I'm not a big fan of this clubby gossip stuff, but I've been requested by many to do it, so here it is......
Here is some of what I've heard this spring. I wrote a column a week or two ago, but I just realized that it didn't get posted for some reason. I'll try to remember some of the conversations I've had the past few weeks.
This is going to be a random listing as I think of topics. I'm by no means going to put together a "Top 10 list" or anything, because all bulls work better on certain body types. Take that into consideration before you make your mating decisions this spring. Feel free to call us if you have questions...that's how we've stayed in business...by being honest to help you make the best calves that you've ever raised.
Don Wilks, WI, breeder of Apollo, says his Apollo calves have been 70-80# , they look great & he's going to use him heavier this year. Some other satisfied customers are Brad White & Murt & Russ Harkema, IA...Chris Effling, SD, Steve Eisch, WI, Stallman, MD & Garwood, NE. This TH & PHA free bull is making them stout, hairy & tight throated. He'll even power up frail Angus or Jersey cows.
Echo & Recoil are gaining steam. These calves are COMPLETE. Goldmember is making great females and works as a heifer bull for many.
Way Cool, Tyson & DCC Smokin Joe are popular Ali sons. The Ringer too & Rocky Balboa. I think some of these Ali sons had some bigger calves this spring due to the harsh winter. There were some big Ali calves around the country too & that's never happened (or rarely) before.
Jigsaw calves are getting good reports.
Dirty Hairy is perhaps one of the most exciting bulls right now for IMPROVING front ends & keeping them stout and HAIRY. Make sure you order early on Dirty Hairy as demand will surely outweigh supply this spring.
Heat Wave 1 & 6 are going to be hard to get this spring. Be prepared for that. Do you really think there's a difference between any of them? Go ahead and order 2 & 5 without feeling bad. Yes, 6 has the best photo, but they are all the same (the clones that is) I'm a Star Wars guy, and I like to say "Attack of the Clones". Come on Phil...you don't even have to pay me commission if you do that ad. ha-ha.joking.
Don't plan on getting any Hairy Bear in the near future. I've don't know what took so long for this bull to get hot. He was a good one.
My Turn is gaining steam. Hannibal semen is limited. Order this spring before his price increase. Manchild is working on the right cows well.
Doctor Who is still looking good & is a solid choice. Texas hold Em sure works good on the right ones.
Pay attention to Something Different! Super cool fronted.
Q-Dog calves are creating a buzz. Naughty Pine too. Smooth Sailing too. Invincible too. Carnac too. Shockwave too. Warrant too. Polygraph too. Blockbuster too. Hollywood too. Hillbilly Deluxe too. I'm sure I'm missing a couple Heat Wave sons. Sorry, I don't mean to offend anyone if I'm leaving an obvious one out. I'm not looking at my last Livestock Plus or Show circuit or Nat. Lv. Ex. now either.
Use Majors Money Man, HAA New LEvel or GVC Nobleman or GVC Special Delivery as an Ali outcross or good heifer bulls in general. Gigolo Joe too. He's been the hottest bull up in Canada.
If Special Delivery calves look as good as he does, he'll be one of the hottest bulls available. He's homo blk, homo pld & homo solid patterned now as confirmed by Garwood & DeJong. Sound structured, complete is what you get.
Shiver is one of the hottest clubby heifer bulls this spring. Total Solution too.
I sure appreciate the 2-page Sun Seeker spread ad that I saw in one or more of those clubby mags.
I hear the Interstate calves look really good. I like Tin Man & Orange Crush too.
New bulls Point Taken & Cattlelac Jack & Eye Candy & Mayhem will be in demand. Static X too.
That's it for now.