YY Cascade Leader 526C
526C was born a twin. His sire is Coalpit Creek Leader 6th. He is a moderate frame 4.6 and out of a young cow of some Jake’s Proud Jazz and Dover Ranch breeding. He would be a great fit for those wanting to moderate frame size in their cow herd while maintaining maternal excellence. This bull will actually produce the 1,200 lb. beef cows that people want while still giving good weaning weights on the calves. He has excellent carcass scores, with ratios well above 100 for Rib Eye and Marbling.
I am often asked if these bulls are “heifer safe”. My standard reply is that I would consider any one of these “safe” for use on our own heifers, but I have no idea on other herds as so many folks have concentrated solely on birth weight as the gold standard for calving ease. Pelvic size has often been decreased as a natural result. In my experience, calf “shape” is a lot more critical than weight. The calves here are born slender, long, and long legged. The extra body length adds BW, but does not contribute to calving difficulties in my experience. We just finished calving the AI bred heifers and a few more are coming now from natural service. 70% of the heifers conceived AI after a simple 2-shot lutalyse program where they were observed for standing heat and then time bred. The 3 bulls we used AI had actual BW’s of 80-92 lbs. Of the 11 heifers that conceived AI, all were completely unassisted with the exception of one breech birth, which was an easy one handed pull. The rest were completely unassisted. The actual calf BW’s from the heifers this year ranged from a low of 68 lbs. to a high of 84 so far. Another thing that really pleases me is the mothering instinct bred into these cattle. They are very interested in caring for the calf, while showing no interest in eating me for lunch when I weigh/tag and tattoo. As I get older, this is a trait I really appreciate!