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Jester is an 85" daughter of famous Winchester. Nearly every calf she has is this same color. We want every cow raised at DCCI to look like Jester. Her son Annex is being bred and possibly another son for 2014. She is not just horn, but twist, correct conformation and good size.
This is the beautiful Measles. Well ahead of her time in correctness, color and perfect horn shape. She was age 5 in this photo. Few people living now have seen her, but they nearly all have something in their pasture that goes back to her in a pedigree. I bought her in 1971 at the WR sale for $170.
Shadowizm was born in 1998 but is still valid and useable for herd improvement. His son Jamakizm will also live on for tens of years due to his genetics being so far ahead of the game. Some sires are so good they can continue to improve the national herd dozens of years after their passing.
This is Tempter's great, great grand dam, Droop Horns. I tried to buy her for 8 years and finally got her for $20,000 when that was a lot of money. That was before Obama immigrated to the USA. We did several embryo transfers in the early eighties mostly unsuccessful. She only produced one Superior. She was one of the few true cork screw horned cows.
This light walnut colored daughter of Unlimited is out of the old Ranch Lady cork screw horned cow. Unattainable raised 13 calves in 13 years including herd sires Steadfast, Yosemite, Light A Shuck, Undeniable, Wince, Set Apart and the grand sire of Drag Iron, Victory Lap. She is still producing for Kevin Bryant at age 17. Some cows are just good and stay good. Some consistently produce better than themselves, some don't.
Zither introduced speckled brindle to a family of cattle that produced Jamakizm, Drag Iron, Juma, through her son Shadowizm. She is a Zhivago daughter; 7 times line bred to Texas Ranger. Everything good starts somewhere.
This is one of the 8 great foundation cows. I bought "Ghost" from Blacky Graves for $300 in 1972. She was the first over 50" T2T and over 1200 lb cow. She was registered as sired by Sam, but only the Good Lord has a clue what her pedigree was. She is line bred in nearly all of Doug Hunt's cattle. She is a source of size and thickness in Circle K Donavan. She is in the pedigree of Rodeo Max and Jet
Most bulls that are popular have very straight lateral horns. This is Juma. He is one of the most twist horned bulls in the nation. Now, with some time, low-and-behold, his daughters not only have the confetti speckled colors, but a sweeping curled horn. Longhorn lovers love curly horns. Semen from Juma only $25. Call DCCI.
Cowcatcher was a son of Texas Toro out of Calico Gal. He was 3/4 Phillips breeding and 1/4 WR. I bought Calico Gal from Jack Phillips when I got Texas Ranger. In 1972 I sold Texas Toro, his dam WR 1071 and Calico Gal to Dick Mott of Paonia, CO. Cowcatcher was bred by Dick Mott. T. D. Kelsey bought the Mott herd a few years later and Cowcatcher was a nursing calf. I was needing bulls and agreed to buy a bunch of commercial TL bull calves from Kelsey for about $600. I didn't have the cash at the time. I liked Cowcatcher but he had a lot of skin and I did not regard him as a registered sire prospect -- a lot of skin. Kelsey's neighbor John Brittingham bought Cowcatcher, fed him well and he really developed tall, long and eventually weighed over a ton. Only a few TL bulls were that big back then. When Cowcatcher was about 4 years old John consigned him to the Denver TL sale. I couldn't believe how he had filled up his skin, grew horn and was a great beef animal. I bid on him, but let Richard and Louann Christ of Scott City, KS buy him for $4500. Cowcatcher later became the top bull of the early eighties. Christs collected semen on him and we used him in embryo to produce Overwhelmer and Bail Jumper, and a lot of other really great cattle. He is in the pedigree of Rio Grande, Rodeo Max, Drag Iron, Cowboy Tuff Chex, Jamakizm, and many of the thicker cattle. Semen is still available from DCCI at $10. He died of a ripe old age and Christs buried him intact with skull. I really admired Cowcatcher but never got to own him. He had a great disposition.
Let me introduce you to "Chev." Chev got his first 140,000 miles in raw abuse and was bought by DCCI from ebay. Chev served the ranch well and then a lady pulled out in front of Chev, driven by Ray and made a personal connection right in front of the Sub Sandwich shop in Barnesville. Although Chev had been ill treated on the ranch, the insurance decided to total him. As part of the settlement Chev was purchased after the insurance payment by the ranch for scrap price with the stipulation to never license him again. Some parts of Chev are rusted off, some are dented by cattle, the doors work fine if you attache them correctly with bungee cords. Chev started every day even down to -20 during the winter -- some times with jumper cables, sometimes totally on his on power. The tires are worn nearly to the air. The radiator has holes, but they are patched. The water that goes in Chev stays where the water is supposed to stay and the oil and gas stay in their own places. The cows love Chev because he carries good feed. The air conditioner worked at about the turn of 195,000 miles and the interior is warm if the windows are up during the winter. Dogs, kids and cowboys love Chev because, like an old saddle, Chev is comfortable and don't argue. Thank you Chev for being a true American who has earned his TLC. When you meet Chev on Muskrat road, wave at the driver but allow plenty of passing room, as the steering wheel is really lose.