Yes. I know this isn’t my first. Nor will it be my last. Blame it on the fact I’m laid up in bed with a bum, swollen ankle; but I’m wandering the #showcattle partion of IG and I have too much to say.
Part 1. Judging pages
I think in one way this is a magical and helpful thing. In others not so much. I fid the people who arbitrarily place a random number on a calf annoying and not helpful. So you claim he’s a 5? Why? Oh, I’m surprised you cant back your number up. (Not really) Though when people come in and accurately judge a calf and then give pointers on how to fix that calf are a gift from God.
Part 2. Getting pissy on said judging pages.
I’ve never started a fight on one of these pages but I damn sure wont back down from one. If you don’t like what is said have a rational conversation, dont jump all over someone because there opinion is diffrent from yours right or wrong. But if you post a picture of a malnourished animal and expect kindness, you won’t find it. I admire kids and adults who do whats best by their livestock but damn don’t starve the thing then think we will praise you over it. If you ask how your calf will do in a ring against others, I will tell you exactly what i think will happen. Showing cattle isnt always kindness and sunshine unfortunately. Just like every other sport theres mean people, those of us who tell it like it is are conditioning you for what may happen.
Part 3. Shitty Pics on those judging pages.
I can’t tell you shit when your picture is blurry, cutting off parts of the calf, taken in the darkest spot in your barn, or he’s standing like a moron. I can tell you how to fix your picture then we can talk cattle but I’m not a magician.
Part 4. Abusive people on the judging pages.
Don’t say mean vulgar things. “Simmentals suck dick.” That just tells me you’re a dumbass.
Part 5. People who breed for hair.
I’m all for a hairy calf. I love being able to clip a shaggy monster into a block of damn near perfection. But structure people! STRUCTURE! You have nothing without proper build and movement.
Part 6. Keeping bulls as bulls.
As i said before not everything needs to hit a show ring. And not everything needs to be bred. If you have a calf that won’t make an acceptable steer, why, oh why, do you want to keep him a bull? To make more poor structured animals? Cause thats what I see. Those are the people of this industry I HATE. “Yeah lets keep him a bull so we can win a banner easier than if he was a steer (cause the bitch would never make it)”. You forget, not every animal needs to be shown. Sometimes they can hang out on a plate