I read your posts about breeding practices. Some convey a level of "frustration" with the current "state of affairs" relating to cattle breeding. Am I picking up something or am I misinterpreting your words? I am just curious. Maybe frustration is not the right word but if I am detecting something, you will know what I mean. If it is my imagination, then you can tell me so.
Frustration or maybe folks are willing to be suckered and I wonder why. I will tell a story or two.
Went to a state Angus field day years back at probably the biggest reg. operation at the time. I got there early, got to talking to a farm employee, asked about another breed so he said come ride with me to feed and I'll show them to you. We drove miles away, got to a big pasture, checked minerals for the Angus there and then went thru to the back pasture to see the other breed. Coming out about 100+ Angus cows and a couple of bulls (prior to DNA testing) came out of the woods. I asked what the group was. It was the part of the registered herd that did not breed back in time and they periodically did preg checks and if some were bred they were offered as registered bred cows. How did the calf know who his daddy was? Who would want a late bred cow? Same guy and farm are still big and in business.
Defect issues were hot a few years ago. I did not see why the problem could not just be axed and start with all knowns to be deleted, the BOD was in turmoil, politics were hot, some of the ingrained staff felt that they had position over members, ... . Seemed that a cleansing and openness was the best policy. I called the state delegate. I told him that he owed the clarity of association issues and resolution to the members more like me who run small herds. His actual answer was, "I have to look out for myself".
A number of bull sales here in recent years have been to replace short functioned well bred, high prices, over fed bulls from one source that went lame. Is this a medical issue or a lack of proper breeding, selection, culling, feeding and pricing? The money never comes back to the losers.
Just got a sales catalog from a nationally recognized Angus herd. No need to name as some here love them as a "source", a spring of life, a well of clear water, a trek to the top of the mountain to speak to the guru. (A bit of exaggeration on my part but I get paid by the word, you know!
) The foundation cows, the mothers of all life, are rivaling lard hogs in type. Maybe I jest a bit but not more than a little. Let me say that if they had a wider muzzle, they could be hippos! Is that a real cow? An ideal cow? A cow to make other folks think that is worth more money or the offspring are more valuable? It is some sort of hypnotism to make folks oo and ah over misfits. I have no idea.
A cow- the idea cow. Is she better as high fertility, easy function, long lasting, no frills or as a blob with high $B numbers. Which one does the association make the most money from? Which one (and her offspring) does the commercial cow/calf guy do the best with. After all, the whole game is terminal - all go to the grinder at some point. In between for some, it's all about show, extra $'s from the ones who are told that they are at the bottom of the ladder or merely an ego trip for some.
Just reading the tea leaves.
If a big outfit inbreeds and weeds out the problems, could that not be a good investment? they have done the work for me, Why because they can afford the throwaways i cant. the predictabilty is there.
Guess what, there are few inbred cattle sold or even bred in the USA. The throw aways might be in the sales catalog - how would you know or not know? In a nationwide sale, less than 10% of the folks who get a catalog or look on the internet are buyers. The old rule of thumb in business is that buyer turnover is 10% a year. Lets' say that 7% of the folks who get a catalog are buyers. How many folks have to bid to get all lots sold? 14% max of the lookers because all one lot needs to sell are two bidders. Just because there are long term sales and sources do not automatically equal quality and satisifaction. The entire buyer's list can theoretically turn over every 10 years.
ive used straws from all over no issues, maybe its the cow but there in my enviroment when there born, now there are lines of cattle with more hair, slicker, feet and leg issues, goes back to homework.
That has not been my experiences. I like to joke that if I have not tossed it out already, I have some great semen for sale at a cheap price. Like you said - homework and maybe some prayer for a big dose of divine intervention.
if your gonna sell bulls through a bull test or the likes they better be A I if you want to make money, not saying there better, just the nature of the business around here.
That is marketing, unfortunately, and not breeding.