Seedstock Standards for Gelbvieh and Balancer Bulls
- Weaning Weight — Lets face it. Weaning weights are the key component to a profitable cattle operation. One way weaning weights are influenced is by environmental factors + the sire’s genetic growth potential. That’s why every bull that goes through the shoot at weaning must meet our 560 lb. standard. We have have high expectations when it comes to our cow’s milk production and genetic ability to promote growth. We like all of our weaning calves to at least weigh in at half their dam’s weight.
- Calving Ease/Birth Weight — Life is to short to be out in the blowing snow pulling calves, and those days are over here at Wheeler & Son. We currently use the calving ease scale provided by the AGA to rate our calves. 1=Unassisted/Unobserved, 2=Easy Pull, 3=Hard Pull, 4=C-Section/Surgery, 5=Malpresentation. We only allow bulls scoring a 1 or a 2 to be developed and sold at our farm. Any scoring a 3, 4, or 5 are sent to the sale barn at weaning time. Birth weights are a very important trait related to calving ease of the bull. All birth weights are accurately recorded and available for each bull sold on the ranch.
- Yearling Weight — Yearling weights is an area where you are going to see a lot of difference depending on the ranch you visit. Yes, yearling weights are directly influenced by genetics, but they are also directly related to the amount of feed the animal is receiving. We don’t pump our bulls into an overweight state. Our development system is based around producing an athletic build, a build that increases breeding potential and efficiency. By having a strict standard for weaning weights, our yearling weights are hardly ever an issue for us. Our bulls average from 1000-1300 lbs.
- Yearling Scrotal — During our BSE performed by a licensed vet, scrotal circumference is documented on every bull. Our scrotals are adjusted to a 365 day measurement to allow for differences in age. Our minimum passing score for our seedstock is 30 cm. Increased scrotal circumference has been linked to increased motility, normal sperm counts, sperm output, and sperm concentration. Findings have also shown that the number of days it takes a heifer to reach puberty decreases as scrotal circumference increases.
- BSE (Breeding Soundness Exam) — All bulls sold from Wheeler & Son Cattle Co. will have passed a BSE performed by a licensed veterinarian. A BSE will evaluate the bull’s reproduction ability, anatomy, and efficiency. Any bulls that do not pass will be culled and turned into hamburger.
- Disposition — Any cattle on our farm that are deemed a risk to us or our customers are culled immediately. That includes our bulls, heifers, and dams. We don’t tolerate wild cattle and neither should you.
- Vaccination and Disease — Our health program vaccinates for BSRV, IBR, BVD, Lepto, PI3, Vibrio, and Brucellosis. Our bulls and cattle also receive dewormer for parasite control. In 25 years we have never had a diseased bull and we aren’t going to start now.
Here are the facts: we don’t let junk bulls go out. When constructing our breeding program we look at the conformation, past reproductive history, EPD’s, and DNA of our dams and sires to produce the best offspring possible. If we would not be comfortable using them for ourselves we are not going to sell them to you.