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The Big Show / Sooline Angus dispersal
« on: October 13, 2012, 12:06:53 AM »
I went over to Sooline to see the cattle yesterday afternoon and was back for the sale today. What an amazing set of functional, sound, moderate, well fleshed cattle! I had to leave before the sale was half over, but I heard it grossed over $1.8 million. It will be interesting to see how many cattle sold on the internet and I expect it was a bunch. There was internet bidding on the majority of the lots I saw sold. Cattle sold to all parts of Canada and the US. Huge support from US breeders. I spoke with one Angus breeder from the US today, and he said he had never seen so many thick, deep fleshed trouble free cattle that still had good performance in them. There was lots of good prices, but like most big sales, I thought there was some gfood buying being done.... like a few young cows who had $10,000- $12,000 calves who sold for $3500- $4000.

The Big Show / What to do? What to do? N/C
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:34:55 AM »
I am doing something tomorrow that I have never done before. My wife has talked me into taking a " non cow" getaway. We are actually going to Vegas for 5 days and this will be the very first time in my life that I have been 5 days away from home that did not involve cows in some way ( other than a stint in the hospital one time). Usually I am hauling cows, visiting cow owners, attending a cattle show etc etc. This will actually be the first time my wife and I have ever gone anywhere together on a trip when we did not have a stock trailer packed full of cattle, or that cattle were involved in the trip in some other way.For some reason, Chris does not consider that to be a holiday!  I tell people that I have seen almost of North America, except the parts where normal people go for holidays.
With each day that gets closer to our departure, I am really wondering what I will do with 5 days without cattle to check, cows to feed, show cattle to start to work with, and all the other hundreds of things that happen on a normal day at the ranch. Actually, it does bother me a bit as I am a person who is very uncomfortable when I don't have anything to do. My wife tells me if I get bored, I can sit and watch people for awhile, and she says we will see all kinds of them. I tell her that if  wanted to watch people, I could spend a couple hours in the local Walmart. Anyone have any ideas of what I can do in Vegas to keep from losing my mind?

The Big Show / Pasture pics
« on: July 29, 2012, 01:36:56 PM »
Here are a few pics I took this morning while checking pastures. The flies were bugging them and a few were camera shy so they are what they are.

1)The first is a Saskvalley Pioneer 126P X Shamrock Lucy 68L yearling heifer. She is an ET and we have two flushmate sisters. I'm not sure which one is the best

2) A Touchdown X Pioneer yearling heifer.
3) HC Augusta Pride 29Y - by Touchdown and her dam is an Augusta Pride we purchased in a SULL sale a few years ago. This heifers dam has given us 3 excellent heifers now and we will be flushing her this fall.
4) A Major Leroy X Hall Haven Sonny Sue 6N  ET heifer.

I'll post a few more once my camera battery charges up again.

The Big Show / Good flushes for international markets
« on: July 14, 2012, 02:21:35 PM »
 We flushed two Irish Kildysart females yesterday for an Aussie breeder. Both were flushed to Mandalong Super Flag, who was imported to Canada from Australia as a calf. To my knowledge, no Super Flag semen was ever used in Australia. One donor is sired by Deerpark Leader 13th ( Dividend) and she produced 28 grade 1 embryos. Her daughter by Deerpark Leader 20th, had a slight uterine infection so she will be flushed again to Super Flag. Following these flushes, both females will then be flushed to Four Point Major ( Massive Major). The Kildysarts in Ireland were referred to as the dams of the best breeding sires and I think these matings should make for some excellent offspring. The Super Flag semen used in these flushes was almost 40 years old, and the ET center said it was very high quality and probably better quality than some semen collected in recent years. Guess that proves that old semen can be excellent semen if it has been handled properly over the years.

Two other females are presently being flushed for some New Zealand breeders. They are being flushed to Saskvalley Pioneer 126P and Paintearth Rama, and then each flushed a second time to Saskvalley Primo 40P ( if I can beg, borrow or steal some semen from okotoks!)

