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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby Stocker Steve » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:48 am

WalnutCrest wrote:...they're pretty dadgum small.


Kansas is a stocker state. :idea:
Could go big, get some horses, and rent a couple sections in the Flint Hills.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby WalnutCrest » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:03 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
WalnutCrest wrote:...they're pretty dadgum small.


Kansas is a stocker state. :idea:
Could go big, get some horses, and rent a couple sections in the Flint Hills.


Love the idea! Growing is always more fun than shrinking!

...prolly not going to do it though. :kicksrock:
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby Aaron » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:40 pm

Supa Dexta wrote:I want an update in 6mo.


$20 says they gain less than 100 lbs in that time frame.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby kenny thomas » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:07 pm

ddd75 wrote:
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Ojp6 wrote:The question would be whether they are just hard and small from not getting enough to eat and will take off when fed or if they are true dinks that will never grow into anything.

Good point, there is 2 farms in this area that I will not buy any of the calves because they are inbred and will not make any money. I buy what most people call dinks year round at a discount but you have to know why they are like they are. Usually, and notice I say usually, if they have some frame but are thin they will grow and make money. I don't buy short calves no matter what they cost.



you won't buy some cows because they are "inbred"

i won't tell the ranchers who linebred their cattle for 50+ years who get a premium for their amazing cattle that.

Linebreeding for a purpose is much different than bull breeding daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, grandmother,
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby Chocolate Cow » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:47 pm

Yes, kenny thomas...I understand what you're saying. I have one like that right across the road from me. Bull calves are not worked. They stay with the cows until they are 750-800+lbs. If something looks good, it becomes a herd bull. Nothing is tagged. An assortment of bulls breed heifers and whatever cow is in. There are blacks, reds, chars, black white faces, red white faces, grey white faces, holstein crosses, tans, browns, spots, skunk tails....calves are gathered when bills need to be paid. There is no defined breeding season and no tracking a cow's pregnancies. I've seen a cow lay down, have a calf and walk way. For what's it worth...the entire thing drives me crazy.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby callmefence » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:57 am

WalnutCrest wrote:
RanchMan90 wrote:
WalnutCrest wrote:Through a series of unplanned events, I am the proud (?) owner of five dink commercial BA heifers.

They're all around 8-9 months old and the heaviest one is maybe 300 lbs. The lightest two are twins and might not even be 200lbs. Four of them have clear eyes; one has a single partially blue eye. Good attitudes. I believe all were given one round of shots this summer.

If these were yours, what would you do?

I'm having difficulty deciding between selling them now and being done with them ... vs ... feeding them for 2-4 weeks to try to at least get a little condition on them ... vs ... keeping them through to spring grass to see if any catch up (low probability) and sell all that don't in the May / June / July time period.

While I'm figuring it out, I'm feeding them about 5lbs / head of DDG every other day, plus free choice hay and a good loose mineral.

Thoughts?

Got any pictures of them?[/quote

Just trying to figure out how to make a little lemonade...


Roping calves.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby Stocker Steve » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:01 am

Low lines?
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:52 am

callmefence wrote:
WalnutCrest wrote:
RanchMan90 wrote:Got any pictures of them?[/quote

Just trying to figure out how to make a little lemonade...


Roping calves.


That's an interesting idea.

Never tried to market rodeo stock. Any suggestions?
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:53 am

Stocker Steve wrote:Low lines?


Don't know the bull; couldn't say. Don't think so, though.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby callmefence » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:00 am

WalnutCrest wrote:
callmefence wrote:
WalnutCrest wrote:


Roping calves.


That's an interesting idea.

Never tried to market rodeo stock. Any suggestions?



They troll the sale barns here. You can spot em. Starched jeans, big buckles and always wearing spurs. :roll:

Seriously though if you can find a group of calf ropers, they will often pay a premium for small weaned calves.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby greybeard » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:27 am

callmefence wrote:
WalnutCrest wrote:
RanchMan90 wrote:Got any pictures of them?[/quote

Just trying to figure out how to make a little lemonade...


Roping calves.


yep. At least pin hookers wait till you get to the sale--around here, they leave notes in your mailbox and on your gate and if they see you with calves penned, they stop by haranguing you to sell them a few.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:32 am

...interesting.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:17 pm

Absent selling them as rodeo stock, I think the plan is to sell them in April / May and buy one young pair (or two, if the heifers do anything worthwhile in the next few months) to use as a possible recip.
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby farmerjan » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:56 pm

Hope your prices are decent in April / May. A friend here who is a buyer called my son yesterday to see if we had anything we were gonna sell soon. Said that things were up a bit and there was some demand right now, expected it to last a week or two. Said if we had anything that we didn't want to feed then this might be a good time. He has always given us pretty good selling advice. With the supposed snow coming, Michael was sent to eastern shore area today with a crew of VDOT workers so today was out. We are thinking a stock trailer load next week, get a few off the feed bunk.
He also said that in Feb/ early Mar would be better than April, talk is the prices will fall off and the buyers aren't looking for it to rebound.

We have some "bigger" cattle operators on here, what is y'alls thoughts???
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Re: Marketing dink heifers

Postby M-5 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:17 pm

Prices were decent here Monday , I'm gonna sell a few steers this Monday and have some heifers that I will sell private treaty
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