aj.... yup Ready Go was homozygous polled. We purchased him in Louisville in 1973, where he was Supreme Champion of the Polled Congress at $5200 which at that time was a record price. I paid for this bull from semen sales before I had a natural calf born here, and even though it was 35 years ago, I still sell semen from him every year. Some Canadian breeders still feel he is the best bull they have found for use on heifers, as he calves good, produces a polled calf that is red or very dark roan.... and they are very useable cattle. Ready Go daughters have near perfect udders and are very fertile, productive cows.
By the way, in another thread about buying sight unseen, I purchased Ready Go sight unseen, as I have numerous other cattle that have worked real well for me. I have also had some that did not work real well that were purchased in this manner, but I have also had several that I purchased myself that did not work either. I would have to say, that I can not remember any time that I was treated badly in a "sight unseen " purchase. I am not saying that my bid may not have been run a few times, but that happens occasionally when I was bidding myself. In any event, I have decided how high I was willing to go, and if that is the case, I should not complain about the price I paid. I truly believe that being able to purchase cattle for less than their value, helps no one... including the buyer. Buying cattle cheaper than they should be worth often only puts a value on the cattle you have at home. I have known many times that I was being run,when bidding on an animal. Before I bid, I have decided how high I am willing to bid on the particular animal selling, and if I purchase it within that limit I have set, I am fully OK with it. I know that many others would never agree with me on this but that is how I regard this. In my world, a good sale held by anyone, helps me value all the cattle I produce at home.
A few years ago, I saw a good bull selling in a sale that I thought would be of interest to another breeder. I phoned him and told him about this bull and he decided to give me a bid on him. The last thing he told me was " Now make sure you don't buy this bull for $1500. The last thing I need is a cheap bull running in my pasture as it will only make people think his calves are not as good as they actually are" I don't run into many people like this guy, but I do appreciate how his brain works. He has been very successful in breeding and selling cattle at very good prices.