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Many cattlemen across the country have learned first-hand about the qualities of the purebred Murray Grey herd that make them an extremely easy breed to raise.  Many more cattlemen have also learned about the positive qualities of the Greys in a commercial herd when used on first calf heifers.   The ease of calving along with the fast rate of gain allow the commercial breeder to get the first-calf heifer on stream with little stress on the heifer and then have a positive return on the marketable calf.  The success of these calves has led to the use of Murray Grey bulls on the cow herd with equal success.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to be gained from cross-breeding is the ability to quickly change the progeny of the breeding herd to make them more acceptable to buyers and therefore create a stronger demand for higher prices.  Murray Grey bulls have been used to accomplish this with their dominant traits.  Many commercial cattlemen have been amazed at the success of their Grey cross calves,
not only as calves but through backgrounding and on to the feedlot.   The retained heifers also impress the owners with their ability to be top performers in the cow herd.  The results over Herefords, Brahman, Limousin, Beefmaster, Santa Gertrudis, Brangus, etc., have all been consistent and positive.

Murray Grey/Brangus Cross . . . Reserve Grand Champion

Photograph  courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Brangus/Murray Grey Cross

Reserve Grand Champion
Heavy Weight Steer/Grand Champion
Carcass

 

Murray Grey/Limousin Cross

1993 FFA Reserve Champion Middle Weight Steer

Murray Grey/Limousine Cross . . . Reserve Champion Middle Weight Steer

Photograph courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Outstanding results have come from using Murray Grey bulls on British,
European and Bos indicus herds.  Not only is the hybrid vigor factor obtained,
but you also gain the following advantages:

CALVING EASE

Murray Greys are renowned for
their ease of calving . . . the calves
are small and get to their feet and
start nursing immediately.  They
thrive and grow quickly.

 

Newborn Rafter L Candy . . . 66 Pound Birthweight

Photograph courtesy of Rafter L Murray Greys
Vernal, Utah

 

Murray Grey Calves . . . Silver, Dun and Black

Photograph courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

 


SKIN PIGMENTATION

Under the Silver Grey, Dun or Black
coat is a skin of dark pigmentation. 
This is important in preventing eye
cancer and sun damage.


NATURAL POLLS

Murray Greys are naturally polled
and experience has shown that this characteristic is passed on to over
90% of the progeny when bred to
horned cattle.  No more dehorning
and there is less bruising.

 

Hereford X Murray Grey Cross Cow and Calf . . . Flying E Ranch, Arizona

Hereford with Murray Grey Cross
Calf

Photograph courtesy of Flying E Ranch
Wickenburg, Arizona

 

Simplot Land & Livestock, Grandview, Idaho


TEMPERAMENT

Murray Greys are quiet, easily handled cattle.  They adapt to new environments
and settle in well.  That's why they
settle in quickly at feedlots and get on
with the job of converting feed into
quality beef.

<- Murray Grey Cross Steers

Photograph courtesy of Simplot Land & Livestock
Grandview, Idaho


MILKING ABILITY

Just look at the udders on lactating Murray Grey cows . . . there are no bottle teats, there is milk in all
quarters, and you will not see a
broken down udder.  The compact,
well attached udder provides ample
milk through to weaning.

 

Murray Grey Cow & Calf . . . The compact, well attched udder provides ample milk through to weaning.

Photograph courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

 

Murray Grey/Hereford Cross

Murray Grey/Hereford Cross

Photograph courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

 


GROWTH RATE/FEED
CONVERSION

Murray Greys are efficient producers
of quality beef.  Weight gains in
feedlots based on feed consumption
have been outstanding.  Retained
ownership programs have proven the Murray Greys to be tops in efficiency
and profitability.


MEETING TODAY'S CARCASS DEMANDS

Murray Grey carcasses are known to
be extremely well-balanced for both muscle development and fat cover. 
They also possess a moderate level of marbling, which is extremely important in today's marketplace.   Larry
Roberts of IBP recently reported
that on a 247 head total of crossbred Murray Grey steers, 87.85% graded choice or prime, yield grade one or two.

Murray Grey Cross . . . Flying E Ranch, Arizona

Murray Grey Cross Calves

Photo courtesy of Flying E Ranch
Wickenburg, Arizona

 

This Murray Grey graded Choice Plus in the Idaho A to Z Retained Ownership Program.

Idaho A to Z Retained Ownership Program
This Murray Grey Graded Choice Plus


Photograph courtesy of Lindale Murray Greys
Glenns Ferry, Idaho


MODERATION

Murray Greys are moderate in size. 
Calves that meet the Northwest
Murray Grey breed standards range
from 60 to 80 pounds at birth. 
Mature cows ideally range from 1000
to 1200 pounds and mature bulls
around 2000 pounds.  These produce
fed steers at the weights desired by
the packers and are especially
appropriate for the boxed beef market.

The Northwest Murray Grey Association has formulated Breed Standards and
would be pleased to answer any questions about our breed. 

 

This page was last updated November 30, 2000 


For further information, contact the
Northwest Murray Grey Association,
29449 Berlin Rd.
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Telephone:  1-541-367-5164 

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