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I have no problems with this

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014

So this is making the rounds today…


…as an example of evil animal rights people targeting agriculture.

My question is why is it the HSUS offering that bounty and not the ag-centric organizations that claim they are concerned with animal welfare?

The time to put effort into fighting organizations like the HSUS isn't the few weeks after they find a video of animal cruelty.  That allows those scum bags establish the narrative.

The way to fight back is for the news to be that the industry itself found a case of cruelty and acted swiftly to punish it rather than sweep it under the rug.

Turn it into something the industry is actively fighting against instead of sitting back and reacting to.

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Terminology Tuesday - "85"

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014

A colloquialism commonly used in bull banners and advertisements to denote an unknown birth weight.

85 is club calf for unknown - as in “we really don’t know, here’s a generic number since you seem to be hung up on knowing the birth weight of bulls that weren’t actually weighed at birth”.

While some may think this is misleading that is because those people are suckers (idiots, rubes, noobies, marks, etc) that think calves born into club calf operations are routinely weighed at birth.  

The problem isn't the bull owners, it's the people who are unable to accept the fact that they don't actually know the birth weight on the bull they are using.  If it weren't for these suckers, the bull owners wouldn't have to lie in the first place because any rational person knows that club calf bulls that come from operations that weigh their calves are rare at best.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014

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Post more calf pics

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014

I’ve got an almost guilty obsession with pop-science/psychology books like Predictably Irrational, anything Malcolm Gladwell writes, You Are Now Less Dumb, the Freakonomics books, etc.  Basically if it’s a book where a reference to a random Daniel Kahneman study might pop up I’m going to be listening to an audio book of it shortly.

I’ve started to notice an alarming trend in these books though.  Neurologists and psychologists are evidently afraid that you people are oversharing too much of your life on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Grindr, and Instagram.

What is oversharing?  It’s what it sounds like, the habit of people, typically laid at the feet of millennials, to share each and every thing about their lives on social media.  I’ve also heard one or two comments about too many pictures posted to Facebook in regular conversation.

Let’s be clear on something…

It does not apply to cattle related pictures.

There is no such thing as too many baby calf pictures.

I -and everyone reading this right now- look at baby calf pictures of random people we’re friends with on Facebook but live six hours away the same way grandmothers look at baby pictures of their only grandchild.

We get a weekend away from jackpots and shows so we spend the night swiping down to see if anybody has posted pictures from the jackpots and shows we didn’t go to.

Do you have a picture on your phone with a calf in it?

Put it on your Facebook page.

I’m not being sarcastic; you cannot put enough pictures of your calves on Facebook.

Just stop tagging everybody you know in them.

Daily Web Summary 10/26/2014

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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/20/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $120,000 - Bull sired by I Believe
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #1
  2. $70,000 - Heifer sired by Mr HOC Broker
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #37
  3. $67,000 - Heifer sired by Hard Whiskey
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #6
  4. $62,500 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #18
  5. $61,000 - Heifer sired by CRR About Time 743
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #32
  6. $59,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #4
  7. $58,800 - Heifer sired by TR Mr Firewater 5792 R ET
    Bushy Park Farm Tradition of Excellence Elite Female Sale 2014 #45
  8. $41,500 - Heifer sired by LCX Unleashed Keepsake
    Willow Springs Cattle Co Online Sale 2014 #6
  9. $40,000 - Cow sired by Hooks Shear Force 38K
    Midwest Made JS Simmentals 2014 #1
  10. $39,000 - Heifer sired by Journey
    Tusa Show Cattle Fall Fantasy Heifer and Bull Sale 2014 #1

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You have to stand for something.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014

Can I share some stupidity?

Ever since we lost a calf crop to a suddenly sterile bull I’ve been pretty hard ass about making sure we get our bulls tested each year.

My dad whines about how much of a pain in the butt it is to get the bulls in to the vet’s office and how easily something could go wrong with mature bulls and unfamiliar surroundings.  I remind him that a sterile bull would cost us about $35,000 in lost calves nowadays and that if he would like to learn how to massage their prostate, I have a microscope.

So I got an appointment for 9 AM last Wednesday and made sure I had the bulls ready to go since I can’t stand being late for things.

We have three bulls to get tested this year a big Simangus, a midget yellow clubby bull, and 20-month old Brahman.  The smaller bulls were fighting with each other but not as bad as the big red bull so they were put in the front section of the trailer.  Unfortunately the yellow bull is a lot lower point of attack and can throw the Brahman around if he wants to.  I didn’t want to waste much time with them in there together so I made sure to get on the road as quick as I could.

They’re working on the highway at the intersection with the farm road we live on.  Right as I got to the intersection the tar truck drove by giving me a choice of driving over hot tar (the gravel truck wasn’t even visible) or letting the bulls fight for a solid twenty minutes while I took a detour down rough gravel and rock roads.

I chose to drive through the tar; it couldn’t make that big a mess and I want to stress again that really can’t stand being late for things.

Mistake one.

