At the ranch on County Road 766 in Jonesboro, a pretty silvery-white calf born just three days earlier was happily playing and running around on a field. He’s one of the newest members of Arkansas’s collective herd, population 1.75 million.
“The last bull we bought cost $3,600, and he’s a good bull, but probably the next one we buy will be higher than that. You have to look for traits that will improve the calves that you already have,” said rancher Eric Grant.
There’s a dent in the fence from when a massive bull tried to hurl himself through it to get to a cow. The bull seems to have an uncanny sense for when a cow is in heat even several fields away, Grant said.