Picking a replacement bull from your own herd.

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smartin0022

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So I have some young calves right now 4 bull prospects. I know which one is my favorite for a keeper but I've had 4 people all pick a different calf for a bull prospect out of the 4 I'm choosing from. So #36 out of my #4 cow is heavy gutted calf straight and clean footed, momma is a good cow one of my top 5 cows unfortunately she has 6 udders, 2 are obsolete and probably not that big of a deal. I like him for the #3. #14 is out of #24 has the cleanest top line and best flank set of the 4 he is by far the lowest birth weight calf at 65 lbs. #37 out of #13 is my second pick he's got a lot of things I like small headed medium birthweight 81 lbs, clean feet depth but a little shy in the flank. #27 is out of 29 probably one of my best cows he has a red tinge to him but he's pretty solid just my least favorite headset. So with all that said which one do yall like. All grandsons of SAV Resource.
 

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When I choose a bull calf from my herd it’s mother must have good udder, good feet, good disposition and most importantly have calved early in the first cycle unassisted at least two years in a row.
 
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All these were Feb, or mid March calves born to 3-6 year old cows. By far the best udder is #14 mother she is a Rockstar 3 for 3 always early and just top notch phenotype. 2nd best would be a tie for #27 and #37's mothers being equally early calving superior phenotype to the rest of the herd and probably all 3 generally the best disposition of the 37 cows I've got. #36 mother has the worst udder but she is always in my top 5 calving early heavy milking and holds her condition well from her last 4 calves.
 

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#14 hands down. I don't like under 70lb bw on cows though. I like 37 too. If his dam is deep enough I wouldnt worry about flank depth at this point. A lot changes by weaning. I'd keep those 2 and see which developes the best. 36 looks like he isn't as square hipped? The udder would be the deal breaker though. And I've never had great luck keeping a bull I didn't really like off a cow I did, so that takes out 27.
 
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Oh I'm just getting opinions. Old timer neighbor told me good cattlemen could pick them they day they was born for a steer or a bull (I can't really pick them that young). These will remain intact until 205 days. I'll cut them then if they don't suit me plus all the others I only banded a few so far. I have a few stragglers calving this week. 36 is slightly less square but he also tends to stand in worst places for pictures. I'll get more pictures when they develop more.
 

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