disposition in a cowherd can be created by rough handling, but
it is also very heritable! A bull with a bad disposition will
not only cause problems himself, he will also sire replacement
females with similar disposition problems. Before you know it,
your entire cowherd will become much more difficult to handle
and work with.
we give each cow a score for disposition, from 1 to 5. If there
is a problem, we eliminate it. I want a momma cow that is protective
and concerned about her new baby, but not to the point that she
creates a hazard to my health. Every time our cattle are sorted
or run through the chute we monitor and record disposition problems.
We will not tolerate cattle that are nervous, wild or hard to
All of our
bulls have been put through a simple test that allows us to give
them a score for disposition, from 1 to 5. We sort each bull
off by himself in an alley and crowd him between two people.
This measures the bull’s comfort zone, as well as his disposition.
A bull that will stand calmly, with no signs of excitement or
nervousness, will receive a high score. If a bull gets nervous
and tries to run past us he will receive a low score. Each bull
is rated with 1 to 5 “stars”, with “5” being
the best. Let me emphasize that “3” stars is not
bad — it is about average. Many of our customers say our
3-star disposition bulls are better than the bulls they have
been purchasing from other seedstock programs.