Notes on "454"
Notice the linebreeding
within his pedigree. Puck of Wickwire is the product of half sib mating
by Bemaster of Dalmeny. Blackcapper 24 of Page sired both Fabron of
Wye grand-dams, they were half sisters, plus both were from Andelot
Barkley daughters. Gaird of Dalmeny was an early import bull. He was
perhaps the greatest female producer ever used at Wye. He was not an
exceptionally large bull, but he sired large, roomy females with great
spring of rib, excellent fleshing qualities and beautiful udders. They
invariably weaned the heaviest calves regardless of sire. Puck of Wickwire
sons on Gaird of Dalmey daughters proved to be Wye's best combination.
The Wye Plantation was the first to select for larger Angus cattle -
away from the "belt buckle" size. Interestingly, the Wye cattle
are now considered moderate, even though they were 1800 to 2100 pound
bulls. Fabron of Wye was born in 1957, had a mature weight of 2065 lbs.
a masculine crest, heavy muscled, well defined rump, and correct linear
measurement balance for today's 21st century cattle. Fabron is found
in more pedigrees than any other Wye bull, was the first 1,000 lb. yearling
and among the first 3 lb.gainers produced at Wye. The Wye cattle actually
had some 35 different linear measurements taken on each animal to confirm
their phenotype and correlated the body parts to carcass cuts. He and
his sons have been used internationally.
The Dam side of
"454" shows great cows from the Octoraro breeding program.
The "305", "310", "503", and "723"
cows are all from Sam Wylie donor program in Breezewood PA. This is
the only Angus herd I have ever walked though and not found 1 poor udder
cow. They are picture perfect - even the old "Granny Cows".
These cows all trace back to the great bulls of the breed, Emulation
31 (born in 1968), Linebred 3 times to Viking - who stems from the Wye
breeding of Conan of Wye and Fabron of Wye. Rito 2100 on the top side
of the dam line carries 9 pathfinders in his 3 generation pedigree -
and comes from a line breeding of the pathfinder bull Candolier Forever
376. It is interesting to note these old Octoraro donor cows are still
working - even at 18 years of age!
454 is truly a bull bred from the old reliable, pure breeder type Angus
seedstock, linebred for prepotency. The cows have all performed and
were selected for maternal efficiency and environmental adaptability
with low input, no pampering, long lasting genetic value. They were
never out-crossed for frame or excessive growth or the latest "new
fad" breeding. Fabron of Wye was considered by many as the masterpiece
of the Wye breeding program, and can be found in the pedigree of most
of the breed's great cattle. Location of the old semen and AI certificate
on Fabron of Wye was in itself a rare find to be able to breed for this
true genetic treasure.
454 offers the unique opportunity to replace the fad-chasing, high input
requirement cattle in your herd with proven forage based genetics. Do
not let his "1957 EPD's" concern you. These cattle will out
perform today's pampered show bulls when working in the real world on