All bulls offered on our semen pages have tested negative for TH (tibial hemimelia), PHA (pulmonary hypoplasia with anasarca), DS (digital subluxation), and the six variants of the myostatin gene that produce the crippling Double Muscling Syndrome seen in many breeds of cattle such as Belgian Blues. The Double Muscling issue in Shorthorns has become more of a concern recently because of its “unexplained” appearance in some Shorthorn offspring.
All American bulls offered were raised in a totally grass fed environment with no hormones or supplements of any type except minerals. Conservative estimates would suggest that creep fed calves have 100-150# higher weaning weights than grass fed calves while yearling weight comparisons could result in 250-400# higher weights for the bulls on a “corn diet”. Our objective has always been to raise and produce Shorthorns that are both easy keeping and efficient, not Shorthorns with “artificially” obtained weaning and yearling weight numbers that “fall to pieces” when they actually have to eat blades of grass.
All Heritage/Native Shorthorn bulls will be Dual Registered in the American Shorthorn Association and the American Milking Shorthorn Society. Most of the individual bulls listed on the Shorthorn Select Semen website will be a nearly complete outcross for most Shorthorn breeders with resulting hybrid vigor. Not all bulls fit all programs but the increasing diversity of available bulls on our site will allow semen buyers to pick and choose for their specific breeding program.