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We've Selling Our House

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016

(fair warning, this is long, self centered and not really related to cattle much at all)

We’re closing on our house today and moving over the weekend.

I haven’t done it much but from what I recall of the three times I’ve moved (home to a trailer in College Station, trailer to apartment in San Antonio, apartment to this house) the stress of moving is typically counterbalanced by the fact that you are moving to a better house or situation.  We’re just moving to a rental for a year while we build a house so it’s just the stress part this time.

We bought this house with the intention of selling it within five years.  That was 13 years ago.  We started having kids about the time we intended to sell and the next thing you know, it’s 13 years later.

We looked into moving one other time, going so far as to have the foundation poured.  It was right before we were going to have kids though and we started getting cold feet when people would make a face when we told them what school district it was in.  I brought those concerns to the salesperson for the builder and her reply was that a lot of people in the subdivision are sending their kids to private school.  The next thing out of my mouth was to tell her to go ahead and keep our deposit, we’re going a different direction.

This house was always a bit too far from the ranch but I never really cared.  That drive didn’t seem like all that much and with my job I was able to be there within an hour’s notice if needed.  I was still able to pull calves that needed to be pulled but I was far enough away that I was still able to focus on my ‘real’ job.

Regardless, the drive gave me time to listen to an audio book.

I started getting sentimental yesterday.  Oddly enough it was because I realized I was mowing my precious grass for the last time.  I started walking around the house and thinking about old memories.

Like the time we installed laminate flooring instead of carpet but the dogs didn’t know the corner they hauled tail around didn’t have traction anymore.  They slid into the wall so hard that they were still woozy a few minutes later.

Or where I was when I read on my phone that the guy who owned this domain name was going to accept my offer after a year of working on him.

Or when I completely redid my yard down to nothing but a few loads of topsoil…..the day before a 5” rain.  I had to go shovel my new yard out of the road and put it back where it belonged like it was a bunch of stray cows.

Or when I ripped my shirt off out of rage, straight up Biblical style, when there was the very real possibility that my entire business was going to be destroyed by a crappy web host.

Or that time I won $500 in a poker hand....

This was during the Chris Moneymaker era when people would catch a few episodes of the World Series of Poker, watch Rounders a few times, and get the bug to find a poker game.  We were pretty good at recruiting those guys into our group and that kept the few that actually knew how to play well stocked with chips.

There’d be a game at one of our places at least three nights a week.  They’d typically start about 7-8 PM and by midnight it was the same 3-4 guys that were always the last ones left at the table.  We didn’t have kids back then so I built an 8’ long poker table and installed three TVs in the game room.

This night was during the San Antonio junior breeding heifer show.  I remember that part because we had an old ag teacher friend staying with us for the week while she helped one of her students at the show.  I also remember that because I got in trouble for making noise in the game room until 3:30 AM.

That night we started with over a dozen, enough to have a side table at the start.  About 1 AM it was down to me and one other guy.

I forget the other guy’s name but he was a developer who moved away from Silicon Valley and ended up in San Antonio because he discovered he could do everything he wanted remotely.  He was smarter than the rest of us, a lot smarter.  I’m going to call him Keith because that might have actually been his name.

This night progressed as most did, with a side game going until enough people were bounced out of the main table.  About 1 AM all the chips ended up with me and Keith and we kept grinding it out for a few more hours.  Neither one of us played more than $10 a hand for that time period.

Then I got pocket aces.

I knew my reputation was to sandbag when I had a big hand and push people out when I didn’t so I raised pretty solidly pre-flop.  He reraised me and I pretended I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar.  Oddly enough, it worked, in large part because he had A-K.

The flop came up K-K-[off, don't remember], the turn another ace, and I don’t remember the river.  He knew there was only one hand I could have that would beat him and we sat there for over 15 minutes while he tried to figure out if I had gone completely against my instincts.  The total pot ended up being a little over $500.

Our group of about twenty players didn’t stick together much longer.  Evidently we recruited somebody into the group that was using poker nights to case our houses.  I was the second one hit when I had to cancel a poker night because I was driving to Wichita Falls because my grandmother had a stroke.  After the third person was hit we all told each other to go to hell because there were at least three people in the group shady enough to legitimately suspect.

But Keith never stayed in a pot with me again and I smiled just a little bit every time he folded.

Or that time my dad called and told me Jimmy killed himself...

That’s for tomorrow.

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Show Ring Ethics and Assisting at Majors

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

A good friend of mine worked as a ring steward at a major stock show for a long time.  He put a lot of miles on his feet walking around the steer rings helping keep things going.  You knew that if you wanted to see him the week of the show you were basically out of luck unless you caught him while a kid he had helped or was related to was in the ring.

That’s because if there was a kid in the ring that has the potential of creating the appearance of a conflict of interest, he got his butt out of there.

