DR Cochise 31C
In the fall of 2011, we bought this calf’s grand dam in calf with his dam (YY Dannidale), from Dover Ranch as a coming 15 year old cow. I had asked Dover Sindelar if he would show me his cull pen. These were mostly 10 year olds, as that was the age they normally went to town due to lack of teeth from grazing those arid desert-like pastures. Dover told me that this particular old cow had been destined for the sale barn the year before, but when they were bringing them in to the corrals, she took a short cut through the shelter belt and ran a stick through her gut. He turned her out along the bottom, to either get well or feed the coyotes. She showed up the following spring with a healed scar and a new calf! According to Dover, she had “never missed a lick” over the years. We don’t like to show that we get sentimental, but I think Dover was pleased that she would be given the opportunity for more calves in a less harsh environment. We sold the heifer calf she had been carrying (big mistake) the next fall to a neighbor, who is building up his own herd of Shorthorns. This YY Dannidale was sired by an unregistered Dover Ranch bull who was a 50% Shorthorn/Red Angus cross. This makes her calf DR Cochise 31C a 7/8th Shorthorn, 1/8th Red Angus genetically, but is registered as a ¾ blood. Check out this calf’s Ultrasound data- His scan weight was 1,000 lbs. at 11 months, his actual REA was 12.2 with an actual %IMF of 5.35
His grand dam produced two calves for us plus 5 good embryo’s. Her last natural son is seeing service here to ensure maternal genetics like this live on through selective linebreeding.