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Call and order Good As Gold today from Lautner Farms!! 800-515-3284

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Building Traditions Vol 1 Hay’s Show Cattle & Wheeler Show Cattle

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Offering: Heifer
Ear Tag: 45
Sire: Unstopable
Dam: Mittenman
Breed: Maintainer
D.O.B: 4/6/14
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Comments: Maternal sib to the champion maintainer at the 2014 CO State Fair for Taylor Dorsey and goes back to the phenomenal raptor donor at Blind Badger Ranch. Study this ones picture and video hard and bid with confidence on this one. She has all the pieces to run hard this spring and even harder this fall.
Seller: Hay’s Show Cattle

Offering: Heifer
Ear Tag: 24
Sire: Bojo
Dam: Angus
Breed: Maintainer
D.O.B: 4/28/14
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Comments: Just because she is young don’t count this one out. She has all the pieces it takes to run hard next fall as a big one. This one is extremely deep sided and big ribbed, and moves as good as they come

 

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50G AVAILABLE TO SHIP FROM LAUTNER FARMS- CALL AND ORDER TODAY 800-515-3284

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50G is a powerful Monopoly son out of one of Rob VanHove’s lead donors who in her young career has produced nearly $250,000 worth of progeny, one of which was a full sib steer that sold to Bonham for $35,000 last fall. 50G is square from hooks to pins with a hind quarter that carriers deep, big topped, smooth jointed, and yet possesses that cocky look! He is a must use promising sire!

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Monopoly x full flush steer for sale now- from Nick Pruet-(317) 407-8671

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SEMEN READY TO BE SHIPPED FOR THIS NEW LAUTNER SIRE- “TOTAL PERFECTION” CALL TODAY 800-515-3284!!!

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Monopoly x Maine from Bowman Cattle (937) 564-8163- Sells November 10

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Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics

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The cow herd averages 5.6 years of age. Does this mean that all the cows should be managed as 5-year-old cows?
By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Most producers seem to refer to cows as “the herd.” In reality, that herd is split into several age groups that often are overlooked. In fact, managers usually look at averages to guide managerial applications.

For instance, given the current production benchmarks for those North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association beef producers involved in the North Dakota State University Extension Service CHAPS program, the cow herd averages 5.6 years of age. Does this mean that all the cows should be managed as 5-year-old cows? The answer obviously is no.

However, what is the target? I could not help pulling out some data I put together a few years ago. At that time, the average cows enrolled in the CHAPS program averaged 5.4 years of age. Interestingly, average cow age has not changed much during the last few decades.

Of course, the replacement rate is projected to go up because the low number of cows in the inventory begs for more cows. Currently, the replacement rate benchmark is 15.3 percent, but the example I had worked out was for a 20 percent replacement rate because you have to keep in mind that not all replacement heifers breed.

So what does this all mean in terms of the distribution of the cow herd? Assuming a typical herd of 100 cows, one would anticipate the inventory to be made up of 17 first-calf heifers, 15 second-calf heifers, 13 that are 4 years old, 11 that are 5, 10 that are 6, nine that are 7, eight that are 8, six that are 9, five that are 10, three that are 11, two that are 12 and one that is 13 or older.

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The distribution of age is slanted dramatically to the younger cows. Of the total cows, 45 would not be considered mature cows. Only six of the cows would be more than 10 years old.

Managing cows means keeping in mind the various groups of cows that are in the herd and then meeting their nutritional needs, not the nutritional needs for the average age of the cows. What this means is the cows need to be sorted.

To meet each group’s needs, a separate pen for the 17 first-calf heifers should be set and then add the 10-year-old and older cows. If the pastures were short or winter feed supplies challenging, the second-calf heifers and any thin cows (condition score 4 and under) should be added.

Essentially, the special needs group easily could be 43 cows based on age, plus a few thin cows from the mature group of cows. Half the herd needs to be on a stepped-up plan of nutrition designed to put some weight on the cows. The other half could follow a typical maintenance, hold-your-own type of plan.

