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Readers who participated in October’s photo caption contest win fun prizes.

Last week, we launched a photo caption contest featuring a photograph of an old herd bull of ours with his tongue sticking out and corn kernels dangling from his mouth. It was fun to read through the 80+ entries we received in the contest, and we’ve selected the winners who will take home packages of power tools from PORTER-CABLE and BOSTITCH. Here are the best captions.

Our first-place caption was submitted by BT, who suggested: “Who’s the joker who put the habanero in the grain bucket?”

BT will receive a four-tool combo kit worth $239 (shown at left), which includes a ½-in. drill/driver, 6½-in. circular saw, a tiger reciprocating saw, and LED flashlight, with a compact lithium ion battery, a 4.0 amp/hour max pack lithium ion battery, a lithium ion standard charger, and a 6½-in. circular saw blade, and 6-in. 6TPI reciprocating saw blade, and a kit bag.

Our second-place caption was submitted by Chappfordboy: “Whew! I think I made it out of the neighbor’s heifers before they saw me!”

Chappfordboy will receive a two-tool combo kit worth $179. It includes a ½-in. drill/driver and ¼-in hex chuck impact driver, compact lithium ion batteries, a lithium ion standard charger, a double-ended bit tip, and a PH2 screw driving bit.

In addition, a drawing of all entrants who submitted captions for the contest was done. And the winner of another two-tool combo kit like the one described immediately above is Matthew Eddy. 

As promised on yesterday’s blog, we are also giving away one western art print to a reader who shared his or her best memory of a favorite cow. Bob Neese was randomly selected to win a limited-edition, signed western art print. The prize is a print by artist Jim Rey, called “The Chow Line.” Congratulations.

 

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Neese writes about his favorite cow: “My favorite cow is #489, sired by a home-raised clean-up bull, born in March of 1989. She made that first and final trip to town in the winter of 2006. She left, as her legacy, 15 calves she successfully raised. Every bull calf was retained and sold for a herd bull. Her very last heifer, produced at 16 years of age, proved to be her best. Like her mama, #125 has also earned Pathfinder status with the Angus Association. Few cows will ever produce that last calf that is as good as all those preceding ones. Few cows begin production with a perfect udder and after 15 calves still retain a perfect udder. Few cows are capable of gaining days in the calving season each year, settling on the first A.I. service each year, and producing 15 calves that all raise the bar and help the average each year. Few cows are capable of weaning over 50% of their body weight year in and year out, without fail, for that many years and calves. #489 was one of those cows. She was average size for my herd -- about 1350 lbs. in her prime and 1250 lbs. at 16 years. She was easy fleshing, holding her condition, being a great mother that never needed help, raising healthy calves that never needed treatment, and giving 16 problem-free years. And to cap off a great production career, she and her progeny were all very easy on the eyes. What more can be asked of a mama cow? I have had several that I'll always remember, but #489 will likely remain at the top of the list.”

Feel free to join the discussion and share stories of your best cows. Read what others had to say about their favorites here.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make October’s contest really fun!

 

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W.E. (not verified)
on Oct 24, 2013

The best cows are the ones that last longest, work hardest and do the most good for the herd with the lowest inputs. Same could be said of cattlemen, maybe....

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