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North County Life March 2012 : Page 5

North County Life March 2012 BULLS Continued from pg. 1 page 5 long-term goal is to have a herd that not only bucks, but has a unique genetic line as well. “We are not trying to replicate someone else’s pro-gram,” Neitzke said. “We are trying to create our own for-mula.” It isn’t just about breed-ing an animal that bucks; the trio is also looking for critters that are big and athletic. They recently introduced heifers from Hawaii to help expand the genetic lines. “We want to have some-thing that nobody else has,” Hayes said in reference to the genetic lines. The Hawaiian heifers have bloodlines that go back to some great bulls, such as Hawaiian Ivory and Black Ivory and much more, Sil-veira said. The group is hop-ing to build size and agility by integrating the Hawaiian genetics with bulls from Texas, Hayes added. Larger bulls allow the competition to be evenly spread between the bull and the cowboy. Some breeders have bred the size out of the bulls. The trio relies on natural breeding as well as artificial insemination. Hayes is a cer-tified artificial insemination Jandy Jones A DAY’S WORK – Bulls are let into the arena to move around and get a little exercise. Like all athletes, the bulls need to stay in good shape. Warm sunshine and an almost-full belly make a perfect combination for this cow, pictured bottom right. technician. “People don’t realize that one doesn’t just raise a bull, haul them to a rodeo or PBR and expect them to perform,” Silveira said. There is intense training involved. The bulls have to be able to live to-gether and be sorted and loaded in a trailer. Bulls need to be trained to look for gates and stay calm in most situa-tions. Training starts when they’re calves. The young bulls are acclimated to horses, chutes and many other elements. The trio wants to be known for their bulls’ bucking abilities as much as for good tempera-ment. “We would like to have (bulls) that know their job and do it well,” Neitzke said. It is a common miscon-ception that bulls are antago-nized or forced to buck, but in reality, some of the ani-mals just want to. The trio has come across some bulls that just don’t want to, even if their bloodlines boast strong buckers. “We can help enhance their athletic abilities as ba-bies, but you are not going to teach a bull to buck,” Sil-veira said. “They’ve got to want to do it.” Not all bulls are mean, either. The group has one named “Desperado” that can be approached in the pasture and scratched on the head. It all changes when it comes time to perform. It is the heifers and cows you have to watch out for, Sil-veira said. That point was proven when the trio loaded several into the trailer and one took a shot at Silveira. The trio has a long but fun road ahead of them. Try-ing to find the right genetic combination for good buck-ing bulls and then waiting for the bulls to prove them-selves is just part of the game. “It is like catching light-ing in a bottle,” Silveira said. “You have got to go through so many to find that good one.” ROUGH RIDE – Top: Scott Silveira loads cows into a trailer so that they can be relo-cated to another pasture. Sometimes the cows have more attitude than the bulls. PASO ROBLES CASINO Visit for a game of Texas Hold ‘em, Limit and No Limit, or Omaha Hi-Lo ! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK AT 10AM ! Free food and beverages available to seated players ! Friendliest dealers on the Central Coast ! Hostess and table service for players ! Watch sports on our big screen HDTVs ! Free Game Training Availble ! $5 Buy-in Tournament the first & last Wednesday of each month ! Seniors & Ladies Welcome, $1, $2 and $2, $4 limit games available ! Jackpots ! Daily Promotions & Cash Giveaways! ww m w.p .c o asoroblespoker Under New Ownership $10,000 Bad Beat Jackpot! www.pasoroblespoker.com (805) 226-0500 1124 Black Oak Drive PASO ROBLES across from the Fairgrounds, sharing a parking lot with Motel 6 Please Play Responsibly 1-(800)-Gambler

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