Another way to look at that example is to look at what different ages of cows weigh in the fall. In this example, those first-calf heifers (2 1/2-year-olds) are always the lightest in the fall coming in at 1,082 pounds. The weight is taken in the fall when the cows are approximately half a year older than when they calved in the spring. The most logical time to weigh the cows is at weaning, so that is the weight that is discussed.

Now for the weights with the condition score in parenthesis. The 2-year-old weighed 1,082 pounds (4.9), 3-year-olds 1,184 (5), 4-year-olds 1,255 (5), 5-year-olds 1,279 (5.1), 6-year-olds 1,301 (5.2) and the 7-year-olds 1,304 (5.2).

One should note that cows keep growing until they reach 7 years of age in this data set. Body condition is more constant and levels a year earlier at 6 years of age.

The important point to remember is that cows are not fully grown as heifers and have seven years of growth before they start to decrease in weight. The 8-year-olds weighed 1,299 pounds (5.2), 9-year-olds 1,286 (5.1), 10-year-olds 1,265 (5), 11-year-olds 1,267 (4.9), 12-year-olds 1,236 (4.7), 13-year-olds 1,232 (4.5) and 14-year-olds 1,180 (4.3).

Cows slowly work themselves up to a peak weight when they are 7 years old and then start to lose weight until they leave the herd. The 14-year-old cows weigh the same as the 3-year-old cows in the fall of the year. Body condition is held more constant and 6-, 7- and 8-year-old cows all have similar body condition scores. However at 11-years-old, cows drop back to body condition scores more typical of 2-year-old cows.

The moral of the story is that young and old cows need to be treated similarly and fed separately from the main body of cows. That is, if you want excellent performance from all ages of cows.

Understanding the dynamics of the herd is critical to proper management.

May you find all your ear tags.

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Ready 2 Rumble! Order Today! Lautner Farms: 800-515-3284

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IF GREAT WASN’T AN OVER USED WORD I WOULD USE IT HERE. IF YOU WANT TO LAY YOUR EYES ON ONE BEAST OF A BULL TURN YOUR EYES THIS BULLS WAY. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THIS BULLS OFFSPRING OURSELVES! COREY THOMSON SAYS “READY 2 RUMBLE WILL TAKE CLUB CALF PRODUCTION TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.”

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Parks Show Cattle Online Steer & Heifer Sale

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Tag: 10
Sire: MONOPOLY
Dam: MADONNA DONOR
Date of Birth: 3/1/2014
Sex: STEER
Breed: MAINE-TAINER
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: Lot 20 might just be our favorite steer yet produced by our Madonna donor. Look at this guy from any angle and you won’t be disappointed. He is powerful yet still eye appealing and sound with enough leg hair for two. Don’t forget that this guy is still young with a very bright future because when he hits the ring he won’t be easy to beat!
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Tag: 12
Sire: TRADING FAVORS
Dam: KADABRA
Date of Birth: 3/12/2014
Sex: STEER
Breed: CHI
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: Lot 21 is one of the stoutest and biggest hipped steers we have! Backed by a young Kadabra donor cow that is making a name for herself here at Parks Show Cattle and sired by a much underused bull Trading Favors. This steer will work great for an earlier fair and will hold on the winter show circuit. Don’t hold back because this guy never will!
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Tag: 17
Sire: TRADING FAVORS
Dam: ABOUT TIME
Date of Birth: 3/20/2014
Sex: STEER
Breed: CHI
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: This guy might just be one of the most complete steers we have. He is sound, deep flanked and square made with some chrome and some blue to catch the Judge’s eye. Buy him, take him home, and feed him. It’s as easy as that!
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Tag: 39
Sire: MONOPOLY
Dam: MAVERICK / WAG HAIRETTA
Date of Birth: 4/16/2014
Sex: STEER
Breed: CHI / MAINE-TAINER
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: Lot 23 is the youngest steer in the sale that has no shortage in quality. This monster hipped, massive boned steer has all the right pieces to make a show steer that will be tough to beat! Have we talked about how hairy and neat fronted this guy is yet? Plus he has a pedigree that is stacked with winners and high sellers

