Post by rockmillsfarm on Mar 29, 2011 10:37:15 GMT -6
Mar 27, 2011 8:10:27 GMT -6 @alexfarms said:
Mar 26, 2011 22:02:14 GMT -6 @rockmillsfarm said:Harley, thanks for the nice comments, a little embarrassing, but thanks. I don't believe I'm there yet, I still have issues that I think need to be addressed, I believe I'll be much farther ahead when I start a linebreeding program by fixing those now rather than later. Hopefully heading in that direction though. I guess, for now, I'll keep spending my nights running around outside with the mason jar, it's good exercise!
Maybe. Or, could be the first problem you run into, you'll be out looking for the next great "outcross" bull so you can bury the problem with a few generations of clean genetics.
John, you got it backwards, I figured if I do a bunch of outcrossing now, I can bury those gremlins so deep, they ain't never coming back. ;D
Actually, I really do have a plan in place, it just takes time. For me, right or wrong, it's all really about the cow herd. Not just one generation of "good" cows, I want several generations, I want to see improvement with each generation, that's as to do with me as a breeder knowing how to make the right choices, but also the genetic ability of each cow family, I now know more or less what each cow families prepotent traits are, I know for sure which cow family is the most fertile, I know which cow family takes off birth weight, which one adds birth weight, I know which cow family reliably passes on the same type of udder, that will also be the one that's hardest to improve, and those which have no predominantcy in the trait at all, of coarse, there's the other stuff like which cow family adds pigment, bone, muscle etc. So all this stuff takes time, and you don't do it by running out and buying a calf here and a cow there, not really knowing a darn thing about the cow family. I've added one cow to the herd in the last fifteen years that was not my breeding, that was 7 years ago. I needed one more cow family to work with. As of late I've been able to add to the herd at a little higher percentage. So as a breeder I'm making better choices. Biggest question now especially with some being 3rd or forth generation additions is from a longevity standpoint. Anyways, I guess if one of these youngsters had a bull calf that was so good I just didn't want to part with him, I'll probably be linebreeding, if that does happen I can pretty much guarantee which cow family that calf will come from, and if that does happen, for me, it will be just as much about line breeding the cow family as it will the bull.
Sorry if this got kind of boring.