Here is a list of some of the benefits to using Irish Black bulls for the commercial producer -
Genetic Purity - Maintained through a closed herd book! The gene pool is small reducing chances of undesirable throwback traits that come from crossbreeding. Genetic purity produces consistent, predictable results. Consistency in the calf crop
Longevity - Able to use bulls for years to come.
Penis doesn’t hang down and drag.
Fertility - Large scrotal measurements. We put one bull on 75+ cows. Only three cows (they were all gummers) came in open in the fall and 95% calving was still within 40 days.
Brisket - Our bulls have been raised at 7000'. Currently, there are several ranchers using Irish Black bulls at 10,000-12,000' with no problems!
Hybrid vigor in the calves. They want to get going and start nursing
Bulls are easy on cows & heifers
Low Birth weights
-Excellent Replacement Heifers-
Early maturing (We had one 1/2 IB replacement heifer calve at 14 months, she calved fine and on her own she is now on her second calf.)
UdderQuality & smaller teats
Excellent mothering traits
Shorter gestation - 277 days on average.
Moderate frame - Cheaper to maintain than a larger framed cow
This is were it really counts!
Carcass Quality Low Back Fat, High Marbeling
Large rib eyes
High feed conversion
Uniformity in the calves. They have been referred to a “Cookie cutter” calves, in that they all look alike.
Black hides - Maybe an occasional red
Finish early - our 1/2 IBs are ready to slaughter at 14 mos.
Pass these traits along to commercial herd. Your herd can be totally changed in one generation.
Irish Black Herd Bull
Irish Black Cows & calves
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