Prudent Lad Daughters (continued)

September 21, 2011 by  

 

The cow broadside in the foreground (top picture) is a four year old Prudent Lad daughter.  The cow in the background is JAD ANNIE 1808 she is a maternal sister to JAD ABILENE XS40  he is a nice bull that we’ll sell this fall.  The cow in the bottom picture is JAD ERICA T16

Prudent Lad Daughters

July 4, 2011 by  

JAD PRUDENT LAD 6157 was the calf that Shoshone Prudence 6157 was carrying when she came here in December of 2003.  We have used him heavily and several of his sons and now grandsons making him the dominate bull in the ancestry of most of our young stock.  I want to display several of his daughters so that you can get an idea of the type that he is siring as well as his prepotency.  I’m not trying to promote Prudent Lad.  He is deceased and there is no semen available for sale and it’s really not his genetics specifically that I’m concentrating.  What I’m promoting is the type of many of his daughters and the reasonable expectation that his grandsons will sire daughters cut from the same mold.   The above pictures are of JAD LUCY T72 and her bull calf JAD LUXOR YT72.  What I hope you’ll see and appreciate, is her overall femininity.  There is a softness throughout in these cows.  In their eyes in their hair coats in their skeletal design they are soft like a white tail doe.  Look at her neck her hip her shoulder her rib all indicators of femininity.  You can’t tell it from the picture but she is always looking in the direction of her calf.  She is soft in her demeanor also, kind, gentle, nurturing.  She is the essence of maternal.  Does it matter?  Does it contribute to ranch profitability?   Is it highly heritable?  I guess everyone has to answer these questions for themselves.  I will tell you that I like it and I like range calving cows with these characteristics.  I’ll try to get some PL daughters pictured and posted in the near future.

Recreational Shopping

July 4, 2011 by  

I’ve done some recreational shopping over the last year.  Some of it may have been more like impulse buying but at any rate we’ve acquired some new animals and I wanted to show them all to you.  This is MISS FOREVER 67 GFAR.  She has a heifer calf by LODGE OF VOLGA 0816.  She was purchased from Gary Funk.  She is a very gentle cow with an excellent udder.  She is a half sister to Shoshone Ballard 628 GFAR owned by Gary Funk and Travis Krein.  I like the cow and it’s going to be fun to see how she contributes here.

MISS FOREVER 67 GFAR


Peter & Paul

October 28, 2010 by  

Introducing JAD PETER X414-6157 and JAD PAUL X158-6157 (one of these bulls will sell December 4, 2010)

JAD PETER X414-6157

JAD PAUL X158-6157

John & Ann Dockweiler Forage Proven Production Sale 11/21/09

October 18, 2009 by  

We are planning to offer 50 long yearling bulls, one bull calf, and three fall calving cows with heifer calves at side in our fall sale.  All of the pictured cattle sell.  If you’re not on our mailing list please go to the contact page and provide your address so we can send you a catalog.

JAD JR UN29

JAD JR UN29

JAD LAD S6306 UR09

JAD LAD S6306 UR09

JAD PRUDENCE T10 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRUDENCE T10 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRIDE T17 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRIDE T17 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PHYLIX W6157

JAD PHYLIX W6157

JAD LAD S6306 UR12

JAD LAD S6306 UR12

Checking Water August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009 by  

Heifer by JAD PRUDENT LAD 6157

Heifer by JAD PRUDENT LAD 6157

JAD LILIANNE 1828

JAD LILIANNE 1828

JAD LAD S6114

JAD LAD S6114

LAD S6306 FLIRTING WITH A SHOSHONE PIVOT DAUGHTER

LAD S6306 FLIRTING WITH A SHOSHONE PIVOT DAUGHTER

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Heifer by JAD LAD S6150

I carried my camera this morning as I checked pastures.  Things look good.  Thursday August 27th will mark three weeks since we put the bulls in.  They are tired but happy.  🙂  Took a couple shots of bred heifers.  The Lilianne heifer picture is for the WYE enthusiasts among us. 

Notice anything peculiar about the LAD S6114 bull?  Like the swelling underneath.  Yes, it appears he has suffered a career ending injury.  I really liked him too.  Certainly one of the nicest looking Prudent Lad sons we have raised and a calving ease bull too.  The good thing is I’m working with a renewable strain.  It is NOT dependent on any one outstanding individual.   The strain is predicated on reliable continuity.   I didn’t cause it to be this way.  The work was largely done by those who came before me.  They used close breeding and selection to fix the characteristics to the point that, Iwill be able to use another young bull in the strain and expect with a high degree of confidence that he will transmit very similarly to the injured bull.  6114 was never collected, I didn’t have insurance on him and yet discovering his injury today was no big deal.  Replacing him will be neither expensive nor difficult as the entire herd is being used to replicate the same pattern over and over again.

