- Jan 28, 2017
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Sept 1st was our county show. My daughter won many grands with different animals. I am very proud of her. The one animal that she showed is a really stand out individual. However she placed 3rd out of 5 in her commercial heifer class. Her heifer is an 18 month old commercial beefmaster heifer. She was a salebarn calf split off an old toothless starving cow in February. We raised her as a bottle calf. I raise lots of bottle calves. She really bloomed. Last year she was reserve grand commercial heifer beating out many heifers twice her age. She was also grand breeding heifer at our local show in February beating out registered heifers. She is about 3 months bred to a beef shorthorn. So in her county fair class there were two Maine/Angus cross flushmate sisters and two black hairy heifers. The judge started out talking about the "heifer with ear". He said very nice things about her. Length to die for, very good frame, nice feet and legs, tremendous depth and spring of rib. Said she looked like she would live a long time and produce many good calves. Only negative was that she wasn't "fresh enough". That means she wasn't overfat enough. Then he talked about the flushmates. He said they were the kind they are looking for. Nice depth but the rear rib could be deeper. Liked their style. Liked their freshness. Next he talked about the 2 all black heifers. Called them nice heifers but not as nice as the others. He spent more time talking about ours than he spent on the other 4 combined. I know he liked her. I know she wasn't fat enough but she isn't thin either. She is 1000 pounds at 18 months. She is also only getting 6 pounds of grain a day, grass hay, and pasture. The 2 he placed in front of her look like stuffed toys. Their legs are a foot long. If they had a calf they would have to get on a platform for the calf to nurse. They were cute as heck. They just looked so impractical in an actual commercial setting. I'm not trying to sound likes I am complaining as we were happy to get 3rd as I expected to get 5th with how she has slimmed since being bred and being in pasture. My question is as the purpose if raising heifer cattle is to raise heifers that will raise good calves, then why are they placing heifers that are unlikely to raise good calves above heifers that are likely to be productive momma cows? I also understand that I have a cheap bottle calf competing against calves raised by show cattle people. This heifer is a standout heifer. The extremely short legged heifers calves would have a hard time nursing. The heifers had extremely wide shoulders ( looked very unnatural) I would worry that they would have calving difficulty birthing their natural calves who would have very wide shoulders too. Their backend was their nicest part. Very filled out. Had.booties like hogs. Their pins were not particularly wide. These heifers were a few days short of a year and 850-900 pounds and very very short. Which heifers would you rather have?