Our bulls are from reputable herds with characteristics that will improve the herd such as easy fleshing, docility, good hair coat and even good milking qualities as it relates back to his dam (cattlemen's term for mother).
Most years we've had very good luck with our calf crop. In 2005, we had a 101% calf crop on 145 cows. Unfortunately, one cow had a still birth and two calves made it only a week
On the upside, we had one set of twins making it an impressive 99% total. While this was above average even for us, our percentage usually ranges between 92 and 96%. The national average in 2011 was about 88%.
By keeping the bigger, early-with a light birth weight, we have almost eliminated the cases of hard calving heifers
Generally, we sell around 130 calves each year after we keep about 10-15% of the heifer calves as replacements for older cows so that when we decide to sell the cow herd, it will be a young herd. That is, if we ever decide to fully retire.
The steers are sold to be fed for butchering. The heifers may be fed until they are big enough to be bred but we don't follow them after they are sold.
This is one of our herd bulls.
We purchased him from Stroh Herefords, Killdeer, ND. He is a son of Mister Mom 7745 and Miss Bonanza 306. A very gentle disposition bull with easy fleshing. He is producing some outstanding replacement heifers with good maternal qualities.