LoveMoo11 wrote:If she's a nice animal other than her size, I'd hold onto her and see what you can do with her. Look at her sire/do some research and see if the size comes from him. If not, it may just be from poor care at a young age before you got her.
This comment and the originators possible thoughts are exactly why more than 70% (my percentage is likely low) of animals that should be killed, culled or de-nutted do not get shipped.
Lots of folks who breed "quality" registered animals want to think they can and should keep "all the heifers" and sell all the boys as "bulls".
I could not disagree more strongly with keeping this animal - especially after reading the original description.
There are a tonne of breeders out there that sell or try to sell some really bad stock. We have all seen them. Many have come here to brag their stock and then cannot believe how good some commercial stuff is.
This animal is under sized - and under performing. The reason is no longer important.
Keep it and breed it - and the offspring will end up in the genetic pool.
Then some newbie will come along and buy into the "quality" herd and take home registered "breeding" / quality stock from this herd - start his / her own and the beat goes on.
We see many pics of animals here from people thinking an animal is a great breeder - simply because it is registrered!
Or because it comes from great blood lines. Not all star blood lines produce excellence every time.
The best breeding / registered stock producers out there kill or de-nut the vast majority of their product - they do this for a reason.
This animal is an under performer.
Kill it and eat it.
Or sell it to a feedlot and let them kill it.
Just because it is registered - or could be registered - does not mean it deserves to be registered. In fact it does not even mean it deserves to be anything more than food on someones plate.
You breed it and sell it if you want - and I have to admit I have not seen the animal - but have read your own description - you might be perpetuating the problem and at the same time negating your own mission statement.
Far better for you to be wrong and miss a good one once in a while than to be wrong and bring an underperformer into the gene pool.
Your reputation rids upon the quality not the number of cattle in your herd. Take care.