Type in Kit Pharo on Google or go to pharocattle.com and read his philosophies. He has a theory that people are buying into. He does speaking engagements around the country. Some of what he says has merit, some I question heartily. One thing Kit Pharo says about his bulls is that they will gain weight during breeding seaon. 'Course they never had any extra feed prior to that. Some are "Forage Bulls," having never had a bite of grain. People that use his bulls swear by them. We have one, he's just a bull as far as I can tell.
Alabama, a 7 or 8 body score bull that melts to a 4.5 won't work for us. What is wrong with a 6 that melts to 5? I don't know what your bulls gain from weaning to when you sell them, but are they GREASY? Cattle don't need to be greasy fat to be fit.
This is an interesting subject for sure. There is a bull show held every Feb. in Miles City. The Vigortone Area Manager has us go look at all the bulls. Most are dirty behind, they can't handle the protein they are being fed. Many of those bulls are wayyyyy too fat. Another thing we have learned, bulls need taken OFF the ration the same way they were put on: Very slowly. Pretty hard to take an animal that is used to a high level of nutrition and then just change his feed to grass or hay, BOOM! I think that has something to do with bulls melting so fast. They have to adjust to different feed and breed at the same time. We have noticed the bulls we get that are on grass or just hay two months prior to breeding, do not go through that draw-down period. FWIW~