Which bull? which bull?

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Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:00 pm

Well, I'm looking at replacing my Gelbvieh bull "Arnold", this was his 5th season here and he's going on 8 years old I think... I spoke to the place where he came from supposedly (we got him through the auctioneer who knows everyone), and we've been happy with him, the only flaw his daughters seem to have is they often have extra teats, but it hasn't been much trouble so far.


Now here are some prospective replacements
BRM 619Y, a long yearling Gelbvieh
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BRM 266Z, I think he's a better built animal
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:00 pm

And here are the Limos from HiValley Limousin I'm looking at, they're going to send me some more pictures as well as these aren't the best angles...

2Z
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5Z
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46Z
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There are some other bulls they have (a bit older) that I'm considering as well, I'll get pictures at some point.
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby a7 livestock » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:08 pm

I'd like to get a better look of the first lim bull, the others have terrible top lines, the second gelb is built well, however his tail and switch are not right for a yearling, too long, I think the first lim bull may be good, but that angle is not very telling
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby a7 livestock » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:10 pm

First limo bull gets my vote, easily the best bull you posted
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:20 pm

And one more from HiValley... Shane?
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I'm really liking 266Z, he's got the build I look for.... my reservation about him is I should perhaps switch breed to maximize heterosis, but I don't know if that should really be a deciding factor...

Next is Hi Valley 5Z, he looks nice and long without sacrificing meat, I'm not much for 46Z or 619Y

Hi Valley 2Z looks promising, I just can't tell enough from the picture to make a good judgement, and 'Shane' has a nice butt, but doesn't really strike me with either qualities or flaws.. perhaps it's the pictures.


Oh, some numbers on the HiValley....

46Z "Hi Valley Romeo" BW = 77 lbs
5Z "Hi Valley Timeline" Bw = 91 lbs, WW (adj) = 694 lbs, YW adj = 1155
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby a7 livestock » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:25 pm

I'd check out 2Z in person, none of the others strike me as impressive, I think 2Z could be good, but it's difficult to say with that pic :/
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:27 pm

Hard to say that the first limo is the best when you only have a frontal view of him, though he looks nice and stocky. I don't see much wrong with the topline of 266Z (gelbvieh).

Honestly, though I do appreciate cattle with perfectly flat backs, it's not the highest thing on my priority list, I am looking for bulls that do NOT have prominent tailheads, my cows seem to be getting those more and more. I am most concerned about good udders, hips, hooves, meat and carcass quality, and calving ease... when I find 2 bulls with those qualities, I'll pick the one with the best topline.
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby a7 livestock » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:29 pm

266Z is straight on the back, I'm concerned that he should be taller than he is, is he a yearling ?
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:38 pm

I think he's a January calf, so 10 months or so
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby a7 livestock » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:41 pm

His tail is wayyyy too long for a tenth month old, I'd pass on that one,
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:45 pm

Here is an excerpt of the email from the breeder of 266Z
The BRM 266Z bull was kept off the early bull sale market because he was a late calf and we did not feel he was ready for the early season breeding. He comes from a longevity , trouble free line, his dam was 11 when he was born. His sire is an easy keeping, easy calving bull.

It doesn't mention when he was born though
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby denvermartinfarms » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:35 pm

I don't like any of the gelbvieh's you posted. The first limo is the best out of all of them.
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby houstoncutter » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:36 am

With as much as I like Limi's it would not be them or Gelp's. Some english breed to cover your gelp cross breds. I would look at herefods or red angus.
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby denvermartinfarms » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:47 pm

houstoncutter wrote:With as much as I like Limi's it would not be them or Gelp's. Some english breed to cover your gelp cross breds. I would look at herefods or red angus.

I would prefer a Hereford for his cows. But I would go with that better looking limo out of what he has shown.
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Re: Which bull? which bull?

Postby double v » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:06 pm

266Z would work on the pics of your cows you posted before
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