Why is this a “show heifer”?

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Jeanne - Simme Valley

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The "clubby" cattle "generally' don't have any milking abilities and "generally" are post legged. But boy do they grow hair - like the pictured in the OP's post. Pretty EXPENSIVE hair.
And, I have to show against a lot of FEED TUBS. Sure depends on the judge. Some like them globby fat - some won't even look at them. Our "trends" in the show ring are dependent on what the JUDGES are picking. People don't realize that if you take a heifer and get fat in her udder - she will never produce milk out of any of the cells that got fat in them.
Obviously, I'm in this to make money. When they wanted them TALL, we bred for height, but always worked at keeping those long legs structurally sound - and most important, kept them big barreled. Now, LOVE what people are wanting and paying for. Sound, moderate, easy keeping kind of mommas.
 

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The "clubby" cattle "generally' don't have any milking abilities and "generally" are post legged. But boy do they grow hair - like the pictured in the OP's post. Pretty EXPENSIVE hair.
And, I have to show against a lot of FEED TUBS. Sure depends on the judge. Some like them globby fat - some won't even look at them. Our "trends" in the show ring are dependent on what the JUDGES are picking. People don't realize that if you take a heifer and get fat in her udder - she will never produce milk out of any of the cells that got fat in them.
Obviously, I'm in this to make money. When they wanted them TALL, we bred for height, but always worked at keeping those long legs structurally sound - and most important, kept them big barreled. Now, LOVE what people are wanting and paying for. Sound, moderate, easy keeping kind of mommas.
That hair is something we don’t want here or any where southward. They need to shed off short, slick and early.
All of the mainstream breeds jumped into that frame race and I reckon nobody won it. Then the moderate frame buzzword came along, and did make up for some of that. I’m afraid though that moderate is a subjective term and some have taken that to the extreme too. I can only speak of Angus and Herefords, but some of them have taken it way too far and need to get some frame back into them especially some of the Herefords.
 

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The "clubby" cattle "generally' don't have any milking abilities and "generally" are post legged. But boy do they grow hair - like the pictured in the OP's post. Pretty EXPENSIVE hair.
Hair covers a multitude of sins and the show ring has become all about deception.
Open 'em up. Carcass contests are what separate the Steaks from the Burgers.
 

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That's my kind of animal, I'd like her in my paddock.

Show cattle in Australia are judged around fertility and longevity, sometimes they come in straight from paddock and just given a wash, no clipping, can win a show and next day sent back out to the paddock.
It started out by cattlemen of the area donating a commercial heifer to a kid.
The kids raise and show the heifer, they have to be sold at auction at the fair.
I have bought and donated through the years.
The are two classes of 50% more or less Brahman along with the mandatory sale. This got rid of the club calf.
You can also show a pen of three.
Sadly with the burb growth of the county I see this migrating to the club calf.
The coastal cattlemen are disappearing rapidly.
 

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fence (and others), I understand you are not a fan of the show ring. And I am aware of the cheating some do and the ruined cattle some do. Not all cheat and not all overfeed. It is a great way to analyze/compare your cattle and also to see what bulls are putting on the ground - feet, structure, muscling, etc. It is my cheapest advertising - and I don't sell "by the pound". You would be amazed at what I get out of little weaned heifers.
 

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