I must say that it was with a fair bit of apprehension that I typed such a word into the google search bar, as I half expected tens of thousands of pop-up windows to appear containing sweaty undulating man flesh in it's various seedy forms, but thank the good Lord, my fears were not realized. To my great surprise, bull semen is relatively easy to shop for online. I plugged away learning how to read an EPD Production data chart, and prioritized which feature was most important to our family.
For us, it's all about docility, which is directly related to ease of calving, as it turns out, and also affects tenderness...I guess that all makes sense. Mellow animals are that way from the womb, and remain so until butcher day when they are found soft, supple and tender. And that's the way we like them. Next on the priority list was small calves that are quick gainers. Momma cow is a veteran calver, but Daisy is still a rookie. And since we're also amateurs, we'd rather cut our risk exposure and give the girls the very best chance at a safe and easy calving experience that requires minimal intervention from us. So, without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to our girls new...uh...partners.
The first is Momma's new fella, black Angus bull, Stenberg Coalition 509. Known for his extremely docile temperament, easy calving, and low birth weight calves that gain at incredible rates to be top performers across the board. The notes claim that he's perfect for a herd on a grass program...which is what we're all about.
|Daisy and Oreo|
So now, we wait. Wait for the graduate student intern to call us and set up the time to come out and give the girls their Lutalyse shots, and then the semen order gets placed, and 3-5 days after the shots...conception! At least that's the plan. We will keep you posted on our progress.