The Dam of Distinction Award was designed to recognize those Texas Longhorn cows that stand out in the area of production. The program increases awareness of the importance of production among Texas Longhorn breeders. We asked the proud owners of the cattle from this distinct list a few questions about their oustanding females.
CO Barbwire - David Hillis, Austin, Texas How does participating in the Dams of Merit program benefit you as a breeder? Recognizing the outstanding production of Texas Longhorns in the Dams of Merit program helps all Texas Longhorn Breeders. But having some Double Helix Ranch animals highlighted on the list helps me in promoting my breeding program. When I can tell people that a calf was produced by one the the TLBAA's Dam's of Excellence, that helps the buyer promote his or her purchase as well. It also lets the buyer know that he or she is purchasing an animal from a highly productive dam. Since most reproductive traits are highly heritable, they know that they are buying quality genetics.
What are some production highlights for your Dam of Excellence? Barbwire will turn 16 this year, and is currently carrying her 15th calf. Her first calf was born on January 25th, 2000, and her tenth calf was born on June 21st, 2008. This is an amazing production record for a span of just under eight years and five months time! Despite this impressive record of production, Barbwire remains vigorous and healthy and shows no signs of slowing down. How has your Dam of Distinction helped in developing your breeding program? Barbwire doesn't just produce quantity; she produces quality calves as well. They have excellent conformation and size, and her unusual mixture of dark and light brindling is the result of interaction of the Extension, Brockling, Spotting, Roan, and Brindle gene loci (see my five-part series on The Genetics of Coloration in Texas Longhorns, published in 2004 in the Texas Longhorn Trails, for more information). So she produces the flashy calves that most buyers are looking for. I have retained two of her daughters in my herd, and both show the same high and consistent production that Barbwire does. Barbwire also produces big, beautiful, gentle bulls that are great producers of flashy calves as well. One of her sons (D-H Sombra de Nuez) was used for many years as a herd sire by the Box Z Ranch, and he had a big impact on their program.
Miss CP Ruler 562- T.M. & Jean Smith, Boyd, Texas
“Miss CP” was one year old when I bought her. She developed and raised 20 good calves. It was an honor when she was classified for the “Dam of Excellence”. She received much recognition, as everyone that came to the ranch wanted to see her. She has been a great asset, in developing our breeding program. We have several of her offspring in our breeding herd today. Having her for 19+ years, it was plenty hard to see her go down. Her shoulder mount hangs in our living room today.
High Hope, FD - Bo & Dorie Damuth, Magnolia, Texas How does participating in the Dams of Merit program benefit you as a breeder? It produces a sense of pride and joy in breeding, calving and raising High Hope, FD on the Flying D Ranch. Her consequent production of outstanding calves which became great producers themselves was confirmation of High Hope’s value to all breeders. What are some production highlights for your Dam of Excellence? High Hope, FD’s excellent genetic background began with her renowned sire Bailjumper and her dam, Miss Texas Champ 113/6, a Texas Champ daughter. A well thought out breeding choice of Overwhelmer to sire High Hope, FD’s 1997 calf resulted in an outstanding young bull, High Point, FD. He became a mjor bull in our program and produced excellent show calves that were winners through the NASA Longhorn Project. One such winner was Sizzler’s Queenie Two, FD, who was Grand Champion Texas Longhorn female at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 2007. Another winner, High Point, FD was sold at the TLBAA/TLBGCA Premier Sale at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the late 2000’s. His sale was the 2nd highest price of all the bull breeds shown at Houston that year. My late husband, G.C. “Bo” Damuth and I have been tremendously blessed with the continuing high quality of our Flying D Longhorns! How has your Dam of Distinction helped in developing your breeding program? High Hope’s early rise in excellent production of beautiful, gentle, loud colored, big horned, young herd sires and correctly conformed heifers brought desired strength in all areas of our original breeding program. That strength is also very evident today!
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