elkwc wrote:It is alive and well today. They will sell one average ET bull for a big pre arranged price then those who buy his brothers for 10,000 think they got a real bargain.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with this story, but it is an interesting read, it reminds me of the Dutch Tulip Industry in the 1630's. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1987-07-29-8702250458-story.html
Really good story, thank you for sharing it on this thread. I will not mention any names on here, but I know of a breeder that will claim to have calves from, let's call it "XYZ Bull", and advertise those progeny, but will not DNA test the calves for parentage. I know, and they know, that there is absolutely no way, they could have such a calf on the ground yet, because the bull is so new, but people buy them. I see it like someone wearing a fake Rolex, they might be happy with that Rolex, it might look just like a real one, but it's anything but a Rolex. The real daddy to the progeny is a cleanup bull. They will say "this is a son of President", and he is registered as such, but there is not parentage proven via DNA" Until that calf is tested, he could be from any sire as far as I'm concerned.
I'm not trying to be the "moral police" of the cattle business, but we DNA test every single animal for parentage and have done so for several years back. When I hear someone claim that they have a calf from "XYZ bull" and I look on AAA and see zero genetic progeny so far for that bull, and they do not test the calf, how can I be sure it's the real deal?
Take SAV Elation 7899, AAA#: 18911198 for example. I'm nearly certain SAV and Square B have calves on the ground and others may as well. We have two Elation calves due in late Feb, early March. Right now it shows ZERO genetic progeny on the ground, but I assure you somewhere in the U.S. someone is saying they have an Elation calf on the ground. If so, test them and prove it.
I think for the improvement of the AAA moving forward, every animal registered moving forward should have BOTH the Angus Source DNA test, and the genetic bundle (to make sure the animal is free of recessives). I know that many will tell me to shut up, but it will only add to the legitimacy of your business as a breeder of registered Angus.
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