The get of my Lowline bull, ABF Fitz S219, have started the Lowline show season with a bang. At the Boulder County Fair, where many of the "big guys" show up, his get won Grand Champion Percentage Female and Grand Champion Fullblood bull. At the Iowa State Fair last week, Fitz get won Grand Champion Percentage Bull, Grand Champiion Percentage Female, and Grand Champion Fullblood Bull. I'm pretty much pulling back from cattle, in general. But I still have Fitz and am so proud of his "kids"! Thanks for letting me blow his horn --- oh, he doesn't have a horn, he's polled like all good Lowlines! (clapping)
Congrats! (clapping) Sounds like he's still siring "good ones." I am hopeful that when Doc's babies start hitting the ground across the U.S. next year that I'll be able to toot his horn, even though he's polled too.
Got my 3 fullblood calves weaned today... planning to show all 3. No creep & we've been short on pasture, but my 5 month old bull weighed 350 lbs., which I don't think is too bad for a young fullblood Lowline under this years conditions. For the most part they were standing still in their stall & I was able to scratch them without very much opposition at all. Tomorrow, I may try to halter them, that is, if I have some spare time... I'm still amazed at how easy Lowlines are to work with!! I'm pretty excited about them & excited to see how they will do at a show/s. One thing that impressed me today about Doc's heifer calf... like her sire, she's going to be big, deep, thick & hairy. Despite 21 straight days of a heatwave here & her running out in the pasture until today... she's probably got 4 inches of hair in her lower quarter area!!
I'm sure Doc won't disappoint you, TJ. Just a quick followup to your reference to creep feed: fwiw, I have never creep fed my Lowline calves even in sparse pasture - not even the percentage calves. I have found that, just like we tout about the breed, providing grain in any form to them when they're very young promotes even earlier maturity and too much fat. I keep them on pasture only 'til weaning and still only wean them on grass hay. They don't see any kind of finisher/grower ration 'til about a month before their first show and then it's only to get the hay belly off 'em. Steers I've kept for my freezer only see corn for the last 30 days they're alive. Other than that, it's strictly pasture and hay in the winter. No grain. I've had NO problem with marbling. Too much fat is easy to lay on these guys just like it was with those old fashioned Angus from the 1950's!