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Heatwave still the king of the ring. The almost 20 year old sire Heatwave can still make champions in today’s show ring. Order your semen today. 800-515-3284

Author: Lautner Farms

In the spring of 2000, 67 year old Max Fawley of northern Indiana delivered a black bull calf out of a home raised first calf heifer. This stocky little bull calf was sired by Larry Campbell & Brad Hook’s Heetseeker bull. Max and his family would name the calf Oscar. Little did they know at that time, Oscar would go on to be one of the top steer sires of all time. A bull which would later be displayed in Denver in 2001 and named Heat Wave by his new owners Mike Weidner and Phil Lautner. Starting in 2002 Heat Wave sired cattle would go on to win most major market cattle shows at least once and sometimes multiple times. 

The Beginning:
Oscar was a little bigger at birth and his mother was a little short on milk so Max and his family would give him a bottle each day and as you can see in the pictures little Oscar was always a very nice looking bull calf. 

Later in August as he grew Barry Nowatzke and Joe Gensini were by Max’s farm to look thru calves and while they liked Oscar pretty good, they thought he was a little small for what they were looking for for their steer buyers. 

In mid October on a Saturday morning as Max prepared to meet his vet to work his home raised calves and castrate his bull calves Max’s phone rang and it was a familiar voice on the other end of the phone. It was Joe Gensini and Joe asked if Max still had that younger black bull calf they had looked at in August. Max responded yes but he was getting ready to cut him. Joe instructed Max to wait a couple days so he could come back and look at him again. 

It turned out that Gensini of Illinois bought the bull calf called Oscar for $3000. Gensini would later sell Oscar to Mike Weidner & Phil Lautner for $5000. In December on their way home from an Ohio Craig Reiter cow sale Weidner & Lautner loaded him up to go to his forever home in Central Iowa. 

In the day’s before internet and social media it would be several years before Max Fawley even realized his young black bull calf turned out to be the famous sire Heat Wave. Heat Wave even sired the Indiana State Fair Grand Champion steer multiple times in Max’s home state of Indiana. 

Max was proud of the success of his bull calf named Oscar. He even met Phil Lautner once at the Iowa Beef Expo. Phil gave Max and “LF” ink pen as token of his appreciation. 

Max now 85 years old, still raises calves at the farm just northeast of Warsaw, Indiana. Free free to call him and schedule a visit to his historic farm. Max phone number is 574.453.6182. We would like to congratulate Max on his accomplishment of raising little Oscar, the bull that went on to be named Heat Wave!

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