First of all, let me say that I am glad to hear that you are raising your own show calves and enjoying your project. I am not saying there is a thing wrong with buying them, but you can really enjoy a win a lot more when they are “home gown.” I used to raise and show Herefords. We always believed you could have a “functional” show animal and that’s what we bred for. As time progressed in my area it got harder and harder to sell the Hereford calves so, I started raising Angus and Baldies. I still own some Hereford cows and will always have a few. My family and I have shown at all levels. You can check out some pictures of these wins on my website http://www.albersonshowcattle.com/index.html
. It is a real encouragement to see a young adult like you with a desire to raise and work with cattle. I am a 4-H agent in a county where the kids do not have an interest in cattle. Now that has been a real challenge for me. Keep up the hard work and I wish you the best with your cattle.
I bet that is hard! There were still several kids in my FFA that show horses and cattle. But now its more of the city type kids and they just do plants or whatever is the easiest they can get by with for their projects. Our steer prices at the county fair really fell too so I think that has a lot to do with the kids not showing steers anymore. Now the kids will be lucky to break even on their steers or they will actually lose money. So the parents send the calves to the sale barn instead of letting the kids show one. But with the economy how it is I cant really blame anyone for not wanting to lose that much money so the kid can show. It just sucks though. When I started showing you had to get to the barn the night before or really early in the morning to even get a spot. Now only about half the barn is full during the fair. Its so sad
. I just love my herefords. My commercial calves were always so hard to halter break. Today I went out to the barn and my young bull show prospect was in the lot. So I shut the gate and he followed me to a smaller pen where I usually mess with them (my cattle do not shoo they are kind of like buffalo lol). I shut him in the smaller pen and went to get Aspen, his mom. They seem to always work better when they dont have to worry about mom. I got a halter on him on the second try and he was following me around the lot within about 10 minutes! I was so proud of him. Granted it wasnt really giving to pressure or anything like that quite yet but I was still proud. I brushed him all over, made him set his feet, and we walked around the lot several times with only one or two fits. I thought that was really really good for never having a halter on before. The only bad thing is he is a love bug bad. He always wants to be with you. He will come up and set his chin on your chest so you can reach down and scratch his neck. Hes goin to be a hard one to let go! Since it was just chance he happened to be at the barn I, of course, didnt have my camera
I will keep it in the truck from now on! I did get a couple rough pictures of a few of the others. So I will post them. Hope you guys dont mind the loads of pictures you will see from me from now on!
This is Holly. She is sired by the Turn Key son. She was born September 08. She will be horned
This is Stetson. He is another one of our bull prospects. He is sired by the Turn Key son and out of a Explosion daughter. He has really nice lines and numbers so I hope he goes to a really good home. Sorry for the bad picture. He would NOT get up. He is an October calf.
Here is Aspen again for those of you that have taken a liking to her.
Here is a cow I call Ella. She is full blooded but no papers unfortunately. That is her bull calf that was born last month. I think he will be pretty nice.
Here is Ella. She should be my next one to calve...if she doesnt pop first. Lol. She is full blooded too but not papered. Please excuse the orange nose she was at the mineral lick.
Here is Too Tall...I bet you can guess why we call her that. She is the one that was very underweight when I bought her out of a kill pen at a local sale barn. I worked for the vet and asked him to preg her then tracked down the owner to see why he was selling her. She weighed in at 1400lbs even though she was skinny and I got her for 50 cents a pound. She still looks thin but she is NOT hungry. She has all she could ever want to eat she just will always look like a milk cow I guess. I know she has hereford in her and maybe shorthorn. What do you guys think?
This is Montana. He is out of Raighn and sired by the Turn Key son. He is the one I am showing this summer and he will be one of our herd bulls this fall. Horrible picture of him that makes him look short sided but other than that what do you think?
This is our other herd bull Jethro. He has grown quite a bit this picture was taken about 5 months ago. He is sired by a bull called Pierre off the Journagan farm in Mtn Grove and out of a Klondike Vindicator Daughter.
Oh and this is my bottle baby that I will bringing along with me to the fairs this summer. She looks a little rough now and this is a bad picture but does she look short to you guys? She is on full feed and gets a bottle twice a day. Shes a November calf.
Sorry about the picture overload!