- Jul 5, 2006
- western kansas
I will agree that the only thing free in the cattle business is heterosis. However i think a bull buyer would rather buy a bull from an inbred line of composites that have been selected for economical important traits rather than some show guy who uses what is hot every year having bw'ts varying from 95-120 pounds and no selection for udders or marbling data. It is hard to argue against the controlled rotational 3 way cross and maximizing heterosis. After 3 generations of breeding a composite would get you some consistency. How many commercial cow calf deal has a perfect rotational crossing system? Only the good big ones.I say that 90% of shorthorn cattle are a joke in the real world and that the dr is a step in the right direction. If you are selling alot of purebred shorthorn bulls to commercial guys that is great and I commend you for it. On paper I loose the argument I guess. I stand corrected.