i am to close to the end to stop but might be able to help. aren't the guidry's in northern la. won't you be going through north tx? rasor is just a bit north of dallas. if you were going to be on I-40, i could help alot more. i just don't know many folks in east tx.
I hadn't planned to that close to Rasor's and the Guidry's are in Bell City which is down near the Gulf. I plan to by-pass Dallas as much as possible and go on up through Witchita Falls to Lawton. If I go in on I-40, I'll have alot more big cities to go through between here and there.
Maybe I just don't understand, but it's less than 8 hours from Shreveport to Lawton. Why would you need to rest the calves? We have hauled up to 24 hours without getting out the calves. Never had a problem. The calves have all week to get settled.
There are numerous sale barns along I 20 that you could stop at. I haven't found one yet that wouldn't let someone lay over for a day. It would be sooner than you planned on stopping, but I bet the Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS right outside of Jackson would let you stop. If you calves aren't very crowded in the trailer and bedded down and hayed well they should be OK to go straight through. If you want to avoid Dallas then don't go I 20 it runs right through it, whatever you do don't get on the loop around Dallas I think its 620, it is terrible 24 hrs/day.
Forgot to mention, plan on either bringing or buying plenty of bedding, all of the stalls are concrete. Also all the fans you can carry, that barn is almost unbearably hot in the summer. Last year during the Limmy's it was well over 100 every day.
The appendix females, bulls, steers, and bred-and-owned are tomorrow. Except for the 95 degree heat all is going well. Both my boys done well in showmanship and my oldest made the semifinals of his age group. We'll show our prospect steer tomorrow and our heifers Sat.