RobertMac & Jason have given their usual good advice. If a bull is going through the sale yard, there is usually something wrong with the bull, either physically or in the calves he throws. <p>Much of how the bull breeds your heifers depends on the conformation and breeding background of the bull. A bull that is post-legged, for example, will not be able to balance on his hind legs as well when breeding a cow, and will put more of his weight on the cow. As a fellow Murray Grey breeder once put it, "A bull should be able to pick apples out of a tree."<p>A bull should have sloping shoulders that don't hang up in the birth canal. He should have good birthweight epd's. A good solid breeding bull with epd's will not cost much more than any other bull & will save you a bundle in the long run. <p>I don't believe the age of the bull is a huge factor, unless the bull is deteriorating in physical wellness. Conformation & genetics are far more important. One of our best Murray Grey cows came from a first-calf heifer and a 10 year old Murray Grey bull. She was 60 pounds at birth, 1200# mature weight, and consistently throws calves in the 60-80# range, with 205 day weights in excess of 600#.
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