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Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:08 pm
by elkwc
Muddy wrote:I won't use any black hided bulls, including black limflex on the half Longhorn cows.....it will bring up the crazy longhorn chrome. Keep breed them back to a Char bull.


Muddy I go by a herd of solid black longhorns every time I travel to W Central OK. I assume they are a cross and the rancher must raise them. But in the 3 years I've been going by them I have seen one calf that wasn't solid black along the road. And they have good calves. Know of another herd very similar. He may have a non solid calf every 1-2 years in his herd. I haven't talked to the one breeder so not sure how he has crossed and selected them but was surprised to not see more colored ones. I used to buy steers to rope from a lady and she used Salers for a few years and the calves were almost all solid black. In this region a yellow/white or smoky calf will be docked. So I hesitate to recommend Char. Now if a person plans on retaining ownership to the rail that is different.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:31 pm
by Willicd
what you are seeing in OK is likely black corriente. i know some registered corriente breeders over there and all of their cows are black. the cattle i sold a few years ago were primarily solid black and solid red corriente with a few paints and LH mixed in. i sold my black limousin bull with that herd and 9 out of ten calves are solid black or red and he takes very little dock at the sale. i have actually seen him pretty much top the sale in amarillo with those calves before. he was a friend from work and i was buying all of his heifers before he started retaining them.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:23 pm
by elkwc
Willicd wrote:what you are seeing in OK is likely black corriente. i know some registered corriente breeders over there and all of their cows are black. the cattle i sold a few years ago were primarily solid black and solid red corriente with a few paints and LH mixed in. i sold my black limousin bull with that herd and 9 out of ten calves are solid black or red and he takes very little dock at the sale. i have actually seen him pretty much top the sale in amarillo with those calves before. he was a friend from work and i was buying all of his heifers before he started retaining them.

I thought about what I posted and decided I had better rewrite it. I understood from talking to a neighbor that they were a LH cross. I have never talked to the owner so can't say for sure. I do know those Saler crosses I used to see were LH and Saler. I will see if I can find out more information. I don't think they are registered Corrientes. For one reason I know I have seen what appears to be an Angus bull running with them. At least a beef type of black bull. With all the black versions of breeds now I hesitate to say for sure if the bull was straight Angus. I will send you a pm.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:33 pm
by Willicd
i would be very interested to know what they are for sure. sound like they could be just what i am looking for!

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:24 pm
by Muddy
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote:I won't use any black hided bulls, including black limflex on the half Longhorn cows.....it will bring up the crazy longhorn chrome. Keep breed them back to a Char bull.


Muddy I go by a herd of solid black longhorns every time I travel to W Central OK. I assume they are a cross and the rancher must raise them. But in the 3 years I've been going by them I have seen one calf that wasn't solid black along the road. And they have good calves. Know of another herd very similar. He may have a non solid calf every 1-2 years in his herd. I haven't talked to the one breeder so not sure how he has crossed and selected them but was surprised to not see more colored ones. I used to buy steers to rope from a lady and she used Salers for a few years and the calves were almost all solid black. In this region a yellow/white or smoky calf will be docked. So I hesitate to recommend Char. Now if a person plans on retaining ownership to the rail that is different.
Honestly, you're better off with Charolais bull for longhorns mix cows than using black bulls of any breed on longhorns. It does make a huge difference when you take the calves to the sale. Black skunktails will get docked harshly where the cream/charX calves will do better than the black skunktails. Not mentioned that the Charolais do better job to hide the longhorn chrome in the calves.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:52 pm
by skeeter swatter
Willicd wrote:just a little update:

i ended up with 2 limousin bulls i got from a friend at claude that buys hay from me. dont have any calves from them yet but i do have 30 charolais/LH heifers that will calve from them next spring. the charolais/LH crosses have developed in to a really nice set of cows. now i am contemplating taking a few LH amd putting them with the limousin and using those crosses with the charolais bulls to see wich direction to go in the future. i suspect the black hide will sell a little better though.


I think you'll be pretty happy with your calves. Just remember that Char x cows will still throw about half smoky calves.
Good luck.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:47 pm
by elkwc
Muddy wrote:
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote:I won't use any black hided bulls, including black limflex on the half Longhorn cows.....it will bring up the crazy longhorn chrome. Keep breed them back to a Char bull.


Muddy I go by a herd of solid black longhorns every time I travel to W Central OK. I assume they are a cross and the rancher must raise them. But in the 3 years I've been going by them I have seen one calf that wasn't solid black along the road. And they have good calves. Know of another herd very similar. He may have a non solid calf every 1-2 years in his herd. I haven't talked to the one breeder so not sure how he has crossed and selected them but was surprised to not see more colored ones. I used to buy steers to rope from a lady and she used Salers for a few years and the calves were almost all solid black. In this region a yellow/white or smoky calf will be docked. So I hesitate to recommend Char. Now if a person plans on retaining ownership to the rail that is different.
Honestly, you're better off with Charolais bull for longhorns mix cows than using black bulls of any breed on longhorns. It does make a huge difference when you take the calves to the sale. Black skunktails will get docked harshly where the cream/charX calves will do better than the black skunktails. Not mentioned that the Charolais do better job to hide the longhorn chrome in the calves.