We also have sold a Myrtle Bo female ( HC Myrtle Bo 50L) to a Scottish breeder and he plans on flushing her to several different sires. She will remain in Canada but all her embryos will be shipped over to Scotland.  He flushed her the first tim to CCS Equity's Charmer. I sold some Charmer embryos to Britain from this cow a few years ago, and a heifer produced from these, was undefeated in Britain and sold at Perth for a record price of 10,000 pounds ( about $20,000 here). This same Scottish breeder also purchased all the embryos we had in inventory from B Good Red Sue 1P. There appears to be excellent interest in Shorthorn genetics from around the world right now.

The Big Show / A new calving ease Shorthorn sire
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:18:14 PM »
Here is a picture of HC Bar Code 16X ET who was used on all our heifers in 2011. Of 28 heifers that calved here, 27 calved unassisted at birth and 1 was a malpresentation ( upside down, backwards and breach).

Bar Code had a 74 lb BW himself and he seems to be passing on his low BW to his calves. He is sired by Pheasant Creek Leader 4th x( by Kinnaber Leader 6th x) who was born in 1968. Leader 4th was the Grand Champion bull at the 1970 Regina Bull Sale and sold for $7300 to Remitall Cattle Co, Olds, AB. IMO, Leader 4th was the best sire of the Leader line. Bar Code's dam is B Good Red Sue 1P* ( CCS Equity's Charmer X CF Roan Sue 644 TP *x). Bar Code combines popular genetics from the past as well as from the present, and it seems to have worked. We had 5 bulls and 2 heifers from this flush and it was one of the most interesting sets of calves we have ever had from ET. Bar Code weighed 2020 lbs  two weeks after his second birthday . He had bred 30 females when he was pictured here, and I think he had gained weight while breeding on grass.

From his first calf crop, I think he has indicated he is a calving ease sire, and he is breeding all our heifers again this year as well as some cows.  He also has a deep rich red color and he stamps his calves with this color. We only have 2 roans and they are very nice even roans. The reds are red with no white markings.

The Big Show / An interesting Shorthorn bull in Ireland
« on: June 01, 2012, 05:31:56 PM »
Here is an interesting Shorthorn bull I saw on FB. He is  Uppermill Beggar and is 10 years old in this picture.He is in Ireland and is herd sire for Ricketstown Shorthorns, Carlow, Ireland. He weighs over 3400 lbs which is probably too big for what most breeders in North America are trying to produce, you I think he still has some very interesting qualities

 We should have our sale catalog on our websites in the next day. You can check it out at www.horseshoecreekfarms.com  or www.ulurushorthorns.com or www.anwendercattlecompany.com or at www.poplarparkfarm.com .
We are selling 49 yearlings and 1 two year old bull this year. I am thinking this is the deepest quality set of bulls we have offered yet.

We have had several people asking us what out calves by HC FL Touchdown 123T ET are like. Here are some sons selling in the sale. They tell the Touchdown story better than I could. They are medium framed, thick and soggy made. Great tops and muscle down to their hock. Almost all the bulls in this sale are outcross to most US genetics, so anyone who says they can't find outcross genetics isn't looking real hard.

The Big Show / Can we design cows that are too low to the ground?
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:53:10 PM »
First off, let me say that I am not trying to. start an arguement on here, but hopefully we can see some good discussion on something I have been thinking about for the past few days

I had two cows calve in the last few days and I saw the same thing happen in both cases. These cows are not small framed, but they are both pretty low set to the ground. Lots of my visitors pick them out and seem to like them. Both of these cows would weigh 1500 lbs on an average day. They are tremendously deep, roomy cows and as one Scottish visitor commented" they are Kenworths on a Volswagon frame." They stay in great condition and only get hay and pasture to live on ( other than salt and mineral). Both these cows calved unassisted and their calves were up and looking to nurse in minutes after birth. They are not monster size as one was a bull calf weighing 82 lb and a heifer calf weighing 88 lbs. I should also mention that both these cows have very good udders. They are well attached with proper teat placement and teat size.
The first cow calved at 11 PM and my wife asked me if I was going to help the calf nurse before we went back to the house. I said," the calf is looking and I'm sure it will find the teat on it's own" Like it was really vigorously looking to nurse and I expected it was off to the races. When I went back to the barn in the morning, it was obvious the calf had not sucked yet. It was still looking and was sucking the side of the dam's flank. I was really wishing I had taken the time to help it when it was born as I like these babies to get colostrum ingested in 1-2 hours.

