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I know many of you have noticed that I stopped posting my new litters of puppies on my website “Blog” and my two Facebook sites…Tammy’s Cowdogs and my Tammy’s Cowdogs Page. I’ve posted before in all these locations about some of the reasons why I have stopped or limited my puppy postings. I have had a long waiting list for puppies over the last several years. I have let folks get on a waiting list with a deposit. My deposit policy is that I do not use a deposit “until” the person selects a puppy. The deposit simply stays on file after a receipt has been sent to the person who sent in the deposit. I have never seen a need to use a person’s deposit until they have selected a puppy. And that policy has not changed since 2007.

I really tightened up my cowdog breeding program after I purchased over a dozen outside cowdogs in Jan. 2008. The majority of those outside cowdogs did not pass my standards for breeding purposes. If they had genetic flaws, disposition flaws, temperament flaws, conformation flaws, attitude flaws, mental flaws, recessive gene flaws, basically any flaw, then those cowdogs just were of no value or use to me. The verification of those cowdogs’ relationships, sires, dams, brothers, sisters, etc. was put through a series of DNA tests to create and verify relationships and profiles. A few years ago, I stopped sending my litter information to sources outside of my own cowdog breeding program. And, through a lot of processes of elimination I have really narrowed up my gene pool and focused on matings that create a cowdog product that I like and want to use here on my cow/calf operation.

Having a closed cowdog breeding program has been very successful. And not sharing my pedigree information has nearly eliminated the use of my pedigree information for so-called registration purposes. As of September and October 2014, the internal squabbles and unrest of the registration services continues to be an issue and to be a part of the problems of those groups is not for me or my breeding program.

In 2013, I made a decision to not take anymore puppy deposits until I got my current waiting list folks taken care of. I am nearly caught up with my waiting list folks. And I really do appreciate all the folks that have wanted and waited for cowdogs and puppies from my program. I have to turn away a lot of folks simply because the list has been too long. It takes 4-6 litters per year to keep up with requests for puppies. And, I do not breed any female more than once per year. It simply is too hard on the females to put them through back-to-back pregnancies. I don’t treat them as puppy milling sisters. They are working cowdogs too and they cannot maintain peak body condition if they are always pregnant, nursing or raising puppies. Raising puppies requires a lot of time to manage things properly. And, I do not believe in having other folks raise the litters and ship the litters to me so that I always have puppies on hand to sell. Brokering, trading, swapping, milling is just not for me. I do not operate my retained ownership cowherd in that manner and I’m sure not going to pick up those practices for my cowdogs.

When I get my current waiting list folks taken care of, I am going to raise a few litters of pups out of my 3rd and 4th generation cowdogs and take in some new customers. In other words, I am not going to use my deposit process. The pups will be 1st come, 1st serve when I have litters available. I’ll see how that works for the beginning of 2015. I’ve got some pups that I have kept so that I could watch them grow and mature here. I’ll be starting these young cowdogs later on this winter after I get my AI work done in November and December. And, fingers crossed that we don’t have another winter of weeks and weeks of “Polar Vortex” weather. That darn weather sure puts a kink into time, the short winter days and the ability to train cowdogs when it is below zero. It is kind of like the amount of training that occurs when the temperatures are over 90F in the summer months. I don’t keep sheep or goats around for round pen training so when the weather is too cold, too hot, too dusty, too whatever…well, we don’t train during those extreme weather conditions.

First and foremost, this place is a cow/calf operation. The cowdog training takes place when we work cattle on cattle working days. I work alone and my help is my cowdog crews. I still give private training sessions to folks when time allows. Giving private lesson sessions seems to work really well because folks are more relaxed and at ease if other folks are not watching. The personal one-on-one time seems to work really well and allows for more questions and practice.

I post some sort of working cowdog or ranch work story every day on Facebook…just look for Tammy’s Cowdogs. My Tammy’s Cowdogs Page on Facebook is where my website Blog stories or posting will automatically post to. Well, sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. It is really easy to follow the daily postings, pictures or videos on Facebook and I have the site set up so that the postings are public to anyone and you do not have to have a “Friend” status. I am max’d out at the 5,000 Friends level but you can select to “Follow” the postings. Give it a try. Some folks don’t like Facebook but be like me and just use Facebook for things you are interested in and skip all the other stuff that is of no interest. That makes Facebook tolerable!

Thank you very much for following my website blog and give some thought to setting up a Facebook account. The cowdogs & I would love to have you along for our daily working ranch activities.

#hangintreecowdogs #tammyscowdogs

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If you have a call in, a note sent or a post with a question…rest assured I will get back to you.  It may take a day or 2 or a few days!

