Calving Season

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Re: Calving Season

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri May 11, 2018 4:16 pm

I'm not knocking the old bulls. Just was wondering. It's too bad your modern genetic pool is not divers enough to offer the type/style you are striving for. You have good cattle and you could run out of choices.
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Re: Calving Season

Postby Backbone Ranch » Thu May 17, 2018 1:24 pm

Jeanne- We have definitely thrown around the idea of importing semen from a few Australian bulls, but we have not pulled the trigger on it yet. It is likely something that we will do in the future. At the moment, Tony is our only herd sire, but I did buy a bull a few days ago that should add some depth to our breeding program. He was born on the same farm as the rest of our herd, but is out of very different bloodlines. He has not arrived yet, but I will get some pictures of him when he does. I am very excited to see some calves out of him; he has been working in a commercial herd for the past few breeding seasons and just turned three years old. Between him, and potentially one of these AI calves, we should be able to add some more genetic diversity to our herd.
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Re: Calving Season

Postby gcreekrch » Thu May 17, 2018 1:45 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:You seem to use quite a few OLD bulls. Do you have trouble finding good modern bulls?


A lot of those old genetics got us where we are today. The right kind are definately still worth using.
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Re: Calving Season

Postby Backbone Ranch » Thu May 17, 2018 9:41 pm

Had another bull calf born a few days ago. This one was a 102 lb calf out of one of our bigger cows. I checked on her right around lunch time and she wasn't showing any signs of labor. Checked again two hours later and she had already dried off her calf. Here he is at 3 days. His dam will be 10 years old this September.
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This is our Ballee Thumbs Up son, the 801 bull. He is 11 weeks old here. We will be AIing his dam again to Ballee Thumbs Up tomorrow in hopes of getting a full sibling to this bull on the ground. We think that he is pretty special.
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Here is the 803 bull calf, shown here at 10 weeks. He is our Spectrum Kenton son, and he definitely has more frame than our other calves. We also be repeating this mating when we AI tomorrow. In the future, we will likely be breeding Kenton to some of our smaller cows that still have good calving ease in order to increase their frame.
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This heifer is probably my favorite out of the six females that we have on the ground. She is a Tony daughter and is 75% Murray Grey x 25% Angus. She is pictured here at 14 days.
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And this was our "unknown" bull calf that was born halfway between the AI and natural service due dates. Still have not DNA tested him, but I intend to collect some tail hair tomorrow from him when he goes through the chute. He is 7 weeks here.
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These two photos show our other Trigger's Champion son. He is 2 1/2 months old in both of these pictures. He is one that seems to get better every day. His mother will be AIed this year to one of the best bull's in our tank, Bimbadeen Innamincka's Star.
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And this last picture shows part of our group that will be bred live-cover this year with their calves.
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Re: Calving Season

Postby JWBrahman » Fri May 18, 2018 5:43 am

Congratulations for making the Murray Grey work for your situation. It's tough to be different in this market.

Chris Frye sold out completely, his squeeze chute and cattle gates are for sale in the Louisiana Market Bulletin. There is a lot of speculation that feeder prices will go below $1 this summer.

We're watchin like vultures, trying to pick up some real estate when the newbies inevitably get out of cattle.
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Re: Calving Season

Postby frieghttrain » Fri May 18, 2018 10:12 am

Backbone Ranch wrote:Had another bull calf born a few days ago. This one was a 102 lb calf out of one of our bigger cows. I checked on her right around lunch time and she wasn't showing any signs of labor. Checked again two hours later and she had already dried off her calf. Here he is at 3 days. His dam will be 10 years old this September.
Image

This is our Ballee Thumbs Up son, the 801 bull. He is 11 weeks old here. We will be AIing his dam again to Ballee Thumbs Up tomorrow in hopes of getting a full sibling to this bull on the ground. We think that he is pretty special.
Image

Here is the 803 bull calf, shown here at 10 weeks. He is our Spectrum Kenton son, and he definitely has more frame than our other calves. We also be repeating this mating when we AI tomorrow. In the future, we will likely be breeding Kenton to some of our smaller cows that still have good calving ease in order to increase their frame.
Image

This heifer is probably my favorite out of the six females that we have on the ground. She is a Tony daughter and is 75% Murray Grey x 25% Angus. She is pictured here at 14 days.
Image

And this was our "unknown" bull calf that was born halfway between the AI and natural service due dates. Still have not DNA tested him, but I intend to collect some tail hair tomorrow from him when he goes through the chute. He is 7 weeks here.
Image

These two photos show our other Trigger's Champion son. He is 2 1/2 months old in both of these pictures. He is one that seems to get better every day. His mother will be AIed this year to one of the best bull's in our tank, Bimbadeen Innamincka's Star.
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And this last picture shows part of our group that will be bred live-cover this year with their calves.
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Looking good! Care to share a picture of that Innamincka's star bull?
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