(Dr. Dan Thomson) Hey folks, thanks for joining me this morning on DocTalk. I’m Dr. Dan. We’re out at R&L Angus, outside of Westmoreland, Kansas. I’m here with Ron, Eva, Lynne and Cale Hinrichsen. We’re going to talk about things you need to know about preparing your cattle and taking them to the show. Thanks for joining us, and stay tuned after these messages.
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(Dr. Dan) Hey folks welcome to DocTalk. Thanks for joining us. I’m here with Ron Hinrichsen. We’re outside of Westmoreland, Kansas. Thanks for letting us come to R&L Angus. (Ron Hinrichsen) It’s our pleasure to have you here. Thanks for being here. (Dr. Dan) We were just talking a little bit, off camera talking about things that you do from the start when you pick out the calves and start to develop them and get them ready for the show. There’s lot of things that you’ve to go through, lot of different steps. (Ron) There sure is. It all begins in the fall when people pick out their calves, and the kids pick up their steers, or their heifers, or whatever they’re going to show, and making sure that they get them halter-broke at a young age when they’re smaller. Then, of course, animal health is very important, getting them vaccinated and keeping them de-wormed throughout their show career, and proper nutrition. I mean that’s the key to success is having the right kind of rations for those cattle. A high-fiber, high-roughage diet, so the heifers don’t get too fat, and steers likewise. Getting a ration that’s got enough energy in them to hit that point that they want to be for that show that they’re targeting that year. (Dr. Dan) Yes. I think there are lot of people, when you think of show animals and you think of taking them into a, it’s one thing to have them broke enough to be around the farm, it’s another thing that when you start to think about the effort, and the time, and the connection between the people and the cattle to take them to a show. (Ron) Absolutely. It takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work for kids to get those animals ready. It doesn’t begin just the week before the fair, hooked up to the back of a tractor. It takes a lot of time leading those cattle around the farm and for that kid to bond with that animal, if you will. Leading him around, getting him to where they’ll set up, and use the show stick properly. Most of all getting him used to different environments if they can, go into a spring show, hauling him in a trailer so they know what to do when it’s the time to load up to go to the show. That’s very important for kids to work with those cattle on a daily basis, and have that bond between them. (Dr. Dan) When you start to think about taking him to a show, I’m sure different shows have different requirements for — whether it’s health papers, or PI testing, or different things to that nature, how do you go about checking with that? Just call the show or? (Ron) Yes, every show most of them are have online handbooks, if you will, or entry-books anymore, so they always have a health requirement page online, and of course working with the local veterinarian, knowing that you’re going to go to a show out of state. Some states like you mentioned require PI testing, that they’re PI negative, and some of them want blue tongue testing depending on what areas that you go, but have those health papers, and coordinate that with your local veterinarian. (Dr. Dan) One of the other things is I know that you all have been heavily involved with. It’s really something for you and your family to do together, and spend time. I think we lose sometimes people lose sight of that family time. (Ron) Yes, absolutely. A lot of the shows that we go to they call them “Showcations.” The families are going, and that’s their vacation. It’s just pretty important time to spend with in a pickup for long hours with the family, and things you see, and the things you do, and to being at the show and meeting people from around the country. (Dr. Dan) You have all been very successful not only on the cattle side but the family side. It’s great to be here today with you at R&L Angus. We’re going to have little more, get some other people involved in the show. This is Ron Hinrichsen. Thanks for joining us this morning. More on DocTalk after these messages.
(Dr. Dan) Folks welcome back to DocTalk. Dr. Dan here with Eva Hinrichsen. We’re outside of Westmoreland, Kansas, at R&L Angus. We’re talking about preparing cattle for shows. Eva has shown quite a few cattle, haven’t you? (Eva Hinrichsen) Yes. (Dr. Dan) [Laughs] I have seen her in the ring since she was not very big, and we’re talking about things that, let’s talk about cattle comfort first. We’re going to take the cattle, we get them down to the show, and there are some things that you’re going to do to ensure the cattle are comfortable. So what do you do for bedding or stalls or things that they’re going to, where they’re going to be? (Eva) Most of the time, we go to the show, and the bedding is provided so they always have wood chips or shavings or something. Sometimes, we bring horse pellets in, and you put water on them and they expand into finer shavings and stuff. So that keeps them cooler, and more clean and stuff. So make sure you have enough bedding so it’s soft for them and they’re comfortable standing on it. (Dr. Dan) You’d mentioned during the break, you even bring a mat? (Eva) Yes. We’ll bring a mat and put up under their front feet so they’re standing on that in the front. (Dr. Dan) That will give them little more cushion. 60% of the bovine’s weight is on the front feet. So providing that comfort through the front limbs is really important, and you all do that. Also gives them good traction. So we got bedding. Anything I need to do with that bedding? Do I just put it down once and, say, I’m good for the show or am I going to change that out? How often do you change it out? (Eva) Usually, we’ll put more down the night before the show just so it’s clean so there’s not a bunch of dirt in it and stuff, so they’re super clean for the show. (Dr. Dan) Then you blow them off; I take it, when they stand up? (Eva) Yes. If they’re lying down and they stand up, then we got to blow them off. (Dr. Dan) Now, let’s talk about feed. We’re going to make sure that we take the proper rations for the proper animals. We also probably have to have some scorecard or card to understand how much we’re going to feed each one of them right? (Eva) Mm-hmm. (Dr. Dan) You probably have it in your brain since you do it every day before you go. (Eva) Yes. (Dr. Dan) But talk to me a little bit about your feeding system and