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The Big Show / Re: Hereford Bulls
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:22:16 PM »
I'm intrigued by both Worldwide and Masterpiece... They used Worldwide some, but ended up selling everything they had bred to him, so they haven't had any calves by him. Have you seen any calves by either of those bulls? I think they'd both make mama cows...I'm not sure if they'll make heifers that will show. And I say that...the ones that make the best cows ARE the best heifers, in my mind... I just mean to say will they have enough look to be competitive?

The Big Show / Re: Any good original simmies left
« on: October 04, 2014, 07:12:08 AM »
If you're interested in red & white Simmental cattle, I'm afraid you'll have a hard time finding a good bull, whether you're looking for a bull to buy OR a bull to AI to. The serious breeders will always evolve with the market, and when the flowered cattle got impossible to sell, most breeders eventually changed their programs.

Fleckvieh cattle do have something to offer, and you will find those color patterns in those full bloods. The type may not be exactly what you're looking for, and if that's the case, I suggest you think about red or even black baldy or blaze-faced purebred cattle. Mating baldies to baldies will produce the color pattern you're talking about, not necessarily every time, but more often than you might think. You may even get white legs or belts out of two solid, blaze-faced parents. If you can identify carriers of the spot gene, mate those cattle to each other and you will get the colors you're looking for. My theory is that most if not all Simmental that have some white in their faces carry a spot gene which is a recessive gene.

The Big Show / Re: Rat Tails...
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:23:36 PM »
Rat tails will be smoke colored and are usually Simmental cross, although there may be other breeds that carry the rat tail gene. It ONLY shows up in diluted black cattle, and the cattle often have wiry or almost curly hair on their body, but it isn't as thick as normal. They aren't "hairless" but the tail will have very short hair with little to no switch.

There may be other reasons a calf has a short tail or no switch, but the rest of the body or tail will appear normal. Any animal that is black or red will not be "rat tail" and not necessarily ALL smokes are rat tails. Once you've seen one, you'll know em.

Some feeders claim these cattle don't have enough hair to stand the bitter cold of northern or western winters in the feedlot, but these cattle are necessarily poor performers! They are often just as good as any other calves, and in southern climates, there is NO difference in performance due to this characteristic.

The Big Show / Re: Hereford Bulls
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:18:20 AM »
They have both a few heifers and as well as mature cows. At least one of the heifers is a Revolution daughter, and some of the others may be as well. I know they've used some 719T but I don't think they're still using him. They also have an Excel daughter to breed later this fall that their mom really likes, and that heifer's mother is a really nice cow, but I don't remember what she's by. We've looked at a couple of Rib Eye sons...Boyd Masterpiece and Boyd Worldwide, but I don't know much about either of those bulls. I seem to like what I've seen out of Rib Eye as far as production cattle, but I'm not sure how competitive those cattle would be showing.

The Big Show / Re: Hereford Bulls
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
Thanks, y'all. I'm not sure it really matters on the horned vs polled deal. Their mom grew up with Polled cattle and I think they would prefer to keep the cattle without horns, but I don't think she would be opposed to using a horned bull to get a little more muscle. I don't think they have many bloodlines where horns would show up in the first cross at least.

Thanks for the input!


The Big Show / Hereford Bulls
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:23:18 PM »
What Hereford bulls are people excited about? My girls have been showing Herefords, and they have a few to breed this fall. They've used some Revolution and About Time...not sure what some of the others are by. They want to add muscle and mass without extreme birth weights, and we like em to stay sound and productive. What do people think of this Lambeau bull from Topps in ND? Open to suggestions...

The Big Show / Re: uno mas bull
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:06:03 PM »
I agree...on mature Hereford cows, I'm not sure a calving ease bull with below average growth is the direction I would go, but I've heard people like those calves all right. I haven't used him, and he's not on my radar at all. He's heterozygous black, so you should expect about half the calves to be red and half of them black. You should get baldies, of course, out of those cows.

I would also look at the Upgrade sons...we've used a bull called Integrate that I've heard good things about. W/C United is making some really nice calves, but he's a SimAngus, so you'd end up with 1/4 SM 1/4 AN instead of halfbloods if that matters. We have our first Hooks Yellowstone on the ground, and I'm pretty excited about him! I'm also looking at some Cow Camp bulls this fall...CCR Wide Range, CCR Gravity, and CCR Spartan.