Guess if you don't mind being docked for smoky, cream and char colored calves. At the sales I've attended they have been docked heavily.A solid black has outsold them everytime regardless if they are a cross. A good straight Hereford isn't docked as much around here. Each person has to make their decision and know their markets. But here I would rather be docked for a few skunk tails than all the Char variations. Again each person needs to do research in their area.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:27 pm
by Muddy
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote:
elkwc wrote:
Muddy I go by a herd of solid black longhorns every time I travel to W Central OK. I assume they are a cross and the rancher must raise them. But in the 3 years I've been going by them I have seen one calf that wasn't solid black along the road. And they have good calves. Know of another herd very similar. He may have a non solid calf every 1-2 years in his herd. I haven't talked to the one breeder so not sure how he has crossed and selected them but was surprised to not see more colored ones. I used to buy steers to rope from a lady and she used Salers for a few years and the calves were almost all solid black. In this region a yellow/white or smoky calf will be docked. So I hesitate to recommend Char. Now if a person plans on retaining ownership to the rail that is different.
Honestly, you're better off with Charolais bull for longhorns mix cows than using black bulls of any breed on longhorns. It does make a huge difference when you take the calves to the sale. Black skunktails will get docked harshly where the cream/charX calves will do better than the black skunktails. Not mentioned that the Charolais do better job to hide the longhorn chrome in the calves.

Guess if you don't mind being docked for smoky, cream and char colored calves. At the sales I've attended they have been docked heavily.A solid black has outsold them everytime regardless if they are a cross. A good straight Hereford isn't docked as much around here. Each person has to make their decision and know their markets. But here I would rather be docked for a few skunk tails than all the Char variations. Again each person needs to do research in their area.

So how much does a black skunktail calf brings in your area? Here, you'll give the black skunktails away while the Char X might get docked for 5-10 cents less than blacks where a black skunktail can get docked for more than 40 cents. Imagine if your calf crop is 75% skunktails...ouch.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:34 pm
by ALACOWMAN
Muddy wrote:
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote: Honestly, you're better off with Charolais bull for longhorns mix cows than using black bulls of any breed on longhorns. It does make a huge difference when you take the calves to the sale. Black skunktails will get docked harshly where the cream/charX calves will do better than the black skunktails. Not mentioned that the Charolais do better job to hide the longhorn chrome in the calves.

Guess if you don't mind being docked for smoky, cream and char colored calves. At the sales I've attended they have been docked heavily.A solid black has outsold them everytime regardless if they are a cross. A good straight Hereford isn't docked as much around here. Each person has to make their decision and know their markets. But here I would rather be docked for a few skunk tails than all the Char variations. Again each person needs to do research in their area.

So how much does a black skunktail calf brings in your area? Here, you'll give the black skunktails away while the Char X might get docked for 5-10 cents less than blacks where a black skunktail can get docked for more than 40 cents. Imagine if your calf crop is 75% skunktails...ouch.
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Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm
by elkwc
Muddy wrote:
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote: Honestly, you're better off with Charolais bull for longhorns mix cows than using black bulls of any breed on longhorns. It does make a huge difference when you take the calves to the sale. Black skunktails will get docked harshly where the cream/charX calves will do better than the black skunktails. Not mentioned that the Charolais do better job to hide the longhorn chrome in the calves.

Guess if you don't mind being docked for smoky, cream and char colored calves. At the sales I've attended they have been docked heavily.A solid black has outsold them everytime regardless if they are a cross. A good straight Hereford isn't docked as much around here. Each person has to make their decision and know their markets. But here I would rather be docked for a few skunk tails than all the Char variations. Again each person needs to do research in their area.

So how much does a black skunktail calf brings in your area? Here, you'll give the black skunktails away while the Char X might get docked for 5-10 cents less than blacks where a black skunktail can get docked for more than 40 cents. Imagine if your calf crop is 75% skunktails...ouch.


The Char X's will get docked 15-20 cents and sometimes more. Herefords are in the 5-10 cent range. And recently I've seen some good ones even less. Don't see many skunk tails so can't say for sure. The dock on the Chars is why I feel we are seeing less Char bulls in the pastures around here every year. Four years ago there were 5-6 breeders using them down there. Now there is one.

Re: Need advice on a terminal bull please

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:24 pm
by Muddy
elkwc wrote:
Muddy wrote:
elkwc wrote:Guess if you don't mind being docked for smoky, cream and char colored calves. At the sales I've attended they have been docked heavily.A solid black has outsold them everytime regardless if they are a cross. A good straight Hereford isn't docked as much around here. Each person has to make their decision and know their markets. But here I would rather be docked for a few skunk tails than all the Char variations. Again each person needs to do research in their area.

So how much does a black skunktail calf brings in your area? Here, you'll give the black skunktails away while the Char X might get docked for 5-10 cents less than blacks where a black skunktail can get docked for more than 40 cents. Imagine if your calf crop is 75% skunktails...ouch.


The Char X's will get docked 15-20 cents and sometimes more. Herefords are in the 5-10 cent range. And recently I've seen some good ones even less. Don't see many skunk tails so can't say for sure. The dock on the Chars is why I feel we are seeing less Char bulls in the pastures around here every year. Four years ago there were 5-6 breeders using them down there. Now there is one.

Honestly, from what I seen at few sale barns, charX calves outsells the black skunktails every time. Charolais is popular bull for the folks with longhorns here and very few people uses black bulls on longhorn cows here.