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"Gun Man" ~~ On March 1, 1979 I was setting on a feed bunk at Liberty, Texas and did the deal to purchase the entire "Uncle Dode Partlow" TL cow herd. (It was a semi-full). A pretty spotted cow, probably sired by Conquistador, lay down across a small swamp and gave birth to a mostly white looking calf. As a young calf there was a lot of skin under him and I did not think of him as a herd sire prospect, however Bob Shultz (see chapter one in the FILLET OF HORN book) bought him and his dam, Shenadoah and registered him as Colorado Cowboy. I was wrong, he was a breed improver. Colorado Cowboy sired G-Man for Rex and Sherese Glendenning.
DON ABRAHAM ~~ Many famous bulls had long names and history chose to shorten them. He was Bar M Don Abraham 3/0.
Wright 489 ~~ is in more TL pedigrees than all but 2 or 3 other cows. She was bred by Wright Materials of Robstown, Texas and purchased by George Cobb of Cadiz, Ohio as part of several dozen cows shipped to reclaim mine land owned by Conso>l Coal. She is much like hundreds of Wright cows that were breed leaders but over looked due to the lack of promotion of Wrights. They had a herd of around 400 purebred TL cattle during the seventies. George Cobb bought a bull named Senor Mulege by WR 2308 to breed the Wright cows.
Royal Mounty was not a well known bull and was almost even less known. He was bred by Kenneth Archer of Seiling, Oklahoma. He is registered as sired by Trail Boss an all WR bull that Archers owned. His dam was an all WR cow named Archer #1. That made him an all WR bull, yet he had a wider spread than any WR bull in history. When he was consigned to the National Western MPTLA Sale, even though he had more horn than any bull in the sale, the sale committee sifted him. Although not in the sale John Brittingham purchased Royal Mounty. (Remember John Brittingham also bought Cowcatcher and sold him in the NW sale.) Royal Mounty was bred to Terry Kelsey's daughter of Texas Ranger, Miss Texas Ranger 262 and a huge bull was born in 1981. This was "King" who was also a solid red bull that was not in good favor as a value color. "King" was sold to Bill Harding of Hardings Nursery in 1982 to breed to Hereford heifers. As "King" developed he got larger horned and larger of body. In 1984 Alan Sparger saw him and couldn't use a red bull. "King" developed into the first TL bull to be over 60" and over a ton. Finally he was purchased back by DCCI and soon after his son Zhivago was born. Zhivago sired Gizmo, who sired Winchester, who sired Win Win who sired Clear Win who sired Clear Point. "King" also sired the grand dam of Super Bowl. "King" was the great grand sire of Jamakizm. Field of Pearls is a double bred "King." With the increased family fame semen was collected on Royal Mounty, he was blood typed, but did not blood type to Trail Boss, but did blood type to Texas Lin also owned by Archers. Although the blood type findings were not publicized, some times Royal Mounty was presented in sale catalogs as Trail Boss and other times at Texas Lin. "King" was owned by DCCI, Carroll Shores, El Coyote and Micky Wood. Semen is still being used. And one last thought -- "King" is the only bull ever registered with his name in "parenthesis."
It is a great honor at DCCI to have raised the newest bull to measure 80" and be added to the Craig Perez Club 80 ---- "JAMSTER." Congratulations Brian Brett for selecting this young bull from the DCCI inventory and developing him into the famous bull he now is. We are honored. There is strength in this pedigree which combines Jamakizm and Winchester, two greats of the breed.
Bell Ringer - During the 1974 Wichita Refuge sale the biggest calf of the day sold. He was light brindle (most brindles were pale, not bold like today) and he had a little too much under skin. I really wanted to get a source of brindle in the herd and no really good cattle were brindles. I passed on him also due to his crazy ring conduct trying to eat the WR ring men. Bobby Garrett bought him and named him "Snuffy." He soon settled down and became one of the best looking WR bulls. He was out of a daughter of famous WR 1814. After considering his qualities, I bought him from Bobby Garrett. During his life he was used by DCCI, Wright Materials and Travis Marks. We still have some semen on him. We changed Snuffy's name to "Bell Ringer" for a more positive advertising plan. Bell Ringer sired Widespread who was a stronger brindle. When Widespread was bred to Doherty 174, a daughter of Doherty 698, Miss Widespread was born, bred by Dominion Syndication of San Antonio. Miss Widespread was bred to Circle K Donovan, a son of Senator and Jamoca was born for Tom Smith. Tom bred AI to Shadowizm and Jamoca produced WS Jamakizm who was bred to Shining Victory and there you have Drag Iron. It only took me 40 years to get the bright brindle, over a ton, nearly 84" joy of the DCCI pasture, Drag Iron. Some things take time. Great things take more time.
WR 1005 - There are 3 cows that I believe appear in more registered TL pedigrees than any other cows. For some history -- from 1940 to 1972 there was one TL sale annually at the Wichita Refuge, that was it. To attend that sale was exciting. If you did not buy there, you did not have another sale for a year. In 1967 I first saw WR 1005. Chills went up my back viewing her huge horn. She was considered sisters in quality to WR 1052 which we will discuss next week. Both were considered the top TL cows ever. Both were over 50" and the pride of WR. Both cows produced one productive bull that we will discuss later. 1005 was dam of WR 2308. That made WR 1005 the grand dam of Pearl, the dam of Delta Diamond, the dam of Tabasco. It made 1005 the grand dam of Senor Mulege, the sire of Doherty 698. It made WR 1005 the great grand dam of Twist 21, the star of the first Magnificent Seven cows. As a result she is in pedigrees of 3 strong multiple TL lines with great numbers. Every great animal must have something genetically strong in their pedigree. Alligators do not have puppies.
This is Rambling Rose the 6 generation back grand dam of Clear Win. She gave so much milk the calf couldn't drink it all. Every morning Za Johnson went to the pasture and gave her a gallon of grain and milked a gallon of milk. One day his family drank it, the next day our family did. She would provide for our fresh rich milk needs for about 5 months. When we couldn't keep up with it, we made ice cream. The Clear Win daughters are starting to calve now -- guess what? They are good milkers. How could that be? DD
Crayola with 91" T2T during his 4th year is on the road moving to Texas. You may see him in some shows this year and he may be pretty impressive. His dad, Juma, will be following him to Texas after finishing the 2014 breeding season in Ohio for DCCI.