Logan

LOGAN

An Average Angus Steer

August 9, 2009 by  

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For the longest time, I did not know or believe that “composition has the greatest impact on functional reproductivity”.  Now that I have met Leonhardt and studied Bonsma, I understand that the most valuable thing I can do as a breeder is to select and stabilize a good maternal type.  Realizing that “production values are self-governed by the environment”, I have stopped selecting for more growth and instead I let those values fall where they may.  Our EPD’s are stabilizing somewhat below breed average and I worry at times that my customers will lose too much performance.  People often ask me, “If you calved in March, what would your weaning weights be?” and the truth is I don’t know.  So I have watched the steer pictured above with interest.  He was born March 13, 2008 with an 84 pound birth weight.  His EPD’s are +2.1 birth, +20 weaning, +34 yearling, and +16 milk.  His $#EN is +20.94 and $WN is+19.59.  He is slightly inbred with a coefficient of 8.66%.  His ancestry is full of fertile, feminine cows that lasted and worked.  He was wintered through some bitter cold and nasty spring blizzards with nothing but winter range and a protein tub.  With all this in mind, I was pleased when we weighed him off grass, on August 5, 2009, and he weighed 946#.  What’s more, I think he can go on to the feedlot and continue to gain and carry enough weight to be profitable for the next guy.  I expect he will grid quite well because this kind usually does.  All this to say that if you want a low-cost, straight-bred system, my experience is that performance will be adequate and certainly the inputs will be lower with this type.  Maternal values can also be consistently excellent if selection is for proper conformation and production values are in line with the environment.

From a terminal perspective he’s easy to criticize.  We could want him to be more muscular, or higher marbling,  more volume/appetite, or larger framed. Perhaps we might like him to be smaller framed and earlier maturing if we wanted to grass finish him.  Clearly there are any number of genetic changes we could make to have the resulting steer top whatever terminal market we are aiming for.  However any one of these changes would likely have disastrous effects on the maternal conformation represented by the dams in his pedigree.

The only way I know to have “more” of whatever terminal characteristics are desired is to break the genetics up into maternal and terminal parts.

Therefore, there are two excellent genetic systems available, both of which are being completley ignored by the entire industry.

The first is a straight-bred maternal system.  Very profitable because it is simple, low-input, consistent, and produces average steers and excess high quality breeding females.

The second would utilize just enough maternal bulls to provide replacement heifers.  With proper maternal selection replacement females rates can be very low.  The rest of the cow herd can then be mated to produce for whatever market is desired.   This is the only way I know that you can have your cake and eat it too.

M C C LOGAN

July 27, 2009 by  

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I promised to post a picture of M C C LOGAN and here it is.  I’m not satisifed with the quality of these shots and I hope to get a better one in the next few weeks.  Where have you heard that before? I like this bull.  He is going to be used to breed our heifers.  Time will tell.  Gregg Matney ran a complete Igenity profile on the bull and he scored really well across the board.

JAD LAD S6306

July 24, 2009 by  

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JAD LAD S6306 is the combination of two of our very best cows.  His paternal granddam is Shoshone Prudence 6157 and his Dam is Shoshone Frances 6306.  The two middle pictures were taken late in the Fall of 2008 and the first and last pictures were taken in late July of 2009.  He is siring a lot of performance.  His sons will be some of the best growth bulls offered in our fall sale.   We are keeping one of his first sons, to use as a herd bull.  His name is JAD FX-UR38.  Notice that 6306 is the granddam on the top and bottom.  You can look at her picture and pedigree on our “COWS” page.  I have limited first hand experience with the cows in the pedigree beyond 6157 and 6306 but as near as I can tell both bulls have nothing but outstandingly good females behind them.  I think it’s interesting that neither one of these bulls offered much individuality as young bulls.  My selection of them was based entirely on the strength of the cows behind them.   We have a full brother to Lad S6306 that we call JAD FX T6306.  The two brothers will work side by side to breed our cow herd and increase the influence of Shoshone Frances 6306.  She also produced a bull by JAD JUANADA RUT RM84 that will be for sale this fall and she has a bull calf on her now whose parentage DNA results should be back any day.  Now if she would just produce a few more daughters.

The Embyos are Coming! The Embryos are Coming!

May 20, 2009 by  

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So far we have had 2 heifers and a bull by Horse Butte 1126 of 3128 X Shoshone Prudence 6157.  That gives us a grand total of 6 females and a bull by this mating.  We also have a heifer by Friars of Wye X 6157.  She is a full sister to our M C C LOGAN bull.  Finally we have had an outstanding bull by Shoshone Felix 6310 J O D.

There are a few more recip cows springing up so hopefully we’ll get a few more calves out of this wonderful 18 year old cow.

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