I live in Columbia, MO. I hope to close on a farm house outside Sturgeon, MO with 12 acres in the next few weeks. After I own that small farm I hope to purchase some cattle. Until recently, I was a poor student trying to support a family. I am at least the 4th generation in my family to raise seedstock and commercial cattle, if you count the cattle I owned in my youth. I hope that is enough personal information for you!
I'm not talking about perfect cattle. I'm talking about cattle that are better and more effective than the previous generation. I'm talking about making a better decision when we purchase our next bred heifer or clean-up bull. I'm talking about shortening the generation interval so beef breeds can make genetic changes more rapidly.
Thanks, my best wishes to your endeavors.
I started with nothing and still have most of it left although we have added a few acres and cattle over the last 33 years.
I have purchased a lot of our herdsires from one large seedstock producer since 1993. The rest we have raised from our own commercial herd. None of these bulls ever see a show ring and I know their birth, weaning and performance weights along with their birthday. I also know what the "type" is of the herd they come from. Nothing more concerns me.
We sell a few loads of calves every year at premium prices to repeat buyers that claim our cattle perform well and don't get sick. Our ideal is to produce moderate, thick, broody females that need little intervention from us other than nutrition for replacements and let the steer end look after itself. So far it's not working too bad.
I personally don't see the need to change the type of cattle that work here. Others sometime like to follow the lastest, greatest propoganda in a mad rush to keep up with "progress". The 50's and the 70's show how well that worked for most other than those who started the fads.
When you produce a cow that will live here on snowballs and promises while bringing home a good calf every fall you will have a good chance of getting my interest. Until then I'll just wait and watch.
You will find Tom Lasiter's quote about keeping it simple has a lot of merit as time passes.
Don't tell people your problems, half of em' don't care and the other half are glad you got em' We can all run the neighbors better'n our own