It stinks, but they do it pretty much because they can, unfortunately. It could be the best looking calf in the bunch, and will still bring significantly less. The order buyers have orders for certain types of calves, so if it doesn’t fit what they are looking for they won’t bid, or if they do, will pay much less. CAB is probably a major factor that helped increase the demand so much for black-hided calves over others. That’s why all the breeds started showing up with black hided versions. I always figured the feedlots or packers one make a lot on those calves bought cheap that are good calves, but are just marked funny or off-color. Others more knowledgeable than me may chime in with more information on the how’s and why’s tho.ccr said:A.J., what's the justification of being docked just cause they have some white on them. Is the white an indication to a feeder or packer that the calf wont be as good as a solid color, if so, what does it indicate?A.J. said:RockinRB said:Angus x fleckvieh would make a dandy cross
They would be some great growing calves and good momma cows. One concern I would have here is the extra chrome you might get if selling at the sale barn. I’ve got an old Simangus cow I raised out of a brown and white Simmental. She raises a great calf every year, but if her calves have much chrome on the side or underneath they got docked pretty good. Some years she will have an almost solid black calf, and some years like this year she will throw one with tons of chrome.