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A Note About the Boys

It's not very often i would classify a year as strange, odd, one of a kind.  However, this last calving season proved to do just that for us.  It is not very often that you can have a lopsided calving season, but if you only keep bull calves from the first 1 1/2 cycles, a rare anomaly can occur.  We started our 2023 calving season with, what seemed like, a high number of heifer calves.  Little did we know that they would dominate:  1 -  the whole AI cycle, 2 - the entire first cycle, and yes 3 - the entire registered calf crop.  The registered heard end up 70:30 heifers, with most bulls coming too late to make the bull crop for this year.  In fact, only 16% made the age cutoff, but not all of those met our requirements.  Luckily, we started to see this unfold and began to keep some really great commercial bull calves just in case.

We continue to work on several key attributes in our cattle.  These are (but not limited to) - calving ease, feed efficiency, structure and growth.  I feel these are the foundation of great cattle, and then you can move on to other things.  The exciting thing with this bunch of bulls is that they come from great foundation cows in our herd and the sires we chose for them are adding exceptional traits on top of that foundation to allow them to have a very bright future.

EPD rankings are from Angus HD50k testing and scored as
1 - BEST                 100 - not the best

LOT #
Status
REG/COM
SIRE
MATERNAL GS
BW
205 day
WW
YW
CED
BW EPD
WW EPD
YW EPD
DOC EPD
MILK EPD
14
AVAIL...
REG
CONEALLY CONTENDER
SYDGEN FATE 2800
94
764
15
AVAIL...
REG
CONEALLY CONTENDER
FAST EXCITEMENT 949-410
88
716
16
AVAIL...
COM
PENDING...
VAR GENERATION 2100
86
752
17
AVAIL...
COM
CONEALLY CONTENDER
AAR REINVESTED 5401
84
742
18
AVAIL...
COM
HOFFMAN THEDFORD
95
758
19
AVAIL...
COM
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
KG JUSTIFIED 3023
69
640
20
AVAIL...
COM
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
AAR CREED 5802
81
667
21
PENDING
REG
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
TEX PLAYBOOK 5437
60
396

EPDs Current as of

2/15/2023

The lower chart EPDs are either

ACTUAL (registered)

or 

ESTIMATED (commercial) 

LOT #
REG/COM
SIRE
MATERNAL GS
BW
WW
YW
CED EPD*
BW EPD*
WW EPD*
YW EPD*
MILK
DOC
14
REG
CONEALLY CONTENDER
SYDGEN FATE 2800
94
764
15
REG
CONEALLY CONTENDER
FAST EXCITEMENT 949-410
88
716
16
COM
PENDING...
VAR GENERATION 2100
86
752
17
COM
CONEALLY CONTENDER
AAR REINVESTED 5401
84
742
18
COM
HOFFMAN THEDFORD
95
758
19
COM
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
KG JUSTIFIED 3023
69
640
20
COM
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
AAR CREED 5802
81
667
21
REG
CL CONFIDENCE PLUS 18J
TEX PLAYBOOK 5437
60
396
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