Commenting on Classification as a Judge

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Chalk it up to moral relativism, cultural differences, or whatever you want but there are certain things that will get a Midwest judge in trouble if they say them in a Texas jackpot.  I’d put this one up there with the commandments…

Thou shalt not openly question the classification of a calf if the prospect show uses a three classifier panel.

You are correct, our breeds down here are pretty jacked up.  Texans would be surprised if they knew just how many out of state judges ask the ring help what breed they’re on at some point in the Gert/Simbrah/ABC portion or Limi/Maine/Simmi portion of a show.  There’s not a single “class your own” jackpot out there where the judges aren’t embarrassed at having to use certain calf for Angus or Red Angus.

We get it, our steer breeds don’t look much like the real life versions of those breeds.  If you expect to see something similar to a textbook Santa Gertrudis (it feels weird calling our gerts by their full name) or Simbrah walk in the ring, you’re going to be confused.  If the breeds were started from scratch today there’s just about zero chance there would be a Santa Getrudis steer class.

There are a lot of reasons people will run animals different breeds than what you’d expect.  For some folks, a big reason they go to some shows is to see what their animal will look like in the ring with a different type of calf.

If you don’t agree with it, the proper terminology is “if he is able to classify, he will do a lot of damage as a [insert breed here]”.  If you think a calf doesn’t fit but know a breed where he would say something like “I think he’d fit in nicely in a [insert breed here].”

This isn’t being hard on you guys, I promise you, it’s for your own good.

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Embryo Prices vs Last Year

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If you just compare the average sale prices of clubby embryos this fall to date to the same period in 2013, the prices are down about 35% from $1,000/embryo to $650/embryo.  That’s just because Brandon Horn’s online genetic sale got moved back a month.

For sales held so far between August 1st and September 17th that were held last year as well…


  2013 2014
Average $560 $648
90th $990 $1,025
75th $650 $787
50th $500 $550
25th $350 $400

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Online Sale Monitor

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I got this thing back up and running...


Online Sale Monitor

It required a bit more maintenance than I planned using the old method of pulling sales.

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I enjoy little moments like this...

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

...a bit more than a person should admit.


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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 9/8/2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $45,000 - Pair sired by Mr. V8 923/5
    V8 Ranch Power of Production 2014 Internet Sale 2014 #1
  2. $45,000 - Heifer sired by Mr HOC Broker
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  3. $45,000 - Heifer sired by Mr HOC Broker
    Silver Towne Farms 28th Annual Production Sale 2014 #2b
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    Jeff Miller Online Club Calf Sale 9-9-14 #2
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  6. $20,000 - Heifer sired by KJ HVH 33N Redeem 485T ET
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    Wolfe Farms Online Club Calf Sale 2014 #2
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Breed Coloring Pages - Lowline

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Someday I'm going to see how the heck they AI these things...



PDF Version Here

"A Lot"

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Remember when “a lot” for a bull or cow was the same from one year to the next?

Nowadays you spend “a lot” on a bull and within two years you wonder how you got such a bargain.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 9/1/2014

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Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $42,000 - Steer sired by Man Among Boys
    Keller Club Calves Online Sale 2014 #1
  2. $30,000 - Bull sired by Dameron First Class
    Partners for Performance Bull Sale 2014 #3316
  3. $20,500 - Heifer sired by SULL Right Direction
    Minnaert Cattle Company Online Club Calf Sale 9-3-14 #13
  4. $16,000 - Heifer sired by Who Maker
    Minnaert Cattle Company Online Club Calf Sale 9-3-14 #5
  5. $15,100 - Heifer sired by Salty Dog
    Shatto Show Cattle Online Sale 2014 #30
  6. $15,000 - Bull sired by GAR Ingenuity
    Partners for Performance Bull Sale 2014 #3015
  7. $14,500 - Steer sired by Monopoly
    Lautner Cattle and Kendall Bremer Online Season Kickoff Sale 2014 #4
  8. $14,500 - Heifer sired by Man Among Boys
    Gray Show Cattle Lottery Kickoff Online Club Calf Sale 2014 #2
  9. $13,500 - Steer sired by Monopoly 4
    Lautner Cattle and Kendall Bremer Online Season Kickoff Sale 2014 #0A
  10. $13,500 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Cflass
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