#18423100 Coon 517 Lighten Up 577 Born 10/03/2015
577 will never be the slam-dunk, gotta-use-him EPD bull. The simple truth is that we needed an extra bull at the time, and we said why not use him and try to concentrate the influence of his 11-year-old dam? We still haven’t figured out a single reason not to use him! Sure, he doesn’t wow you with his EPDs, but sons of 11-year-old cows just don’t have great EPDs. She is still here at 14, with a baby at side, with an average weaning ratio of 107 on 11 calves and an average yearling ratio of 104 on 10 calves. Yet her WW and YW EPDs are both in the 80th percentile of the breed. Might be a good time to say I REALLY support the development of a Stayability EPD so I can have a little data to explain why I like this bull!
577 is a very attractive bull — level-topped and square-hipped. Truly sound in his skeletal structure, he moves easily with long strides. He is slightly larger-framed than his sire and we believe he will add a bit more growth. He has the deep chest and muscularity that his sire adds to every calf. He has the small head and bone size of a true calving-ease bull, which his first two calf crops say he will be. Clean sheath, excellent disposition, fleshing ease, longevity — no holes.
Our biggest obstacle in using 577 is sorting all his half sisters out of the pasture before we turn him in. His sire has put more daughters into the herd than any bull we've used in the last decade — and they are staying! His dam has a good sized cow family started to boot. You never know that a bull is a great maternal sire until his daughters are about 5 years old. However, 577 is about as good a bet as we have had. We are looking forward to those daughters getting started!