The Big Show / Re: Not Good With Names
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:46:39 PM »
I would think about highways, major roadways, or interstates in your area. Highway __ can work, or there are probably roads or streets near you that have a workable name. If the name has I- or "Highway" or "Road" in the name, that helps to relay the theme. You could also make up a fictional road or highway name, or use a common phrase...the first thing that comes to mind is the OPPOSITE of what you want to convey...BUMPY ROAD...so you don't wanna use that, but as an example of a common phrase...you get the picture. Think cool, speed, or successful... Autobahn?

The Big Show / Old Simmie Bull Photos
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:18:12 AM »
I'm looking for two photos of older red Simmental bulls--Red Brother and Red Alert. I've searched online and can't find anything for either bull...even contacted Accelerated Genetics about Red Brother and they can't seem to find a photo of him either!

I'm wondering if anybody might have a collection of old semen catalogs and wouldn't mind scanning a photo and sending it to me at seehimdesign@gmail.com


The Big Show / Photo of SM bull GW-CPL Red Alert
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:14:17 PM »
Maybe somebody can help me out here... I'm looking for a photo of a red Simmental bull from 1990-something...the bull's name is GW-CPL Red Alert. I've searched for him online and can't come up with anything. Does anybody happen to have that in his or her stash of Simmie memorabilia?

The Big Show / Re: RCR STETSON calving ease simmy ?
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:08:40 PM »
I've had one Stetson that weighed about 40 pounds and she never caught up with the other calves. I've seen a few yearlings that weren't terrible but more that were just too plain for me. I personally don't want any more of em.

The Big Show / Re: broker
« on: February 10, 2014, 10:41:36 PM »
Broker is heterozygous black, so the odds of getting a red calf out of a mating to a heterozygous black cow are 25%. The spot gene is altogether separate from the color gene that determines whether the calf is black or red, and my experience tells me and my personal theory is that most (if not all) baldy Simmental cattle carry the spot gene. Solid colored cattle can also carry the spot gene...since it's a recessive gene, you don't see it expressed in an animal that is heterozygous for spotting. So any female that has thrown spots bred to a baldy bull or any bull known to be a spot gene carrier would have a chance of throwing another spotted calf. Or a calf with a lot of chrome. Baldy to baldy matings seem to do that with high frequency...you're not guaranteed a solid, blaze-faced calf if two parents are solid / blaze faced.

The Big Show / Re: Meyer Ranch 745
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:20:05 PM »
Meyer 734 semen could be worth several hundred dollars a straw... 734 was a homozygous black, horned purebred Simmie bull that clicked great with Angus cows and made really attractive half bloods. He was a baldy with stocking legs and a white belly and tail...he made a lot of baldies before baldies were as popular as they are now. He also happens to be the sire of 3C Macho, Picasso, Whiplash, and several other bulls. There seemed to be a run on sons after 734 died as people tried to replace the bull with a baldy son that might do the same thing. Macho has been by far the most popular one to surface. If what you have is 734, you definitely have something. If it's anything else, I'm not sure.

I looked on the database and did see a Meyer 745, but I'm not familiar with that bull. The 735 Lautner bull that buckeye posted the link to is a Macho son, so he'd be a grandson of the original 734 bull (ASA 1390632).

I'm pretty sure I have a pic of that bull that I've used in sale catalogs as reference...I'll see if I can attach it here. He wasn't pretty, but he did make some pretty half bloods! If that's what you have, you may either want to sell it or save it for flushing Angus cows! It's probably worth too much $ to make calves one at a time anymore and risk getting nothing.

Here's the pic...

The Big Show / Re: Maine Bull Stinger...I need some information
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:32:49 PM »
Thanks, guys! I kept digging and finally came across the bull you've all described. For some reason, I was thinking the bull I was thinking about was a Cunia son... I guess not!

I actually have a photo... He IS red and white...very typical, old school fullblood Maine markings.

The Big Show / Maine Bull Stinger...I need some information
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:23:39 PM »
I'm looking for some information on an old Maine bull called Stinger...he was a red & white bull that was around in the early 90s...I thought he was a Cunia son, but I'm not sure about that. I need to know ANYTHING anybody knows about him... Pedigree, availability and retail value of semen, any registration numbers with any associations... All I have is a name and a semen code MA 336 and I'm not having any luck finding more.


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