Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian
For CowChick and Kevin: What kind of cows do best in your area? And what are the ranch owner's views on roping? Do yall rope and doctor sick calves and heel calves to brand?
English bred cattle seem to do well since the winters are so cold. A Black Angus, or cross seems to get the best price come sale time. They seem to yield good(depends if your price is live or on the rail) and of course the low birth weight calves. We don't baby them..they are on the "get tough or die" program. My personal opinion, I like an Angus with a little ear, they make good moms and are hardy. I know people are a fan of the Herefords, the black baldies aren't bad. I think Herefords are weak hearted and you will be doctoring eyes all summer.
But we summer a pile of them Mexican steers through the summer. They buy them down there, turn them out in AZ and NM, ship them to us, we summer them, then they go to the feed lots in KS, CO and TX. Those Mexican cattle are pretty thin skinned and it takes a lot to keep them fed up through cold weather. We would get them in about the second week of May then ship them out about the end of September. But they are so much fun, they can be wild, or a pet, they are hardy and like to travel.
We rope everything! We rope to doctor, we rope to brand and we rope just to rope. We roped everyday. If we moved cows if nothing needed to be roped that's ok, we will rope just because it looked at us wrong! The only thing we don't rope is heavies..that's a no-no.
When we brand we will snag and drag the little guys, and the bigger ones we will head and heel. We usually swap every other day. One day we will do snag and drag, next day head and heel. I like heading and heeling. Our clean up brandings in the Fall of course are head and heel because of the size of the calves. If we snag and drag, who all is on the ground jumps on the head and holds up a front leg and they can't go anywhere. Some people use a dead man or those Nord Forks(sp.) I have never used use one. A calf table is blasphemy. You will be called the "F" word.....farmer