 

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B&A Farms and Hanes Family Farms Fall Female Focus Online Sale

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Name: Princess
Tag: 12
Sire: Jesse James
Dam: Monopoly- Friction
Date of Birth: 3/20/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Chi-maine-angus
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: Princess is the first calf out of the future donor #12 Missy, Missy is the flush mate sister to the AI sire Checkmate. Princess has already been in front of a back drop this summer as part of a champion cow/calf pair. Princess is deep, smooth, sound, great fronted, and hairy. No doubt you will be flushing this one someday.
Special Note: All cattle have been checked by a Veterinarian and have been deemed structurally sound and health at the time of the sale. No guarantee after sale date for fertility or soundness

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Name: Sasha
Tag: Sasha
Sire: Monopoly 2
Dam: Hot Sauce
Date of Birth: 3/1/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Chi-maine-angus
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: Sasha, if you like red and white then don’t miss out here. She has been a favorite since she hit the ground. She goes back to the many time champion Hot Sauce cow and everyone knows what the Monopoly blood lines have done. This heifer is balanced, squared hipped, powerful and has a great attitude. Take her home, feed her and go have some fun.

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Name: Gail
Tag: 1
Sire: Unstoppable
Dam: White Noise- Simmy/angus
Date of Birth: 1/29/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Maine-Chi-Angus-Simmy
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: Gail, if you want a female that can compete in the ring and then go to the pasture and produce the great ones, her she is. This heifer is long bodied, deep, thick, smooth, great fronted, sound and hairy I don’t know what else you can ask for. Put an advanced showman on her halter and the sky is the limit.

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Name: Jo Ann
Tag: 15
Sire: Monopoly 2
Dam: Payback-Double stuff
Date of Birth: 2/22/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Chi-maine-angus- shorthorn
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: Jo Ann may have lost the tips of her ears on a cold -12 degree winter night but she is one tough female. She is powerful, thick, smooth, deep, sound, great disposition and out of Payback-Double Stuff cow that keeps producing champions.

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Tag: 10
Sire: I 80
Dam: Smooth Sailing- Mimms#50 donor
Date of Birth: 5/10/2012
Sex: Bred Cow
Breed: Chi-maine-angus
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: This bred heifer goes back to the great Mimms donor # 50 and out of I 80. This heifer is deep, thick, sound and hairy, hairy, and hairy. Did I mention she is hairy? We bred her to Rodgers new Built Right x Witch Doctor bull Outsider, this should work well. This heifer has future donor wrote all over her. Bred to Outsider on April 27, Pasture exposed to a Monopoly son out of # 38 (Margaret’s mother) from 5-15 thru 7-30, ultrasound on 9-25 as 140 days bred

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Tag: 8
Sire: Sunseeker
Dam: Who made Who-angus
Date of Birth: 2/24/2008
Sex: Bred Cow
Breed: Chi-maine-angus
Location of Cattle: Minford, Ohio
Consigner: Brian Hanes 740-352-4246 or Brian Burchett 740-283-3388
Comments: Here is a powerful, stylish, and smooth daughter out of Sun Seeker and WMW/ Angus cow. She has been a top producer for us over the years. One that we hate to see leave the farm. Bred to Man among Boys on May 19, Pasture exposed to I 80 son from 5-29 thru 8-31, ultrasound on 9-25 as 120 days bred

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SEMEN NOW COLLECTED AND READY TO BE SHIPPED-COOL WATER- NEW FROM LAUTNER FARMS!

