True Grit Farms wrote:This isn't France, it seems like most folks in Europe babysit their cows, and with that kind of management you better.
Gators Rule wrote:Agreed. It seems a lot of Europeans have no qualms pulling calves so not hard to believe they could be average or better. Personally I would run from the French double muscled breeds.
You both did a nice job of painting with a broad brush.
If you've been over there and have first-hand knowledge of breed-specific practices, they feel free to provide an informed opinion.
French Aubrac breeders have a different mindset than the European breeders of other types of cattle.
One of the things I've found with dealing with the French, re: all their breeds is they're not afraid of the things that make the breed they raise different than the breeds raised by others, and take great pride in promoting pure strains. North Americans are the ones busy w/ the crosses and mutts --- heterosis is free, afterall (assuming the bulls being used are not actually mongrels with papers).