On Saturday, Jan. 25, we decided to take some photos of what we think are some of our better bull and heifer calves from the spring of 2019. All are approaching one year of age. None of the calves are for sale at this time. Most of the bulls will be for sale in May or June, after we taken linear measurements, semen tested them and have all of the DNA results back.
Overall, we are very pleased with last year’s calf crop. They are very uniform. The dams of these calves all bred back, except for one 10-year-old cow.
Our dominant grass is still fescue, which is bad for us, but probably good for our customers. The way we see it, if our cattle can do well on our fescue, they will probably do a good job for you, especially if you have some native grasses or produce cover crops.
When the weather gets a little nicer, contact us and set up a time to visit. We love to show off our cattle.
Bull 189: Is this the best bull in the 2019 calf crop? Dave Roberts, Teddy Gentry’s herdsman, likes him a bunch and might prefer him slightly over 479. His older brother is 187, a bull used by Brandon Mebruer, the young man who helps us on weekends. 187 is now owned by Larry Israel of Crane, Mo. Both men like the calves out of 187. The dam of 189 and 187 is 9410, a 1,010-pound daughter of Broadway that we purchased when Teddy had consigned her to a field day sale. 9410, who will soon turn 11, appears to be bred artificially to 341, a Broadway son out of Cow 425, who is still cranking out great calves at 16. We don’t have DNA results yet, but I would guess this bull is a grandson of 3413, who is shown elsewhere on this website.
Bull 479: This is a bull that jumps out at a lot of people. He is a son of Cow 392, a 1,045-pound 8-year-old that consistently produces some of our top calves. Her 2018 bull calf was one of my favorites, as was her 2017 bull calf. We should have the DNA results soon, but based on his conformation and color, I strongly suspect he’s a son of 6413, the wild critter that our 16-month-old granddaughter was standing on when we took their photo the day after Christmas. 392 will calve in the first 21 days of the calving season and could be bred AI.
Bull 299: This calf is out of Cow 3300, a cow we bought from Andy and Stanley Sumners. She struggled with fescue for a few years but has really turned it on. Her heifer calf from last year is really good and I think this bull calf speaks for himself. These three animals are among the most gentle in the herd. We feel pretty certain 3300 is bred AI to 341. 299 weaned at 550 and 3300 weighed 988.
Bull 259: We like this calf and we also like his mother, Cow 213, who is a half-sister of 392, the dam of Bull 479. 213 weighs 960 and could well be bred artificially to 341. 259 weaned at 602, which is almost 63% of his dam’s weight.
Bull 129: This bull has a lot going for him. His dam is Cow 305, a Broadway daughter that produced a really good bull calf in 2018. 305’s calf from 2018 outperformed his dam’s bull calf that was the same age. 305 weighs 936 and 129 weighed 546, when he was weaned in December.
Heifer 199: This heifer has a lot going for her. She is a daughter of Cow 368, a 12-year-old that has produced the most fertile females in the herd. We have come to anticipate that 368 and all of her daughters will calve in the first seven days of the calving season and then breed right back. 368’s older sister, Cow 464, has had the first calf in three of the past four breeding seasons. Cow 27, 368’s daughter from 2017, had her first calf last year and it was the second calf born. 27 was preg-tested by ultrasound and is expected to calve with the first females to drop a calf. Heifer 128 (a Broadway daughter) is 368’s calf from 2018 and she’s expected to calve at the same time as 27.
Heifer 119: This heifer should prove to be outstanding. Her mother (Cow 9400) was a great female that was produced by Teddy Gentry, but she had the misfortune to get caught in the horrible drought years in Texas as she was growing up. We bought 9400 and a number of others in 2012. We would have culled 9400 except we knew her genetics and gave her chances we would not normally have done because we didn’t think she should be blamed for the drought. This paid off handsomely. Last year 9400’s bull calf was one of our best bulls and this year 119 might well be the best heifer. We don’t have the DNA results yet, but I feel confident 119 is sired by a 3413 son, either 325 (a son of Cow 425) or 487 (a son of Cow 752, who happens to be a Queenie daughter). She weighed 500 when we weaned her on Dec. 7.
Heifer 249: This heifer is dark red and has a lot of eye appeal. She looks like her dam, Cow 143, who is a granddaughter of our old Queenie cow, who made her home here until she was 17. 143’s sire is 9401, a dark red bull we used for three years. We bought 9401 at Tom McGrady’s field day sale in Texas in 2010. We’ve got a lot of Queenie offspring in the herd and they are all good producers. 249 weaned at 494.
Heifer 49: This is a daughter of 882, a very fertile cow that is usually one of the first cows to calve every year. Under our numbering system, 49 denotes the fourth calf born in 2019. 49 weaned at 494. 882’s 2018 daughter is also outstanding; she is scheduled to calve in the first 21 days of this year’s calving season.
Heifer 39: This could be the best heifer of the bunch. Her dam is Cow 630, who will soon turn 14. 39 is the third calf of 2019. In 2018 630 had the fifth calf (58) and in 2017 she had the seventh calf of the year (77). Her 2017 calf sold in the 2017 South Poll Field Day sale. At 550 pounds, 39 was our heaviest weaning heifer. Based on her color, I would think she’s a daughter of 6413, our main herd sire.