Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/20/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $22,500 - Flush sired by Buyers Choice
    Schaeffer and Tice Online Embryo Sale 2-21-17 #4
  2. $15,000 - Bull sired by Monopoly
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #17
  3. $12,200 - Bull sired by EXAR Blue Chip
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #5
  4. $8,300 - Pregnancy sired by Silveiras Style 9303
    Schaeffer and Tice Online Embryo Sale 2-21-17 #2b
  5. $8,000 - Bull sired by Merlin
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #13
  6. $7,400 - Bull sired by Driving 80
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #1
  7. $6,800 - Pregnancy sired by Buyers Choice
    Schaeffer and Tice Online Embryo Sale 2-21-17 #7
  8. $6,750 - Flush sired by Buyers Choice
    Schaeffer and Tice Online Embryo Sale 2-21-17 #18
  9. $5,900 - Bull sired by Made to Order
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #2
  10. $5,900 - Bull sired by Monopoly
    Herd Builders Unlimited 2017 #22

Recent Updates

New Youtube Videos 2/26/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

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New Youtube Videos 2/25/2017

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

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Videos posted to various livestock related videos yesterday...


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Pulse Photos

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

You just branded.


Literally.

Your calf earned a banner and you are stepping out of the barn where you branded him.

Somebody is stopping you to take a picture for The Pulse.

TAKE A MOMENT AND ASK THEM TO LET YOU SETUP IN A GOOD SPOT WITH BETTER LIGHTING.

Nowadays those pictures are a bigger deal than the official Showchampions pictures.  Taking a picture with bad lighting with a large, busy, background makes your calf look significantly worse than the champion he is.

Don't be rude.

Just ask to move somewhere out of direct sunlight, near a wall, and take a moment to set your steer up.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/13/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $205,000 - Bull sired by W/C Loaded Up 1119Y
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #74
  2. $60,000 - Bull sired by HH ADVANCE 4075B ET
    Hoffman Ranch Bull Sale 2-17-17 #1
  3. $56,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load 54U
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #43
  4. $52,500 - Bull sired by PYRAMID 16W 110T 9116
    Hoffman Ranch Bull Sale 2-17-17 #20
  5. $38,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Yardley Utah Y361
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #155
  6. $33,000 - Bull sired by W/C United 956Y
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #17
  7. $33,000 - Bull sired by W/C Loaded Up 1119Y
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #75
  8. $32,500 - Bull sired by CRR 109 CATAPULT 322
    Hoffman Ranch Bull Sale 2-17-17 #51
  9. $31,000 - Bred Heifer sired by W/C No Remorse 763Y
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #156
  10. $29,000 - Bull sired by CCR Anchor 9071B
    Werning Cattle Company 36th Annual Production Sale 2017 #92

Race to Lightweight

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

This is a chart of the average of all 21 weight breaks in Fort Worth over the past twelve years.  There's no upper end for the heavy weight class so there are six less class breaks than actual classes.

What's significant about it?  They've been dropping since 2010 when they peaked at 1,213 lbs.  Since then they've dropped by 41 lbs.

There's been a 21 lbs drop in just the past two years.

What does it mean?  You have to have an increasingly lighter weight calf to stay away from the big boys.

Minor Update - Front Page Load Time

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

The front page of the site will load a lot faster now that I've fixed the issue that caused certain blog links to show up 100 times.


Sorry it wasn't addressed a lot sooner.

No post today...

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

…just me taking a moment to whine about living on freaking Grand Theft Auto map since Saturday.

There's been a min-crime wave in San Antonio during that time.  Evidently, I’ve been following the criminal gang responsible for it around northern San Antonio the past few days.

They finally arrested them so you guys don't have to worry about it next week…



Saturday - Driving from working on little league fields to our house under construction.  Why is there police tape all over the community mailboxes?

These guys shot the mail carrier an hour earlier.

Monday - Getting my mail at the Spring Branch Post Office.  Why are there police all over the place?

These guys were on a high-speed chase shooting at police in that same area less than ten minutes before.

Tuesday - Taking my son down to batting cages by the airport.  Why are there helicopters all over the place?

