We spent a while trying to locate a Red Poll bull to whom we could breed our cows and heifers this summer. We first tried to rent or lease a bull, but we couldn’t find anyone east of the Mississippi who was willing to do that. Finally, we decided that since we had two bull calves this year (meaning no heifer calves to breed next year), if we bought a bull we would be able to use him for at least two years’ worth of breeding before we would even have to worry about him encountering any breedable female relatives.
Our search led us to Brian Shuter at Shuter Sunset Farms in Frankton, Indiana. Brian is another member of the American Red Poll Association and we had met him briefly at the 2011 National Sale in Danville. He said that he had a bull available from his champion bull Tuff Enuff and a high EPD cow from Weise Farms in Kansas. After talking to Brian, we decided to pull the trigger and get this bull for Good Life Ranch.
So on Friday I made the trek up to Indiana to pick up the young bull. I got there just in time for the semen testing (yay), which the youngster passed. He weighed 1175 lbs as a 14-month old. He was good-sized, well filled out, had great conformation, and was docile. Brian just threw a halter on him and led him to the trailer. I hope that we can keep him halter trained. That’s pretty convenient!
It was a long, hot day in the truck with the temperature over 100° F all day. On the way back I stopped a couple times to fill up a 5-gallon bucket with water for the bull. But he made it back in good shape and we got him into the paddock with the girls and the goats around dark. Too dark for pictures, so I waited until the next morning:
I’m sure the yearling has an officially registered name, and we’ll find that out when Brian sends us the transferred registration papers next week, but we’ve decided to call him “Russell.”