Last years catalog is 82 pages. Each page contains a photo of a bull of a specific breed. The page also contains lineage for three generations; calving ease rating; production ratings, maternal statistics, etc. There is also a descriptive paragraph, with important information that breeders and farmers need to know in order to make the right choice for their herds.
We choose not to keep a bull on this farm for many reasons. Safety being my main reason. My Mother as well as my children are always in the pastures with the animals without fear and I don't want that to change. I can call Genex, who is the company we use to AI our cows, and they will arrive within a couple of hours. We know the technicians and they are very efficient and gentle with our animals. The deed is finished in about 5 minutes - and the waiting begins.
This is the Red Angus bull, Paradox. We have used this bull to breed Jan the last three years. The combination of the two have produced lovely, black, beefy, heifers each time :) Nothing to complain about that combination.
This year I've been debating about which bull to use. Truthfully I would like to raise a bull from my cow and I wouldn't mind a little color if that's going to be possible. I believe if I hand raise a bull like I do my heifers, I could keep a bull here that would be safe. Not that a bull doesn't always bear watching, but at least one I could feel comfortable around. I've been researching three different bulls:
I've always loved the Hereford's and would be thrilled with a little red/white bull calf! His stats say he produces cattle that adapt to harsh environments, cows that calve easily and the calves are naturally polled. "This is the breeds "all around" sire whose influence will be felt for generations".
I'm also considering this guy
LT Bluegrass is a Charolais. I've never bred to Charolais before but I' ve been reading some interesting things about this breed and he's definitely a beefy guy. They are naturally polled as well which is a plus. I'm not sure about their disposition and still have a little more reading to do.
I still have a few more days to make a decision but it's makes for good reading over my morning coffee :)