Turner Angus - Shelby Montana


2018 Heterosis on the Hi Line Bull Sale

Welcome to the 2018 Golden Triangle Breeders Sale

It's the first of March and it's just about sale time again. I hope you had a good 2017. To say it was a challenge would be an understatement. I had a good calving season, the best ever. I have been breeding for mothering ability the last dozen years or so and this spring I went completely hands free. I never touched a cow. I just tagged and weighed the calves. The whole herd calved out on range without any assistance from me. There were 2 or 3 times when I could have made a wreck but I just gritted my teeth and walked away. It's nice that my cows don't need my help to be cows. Of course I had to go and shoot off my mouth to the neighbors about going hands free this spring. They just looked at me and said “So, we do that every year.” I guess my herd is almost as good as their commercial herds. With the winter we have had so far I am afraid I will have to help some cows calve this spring. Cold stress, etc.

This spring I had the best set of calves I had ever raised. We had 6 inches of rain by June and tremendous early grass. That early spring grass sure put better structure on those calves. Then it didn't rain again until late September. When I gave shots in mid-September, it was very easy to sort off the top. I started out with 40 bull calves and cut them back to 23. I am keeping two, selling ½ interest in one so there will be 22 in the sale.

I have been creating a line bred herd of cattle. It seems that every generation is better than the last. The bull calves are getting more proud and arrogant. The cows are getting more feminine and refined. Curious and intelligent. Each generation has more common sense and less dingbat. The cows have a stronger herd instinct which makes them a lot easier to work with. They take less labor. 98% of the cows calve during daylight hours with most of them calving within a couple hundred yards of where I fed that morning. I credit that to the coyotes that live with the cows year round. Any abortions I have had are just a head and hooves when I find them. I don't know how much of this transfers to your herd but any little bit should help make life easier.

The Angus Association and I disagree on their EPD and DNA system. I believe the numbers on the paper should match the cattle in the pasture and they don't. When you line breed a population you balance out at the average of the ancestry. The average milk in my herd is +20. All my herd sires are a +20, yet the AAA has one at 28 and his son and grandson at 11. The old Paturn 05 bull is an overgrown lap dog. His grandson follows me around the pasture with his nose in my hip pocket and the AAA has them all about 15 points lower on disp. than they should be. I read in the Angus Journal that the Association discriminates against older genetics and programs that line breed. In my eyes that makes them a big fat lying liar. They need to treat everyone equal. Their fake numbers just piss me off. I spend thousands of dollars with the Association every year so they can discriminate against my cattle. If you are coming to buy bulls from me, you're not coming for their numbers anyway.

I am keeping a bull for my own use but if someone is interested I will sell ½ interest and possibly ½ possession. The Paturn 76 calf is a 321 son out of a J Mc 428 cow. He has been a stud since he hit the ground. As a calf he was just a little longer than everyone else. A little wider front and back. A long forearm and a heavy bone, a great foot and an arrogant attitude. The maternal side is the Clova Pride cow family. This line has been my best since the original N Bar cow. Where this bull will shine is in his daughters. You should never have to touch a cow, and when the going gets tough, they will come in bred with a big calf. I believe every range calving commercial cattleman should have a herd full of his daughters. His faults are he probably isn't a heifer bull, his daughters won't be back scratchers, and the Clova Pride cows are usually done at 10 years old. I am thinking of getting him collected after the sale so let me know if you want to try him out.

I am not selling any heifers though the sale this year but I have 3 at home I would sell.

I just about forgot. The sale is on Saturday the 31st this year. We didn't want it on Good Friday. Well, I hope you can make it, maybe the weather will be nice by then. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.



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Video of my Clova 27 cow and her outstanding 2017 calf, Paturn 76 of 321

Bull Calf: Paturn 76 of 321 27
AAA Reg #19039092



These bulls sold in the 2016 Sale




This cow has a full sister in the 2017 Golden Triangle Breeders Group Sale, Yearling Heifer Lot #73.


Paturn 66 of 321 818
You aught to see this "calf" now. He sells in the 2017 Golden Triangle Breeders Group Sale, Lot #60.


05 by Blackbird 818
This is a sister to Paturn 66, Lot #60 in the 2017 Golden Triangle Breeders Group Sale.


This heifer is a full sister to Paturn 57, a new herd sire. Visit the Herd Sire Page.






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