Replacement candidates 2017 PICTURES!!!!
Starting with my favourite, Hera, 168 days old, Linebred from my homeraised bull Marko... She's just got a 'presence' that no other calf has, When she's beside you, she's definitely planted there... Great attitude, Momma is a moderate cow like grandma (Rosie)
Best qualities? Meatiness and weight
What I'd improve? Could be a little more feminine.
Next is Caddy's calf Copy (at least her name for now), 150 days old, Mother-son breeding, because Caddy just didn't "nick" with the Limo bull.. Certainly grows well, and her sisters are all good cows.
Best quality? Growth and probably udder and milk when she grows up
what I'd improve? She may be a little taller than what I consider ideal, probably be about Caddy's size I'm thinking
Team grazing with momma
Third spot is Zecca (Prada's calf), linebred, full sibling mating, Caddy is grandma on both sides, 130 days old and doing alright. I think she'll grow to Momma's size which is about 1300 lb and a moderate frame (a score or two less than Caddy)
Best qualities? Great character, meaty butt, feminine.
What I'd improve? Less white, a little early to say what her 205 day weight will be, but I might wish for another 50 lbs on her.
She's terribly hard to get a picture of, she's always coming at you
#4 is Omega, Limo sired from Chroma (Caddy's oldest daughter).. She's young at only 100 days old, I think Chroma kinda outdid herself last year raising Sigma, the biggest calf of the year and it cost her this time, nevertheless, for her age she's doing really well, very bright and alert, and feminine..
Best qualities? feminine, should have a great udder and milk
What I'd improve? Probably could use a little more arse, the Limos just don't have what Markos calves have for butt.
Full sister Sigma from last year
#5, No name yet, Soho's calf, Limo sired, have 2 full sisters, age 1 and 2 years old (Haida and Saga), Never was able to get a good picture of her today, but in the first picture of Zecca, she's standing right behind her... Seems to be a pretty sweet character, though her family tends to lose their marbles and go nuts when you need them to stay calm the most.
best qualities? Good milking line, though she doesn't seem to have the growth she could have
what I'd improve? Definitely could have a meatier butt, Here's to hoping she is smarter than her family.. Udder quality has improved over the generations, so lets hope that keeps up
Younger full sister Saga this sprimg
Older full sister Haida as a yearling as well, she's raising a good calf this year for her first attempt
Momma on the left with Saga as a calf
What do you think of them? I'll post the ones that don't make the grade as well here in a bit