Crunching some numbers today. Age of our bulls, # of daughters off of them, etc etc. Border pending, thinking about spring and fall cleaning the commercial and purebred herd this year, and possibly even a few in the summer if a previous buyer takes another walk through the herd.
Anyways, down to the nitty gritty. I have just roughly figured out a new bull plan which should keep our purebred and commercial herd here running for the next half dozen years at least. It involves raising a new 'homesteader' bull (AI) from our top commercial cow, and buying a new bull to replace our senior Optimum sire next year, or the year after.
Do you have any real good looking sons off of that Magna bull of yours, this year?...or are you planning to breed him to some powerful cows to calve next year? I love Pure Gold and think his straight shootin', no nonsense uniformity in his calves is just the key to 'kick it up a notch' in our herd. In fact, looking at the numbers, if Magna keeps his CE epd down to a respectable level below his sire's, I think you could be sitting on top of a little gold mine. Oh, I checked out Magna's dam pics and info on Warnken's site. With the exception of her teats (picture's not the best detail), I like her. What year is she? Good solid Butler and Rancher bloodlines for a strong cowherd. Most of my herd goes back to Butler and Domino.
I want to buy a good 'horned background' weaned bull calf either this fall or next fall. That way, if horns are still on him, we can lop/saw them off while he's young and can grow him out nice and slow.
Or maybe you have some Hattrick calves (you can easily sell me on Klondike genes) that are dandy...but not too dandy? I want breeding potential here...not something you want to take to show.