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My new Shorthorn herd sire
« on: July 03, 2019, 08:23:03 AM »
I'm kind of excited about him. I plan to test for TH and DS in the near future but i dont have any TH or PHA carrier cows in my herd so im not hugely concerned. I AIed everything this year so he is strictly clean up. I do 7 day CIDR timed AI then turn the bull loose 2 weeks later. Last year all calves (10) were born in a 4 week window. Shorthorn folks, what do you think of him?

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 08:57:34 AM »
I personally would have tested him before I bought the bull, but to each his own.  $100 spent before purchase is a good investment in my opinion. 

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 10:53:06 AM »
In full transparency he was part of a herd reduction auction sale, there were 3 bulls and he was my 2nd choice so i didnt research his pedigree before the auction. I didnt think (not sure why) TH carriers could be registered as purebreds, just plus's. I was disappointed  when i got his papers. $100.00 seems like a lot for a test, does that include membership to the Shorthorn assn?

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 01:01:26 PM »
According to the latest fee schedule I have, TH, PHA, and DS testing is $48 if done as a group.  You can add parentage testing for $35.  The whole gamut of testing runs $125.  I buy things on the spur of the moment occasionally, too.  My wife used to yell at me, but now just shakes her head. 

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2019, 06:50:56 PM »
The perception is that the shorthorn plus is where all the club calf genetic defect crap goes into.
People can't believe we have such a big moon for such a small town.

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2019, 09:37:12 PM »
Honestly I would think the test would be a very good investment for your knowledge and peace of mind. I personally wont buy a sire who isnt tested free of all known defects as a herd bull has so much influence on my program.

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Re: My new Shorthorn herd sire
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 08:01:49 AM »
I agree. I will be getting him tested. He came from a grass-fed beef program so i was shocked when i saw his pedigree that they would use a carrier bull.The point of the post was that i think he's pretty sharp but with all the focus on him being a potential carrier maybe i'm barn blind.

 

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