Remember, half of the genetics in your calf crop are from one animal.....your bull.
On this page we have past herd bulls we used that have really improved our herd. Some have loud color, some have small size but most of them have both.
Any animal that was born on our farm has at least one bull pictured below in there back-ground. Most of the animals have multiple bulls in there back ground.
We could not be where we are today without these bulls. By keeing only the best calves, our breeding program has improved greatly over the years.
Is this considered a "bullseye" ? He made it to the center.
Jeff Hatch, a mini cattle breeder for decades put it best when it comes to bulls. In order to improve your herd, you should only be using a bull for 2-3 years. The bull should be replaced because you should know by then that he isn't throwing any good calves OR he is throwing great calves, therefore you should have some sons and that are better than him.
Boone, a great bull from 2013. He was 35 inches tall at 3 yrs old. He had some of the best colored calves. They were a little bigger than we like but super nice all the way around. We kept a few of his 2016 calves back to see how they grow out.
Choncho is a 2013 bull. 37 inches tall. We have some of his 2016 calves. Some real nice calves. Decent color and color patterns. We still have his mom and sister. It will be fun to see is calves grow out. Some of the best calves in 2016.
Two great bulls. We had some of the best and most uniform calf crop from Hombre, on left. Lots of line backs. He was about 38 inches and a little taller than we like but a great personality. We kept two of his daughters and a bull calf from 2015. As yearlings they look good. Ragin Cain on the right is a super bull. We got a couple of calves from him before sending him to Maryland. We have a daughter and son from him from 2012 and 2013.
Sugar Cain, definitely a bull that left his mark. He has the same mother as Bullwinkle. We had calves from him from 2009-2014. We have sons and daughters and their offspring in the herd. He was 36 inches and 400lbs. He threw about every color and pattern imaginable.
Freckles was a dandy. He is sire of Sugar Cain and grandsire of Hombre. We have lots of his blood in the background of our herd. We kept quite a few daughters from him but Sugar Cain was the most influential. He was 34 inches/450 lbs.
Bullwinkle was great bull. He now resides in New Mexico. We have numerous daughters from him in the herd. He is also a maternal half brother to Sugar Cain. Bullwinkle is also a paternal half brother to to Ripley. We hated to see him go but since we had so many of his little girls in the herd, it was time to let someone else improve their herd with him. 37 inches/540lbs
Ripley was another game changer. No picture we have does this bull justice. He was awesome. A number of femalesgo back to him as well. Some great sons of his ended up in other herds and did great there also. This bull along with Bullwinkle catapulted our breeding program. Our smallest 2009 calf , Millie, is out of his daughter. He was 37 inches/ 530lbs.
Pitt is one bull we did not use enough. We have his blood in our herd yet. He was used more extensively in other breeding programs and did real well there. We currently have a great-great grandson in the herd. 34inches/400lbs.
Peb, bull #2 that changed our herd. Surge provided the ladies, Peb brought the boys to town. Bullwinkle and Ripley are sons. Both of those bulls did wonders to our herd. Still have their blood in our herd. He was 36 inches and 425lbs.
Surge started it all for us. We bought him in the spring of 1997. We had a huge number of heifers out of him and nearly all our animals that were born on our place go back to him. He was 37 inches/540lbs.