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As a "part-timer", calving ease is very high on my priority list. To achieve this, without sacrificing too much in the way of lbs of calf weaned, what do you guys think about a Simmental based cow herd bred to performance-type Angus bulls? I know this is a complete reversal of what many do, but I am willing to feed a little more hay and stock the cows a little lighter to sleep easier during calving season. I'm in Iowa, so we usually have lush pastures and a lot of hay to be had.

Right now, my cows are Simmi/Angus and a few Simmi/Charolais cross and straight Simmis.

Any input, suggestions, etc appreciated.
 

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If you go with AI there are tons of the funny colored (vlack) angus bulls that give you both calving ease and growth/carcass. Red Angus have a bunch too, but there is a wider selection of the off colored ones. If you breed natural, if she check EPDs for a couple of generations back you should be able to find a youn bull that should give you the same traits.

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as dun said check on epd's. with heifers i have pulled calves out of some angus bulls. :shock: but with cows the only worry is malpresentation. brangus is a good choice too for calving ease and more depth and frame. mine have plenty of hair for winter. 8)
 
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Dun, Any particular AI schools in the Midwest that you recommend?
 

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All of the major studs have AI schools. Check with your local Genex, ABS, or Select Sires rep.

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if you are A.I. you should consider Limousin in your Simm/Angus, Brangus or Angus with straight Simmis and Simm/Char cows. I personally prefer Reds but if you are in the Black hide market go with Blacks.

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As a "part-timer", calving ease is very high on my priority list. To achieve this, without sacrificing too much in the way of lbs of calf weaned, what do you guys think about a Simmental based cow herd bred to performance-type Angus bulls? I know this is a complete reversal of what many do, but I am willing to feed a little more hay and stock the cows a little lighter to sleep easier during calving season. I'm in Iowa, so we usually have lush pastures and a lot of hay to be had.

Right now, my cows are Simmi/Angus and a few Simmi/Charolais cross and straight Simmis.

Any input, suggestions, etc appreciated.
 

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