That wasn’t a rule from the stock show, it was his own idea.  He knew he wouldn’t be able to control himself if one of his kids needed help and out of respect for the show and the kids, he made sure he didn’t put himself in a position where he might cause a problem.

Somebody out there watching the show knows who everyone in that ring is and when they’re connected to a calf in the ring.

Here’s an example…


First, let me say that I don’t know much about pigs.  In fact, I was consulted on that article just because people tend to end up on this site when they go on hunts for stuff about stock show ethics in Google.  My only comment was that complaining about politics is something I stay away from and gave my reasons why.  When I discovered it was a situation with a pig I made it clear I was of no help because I can’t stand the smell of them and it sticks to your clothes for weeks.

What I do know is that a pig from Wintex Farms taking one of the top spots at a Texas major isn’t the slightest bit shocking.

To be clear, I highly doubt anything actually happened.

Regardless, they’re now associated with the bad end of a story on show ring ethics.

It doesn’t matter what actually did or did not happen because when it comes to ethics, perception is reality.  The people that have an axe to grind now have a printed story they can use to do it.

The conflict of interest situations for ring help are nothing new.  Like our friend, most people who volunteer at a major have the common sense to stay away from any animal that they are associated with in any sort of way.

Not everybody though.

The temptation for a young kid interning at a major to assist with a calf they sold has gotten the better of some at the biggest of shows.  That article only mentions that the breeder was in the ring, they’d be shocked at some of the stuff that’s happened elsewhere.

What you and I may think is common sense, that you should never provide extra assistance to a kid in a major show ring if you sold them the calf, isn’t common sense to some. 

The new rule by the San Antonio stock show is a good one, not because it prevents conflict of interest, because it protects those people from themselves.

If you volunteer at a major show, when you see a kid come around that you are associated with, protect yourself and -more importantly- protect the kid by stepping aside.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 6/20/2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $17,000 - Bred Cow sired by MF Structure
    McLemore Farms The Winning Tradition Sale 6-25-16 #1
  2. $14,000 - Bull sired by Heat Wave
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #48
  3. $11,900 - Bred Cow sired by Maine Man
    McLemore Farms The Winning Tradition Sale 6-25-16 #45
  4. $11,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Yellow Jacket
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #5
  5. $9,800 - Bred Cow sired by Texas Twister
    McLemore Farms The Winning Tradition Sale 6-25-16 #3
  6. $8,500 - Bred Cow sired by Red Zone
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #18
  7. $8,250 - Bred Cow sired by Yellow Jacket
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #4
  8. $8,000 - Pregnancy sired by BR Nitro Aventus 3116 ET
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #12
  9. $8,000 - Bred Cow sired by Godfather II
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #26
  10. $8,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Lovin the Business
    McKay Cattle Endless Opportunity Event Volume II 6-25-16 #41

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 6/13/2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $8,000 - Pregnancy sired by Solid Gold
    Drager Cattle Co Online Elite Genetic Sale 6-14-16 #9
  2. $6,750 - Bred Cow sired by Friction
    Luke James Cattle Co Steer and Heifer Sale 6-15-16 #1
  3. $6,500 - Bred Heifer sired by Werewolf
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #3
  4. $5,050 - Bred Heifer sired by Thunder
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #1
  5. $4,500 - Bred Heifer sired by Believe in Me
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #4
  6. $4,250 - Bred Heifer sired by Troubadour 55
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #5
  7. $3,501 - Bred Heifer sired by Werewolf
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #2
  8. $3,500 - Bred Heifer sired by Wagon Master
    Rounds Cattle Co Online Bred Heifer Sale 6-14-16 #7
  9. $3,500 - Steer sired by SS Tonka
    Luke James Cattle Co Steer and Heifer Sale 6-15-16 #2
  10. $3,000 - Heifer sired by Yellow Jacket
    Luke James Cattle Co Steer and Heifer Sale 6-15-16 #12

New Term – CBISTO

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016

Pronounced “see bist oh”.

That heifer in literally every single sale that has some version of “can’t believe I’m selling this one” in her sale description.

Rather than trying to find a new way to say you’re crazy for selling that heifer, just write CBISTO.

Final 2016 Texas Cup Team Standings

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

Congratulations to Wall FFA on an extremely impressive year with top ten finishes  Houston, San Antonio, and Tarleton (all of those contests have nearly 1,000 contestants just in the senior divisions) as well as winning the state FFA contest.

