Why Salers Cattle People ask us all the time about why we like Salers cattle and particularly fullbloods. Fullbloods give our buyers, cattle that will give them the most of everything Salers have to offer. Fullbloods used on cows of another breed provide maximum heterosis and the good thing is that the more Salers you have in your cows, the better you'll like them. Salers cattle take the work out of ranching or at least as much as good cattle can.
Salers cattle are the Cadillac of the bovine species.
Salers cows are excellent mothers--patient, devoted and protective
Salers get up off the valley floors and forage
Salers defend their calves and everyone else's
Salers breed back easily and they don't need to be fat to do it
Salers milk well and produce big healthy hardy calves
Salers are great at converting feed to pounds of lean meat
Salers grade out well.
Salers are smart so they halter break easily and they are easy to move. Open the gate and
head them in the right direction, they'll find it.
Salers cross on most breeds very well and will bring uniformity to your herd.
Any drawbacks? We don't think so. We are posing this question because we don't want to dismiss the one issue that has been holding Salers cattle back. Salers breeders have worked hard to eliminate the major problem Salers used to have--a genetic bent towards a bad disposition. They've done what any other rancher would do--they have culled out cattle that were hard to handle. According to a MARC study, Salers may now be the best dispositioned of any breed in the US. I am not going to tell you that you will never encounter a problem. Chances are you will if you are in the cattle business long enough. There are individuals in every breed with attitude problems. The wildest calves that I've ever seen were Herefords. Why? Circumstances? Genetics? Who knows. Are all Herefords wild? Of course not. The wildest cow I've ever seen--a Limousin. Why? I don't know. Genetics? Handling? Are all Limousins wild? Of course not. Some of the hottest and quickest tempered are Angus. Genetics? Probably. Handling? Could be. So what do you do? Well you cull those problem animals even if that is the cow that raises the best calf and you paid 10 arms and legs for her. We've been there. Everyone has. But we won't put up with it. We are just two people and we can't afford to have anyone hurt. Many of our buyers are guys with small herds and small acreages and we don't want them hurt. Our life style is hazardous enough. The main problem that exists today is people--people who won't let the issue go, people who want to skirt around it, people in other breeds who capitalize on old stories and the guy who believes his neighbor who heard a bad story but has no actual experience or hasn't used the breed in 30 years. It is about survival. Cattle have to survive in some pretty harsh climates filled with predators, both 2 and 4 legged. They need the will to survive. Calves need the will to get up within a few minutes of birth. Salers have the ability to survive despite adversity. Bad behaviors are taught a lot of times either by their mother or by mishandling. Roughness with new calves can leave a life long mark on their personalities. Ropes, dogs, cowboying, sickness all work against quiet dispositions. It is unfair to think that if you have problem cows you can salvage your program with a gentle bull. It's hard to un-teach bad behavior. Being survivors, Salers are naturally wary about strange people, strange circumstances, strange vehicles, strange dogs. If you want survivors, this tendency is a good one.