LCP wrote:Faster horses wrote:
Sadly, I don't know what has happened to his herd. He certainly was wise. I worked for ag publications and talked to many bull
producers for a number of years. Larry's name was spoken with reverence by almost all of them. He was highly respected in the industry.
Highly respected, and yet very few practice what he spoke of. In fact, it seems most do the opposite - propagate the outliers, outcross continually, breed for change rather than consistency.
I have to agree with your post. But he did what he believed in and to heck with what others thought. He had some great
stories to tell and he really knew his cattle. It wasn't random selection, he totally knew Angus genetics. Echo was the foundation
of his herd when he switched from the performance bandwagon. How many producers would have the guts to do that? He did, and
it worked. If I had realized the wealth of knowledge he possessed I would have taken a tape recorder. His cattle weren't small, as we thought they might be--they were moderate and I believe, after using his bulls, they were moderate in every trait.
Several of us that bought bulls from him over the years, just told him to pick them and after a couple of times, we never made
the trip there again. I remember when we were visiting when we first met, he remarked, "I'm just a dirty little beet farmer."