I am just trying to raise cattle that work in my conditions rather raising purebred stock to sell. We don't have any irrigated pasture so the cows have to make due with dry grass from May until hopefully November. We start calving in mid to late September when things are still dry and the cows breed up with the flush of new grass in the fall. I put a large emphasis on fertility. I grow my heifers to 50% of their mature weight with the idea that half of them will get bred to calve at two. I also don't believe in churning genetics, if a cow is bred and not falling apart she will stay in the herd. I don't believe that EPDs have been a step forward for the breed, I prefer to source genetics from good people.
Although I have some female lines that have been in the family since the early 1950's, most of my breeding comes from Canada as they did not get as swept up with Line One breeding. I have used genetics over the years from Ochs Brothers, Lilybrook Herefords, Ace Diemert, Tim Bernt, Fenton Herefords, Haven Herefords in England, Peter Ulrich, and Brent Fischer in New Zealand. I am really excited to get some Pute Nascar calves on the ground this fall.
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