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Old 07-13-2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Are Santa Gert cattle really as bad as some suggest?

Just curious about the breed. Itís neat and all how they are connected with the King Ranch. They look nice, but am told they are trouble. What say the GS herdsmen and ranchers?
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:40 PM   #2
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I managed a ranch for twenty years with gert cattle. There are better breeds out there. Can't go wrong with angus in my opinion.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:57 PM   #3
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Good Gert mommas make good crosses.
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:32 PM   #4
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I managed a ranch for twenty years with gert cattle. There are better breeds out there. Can't go wrong with angus in my opinion.
Yeah thatís mainly what Iím familiar with are angus. And some with Polled Hereford and Brahman.


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Old 07-13-2018, 11:10 PM   #5
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All I know is they are EXPENSIVE A.F. if you're going for nostalgia why not a Texas Longhorn?

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Old 07-13-2018, 11:29 PM   #6
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Santa Gertrudis cattle are I'm kinda like my ex wife. Not the worst but there's better ones to pick from.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:00 AM   #7
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Trouble as in will come at you ? Are what are you talking about? I grew up with them basically in my back yard my neighbor raised them had hundreds of head of them my cousins and me ran all over the land fishing tanks shooting dove , hunting quail with dogs right by them all the time even delivered a few calves when we were out hunting. We never had any problems with them at all . But about 10 years ago before the guy passed away he switched over to red angus for some reason but I only think he did that because they became a more popular breed and started bringing more money !!
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:04 AM   #8
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IMO you won’t find a better breed of cattle! I grew up raising registered Gerts, we consistently had 250 momma cows and around 30 bulls. We gain tested, and used a ultrasound to look at REA and grade. We had bench marks for our replacements bulls and heifers. Our cattle consistently out preformed angus Herefords and brangus in the Feed lot. If you want more information please feel free to pm me.

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Old 07-14-2018, 03:40 AM   #9
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Trouble as in will come at you ? Are what are you talking about? I grew up with them basically in my back yard my neighbor raised them had hundreds of head of them my cousins and me ran all over the land fishing tanks shooting dove , hunting quail with dogs right by them all the time even delivered a few calves when we were out hunting. We never had any problems with them at all . But about 10 years ago before the guy passed away he switched over to red angus for some reason but I only think he did that because they became a more popular breed and started bringing more money !!
Am told they are flighty and tough on fences.
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Old 07-14-2018, 03:43 AM   #10
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All I know is they are EXPENSIVE A.F. if you're going for nostalgia why not a Texas Longhorn?
No not interested in nostalgia at all. Been looking at some in person and am curious is all.


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IMO you wonít find a better breed of cattle! I grew up raising registered Gerts, we consistently had 250 momma cows and around 30 bulls. We gain tested, and used a ultrasound to look at REA and grade. We had bench marks for our replacements bulls and heifers. Our cattle consistently out preformed angus Herefords and brangus in the Feed lot. If you want more information please feel free to pm me.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:39 AM   #11
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Theyíre like all the rest of them. Follow the 90/10 rule. 10% of the herd will give you 90% of your problems. That 10% of gerts do challenge fences a little more than others though. Pretty cattle and make good babies with a good Hereford bull.


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Old 07-14-2018, 06:46 AM   #12
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Worth less per pound across the scales.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:58 AM   #13
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Worth less per pound across the scales.
Lol, negative

Homozygous Blk Gelbvieh bulls on gert cows. Iíve feed out 1000ís of yearlings of all make. Both yield and grade the combo above hard to beat
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:08 AM   #14
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I don't know who told you that, but I would run from any further info they might have to give, I raised them for years, my girls showed the them all over the State. Best breed I have every been around.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:12 AM   #15
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The rancher where I hunt raises Black Angus. Can I say the word Black? They seem somewhat easy going, and love corn. I saw one bull out there, and that monster was about 3000#. He could have his way with any fence.

Anyway, some of the breeds could do better in different area because of the mineral in the ground. Look at works best in your area by checking out your neighbors. I raised Troublemasters for 10 years, and would not use that breed again.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:24 AM   #16
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I don't know who told you that, but I would run from any further info they might have to give, I raised them for years, my girls showed the them all over the State. Best breed I have every been around.
They do appear to tolerate the heat much better. Having worked with black angus so much, it’s nice to see this. Will be interesting to see how the cows and heifers react to tagging & weighing their newborn calves. Hope they will be easy going like the Angus. None of them ever attacked me.
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:50 PM   #17
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Love mine, calf and breed right back, can scratch them on the head in the pasture.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:33 PM   #18
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They do well in the heat and dry conditions. My beef with them is they are so big! They average 1400 pounds. I heard last week from a guy who is next door to the King Ranch that the KR is trying to breed them smaller. He thinks the average size has dropped a couple of hundred pounds.

I know several people who show them and they love them.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #19
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They do well in the heat and dry conditions. My beef with them is they are so big! They average 1400 pounds. I heard last week from a guy who is next door to the King Ranch that the KR is trying to breed them smaller. He thinks the average size has dropped a couple of hundred pounds.

I know several people who show them and they love them.
Neat to hear. Hopefully theyíll be calmer than the Brahman cross or whatever they are supposed to be. Those things are flightier than deer. Couldnít do much of anything with them unless you had help and a plan. Now of course their behavior may have much to do with how and where they were raised. Might also be the current ownerís terrible attitude they sense too.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:17 PM   #20
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No experience with Gerts, but the best cow I ever raised was still dumber than hell. Only difference between a cow and a Democrat is that a Democrat canít take a Hotshot as well.


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Old 07-27-2018, 03:28 PM   #21
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No experience with Gerts, but the best cow I ever raised was still dumber than hell. Only difference between a cow and a Democrat is that a Democrat canít take a Hotshot as well.


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Old 07-27-2018, 03:50 PM   #22
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We always joked about our angus cows that if she can get her nose through the fence the rest is going too ! LOL
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:51 PM   #23
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:05 PM   #24
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Only difference between a cow and a Democrat is that a Democrat canít take a Hotshot as well.


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I sure donít want to find out what itís like run a bunch of Dems through an alley and squeeze chute. Can only imagine what would happen if a Hotshot was used to prod em on through.
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:19 PM   #25
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I sure donít want to find out what itís like run a bunch of Dems through an alley and squeeze chute. Can only imagine what would happen if a Hotshot was used to prod em on through.


Cutting time would be a hoot though!


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Old 08-14-2018, 11:45 PM   #26
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I wouldn't want a pasture full of 1300-1400 lb cows nope! To much you have to feed them.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:45 AM   #27
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Just curious about the breed. Itís neat and all how they are connected with the King Ranch. They look nice, but am told they are trouble. What say the GS herdsmen and ranchers?
Nothing wrong at all with gert cows. Make great cows and raise some big calves. Some tend to have some temperamental problems but can be adjusted. I crossed my gert cows with charolais bulls and the calves out performed my calves that were out of braford cows and charolais bulls.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:40 PM   #28
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Was hoping to have time to spend with a herd of em up close already. Been too busy.
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