Top Web Sale Lots Week of 8/17/2015

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $130,000 - Bred Cow sired by Connealy Consensus 7229
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #74
  2. $120,000 - Heifer sired by RITO 9Q13 OF RITA 5F56 GHM
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #19
  3. $112,500 - Bred Cow sired by Connealy Consensus 7229
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #5
  4. $105,000 - Heifer sired by PVF INSIGHT 0129
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #102
  5. $102,000 - Bred Cow sired by S A V Bismarck 5682
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #201
  6. $100,000 - Heifer sired by Greens Premium 7578
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #149
  7. $95,000 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Class
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #128
  8. $80,000 - Heifer sired by A A R Ten X 7008 S A
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #9
  9. $78,000 - Heifer sired by G A R PROPHET
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #2B
  10. $70,000 - Heifer sired by C&C MCKINLEY 3000 EXAR
    The Big Event Express Ranches 2015 #100

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Awards for Jackpot Show Survey Results

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2015

I never posted the results of that award survey I did a few weeks month ago.

There were 238 responses overall.

The most popular choices were cash and buckles with cash a clear winner.
  1. Cash - .247
  2. Buckles - .213
  3. Equipment - .189
  4. Unique Awards - .168
  5. Ribbons/Banners - .107
  6. Trophies - .074
I’m more than a bit surprised that cash came out so highly.  Let’s be honest, if you people that jackpot cared about money, you wouldn’t be jackpotting in the first place.  I guess recouping a bit of the crazy amount of money it takes to go to properly compete at a show is pretty important to most.

Regional Differences

There were some regional differences and within the context of show steers, I define regions as Texas and the Midwest.

There were 72 responses from the state of Texas.  The weighted results for Texas were…
  1. Buckles - .265
  2. Cash - .218
  3. Equipment - .168
  4. Unique Awards - .145
  5. Ribbons/Banners - .122
  6. Trophies - .082
There were 122 responses from the Midwest.  The weight results from that region were…
  1. Cash - .254
  2. Equipment - .204
  3. Buckles - .191
  4. Unique Awards - .172
  5. Ribbons/Banners – .101
  6. Trophies - .076
The takeaways?

If you’re in Texas, people want buckles because we’re obnoxious Texans who think we have to literally wear our accomplishments on the front of our body.

Everyone likes money, even the people that will spend hundreds of dollars a day on a hair dresser for their calf.

Don’t waste money on trophies.

Damn it.

Livestockjudging.com Texas Cup

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015

I’m pleased to announce a yearlong contest between every 4-H club and FFA livestock judging team in the state of Texas.

Entry

Nothing at all required.  Just enter your FFA team or 4-H club in contests in the state of Texas that are reported on Judgingcard.com.

There’s no sanctioning for events and no entry fee.  Every contest reported on Judgingcard will be included in the ranking and every team that finishes in the top twenty at an event will earn points.

Award

This pretty darn nice cup…


It will be given to the team at some time in the summer of 2016, at a time and place convenient for the team that wins.

Point System

Points for the 2016 Texas Cup will be earned between August 1st 2015 and the end of the Texas 4-H state judging contest in 2016.

The maximum amount of points awarded for a contest will be based upon the total amount of senior (or highest division) entries in the event.  Teams finishing in the top twenty of an event will earn points based on the following schedule…

1st – 100%
2nd – 90%
3rd – 85%
4th – 80%
5th – 75%
6th – 70%
7th – 65%
8th – 60%
9th – 55%
10th – 50%
11th – 45%
12th – 40%
13th – 35%
14th – 30%
15th – 25%
16th – 20%
17th – 15%
18th – 10%
19th – 5%
20th – 2.5%

Points will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Example: If your team finishes 15th at an event with 250 individual senior entries your team would earn 63 points (250 * 0.25)

A 4-H club or FFA chapter can only earn points from one team at any individual event.  If there are two teams from a club/chapter that earn points, only the points earned from the highest placing team will be considered.

A team can earn points for up to ten events in a year.  In the common occurrence of teams entering more than ten events, only the top ten events (by points) will count toward their overall score.

The Texas FFA and 4-H state contests will each count for 1,000 points.

Point Reports

Points will be updated weekly on Livestockjudging.com.

In the bottom pair...

MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015

This is part ten of a ten part series that started on July 13th.

So, really, what now?  Would I do it again?  Would I recommend it for others?

I’d do it again.  I’m disappointed but not regretful.

I wouldn’t recommend anybody else leaving their cows.  They’re a bigger part of your life, and frankly your soul, than you know.  It’s worth the B.S. that comes along with it.

No, don’t do it.  There’s no one thing that led to my decision to move on to another stage of life.  If the oil boom wouldn’t have happened and things were still calm around that area, I’d probably be there.  If the upper end school districts there were better than the lower end school districts where were are now, I’d probably have figured something out.  It doesn’t matter what Luke thinks, I could have gotten him properly brainwashed into loving to spend an hour a day taking care of a calf.

But that ignores the fact that I think this little ‘industry’ is moving further and further away from a hobby and into a business every year.  The amount of people trying to find some sort of foothold in raising show steers –whether that be by breeding from scratch, fitting, trading, or blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars of oil money at every auction you can find- keeps increasing every single year despite the fact that there really aren’t that many more kids jumping into the ring to compete.

