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Selecting our next dairy bull

 
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The future King, Chariot bull.
Little guy was born on the 4th of July.

He's here with his momma, Bootsie, looking like a perfect sire for the future of the dairy herd at Bella Farm. Our current bull, Ferdinand, has served us well for four breeding seasons now. We need to look to the future because we cant allow Ferdinand to breed any of his daughters, which there are now two in the herd.

Chariot has all the outward characteristics we are looking for in a breeding bull calf. His escutcheon is broad and tall, without any blemish to the pattern of hair growth. His facial swirl is perfect and properly located just below a line between his eyes. He exhibits perfect proportions in all his physical form. His temperament is sweet and docile. And his momma is a proven champion milk cow for us at Bella Farm.

hooray!
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Chariot calf and momma Bootsie
 
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Hope he serves you (and the ladies) well.

 
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Looks really good. Now you need to wait and see if he grows into all that potential. I have been waiting for the perfect replacement bull but none of my angus bull calves made the grade at the one year mark. What did though, were the heifers from my boy, so I changed gears and kept my bull's line via his heifers. Just curious. Why do you not want to do line breeding? I find breeding a great bull back to a great daughter makes for some phenomenal breeders. I bought a new bull to breed back to the grand daughters of the old bull and the results are very pleasing. The best traits of the original bull are really locked in. I am doing the same with my Belted Gallway bull. Breed the daughter get a grand daughter and than use semen from a new bull on the grand daughter. I have improved the qualities of my belties emmensley doing this.
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