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Blach & Triple JB Cattle Online Steer and Heifer Sale

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Tag: 190
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: Donor 8504 Friction
Date of Birth: 4/2/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Cross
Location of Cattle: Yuma, CO
Consigner: Jeremy 970-630-4481 or Jace 970-673-6055 or Barn 970-848-5117
Comments: Full sister to the $43,000 bull Gold Rush. Best calf this Friction donor has raised to date. Long bodied, soggy, and sound. Rocket necked with tons of hair. Heifer is very gentle and after she hangs the banners she could top the donor pen.
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Tag: 725
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: Donor 8011 Alias
Date of Birth: 3/28/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Cross
Location of Cattle: Yuma, CO
Consigner: Jeremy 970-630-4481 or Jace 970-673-6055 or Barn 970-848-5117
Comments: Take a look at this high donor quality female. Extremely feminine in her make up with great muscle shape and thickness to her. Her full sister sold to Justin Tracy for $12,500.
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Tag: 2006
Sire: Jesse James
Date of Birth: 3/27/2014
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Cross
Location of Cattle: Yuma, CO
Consigner: Jeremy 970-630-4481 or Jace 970-673-6055 or Barn 970-848-5117
Comments: Blaze face heifer has the look. Slightly green during at the time of pictures and videos but has come a very long way. Lots of potential here. Her neck and length and depth of body make her complete.
Special Terms and Conditions: Seller retains the rights to 1 flush (minimum 6 grade 1 eggs) at seller’s expense and buyer’s convenience. Seller also retains ALL DNA rights
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LAUTNER FARMS “SILVER LINING” SEMEN AVAILABLE TO ORDER 800-515-3284

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 WITH THE SMOKE CRAZE RUNNING RAMPANT IN THE SHOW RING, SILVER LINING WAS A BULL WE KNEW WE NEEDED TO HAVE IN OUR 2014 LINEUP. WET OR DRY THIS BULL IMPRESSES THE MOST CRITICAL CLUB CALF PEOPLE. THE MORE YOU STUDY THIS BEAST THE MORE YOU YOU ARE IMPRESSED. SUPER COMPLETE WITH GREAT BONE, MUSCLE AND MASS IN AN ULTRA SOUND PACKAGE. WE FEEL THIS BULL IS DESTINED FOR GREAT THINGS.

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McDaniel/Wiedel Round 2 Online Club Calf Sale

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Tag: 4
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: F10 (Cub 116)
Date of Birth: March
Sex: Steer
Breed: Chianina/Crossbred
Location of Cattle: Indianola, Iowa
Consigner: Alan McDaniel 515-979-1894 Mike Deniz 559-363-1957 Curtis Wiedel 402-768-8066
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Special Terms and Conditions: Retaining single successful flush on all females at buyers convenience and our expense. Retaining rights to cell line on all animals selling. Successful flush defined as 8 eggs or single flush whatever is greater.
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Tag: 5
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: PB SIM
Date of Birth: April
Sex: Heifer
Breed: Foundation SIM/ Chi
Location of Cattle: Indianola, Iowa
Consigner: Alan McDaniel 515-979-1894 Mike Deniz 559-363-1957 Curtis Wiedel 402-768-8066
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Special Terms and Conditions: Retaining single successful flush on all females at buyers convenience and our expense. Retaining rights to cell line on all animals selling. Successful flush defined as 8 eggs or single flush whatever is greater.
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Tag: 6
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: F10 (Cub 116)
Date of Birth: March
Sex: Steer
Breed: Chianina/Crossbred
Location of Cattle: Indianola, Iowa
Consigner: Alan McDaniel 515-979-1894 Mike Deniz 559-363-1957 Curtis Wiedel 402-768-8066
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Special Terms and Conditions: Retaining single successful flush on all females at buyers convenience and our expense. Retaining rights to cell line on all animals selling. Successful flush defined as 8 eggs or single flush whatever is greater
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GOLD RUSH: One Gold Mine After Another! Order Today: Lautner Farms 800-515-3284

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Gold Rush is throwing massive bone and muscle with a great color pattern. Added bonus is Gold Rush is safe for second calver’s and beyond.