Because these guys were escaping from police at the mall two miles away.

Let's Be Clear Though

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017




San Angelo GeoMap

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

With significantly less passive aggressive implications than the Fort Worth map...



Counties/Chapters with multiple brands...

5 Steers

Tom Green County (San Angelo)

2 Steers

Comanche County
Lubbock County
Montgomery FFA
Roby FFA

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 2/6/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $45,500 - Steer sired by Monopoly
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #1
  2. $25,500 - Steer sired by Smokin Bob
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #3
  3. $25,000 - Steer sired by Fu Man Chu
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #2
  4. $23,500 - Steer sired by Here I Am
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #4
  5. $16,500 - Steer sired by Monopoly
    CR Show Cattle Online Sale 2-12-17 #9
  6. $16,500 - Steer sired by Heat Wave
    Ryan Forman Show Cattle Summer Born Sale 2-12-17 #1
  7. $16,000 - Steer sired by Heat Wave
    JG Cattle Co Online Sale 2-9-17 #1
  8. $16,000 - Steer sired by Satisfaction
    Potts Show Cattle Summer Born Steer Online Sale 2-12-17 #1
  9. $15,500 - Steer sired by Huff n Puff
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #5
  10. $14,000 - Steer sired by Dakota Gold
    Bruns, Criner and Jackson Summer Born Calf Sale 2-11-17 #6

Why this time is different

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

I wrote a pretty harsh blog post five years ago after that fiasco in Fort Worth.  It’s still the most linked to thing I’ve written here.  Do you know what I didn’t do in that long post?  Say he shouldn’t be back to judge the next year.  

The problems that year were easily fixable and he fixed them.  By all accounts Dr. Johnson did an excellent job in the second year of his stint as the judge at Fort Worth.

He did that because he was able to address the problems from his first year, he knows cattle, and he’s one of the premiere judges in the country.

This is different.

The problems with what happened at Fort Worth last week go deeper than just not giving kids attention.  Nobody is complaining they didn’t get a good look.  There’s no traffic flow issues that can be fixed with better organization.  The show, from a logistical point of view, was run well.

The problem is the judge last week just doesn’t sort cattle the way haired show steers should be judged today.

The people who would typically stand up to defend a judge’s choices have been put in the difficult spot of knowing that they must also ignore the progress that has been made in the quality of show steers over the past decade in order to defend those choices.

That’s not saying he’s a bad person or a bad cattleman.  I don't know him but people who do say he's a great guy.  

He just doesn’t belong in the ring judging the steer show at Fort Worth.

The management of Fort Worth can stick to their guns, ignore the nearly universal opinion of the judging last week, and bring him back next year if they want.  It won’t impact the show numbers, nobody actually follows through with those threats to not show the next year.  
 
He can’t come back though.

Not if they respect their exhibitors.

Why Shouldn’t Americans win Grand or Reserve at Haired Majors?

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2017

Let's start with the disclaimer again.  People should be and deserve to be proud of a placing, regardless of whether other people disagree with it.

I love American cattle.

Not in the “well, I can’t compete with the exotics, I might as well try breeding Americans” way that you bandwagon steer jocks have started doing, I really do like American cattle.  

I like they way they look, like the way they move, like the fact that the good ones last twenty years, and I even like their attitudes.  They’re fun cattle.  They keep you on your toes while working them.  They’re smarter than your exotics.

American cattle are regularly in contention for grand or reserve down here in south Texas.  Heck, we bred two steers that did it.  They can contend in South Texas because steers down here don’t typically have two inches of hair and, in general, our exotics aren’t as good as they are up north.  That’s not clubby stuff, that’s common sense cattleman stuff.
You have to make a LOT of mistakes in the exotics for the American to be your best option in the grand drive at a haired major.

They're also in contention at those shows because I'm talking about prospect and county shows, not shows with 1,500+ entries.

American cattle should never be in contention for one of the top two spots at Fort Worth.

We all like to joke that the Americans in Fort Worth aren’t actually American but ANY American breed champion at Fort Worth would have trouble making the sale if he had to do battle in Class 10 or Class 11.