Texas Cup Top 25 Teams
  1. Wall FFA
  2. Needville FFA
  3. Hamilton FFA
  4. Coryell County
  5. Sealy FFA
  6. Fort Bend County
  7. Floresville FFA
  8. Stephenville FFA
  9. Bellville FFA
  10. Marion FFA
  11. Guadalupe County
  12. Angleton FFA
  13. Wylie FFA
  14. Caldwell County
  15. Perryton FFA
  16. Fredericksburg FFA
  17. North Zulch FFA
  18. Boling FFA
  19. Washington County
  20. Robertson County
  21. Dripping Springs FFA
  22. Rudder FFA
  23. East Central FFA
  24. Live Oak County
  25. Cuero FFA

Some stats...

Over 450 4-H counties and FFA chapters had a top twenty finish in at least one contest.

There were 87 contests counted in this ranking.

There were 21,224 entries in just the senior divisions at those contests.

It's pretty darn impressive to see that the entire top ten finished in the top 20 at AT LEAST ten different contests.  Twenty years ago we had to beg our ag teacher to get to five.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 6/6/2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $12,000 - Bull sired by Hi Ho Silver
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #1
  2. $10,000 - Heifer sired by Here I Am
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #15
  3. $8,250 - Flush sired by Dameron First Class
    R Cattle Company and Richardson Ranch Genetic Gems Sale Vol II 6-7-16 #1
  4. $6,251 - Steer sired by Outcross
    Potts Show Cattle Online Sale and Buy It Now Option 6-7-16 #1
  5. $6,000 - Heifer sired by Wang Chung
    Potts Show Cattle Online Sale and Buy It Now Option 6-7-16 #9
  6. $5,750 - Bull sired by Here I Am
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #4
  7. $5,250 - Bull sired by Made 2 Order
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #2
  8. $5,000 - Steer sired by BDR
    Potts Show Cattle Online Sale and Buy It Now Option 6-7-16 #2
  9. $5,000 - Heifer sired by Monopoly 4
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #16
  10. $4,750 - Bull sired by Italian Stallion
    M Lazy Heart Ranch's Western Shootout 6-8-16 #3

No, it doesn't get old...

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

You know that hair you're able to get on calf right there behind the shoulder at the front of the forerib?  It' always the nicest hair on an animal.  I'd be interested in hearing theories why that's the case.  Maybe it's because they don't lay down on it and when they do lay on their side, that minor indention right there helps prevent it from coming in contact with the ground.

How nice would it be if you could take that hair and just copy/paste it on the rest of a calf?

Well, have not fear, Photoshop and Mark Sneed are here to save the day.

This one appears to have had substance added to his middle by taking some of that sweet sweet hair and just copying it to his middle and the connection between his hindquarter and middle.


Those three red blobs are all just copies of the front one.

They get blurry on the back end because he did at least half ass an effort to blend the copy/paste/clonestamp in to the rest of the body on this calf.

Again, these pictures are not about the quality of the calf, they're about the character of the man.

Or lack thereof.

More bad Photoshop...

TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2016

I'd assume he got busy and forgot to finish editing this one because what he did to the topline is so absolutely amateurish it's hard to believe a professional photographer would release this picture for public view.


Poorly done Photoshop of the day....

MONDAY, JUNE 06, 2016

If you people believe him when he tells you he's just covering up flies, you're idiots.

In my personal opinion, almost the entire top half of the middle third of this calf was heavily Photoshopped in an almost cartoonish manner.  However there's nothing to prove that beyond doubt.

The part highlighted here is the just the part where he got lazy and did too long a drag with the clone stamp tool, thus duplicating the same hair pattern.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 5/30/2016

SUNDAY, JUNE 05, 2016

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $11,500 - Steer sired by Moonlight
    Burch Livestock Online Club Calf Sale 6-2-16 #1
  2. $11,500 - Steer sired by Man Among Boys
    Burch Livestock Online Club Calf Sale 6-2-16 #3
  3. $8,500 - Bull sired by Fu Man Chu
    Pesek Cattle Farm Online Calf Sale 5-31-16 #1
  4. $8,050 - Heifer sired by Monopoly 4
    Burch Livestock Online Club Calf Sale 6-2-16 #2
  5. $6,500 - Heifer sired by Monopoly 4
    Burch Livestock Online Club Calf Sale 6-2-16 #4
  6. $5,000 - Flush sired by CRR Emulous 26-17
    North Camp Angus Ranch Showtime Opportunity Sale 6-2-16 #3
  7. $4,250 - Bred Cow sired by Mohnen Jilt
    North Camp Angus Ranch Showtime Opportunity Sale 6-2-16 #10
  8. $4,101 - Bull sired by Monopoly
    Trinity Cattle Co Online Club Calf Sale 6-1-16 #1
  9. $4,000 - Steer sired by Heat Wave
    Burch Livestock Online Club Calf Sale 6-2-16 #7
  10. $3,750 - Heifer sired by American Classic
    Trinity Cattle Co Online Club Calf Sale 6-1-16 #7

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