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Parks Show Cattle Online Steer & Heifer Sale- OCTOBER 21ST

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Sire: I-80
Dam: MADONNA DONOR (SOONER/DR. WHO)
Date of Birth: 1/11/2014
Sex: HEIFER
Breed: MAINE-ANJOU
DNA: THF / PHAF
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: This is a maternal legend in the making. PSC So Fancy 111B is a ¾ sister to the reigning Triple Crown winner Daddy’s Money. Her mother was named Champion Maine-Tainer at the 2009 Ohio State Fair and is one of our lead donors. This high Maine is super soft bellied, just plain massive from the ground up, and as sound as you can make one. Whether you are looking for a show heifer or a future donor; you get both with So Fancy. She is registered to show at NAILE next month! Her flush mate is selling as Lot 13. Seller is retaining the right to 2 flushes with a minimum of 12 embryos. AMAA 447879
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Tag: 22
Sire: I-80
Dam: MADONNA DONOR (SOONER/DR. WHO)
Date of Birth: 4/10/2014
Sex: HEIFER
Breed: MAINE-ANJOU
DNA: THF / PHAF
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: PSC Imperial 410B wasn’t feeling good on picture day but don’t let that fool you. This young lady is as stout and hairy of a high percentage Maine-Anjou as we have seen! Just imagine what this one could produce as a cow. Breed her clubby or back to a Maine-Anjou it really wouldn’t matter. She is a flush mate to Lot 12 and is entered for the NAILE next month. AMAA 447880
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Tag: 19
Sire: I-80
Dam: EYE CANDY / HABENERO
Date of Birth: 3/18/2014
Sex: HEIFER
Breed: MAINE-TAINER
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: This Maine-Tainer female is a very complete bovine. She’s super stout made, soggy as a sow, and monster boned yet in a very feminine package. She is one that is farther along in her condition and can go out now and stand some heat. Lot 15 is backed by an Eye Candy/Habanero cow that was a former Champion Market Heifer at the Ohio State Fair. Her Grand Dam raised the Third Overall Steer at MLE a few years back.
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Tag: 49
Sire: I-80
Dam: FULL SIB TO SHE’S SO SWEET (MAXIMUS)
Date of Birth: 10/8/2013
Sex: HEIFER
Breed: MAINE-TAINER – AOB (1/4 SIMMENTAL)
DNA: THF / PHAF
Location of Cattle: METAMORA, MI
Consigner: PARKS SHOW CATTLE – BARRY HOFFMAN 419-680-1314 DAVID SOURS 419-455-4573 DAVID PARKS 248-765-7844
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Comments: If you are looking for cow power then you better look hard at this female. She is out of a full sib to the now legendary now deceased She’s So Sweet donor of Jones Show Cattle. Lot 17 brings a great maternal pedigree with a club calf spin that will make her a great cow for making both heifers and steers. She is THF and PHAF by pedigree. Just imagine your breeding options with this one!

 

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LAUTNER FARMS, WE HAVE THE GREATEST SIRES IN AMERICA! ORDER TODAY 800-515-3284

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WELCOME OUR NEW AND EXCITING SIRES FOR 2014

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For Sale private treaty- from conrad elmore- 641-203-8916

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First Choice Consignment Spring Born Sale- sale closing soon!

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Heifer
Sire: Monopoly Money
Dam: Ali
Breed: Mainetainer
D.O.B.: 3/9/14
Tag: 17
Comments:

This haired up heifer has the look and eye appeal it takes to get noticed from the masses, and it’s still her square and functional build that will make her compete at any level. Been a crowd favorite from the beginning. Wonderful disposition. Buy her or get beat by her!

Contact: Jeff Speckhart
Phone: 309-368-5292
Steer
Sire: Bojo
Dam: Carnac
Breed: Mainetainer
D.O.B.: 4/5/14
Tag: 8B
Comments:

Big legged, soft middled, super disposition are words to describe him! Not only is he thick, but he moves too, what a powerful package. Dam was a past class winner at Badger Kickoff Classic. Excellent prospect for first time showperson.

Heifer
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: Paddy x Simmi
Breed: 1/4 Simmi
D.O.B.: April
Tag: Monopoly
Comments:

Yes, she is green. Extremely green. You are welcome because that just means if you like her now, you are going to love her when you get her filled out. Study the lines on this one because they are about as good as you can draw them. Her neck comes out of her shoulder as high as it possibly could and you couldn’t find a giraffe with a tighter neck than her. Think about how chubby and good bellied Monopoly’s usually are then add a Simmi cow on the bottom side here. This one is bred to belly down for you.

