I am going to add my :2cents: but first want to say thanks to frieghttrain and Chi-man for the kind words about our program. Now for my :2cents: Tbrake the cows your looking at just aren't my kind of cow. I hate saying that because I don't say it trying to knock the cows, everyone has a type and kind that appeals to them personally, and the cows your looking at just don't appeal to me. I like a cow that has more depth of body. I will say the numbers on these cows are really good especially if your looking for high dollar beef. I don't imagine they would be in the donor pen if they weren't doing something right. Heck we flushed one cow that if I posted a photo on here ya'll would be telling me she was about as ugly a cow as they had ever seen, and I would not be able to argue with you she wasn't pretty. But she sure was good, she was deep, beautiful udder adequate muscle and weaned one of the top calves in our herd for 13 years. She left us with some great daughters, but if you were looking for $B you would pass on her.
I will say I have learned a new term since we did our ET work this year, the term is sticky
. We implanted 34 eggs and 26 stuck for a 76% conception rate. (you math folks can double check me because I keep getting different % rates). I purchased a flush this year and got 9 eggs of those we put 6 in and only one stuck, so if I take out the 6 that would be 28 with 25 sticking or 89% conception on the ET work if you remove purchased embryos. Talking to some folks they said wow that cow sure wan't very sticky. I am telling you this to let you know that some cows eggs work better than others or are more sticky. When you factor in the cost of the egg and cost of drugs and actual ET work, you are going to want to get eggs from a sticky cow. Ask the owner what the ET conception rate is on the cow, use it as a selection tool. I paid dearly for the lesson. I need to add it isn't always the cow, sometimes it is the tech that froze the eggs, but still a good question to ask.
We own a flush sister to this bull, 0524 she is a sticky cow for sure. We put in 17 eggs out of her this year 9 fresh all 9 stuck and 8 frozen 7 stuck. I call that pretty darn sticky.
We put 6 frozen eggs in out of this cow 6R109 and our Coleman EXT 6149 bull 5 stuck so another sticky cow.
The J311 cow is the dam of the 6149 bull, as you can see I like them really deep and soggy.