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    Some Angus Bulls

    The cross breeding would make sense. I would think the brangus, or brahma cattle would probably fill some maternal gaps. I raise registered Angus, so I try to stay within maternal sire groups that fit Wyoming, and a high desert climate. I have always thought that maternal characteristics were...
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    Some Angus Bulls

    I was never a fan of Gardiner bulls because in their catalog (it has been a few years ago) they were bragging about 85% of their bulls were ET. This tells me that the female production is questionable, and they really don't know if any or all of those doner cows can actually raise a calf. Most...
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    Smith and Wesson moving to Tenn

    I love S&W revolvers. I have about 50+ that I've collected over the years, mainly from the post WW2 through around 1985. They are like jewelry for men, and more recently now for women. The best shooting .22 I own is a K22 Outdoorsman from 1931. I love showing it to young people to show them...
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    Best Bull to Improve Future Cows

    I agree. I keep the top 25% of the bull calf crop and sell as 2 year old bulls. That makes them pretty much pen 1 and pen 2 bulls. Part of it is addiction, but sometimes I look at the bull crop as a necessary evil, because they generate more income than the steers or the heifer crop...
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    Best Bull to Improve Future Cows

    I agree. Being in Wyoming, we generally need a bit smaller framed cow. I've spent thirty some years trying to figure out how to continuously improve the maternal in the herd. That is generally what it all comes back to, on many levels, including longevity, wean weights, and ability to breed...
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    Grasshoppers

    The real small ones are the biggest problem here in Wyoming. The great big ones don't do much damage, but the little ones can be as many as 100 or more in one square foot. I sprayed a couple of pastures last year, after talking to the County Weed and Pest. It helped quite a bit, although this...
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    What’s a good inexpensive rifle for coyotes?

    Hi point is a very cheap firearm, both handgun and carbine. I bought a 9mm several years ago, and it seems just fine. I keep it hidden in a wall in my garage, in case I come home to other type of predators. However, that has nothing to do with shooting a coyote. I leave them be, because I've...
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    Genomic scores vs EPDs

    I think breeding strictly by numbers, whether EPD or genomic, can be very over rated, can sometimes be misleading, and many times are used too much as a marketing tool rather than a selection tool. I also appreciate the observation of environment. I've seen good cattle that work in a certain...
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    Breeding to create calm cows

    True! Even if they aren't mean, or wanting to hurt you, it seems that one wild one, looking for that hole, will get the entire group stirred up. I think they can learn bad habits from each other that way.
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    Breeding to create calm cows

    I am going to mention one sire that I've had a lot of experience with, although I'm sure there are many out there that I am not familiar with. He is an (1995 birth date) old bull, AAR Really Windy 1205. I've raised over 200 head of cows over about a twelve year period from him, and sold many...
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    Would anyone keep this cow?

    I have what I call a small pen in the barn. It is fairly dark in there, and has adjustable panels, where I can keep both the cow and calf in there, the cow can't turn around, and the calf is able to get to her to nurse. I rarely have to use it-- maybe once every two or three years, and usually...
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    Lump/abscess after vaccinations

    I would make sure you find a soft spot on the lump, and do your cut there. If the lump is entirely hard, then there is probably nothing you can do.
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    Would anyone keep this cow?

    Life is too short to mess with a cow like that. I experimented with one like that about 35 years ago, who actually tried to kill her calf. It is the only one I've ever had try that. I was pretty young and inexperienced then. She ended up getting out with the herd, and got bred again. So I...
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    Large bander recommendation?

    When I band the yearling bulls, I also have them head caught. I discovered that if I have a short chain on the sidebar, and after they are head caught, hook it to the side bar on the other side, it is right above where you are working, and if they try to kick, they can't get you because of the...
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    Large bander recommendation?

    I raise bulls, so I don't band anything until after they are weaned in the fall, and usually later fall to winter by the time I get around to banding the ones I'm culling. I use the EZE T1 bander and bands. I got it from an outfit in Montana called Out West MFG. Here is their website...
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