I agree. I keep the top 25% of the bull calf crop and sell as 2 year old bulls. That makes them pretty much pen 1 and pen 2 bulls. Part of it is addiction, but sometimes I look at the bull crop as a necessary evil, because they generate more income than the steers or the heifer crop. However, the breeding philosophy is "maternal" in focus. If the cowherd is correct, a lot of other desirable traits and good things fall into place.We raised replacement heifers for sale. We considered the steer calves to be by-products.
I heartily agree with your post Ridgetop.