should I market him as a 4H project steer?

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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Nesikep » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:34 am

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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Old_man_emu » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:36 am

Its hard to believe that's the same steer now with all that hair!
I don't exactly know how 4H works but I would have been over the moon to have almost ANY steer or heifer to show when I was growing up.
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Nesikep » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:21 am

I would have been over the moon to have a show I'd be able to get to..

He's been shown on the farm to his new owners and they think he looks tasty. I figure he'll weigh in around 1500 next fall, he's way bigger than the bull calf we kept last year

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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby spinandslide » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:04 am

I know an older thread..but when I was looking for a steer for my son to show in 4-h and then for us to eat..everyone I found, with a calf I liked, wanted above market price for them..they werent even "clubby"..just good looking steers..
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby chippie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:08 pm

spinnslide, sadly that is very common. once some producers learn that it will be for a kid, they raise the price. next time you go looking don't even mention your son or that it is for show.
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby spinandslide » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:28 pm

Chippie

Yep, I learned the hard way..I swear some of them get the "greed glimmer" in their eyes when they hear it's for a kiddo..

Now I keep my piehole shut...;)
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:42 pm

I wasn't asking much extra for it, if I could get 5 to 10 cents a lb I'd have been happy. If whoever would be showing him doesn't think it's worth the difference to have an organically raised, halterbroke and tame animal to begin with, I'm not going to argue. Meanwhile I'm selling him at 18 month at above market value so I haven't lost anything.
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby chippie » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:37 am

Nesikep, I wasn't referring to you. I was talking about the people who raise the price double or more when normally they would just haul the critter to the auction.
Several years ago, a friend was looking for a lamb for her daughter to show at our fair. The current market price for a good show lamb was about $250. When they decided to buy a lamb, they needed to find one ASAP because tag in was a week away. She was told about a guy that had lambs. A friend had bought one for his son for $200. She called the guy and told him what it was for. He had one lamb left and he sure would like for her daughter to have to to show. The price was $500. It was more than they could spend and the girl didn't get a lamb.
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby spinandslide » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:50 am

Oh Chippie that sucks..:(

And Neskep, I to wasnt refering to someone like you..the folks I came across had a nice steer in their pasture, not halterbroke..but good looking, who they;d normally haul to the SB..and once they heard it was for a 4-h project, the price was quite large..:(

I am hoping, once I get my dorper flock situated, to be a provider of lambs for kids...and I for sure wont gauge them. :)
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Nesikep » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:51 am

Well, The steer just turned a year old, I took a shear to him and his 4 yearling sisters to help them shed and I'm studying how it helps them to get rid of lice as well.. Here he as king of the mountain

If I said he should weigh around 1100 lbs, would anyone disagree? (my weigh tape puts him at 1060)
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He was a bit scared of the rattley shear at first, but once he felt it he found that really took care of all the itches he had and he loved it, as did the 4 heifers. I didn't do their faces as I thought they'd look completely stupid, and they weren't very cooperative about it.

What do you think the guy will weigh by fall time?
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby chippie » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:11 pm

He looks good. How heavy are the steers at your fair?
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby spinandslide » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:16 am

agree..he is a good lookin' fella!
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:45 pm

I've never been to a fair... I'd like to, but it's a big step for me, and I don't have that much time. Once I sheared all the heifers, I noticed how fat they are, you can't see a rib on any of them. by breeding time they should be really close to 1000 lb each.
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Re: should I market him as a 4H project steer?

Postby chippie » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:16 am

If you can go to your fair and watch the steer and heifer classes. It might be helpful should you want to market your stock as 4-H projects. Your animals are very nice and I bet that someone would like to show one.
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