The second cow calved yesterday morning. She is the heaviest of the two cows and also is probably built a bit lower to the ground of the two cows. She calved in a few short minutes from when she started and like the first cow, her calf was standing and actually trying to hop around the pen shortly after birth. I did some chores around the barn and went back to see how it was doing a few times, and I could see this heifer calf was looking for breakfast. I decided to just leave them alone for awhile, and I would put feed out for the rest of the cows. When I came back it was almost two hours after birth, and this calf was doing the same thing the first calf had done... it was sucking in the dam's flank area. These Shorthortn cows are both very docile, so all I had to do was bend over and tip the teat and put the calf's head down to where the teat was. Both calves were off to the races. That wasn't real hard, but I did think that it would have been a different story with a few other cows. 
This afternoon I drove by a large comjmercial herd of probably 400-500 black cows out grazing pastures.  As I looked at them, I thought about on the two calves I had born and the nurisng issue I had with them. In my case it was a problem easily solved as I only had to bend over and help the baby find the teat. I wondered what would happen if this was in a large herd calving on grass? Seems to me that might be a real issue if all the cows were built like the two cows i just calved. It also seems to me that these deep low set females are becoming the high sellers and show winners. Is there a bigger problem coming down the road? I don't know. Just askin'

The Big Show / Things to thank a Canadian for...
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:33:12 PM »
Many everyday things have been invented in Canada. Here are just a few of the many thousands...

- Kerosene
- telephone
- colbalt bomb
-electric stove
-air conditioning
- light bulbs
- electron microscope
- plastic garbage bags
- IMAX theatres
-tracer bullets for machine guns
- washing machines
- paint rollers
- Superman
- acrylics
-electric car
electric wheelchairs
-gas masks
-and in the world of sport -  basketball, hockey, lacrosse, 5 pin bowling and roller skates
- Trivial Pursuit and Balderdash - games
-and last but not least - instant potatoes ( I doubt if we will get many thanks for this one!)

and in the world of industry, there are thousands of others. For example, in the oil business, C02 sequestion , where C02 is pumped into the oil zone and it allows many times more oil to be brought to the surface was developed here. Actually the first place it was used was here where I live and the first pipelines to carry the C02 are on our farm.

Just a little more useless information for you!

The Big Show / Horseshoe Creek's "Frozen in Time" Embryo and Flush sale
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:29:56 AM »
Just thought I would put the word out for anyone interested, that we will be having our 4th online embryo and flush sale from Friday Feb 3rd to Monday Feb 6th. Bidding will close at 9 PM CST on Monday Feb 6th. The sale will be hosted at www.edjeauctions.com and we are hoping to have the complete sale offering on the sale site for at least 10 days prior to the start of the sale. We will be offering approximately 100 grade 1 embryos from over 350 in our inventory as well as some flushes from some of our best donors, and a few select lots of semen from some great sires of the past.

Some of the things that makes this sale unique are: 

- many embryos will be completely outcross genetics to many of today's bloodlines. This is a great way to invest in some fresh genetics for your herd at reasonable investment costs
- our guarantee is second to none. We guarantee the buyer will have a minimum of 50% pregnancy rate at 70 days post implantation, providing an experienced embryo technician is used.
- we offer shipping assistance on your embryo purchases. We will pay all export and shipping costs to a maximum of $50/ embryo.

