Faster horses said:When I select a heifer bull, I look into the families of the sire and dam.
You can find a heavy birthweight bull that throws small calves
(example is Rainmakerr 340--he had 90 lb. birthweight but
was a proven heifer bull). I'd rather buy a 90 lb. bw bull for heifers
out of a small bw family than a 70 lb. bw bull out of a heavy
bw family. Cattle breed back to averages, not necessarily themselves.
Northern Rancher said:Not sure if I want to push the calving ease issue just to make sure i don't get rusty with a puller-5% assists aren't a big deal with a 100 cows-it is a bit of an issue with several hundred. The beef business our way is seeing less people taking care of more cattle-the switch to a kinder season and easier cattle to deal with is because of this. There are easy and hard calving lines in every breed-you can pretty much run what suits your comfort level and curse everybody who does different.