If you guys don't mind, I'll put a nichels worth in here. I think your all right. As Mike says, the good ones will sell to commercial breeders, the rest will be traded between registered breeders, for example, EXT was used so extensively, I even used him on heifers, but as soon as the commercial guys had one of those heifers clean his clock, you couldn't give those bulls away, but due to the registered guys advertisements, the damage had already been done. Pat you are also right that maybe the associations should put a stop to some of this stuff but they won't, they want members, they can only hope that the bad stuff does not sell, it would hurt the breed and the association. That is one of the reasons that I really like the Gelbvieh people. The judge at shows is given the EPD's of every animal shown, and the judge is given a list of what the GV breed is suppossed to be known for, milk, maternal, muscle and growth and that is what the class should be judged on. That is why I use Angus for marbling, calving ease, mature size and the Gelbviehs for growth, feedlot gain, maternal and attitude. Crossed these work great as they cover up each breeds weaknesses. then use a terminal Char on them, money in the bank. This years steers: Angus sired profit $151/ head (they don't gain as good, you still sell by the pound); GV sired $161/head profit (they don't marble as well but they gain); Char on the AN x GV, $171 profit/head, they have it all. I pick my AI sires on what the breed is suppossed to do, Angus have to marble very high and have moderate frame and calving ease, Gelbviehs have to have growth and muscle and a good disposition and the Chars just grow. I have not used a show winner for any reason, if they are advertised to the eighteenth degree I run away from them and I am now producing high choice carcasses with .1 inch backfat, 15 inch eyes, YG 1 and yielding 65% plus. Breeds should do what they are suppossed to do, not try to be like evrybody else, you will lose the complimentarity of each breed in these crosses. Now I will get off of my box.
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. FREEDOM IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE BRAVE SO THE FREE CAN BE FREE.