We raise Dutch Belted cattle to preserve this valuable heritage breed that excels on the dairy and the homestead. Our dual-purpose Milking Shorthorns thrive on pasture and have the heritage traits that make a dependable, economical dairy cow.
We sell Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn heifers, cows and bull calves to start or improve your herd. Our animals are found across the nation on dairy farms, homesteads, and as family cows.
“I’ve been using Best yet bulls in a 3-way rotation (Milking Shorthorn/ Dutch Belted/ Jersey) for close to 20 years. I am amazed at the strength of the cows, along with their great feet and legs and not needing a vet.
Got some of the nicest cows on earth which I believe has a big part to do with the bulls you pick out for me. William “Agnes is doing very well and will calve again in September; I’ve retained her heifer from last year and enjoy them both immensely.
We are usually able to ship out quite promptly after receiving an order, whether you mail a check or pay by PayPal. Sometimes, especially in the spring, we may have to wait a week or so for a shipping tank to come back from another shipment.
Feel free to call if you have any questions about shipper availability. We use a special shipping tank, a dry shipper, designed to keep the semen cold during shipping by means of liquid nitrogen absorbed into the sides of the inner wall.
He will return within a few days to pick it up on a call tag. We do like to check in with you by text, email, or phone to make sure the semen is transferred out before we create the return.
Why is there an extra charge for ordering 5 straws of any bull instead of 10? When a customer orders 5 straws of a bull, we need to label an empty cane and pull a goblet off the original cane and snap it carefully on the empty cane, all very quickly to prevent damage to the semen by thawing.
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John Singles looks at the sire stats to see whose progeny has the best record on heavy ground over jumps. The following table lists the top 15 sires by wins-to-runs strike-rate over jumps on heavy ground.
For a sufficiently large sample, it is restricted to sires with progeny who have had at least 100 runs between them on heavy. To put those figures into context, we have also included each sire’s overall strike-rate and shown how the two compare.
The exception is Void du Word who has an excellent strike-rate in general which isn’t quite so good on heavy but still puts him among the top sires under those conditions. Great Pretender, Monte and High Chaparral are the sires whose strike-rates improve the most on heavy ground.
Great Pretender’s best horses include this season’s Halon Gold Cup winner Grantee and Willie Mullins’ very smart mare Bernie DES Door. High Chaparral's standout jumper is Action who won the 2018 Tingle Creek on the only occasion he has encountered ground described as heavy by Time form.
The latest Tingle Creek winner Politologue is one of Polyglot’s best jumpers, and while he hasn’t encountered heavy ground that often in his career, it’s telling that he has been successful on all three occasions that he has, including in a Halon Gold Cup. Saddler Maker’s best horse is triple Bet fair Chase winner Bristol de Mai, with his latest win in that contest, like his first, coming on heavy ground.
There are two sires in the above table with representatives in this year’s Welsh National and both are proven mud larks. Ramses de Teillee (by Marta line) gained his latest win at Cheltenham in November on heavy ground, for example, while Lord du Mes nil (by Saint DES Saints) was a heavy-ground winner at Newcastle last term and finished second in the Grand National Trial at Haddock under similar conditions.
Dougan and Min head Walk In The Park’s best progeny, and while Min hardly knows how to run a bad race whatever the ground, he’s unbeaten in five starts when the going has been heavy, with the last two of his three wins in the John Duran Memorial Punches town Chase coming under such conditions. An alternative way of gauging how well a sire’s progeny go on heavy ground is to use percentage of rivals beaten (PUB).
Instead of simply splitting a sire’s runners into winners and losers, PUB gives a proportional weighting to each of a sire’s runners based on finishing position. Many of the same sires do well by this measure, with Saddler Maker and Polyglot among the best again.
Sprinter Sacre’s sire Network comes out well in this list, with his best current horse being Delta Work, last season’s Saville Chase and Irish Gold Cup winner, who acts on heavy but has yet to win under such conditions for Gordon Elliott. Two sires who perform well by PUB on heavy ground are Schiaparelli and Witness Box whose overall scores are otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.
A son of Mon sun like Network, Schiaparelli won the German Derby and later the Good wood Cup when with Go dolphin. He’s the sire of the smart Irish staying hurdler Ronald Pump, who has winning form on heavy ground, and last season’s Martin Pipe winner at the Festival Indefatigable.
The advance, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Sept. 14, could speed the spread of desirable characteristics in livestock and improve food production for a growing global population. This can have a major impact on addressing food insecurity around the world,” said Jon Oakley, a reproductive biologist with WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Jon Outlaw research team led by Oakley used the gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, to knock out a gene specific to male fertility in the animal embryos that would be raised to become surrogate sires. The sperm the surrogate sires produced held only the genetic material of the selected donor animals.
The gene-editing process employed in this study seeks to bring about changes within an animal species that could occur naturally, such as infertility. The researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 to produce mice, pigs, goats and cattle that lacked a gene called NANOS2 which is specific to male fertility.
“This technology could allow faster dissemination of specific traits in goats, whether it’s disease resistance, greater heat tolerance or better meat quality.” None of the benefits of surrogate sires can be realized, however, without changes in the current landscape of government regulations and public perception.
Even when the technology is advanced enough for commercialization, gene-edited surrogate sires could not be used in the food chain anywhere in the world under current regulations, even though their offspring would not be gene-edited. Oakley realizes there is a lot of work to do outside the lab and recently joined the National Task Force on Gene Editing in Livestock to bring together researchers, industry representatives, bioethicists and policymakers to find a path forward for the technology.
“Even if all science is finished, the speed at which this can be put into action in livestock production anywhere in the world is going to be influenced by societal acceptance and federal policy,” said Oakley. This study was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WSU’s Functional Genomics Initiative and Genus plc.