You improve your herd genetically to raise
the "Bottom Line" of your operation. If your goal for
ranch management is to operate in a cost effective manner, the
opportunity to add value then is to raise the return on the cattle
at the time of sale. The majority of outfits still sell pounds
at weaning. The most dependable process to achieve added pounds
at weaning is to take advantage of heterosis (hybrid vigor). The
challenge to the producer who considers a crossbreeding program
is how to maintain the sought after maternal values and consistency
in replacement females that progressive cattle breeders desire.
The beauty of Nine Irons composite and hybrid bulls is we have
paid particular attention to detail. The breeders have used low
birth, moderate framed sires for several generations. Carcass
merit is also a large ingredient in sire evaluation. "The
perfect cow" will always be an unattainable goal. Dedicated
breeders will continue to try to create her. The philosophy at
Nine Irons Seedstock is to raise cattle that will breed and/or
feed successfully. All the performance traits can be used, but
the mama cow still must maintain herself and her calf first. She
also needs to breed back early in her respective breeding season.
Therefore, we will continue to focus on moderation in frame and
birth, along with all the other trait inputs that contribute to
the "Bottom Line."