Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A Herd of (cute) Baldy Calves
Our herd consists of mostly black cows. That's not really as surprise since we run black angus cows. But every once in a while I wish we could have a red one or a nice gray. Just to change things up a little, ya know? Its really not likely to happen unless we strait out buy one. Its just not in our gene pool.
Something that we do have thought, are some darn cute baldy face calves! So we can't have a little extra color in the herd, but at least we get a little white face here and there. Not to long ago we bred our heifers to some hereford bulls (they are red with a white face). It seemed like we didn't get a single baldy calf out of those batch of babies. Maybe the genes just needed to flow down a few generations before they started to show because these days we have a nice little herd of baldy faced calves.
We weren't cross breeding just for the looks, if you can believe that. There is something awesome that happens when you cross breed. Heterosis. Instead of getting what you would think is an average performance of both breeds, you end up getting increased performance. The strengths of both breeds come out!
And in this case we get an extra bit of awesome in the cute calves. I'm not sure why, but don't you think they have an extra bit of cuteness to them? (Should we count how many times I said "cute" in this post?!)