Gathering, sorting, hauling cattle for sale due to the drought has been the priority lately.  We weaned a couple hundred October calves along the way.  Looking after cowdogs and new litters is mixed in there.  Add to that getting hay trucks in and now dealing with the several inches of sleet/snow/freezing rain…I am a tad behind on correspondence.  You can call my cell phone if you’d like.  I will tell you in advance that I travel a lot of areas where I don’t have service.  Yes, we send folks to outer space and they communicate with clear signals back to Earth, but, for various reasons a hill or a building or a low area will drop an earthling out of communication range!

My cell is (573) 659-5971.  Have a good day!

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I was at a friend’s house Sunday night and decided to check my email.  Typing in “tammys cowdogs webmail” I got some search results that I was not anticipating.  There were 6 results that showed my keywords in my website link and the contact information for another person is embedded into my links.  A person who sold a cowdog business to me on January 08, 2008…a retirement that truly was not a “retirement”.  After 4 years and a matter of legal pursuit, the proof was in the pudding.  And now, the latest antic…over the last few months… is to embed contact information into my website keywords or to mix my website keywords into yours?

When you see a phone number that begins with an area code of 940…well, that is not my phone number.  And the email information for “windstream.net” is not mine.

Try instead to reach Tammy’s Cowdogs at tammy@tammyscowdogs.com or 573-782-4912 (landline) or 573-659-5971 (mobile).

So please disregard the area code information of “940” as this is an attempt to direct you away from my cowdog business via some crafty “switch-a-roo” tactics.

And to the people who think they are benefiting from these less than ethical ways, I say, “That’s fine…keep it up.”

You cannot surpass Bert.

Tammy’s Cowdogs…Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs…and the master cowdog “Bert”.

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Have you ever had times in your life when you think people are simply unbelievable?  That some people just cannot be happy for others because they are so blinded by the knowledge and success of others?  As we grow and experience life, we begin to realize that some people spend a lifetime creating drama after drama after drama.  Their goal is to suppress others from being successful.  And, in the end, the one who is constantly delivering the punishment is the one who is self-destructing.  I cannot help but feel sorry for the persecutor, for they bring endless shame to themselves.

Yesterday, I received yet another phone call that highlights another personal attack against me.  I listened.  The very notion of the message was another desperate attempt to drive people away from my successful cowdog breeding program.  You really have to wonder how shallow and small-minded some people are.

I ranch.  I ranch full-time.  I get up early, come home late. I have a successful retained ownership beef cattle operation.   It’s been successful my entire life.  I’m 54 and have been involved in cattle ranching my whole life.  I embrace doing a good job.  I embrace helping people.  I have a closed cowherd.  I have a closed cowdog program.   The people trying to discredit me are wasting their time with their useless, endless jealousy.

Soon, I will be posting the full details of my acquiring a dog related business over four years ago.  Some of you have been extremely supportive to me because you know the people that have waged a devious battle against me since I acquired the business.  I never anticipated that I had been set up for failure.  So when the failures began to kick in it was anticipated that I would give up, give in and would want to give back the business and the dogs.  That anticipated and hoped for end result never came true for the ones hoping I would fail.  Thus, the endless rollercoaster of lobbing more bombshells my way.

I filed a legal suit.  I won.  The people were legally exposed.  And the last several months, the latest tactic is to use another route to achieve their statement of, “I will ruin you in the dog and cattle business if you don’t give me my dogs back”, is to attack my sexuality.  Well folks, I am married to a male.  A man that is not remotely interested in my ranching lifestyle.  I do my ranching work myself with the help of my cowdogs.  And we are successful.  We will be successful today, tomorrow and clear into the future.

So to the people who breed Hangin’ Tree cowdogs and want to continue to “pull another show-stopping rabbit out of the hat”…shame on you.  This latest salvo will not work either.  Shame.  Shame.  Shame on you.   I’d suggest you go back to the drawing board.  Here is an idea, “Grow up.”  But, I know out of experience when you are dealing with people that are “self-absorbed drama addicts” you might as well just let them be because they have no remote clue how much better their lives could be if they lived in the values of truth and honesty.

So, as you:  (1) see their local, regional and national ads, (2) see or go to their low-stress cattle handling clinics, (3) see or go to their cowdog clinics and demonstrations, or (4) see them at ranch rodeos and tradeshows…remember this, “they have spent a lifetime bashing, trashing and hurting others”.  Afterall, the main reason they wanted to get out of the dog business in late 2007 was, “All the people you deal with are stupid and I am sick and tired of dealing with all the stupid people.”

I do appreciate all the lessons I have learned since December 2007 and the activities and events surrounding the expansion of my cowdog breeding program.  And, I feel sorry for those who have spent the past few years with burning up their mental minutes with trying to destroy me.

But, as usual, I hope everyone has a good day.

