A few in this bunch over 800

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A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:36 pm

That red homegrown bull I call Mutant produced some tonnage in calves his first year.

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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby BrangusUSA » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:40 pm

Very nice! I like the cow on the right in the second and third picture. Are they all registered or commercial? Just curious.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:07 pm

Thank you, they are commercial. This heard is mostly old cows from our reg. sims and simbras. The 3rd pictured cow is a angus though. This herd is the left over old mismatched cows..
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Workinonit Farm » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:11 pm

They certainly are meaty calves. They ought to do well.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Muddy » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:17 pm

Like the calf in second pic. Almost like LimoX
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:25 pm

Thank you.....He made some really nice heifers too. This bull really got around last year. Wouldn't stay in the bull pasture, the other bulls ganged up on him. He ended up in the big herd and produced 8 out of season calves in cows who didn't breed in our regular season. Then, somehow one popped up out of season in another herd. We were like, WTH. My daughter also got a calf out of him in another herd....lol...
To fix this, we put him in the bull pasture first when we took him off the cows, then added other bulls slowly. He's saying now. He got added last the year before and the other bulls just did not like him. So far so good, he's staying this year...
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby elkwc » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:52 am

Nice calves. Like the bottom two cows really well. You have a program that seems to be working well for you. We retained one bull calf last year out of a bred registered cow I bought and another this year out of a cow whose family has been good producers for us. A little shorthorn in the last one. Basically don't want to pay 6-8 thousand for the type of bull we feel we want. Also using bulls that are related to our cows and not complete out crosses hopefully will help with uniformity.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:30 am

We go through a lot of bulls. I wont say it never happens, but we'll run up to 5 bulls in a herd and if one bull is related to a couple cows, the likelihood of him breeding them is so low. This red bull was just outstanding in his growth. Wished he were black, but when you get the giant weaners out of him, color doesn't matter much. This is his first full crop and I know there are at least 4 pushing 800....the rest are well over 600...We'll keep most heifers out of him this year. Last year he managed to produce a few, and we kept the 2 heifers out of him. They are now bred for a spring calf and are as big as most of our mature cows. The only way we'd not keep them is if they produced small to average weanlings... They have to wean a 6+ calf for their size. Luckily, they are short cows and not the long legged simbra type...
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby wbvs58 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:22 pm

They genuinely do look heavy Cowgirl.

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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:07 am

We hauled off all the steers off this herd yesterday. There were 19, born between March to May. Weight average 651... All sold excellent...When I saw my husband walking out the door with the check with a big smile, priceless. After the 30 cent debacle a few weeks ago, I needed this. Most were grouped and bought by just a few buyers. Colors were from lite red, brindle and black....all grouped in mixed colors. So, doesn't matter the color, just matters if its a good meaty calf...FYI, big calves are hot right now.....
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby Lazy M » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:39 pm

They look like dandy calves. Do you have a recent pic of the bull? I saved a few of our ai bull calves from last fall, and I am looking forward to seeing how they do.
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby elkwc » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:50 am

cowgirl8 wrote:We hauled off all the steers off this herd yesterday. There were 19, born between March to May. Weight average 651... All sold excellent...When I saw my husband walking out the door with the check with a big smile, priceless. After the 30 cent debacle a few weeks ago, I needed this. Most were grouped and bought by just a few buyers. Colors were from lite red, brindle and black....all grouped in mixed colors. So, doesn't matter the color, just matters if its a good meaty calf...FYI, big calves are hot right now.....

Glad they sold well for you. Did you get docked a few weeks ago or what?
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:18 am

We sold some odds and ends from our heifers. Most were really small so we kept them for a while. One had a hump in his back, apparently they don't taste as good...lol...brought less per pound than a old bag of bones cow.....
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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby cowgirl8 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:25 pm

Lazy M wrote:They look like dandy calves. Do you have a recent pic of the bull? I saved a few of our ai bull calves from last fall, and I am looking forward to seeing how they do.

Against my better judgment, but since he's proven to be a producer and his calves bring prime money his first year, i'll post a picture of him now... I'll ignore the comments, not asking suggestions, critiques, or opinions.... Not the best looking bull, but when every steer he produced Feb to May averaged 651 on the same day, who could argue his productivity...

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Re: A few in this bunch over 800

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:44 pm

I guess when you have enough land and cows you can run a pos like him for a bull. You must of had him covering some really nice looking cows.
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