alexfarms":37l62rgi said:The bull looks like he is pretty thin, hopefully, that is just because you have let him run out on poor forages over the winter. If that is the case and you fed him a little better and put some weight on him and set him up right so that he is standing better when you took the picture a lot of these same folks who don't like him now on this board would luv him. He may be a good bull that just has been roughing it or he may be a poor doing bull depending on how he has been taken care of. Do you have any calves by him yet? That will be the real test.
alexfarms":26it7coo said:In the real world, emaciated cattle will cannibalize muscle. Yes you can feed muscle onto emaciated cattle. In the real world, snowy and slippery ground does affect the stance and gait of cattle that live on it. They aren't real good pictures because they don't put the bull in a flattering position, in fact they put him in a tough position. I don't think I am afraid to give an honest opinion to a poster and I have seen alot of damage done to the pocketbooks of cattlemen who were encouraged to pursue bulls that look really pretty but have never had to deal with real world conditions and are no better (and sometimes alot poorer) than the bull they have at home. I wouldn't condemn the bull based on these pictures and I sure wouldn't endorse him either. If he were my bull I would be a little (not a lot) concerned about his condition and how he may hold up. But I don't know what kind of care he has been getting. There are advantages to letting bulls rough it, when they aren't being asked to breed cows(ie: in the off season). As long as they are getting enough to live on, roughing it makes them tough, keeps them from getting TOO DARN BIG, and it seems like it keeps their feet naturally trimmed off to an extent that they can be more athletic during the breeding season. If you want to get a good picture of this bull, get some weight on him and snap the picture when he is standing pretty.