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  1. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    As a whole, our experiment with Gelbvieh has been mostly positive with our hot and dry conditions. Our area has experienced 122F down to -4F while raising them and they performed relatively well in addition to their crosses with our Brangus. I'm sure this bull would reflect differently with...
  2. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    I unsuccessfully read your post 3 times in an effort to disagree with something.
  3. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    He certainly would look different in his working clothes. I agree with there being difficulty in assessment when using a static photo. Our indicators go off anytime we see alterations to a photo and this is no different. I think my judgment on the flex in the hip is still to be determined. I...
  4. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    You are correct in his bone and mass. We talk about curve benders in the field of EPD's but in this case, I first saw his mature prototype terminal sire image and was completely surprised to see his curve bending calving ease numbers: top 10% in CE, BW, and CEM. His mature shoulders...
  5. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    Outstanding examples of progeny. Thanks for sharing and it certainly enters the arena for considering his services.
  6. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    Sage advice ... I enjoy reading unfiltered opinions but occasionally there will be light shed on a subject that I hadn't previously considered. Years back someone mentioned white color showing up on Pure Power offspring. Lo and Behold it showed up in my calves. Regards
  7. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    I noticed that as well. Possibly something in the background?
  8. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    https://gelbvieh.digitalbeef.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=_animal&file=_animal&animal_registration=AMGV1438051 Here are some details
  9. M

    Phenotype opinions wanted

    This is a prospective Purebred Gelbvieh A.I. sire. Fire away at him!
  10. M

    Lessons have been learned

    Thanks for the input. The market around here wants first and foremost calving ease. I've noticed that the "curve bender" bulls that I have used have lower birth weights and in the majority of births, it is due to a shorter gestation period with A.I. calves being born 7-10 days early on...
  11. M

    Lessons have been learned

    The purebred operation is paying for itself (A.I. included) plus a little more. The commercial herd makes a little more with some cross breeding with Angus. I have to admit, the Balancers are impressive. With heavy culling I tend to sell some of the purebred cows about the time they hit their...
  12. M

    Lessons have been learned

    I haven't retained them for over 8 years so far. Those are still holding up. They certainly raise a calf up fast with heavy milking.
  13. M

    Lessons have been learned

    Call it like you see it I suppose. They can be heavy milkers. I am surprised that they hold up well with poor grazing.
  14. M

    Lessons have been learned

    Call it like you see it I suppose.
  15. M

    Lessons have been learned

    https://gelbvieh.digitalbeef.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=_animal&file=_animal&animal_registration=AMGV1259438 This was the best of what I bought and started with about 7 years ago. Females where hard to find back then with most trying to rebuild after a drought. I was grateful to get them...
  16. M

    Lessons have been learned

    https://gelbvieh.digitalbeef.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=_animal&file=_animal&animal_registration=AMGV1312888 After at least 5 generations of "crazy gene", we finally got it bred out of this one's bloodline. She carried it (never really showed it) but her offspring is chill with the numbers...
  17. M

    Lessons have been learned

    https://gelbvieh.digitalbeef.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=_animal&file=_animal&animal_registration=AMGV1346201 Another first generation A.I. result. She carried the recessive red gene which broke my heart since she is a meat wagon. I would have easily gone "barn blind" with this one. She...
  18. M

    Lessons have been learned

    Ken, I tend to run around 12-15 cows registered. I cull heavily each year and those culled remain in our commercial herd of around 20. My registered herd typically has the oldest female of 5-6 years old due to the culling process. We AI on a timing basis and tend to have a 60% success rate...
  19. M

    Lessons have been learned

    https://gelbvieh.digitalbeef.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=_animal&file=_animal&animal_registration=AMGV1345328 This female is a first generation AI female out of Gelbvieh bull 47R from Kicking Horse Ranch. Tops the breed in calving ease and docility while maintaining respectable numbers in...
  20. M

    Lessons have been learned

    So anyway, it has been a few years since I last posted. After setting off to create my own Gelbvieh bloodline by standing on the shoulders of giants (via A.I.), I now have some first hand knowledge on both success and setbacks within the process. My small, heavily culled, herd went from the...
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