3. Four Foundation Females
LX Miss Nizhoni 264
264 was one of the best cows we ever raised. Before being flushed, she had produced 9 calves with an average calving interval of 359 days and an average nursing ratio of 119. The first 3 of these were raised on range land in New Mexico where we ran about one cow per 50 acres. At 12 years of age, her teats were still small and her last natural calf had no trouble nursing on them at birth.
This cow got ruined from flushing and was
at 14 years of age. She never had any trouble with her feet and
and she never required having her feet trimmed. She functioned as
well in the wet and muddy climate in coastal Washington as she did on
dry range in New Mexico and the irrigated pastures in Colorado.
was always a trouble free and problem free cow. She never had any
illness or injury, and never had a problem calving. When
tell you a cow that is a +40 for milk cannot function on gangland, I
hogwash and cite 264 as an example.
Miss S Nizhoni 820
820 was a Silver Benchmark Dam, which says it all
terms of her productivity. Many times I told people that she
as well as any I had at the time, the nearly perfect phenotype of the
Hereford cow. Her only flaw is that her udder is not perfectly
Her Optimum daughter that became the first Genetic Focus National Grand
Champion Heifer attests to the validity of my observation.
Miss Nizhoni PR05
PR05 is also a Silver Benchmark Dam. With a
EPD of +39 and a Milk & Growth EPD of +57, PR05 is one of the most
productive cows in the breed. She also produces high quality
Her first two bull calves - WNH Optimum 9324 and
Everything - were both Champions at major shows, and both
been listed in the Top 200 active sires in the breed for multiple trait
excellence. The last calf PR05 had for us was 9530. 9530 was sold
to Grandview Plantation but we flushed her twice before she left, and
of our best 1997-1999 calves our out of 9530. We never flushed
but she is a donor cow now at the Grandview Plantation in Como, MS.
LX Miss Nizhoni 529
Like 264, 529 was a small-teated, good-uddered and productive daughter of MSU Prospector 843. On the maternal side, her grandam was one of our very best daughters of 5D&S Max 223. Her grandam is the easy doing cow “Brenda” that is shown on range land in New Mexico in our video. 529's dam was a Gold Benchmark Dam. Like 264, 529 was very deep-bodied and fleshed easily on range land.
Although 529 has been dead
many years, her EPDs rank her in the top 40% of all currently active
in the breed for every trait! There are only a very small
number of active cows today in the 21st century that rank in the top
of the breed for every trait. 529 goes back to one of our very
daughters of 5D&S Max 223 who was a Gold Benchmark Dam.