Dave Roberts picks our best yearling bulls
457 is Dave’s pick as the top bull from 2017. Looking at the above photos, you’ll notice how similar the two bulls are in composition. Dave knows what he wants in a bull. 424 is the five-year-old dam of 457. 424’s first calf is a heifer that we still have in the herd. Her number is 586 and she will have her first calf this year. 457 weaned at 546 pounds at nine months. At the time 424 was preg tested, she weighed 780 pounds and 457 was 70% of his dam’s weight. Raising that kind of calf, 424 bred back in the first period. 457’s sire is 3413.
187 is Dave’s pick as the No. 2 bull out of our 2017 calf crop. He is out of Cow 9410, a nine-year-old we purchased from Bent Tree Farms and own in partnership with John Lyons of J Jank Farm in Piedmont, Ala. 9410 has been an outstanding producer. We also owned her dam (3407) and her granddam (1325). We sold those two cows in the fall of 2016 at 13 and 15 years of age, respectively. Many people that look at our cowherd place 9410 at or near the top of the herd. 187’s sire is 3413, another product of Bent Tree Farms. We bought him to start out the new year in 2015 and have two calf crops on the ground and the third crop arriving daily. 3413 is a meat machine. His calves are thick and meaty. 187 weaned at 590 pounds at nine months of age. With 9410 weighing 980 pounds, 187 turns out to have weaned at 62.4% of his dam’s weight. 9410 bred back quickly and has already had an AI heifer calf this spring out of a great old bull – 9218.
337 is another bull out of the 2017 calf crop that we really like. His dam and granddam are the most fertile females in the herd. 337 is sired by 3413. His dam is 213, a five-year-old daughter of cow 368. 213’s first calf was born in 2015 and she produced a good bull calf last year and is due to calve in the first 21 days of this year’s calving season. 213’s younger sister (464) has an amazing story. 464 had the first calf in 2016, the 6th calf in 2017 and the first calf this year. 464’s first heifer is No. 16 (under our system the year of birth is the last number and the first calf born is 16, the second is 26 and so on) has already calved this year. She had calf number 88. 213 this year had the 17th calf and that was just six days after our first calf hit the ground March 3. The sire of 213’s calf is 9218, the sire of possibly the best cow at Bent Tree. 368, the 10-year-old lady that started it all didn’t want to be left in the dust. She had the second calf last year, a heifer, and the 12th calf this year, a Broadway daughter born March 6.