I agree Denny his photo looks terrible almost like someone done some bad photo shopping. But at this same sale I seen 3 daughters that looked good. And two bulls one of which I bought. I have never used him AI myself mainly because I had never seen any progeny and the sorry photo of him.
I've had a Matrix son for 2 calf crops. I've never run him by himself but I see no reason not to like him. He's a good looking bull and I expect him to be an udder improver. Probably would buy another if he came from a good cow.
I find that if I like one bull in the pen I think the better calves are his. Not always true.
BC Matrix. If it's actually possible, this is one Angus bull that will remove marbling from the Angus breed in a big hurry. With a .04 marbling EPD, a ribeye steak from one of his calves will eat like an alligator hide. I don't know, I'm a a little skeptical of a bull that was raised by the show boys in Missouri. I'm sure the bull you bought will work well for you and you must have liked what you saw.
His carcass scans are as follows. These are actual scans not adjusted as he was too young to fit into the contemporary group that was tested.
Ribfat .35 rumpfat .35 RE 12.5 IMF 4.26
he had a scrotal of 33.5 and had a 3.82 adg
Bw 2.8 ww48 yw88 m21
Nothing super flashy but just looked to be solid all around. I expect him to calve easier than his epds predicted also.
I went to look a some Matrix yearling bulls earlier this spring and thought they were to narrow on top. I ended up buying some sons of TC Freedom instead, paid more money for them but I'm happy with them they were a lot thicker and meatier than the Matrix bull with a great dispostion to boot.
We have some Matrix daughters in production, they are long and deep with beautiful udders, he worked for us. That being said a good friend used him after seeing our heifers and it was not good he got tall and narrow, so I guess it is how you mate him.
I used him for 2009 calves and they were pretty good. My high selling bull was a Matrix out of a 6595 cow and the guy that bought him wishes I had more of them. I had a few other bulls out of him that were pretty good. I have a few 1st calvers by him that are pretty good cows so far. They are real pretty looking cows with good udders. The only thing I would change on them is they could be a little more "showring" correct on their legs, but they can still walk!!
He did alright for us, but not going to say I would really use him again. I have a few straws left, and will use him up, but like others say, there are better bulls out there.