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The Big Show / Re: Interview with Tim ohlde
« on: June 18, 2020, 02:49:52 PM »
I still have a couple canes of semen from a roan bull Ohlde raised out of one of the Cal Poly Cumberland cows he bought back. They had bred and flushed that cow to some interesting bulls. Ohlde then chose to make pairings that I'd consider to be much more complementary.



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It's not a full blown least cost analyst, but the OSU ration calculator is free and easier to use than the higher end programs. It's about 2/3rds the way down the list.

http://beefextension.okstate.edu/pages/calculators

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It is not in the package deal, but you can add it on the ASA test sheet as test letter L for $27 just like the Myostatin test is letter K for $27.

See if this link works....
https://shorthorn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DNA-Testing-Form-Fillable-2.20.pdf

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The Big Show / Re: What's your vision of a Grand Champion Steer
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:48:42 PM »
I don't know how you even put it in words.

Every few years you round the corner of the staging area in KC and run into one that just makes you say, "my god". They have everything, and can't really be described. Your mind and body actually feels what your eyes are seeing.

It doesn't even matter what the judge rambles about or if he even actually selects the calf. Everybody who knows, just knows.

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The Big Show / Re: Bulls siring larger frames
« on: April 21, 2020, 03:16:51 PM »
Just curious why you said you wouldn't dare keep any of the 8161 calves??

I don't measure my commercial calves, but they were at least two frame scores bigger than the purebred calves I did measure and lacked depth. Much more terminal in appearance muscling wise than what I want to see in potential replacement females. I would assume they went on to make good feedlot calves though.

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The Big Show / Re: Bulls siring larger frames
« on: April 20, 2020, 08:37:10 PM »
Where did you find frame 3 and 4 cattle?  I am not doubting you I would like to know where to find them.

Have you tried Cherry Fillet? If you already have fairly moderate cows he will definitely keep the legs from getting too long on them.

There was multiple bulls in the 4s and at least 8-10 below a 4.5 in the PVF and Byland sale.

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The Big Show / Re: Bulls siring larger frames
« on: April 20, 2020, 09:45:33 AM »
Marquis 127x and Tradition 106t have both left the frame in them for me. Patent 8161 has put some frame on a few weaned calves for me, but I didn't dare keep any of them to know just how big they were going to get. I assume Crooked Post Stockman would at least leave the frame in a cow if not add to most, but I have yet to try him.

There's several bulls on the show side that can do the same if that's your goal, but several of them have a few issues to work around.

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The Big Show / Re: "Meant to Be" Bull and "Duello Icon" Bull
« on: April 15, 2020, 06:31:24 PM »
I'd make sure the Simm bull you use on the Primo daughters to make your factory cows carries some milk.

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The Big Show / Re: Shorthorn Semen Code - Columbus?
« on: April 04, 2020, 08:54:11 AM »
Mine came from multiple sources and all of it has COL on it.

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The Big Show / Re: Let's see some new calves!
« on: March 30, 2020, 08:32:56 PM »
It's been so muddy lately that things are looking pretty rough.

1. The first calf out of my Dividend x Improver/Margie924 bull and a Taylor Made cow.
2. Cherry Fillet x Leader 18th.
3. Hot Commodity x Mandalong Super Flag.
4. Colburn Creed x I80/Shorthorn.
Is the creed a bull or hfr?

All of my Creed's were bulls, unfortunately.

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The Big Show / Re: Post freezing morphology
« on: March 27, 2020, 08:16:11 PM »
Herbster advertises 40 mill for $40.

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The Big Show / Re: Let's see some new calves!
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:54:59 PM »
1. Colburn Creed x Element/Dividend/Improver.
2. Colburn Creed x Element/Dividend/Improver.
3. An older heifer that's a Near Perfect x Ultimate Type.

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The Big Show / Re: Let's see some new calves!
« on: March 27, 2020, 01:53:15 PM »
It's been so muddy lately that things are looking pretty rough.

1. The first calf out of my Dividend x Improver/Margie924 bull and a Taylor Made cow.
2. Cherry Fillet x Leader 18th.
3. Hot Commodity x Mandalong Super Flag.
4. Colburn Creed x I80/Shorthorn.

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The Big Show / Re: Flatbed bale beds
« on: March 26, 2020, 12:20:16 PM »
Depends on the flatbed, but some of them sit up higher than a regular truck bed and can cause geometry problems.

There's normally just a couple bolts securing the nose of the tubing to the gooseneck ball and 2 or 3 bolts on the rear of the angle iron holding them to the back of the bed. If you build one, make the angle iron on the rear of the bed go all the way across so you distribute the weight better. If you design it right, you can also just pull three pins to drop the spear, loosen the tube bolts and slide the neck of the tube back to reveal the gooseneck ball and still hook up to a gooseneck trailer. You just have to jack the trailer up more in order to get over the tube frame and cylinder when backing under.

If you go the winch route you could just mount it in the front of the bed so all you have to do is pull two pins and unhook the cable to drop the spear when needing to pull a gooseneck trailer.

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The Big Show / Re: Flatbed bale beds
« on: March 25, 2020, 01:40:42 PM »
That's a lot of money just to feed a few cows.

Farm auctions occasionally have them around here that often just need new hoses, wiring, or cylinder seals put in. A lot of people threw them in the corners of the shed or in the fencerow when bale beds became popular. Might ask around some of the older crowd that recently retired or you can just build them or have the local FFA shop give a kid one for a project. They're just a switch, cylinder, pump, solenoid, tubing to get to the ball attachment and heavy angle iron for the rear and mount any old 3pt hay spear to it. Most look like this but covered in rust.



The B&W ez loader is just a better looking package that does the same job. I gave $600 for mine in an online auction a few years ago but I see they're advertised online for some crazy price. Heavy baleage bales will make these older style B&W bar type spikes bend often. I'm going to relplace mine with the better newer spears when I finally break one off.



For 20-30 cows you could even get by with a large pice of angle iron, and old spear, and a cheap 4 wheeler winch to tilt it back.


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