Young Children and Brahman Steers

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

Young children have no business showing Brahman cross steers.

It doesn’t matter how calm you can get your calf.  Anybody who knows Brahman cattle knows they can be the most dog gentle cattle in the world if you treat them right, it just takes time.  

I don't personally have the patience to do it right.  We’ve had calves that were flat out nuts while I was trying to mess with them.  Then they get sold and turn into kitty cats once they got in the hands of the right young lady who likes to sit with her calf all summer.

No, the problem with Brahman cross show steers isn’t that you can’t tame them.

The problem is that, significantly more so than in any other breed at a show, you can’t trust the rest of your class to do the same.

Several years ago we sold a calf that the family busted their tails calming and got him right for the county show.  It didn’t matter.  Two calves in front of him a steer busted loose on the way in the ring, plowed through the line of kids entering the ring behind him and managed to pry three other steers away from their owners before running through a crowd.

Similar shenanigans happened yesterday in Austin.  The folks on the camera were kind enough to stay focused on other things but at certain points it might as well have been a pig show.  One calf bursts loose triggering other calves and it becomes quite dangerous.

Hoge played it professionally but, for safety reasons, also made a point to ask the crowd to not applaud kids as they exited the ring.

What was truly impressive was watching young men and women manage to keep their calves calm when you know they're leading a ticking time bomb.

And that’s why the Brahman steer class should be left to young men and women and not children.  The person on the halter needs to have nerves of steel that can only be built with experience.

It’s not you, it’s them.

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

This isn't a complaint about the type of cattle Duello picked.

I like the type of steers that Duello picked.  He liked pretty, powerful, sound cattle - commonly referred to as show steers.  I think he found the top 2-3 steers in just about every class and spent the time to make sure he got those placings right.  

He was FAR too casual about everything else.

The first medium weight Brahman steer went in the ring at 1:23 PM Thursday.  The last of the calves to get the gate left the ring a few seconds into 1:28.

The ring stewards did everything they could to keep up with his machine gun style placing of steers at that 5th place and lower level, the level where one spot can cost you $3,000+ in bonus money.

In some of the 50+ head AOB classes he didn’t even give the last 5-10 calves along the rail a chance to BEGIN walking out of the ring before he moved on to the calves he had already pulled.

It’s downright disrespectful.

I’m sure the last time he judged Houston in the early 90s that type of nonchalant attitude for a major show judge was acceptable.  Heck, prior to Fort Worth in 2013 it wouldn't even have raised eyebrows.

Nowadays, it’s not acceptable at all.  Perhaps it’s because guys like Mark Hoge have spoiled us with his overly deliberate and attentive approach to managing the ring.

But that matters.

It’s not a race.

Just like what the judges look for changes over time, what's expected of a judge does as well.

It's your job to make sure every kid showing a calf knows you take your job as seriously as they take theirs.

Nobody cares if they have to stay an extra hour or two because you’re being thorough and make sure each kid feels like they got a good look.

That includes taking the time to at least act like you give a damn about the steers that don't win the class.

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2011 2015 Difference
Angus 48 36 -25%
Brahman 59 75 +27%
Brangus 54 55 +2%
Charolais 101 97 -4%
Chianina 303 236 -22%
Hereford 66 74 +12%
Limousin 120 92 -23%
Maine Anjou 106 124 +17%
Polled Hereford 50 58 +16%
Red Angus 50 47 -6%
Santa Gertrudis 95 59 -38%
Shorthorn 89 101 +13%
Simbrah 58 64 +10%
Simmental 108 107 -1%
ABC 121 201 +66%
AOB 315 312 -1%
       
British 303 316 +4%
American 387 454 +17%
Exotic 1,053 968 -8%
       
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