Time well spent!
I've always felt that the most important key in selecting your bull battery is to spend a day visiting and looking at the cowherd or cowherds where you buy your bulls. If you like the cows and the management of them, that"s where you need to be buying your bulls from. It's pretty simple, bulls leave daughters like their mothers and grandmothers.
The Key to the Puzzle = Balance
It's the hardest thing to keep in the front of our minds. We always want to think that bigger is better, or we buy bulls based on spread EPDs, or we choose a bull because he has one trait that really stands out. We've all been guilty of it, but the real key is "balance," the ones that do all things well.
I really believe that this is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, hurdle in breeding cattle. If we can stay focused on this, it will make us more profitable and better cattle breeders.