This year’s spare

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Most years I try to keep back a bull calf for a spare. This was not my first choice, but due to the other calf having been linebred on both sides, this calf only has the sires line on one side.
This calf should have a bit more
frame,
The dam is a 3rd calf purebred but not registered Hereford.
The sire is our BWF bull
frame,
The dam is a 3rd calf purebred but not registered Hereford.
The sire is our BWF bull
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Most years I try to keep back a bull calf for a spare. This was not my first choice, but due to the other calf having been linebred on both sides, this calf only has the sires line on one side.
This calf should have a bit more View attachment 45712View attachment 45713View attachment 45714frame,
The dam is a 3rd calf purebred but not registered Hereford.
The sire is our BWF bull,
I like the sire and the dam...

The calf looks too feminine to me.
 
I like the sire and the dam...

The calf looks too feminine to me.
That's a complaint I have with a lot of cattle nowadays is that the bulls lack a masculine look.
I think sometimes it's tied to an earlier maturing vs later maturing situation.
The calf that I passed over, I liked extremely well, he was born the same day as this one and looked more masculine already. I feel certain that he would have been smaller framed than this one, and in addition to having an eye set that looks like a lightning rod for pinkeye.
I believe this calf will look different by weaning time, or shortly after. If he doesn't develop out then he'll be a sold as a steer
 
I taught school and coached for over 30 years . Boys that hit puberty early , already showed masculinity, had facial hair/ mustache; chinny whiskers never grew bigger than what they were in jr high . To me bulls are the same way , if they look like a mini herd bull at 3-6 months old they aren't going to make a big bull . My 2 cents
 
That's a complaint I have with a lot of cattle nowadays is that the bulls lack a masculine look.
I think sometimes it's tied to an earlier maturing vs later maturing situation.
The calf that I passed over, I liked extremely well, he was born the same day as this one and looked more masculine already. I feel certain that he would have been smaller framed than this one, and in addition to having an eye set that looks like a lightning rod for pinkeye.
I believe this calf will look different by weaning time, or shortly after. If he doesn't develop out then he'll be a sold as a steer
I'm not talking about frame or musculature at this age. The head is feminine, the bone structure.
 
I really like the sire and dam. With that combination, I would "think" the calf should develop, but as of picture, he sure isn't showing the muscling I would want to see and is pretty fine boned. Might be younger than I think.
 
Yeah, I agree he doesn't look overly impressive at this stage. Just short of 3 months old, if he does like his half siblings have done he should grow into a better looking animal. The sire is what I would consider CE bull, 70 lbs is about tops for his calves at birth even from cows, and it takes some of them a while to look like anything. Generally by around weaning to yearling they start to come out.
I'm hoping that will be the case with this bull calf too.
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