What To Look For When Selecting A Bull 

Whether your a homesteader or a rancher who is raising grass fed beef, eventually you’ll need to introduce a bull into your cow herd. Today, I’ve got some new insights into what I think you should look for when selecting a Bull.

Keep in mind that this post is specifically addressing 100% grass fed and finished beef.

Greg likes to see cattle that have short legs and are lower to the ground. There are a few reasons for this. They are:

  • Shorter legged cattle perform better on a diet of 100% natural forage
  • They generally have a bigger gut, which can handle the amount of forage they will need to eat in order to perform on a diet of 100% forage
  • They are easier to handle
  • They require less feed than their towering counterparts

Now that we have a general overview of why shorter animals perform better on grass, let’s get into talk about what to look for in a Bull. My suggestions can also apply to smaller scale producers/homesteaders who might bring in a Bull and pay a stud fee to have their cows bred. These are the things you should look for when selecting a Bull for a grass fed operation:

  • Curly hair in-between the eyes and around the head in general, this is an indication of testosterone. If you see a Bull with smooth hair that isn’t very curly, keep on looking for another Bull
  • A broad chest when you look at him from the front
  • A nice looking coat and a clean tail. These can be different depending on what season it is. Overall the Bull should not be in a poor state
  • A big butt. Yep, a nice wide ass
  • Shorter legs, this bull shouldn’t be towering over you or the other cattle, remember, shorter cattle perform better on grass
  • The testicle size of a Bull is a contentions debate. Some people say bigger is better, some say smaller is better. Just take a good look at the Bull’s testicles and see if they are in good shape. Bigger isn’t necessarily better

Well that is all I have for you today. This will be a good start for anyone looking for a good Bull that fits into their grass fed beef operation.

What have been your experiences with Bulls and their traits that make them great for grass fed performance?

Chris Stelzer

Chris Stelzer is a published Author, founder of Agricultural Insights and creator of many resources that help family farmers and ranchers grow their businesses. His flagship courses are the Grazing Mastery Program and The Farm Marketing Mastery Program. 

Chris Stelzer

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