Turner Angus - Shelby Montana


Heterosis on the Hi-Line Bull Sale

Turner Angus Bull Sale: April 1, 2016
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Well it's time for the 2016 sale. I hope some of you can make it to Shelby to see the bulls and heifers. This years' group of bulls are the most consistent I have ever raised. I started out with 38 head last fall. I culled all the calves from heifers and ½ of the 3's. There were a couple of big birth weights and some late calves I steered early. We had a pretty dry year and I have found that calves that are short on groceries never seem to grow out well. There were some really nice bulls out of dingbat cows that also got cut. I ended up with 22 head on feed. I'm keeping 2 and one isn't keeping up so I will have 19 for the sale. I always lose 1 or 2 for some reason on the semen test, warts or too young, normal stuff that always happens.

The mothers of the bulls all have good udders and they all have good dispositions. The little Indreland cow is a little bit more nervous when I tagged the calf but not aggressive. I don't put up with any B.S. from my cows. They calve on their own without any hassles or they go down the road. Besides, if I get steam rolled out there the coyotes will have my bones scattered before anyone finds me. Now, for some reason, I have a dingbat 3 year old and a man eater 4 out in the pasture. Why the hell they are still here is beyond me. They were supposed to have been gone last fall. I must have slipped a gear when I loaded out the culls. Oh, and "to cull" does not mean "production sale".

I have seen a couple of reports that say weaning weights have been flat for the last 20 years. I know that my weaning weights are based on rainfall and pasture management. In the drought years my weaning average is in the low 6's, and when it's wet, they push 7. If you look at all the “big” breeders you will see that their averages are similar to mine or that their weights have stayed the same. By chasing pounds you're just increasing your expenses. Balance, balance, balance. So many pounds of grass equals so many pounds of energy. It goes for cow maintenance first, then to the calf. Want bigger weaning weights, run fewer cows.

The place where these bulls will shine is in their daughters. If I had a big commercial herd, I would sort off all my old granny cows and run these bulls with them and that's where all my replacements would come from. The granny cows have proven they fit your environment, and these bulls will produce low input, no maintenance cows. Once you have a base, you can do anything with them. YOUNG PRODUCERS----PAY ATTENTION HERE: POUNDS DON'T PAY THE BILLS, PROFIT DOES. Well enough preachin' for now. Maybe not. Why the hell do people calve in the middle of winter? When I started calving in April I had a lot more calves to sell in the fall and a lot fewer cows sold in the spring. Graze longer, feed less, birth weights smaller, death loss smaller, less labor, weaning weights the same. I am the laziest rancher in the country. I haven't touched a calf or cow in years. No babysitting. I check cows and tag calves about twice or three times a day. Heifers calve out on pasture with the cows. I'm usually in the house by 7 and done for the day. Now I'm done preachin'.

The heifers in the sale will make good range cows. Past buyers have told me they've had no problems and no opens with good calves. Two calves are from older proven cows, two from young cows, and one from a dingbat who I think will be OK. I sure wish I had a couple of the heifers back from last year because their sisters are fantastic.

Thanks for reading my propaganda. Come down to the sale, get a free lunch, chew the fat, and relax for the day.




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