First calf of 2011 born in Tlell

  • Jan. 10, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Submitted by Don and Leslie Richardson-The first calf of 2011 was born at Tlell on Jan. 5 at 11:40 pm. It was a bull calf weighing about 88 pounds whose sire is called Can-Am. The dam is called Tlell Carla 5W.The dam was a CS Boomer 29F x GHC Miss Carla 35J embryo bred by Star Lake Cattle Co. We purchased the embryo at an online sale from Oklahoma in fall 2007. The embryo was implanted in Alberta at Davis Rairdan Embryo Transplant Centre in the spring 2008.The pregnant surrogate mother was brought to Tlell and calved in the spring of 2009 with a heifer calf.This heifer calf was bred here last spring to our Denver Champion bull by AI. The heifer calved last night giving us our first calf of 2011. His tag is 1Y, meaning he is the first calf born in Y year.This illustrates how long the generational turnover is in cattle. This is the reason that change is so slow to get as a breeder and why a good cattle herd takes a lifetime to breed.On Jan. 7, another calf was born at the Richardson Ranch. 2Y is a heifer calf who is half-sister to 1Y, as they both have the same dad.Early in the morning of Jan. 8, Bill Mackay’s cow that he purchased in our online cattle auction last fall calved. She also had a Can-Am sired heifer calf.