One thing I have noticed after reading through a lot of these postings is this, a lot of people, and I mean a LOT!, seem to NOT be too fond of SAV. I try to figure it out, but cannot at this time.
I've also noticed this, there are some MAJOR ranches that have sold top, highly desirable bulls, and they fell flat on their face as far as semen production. I won't mention names, but I'm sure some of you know who they are. Bull is a sale topper, then POOF! where is the semen? Where is the bull? You never hear of them again. You keep calling, and you keep getting excuses why he is not available.
I don't see that happen too often at SAV or Herbster Angus, if EVER. I've never called Herbster and been told "Sorry, but Harvestor or International is not producing, or President is having trouble, we'll get back with you when things sort themselves out" I've never been told that ever by them. That tells me that those bulls have some serious merit, and the I know they have merit because I settle cows/heifers with them usually on the first try versus some of the Select Sires and Origen semen I have used. Which by the way, I won't stop using, and I have a tank full of ABS, Origen, and Select Sires bulls.
Things happen in the cattle business, and I know it must be extremely disappointing to have your top bull not produce quality semen, good enough to guarantee a certain level of quality.
From all my experiences with Charles Herbster, he goes over the bulls with a fine tooth comb. I know for a fact that he put Bubs Southern Charm under a lot of scrutiny before he made a decision on him, which makes me very comfortable in using the bull moving forward.
I'm not saying other ranches play fast and lose with things, but one thing I really like about SAV and Herbster is that if the semen is not top notch, it doesn't get sold. That matters to me when I'm spending money and time AI'ng. It should matter to you as well.
"When someone tells you it can't be done, it's more a reflection of their limitations, not yours"