They just can’t compete with the exotics in a haired show of the caliber of Fort Worth.  

American breeders won't get pissed at me for saying that because it's true.

Don’t take my word for it, just being in the American breed is a pretty clear indicator that a person doesn’t think their calf is in contention for grand or reserve.  Nobody who thinks logically would run a calf in the American class if that calf has a shot at winning the show.

Why?

If you get classed out in Fort Worth, you don’t go to the exotics, you go home.  If a person has a calf that they legitimately think is likely one of the two best steers going to Fort Worth, they’re an idiot for trying to show him American.  

It's not "Honorable Mention" it's "Reserve Grand Champion".

When DOES it make sense to use an American for reserve grand at a haired major?

When the judge has messed up his other breed winners so badly that the American in the drive is your best option.

Fort Worth Geomap

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2017

Where did the branding steers in Fort Worth come from?



*There was an error earlier because Google's tool I used to make these maps confused "Cameron, TX" with "Cameron COUNTY, TX".

Cities/Towns with 4+ steers branded...

6 Steers

FREDERICKSBURG, TX
LUBBOCK, TX
MIDLAND, TX

5 Steers

ABERNATHY, TX
DENVER CITY, TX
HOWE, TX

4 Steers

DENTON, TX
HEREFORD, TX
HERMLEIGH, TX
MIAMI, TX
WEATHERFORD, TX

Market Appropriate Weights

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2017

Let’s say that a calf in a lightweight class actually weighs the maximum weight in the Shothorn class at Fort Worth last week, 1099 lbs.

A person showing a steer like that shouldn’t be faulted for showing him and should not take insult from any statements regarding that calf not being big enough to win a breed.  I want to stress that fact.  People should be proud of a win even if others disagree with it.

People that take sub 1,100 lb steers to Fort Worth know they’re going with the goal of doing well in their class and that’s about it.  A calf that size is just too small when you put him up against other steers that are 200 lbs heavier.  

It doesn’t mean he’s not a good calf, it just means he’s not ready yet.

Plenty of smart people take small steers to shows with the intention of competing well in lightweight classes.

They don’t take offense to the fact that they’re not in contention for breed because they have common sense.


What is that and why is it relevant to lightweight show steers?

That’s a screen shot of the USDA direct slaughter cattle market report for January 30th.

Look at the weights for the steers.

The lowest weight in that set of 24,163 steers is 1,150.

HEIFERS in the report only go down to 1,100 lbs.

We’ve got five years of those reports archived on this site.  I went back and looked through them.  Steers under 1,100 lbs are so ‘not ready’ for slaughter that the USDA slaughter cattle market report hardly ever even includes them.

If a calf is such an outlier that he wouldn’t be in a market report for 24,163 steers, he is not market ready and he should not win a breed at a Texas major when there are dozens of high quality steers that are.

County shows?  Sure.

Fort Worth?  No.

Using a sub 1,100 lb. steer to win a breed at a show where the quality runs as deep as it does in the Shorthorn classes at Fort Worth is not defensible.

It shows a basic disregard for the entire purpose of raising cattle.

Not show steers.

Cattle.

First World Fort Worth Problems

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2017

Half of Texas right now...


Top Web Sale Lots Week of 1/30/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $24,000 - Bred Cow sired by Tyson
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #1
  2. $20,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Merlin
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #32
  3. $19,500 - Heifer sired by TR Mr Hammer
    JC Show Cattle Elite Heifer and Semen Sale 2-1-17 #1
  4. $14,750 - Bred Cow sired by Irish Whiskey
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #4
  5. $12,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Powerline
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #31
  6. $9,200 - Bred Heifer sired by Patton
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #53
  7. $9,000 - Bred Cow sired by Beat the Heat
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #3
  8. $9,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Merlin
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #92
  9. $8,800 - Bred Heifer sired by Payment Plan
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #103
  10. $8,500 - Bred Heifer sired by Adrenaline
    The 12th Annual Dakota Classic 2017 #55

Heckling Video Bounty

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2017

There's just no way to find a snarky or unique approach to saying don't heckle judges.

The kind of people yelling loud enough to hear over the phone wouldn't get the point anyway.  

