so I've been having a rough time of the cattle business~ short version my youngest heifers turned out to be freemartins, my favorite steer tried to kill me, I can't find buyers for the steers I'd like to process soon, and the problem that actually has me here~ my older two heifers did not take AI, then my hay guy said he would come get them and take them to his bull, but three different times now I've caught them up because he was coming to get them and he never showed........So I've been trying to get these girls bred for a couple months now and there is just no action other than me doing a lot of sweating and worrying. So I went to the sale barn yesterday with the intent to buy just any old bull I could afford, put him on my heifers for a month or two and then eat him. (I know~ not a good plan but I was feeling desperate, I have a NEW plan now that I'm asking y'all about) The auction is a very confusing place, and my friend and I were pretty much lost as soon as we stepped in. We sat there trying to understand the auctioneer and arguing about all the information going across the screens when finally I slid over and asked the man next to us what CBL meant (BTW it means CUT bull so it's a good thing we were not bidding!). So we got started talking to this man, and he started pointing out the "Good bulls" and the bad ones for us. We watched for a long time and I learned a lot. We also made a new friend out of the man who breeds Brangus Cattle. He's got a lot of bull calves this year and he's offered to let me come out and buy one that he'll help me pick out so I'll have a good bull of my own to use next year. He also offered to let me bring my heifers to him for his bull to breed but he is about 2 hours from me so we are going to keep trying to find a local bull that will get the job done for my girls this year. I asked about birth weight and he said his average was around 60lbs a calf and that my heifers (dairy cross) could handle that. I asked about temperament and he said the Brangus were very reasonably tempered, to be cautious as always around a bull but not to be paranoid. What do y'all think?