The reason I've brought this up is because there are a lot of guys who cringe at paying the money these bulls are bringing. Each bull is going to be the sire of 20 or 30 calves. It makes sense to me to buy a bull that is going to produce better doing calves as well as better looking calves. If you figure on using that bull for 3 years--better bulls really aren't costing you much more that a cheap bull. Even a cull bull is bringing quite a lot of money. The other day I heard of a bull selling for $1.25 Figure that up for a ton bull. That's is a pretty good start on paying for his replacement.
All I know is this--if registered breeders don't get enough out of their bulls to cover their expenses, you the commercial guys are going to have a hard time finding bulls when we have to quit because we are going broke. You will soon figure out that the service we do for you raising these bulls was well worth the price you should have paid. I'm not sure that $3,000 is even a break even price on a two year old. Now that guy will go out and get the work done quicker which is going to consolidate your calving season which will bring up the average on your calves. Just what is he worth to you?