The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

Calving ease is a feature of our Milking Shorthorn and Dutch Belted bloodlines in general.   Their moderate size, medium-to-small bone, and favorable rump structure result in most of our females calving unassisted.  We do monitor them in case of malpresentation or...
Our cows come with their own hormones

Our cows come with their own hormones

This article I put together a few years ago seems even more applicable today. We gladly stay “behind the times” by breeding our cows on observed heats only and selecting for reproductive efficiency. From what I read in the current dairy magazines, treating cows with...
How does the polled trait work?

How does the polled trait work?

Meriville Outstanding-P, one of our polled Milking Shorthorn bulls I will explain here how the polled trait is inherited. I will then go into some technical detail with some diagrams for those who are interested in what is behind it. “Polled” means naturally hornless....
What about line breeding?

What about line breeding?

Meriville Penelope Anna, a Bass Player daughter whose dam was an Outlaw daughter, demonstrates the quality and consistency produced by years of careful line breeding. Line breeding is sometimes promoted as a good thing. On the other hand, you will also hear cautions...