You will be able to view the sale offering at www.edjeauctions.com. In order to bid in the sale you will need to register for a bidding number and it would be aoppreciated if this is done before the beginning of the sale. Getting a bidders number does not mean you have to bid, but it does provide an opportunity for you to do so, if you see something selling at a reasonable price. Bidders do not have to be online during the entire sale. They will be able to place a maximum bid and the program will ensure that your bid is the high bid until the maximum is reached. The bidder is the ONLY person who knows what this maximum bid is, so there is no chance of your bid being run by anyone.

In our 2011 online sale we sold embryos to 4 countires and started 4 new Shorthorn herds in 3 countries, ant very reasonable prices. I hope you will take the time to look over our sale offering once it is posted on the sale site and you can also visit our website to get more informatuion on our donors and our breeding program. Our website is also being redesigned and we plan to have it completed prior to the sale as well. The webskite is www.horseshoecreekfarms.com

The Big Show / Cattle people are an optimistic bunch!!
« on: December 16, 2011, 07:18:34 PM »
I was just wondering what is happening in other places in regards to commercial cow and bred heifer prices?  I'm a bit overwhelmed with the optimism cattle people are showing in these parts. We have alll heard of some crazy high prices in purebred sales all across North America, but usually once the super high prices are over, there has been some pretty good buying to be done in the same sales. IMO, it is your local commercial sales that tell the true story of the amount of optimism there is in the industry.
Yesterday I made a short stop at a bred cow sale at a local auction. There were more people in the seats than I have seen in probably a decade. Some pretty ordinary commercial range cows were bringing $1900- $2000. A few passed over the $2000 mark. Believe me , they were pretty ordinary cows and I wondered exactly how old some of them were. Not too far away, a college classmate of mine held a commercial bred heifer sale last week. I never saw the loffering but I expect they were solid females as this guy has always brought out good breeding stock. He sold 275 crossbred bred heifers in groups of 5 and 10 and averaged over $1900 on the sale. The top of $3100 per heifer was hit twice on two sets of 5 heifers. To me, that is a sign of great optimism in the industry ( or it could also be a sign of very short memories!!) I have had more inquiries for bulls in the past 60 days that ever before. I hope some of these guys are still looking when our bull sale comes next April.
There are still lots of cows heading to town for slaughter, so I dont think the sell off is over yet. After nearly a decade of tough market conditions particularly here in Canada, I think some people are cashing in while the cattle are worth something, and some others are still selling off to get their pile of bills paid down. In any event, it is exciting to see this kind of optimism in this business.  What are you seeing where you live?

The Big Show / A nice day at the ET center
« on: October 18, 2011, 09:27:28 PM »
I just received an email with the results of 3 flushes we did today. To say I am pretty pleased is an understatement!!

The first donor was Prairie Lane Sparkle 1K ( dam of Major Leroy) . Sparkle has had some issues this summer with a very arthritic hip caused by an old injury. Two months ago, she never even responded to the drugs and the vets said she may be close to reaching her productive life and she may have to meet the hamburger man. We decided to watch her closely and treat her with some pain killers. She responded well and they said she was much better. We flushed her today and she produced 18 grade 1 embryos by Saskvalley Pioneer 126P. This is the best flush she has ever had as she has usually been in the 6-8 range. I guess the threat of the hamburger man was what it took!

Second was HC RTR Strawberry Kiss 58P. She is a full Irish cow who has not been responding well to normal flush protocol. They changed the program slightly and today she also produced 18 Pioneer embryos ( all grade 1)

Third was Six S Leah 55L who has been the most prolific donor we have ever had. I flushed her to Mandalong Super Flag today and she produced 19 grade 1 embryos. That brings her total embryo production to 371 grade 1 embryos and she is still going strong.

I was pretty tired when I came in tonite, but after reading this email, I am feeling pretty good! All flush days are NOT like this, and it is nice when things work out positively

The Big Show / Lutheran Airlines - not cattle related.
« on: October 18, 2011, 08:24:15 AM »

Finally an airline that is honest and tells it like it is!

The Big Show / Wow ! This is amazing! Not cattle related
« on: October 18, 2011, 08:11:19 AM »

This makes all the frustration aj has given me lately look pretty minor. Amazing video!

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