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Offline oakview

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Home raised herd bulls
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:09:10 AM »
The bull in the tall grass is Oakview General, a son of Diamond Zulu 3Z r.  The spring calves sired by him are truly outstanding.  The roan bull in the lot is Oakview Leader 9-18, a grandson of Leader 9th and Deerpark Leader 18th.  He is most likely the most consistently easy calving bull we've used and the calves have quite a bit more eye appeal than those out of his sire.  I'll try to post some photos of the calves by each bull as soon as I can. 
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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 09:30:23 AM »
Lonnie, The bulls look real good. Can't see the sheath on the upper one, but other than that he looks like a real bull. The bottom looks real solid , just a little too much sheath for me. Definitely nice job raising them.
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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2018, 01:09:34 PM »
I have to agree with Doc on the bulls. I really like the looks of the General bull and the other bull looks pretty typical of a calving ease bull. I would love to see some daughters of the General bull. I bet they have some look!!

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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 02:25:34 PM »
 (clapping) They are two really good looking bulls!

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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 01:26:18 AM »
That Zulu son sure looks like his daddy did at that age.
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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 01:48:48 PM »
General is just a notch smaller framed and deeper ribbed than his sire.  The Zulu daughters I have are great mother cows.  There are 3 spring bull calves by General that I would be happy using myself as herd bulls.  General does have a little more sheath than I would like, but he's very difficult to fault otherwise.  There are some awesome heifers by him both here and in Illinois with the cows Wayne Temple kept while I was recovering from some health issues last spring.  Leader 9-18 has worked worked extremely well on the Zulu daughters.  I have 3 very young bull calves from that cross that would fit almost anywhere.  Most of the heifer calves by him are at Wayne's.  Leader 9-18 is very clean sheathed.  Maybe I can get a side profile photo that shows better.  The grandkids did a pretty good taking cell phone photos.  Maybe some day I can figure out how to do that!

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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2018, 07:49:13 PM »
They both look good, but I sure like that 918 bull for his intended purpose. I bet he leaves some nice usable daughters behind on top of the calving ease.

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 12:13:26 AM »
Since I'm logged on......I used 3 homegrown bulls on my cows this summer. One Loving bull.
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Re: Home raised herd bulls
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2018, 02:50:00 PM »
Both bulls are excellent bulls and you should be commended for raising two bulls this good. As for which one is the best, I think I want to reserve judgment until I could see them in person. I have driven a lot of miles over the years because of a picture. Don't take me wrong, as I think these are both excellent bulls. I just think I would want to see them with my own eyes before I made a decision.

You should also be commended for realizing what you have there, and using them in your own herd. When I was 16 years old, I spent a few weeks working at Remitall in Alberta and I have always remembered Louis Latimer telling me, that the real good breeders are never afraid to use a sire that they have produced. I think there is some truth in this statement.
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