Pretty IS as Pretty DOES…
We reside in Indiana, so basketball is important to us. Like a successful basketball coach looks at a future player’s performance stats before allowing them to make the team, we look deeper than visual appearance when recruiting for “Team BSG.” When it comes to procuring sires, selecting replacement females, and applying our keep/cull decisions on the cow herd, the animals have to have a total skill set to make the cut.
- Are all tall guys or gals good basketball players? No. (Luke is the perfect example)
- Are all who wear cowboy hats ranchers? No.
- Are all attractive women good mothers? No.
So therefore, we can assume, not all sleek necked, deep ribbed, wide hipped heifers are going to make quality, “maternal” cows. How do we predict who the good ones will be? First, you’ve got to learn how to read genetic profiles. Genetic evaluation combined with analyzing pedigree, production records and operation integrity, you’ve got to learn to trust in the data predictions (EPDs & Indexes). You see, we naturally assume that visual appearance controls maternal ability, but it clearly does not. Again, just as with Indiana’s favorite pastime – basketball – height does not control shooting ability or teamwork or overall player performance.