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Farm Talk's Top 10

April 8, 2014

The Top Ten bragging rights for the neighbor’s bull:

Mark Parker — 10. There’s not a bull in the county that’s better at trespasser control.

9. With that touch of Watusi, some day his horns will be worth more than his beef.

8. When he gets in with your cows, it’s not as big of a problem as it could be since he only settles about half of what he breeds.

7. His calves are easy to work because you can get two in the chute at a time.

6. Tougher’n a boot, he doesn’t require all that deworming, vaccinations and pampering like those purebreds.

5. Since he’s impossible to load in a trailer and haul to town, his initial purchase price will be amortized over 10 or 12 years.

4. He can flat-footed jump a panel or wade through a five-wire fence.

3. Talk about a broad genetic base — you can’t find two of his calves that look alike.

2. Raised as a bucket calf, he’s now 16 hands and 1,800 lbs. of playfulness.

1. Thanks to a close encounter of the head-butting kind, he provided the neighbor with a good excuse to trade pickups

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