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AI bulls used at Hidden-Vue Farm.
- Rotokawa 982
- Rotokawa 688
- Rotokawa 861
- Rotokawa 93
- Rotokawa 243
- PRF Pete
- Lakota's Buckeye
Rotokawa 982 is THE bull to use if you want to add depth of body. 982 traces back to the one of the Foundation Devon bull's, Ban Ban Servant.
982's Dam 690 is the daughter of the great Rotokawa 425 bull. She is a beautiful, deep thick cow.
982 was linear measured and scored the highest of all the Rotokawa bulls with a score of 4.5 out of 5.0 Rotokawa 982 had a mature weight of 2342 pounds.
Rotokawa 982's ultrasound score was 4.0% Intramuscular fat along with 2.0 tenderness. He was also tested heterozygous positive (A1/A2) for the A2 Milk gene.
Rotokawa 688 is a bull that was produced from the best female genetics of the Rotokawa herd by outcrossing with the best genetics of the Wombramurra herd.
According to Vic Edwards who bought Warlock as a calf (along with his dam Jenny), "688's Grand Sire, Wombramurra Wizard was a very big bull along the lines of Ban Ban Servant . 688's Sire Wombramurra Warlock was a long bull and more moderate framed and not very easy fleshing, but he produced great daughters when bred to thick cows. 688 does not look like his father very much and takes more after his mother."
688's Dam, Rotokawa 447 has the great bull Dean Peace as her Grand Sire.
Rotokawa 688 is renowned for his ability to produce fertile daughters with good legs, udders and extra length of body and loin. They also consistently show a thick red coat and have a great disposition. 688 has sired show ring champions in several different countries and his semen has been used worldwide.
Rotokawa 688 has been tested and shown to be homozygous positve (A2/A2) for A2 milk. One of the best balanced bulls that has been linear measured, he scored 3.88 with over a 49% Rump Width to Rump Height Percentage. He was also ultrasounded and had a 5.8% Intramuscular Fat percentage along with scoring a 2.0 for tenderness. His mature weight was 2350 pounds. At one point there were more calves sired by Rotokawa 688 than any other bull in North America.
Rotokawa 688 at 13 years old.
Rotokawa 861 is a son of the great Rotokawa 688 bull. He is a full brother to Rotokawa 93. He is a little taller than 93. He tested homozygous positive (A2/A2) for the A2 gene. His ultrasound scores were the best of all the Rotokawa bulls. He had a 6.8% Intramuscular Fat score as well as being the tenderest bull with a rating of 1.0 Rotokawa 861's Dam Rotokawa 636 is one of the deepest cows that I have ever seen, but still remains fine boned and feminine. According to Ken McDowall 861 has the largest loin and strongest back of all of the Rotokawa bulls.
Rotokawa 93 is the son of the great Rotokawa 688 bull bred to Rotokawa 636. He maintains his sire's length of back while adding depth of body. He is very easy fleshing and his daughters carryon his easy fleshing traits. When I saw 93 in 2008 in New Zealand they were in the middle of a severe drought yet, 93 was unbelievably fat.
Rotokawa 636 is one of the deepest cows that I have ever seen, but still remains fine boned and feminine.
Rangatira is the son of 93 out of the great Rotokawa 592 cow. Rotokawa 592 had 13 calves consecutively and all 13 were sons. All 13 became herd sires with three of them remaining in the Rotokawa herd (974, Stocklad 17, and Rangatira 243).
Ken McDowell, manager of Rotokawa Estates has stated that he thinks Rangatira is the best bull that he has ever raised and is the culmination of over 30 years of genetic selection for thick, deep, easy fleshing, tender and gentle Devons.
Rangatira weighed 80 pounds at birth and weighed 1788 pounds at his 600 day weight, an average of 2.846 pounds per day from birth on only grass with no supplements of any kind.Rangatira was linear measured and had +6" shoulders and heart girth along with a 48% rump width percentage. Rangatira tested heterozygous positive (A1/A2) for the A2 milk gene.
Here are some new pictures of Rangatira in 2012 shown as a 6 year old bull.
Here is a picture of Rangatira's dam Rotokawa 592.
Page Road Farm Pete is an American Devon bull that has tremendous heart girth and rump width. He is a moderate framed bull that puts a wide rump and thickness throughout the rear on his offspring. Pete has been the best rump bull that we have used at Hidden-Vue Farm.
Lakota's Buckeye is an American Devon bull. He is a moderate sized frame 4.5 bull that weighs 1800 pounds. His EBV for birth weight is -1 and we have used him as a heifer bull extensively. The Buckeye herd is renowned in the US for having deep thick and easy fleshing animals.
Hidden-Vue Farm Herdsires
- Sunny P61
- Hidden-Vue Embryo
- Rotokawa 310
- HVF 166
- Hidden-Vue Buddy
Sunny was the first Rotokawa based Devon genetics that we had at Hidden-Vue Farm. He is a gentle bull that consistently left us with daughters that had great legs and udders. He is a Rotokawa 688 son that is a product of an embryo flush on an 18 year old cow, Effinghams Sunny T49, a Tomotley's Red Sunset Daughter.
