COMPOSITE BREEDING PROGRAM
Since the early 2000s, Padlock has been using crossbred and composite bulls, both solid black and red with the majority being black bulls. Stabilizer Composites and Simm-Angus bulls make up the majority of the bull battery. Using crossbred and composite bulls allows us to maintain high levels of heterosis in the cow herd while giving more flexibility to focus on grazing management rather than breeding groups in our annual production plan. The calf crop is currently 80% black and 20% red, primarily solid color with some brockle faced cattle. Bulls are selected for maternal characteristics, such as moderate size, milk, and birth weight, along with feeder cattle characteristics such as growth, carcass yield, and marbling. We currently raise about ½ of our bull battery and purchase the balance from reputable suppliers that produce bulls to meet our selection goals.