We started cleaning the thick layer of tar off of the wheel wells as soon as I got home.  The bulls had all tested just fine with the understanding that “just fine” for a 20-month old Brahman bull isn’t what it is for other breeds.

After an hour of scrubbing, spraying, and ruining clothes we were just about done.  In fact, there was basically just one little spot of tar left on the front right fender.  

My dad reached for it the wash rag in his left hand.

I went for it with the pressure washer.

We met in the middle.

Mistake two.

Our next choice was a difficult one since we live almost exactly between Pleasanton and Floresville.  Both towns have quite a bit of traffic related to oil field stuff and the distance to the emergency room is just about the same both ways.

With the fear of the old Florseville hospital still impacting us, we chose to go to Pleasanton.

Six hours, a considerable tab to the taxpayers (Medicare), and two Ebola “screenings” later we finally got to leave.  We’d have been out in a mere three hours if it weren’t for the fact that the pressure washer sprayed water up his hand underneath his skin.  They didn’t notice that until he was about to be discharged and had to call in an orthopedic surgeon to consult and give him two antibiotic IVs.

All in all, the fiasco wasted the entire day after 10 AM.

Because I didn’t want to be 20-minutes late to the vet.

You can say I was stupid and irresponsible a few times Wednesday and deserved to have a day wasted to teach me a lesson.

But you know what?

Every now and then you have to stop and think about what your priorities are.  What is important in your life?  What do you stand for?

I got those bulls ejaculated at 9:00 AM


Not 9:15 AM.


Not 9:30.


At 9:00 AM.


I think we can all agree that I know what matters in life.

OCC Machinist

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

What happened to that bull’s semen?

It didn’t get expensive and hard to find, it just disappeared.

If you have some OCC Machinist semen you’re interested in selling, call me at 210-380-7459 or e-mail me at jeff@cattle.com.

American Ears for Midwesterners

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

You guys up there get them every now and then, a calf that has an inexplicably long sheath or too much dewlap to reasonably sweat off.  He’s a good calf otherwise, he’s just not clean enough for a Midwestern show steer.  Maybe you can ship him south?  

Anybody can spot a long sheath and loose skin on a steer, what you want to look at is the ears.  What exactly are we talking about when we talk about the ears?  Here’s a basic primer if you don’t deal with many Americans…

Length, shape, and set are what you need to look for.

Length - It’s not just length but a longer ear is extremely important.  If you get them long enough, the shape really doesn’t matter that much because they’ll hang lower just due to the weight.

Shape - Look at the way the ear leaves the skull.  Does the base of the ear stick straight out, almost horizontally?  That’s exactly what you DON’T want.  An almost bell shape dropping out of the skull is what you are looking for.

Set - Where do the ears set on the skull?  The lower the better.

Why?

Because that’s what the more stingy of the classifiers have decided indicates an American influenced calf.  

It’s a great indicator but don’t let anybody fool you into thinking it’s entirely consistent.  We tried swinging for the fences and wasted one our best ½ Brahman cows on Solid Gold this year.  A ¼ blood calf ought to be enough to class but the son of a gun has the smallest ears on the place right now.

While it’s not hard to breed the character out of Americans by accident, finding the straight exotic with character is rare.

Remember when $2,250 seemed like a lot for a fat steer?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

Houston pays out a ton in added money.  In fact, if you took your additional premium check from this year to the bank and got pennies it would almost literally be a ton of money at 1,924 lbs.  The additional premium check is actually more than the guaranteed payment this year.

But for a bit of perspective on just how high cattle prices have gotten, think back to the time when placing in that 6th spot at Houston was profitable because the guaranteed $2,250 was a good price for a calf.  You don’t have to think back too far, just a couple years.

At Monday’s live cattle cash price that’s a premium of $32.90 over slaughter for a 1,350 lb calf.

For the typical 1,320 card weight (~1,390 actual weight) steer that's a loss of $17.84.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/13/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $106,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X
    Cyclone Trace Shorthorns Upfront 2014 #1a
  2. $80,000 - Heifer sired by GVC STATESMAN 4R ET
    Buck Cattle Co Fall Premier XX Sale 2014 #16
  3. $70,000 - Heifer sired by CYT Maxim 9202 ET
    Cyclone Trace Shorthorns Upfront 2014 #5
  4. $60,000 - Heifer sired by VH MR BG 1104
    Buck Cattle Co Fall Premier XX Sale 2014 #50
  5. $58,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
    Buck Cattle Co Fall Premier XX Sale 2014 #37
  6. $51,000 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
    RJ Cattle Co Online Sale 2014 #5
  7. $50,500 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
    RJ Cattle Co Online Sale 2014 #1
  8. $50,000 - Heifer sired by BK XIKES X59
    Buck Cattle Co Fall Premier XX Sale 2014 #2
  9. $37,000 - Bred Cow sired by STAR TRF BATTLE CHIEF 356P
    Buck Cattle Co Fall Premier XX Sale 2014 #79
  10. $36,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X
    Cyclone Trace Shorthorns Upfront 2014 #2a

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