Massey135 wrote:THERE IS AN EQUIVALENT IN ALL BREEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PICK A BREED YOU LIKE AND FIND THE INDIVIDUAL WITHIN THE BREED THAT SPECIALIZES IN THE AREA YOU'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON!!!!!! Nothing is more elementary than to see people suggest breeds in general with no regard to type. There are 5 frame charolais' and there are 7 frame angus. Don't tell me Charolais cows are too big. Whose Charolais Cows are too big? Mine or yours???
If your considering keeping replacements, I would select a bull thats epds suggest he is geared or specialized towards the maternal characteristics. Calving Ease, low Birthweight, average ww, average or below yw, moderate to high milk (although your beefmasters should have adequate milk), high maternal calving ease numbers, moderate to high docility, and so forth. Avoid any kind of high bw- high growth(above average) genetics as growth and maternal ability are antagonistic by nature and you cannot get one with out giving up some of the other. YOU CANT DO IT. You can afford to give up a little weaning weight in years you plan on retaining heifers. You CANNOT afford to give up any maternal quality.
First comment Yes very true but picking a certain breed can give you easier acess to the type your looking for.(Char growth, Angus carcass qualities, hereford rangy type cattle, shorthorns nice milkers etc etc) Notice i say type because i do agree the above is very true in regards to there is an equivelent within every breed.
Second comment Honestly one of the best ways i have seen this point put across in simple terms anyone can grasp.