Ebenezer wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:I'm not a Angus breeder, but you really need to think a lot of your cattle to feel you can raise better cattle than you can buy. Most if not all small operations are replicators. Most folks can't afford $10k to $100k to buy a quality cow as a starting point for their herd.
Folks find that the $10k to $100k cow is an expensive education. Dollars don't make them better. It just gives the seller another picture cow for the next 10 years of catalogs and some monetary return for the hot air. Most small herds today have 3/4 or stronger links in cattle to the hot bulls of the last 6 years. If you think that the multi-generational transfer of genetics via AI does not work then why keep doing it?
I just know what I see, and how one good cow can put you in the meat. A donor cow we call 171 has over 100 animals going directly back to her. She's been flushed Angus and Simmental and has produced winners in both breeds. Over half have been registered and sold as such through bull and heifer sales throughout the southeast and Kansas. And all the ET work has been done exclusively by the owner who is also a SS rep. You can buy the same genetics in Georgia as you can in Kansas for half to a third of the money.