some of the things, besides the mixed rations, do you take hay with you? (Eva) Yes, we take couple bales of—well, it depends how many days we’re there, how many head we’re bringing, but we’ll take like prairie hay and a bale of alfalfa too for some extra fill. But for the rations, we just—like the bull, the fall heifers, and our bigger heifers, they all get different rations of it. It’s mostly the same mixture but just different amounts depending on which animal it is. (Dr. Dan) Got you. Obviously when we get down there, comfort of animals, heat stress can be an issue. You’ve got fans that are keeping the animals cool but you also do some stuff with water, right? (Eva) Yes. We get up, go out to the barns, and we rinse them off every morning, and then most of the time we rinse them again in the afternoon. So they’re getting rinsed twice a day, and then they have fans on them constantly throughout the whole day too. (Dr. Dan) Great. What about your water supply? You just go and get a bucket and put it down and say, “Here’s your drink,” or – (Eva) No. We fill the water; we use a filter for it so they’re drinking filtered water in the water buckets, and just with their feed. (Dr. Dan) I think it’s a really smart to filter that water especially when you have a new water source, new environment, and things that could be in that water that you’re filtering making sure it’s pure for those animals. (Eva) Yes. Especially when we go to different states, the water is different so the filter just helps them, so they drink more of it. (Dr. Dan) Absolutely. You enjoy showing? (Eva) Yes. (Dr. Dan) It’s a lot of fun? (Eva) Yes. (Dr. Dan) Well, thanks for being in on the show today. Folks, we’re going to take a break. We’re going to come back, more with R & L Angus, here after these messages. Thanks for watching DocTalk, and we’ll see you here after a bit.
(Dr. Dan) Hey folks. Welcome back to R&L Angus. We’re here with Cale Hinrichsen, and we’re outside of Westmoreland, Kansas. Now, Cale, you’re going to walk us through some of the things that you pack here in the show boxes to take with you, and it looks pretty extensive. (Cale Hinrichsen) Yes. It definitely is. We carry a lot of different things whether it’s different combs and brushes, to all our different sprays that we put on there, and everything we do the night before the show, at home, and also on show day, as well as the equipment needed for me and my sister to go out in the ring and show. (Dr. Dan) Okay. Walk me through some of the things that you’re talking about here. I see quite a few brushes. It must be important to pack brushes. (Cale) Absolutely. (Dr. Dan) Is this for you or for the – (Cale) Well, I do use it on myself. Got to make sure my hair looks good when I go out in the ring. (Dr. Dan) That’s right. The most eligible bachelor in Kansas, right here. We do have the brushes and different items in here. (Cale) Yes, absolutely. I will start out here. We have a rice root brush, and this is what we use at home probably the most. After we rinse them, we brush them dry underneath the fans, and this really helps to stimulate the hair and grow it as best as we can. When it comes to shows, it’s really helpful for working leg hair up and that sort of thing we go out there. We also use a smart sensation, which is similar to a scrub brush except more in a comb form. We really appreciate that it helps to fluff the hair; it’s much equivalent right here with this orange comb. This is more of a homemade comb but it really works well for all this fluffing up that hair and making sure that it looks really good and getting it the way we want it so that they’re best presented out in the ring. We also have several different sprays including several different reconditioning sprays as well as sheen that helps to go out and make their hair shine as well as give it quality so it’s not tough and brittle. It’s smooth and fluffy that’s what we really want is to make sure that they just look as best as they can out there. We also have a drug box to make sure that any unexpected things may come up that we can help take care of the cattle the best we can. (Dr. Dan) I take it that you work then with your local veterinary working through the animal help program so if something goes wrong while you’re on the road you’re make sure that you’re prepared and you can treat those animals and make sure that…do most shows make sure that they have a vet on site of some sort? (Cale) Typically yes they do in case anything were to come up that’s major that we would need a veterinarian for and so there should be one onsite that could come and help us. (Dr. Dan) Great. We’ve got a grooming tack, we’ve got our veterinary box and things to that nature, we’ve got our sprays. There is some other equipment down here that looks like you’re going to make sure you pack. Pretty bad day if you forgot some of these. (Cale) Yes absolutely. Show halters go out there, you can’t definitely not show on a rope halter. Got to have a show halter as well as show harness so we can have our number best represented. (Dr. Dan) What’s some of the things that maybe if you ever gone to a show that you might have forgot? Or maybe it wasn’t you forgot something, maybe somebody forgot something? (Cale) Yes, show day. We’ve forgotten belts, we’ve forgotten boots and actually some other time we’ve forgotten a pair of jeans. (Dr. Dan) [Laughs] (Cale) I’m not sure how that happened but it kind of did. I guess early in the morning your brain is slow and sluggish I guess. Paper towels are always a necessity too, when we go up to the ring we make sure the animals stay clean and that sort of thing. (Dr. Dan) Awesome. Anything else that people need to be thinking about. Obviously you all have yours packed and it’s tight and you’re ready to go. But anything that we need to think about as far as things to keep the animals cool, that keep the animals comfortable, that you’d recommend? (Cale) As far as keeping the animals cool and comfortable, it’s making sure that your bedding is not extremely dry and just monitoring those animals to make sure that they are staying cool so that that determines if you need to go rinse them out again. Water is basically the biggest important thing when it comes to keeping the animals cool. There is really no specific product that makes sure those animals are cool. Water in itself is good sometimes we put foggers on them or misting system but again it’s all water. (Dr. Dan) Outstanding. Thanks for spending time with us. Folks, thanks for watching DocTalk. When we come back, we’re going to talk about transporting cattle to and from the show. Thanks for watching DocTalk.