This bull is extremely easy fleshing, linear measures 3.43 and meets all ratio requirements for optimum performance on grass. His measurements are: HG +4.5, FG +1, SW +3, RL 39%, RW 47%. He scored 1.5 for tenderness when he was ultrasounded.He has a full brother that sold for $10,000 in 2009. He is a moderate 4 frame bull and weighed 1900 at maturity.
Here are some offspring of Sunny. They are coming 3 year olds and will calve for the first time this spring (2012).
- Hidden-Vue Embryo
Hidden-Vue Embryo is a Rotokawa 982 embryo bull out of Henderson 7.
Henderson 7 (Hidden-Vue Embryo's Dam).
Unfortunately Hidden-Vue Embryo died in 2011 just before reaching his prime. The calf crops that we got from him in 2010 and 2011 were by far the best we have ever produced. He stamped all of his calves with a deep thick body. His calves almost across the board were better looking than he was. Embryo always showed potential but cut his knee as a yearling and we almost lost him to an infection and he never quite recovered. I think part of it might be due to acclimation or Hemisphere Lag. It seems like in our experience when using foreign bulls that they lag behind animals born and naturally bred on Hidden-Vue Farm. Their offspring born and raised here and accustomed to our grasses and minerals almost always do better. A mark of a good bull is one that can sire offspring as good as him. It is pretty rare to have one that consistently produces offspring better than him.
We did not intend to use him much because of his knee and I felt that we had better bulls based on his looks. My main herd bull that year got overheated running 1.5 miles out to the cowherd and went temporarily sterile. I only have a 45 day breeding season. The first 3 weeks I only had a couple of calves along with some A.I. calves. I was getting very nervous with no calves on the ground. But then they started dropping like flies. On four separate days we had 7 calves in a day. Embryo had gone in and bred 80 cows in 25 days. I was amazed and pretty dang happy too.
We are going to keep a son of his out of a Rotokawa 688 daughter to hopefully continue his sires line. Embryo W28 gained 2.79 pounds per day at his 5 month weighing and weighed over 800 pounds at 1 year of age. We will use Embryo W28 on about 20 of his half siblings this year in order to keep his sire's (Embryo R45) blood at 50% in any resulting progeny.
- Hidden-Vue Embryo W28 (11 mo. old)
Embryo W28 (23 months old)
Rotokawa 310 (Stocky)
Stocky is a Rotokawa Stocklad son who was born in New Zealand and was flown to California where he spent 6 months in quarantine and then was trucked to New England. He spent several years there and then was trucked to Pensylvania and eventually to Hidden-Vue farm in Spring 2011. You could say he is well traveled, but he has adjusted nicely.
Stocky is a son of Rotokawa Stocklad. Rotokawa Stocklad is a son of the great Rotokawa 592 cow who had 13 consectutive sons and all of them herdsires. She was A.I.'d to Tondara Stocklad (a Devon bull from the 50's). Ken McDowell found some frozen semen from Tondara Stocklad and tried it on his best cow. The result Rotokawa Stocklad (17) was an extremely impressive bull. In fact Ken told me that everyone that came to look at the herd, the first bull they always asked about was Rotokawa Stocklad. He was a bull with a ton of character. The only drawback to him was he did not grow out and mature as large as Ken would have liked. Unfortunately Rotokawa Stocklad died early and left behind very few progeny.
When I was in New Zealand in 2008, my favorite cow out of the entire cowherd was a Rotokawa Stocklad daughter. I liked her because she had the depth and thickness of the other Rotokawa cows but only weighed around 1200 pounds instead of the 1400 to 1600 pounds that some of the cows weighed.
Stocky's Dam is a Rotokawa 982 daughter. Her maternal Grandsire is Rotokawa 688 and her maternal Great Grandsire is Rotokawa 667. So with Stocky we have a package that combines the best of Rotokawa genetics (982, 592, 688, 667) all in one very moderate (2 frame) package. I anticipate crossing Stocky with a 688 daughter, a 93 daughter and hopefully with 243 daughters in the future.
I am hoping that Stocky will give me all of the depth and thickness that I have come to expect from the Rotokawa genetics but in a smaller package that will have progeny that finish at 1200 pounds in 18-20 months.
We are eagerly awaiting Stocky's first calves this Spring (2012).
166 was a 688 son out of a purebred red angus cow. He was a follow up bull in our breeding prgram back in 2007 and 2008.
Hidden-Vue Buddy is a Rotokawa 93 son. His mom was a 688 daughter so he is product of a 688 daughter bred to a 688 son which means he is 50% Rotokawa 688, although he looks more like 93 than 688. He is 3/4 Devon and 1/4 Red Angus.
Buddy as a coming 3 year old.