Daily Web Summary 10/20/2014

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

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Daily Web Summary 10/19/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

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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
  2. $80,000 - Heifer sired by GVC STATESMAN 4R ET
  3. $70,000 - Heifer sired by CYT Maxim 9202 ET
  4. $60,000 - Heifer sired by VH MR BG 1104
  5. $58,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
  6. $51,000 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  7. $50,500 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  8. $50,000 - Heifer sired by BK XIKES X59
  9. $37,000 - Bred Cow sired by STAR TRF BATTLE CHIEF 356P
  10. $36,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X

Daily Web Summary 10/18/2014

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

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Daily Web Summary 10/17/2014

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

Funniest thing on Facebook in quite some time...



Working in an office is better than working from home.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

You can fool yourself into thinking you don’t need a separate office but the fact that I’ve been able to write the last two sentences without yelling at my wife or kids to leave me alone is proof that I do.

I can’t come up with some stupid chore that I need to do at the ranch (“hey, there was a calf born a week ago that doesn’t have an ear tag, I should stop what I’m doing, drive 45-minutes down there and tag him”) because I’m actually wearing decent clothes.

Right here <--------

See that right there?  That right there is when I would have taken a nap if I were at home.  But I’m not at home and it’s a 20 minute drive to the house.

I’m not freaked out by Eboloa.  Do you know why?  Because there’s no TV here in my office.  I know the market is tanking but only because the energy trader next door has been cussing a lot.

I’ve lost five pounds in the past two weeks.  Partly because I started running in the morning again (because I have an actual schedule) and partly because there’s not a bag of chips 20 steps down the hall.

I stopped watching Walking Dead 5 minutes into this season.  Without a reason to have something playing on the TV in the background I realized that there are better things to do with my time than watch four guys get knocked out with bats before having their throats cut and bled out over a wash tub.  Don’t even ask me what’s happening on Doctor Who BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW.

Have you seen that sale watch thing is updated daily now?

Have you seen me post each day?

Are you not entertained?

I feel like an adult again for the first time in quite a while.

You folks may or may not be disciplined enough to work from home.

It only took me a decade to realize I’m not.

Daily Web Summary 10/16/2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

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Via MLC.com - What are the Kansas City Royals named after?

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

From the Wall Street Journal via MattLautnerCattle.com...



It's nice that the pigs in showrings today are closer to the pigs videoed from the 50s/60s than the pig from the 90s at the 1:35 mark.

Daily Web Summary 10/15/2014

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

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Does the sex matter in clubby calves this fall?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

Let’s define clubby heifers as anything out of one of the bulls with more than 5 steers sold in an online sale this fall.  That list of sires is 42 bulls long, 90% of which are some derivative of a Heat Wave line.

There have been 1,201 heifers that meet that criteria sold in online sales between Setpember 1st and today.

The average prices of clubby heifers for that time period is $3,942 and the average price for the steer mates (out of the same 42 bulls) is $4,045.

That average is up from $3,428 in 2013, an increase of almost exactly 15% which feels frankly feels a bit low compared to the price of commercial heifers this fall relative to last fall.

Most popular sires of clubby heifers this fall…
  1. Man Among Boys - 238
  2. Monopoly - 232
  3. I-80 - 140
  4. Believe in Me - 77
  5. Unstoppable - 72
Sires of at least 5 clubby heifers with an average price over $4,000
  1. Solid Gold - 6 - $7,458
  2. Yellow Jacket - 8 - $6,062
  3. Salty Dog - 9 - $5,233
  4. Thriller - 14 - $4,582
  5. Monopoly - 232 - $4,575
  6. Man Among Boys - 238 - $4,497
  7. I-80 - 140  - $4,256
  8. FSF STARBURST 058 - 8 - $4,225
  9. Dakota Gold - 5 - $4,070

Daily Web Summary 10/14/2014

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

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Is it just a Texas thing?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

Would you guys up in the midwest look at somebody funny if they said "yeah, he's a really great calf, his ears are just a bit too small"?

I think it's a Texas thing.

Yeah, it's probably a Texas thing.

I don't know, maybe obsessing over whether a new born calf has adequate ear length, a bell shape, and a lower set on the skull is something normal people do.

Probably not.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/6/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $58,000 - Heifer sired by Lut
  2. $37,000 - Pair sired by O C C Juneau 807J
  3. $36,000 - Steer sired by FSF Starburst
  4. $35,000 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Impression
  5. $34,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  6. $32,000 - Steer sired by Medicine Man
  7. $31,000 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
  8. $29,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  9. $27,500 - Heifer sired by Big Mac
  10. $26,000 - Cow sired by Leachman Right Time

September 2013 vs 2014 Online Steer Sale Sires

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

There were 236 bulls that were listed as the sire for steers sold in online sales in September of this year.

However, 53% of the 1,412 steers sold online that we tracked this September were out of just five bulls.

18.7% of calves were sold as sired by Man Among Boys, the highest percentage of calves sold in September of any bull other than Monopoly in 2012 (23%).

16% of calves were sold as sired by Monopoly or Monopoly clones, twice as many as the third most popular bull.  

Believe in Me ranked #5 in September of 2012, #2 in 2013, and was #3 in 2014 with a 7.3% share of the calves sold in September.

I-80 moved up from #7 in 2013 to #4 in 2014 with a 6.3% share.

Unstoppable moved from #9 to #5 with 4.7% of the calves sold.