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The last few weeks it has been the time to put up some hay.  Early on it was hay for weaning calves.  In the blink of an eye…3 days later…the grasses, the dryness, the heat, the wind…took the hay from pretty good quality grass to “not so good” very mature grass.  From calf hay to cow hay in a flash!  It is a good thing though because last year was “zero hay”.  Ah, the roller coaster of life when you are involved in production agriculture.  It is an occupation based on: luck, timing, cash flow, Mother Nature, God, the ability to sustain yourself & the operation during times of high stress & risk, good genetics in the beef cattle that roam the pastures, good genetics in the cowdogs that do all the cattle processing chores around here.

Each day, we continue to move along to do our part to grow a beef product or unit that fits my environment, that can efficiently adapt to the growing & finishing phases of their life cycle and conclude the mission of being one of the highest quality protein feed sources to feed the world.  In a nutshell, there is always something to do on a ranch or farm.

In the latest newsletter from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources there are some interesting tidbits: a student (young lady) has created an experimental ice cream that starts as one flavor and then with its microencapsulation technology it shifts to flavor #2 before you even swallow it; research students are one step closer to detecting melanoma cancer at the cellular level, long before a tumor has a chance to form; and the livestock judging team was once again 2nd at the Dixie National in Jackson, MS;  oh, and the dairy product team took first in ice cream evaluation.

One of the greatest things I learned at college was that you get the “most” from the people you meet, not the book you buy.  I was baling hay the other day and thought back to how much I disliked all those hours of organic & inorganic chemistry and that I actually got the most out of the biochemistry classes.  Now, 32 years later I use a little of each of those chemistry classes and think I could probably find more appreciation in their purpose.  Instead of C’s, I might be able to muster B’s.  And, it would be a grade improvement solely based on not being so defiant in how much I disliked the subject matter and the ‘non-English’ speaking student instructors.  They happened to not like blonde-headed white girls!  So it was not a win-win situation!

Anyway, I still look forward to being a good risk manager, staying above breakeven, and creating some of the most lip smackin’ good beef that one can wrap their lips around.  Staying the course for now!

Yep, this is part of your next cheeseburger!

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To the people that have been encrypting all my email accounts, Facebook site, my Blog…you need to enjoy your encrypting efforts while you can.  The last 4 years of your antics will soon come to a close when you are exposed.  You can hack my sites all you want and steal information and phones calls from me.  But one thing that you cannot ‘hack in and get’ is my honest way of living.  Yes, keep telling people that your cowdogs are better than anyone elses.  But remember this…many people know and realize you are puppy milling and that you have two goals in life…one is greed, the second is hurting people.

Happy hacking to you and I hope you have a nice day.

We raise ‘happy’ cowdogs…even Ducchess loves her pups.  She’s 5 and a proven worker, great friend and an excellent mother to her 1st litter of pups.

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Feed Efficiency Testing at Arapahoe Bull Center

Visitors to the PowerLine Bull Center in Arapahoe, NE, will see some new equipment that will move the genetics program to the next level. ABS is installing a GrowSafe system to measure individual feed intake on a portion of the bulls that are performance tested there.

GrowSafe is comprised of a series of individual feed bunks where only one animal at a time can eat from each of the individual bunks (called nodes). When an animal sticks its head into the node, the antenna reads the electronic tag number and sends this information to the central computer every second. The scale under each node weighs the feed every second and sends that information to the computer. As the animal eats from the bunk, the system measures the amount of feed that disappears. This process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a minimum of 60 days. A massive amount of data is collected.

“Ultimately, we’re searching for those individuals that gain more weight on less feed. That information goes into a genetic index that combines all other information to give us an estimate of which bulls are likely to sire more profitable cattle. It isn’t cheap or easy, but it is critical to our mission,” said Jeff Berry, ABS Beef Technical Specialist and on-site genetic evaluation manager for the PowerLine Genetics program.

GrowSafe is the Cadillac of feed intake measuring systems. It has been used all over the world and is a proven system.

As this issue goes to press, December corn futures are over $7 per bushel. A semi-load of corn used to cost $2,000 and now it costs $7,000. “We have to breed cattle that gain a little more on every pound of corn that they consume,” said Darrell Wilkes, ABS Beef Supply Systems Manager. ABS has been gathering feed efficiency data on Angus sires for over 10 years.

The system being installed at Arapahoe will provide data on Simmental and SimAngus. “Then we have what we need to stack pedigrees for efficiency and profitability. This is an exciting time to be involved with genetic improvement of beef cattle,” Wilkes concluded.

NOTE:  For more information about Power Genetics and this research collaboration with ABS Global…visit www.powergenetics.com.  The Fall Bull Sale is this Thursday 09-22-2011 in the morning.  See website for information and bull data.

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