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Postby dun » Fri Oct 08, 2004 1:33 am

I spoke to the ag advisor and the vet that is one of the board members today. They take a picture of the animal at judging time, when it is bought, the kid takes the picture to the buyer and thanks them. They're encouraged to write a personal thank you, but they admit that few of the kids do. When I told them about the holding the check until they turned in a thank you letter they agreed that it sounds like a good idea and may do it next year.
I knew that last year they had changed the method of determining the grand and reserve champion but didn't understand why. It seems that some of the parents were going to the big club calf sales and were buying multi-thousand dollar calves for the kids to show. Last year they started ultrasounding the steers and the results go into the determination of G & R Champion. None of the expensive club calf steers placed very well. They measure ribeye, backfat and marbling and that goes into the equation and is loaded to be 75% of the score. This year the champ was a black baldy and the reserve was an angus. They're still tweaking the loading factors and the scoring of the animals on their placement in the ring. BTW, both of the champs were local bred and raised. There was a real stink about the new grading system last year because a $5500 steer from the clubers didn't even place.

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Postby la4angus » Fri Oct 08, 2004 1:48 am

dun wrote: This year the champ was a black baldy and the reserve was an angus. They're still tweaking the loading factors and the scoring of the animals on their placement in the ring. BTW, both of the champs were local bred and raised. There was a real stink about the new grading system last year because a $5500 steer from the clubers didn't even place.

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I think I made a comment a week or so ago that no steer was worth more than $200.00 than any other.
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Postby Hobby Hereford » Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:03 am

Makes you wonder, Where are the parents? Rules here are:
1. Pick out your steer
2. Do your paperwork
3. You learn to handle your steer and take care of him
4. Get your presentation ready
5. PERSONALLY visit your potential buyers and present your
project...also son on his own purchases extra passes, you
only get 2 buyer passes, and gives one to each buyer to
attend the auction, regardless of who's steer they bid on
6. At fair, keep your area clean, take care of your steer and
have your poster hung
7. Auction Day, thank all the bidders you invited for coming
TO THE AUCTION and all buyers in general for supporting
the local 4H
8. Once steer is sold, back to the barn, immediately hang your
THANK YOU poster, which is already done and just waiting
for the buyers name to be added
9. On his own he seeks out the buyer and gives them the Fair
Thank You Plaque and also a small token of his thanks...
this year he had me help him make T-Shirts with his picture
with his steer, steer's name and year and again Thank Them
10. Within one week from auction end write a Thank You and
mail to the buyer.

It always amazed me being here in a small community the number
of potential buyers that expressed their surprise that he came in
person, guess they were use to getting just letters.
These kids
need to remember without the BUYERS where would they be!

I think as a parent it is my responsibility to see that he is aware
what is acceptable behavior, manners, etc. ;-)

Sorry didn't mean to be long winded, just irrates me that some
parents seem to have left it up to someone else to do the right thing
when it comes to raising their kids
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Postby txag » Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:03 am

back when i was showing i would also give a restaurant gift certificate to my buyer along with a written thank you. pics were always taken (& still are) with the buyer, kid & animal & the buyer received one of these as well.
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Postby la4angus » Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:32 am

txag wrote:back when i was showing i would also give a restaurant gift certificate to my buyer .


The restaurant gift certificate is an excellent idea. It shows above and beyond the call of duty your appreciation to the buyer.
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Postby rgv4 » Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:02 am

All the above are good ideas, but, at our county fair, there are usually between 200 to 225 steers that show, that's just the steers. So the buyer's get a Thank you in the barn after the auction, then a written Thank you letter and picture, when the checks are realeased.
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Postby txag » Fri Oct 08, 2004 11:45 am

rgv4 wrote:All the above are good ideas, but, at our county fair, there are usually between 200 to 225 steers that show, that's just the steers.


i think i'm missing your point. what does the number of steers (or animals) have to do with thank you's?
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