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Angus Cattle – Breeding Lines

Lines of Angus cattle
Ebenezer Farm Angus Cattle

As you can expect, we are happy to have repeat customers. One thing that the average cattleman will is ask for is something that is not kin to the last bull they bought. Or they might seek a bull for heifers and a bull for cows. I do not believe that the same bull targeted to be used on heifers is going to be the best of overall herd sires. This is different from the mainstream sales promotion of one bull doing it all. They sell “curvebenders” and I try to avoid them. I’ve experienced them and learned some years back.

Curvebenders change in two distinct ways in my opinion.

  1. They are light birthweight producers due to a genetically induced shorter gestation period for their calves. Stack a few generations of short gestation bulls and begin to see the type of calves that pediatricians in the human realm call “preemies”.  Think, small, lightweight and lesser developed lungs. Help yourself.
  2. The selection for the skew of gestation periods, in my experience, is also going to extend the length of time for the offspring to attain mature weight and size. Mature cow weights will greatly increase under that selection criteria. We had the 1700 and 1800 pound cows from that experience. I do not need to feed a herd of goliaths.

We stick to mostly known or farm proven lines. We have 12 to 14 year old cows on a constant basis and they calve and keep up with younger cows.

We have what I call a home line. They are a bit of whatever has worked over the years. They are the least linked to modern genetics in most herds.

We are trying to rebuild a Graham and Emulous based line. The scarcity of cows was an issue, I culled through what I could find and then the quest for semen has been an on-going search. I am not stuck on any particular bulls but will be using Emulous Master 209, Vance Top Dawg and a few other bulls of the past with sound track records in the world of real cattle. I do not live in the past, I learn from it. 

Calving ease bulls are always in demand. But they have to have the adequate frame and moderate growth to be really useful bulls. We’ve been through some bulls in the past and most likely any calving ease bull from here in the near future will carry some influence of OCC Linebred. That is the only OCC bull I hope to ever use again from what we have learned here. His strength is four times to the 1019 cow, apparently.

We have tried a bit of the Yellow and Green Line Shoshone bulls here. Most have not been able to fit the environment. That does not mean that they are “bad” but merely I am asking more than they can do. The one Shoshone bull that has done well here is Shoshone Bart and he will have a place here in the weaving of genetics.