Heifer
Sire: Jesse James
Dam: Monopoly
Breed: Chi
D.O.B.: 3/3/14
Tag: 15
Comments:

Here’s an extremely stout, bold ribbed, and big bodied heifer! She has a wonderful disposition and will work for a beginner showperson. With her added cow feature, she will prove not only to be easy keeping through the show season but also when she’s turned out to pasture.

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It’s time to add Milkman to your next SEMEN ORDER-800-515-3284

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MILK MAN’S CONTINUED ABILITY TO SIRE STATE FAIR AND TEXAS SLICK SHEERED WINNING STEERS HASN’T CHANGED ONE BIT. WITH BROCK MAY’S RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION STEER AT THE WISCONSIN STATE FAIR AND KACY BLAND’S RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION STEER AT SAN ANTONIO FOR HIS MOST LATEST WINS, MILK MAN CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE HOTTEST, PROVEN CHAROLAIS BULLS ON THE MARKET- CALL TODAY AN ORDER 800-515-3284!

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Fennig Show Cattle Fall Classic Online Sale -closes tonight

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Offering: heifer
Ear Tag: 46
Sire: Monopoly
Dam: GCC Sioux Star 8/19U Irish Whiskey
Breed: MaineTainer
D.O.B: 4/5
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Comments: Power in the blood here boys. Here’s a female with enough history and powerful genetics to start a herd from, an obvious choice for our lot 1 selection. Her mother GCC Sioux Star 8/19U Irish Whiskey is hands down the best cow to graze our pastures. Cross that with the winningest club calf bull in the industry and this female gets really hard to let go. You may already be familiar with this cow family as 8/19′s ’13 bull progeny was not only a standout in Denver but Last Stand is now making his mark as the most popular Maine in the Griswold lineup as he demanded $40K for half interest in their April bull sale. But now let’s talk about her; a perfect stamp of her mother; huge footed, soft centered and as maternal as it gets. She’s the kind of female that flat works!

Offering: steer
Ear Tag: 38
Sire: I-80
Dam: Eye Candy x K- 2846 FSC Donor
Breed: Maine
D.O.B: 3/14
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Comments: Here’s an I-80 steer that has really grown on us, and the more you look at him the harder it is to fault him. He’s whistle fronted, tank belled with an ass that doesn’t stop. He pulls it all together into an ultra smooth package that we feel could take you the extra mile. This stud has all the pieces to run and will really scare the big boys. If you want to compete in the steer deal, jump all over this guy. He’s your man!

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Ear Tag: 39
Sire: I-80
Dam: Eye Candy x 2416 FSC Donor
Breed: Maine
D.O.B: 3/3
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Comments: This steer is by far the biggest ribbed steer in our offering but thats not all he has. Square from top to bottom. Look at his thickness and great front. This one is as smooth and as sound as they come. You wont be disapointed with this one! Dams Maternal Sib was a NAILE Reserve Division Winner in 2011.

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Removing Risk From a Risky Business

Author: Kristy

No matter how long you’ve been in the cattle industry, there is always something new to learn. From animal handling to health strategies to nutrition, beef production has plenty of room for innovations—and problems.

To mitigate those risks, more than 130 beef producers from 17 states gathered in Omaha, Neb., for the Beef Today Cowboy College on Sept. 9 and 10. The two-day educational program was designed specifically for feedlot cattle crews—processing teams, cowboy doctors and others involved in the day-to-day care and welfare of feedlot calves. Identifying and dealing with high-risk calves was the focus for the cattlemen in attendance.

The program featured industry-leading veterinarians Dan Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University; Mike Apley, Kansas State University professor; and Tom Noffsinger, animal handling expert and feedlot consultant from Benkelman, Neb.

