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Forgive some of us for not understanding Nevada…

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Us folks running cows on leased land in a lot of states already have a ton of experience losing them.

We lose leases to wildlife, typically the privately owned kind.  We lose leases without warning.  We lose leases because the land owner changes their mind.  We lose leases because we don’t fertilize during a drought.  We lose leases because owners die.  We lose leases because land gets sold.  We lose leases because of development.  We lose leases because we don’t spray for brush.  We lose leases because we don’t improve fences.  We lose leases because we do improve fences.

We for dang sure lose leases if we don’t pay the rent.

Yeah, you get pissed about it but it’s part of life when you want herd sizes that need more land than you were born into.

So why are you guys out there threating to start a literal war over a guy who doesn’t pay his rent losing a lease two decades after the land owner told him to move out?

There’s no point to this, I’m really asking why I’m supposed to care so deeply about it.

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For no legitimate reason...

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You want a job in the beef industry?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

Forget that clichéd young buck dream of becoming a ‘consultant’.  That career path (term used liberally) is for young guys that have a bunch of money behind them so they don’t have to actually earn a living or men that have already established their name.

Forget the cattle marketing/photography thing.  That’s become the new “I’m going to be a marine biologist” dream of young women and you missed the easy pickings by about a decade.  Your business will have to be built based by poaching the clients of well established firms which is hard enough to do when you have an established name.

Get a computer science degree.

You’d be surprised at just how many different associations and companies are in desperate need of somebody with a background in cattle that can program.  I’m talking good jobs, with actual benefits, and actual salaries - none of that 100% commission foolishness or living in a barn.

Get to the point that comics like this not only make sense but make you laugh…


Sure, you’ll have to work and –GASP-- learn a new skill in college.

It’s called doing what other people don’t want to do and it’s as close to a sure fire path to success as there is.

Daily Web Summary 4/15/2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

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CountyShows.org Weight Class Tool

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

A tool I made yesterday that takes the weights of animals and breaks them into the mathematically best (as defined by the lowest average standard deviation of weights in each class) possible three class weight breaks…

http://www.countyshows.org/weight_break_tool.aspx 

Features to be added include;
  1. Ability to select amount of classes
  2. Ability to select maximum class size variation
  3. Ability to select maximum class size
Take the Gert class from San Antonio this year as an example.  Here are the weights of each animal;

1000
1110
1141
1145
1147
1147
1153
1165
1169
1180
1184
1184
1186
1187
1190
1190
1192
1195
1197
1197
1198
1199
1201
1204
1204
1204
1215
1220
1254
1255
1269
1275
1277
1279
1283
1285
1285
1285
1287
1294
1307
1309
1309
1309
1330
1331
1335
1339
1339
1339
1345
1361
1368
1369
1369
1369
1375
1387
1392
1399
1399
1480

If you look at it closely you’ll see that there is a bit of a conundrum on where to break between the lightweights and the heavyweights.  If you break it at 1204, the lightweight class will have 26 head vs 18 in the medium and heavy classes.

That can’t be the proper way to cut it can it?

Actually, yes, it is, and San Antonio got that one right.  Copy and paste those numbers into the tool I posted above to see the results.  (you’ll also see that I haven’t set it up to deal with ‘ties’ yet)

The average deviation among the 72 possible ways to break classes using the class size criteria on the weight break tool was clearly in favor of the 26-18-18 class sizes.

That's not to say they got them all right.  They got about 30% of the breaks right according to the weight break tool and there were no less than two lightweight class winners that would have been in the middleweights if the classes were a bit more more uniform weight wise.

This tool can be especially useful for county show politics where you’re in charge of breaking classes and run into a situation where somebody call shenanigans on your breaks.  Using a free tool like this to break your classes relieves you of the responsibility and gives you a logical leg to stand on.

And yes, it’s a free tool.

Daily Web Summary 4/14/2014

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Daily Web Summary 4/13/2014

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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 4/7/2014

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $54,000 - Bull sired by GCC Black Watch 849T
  2. $45,000 - Heifer sired by CRR About Time 743
  3. $43,500 - Heifer sired by CRR About Time 743
  4. $42,000 - Bull sired by Goet I-80
  5. $40,000 - Bull sired by Goet I-80
  6. $32,000 - Bull sired by TH 89T 743 Untapped 425X
  7. $26,000 - Steer sired by Man Among Boys
  8. $17,501 - Steer sired by No Surprise
  9. $15,500 - Bull sired by GCC Maverick
  10. $15,000 - Bull sired by GCC Lonestar X902

Daily Web Summary 4/12/2014

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Sundays Best Steer Sale This Sunday

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014


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It's your job to get the ears...

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

I’m not kidding.

If you are charging for video work on American calves and the calf is borderline on classification, you need to get a shot of the head from the front.

Specifically, you need to get the shape and set of the ears.

I know you guys were all raised in Winterfell but down here those ears matter, a lot.

Clipping Day

MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2014

I know you guys like to take pretty pictures of five figure steers just masterfully clipped to look like a million bucks in facilities that are custom designed for it.

Not us.

This pretty much defines clipping days for us.  Well, at least the end of clipping day when the idiots finally come through.

One calf down on his side.

Holding pen gate left open by my dad so the calves can get mixed up again.

Me over here sitting and taking a picture because the one in the metal chute with his tongue sticking out isn’t just “not kid friendly” he’s not “35-year-old friendly” right now either.


Top Web Sale Lots Week of 3/31/2014

SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2014

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $26,000 - Steer sired by Man Among Boys
  2. $20,000 - Heifer sired by Buyer's Choice
  3. $17,501 - Steer sired by No Surprise
  4. $17,000 - Steer sired by Two Tone
  5. $17,000 - Steer sired by Severe Weather
  6. $16,500 - Steer sired by Red Cloud
  7. $16,500 - Heifer sired by TR PZC MR TURTON 0794ET
  8. $15,000 - Steer sired by Believe in Me
  9. $15,000 - Steer sired by Lifeline
  10. $15,000 - Steer sired by Milk Man

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