The consistency and deep quality of the herd Joe attributes to a bull that has become the backbone "We bought JV General in 1997," When I saw him, I really liked his muscle, shape and the look of his mother. We started out using him as a heifer bull," he continued. "We really liked the heifers he sired, and kept quite a few of them for cows. He is in over half of our cow herd pedigrees now. It seems like everything that has him in their pedigree is heavy milking. He ended up being more of a foundation sire.
The Herefords suit our climate, and they do well for what feed we have available, so we have no reason to change. Joe explained the Hereford cattle have a thicker hide and adapt well to the heat and cold of western Nebraska. "What I like about them is they are very low maintenance," he said. "They are low input cattle that are very feed efficient."
To produce consistent cattle, Joe said they try to select for specific traits. "We try to select cattle with moderate birth weights," he explained. "We also like efficient, easy fleshing, thick, high performance cattle that gain. We like cattle that convert feed into gain. Since we feed a lot of our cattle out and realize that is what pays the bills, we want to produce cattle that grow well."