Dan Thomson started off the event by discussing the management of newly received cattle. Before cattle even arrive at the feedyard, they can often be grouped by low-risk or high-risk for disease:

Low-Risk

  • Yearlings—wheat- or grass-fed cattle
  • Backgrounded cattle (be careful how long)
  • Preconditioned calves
  • Mexican cattle

High-Risk

  • Sale barn origin
  • Freshly weaned ranch cattle
  • Commingled cattle
  • Add-ons

“When we get into high-risk calves, the big thing is setting our expectations. It always blows my mind that we set the expectation that none of these are going to die; we’re going to save them all,” Thomson says.

Several changes can be made to feedyards to help prevent high-risk cattle from dying, such as altering the plane of nutrition or using different health protocols.

No matter how good an operation is at implementing these changes, however, there is likely to be some death loss. “That’s reality,” Thomson says. “We have to set realistic expectations.”

In setting those expectations, feeders need to determine what is normal. Looking at records from cattle fed from a particular region or type of calves can show variations in the number and type of cattle making it to the packer, but those differences are expected.

“If we want to change the outcome, you’ve got to change the process, distort the process or distort the data. It’s the only three ways to change the outcome,” Thomson says.

Changing the process is the best method to achieve better outcomes.

Proper management during the first 45 days on feed for high-risk calves is critical. Tom Noffsinger outlined areas feedlots should target within that early window of feeding.

“We create a lot of our own problems,” he says.

Oftentimes, cattle are taken through the processing barn only to find out they were worked at the ranch. Cow-calf producers can reduce stress by castrating and weaning calves 30 to 45 days prior to leaving the farm.

Feedlot employees need to communicate with producers when new cattle are bought to determine what has been done to a calf, in an effort to reduce stress and the redundancies of treatment.

Feedlot crews also need to do a better job of working as a team, Noffsinger says.

“You have to understand each other and each other’s responsibilities,” he adds. “Everything is ‘we’ to accomplish this.”

He recommends having employees do different jobs at the feedyard, even if it is just for a day. This helps all employees get a grasp on how important each person’s role is to the overall success of feeding cattle.
Similarly, when learning something new while handling cattle, workers should be sure to teach others in the operation.

Use low-stress handling to manage and move cattle.

Part of Noffsinger’s method of handling is “nothing in the hands stockmanship.” This means not using hotshots, sorting sticks or paddles, unless the situation absolutely calls for it. For instance, when moving cattle in a muddy lot, it may be difficult for people and animals to move on foot, so a sorting stick could be handy to save steps.

“Every time you walk into a pen of cattle, it should be a positive experience for the animals and yourself. There are times you make a mistake, but if you do, fix it,” Noffsinger says.

Still, cattle health wrecks are likely to happen, says Kansas State’s Mike Apley. He detailed the timely and adequate use of antibiotics for treatment while making therapeutic choices.

Feeders can help prevent health wrecks by having a written protocol of the treatment plan. The plan should be developed with the aid of a veterinarian and readdressed at least every six months.

“The days of verbal protocols are gone,” Apley says. “We can’t afford not having written treatment protocols.”

A written protocol instructs feedlot crews to consider every health step they do and makes certain there is justification for the type of treatment. “It gives you a road map going forward. Anytime you build a road map of where you’re going to go on a trip, it forces you to plan,” Apley says.

Consistently applying the treatment protocols is the No. 1 concern— it isn’t optional.

Protocols need to have a defined ending point for treatment based on either successful response to treatment or the point where further treatment will be inhumane and/or unrewarding. For example, at a feedlot several years ago, Apley was asked to consult at a facility having a large number of calf health problems. In one instance, a calf was treated 28 times.

Apley had the sick cattle moved into separate pens and only allowed a maximum of three treatments per head. “If we needed to euthanize, we euthanized. Otherwise, we stopped. At the end of that week, a lot of the calves looked better,” he says.

The experience proved to be a lesson in how sick calves should be treated. “We’ve got to have a stopping point for treatment, and we have to agree where it is,” Apley says. “I don’t think that use of an antibiotic should be our permanent solution. It is effective, but our goal as an industry is to figure out a way to handle these cattle, so we avoid the need for antibiotic treatment.”

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