Y'all, I don't think 92 pounds is a "bad" BW. I like him! He looks like he's gonna latch on to a teat 'n grow. He's also masculine, even at a young age, You can tell he's a bull calf.
The problem I have is with BW's is two-fold. Number one, not everyone is reporting all Birth weight records (including the dead ones). this, I think leads to the inconsistency of predidcting Birth Weight (and calculating reliable EPD's that newcomers to a Breed won't get 'dooinked' with a dead calf and a crippled-or dead-ex-show heifer). Number two, I am angry as Heck about internal politics within a breed association multiplying this problem exponentially (took me two times to pass college algebra, but, Im no [email protected]
$$). The breed association that I am endeared to, decided to take a step backward and re-evalute "where we are today", as far as Commercial-orientation. When this particular Breed Association pushed everything back to 1982 ( the "environmental trend" for BW was originally 82 pounds), and re-calculated our database, a certain, currently-popular bull showed an EPD of PLUS 12pointsomething. The owner/breeder( a relative newcomer to the breed, by the way) of this Cow-killer pitched a fit, and got the Genetic Evaluation data changed TO HIS LIKING, and, now, his ''great'' bull has an EPD of plus 8-something.
Thank our Lucky Stars that this particular breeder lost his bid to sit our National Board of Directors.
Nice calf. He's not too big. I firmly believe that 145 pounds is WAY TOO STINKING BIG! Anyone with any common sense knows that, too.
I've held back for too long.