Yes, you can still do it as a small guy.  You better damn well have your cow herd ready though because you aren’t going to be able to justify the cost of genetics nowadays.

And that’s at the root of it.

Outside the context of taxes, it’s not a viable side business, it’s something you do for enjoyment.

If your particular situation causes you more anger and disappointment than enjoyment, you’re losing on both ends.

It’s time for me to stop trying to chase after something I want to do and start focusing on what’s best for my kids.

Does that mean this site is going away?

Hell no.

I really don't think it will impact it much at all.

No, the worst thing that could happen to this site would be Mark Sneed deciding he doesn’t really like the results he gets with the clone stamp tool.

I actually started working toward some changes to make this site more viable long term last week.

That’s for later this week…

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 8/10/2015

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $225 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #7
  2. $225 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #8
  3. $200 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #1
  4. $185 - Semen sired by Heat Wave
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #2
  5. $175 - Sexed Semen sired by TR PZC MR Assertion 924 ET
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #4
  6. $100 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #5
  7. $100 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #45
  8. $96 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #9
  9. $95 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #6
  10. $90 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-12-15 #7

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The blog update list will show up again Monday afternoon.


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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 8/3/2015

SUNDAY, AUGUST 09, 2015

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $225 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #7
  2. $225 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #8
  3. $200 - Semen sired by Monopoly
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #2
  4. $200 - Semen sired by Heat Wave
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #1
  5. $175 - Semen sired by TR PZC Mr Assertion 924 ET
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #4
  6. $170 - Sexed Semen sired by I-80
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #5
  7. $120 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Matt Lautner Cattle Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #45
  8. $90 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #16
  9. $90 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #12
  10. $90 - Semen sired by Man Among Boys
    Lautner Farms Online Semen Sale 8-5-15 #14

What does this mean for Cattle.com?

THURSDAY, AUGUST 06, 2015

This is part 9 of a 10 part series that started in July 13th.

Heck if I know.

I didn’t write just a ton about our own operation to begin with.

Crappy Cattle Photoshop Award for 1st Week of August

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2015

As you guys put more and more pressure on your photographers to make your calves look good, they're going to get more and more sloppy trying to make your calves look too good to be true.

This time he just clone stamped the same region over and over while building bone.

What do I do now?

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

This is part eight of a ten part series that started on July 13th.

Honestly, I don’t know that I’ve had a free weekend.

We have actually dinner parties now.  “Dinner party” being inviting our church friends over to give me an excuse to cook crawfish.

I still volunteer at the same prospect shows I volunteered at before, there’s just no longer the pretense that I’m doing it as some sort of marketing ploy to sell calves.

I'm taking a Udacity class on Android app development.

Chess

About a week after I moved on from the cattle herd, I started ‘coaching’ the ‘chess team’ at our local elementary school.  Truth be told, I do it for the same selfish reasons I volunteer at prospect shows, so my kids will see me volunteering.  That whole subject will be another day.

I hear your judgement, it’s chess.

You’re right about just about all of those stereotypes.

My only defense is that the dad we 'stall' with at tournaments most often is a fighter pilot.

But by gosh, Luke aint half bad at it.  He’s trophied in his last five full tournaments he’s been in.  He’s bit of an outlier on the intelligence side of things and chess lets him do something with that.

I actually got him a real chess coach because I’m not very good a chess at all.  I justified the cost because a year’s worth of lessons only costs about half what a decently competitive mini-Hereford would cost and we don’t have to eat those miniature rib eyes.

Unlike feeding a show steer, he’s passionate about it, so we’re running with it until get gets burned out.

Golf

About 8-9 years ago I got on a little golf kick.  It didn’t last long because eventually I realized that I was paying some course to let me get four hours of sunlight when I could get that same outdoor exposure just going down to the ranch and doing a little bit of work.  The fact that I was absolutely terrible at golf had a big role in that as well.

Two months ago I got tired of not having a reason to get outside and started playing again.

A lot.

Too much actually.

I remember thinking at one time that I couldn’t imagine getting a golf handicap because I’d have to play a minimum of five rounds and that’d take several months to get groups together for.

NOT counting the golf scramble at the VATAT convention this week I’ve played seven rounds in the past 14-days.

I still suck at it.

“Bootcamp”

Don’t let the farmer beer bellies fool you, you do get a bit of a workout when you’re involved with a  ranch.  You don't get that programming websites.

Have you seen me lately?  Do you wonder why I look marginally sexier than I did earlier in the year?

It’s because the mornings I’m able to drag my fat butt out of bed at 5:30 AM I go do a bootcamp workout for girls.

I thought I was doing cross fit for the first three sessions because I’m a freaking idiot, I’m actually doing some sort of boot camp thing.  It doesn’t really matter, I can’t make it through the beginner level of either one.

I’m not the only dude in the class but I’m certainly the fatest and most out of shape. 

If you don't like me, wake up at 6 AM some day and think to yourself that somewhere there's a college girl taking little chunks out of whatever self pride I ever had with repeated “you’re doing great Jeff, keep it up” bull shit as I’m crawling my way up from another burpee.

I do the 6 AM workout session for one reason and one reason alone, I’m too embarrassed to do it during the day.

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