10. There’s a lot of sentimental value to a herd sire you raised on a bucket.
9. It’s less likely for cows with no teeth to over-graze a pasture.
8. Year-round calving spreads cash flow and bull power.
7. Your cows get plenty of exercise, stampeding every time the neighbor drives by with a big round bale on the back.
6. With a 7- or 8-, maybe 9-way crossbreeding system, the genetic possibilities are endless.
5. Nobody from the county cattlemen’s association pesters you about hosting a stop on the annual tour.
4. If stocker buyers are really looking for cattle to upgrade, look no further.
3. Your high-headed, wide-eyed calves give salebarn cowboys a chance to finally use all their skills.
2. The lack of a coherent nutritional strategy puts plenty of selection pressure on replacement heifer candidates.
1. A lot of your cows nurse two calves — this year’s and last year’s.