I agree, 11T (sister to 6U), the fat-butt is really what I like, though 8T (sister to 9U) will have the better udder of the two (4 teats vs 7) I think that 9U will be a great combination of the two of them, taking the strengths of both. My only gripe about 11T is she could be longer (though she knows how to pose to make up for it), which is where 8T does better. The 9U heifer is currently about 25 days old, and has been growing at an astonishing rate... she's over 200 lb (>110 lb gain)... I hope that continues for the rest of the year.
I have 3 other heifers that are good replacement candidates, #1U, 4Uand 7U (sisters to 1T, 4T and 6T respectively), and I'm not sure about them, 1U is a spitting image of her sister, so that's OK, it's the attitude thats the problem... 4U, we didn't keep her sister last year because of her historic problems with hooves and udders, as well as despite being a wonderful pet and docile with humans, is a witch with other cows. That leaves 7U, sister to 6T, who is a good looking heifer, nice and wide, fatty, but she's got a brockleface, and since we're trying to get our herd more uniform, I'm a bit wary of her... Awesome replacement for someone who has whitefaces though (as well as 6U)
Meanwhile, Mega, which is very related to 11T (Shorthorn grandfather rather than Saler) is TRULY a cow-and-a half... she has 6 working teats. Now what's really funny is her calf is linebred 3/4 GV, and he's one of the longest legged skinny things we've ever had, even though is father (and thus grandfather) is a pretty stubby legged guy. At 30 days old he's 37" at the hip, he grows like a weed, just only in the vertical axis... he's about 210 lbs at 30 days, which I think is respectable for being from a heifer.. The other heifer cow this year had the wide-backed heifer (3U) who steals milk all day, is 2 weeks older, and isn't gaining nearly as well as I had hoped, though I don't consider her mother a writeoff by any means, I think given a year or two she'll be having some real scale-tipping steers as well, her mother certainly can make them. The freemartin heifer of ours this year is being raised by her mother, and she looks pretty well..., she should be well in the 650lb range by fall
I'm working on a new breed of cow called "Michelin", I'd just love to say
"Because a lot is riding on your bull"