Quantcast The best Breed for a young showman

Sponsors



Author Topic: The best Breed for a young showman  (Read 7025 times)

Offline Lake Barbara Cattle.

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 88
  • Karma 0
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 07:36:04 PM »
HEREFORD...END OF STORY

Offline lightnin4

  • County Champion Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 560
  • Karma 7
    • View Profile
    • Sunrise Farms
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2012, 08:59:16 PM »
I've always thought Herefords were best for young showmen too, even though we have raised Angus for many years and now Shorthorns.  But, on the other hand, the meanest cow I've ever come across was a Hereford!   I've had Angus that would follow you around like a puppy dog and some I decided it wasn't worth the effort and fight to try to take them to a show.  So far all my Shorthorns have been pretty easy going.  Although, one we showed last year liked me and the boy who showed her, but didn't want anything to do with anyone else.   Like others have said, just look for a docile calf no matter the breed.

Offline LostFarmer

  • County Champion Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 528
  • Karma 12
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2012, 10:48:30 PM »
As has been said there are good ones in any breed but the percentages of finding one will go up with the herefords.  Had a kid that thought he was a mighty showman and could handle anything.  A Friction out of and EXT cow had him begging for mercy.  She was pretty but she was nasty!

My sons have shown hereford angus crosses and have gotten by well.  A gentle first calf is always the goal.  My younger son is now 12 and 75 lbs.  He was super tiny at 8.  Bubba was a perfect first calf. 

Something that hasn't been mentioned is good sound structure.  It is easier to show a calf with proper angles than a structural wreck club calf.  You want one that wants to stand correctly instead of one you have to work to set up. 

Offline Professor Plum

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 24
  • Karma 2
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2012, 11:52:05 PM »
Regardless of breed, start working with the calf as early as possible.

Not everyone can do this, but for all three of our kids, their first year they showed September, October or November heifer calves that we raised.  Our show season is April to September. We would get the chosen heifer calves and their dams up to the show barn over Christmas break, and started socializing the baby heifers while they were still nursing.  In March we "day-weaned" the calves, nursing them on a rope halter twice a day, but keeping them separate from their dams the rest of the time.  It helps them get started on feed, and they get regular human contact, plus the actual weaning is less stressful because it's done gradually.  Plus the kids are around them when they are a manageable size, so the kids' fear is much less.  By the time the calf is big, they're already buddies.

Was it a lot of work?  Yes.  Did it work?  Every time.  Did we always pick the best (as in winning potential) heifer calf at two months of age? No, but that wasn't the point.  Honestly, if you could find an old show heifer in a sale with a good, well-bred baby heifer calf at side, that would be the ultimate starter package for a beginner, because you'd have the calf to start working with, and the halter-broke cow that's easy to work with to breed back for next year.  And I've seen sweet ones and waspy ones in every breed, but we chose Herefords largely because of disposition.  We've turned a few good home-raised ones out that weren't worth fighting, and sent one back that we bought because the seller guaranteed her to be docile, but your odds are better with Herefords than any other breed.

Offline gbart

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 33
  • Karma 0
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2012, 09:38:05 AM »
I would say that we had the best experience with a Braunhvieh. They are probably the most docile breed I have found. We have angus, shorthorns, maines, chi but none like the Braunhvieh.

Offline Jackson Meiers

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 13
  • Karma 0
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2012, 10:17:54 AM »
herefords for sure had when when i was little never gave me trouble as a young showman

Offline paj315

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 199
  • Karma 1
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2012, 07:17:54 PM »
Herfords!  This was my sons first year showing and we got him a September Herford heifer to show.  Our fair is in July so he had a smaller calf to show it really helped his confidence to be able to show a smaller calf. Generally speaking most herford calves are pretty easy going and easy to work with. Not to say you cant have a difficult Herford but most are real easy going

Offline flacowman

  • County Champion Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 673
  • Karma 19
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2012, 02:21:45 PM »
I'll throw Charolais out as a wild card.  Every calf I ever showed was either a purebred breeding animal or crossed with a black breed for a show steer.  All 23 calves that I showed were dog gentle, (also including a Maine/Herf steer I just sold) and my entire cowherd now follows me around like ducklings because a large portion of them were show heifers back in the day
The prettiest color that God ever made a cow is fat.
--Grandaddy

Offline sue

  • County Champion Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 1906
  • Karma 90
    • View Profile
    • www.lakesidecattle.com
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2012, 03:20:30 PM »
 shorthorn !! end of story
Registered Red Angus x Shorthorn Composite Cattle. www.lakesidecattle.com

Offline Bad Moon 709

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 17
  • Karma 0
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2012, 04:09:52 PM »
Looks like Sue is on her way to town! Cant see the front of the picture but i bet a HEREFORD is leading the way! to good could not resist.

Offline RidinHeifer

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 261
  • Karma 6
  • escaped...again
    • View Profile
Re: The best Breed for a young showman
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2012, 08:08:47 PM »
That's not breed...that's taking time to work with one and it getting used to you.  I have one broke to ride too, but I spent hours messing with her and doing anything and everything to her as a heifer.  I will agree hereford influence are usually pretty dog tame.  One idea might be to find someone else in your area that always has tame cattle and talk to them about it. 
Just because I own the ugliest cow in the world doesn't mean I can't be proud as heck of her. It also doesn't change my love of the game when she gets last every time.

 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
3 Replies
1637 Views
Last post April 06, 2009, 11:23:17 PM
by BK
10 Replies
2998 Views
Last post August 09, 2009, 10:10:59 PM
by stangs13
1 Replies
2245 Views
Last post November 15, 2009, 11:31:12 PM
by BABYTEX
1 Replies
1382 Views
Last post July 27, 2010, 08:08:49 AM
by herfluvr
0 Replies
1035 Views
Last post August 28, 2010, 12:27:20 PM
by WBar Farms

Powered by EzPortal

SteerPlanet Designed Websites

SteerPlanet Designed Websites

Steer Planet Classifieds & Auctions

Breeder Directory