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  1. Ky hills

    Angus vs Simmental in Tennessee

    She very likely could.
  2. Ky hills

    Angus vs Simmental in Tennessee

    We bought a black Simmental bull a few weeks ago. A first for us as I have been using Angus bulls for about 20 years, and few Herefords for about 5 years.
  3. Ky hills

    Angus vs Simmental in Tennessee

    As far as individual cows making money, I purchased a 400 lb longhorn type heifer. Kept her and bred to an Angus bull, sold her first calf and more than paid for her with her first calf. That being said she hasn’t had a polled calf yet. Don’t believe I would personally want a whole herd of them...
  4. Ky hills

    Value of pedigree for cross-bred cattle.

    In Angus DNA Isn’t required for registration. Although red is strongly avoided within most of those herds. If a breeder is real concerned about the possibility of red calves then a 2 or 3 generations and beyond should pretty well end red calves from those BWF females. Like I said I’m not...
  5. Ky hills

    Not a good day for calving

    Had to use our puller twice this last week or so. Both first calf heifers with big calves. So far they are both doing ok. The last one was a real hard pull and surprised that the calf made it thus far, and that the cow could get up afterwards. It’s all part of it sometimes it turns out and...
  6. Ky hills

    Value of pedigree for cross-bred cattle.

    Not knocking what they are doing. Not sure the black Hereford calves will be superior to red Herefords, especially if breeding those females back to black bulls anyways I would think registered Angus or Brangus bulls would result in black calves. We are using a BWF bull that is out of an Angus...
  7. Ky hills

    Anyone raising Shorthorns?

    Barn was originally built as a tobacco barn, and has been used for livestock too. A few years ago metal was put on the sides that get the most weather.
  8. Ky hills

    Anyone raising Shorthorns?

    Thanks, she was bought on the spur of the moment at a stockyards. No way to know for sure how much of anything is in her but i figure her to be probably pretty much a 50/50 Hereford x shorthorn. She looks consistent with those crosses I used to see more often back in my childhood. Here is her...
  9. Ky hills

    Anyone raising Shorthorns?

    That’s how I got the cow I posted a picture of. Bought her at sale as a heifer, she wasn’t bringing much in comparison so I thought for that price she might be worth taking a chance on.
  10. Ky hills

    Anyone raising Shorthorns?

    Used to be several around years ago but hardly see any now. When you do see them at the stockyards they get docked regardless of quality, even though the cows have always seemed to be regarded as being good calf raisers.
  11. Ky hills

    Anyone raising Shorthorns?

    Not raising them, but have one Hereford Shorthorn cross cow.
  12. Ky hills

    How will this beef finish compared to a more traditional finishing method

    That was our experience. It was a part of the ration that we fed the first 2 of our beefs. It wasn’t too noticeable on the first calf, just a hint of a different taste. On the second calf the ration had changed to where the corn gluten amount was increased, and that time it was more noticeable...
  13. Ky hills

    Do you all feed?

    Feeding 4-5 lbs per head of a mix of shelled corn, soy hulls and corn gluten, along with starting to feed some last years hay. Haven’t gone to everyday hay feeding yet, though will before long.
  14. Ky hills

    How will this beef finish compared to a more traditional finishing method

    When I finish them I keep them in small lot that is pretty much bare after a while so I give them hay, usually keep a roll out for them in addition to the full feed. I build them up slowly to the full feed. Ideally for me if I can get them to shelled corn that what I like to finish them on...
  15. Ky hills

    How will this beef finish compared to a more traditional finishing method

    I agree with ssterry, I don’t think that they will have optimum marbling that way. I don’t know how to advise for grass finishing. For finishing on grain I would recommend feeding out the calves intended for butcher separate from the others and built up to full feed for a few months before...
  16. Ky hills

    Some November Hereford calves

    Thanks, interesting point about the face resembling a wrestlers mask, used to watch wrestling often. The pictures really don’t show the complete slope and lay of the land. I can go on most of it with tractors, when its not wet. Some places gets hairy even in good conditions.
  17. Ky hills

    Some November Hereford calves

    These little ones were born over the last week or so.
  18. Ky hills

    Bought some semen today.

    That’s what I’ve always thought too, been there with calves from a mainstream pedigree CE bull too. We took a yearling bull to the stockyards monthly cow sale last year and they talked us out of running him through because he was small frame. Took him home and ran him a few more months then...
  19. Ky hills

    Bought some semen today.

    Those bulls are good looking as individuals. I have often thought about the concept of running smaller frame cows, I actually prefer smaller cows. Our markets though are very unforgiving of anything under say frame 5 animals and even those if they are perceived as fleshy. I kept back some...
  20. Ky hills

    Breed what you love

    I ain’t smart enough to explain it, but can vouch for a registered Angus bull siring a horned calf from a longhorn cow. Had one last year, he was pretty much solid black except for white belly. This year the cow had a horned calf from a polled Hereford bull. Have heard some people say it has to...
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