While I agree with the characteristics that are deemed importat by most of the posters I think they have them in the wrong order,surprise. Feet and legs first, if they can't get around well in for the long term they're pretty useless. Disposition, if you can't work them what's the use. Fertility, calvin ease, productivity - getting bred on time and calving unassisted, raising a big enough calf to weaning and doing it for many years. After that come the other traits, carcass, and yield. Color and hrons depending on the market color may or may not be significant, polled is preferred to dehorned (unless disbudded at a couple of days of age) because of the stress. Of course this is commercial, can't address seedstock, but these are the traits we look for in bulls that we use in AI
> Let's see where this will go. What
> are the 5 most important traits
> you look for when you select a
> bull, ranked in order of
> importance. Example: performance,
> structure, color, size, mature
> size, epd's, gain, polled vs.
> horned, mature size, genetics etc.
> (I have left out 2 of the ones I
> think are the most important.) I
> know we will get a variety of
> answers as different environments
> dictate different needs.