(Dr. Dan) Hey folks, welcome back to DocTalk. Dr. Dan Thomson here with Lynne Hinrichsen and we’re at R&L Angus and we’ve had a great day spending with you and your family and really appreciate you all, the hospitality, things that you do, not only for your family, you do a lot of work for a lot of people in this state and we really appreciate it. Let’s talk a little bit about transporting cattle and we’re standing here in front of a trailer but how do, what are some of the keys we’re going to start out with? (Lynne Hinrichsen) The main thing you want to make sure is that your equipment’s in proper running order just like anything for your show equipment. Oil is change in your truck, proper air in the tires for inflation and both the truck and the trailer. Making sure you have a good working spare especially in these hot days when you’re loaded it tends to put extra pressure on those tires and you just want to make sure all your running gear like your lights and brakes are working properly as well. (Dr. Dan) Yes and if you shut down and you’re changing tire you’re not going to be able to get out of it and get it done because no air flow in those trailers, the cattle get pretty hot pretty quick. (Lynne) Absolutely. We want to make sure, their comfort is always key. Make sure it’s almost like a pit crew, everybody comes out, knows what their job is, get it done, get the tire changed and you’re back on the road. (Dr. Dan) You bet. It’s just important to think about before you take off but what about training animals to load and unload. I check some animals in at fairs and I can’t imagine what happened at the farm getting them on the trailer after what I watched trying to get them off the trailer. You all work on that? (Lynne) Definitely we work on that at home first. We go to several spring shows and we are fortunate that we have some early shows like from January to April to get the cattle to so they are being loaded at a young age and learning how to stand in the trailer properly being tied. The kids will get them loaded and take them on and off just for practice. The key is a lot of things just again; their comfort is try to have the step as low as possible walking in. Then having a tie rail on the inside of your trailer is always key so that they can be tied to that and be at a comfortable level so if they want to lay down, they can if you’ve got enough room. (Dr. Dan) Okay and then when you’re hauling cattle and you’re driving down the road, what are some things that you are conscious of as far as the cattle comfort in the back and things of that nature? (Lynne) Again, making sure the airflow is coming through, you don’t have any – your vents are open whether they’re on top or on the side or on the front and just keeping at a constant speed so that airflow is running through. We always want to make sure you’ve got enough distance because you’re loaded, you’re a lot heavier and just like a semi, you want to be able to stop and be aware of people who are around you making sure that they are giving you enough distance and you’re just keeping within your lane and at the right speed. (Dr. Dan) Some of these trailers – obviously this is not an issue here with you all’s trailer because it’s newer but checking the flooring, especially with some of the old trailers that have wood slat floors, important? (Lynne) Very important because those get wet from moisture in the air or from the cattle themselves and you just want to make sure that you have some other kind of bedding in there or the floor is maybe cleated. These trailers, these aluminum trailers usually have a diamond plating and then we still keep them bedded fairly deep so that again, cattle comfort, it’s more of a shock absorber for them on their feet and legs when they’re travelling long distances. But again, making sure it’s not real slick because we don’t want anybody’s legs going out from under them and then causing problems. (Dr. Dan) Awesome, well thanks for sharing that information with us. We’re going to have a close here in just a minute. Well, folks, thanks, I hope you enjoyed the show. Hinrichsen Family, thanks for having us out and spending time. You all do a lot to be ambassadors for the beef industry and it’s very, very appreciated by all of us that are involved. Ron, thanks a lot for all that you do and thanks for being on the show. (Ron) Thanks for having us. (Dr. Dan) You bet. If you want to know more about us on DocTalk, you can find us on the web at www.doctalktv.com. Remember, always work with your local veterinarian. Thanks for watching DocTalk, I’m Dr. Dan Thomson from Kansas State University and I’ll see you down the road.
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