There’s a line, at least there used to be one.

Let's see if we can't make that line more clear...

If it happens again, get it on camera.

Get faces.

Send it to me at jeff@cattle.com.

I'll donate $200 to the 4H club or FFA chapter of their choice if somebody sends me footage of it worth posting here.





Using Twitter for Show News

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2017

This is a lot of retweets and likes for an ag post, especially one from me.


I don't say that to brag, I'm saying it to emphasize that your exhibitors want you to do it.

Here's how you do it...

Step 1 – Take a picture of the weight breaks and class sheets.

Step 2 – Post picture to stock show Twitter account.

All done.

You can still tape them to the walls, just do this first.

You're now one of the most tech savvy major shows in the country.

You guys have social media people, have them spend 15 minutes on something like this instead of the feel good candid shots you fill your social media feeds with now.

Make your social media accounts something that are an asset to your exhibitors.

Weightbreaks.com

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2017

Don't forget we have a mobile friendly site with eleven years worth of weight break info...



Weightbreaks.com

Texas Major Show Breed Systems for Midwesterners

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017

This week’s the start of Texas major show season so I’m posting the breed summary for those up north who have never dealt with it.

I’ve posted this before but enough has changed to post it again.  Nobody is going to pick a breed based on this list.  It’s just a summary of the Texas major show breed systems for Midwesterners who have never dealt with it.

Why does a person need a summary of breeds?  Because it’s convoluted as hell.

The only two shows that use the same breed format are San Antonio and Houston.  Well, unless you have a Polled Hereford, in which case you’d show as a Hereford at San Antonio.  Of course, the Polled Herefords have their own breed in Fort Worth like all British breeds, well, other than Red Angus which shows with the exotics.

Take that Red Angus calf that would actually class Red Angus as another example.

In Fort Worth it’s a European Crossbred.  The next Monday in San Angelo it’s an English.  In San Antonio and Houston it’s a Red Angus.  In Austin it’s a British.  In reality, Red Angus steers just skip the other three and go to San Antonio or Houston.

Shorthorn is one of only two breeds to have their own breed at Austin in large part because they're really not British anymore and they're not actually European either but they still show with the English cattle at San Angelo.

And most of us love it.

It’s odd and confusing if you’ve never been exposed to it but the net effect is positive.  There’s a spot in a show for just about any type of steer you can think of.

Where does each type of animal show?

Breed Odessa Fort Worth San Angelo San Antonio Houston Austin
Angus Does not show. Angus English Angus Angus British
Red Angus Exotic Red Angus Red Angus
Hereford Hereford Hereford Hereford Hereford
Polled Hereford Polled Hereford Polled Hereford Hereford Polled Hereford
Shorthorn Does not show. Shorthorn Shorthorn Shorthorn Shorthorn
Brahman Cross American Breeds American Breeds Brahman Brahman Brahman
Black Polled American Brangus Brangus American Breeds
All Other Americans Gert
Simbrah
ABC
Gert
Simbrah
ABC
Red Crossbred European Other European Red Cross
Limousin
Simmental
Maine-Anjou
Red Cross
Limousin
Simmental
Maine-Anjou
AOB - Other
Black Crossbred Black European Black Cross
Limousin
Simmental
Maine-Anjou
Black Cross
Limousin
Simmental
Maine-Anjou
Smokes Other European Other Cross
Charolais
?Limousin?
?Simmental?
Other Cross
Charolais
?Limousin?
?Simmental?

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 1/23/2017

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $28,000 - Bred Heifer sired by W/C Loaded Up
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #4
  2. $21,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Snowball
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #41
  3. $20,000 - Bred Heifer sired by I-80
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #2
  4. $20,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Irish Whiskey
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #65
  5. $18,250 - Bred Heifer sired by Maternal Made
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #8
  6. $17,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Maternal Made
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #11
  7. $16,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Irish Whiskey son
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #69
  8. $15,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Maternal Made
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #7
  9. $14,750 - Bred Heifer sired by Made to Order
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #49
  10. $13,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Maternal Made
    2nd Annual Combined Forces Bred Female Sale 2017 #6

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