A Breeding Program of Significance
Having witnessed the last 40 years of progress made by breed associations and purebred producers toward increased growth, management, and measurement of cattle; and feeling first-hand every cowman’s pressure to reduce costs and maintain a least-cost cowherd, we at Thistledew have concluded: The paradox between maximum growth and least-cost cannot be solved by combining the two objectives in one cow. The are a contradiction to each other…yet we know how valuable both ideals are.
We have built the Thistledew Breeding Program on the following foundation:
- We keep maximum growth cattle (Power Bulls) and least-cost cattle (Cowmaker Bulls) separate, then combine them only when necessary to exploit each animal’s genetic value … for maximum returns far beyond those achieved through a balanced-trait breeding program.
- Our Power Bulls are made for growth, carcass and feed conversion only. When the Power Bull is crossed with the Cowmaker’s efficient, least-cost qualities, the resulting calf goes to the feedlot with the advantage of heterosis growth – not to mention far better grass conversion capability than the balanced-trait calf will have,
- The use of a Cowmaker allows the cow/calf producer the ultimate, most efficient, least cost, least maintenance tool to exploit profit from his use of our PowerBulls.
|The CowMaker Female requirements are dramatically different than feedlot requirements