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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2019, 11:08:13 PM »
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.

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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2019, 05:50:08 AM »
Well put proven experiences and type are both very important O0

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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2019, 05:40:29 PM »
We're principally a Simmental outfit, and there are plenty of calving ease bulls in the breed, but have bred some Shorthorn  over the past 10 years or so. 
Have used Waukaru Goldmine 2109 enough that I'd use him on a well-grown heifer of ANY breed without any concern. Calves come early (avg 271 days), slender, and easy.

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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2019, 07:22:54 PM »
Here is a a real good Shorthorn calving ease, heifer bull, Muridale Buster 2nd 76P. We bred him to over 150 heifers over the years and he worked real well. You can get semen at Cattle Visions.
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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2019, 10:15:57 AM »
I bred my 2nd calf heifer to Exar tyron (she lost her first calf out of another Angus calving ease bull (not) it was close to 100 pounds). The Tyron calf came easy, must have been all of 60 pounds, she was a tiny little thing but now at 9 months is pushing 800 pounds, balanced and very feminine. I would use him on again on heifers. 

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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2019, 01:15:06 PM »
Waukaru's bull, KL Prime Time Teddy is available from a stud or two.  He is proven calving ease, and we are using him on most first-calf heifers.  Teddy calves are eye-appealing enough that our local 4-H champion Shorthorn heifer in 2018 was a Teddy that beat a couple of other good heifers, one of which was by Hot Commodity.  Teddy is growthy enough and sires sufficient style to breed him to a top cow. 

We also used KL Double Duty 6294, and I do not recall pulling any calves out of him when we used him on all our first-calf heifers--one of our best is a 6294 daughter.  Loving Shorthorns likely still have some Double Duty semen.  Another proven bull we use on first-calf heifers is JSF Gauge from Select Sires.   

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Re: LOW Birth Weight Sire Suggestions for First Time Heifer
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2019, 06:05:15 PM »
I mentioned in the thread about Hill Haven Firestorm that there are a few shorthorn breeders and sorry for one I forgot to mention: The North Dakota Guys. Ralph Larson Wally Close Promised Land Ward Backenhus and there are others-Anyhow-Dale is right there with Waukaru, Byland, Jungels et al-Take the time to look at the Homeplace Hot Commodity thread-maybe I see something others dont-or dont want to-Ive been involved with a number of National Champion or Class Winning Shorthorns he wont issue semen until hes been through the gamut on this bull- I took one look-Im telling the viewers -that this is a very good bull-phenotypically the best performance quote unquote-bull to sire CATTLE THAT WILL SHOW AND BE LEGITIMATE WORKING CATTLE-THAT I HAVE SEEN OUT OF HOT COMMODITY-DOC ON HERE HAS ANOTHER ONE-PAY ATTENTION UNLESS YOU ARE JUST WASTING TIME  O0
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