had a Primo bull a few years ago and he had a wonderful disposition. He was very sound and was extremely easy to halter break.

The Big Show / Re: Fall born pics
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:18:32 PM »
Thank you everyone! We are excited about the calves this year. I will post updated pics of these calves in a few months.  :)

The Big Show / Fall born pics
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:24:44 AM »
Took some quick pics the other day of some of the calves. What do you think of some of our fall born calves? Picture 1 is a Maine Man x 3C Macho heifer, 2nd is a One and Only x About Time bull, 3rd is a Maine Man x Ali son bull, 4th is a I-80 x Hairy Bear bull, and the last is an Irish Whiskey son x Kaboom heifer.  <party>

The Big Show / Re: at the end of the rope
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:10:58 AM »
I have been there as someone who has purchased a calf that turned out crazy and as a breeder who sold a nutty calf. Several years ago we bought a really nice Heatwave heifer that the more we messed with and showed her the crazier she became. Stayed in contact with the breeder and the response was always she was not that way at his place. Finally we ended up having to cut our loses which I HATED to do because I did not have the money to replace her at that time. As much as it hurt to lose that investment it sure beat having my daughter end up in the ER. We learned a lot with that heifer and moved on and got a new heifer the following year. Now this year she has a Monopoly heifer that is a witch but my daughter is older and much more experienced so she can handle her but, I make sure my 7 yr.old daughter stays clear of this heifer because this heifer lives for trying to get my younger one. As hard as it is to give up on a calf sometimes we have to give up. Some of them just have a screw loose and nothing you can do will fix it. Next year buy from someone you trust or ask people you trust who they buy from. Ask the breeders whats their policy if something goes wrong. Also remember if you bought from the breeder who raised that calf, that the calf has probably never left their place where it feels very comfortable. Some calves don't show any serious behavior issues until they go somewhere new for the first time.

Now as a breeder we had a really nice heifer that we sold in our sale that had some attitude. I could walk her and so could my oldest daughter. When we sold her I made sure to tell everyone that she was not a calf for someone without a lot of experience. Well some people with some experience bought her that came and saw her in person. I went over it with them how she was and that she is a very spooky calf that was going to require constant work. Well a few months later I hear from them that they can not handle her at all. I offered at that time to take the calf back and give them one that I had that was a puppy dog. They did not want to get rid of her and wanted to keep trying. We gave them lots of tips even offered to help with the calf. Well long story short the calf has gotten worse. I feel as a breeder I have done everything I can to fix the problem and that this is no longer my problem. I hope the breeder you are dealing with will offer to help you but it needs to be done soon. Have they offered you any advise on what to do with the calf? Good luck and hope you daughter does not give up on showing because of one calf. It happens to all of us at some point.

The Big Show / Re: Where's the Feet?
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:58:55 PM »
This is something that drives me crazy! Most of these calves are videoed in a picture pen and it would be nice if it was mowed so we can see their feet. I can understand if your taking videos and pictures in a big open pasture but a small area does not take much to mow. Yes the best thing is to go see the calves in person but for some of us that's not an option so we rely on pictures and videos. We only have so much to spend and the cost to travel all over the country to look at calves is not in our budget. We live in South Florida and we do not have a lot of breeders to buy from so we all most always buy out of state. I am sure a lot of the online calves that sell the buyer has not seen the calf in person. We did an online sale this year and all but one calf sold to people who did not come see the calves in person. So a lot of people do rely on videos and it would help make our decisions as buyers a lot easier if we could see the whole calf. Some of the people we have bought from were able to get us extra pictures and a cell phone video of the calves feet when we called and asked. It would be real nice to see the whole package before we buy.  :)

The Big Show / Re: Getting Calves sold
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:15:19 AM »
We have had the same problem especially due to our location but this year we sold all our calves in our first online sale. A cheap way to advertise your calves is through Facebook advertising. You can run a Facebook ad for just a $1 a day and you will get a lot more exposure. We had around 200 likes did the Facebook advertising for a few weeks at a $1 a day and now we have over a 1000 likes and we have a lot of inquiries from Facebook. We get enough business from Facebook that I cancelled our web site. Always make sure you have good pictures and get your calves fat and clipped up. A lot of people can not look at a green calf and see the potential it has especially without seeing it in person. We had a calf a few years ago that I posted on our web site and advertised locally that was real green but I knew he was good. I even lowered the price and nothing so we kept him fattened him up and did a lot of winning with him. So it's important to get them looking show ready. If your not good at taking pictures hire a photographer to get some good pictures for you because most will look at your pictures before coming out in person. A good picture will help get them out there to see what you have. Good luck!

We held our first online sale this year and we used the new online auction here on steer planet. I am glad we did I feel like it really helped us reach new customers and it was very easy to use. I loved that we had a lot of control with the sale. We uploaded all are own pictures and videos and they helped us with advertising the sale. The price is very LOW and for the price we got a lot! I priced all the other online auction sites and you will not find a better price or better customer service. We will be doing another online sale again next year.

The Big Show / Re: LiveAuctions
« on: May 11, 2013, 08:58:00 PM »
Both CW and Breedersworld require a credit card on file to be able to bid. I have purchased a few calves from CW sale site and they charge you credit card for your purchase if you want to pay by credit.

The Big Show / Re: LiveAuctions
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:09:11 AM »
I have used Liveauctions several times and I don't mind paying the $50 fee. Your not paying $50 per sale and to me its worth it for me to pay the fee because it would cost a lot more for me to go to the sale in person. First I would have a huge gas bill, then hotel expenses, and food cost since none of the sales are anywhere close to where I live. So to be to be able to do my own bidding and keep up with the sale right from my own living room is worth the $50. I don't like giving someone else my bid and then totally trust one person to bid in my best interest unless its a personal close friend but not someone who works for the farm having the sale. Where do you think their interest are at? I have to say my overall experience with them has been good. There have been times with the audio or video sometimes cuts out but the amount showing up on my computer screen is on target. Plus I have asked questions during the sale and always received a prompt answer. I know it cost a lot for them to offer this service and to me its money well spent. So if it cheaper then $50 to go to the sale then by all means don't pay the fee and go in person but the money I save by staying home equals more money to spend on new calves.

The Big Show / Re: Single parents in the steer show world?
« on: April 01, 2013, 08:58:15 AM »
I have been doing this for many years as a single mom with my kids and its has been great. So don't let being a single parent stop you from enjoying and spending valuable time with your daughter. I look forward to the days me and my girls hook up the trailer and load the cows for a 7 hr drive to a show. Its that time we talk everything in life and I would not trade all the mother and daughter time we have had with showing because has kept us a close nit family. Yes backing up a trailer sometimes is not my thing and the heavy equipment can be a challenge to unload but we ask people at the shows for help and we get it done. Just remember you can do anything a two parent home can do so don't let doubt stop you. They are only kids once so enjoy the one on one time you with have with your daughter. :)

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