Cattle Breeders are to be found in every corner of the island and undoubtedly they are a vital part of our farming community.
But what sets these gems aside from the rest?
Catherina has whittled down ten possible reasons.
- You own a collection of AI catalogues.
Every good cattle breeder knows the full panel of bulls offered from every AI Company in the country, like the back of the hand.
If I throw the codes FSZ, MBP, EBY and LGL, would you be able to pinpoint the company and the breed?
I’ll leave you to ponder.
- You own every breed journal/ yearbook.
From the first ever editions published to hot off the press, you have every possible breed society yearbook stacked roof-high in the corner of a room.
- You attend every cattle sale!
You have a special diary that is dedicated to all sales. All other proceedings must take place outside of your mart commitments!
Weddings and other family events can be attended once a mart does not clash on the same day.
- You know the heifers pedigree & €uro-star report but not your own family tree.
You are a real dedicated show person, meaning that you know the pedigree and €uro-star report of your heifer like the back of your hand.
How does telling me the name of your Great-Great-Great-Great Grandmother sound?
That one might cause you to think twice alright. Feeling baffled?
- You have your favourite cattle breed.
Admit it, you are an ambassador for a particular breed and you think that there is nothing like them to be found.
“Sure you can’t beat those golden Charolais weanlings to fetch over €3/kg” I hear you say!
- You’re polluted in merchandise.
Since you are whole-heartedly dedicated to one breed, you take great pride in being associated with that breed and you want to showcase this to all your meet and greet.
This means that you gladly dress up-to-nines in your attire; let it be your sleeveless jacket or bodywarmer, a particular tie or a hat.
- You take a person’s negative comment/opinion towards your breed as a personal insult.
Your passion and pride for your breed come to the fore when someone makes a comment/opinion that you don’t exactly agree with.
C’mon we have all found ourselves in that situation before.
“Sure your breed wouldn’t stand a chance against our leading ladies.”
- You’ve a strong presence at Agricultural shows.
It’s always best to keep a keen eye on the competition and you know this trick all too well.
You need to keep-up-date with the success of prize-winning show heifers that may pose a threat to your leading ladies.
Your eyes are fixed securely on following heifers that are creating quite a stir in the show circuit, continuously scooping all the prestigious silverware.
- You commonly purchase the sale topper.
You’re always to be found at the sales with your catalogue, biro and chequebook.
In that case, you most certainly mean business.
You have your eye on all the ringside action and you may even find yourself hitting the headlines because you were the purchaser of the sale topper.
- You know all about €uro-star ratings.
You’re no stranger to the publication of genetic evaluations and you know all-matters €uro-star ratings.
Chances are you have also shared your views on the matter during many heated debates at the mart, Agricultural shows and meetings.