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AJ is right. Concentrate pn getting a live, functional calf for any heifer.  Thar said enough calving ease bulls are available in many breeds to allow you to choose a bull that fits you selection criteria, management capabilities and pocket book.  Just don't expect drastic improvement to the degree possible if calving wasn't the driving issue.
A couple things to keep in mind:
Just picking a bull by breed is not adequate.  Plenty of high birth weight Angus bulls exist that should never be bred to a heifer.
Also some breeds like the ed Angus have a mean birth weight EPD for bull of around -1.2 LB meaning for a bull to be easy calving he would have to be in the -4 or less range for Red Angus.

I am not a Hereford guy so I didn't take any pictures.  I saw the calves when they were calving out a few hundred commercial black Angus heifers bred to his sire UPS Domino, a calving ease Ulrich bull, and Sensation (UPS Domino is his sire). Al the heifers calved easy with few problems.  The Sensation calves had the best confirmation.  The Ulrich sired calves made the best BWF cows or so I was told.
I would call Dale Venhuizen at Churchill cattle company and ask him what would work best on your heifer as he has plenty of bulls in his tank to choose from.
The Ulrichs specialize in calving ease bulls and may have some semen they can send to the U.S. if you call them and ask: http://www.ulrichherefords.com

If you want red cattle with plenty of chrome anf a white face why not use a calving ease hereford like Churchill Sensation: http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php?action=DETAIL&code=1HH00109  he would improve this heifer and provide the needed calving ease.

The Big Show / Re: Need bull suggestions for Char composite heifer
« on: December 27, 2018, 09:54:44 PM »
Here is with the spelling mistakes corrected:

by much.  All three bulls have sired progeny successfully shown.  Another bull that may work is Cedardale Zeal-high quality calves in a calving ease package.  For more performance look at Pleasant Dawn Chisum.
All thee bulls should be easy to get.

The Big Show / Re: Need bull suggestions for Char composite heifer
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:48:25 PM »
If you are lookig to get a 3/4 recorded Charolais calf out of her I would consider using LT Rushmore. WCC Big Ben or WR Wangler.  Rushmore and Big Ben are easier claving than Wrangler but not by much.  All thtee bulls have sired progeny successfully shown.  Another bull that may work is Cdeardale Zeal-high quality calves in a calving ease package.  for more performance look at Pleaant Dawn Chisum.
All thee bulls should be easy to get.

The Big Show / Re: Simmental breeding opinions
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:41:32 AM »
I would consider WLB Bounty Hunter 365C: http://www.semexusa.com/beef/i?lang=en&beef=view&view=0200SM30721
Another Simmental bull worth looking at is hart State of War.

The Big Show / Re: ANGUS PEOPLE!! I need help!
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:25:19 AM »
I want more performance and better everything else here:
For an Angus I would look at Yong Dale Excalibur 32X: http://www.bjcattlecompany.com/xcaliber.html
For a simmental LFE The Riddler:https://www.issuu.com/bouchardlivestock/docs/gtmad_cndcataloguecomplete3.1.1/9
Both these bulls are high performance and are not calving ease. How much calving ease do you need?
As for whether the cow is worth keeping why was she late?

The Big Show / Re: Red angus bulls for shorthorn cows
« on: July 27, 2018, 07:32:58 PM »
For the Bieber raised bulls on AI  I like Bieber Stakhouse and Deep End.  I also would like XC Declaration.  You do not need a heifer bull since you are breeding to cows and they have shown enough performance to expoit these three bulls.  For heifer I would use something like conqueror.
I would also think a red Charolais bull like Circle Cee Fired Up would work very well for you.

The Big Show / Re: 3/4 Angus 1/4 Simmi Cows
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:30:57 PM »

What do you ant to do with the offspring?  Press the scales? Use them to make show steers? eplacements?

The Big Show / Re: Which breed of bull ? AI
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:40:53 PM »
Again we need to know more about the cows to be bred.  What needs improving and their capacity to raise high performance calves.  Also what are your management capabilities? Are you going to be around all the time when they are calving?  What is your set up for buildings etc?
Now that that is out of the way: The Angus or any other breed does not have the genetic variability that exists between breeds.  MARC data confirms this. You are trying to maximize your hybrid vigor and complementary between breeds.  If you have Angus based cows you would be wiser in using a Power Simmental (i.e. TNT Tanker) or a high Performance Charolais Bull like LT Sundance if you want to press the scales.  I would not use a black bull of any sort if the cows have the diluter gene present or you will have chance of getting slick haired calves that can be a problem to manage. 
I have not seen a Maine bull I would use in a performance commercial herd in decades.
The big thing is to get a bull that will make the calf crop uniform over a variety of different cow types in most cases. If you can use a Black Angus bull I would be looking at a Power Bull like Young Dale Xcalibur. 

The Big Show / Re: Flush Option for Angus Cow?
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:30:09 PM »
Remember when I suggested using one of the Peak Dot Bulls?  I think an out cross to SAV bloodlines bull like Hoover No Doubt or Vision Unanimous would work great and any replacements you keep can go back to the SAV Resource breeding you like.  You have many great options.  Also have you ever considered a limo bull to get some good Limi Flex cattle?

The Big Show / Re: Hooks Beacon?
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:47:16 PM »
Hook's Beacon is an improved version of Shear Force with better numbers and phenotype.  If you like Beacon will do alright for you.  However don't believe the hype that he has the best EPD numbers for a purebred Simmental around.  Select sires has a bull called JC Engineer that has better calving ease and growth numbers ans is worth a look.  Both bulls are calving ease spread bulls and are not designed to turn out big boned cattle with lots of thickness. but for your needs either bull should work.  The calves I have seen out of both bulls were out of grade BWF heifers and both bulls worked well in adding growth and calved with out drama.

The Big Show / Re: Outsider vs. Firewater vs. Turton
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:48:32 PM »
I guess it is all what you are used to working with.  Firewater is a frame 5.9 in a breed with many 6.5 to 7 Frame bulls.  A very influental bull that weighed 3,500 LB and was very leggy and tall was roxy's jack Dempsey http://www.canadacow.ca/resources/latest-news/20-bull-of-the-month-roxys-jack-dempsey-63r-charolais.
Also keep in mind that shorter cattle tend to look more thick than they actually are due to the optical illusion created when looking down on an animal.  Jack Demsey actually had more muscle than many shorter bulls.  You just couldn't tell until you put a measuring tsaape on him.

The Big Show / Re: Outsider vs. Firewater vs. Turton
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:55:06 PM »
XBAR,  Just exactly where did you see firewater calves that had "the guts sucked out of them"?  I want to see them in the flesh.  Having seen plenty of pencil gutted cattle in the 1980's that is not how I would describe Firewater calves to say the least-  unless they didn't have much to eat in order to develop in the first place.  Under what environmental conditions did you see these cattle?

The Big Show / Re: Outsider vs. Firewater vs. Turton
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:56:24 PM »
I found Chisum on the Alta Beef U.S. website along with Sparrows Kingston: http://search.altabeef.com/Search/Breed/15  Chisum has been sold in semen packages to Australia so I think he can be exported to the U. S. .  The real problem is that most cutting edge bulls in Canada are sold in semen packages  in large amounts of semen for 4h or FFA people.  Once you start selling semen packages for around 2- 50 vials then you can handle the costs of collecting for export markets.   See how CML Diablo is being marketed in the U. S. now.  If I wanted to get some of the Rawes bulls that is how i would approach.  I think Orrin hatch may still have some Rawes Duke after his dispersal.

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