SEGMENT: LIVESTOCK, RODEO & LIVESTOCK FEED
Mike Latting>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-M, Segment 17
- Mike owns his own stud. When breeding your own animals, you have to change studs so you don't inbreed. Most of Mike's mares are his stud's daughters.
- Try as hard as you possibly can. Be happy with what you have. Pursue whatever you want with all you've got.
- Mike has all cross bred rodeo bulls, mostly seventh-eights Brahmans. Brahman bulls are from India, but these bulls are cross bred in the states and come from Oklahoma. Mike doesn't breed bulls, he breeds horses. He doesn't have enough pasture for bulls. Mike talks about the build of the bulls and how they are like athletes. They aren't the same as beef pulls, they jump high, turn fast, and are light on their feet. Bulls aren't castrated, steers are. Castration doesn't mean anything in the rodeo or if they're going to buck or not. Some bulls who aren't castrated are meaner. All bulls used to be born with horns as a natural means of preservation.
- Bullfighters are there to protect the guy from the bull because of the horns. To bull ride, the bull is loaded in the chute, the rider puts the rope around the bull and then he'll climb on and the rope pulls up tight and the rider holds the rope and when they open up the gate it starts bucking. Mike explains why bull riders only go for eight seconds. Mike has had several injuries including
- Mike has 35 acres on block and 65 acres in another spot. He lets the horses run and feed in the pasture. He keeps the bulls separate because he wants to monitor their food.
- LIVESTOCK FEED
- He doesn't want the bulls on grass. He wants to know exactly what they're eating to keep them strong like an athlete. His bulls get lots of protein, eating alfalfa and grain everyday. His horses are in the pasture and eat grass, but also get alfalfa and grain everyday. Depending on what he's feeding the animals is how he chooses where to put the animals.