Why Two Year Olds?--Because of our locale in the mountains of Idaho, we have decided to simplify our lives and we have moved our calving season to mid April. Our springs are tough on young calves and it's tough on us. The two year old bulls we are offering for sale this year are the cream of our crop. They are not hold overs in the sense of being picked through. We don't market our bulls as yearlings because they are too young for most of our bull customers.
Our Selection Process--Our program is about quality not quantity. We keep only the very best of our calves for bulls. Bull selectionis an on going process from birth. They need to have good dispositions, the right conformation and performance. Our customers deserve breeding stock we would use. Our customers need a bull that can go out to work without falling apart and they need bulls that aren't overpriced. To accomplish this, we don't feed a lot of grain. This practice gives us and our buyers a better idea of what calves sired by our bulls will do. We are currently asking $3500 for our bulls and prices will probably go up in the spring as costs add up.
Available Bulls Tag No%TattooReg. No. Birth Date BWWWColorH-P-SEPDs BW WW YW Milk Salers 01S FB CDB43A 694105 4/28/13 82 680 red P 4.5 50 84 24 65U FB CDB32A 694117 4/24/13 74 624 blk P 2.9 38 65 24 70W FB CDB35A 694121 4/20/13 76 641 blk P 2.7 37 65 20 71X FB CDB46A 694126 5/20/13 80 609 red P 3.6 43 76 22
65U is currently hurt. We are hoping he heals up soon.
Our Feed Program We've been under an extreme drought the last few years and we have limited irrigation water. Many of our pastures are dryland grazing or dry timber pastures. Meadows Valley has a short grass season and without irrigation the pastures are dried up by August. We don't creep feed our calves. When we wean they go on long stem oat or grass or grass/alfalfa mix and they don't get any grain except for a couple of pounds in late winter to teach them about corn. As weaner calves we are more interested in developing a healthy individual. Our bulls are summered on grass when we can keep them away from cows or in a dry lot on long stem hay when cows are close by. They go back on pasture in the fall and will stay out until November or until there isn't any feed available. We didn't start the coming two year olds on corn until the first of February and then it is only a small ration. Grain concentrates are hard on their feet, their liver and longevity.
About Our Bulls The Angus bulls are grandsons of Connealy Thunder. The Salers bulls are the last fullbloods we'll have for two or three years. Their sire was a son of RTR Mega Mark.
Our Salers and Angus programs have been built on AI genetics. We run a natural heat program which means heat detecting and breeding morning and night for 4 to 6 weeks. We have done this for 25 years but in 2013 we took the year off. Unfortunately when it came time to buy a new bull, we couldn't find what we needed. Last spring we AI'd several of our great Salers cows to nationally recognized fullblood bulls in hopes of producing a new fullblood herd sire. We are proud to have one of the few fullblood Salers programs in the nation and we are working to keep it fullblood.
For more information on the animals above go to ( http://www.salersusa.org) That opens to the main page with a link to an animal search in the top right corner. Just type in the registration numbers for a full look at their pedigrees. Feel free to give us a call. We'll be happy to discuss the bulls listed above.
About EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences)
The Angus EPDs and the Salers EPDs are breed specific and cannot be compared. The Optimizer bulls are registered with the American Salers Assn and have Salers calculated EPDs. EPDs are strange numbers. Salers EPDs have changed in an attempt to compare better with Angus cattle but it still isn't right. A bull with a birthweight EPD of 4 today would have been a 2 just a few years ago. Under two was considered a "heifer" bull. If you understand the CED rating that Angus give their bulls, you would probably agree that that is a better mechanism to rate calving ease because more than birthweight, it takes into consideration calf conformation. Salers have a natural calving ease conformation at birth. I like to describe it as colt like--all legs and narrow. (That quickly changes once they hit the ground.) With Salers in your female battery you will also build in another calving ease factor which is a larger pelvic that comes natural with other breeds. EPDs are a tool like other factors and something to be looked at and put together with a visual appraisal. From our experience EPDs don't always match the animal.