Article published by CattleToday - Written by Bruce Collins, Edgemoor, SC
My dad and I run about 120 Beefmaster, Angus, and crossbred cows in South
Carolina. We had been reading about Romagnola bulls in Cattle Today and thought
this is too good to be true, so we decided to go and see some for ourselves. We
travelled to Cherokee Ranch near Paris Landing, Tenn. and they showed us around
their ranch. The first thing that we noticed was the consistency of the cattle
and the heavy muscling, even in the females. We thought one group of cattle
along the side of the road were bulls because of the thickness of the
hindquarters until we looked closer and noticed udders on the cows! We bought a
bull named “Hardcore,” and when our vet first saw him when we got home, he said
he might as well get out his pullers and oil the chains up because we were sure
going to need him at calving time. We were all surprised when the first calves
hit the ground because they were small, but got up and nursed quickly. I’ve
never seen such lively calves, and after a few weeks, they seemed to explode.
the rear and bone on these RomAngus calves only a few weeks old!
noticed them grazing and eating at an earlier age than any other calves I’ve
observed. Their hindquarters get thicker and thicker as time goes by and they
are broad and thick across the top and deep bodied. The Rom cross calves came
during the freezing temperatures we had in January and February, and we didn’t
lose one of them. They have a good coat of hair even at birth. We bought some
embryos and put several in a few of our cows. We got seven out of eleven
pregnancies on our first try at embryo transfer, and we have all seven of the
calves on the ground. Even these are long and tubular calves and we had no
problems at calving. Our goal is to get into production of Fullbloods as soon as
possible to supply the demand for bulls in our area. We believe we have hit on a
breed that has tremendous potential to help the commercial cattleman make money
with his calf crop using Romagnola bulls. I know we are satisfied with our
calves and are looking forward to our breeding program and continued success
with our Romagnola bull.
with Angus Cow
Below: Romagnola and RomAngus cattle work very well together in
the same herd.
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