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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2012, 07:00:21 AM »
Double muscled I'd say, but when you look at her she looks like she has a showpigs rear end haha

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2012, 07:46:12 AM »
In my opinion this is a belgian blue,or piedmontese cross calf.probably a wrong labelled semen straw.Notice how fine boned she is and that is a trait of both those breeds.
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2012, 09:21:41 AM »
We have a heifer that is just like that i will get a picture of her today and post it along with her asa reg#. the only thing diffrant between this one and ours is that ours is as roaned as it can be. i have wondered if anyone has had one like this before.

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2012, 10:22:36 AM »
In my opinion this is a belgian blue,or piedmontese cross calf.probably a wrong labelled semen straw.Notice how fine boned she is and that is a trait of both those breeds.

I think that's a trait of all double muscled animals-- I've never seen one that wasn't extremely fine boned...

I think it might also be an optical illusion, based off of how massive they are up high==- making it appear as if they are really frail down low-- where in all reality.. they aren't any different bone wise than a normal animal.
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2012, 11:18:43 AM »
cool cw. Is there a data base of dna markers? Would it do any good to send in a sample somewhere.
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2012, 11:18:58 AM »
In my opinion this is a belgian blue,or piedmontese cross calf.probably a wrong labelled semen straw.Notice how fine boned she is and that is a trait of both those breeds.

I think that's a trait of all double muscled animals-- I've never seen one that wasn't extremely fine boned...

I think it might also be an optical illusion, based off of how massive they are up high==- making it appear as if they are really frail down low-- where in all reality.. they aren't any different bone wise than a normal animal.

Roger that!! A lot of the old timers around here refer to them as teaswaters or teiswaters (spelling?). Any1 ever heard of doubled muscled calves being called this?
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2012, 03:09:10 PM »
Igenity I think tests for 5 variants.

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2012, 07:12:37 PM »
No limo bull in the neighbour's pasture? Does the calf walk okay? Her back legs look stiff... JMHO
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2012, 10:36:05 AM »
Lot's of people are figuring this calf is a crossbred, I would not be at all surprised to find that she is a purebred Shorthorn.

Calves that express the double muscled trait to this extent are fairly rare, but I have seen a couple show up over the years. And they came from "Old School" Scotch, non appendix bloodlines.

The double muscling gene definitely exists in some Shorthorn populations, iGenity has a test for it.

I'd be sending her to town in the fall with the steers.
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2012, 12:28:30 PM »
She does remind me alot of my neighbor's Piedmontese cattle.

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2012, 12:47:23 PM »
We've had 2 calves like this a long time ago. High % maines. Feed them out and butcher them. Some of the best steaks ever were eaten that year  (lol)
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2012, 03:07:38 PM »
no its not optical illusion they are finer boned. 25 yrs ago when we only raised a few freezer calves dad always ran a piedmont bull on the cows. they would typically only loose 30 to 35 percent due to finer bone and extra muscle.  when we started the show herd dad was mad that all that cross got hauled off. It was a shock to see how much more loss there was with more conventional breeds the first few hauled in. to this day he tells me we should have kept some of those going. I didnt want to risk a bull geting into wrong pasture and all the extra hassle for just a few freezer calves every year.

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2012, 08:09:21 PM »
A guy sent me this picture and asked me to post it on here for him.


Cool calf. Any updates for us Coyote?

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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2012, 11:04:06 PM »
The guy that owns her hasn't updated any pictures to me lately.
Irishshorthorns when you say cool what do you mean? I see a few pictures of cattle from across the pond that look like this. Is it a trait that breeders are looking for, or is it just certain breeds that want this look?
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Re: Is this the thickest Shorthorn heifer you've seen?
« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2012, 12:23:12 AM »
Double muscled I'd say, but when you look at her she looks like she has a showpigs rear end haha

Those were my thoughts too.

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