Post by strojanherefords on Sept 21, 2019 13:47:01 GMT -6
At a bull sale yesterday, I had lunch with some of the buyers. They were talking about what bulls they were interested in and one of the buyers said he pays attention to marbling. So I ask, "Do you retain ownership of your calves?" He didn't he just took his calves to the sale barn. It wasn't the time or place to say it but I was thinking why the heck does this guy care about marbling when it doesn't matter to his bottom line.
For me, I am not going to pander to dumb money, I am going to raise tough that have to earn there keep.
The customer is always right until something goes wrong then it's your fault again. I bet everyone (feeder, packer) appreciate him picking marbling but wonder if they pay any more for his calves. It's more of a balancing act than I first thought. Your tough cows that have to earn a living sounds good but if no one wants to buy the calves out of them what have they earned? I am not trying to single your cows out because I have the same focus. I think every seed stock producer should have to retain ownership of all there culls so they understand want their cattle really do throughout the entire industry. I have learned A LOT the last three years feeding out all my cull heifers and steers. Sorry for the thread drift. I have said before most cattlemen, commercial or registered in my area have no idea what makes them profitable. Most of them aren't.
Extreme high yes. I think it’s getting better but trying not to be extreme. Ellis has some that are putting up big numbers. I really like some of the females I’ve seen out of them but the bulls have a ways to go in my opinion. Either way, they seem to have chosen a focus on carcass and stuck with it producing better cattle every generation.
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2019 15:49:30 GMT -6 by cflory
Marbling happens when muscle is replaced with fat. When that happens, they tend to look pretty tough until they have a good layer of fat. Clint, are you ready for Farmfest? May be a lighter turnout with the cattle market the way it is.
It certainly disrupts what we plan to get done when the weather cools. Pretty hard to market cattle without working at it, so I guess we will keep going. I see Osceola has a dozen Jamison bulls and some horned Hereford bulls from north of Ames Iowa on their cow sale this weekend.