Heat Wave and Walks Alone still hang strong at #6 and #7.

Other bulls listed as the sire on at least 1% of the 1,412 steers sold online that we tracked in September…

#8 – Walk This Way 1.6%
#9 – Eye Candy 1.6%
#10 – Monopoly Money 1.5%
#11 – Jesse James 1.3%
#12 – Two Tone 1.2%
#13 – Fu Man Chu 1%

2014 Houston Steer Classification Stats

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2014

Houston printed their exhibitor handbook online this week and included the classification stats like they've done the past few years.  (which is really nice of them to do and you should thank them for it)

Let’s be clear for the yankees that there are breeds you know are a classification game going in and by “breeds” I mean Angus.  About 2 in 5 steers that enter the Angus classification exit as the bottom end of the AOB class.

It’s just how the game is played in that breed.  The jocks sell every lower end solid black clubby bred steer as a potential Angus and take credit for the ones that slip through.  Personally, I thought it was relatively noteworthy that the reserve champion in San Antonio was actually out of an OCC bull.

But Angus was barely edged out for the title of most classed out this year by…..Simbrah?

Most heavily classed out breeds in Houston 2014
  1. Simbrah - 50%
  2. Angus - 44%
  3. Santa Gertrudis - 38%
  4. Brangus - 37%
  5. Shorthorn - 27%
  6. Polled Hereford - 24%
  7. Brahman - 21%
  8. Hereford - 19%
  9. Red Angus - 14%
  10. ABC - 11%
  11. Simmental - 10%
  12. Chianina - 9%
  13. Limousin - 7%
  14. Maine Anjou - 6%
  15. AOB - 1%
  16. Charolais - (Are you kidding?  Who would TRY to get into Charolais?)
There’s an old barn tale that Houston picks out one breed a year to really just mess over in the classification lines.  I have a tendency to write off such conspiracy theories but it gets pretty hard to do when you look at the numbers.

Gert had 38% kicked out?  They averaged just 13.6% in 2011-13.

It really does appear that there are breeds that everyone thinks they are knowledgeable about but that just randomly get kicked in the teeth by a group of classifiers in a particular year.

Over the past four years, the six biggest outlier years for specific breeds in Houston relative to the other three years are…
  1. 2014 Santa Gertrudis – 278%
  2. 2014 Shothorn – 221%
  3. 2012 Red Angus – 204%
  4. 2013 Brahman – 172%
  5. 2013 Simmental – 170%
  6. 2014 Simbrah – 169%
Those numbers are relative to how many steers are typically classed out in that breed.  For example, Santa Gertudis cattle were classed out at an average rate of 13.6% in 2011-13.  In 2014, they classed out 37.8% of them which is 278% of normal.

What can you do to make sure your breed isn’t one that has to wait until March to find out the classifiers think it’s something other than what the rest of the barn does?

Pray.

Or just show your Limousin Chianina Simmental Maine-Anjou Santa Gertrudis Charolais cross as a Charolais.

Steer Shows vs Chess Tournaments

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2014

About two years ago a relatively well known south Texas preacher that I went to high school with told me he taught his kid that is the same age as Luke to play chess.  Insulted that any kid could possibly come close to the intelligence of our precious little snow flake I immediately taught Luke to play.

Like a surprisingly high percentage of five year olds, he took to it extremely quickly.  He’s not great but he knows more strategy than I do and was chomping at the bit when I told him there are tournaments.  There was one here in San Antonio this past weekend that had a K-1st grade section so we spent Saturday sitting around a chess tournament (don’t tell me how the A&M v Mississippi State game went, I still haven’t watched and can’t wait for the excitement of a great game).

I had never been to a chess tournament before so I didn't really know what to expect.  Admittedly, there is a LOT less beer at those things and for some reason it’s not a requirement that every girl have their britches blinged out.  But there are an awful lot of similarities between steer shows and chess tournaments…

There’s a rush when the waiting room opens to get to the spots closest to the outlets and then a lot of sitting around waiting.  In fact, take the beer out of the equation and the staging areas for parents are just about the same.

There are those families that you know you won’t be able to compete with, typically any of them with an Asian last name.

Luke has too much of his daddy in him and would rather chit chat than do anything productive.  Several times I looked into the game room and saw him and his opponent just laughing and waving their arms around rather than actually playing chess.

The barn chatter isn’t that “so-and-so spent $xxx,xxx on his steers and has fitters out there working them every day”, the chatter is “the Lin family makes their kids practice 6-8 hours a day”. 

Just like steer shows, I’m in no way prepared for my family to make the sacrifices a person has to make in order to end up at the top of the heap.

There are odd smells that float by every now and then.  Instead of manure from oddly fed cattle it tends to be more of the curry influenced BO variety.

Unfortunately, there are also crying holes and people who know how to game the system.

Going into Luke’s fifth match it was almost a certainty that he was going to get a trophy for 10th place (there were 27 in his k-1st grade section).  The only thing that could prevent him from it would be if another match ended up in a draw.

Unfortunately it turns out that somebody taught their six year old how to get a draw out of a game and the girl that went 1-0-4 edged Luke’s 3-2-0 out for 10th.  Luke cried his eyes out for a while but was already asking about more tournaments he can go to.  Nothing compares to that beaming smile with no front teeth after he won his first competitive match though.

The bad part?

I realized I don’t really like playing chess.

Maybe I can hire a fitter for that part.

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