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  1. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    @SBMF 2015 you are right LOL. I breed for heifers - they are my money makers unlike most on here. My herd average is about 1550# ?? Not very tall - 5 - 6 frame. Just very deep and wide. People with small cows around here are wasting their land. We can easily rotate through all our paddocks...
  2. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    Well, if you don't calve your heifers at 24 months of age, you set yourself up for a different calving "season" for your older heifers. I do have 2 calving seasons - Jan/Feb and Sept/Oct. For me, I do not have a lot of $$ invested in raising my heifers to a proper size for breeding. I do NOT...
  3. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    ALL BREEDS have easy calving and HARD calving sires out there. Too much emphasis is put on CE for the whole herd. Keep CE high, your WW will go low. To me, growing out your heifers to a decent size for their breed makes more difference in their ability to calve at 24 months old in BCS of 6. If...
  4. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    LOL - pick a color - pick a bull. You will get tons of different recommendations. From all I have heard, you want some Brahman bloodlines for the heat & bug tolerance.
  5. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    Anyone that "knows" me, knows I always recommend building your feed program around whole shell corn. It is the cheapest, and actually the healthiest. At least out here, if you try to buy "cracked" corn, you end up with dust. Anything that is fine ground is potentially bad for your calves...
  6. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    My nephew sells BioZyme and he never heard of Sure Start and checked his listings and not available. All of BioZyme products contain Amaferm. I feed their minerals - Concept Aid.
  7. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    @Allenw - that is the BEST way to judge your feed ration!! Watch the manure. @SBMF 2015 - no, not if you start them right off the cow & just keep pushing. The biggest problem with growthy calves, is letting them "background" after weaning. They get TOO big. I understand your thought - more #...
  8. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    @Allenw - I use BioZymes' Ration Builder, but Purina, Blue Seal and I'm sure a lot of others have a protein pellet. I like BioZymes' because it has Amaferm in it. I think the biggest thing is don't feed too high a protein ration. More protein - more skeletal growth. I start off at about 14%...
  9. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    Yes, I do start them on WSC as soon as they get weaned at 1% of BW. I add a protein pellet, Sure Champ Ration Builder, to the corn for about a 14% ration. I slowly increase corn and leave pellets about the same. These fall calves usually wean a little lighter than spring born, but I am able to...
  10. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    @SBMF 2015 On the issue of shrink - you might be more right than I was thinking. They had gotten down to the bottom of their hay and we did not give them a "fresh" good bale.
  11. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    WSC went from $175/ton last year to $285 this year. Upped my price to $3.50 hanging wt. Customer pays cut/wrap fees.
  12. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    Very little shrink. Only a 15 minute ride. Good heavy muscled.
  13. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    I only have a small window to get them butchered. Deer season starts next month. And a 750# carcass is plenty of meat for freezer trade. They all are finished, will easily go choice. Time is money. They're ready at 12-13 months. Fits my program and money makers. All finished on whole shell...
  14. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    Pretty close. Expect about 1200#. Like carcass wt around 750# so got that. Typically hanging wt to freezer, you lose about 1/3 .
  15. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Finishing steers.

    I only feed out a few fall born steers for myself and freezer beef customers. Hauled 3 steers yesterday to butcher born last Sept and Oct. Live weights: 1182. 1160. 1160 Carcass weights: 772. 762. 756 That's right at 66%
  16. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Cleanup bull prospect

    I was going to ask him if he had x-ray computer!!! LOL And your bull, Murray, has NO penile sheath - super nice & tight.
  17. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Winning-est beef animal in the state

    Thanks. I totally agree about the brisket - but - she has had that from yearling on up til now. Gets fat on air. An easy keeper is a good thing - but not when you don't like to show fat cattle. We managed to keep the tail head fat to a minimum!! And, she is a milking fool. Her calf weighed...
  18. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Winning-est beef animal in the state

    Fre-Anna had her last show this past weekend. Won Grand Champion Cow/Calf - they did not have a Supreme, so that was as far as she could go. Calf won Res. Calf Champion, we were awarded Premier Breeder, and Breeder's Herd. We have weaned her calf! She is retired for this year. Her calf will...
  19. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Winning-est beef animal in the state

    She is an Executive Order, her calf is a CCF 20-20. She is carrying a 20-20 and we will be flushing her to 20-20. The heifer calf, Jilli-Anna, will be consigned to the Stars and Stripes Sale in May, and we will consign some embryos (if successful - full sibs) by 20-20. When it works, stick...
  20. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Winning-est beef animal in the state

    Thank you. I had a professional come out to take pics for PR to sell embryos next spring. Figured she would be sh$t covered in March/April when I needed pics, so did them now while show clean.
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