Hey JIT, it was tongue in cheek. they are definately being cut. the 125 monster is really growing. i estimate he will be around 1400, but will try and take some of the grow out of him. he's definately got more in him than the negotiator calf last year, though he's not as stylish, he's waaaaaay more sound.
their weights have me a little concerned that my cows are too well fed. since my pasture is irrigated, i was thinking of just dry lotting them in the last two months. the year i first got them, they were pretty run down, and it took a while for one of them to get greased back.
near term goals, are to introgress the bovigen markers and taste with my own mouth whetere this is a good thing or not by getting a set of females that are homo for all the markers with a combo of free access to pasture and grain. it seems several maine breeders are doing this (marker introgression), as most people are keeping this secret. i got real lucky with one female who is homo for the 3rd rarest QG marker, but none of the other 3, which are easy to get except for number 3 which is the rarest. again, she's the one out of a definate pha carrier, and her mother was a potenial carrier, and she's not. this combines potentially two different alleles for the PHA gene in a non-carrier package. this is the reason for pendleton and wild turkey who she will be bred to on the second calf. it's another source of a pha allele in a free package with bottom side heavily line bred, pendleton, and extremely rare genetics with wild turkey, ie smithbuilts full sister.
the other thing i'm trying to do, is never feed grain to anything except the feeders to "introgress" grassfed methylation, with the power of maines, while keeping fertility, soundness, you know, all the things your are not supposed to be able to do, combine carcass and maternal traits. the feeding grain thing is kind of misleading, as grass has grain, as does hay, and high sugar rye grass has more sugar than regular grass. since this is a break even venture on maintenance, feeding, i don't feel too much pressure to market anything yet.
people around here have really downsized in frame score their herds rather dramatically. i'm assuming the only way anyone would ever consider purchasing a maine around here is if bw's are addressed.