What makes a good bull? - KOTA Territory News

What makes a good bull?


Thanks to the skyrocketing cattle prices, bulls will be a pricey item at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.

Before purchasing the large investment, buyers will pay close attention to a bulls' detail when selecting which one to take back to the ranch.

Breeders and bull judges say a good structure is key for a good bull.

"We look for a bull that's very structurally correct," said breeder Alan Vedvei. "Feet and legs, we want them to be able to travel, we want them to have some thickness, some muscle, some meat on them."

When showing these massive cattle in front of buyers and judges, breeders will make sure their feet set down square on the ground. When they walk the back feet should set down right where the front feet pick up.

Breeders also spend hours pampering bulls before they are shown, including a coat trim, blow dry, and brush.

"We just think animals look a little nicer when they're trimmed up," said Vedvei. "It would be no different then if you and I didn't do and get a haircut, once in a while you need to clean up a little bit."

It's not just the handsome looks that catch a buyers eye, but genetics and ability to reproduce good cattle.

"A bigger shouldered animal obviously will have bigger shouldered calves," said cattle judge, Nate Kolterman. "Just having cattle that are sound and able to reproduce and give both females and male bulls make these animals more desirable than some."

A long standing,and strong blood-line is also very important to consider when searching for a bull.

"I always tell guys when they come to buy a bull, nobody knows better what your cow herd is then you do yourself," said Vedvei. "So pick something that will compliment your herd."




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