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Seedstock 100

2017 BEEF Seedstock 100

Welcome to the 3rd annual edition of BEEF magazine's Seedstock 100, a listing of the biggest seedstock producers in the beef industry, including bull sales volume and contact information. BEEF’s Seedstock 100 list is based on the number of bulls marketed in 2016, not the number of cattle registered annually or the number of cows listed in inventories with a breed association or other genetic organization.

Never judge your neighbor’s kids or cattle if you want to avoid controversy. This time-proven wisdom also applies to building a list of the nation’s top 100 beef cattle seedstock suppliers.

Yet BEEF takes on this annual challenge for a number of reasons, which include monitoring the level of seedstock concentration and the relative market engagement of seedstock suppliers. It’s also meant to recognize the contribution of seedstock producers who make all or a substantial portion of their cattle income from the seedstock business.

BEEF’s Seedstock 100 list is based on the number of bulls marketed last year, not the number of cattle registered annually or the number of cows listed in inventories with a breed association or other genetic organization.

The volume of product offered is never equivalent to product quality. In the seedstock business, though, it typically speaks to a host of supplier attributes associated with customer satisfaction over the long haul, such as specialization, industry knowledge and commitment, adaptability and the wherewithal to earn repeat business.

The BEEF Seedstock 100 list makes no claim to be a proxy for the seedstock industry as a whole. And just because an operation isn’t listed doesn’t mean its genetics are any less important and useful to cow-calf producers. If you study the list, though, compare it with recent years, you can see some overall industry trends.

For instance, there is the overall growth in bull numbers as the nation’s cowherd expanded, including recovery from drought in the Southern Plains. This year’s list of 102 operations represents seedstock suppliers marketing at least 205 bulls last year for a total of 54,699 bulls. That’s 4.8% more bulls than last year and 23% more than two years ago.

You can also see the ongoing preponderance of commercial focus on utilizing Angus, Red Angus and their composite

Year-to-year, there appears to be increased focus on hybrids and composites. Consider that Sim-Angus emerges as one of the top five genetic offerings with 12% of operations citing them. That’s just ahead of Charolais at 11%, and behind Angus (74%), Red Angus (20%) and Hereford (16%).

The beef business is changing and as it does, its genetics suppliers are changing too. The BEEF Seedstock 100 list is your sourcebook and your history book for this highly important sector of the beef business.

Rank Name Operation Number Bulls City State

1

Jorgensen Land & Cattle

3750

Ideal

SD

2

Gardiner Angus Ranch

2650

Ashland

KS

3

Express Ranches

2315

Yukon

OK

4

44 FARMS

1900

Cameron

TX

5

Leachman of Colorado

1550

Fort Collins

CO

6

Powerline Genetics

1100

Arapahoe

NE

7

Thomas Angus Ranch

1007

Baker City

OR

8

Pharo Cattle Company

1000

Cheyenne Wells

CO

9

Ludvigson Stock Farms

960

Billings

Mt

10

DeBruycker Charolais

937

Dutton

MT

11

Seedstock Plus

920

St. Catharine

MO

12

Vermilion Ranch

850

Billings

MT

13

Connealy Angus

800

Whitman

NE

14

Sitz Angus

800

Harrison

MT

15

Genetrust

800

Concord

AR

16

Diamond Peak Cattle Company

770

Craig

CO

17

Eaton Charolais

750

Lindsay

MT

18

Lone Creek Cattle

750

Lincoln

NE

19

R A Brown Ranch

750

Throckmorton

TX

20

Fink Beef Genetics Sale Facility

650

Randolph

KS

21

Shaw Cattle Company

650

Caldwell

ID

22

Sutphin Cattle Company

650

Lamar

CO

23

Wulf Cattle/Riverview LLP

650

Morris

MN

24

Riverbend Ranch

625

Idaho Falls

ID

25

5L Ranch

600

Sheridan

MT

26

Bieber Red Angus Ranch

600

Leola

SD

27

Langford Herefords

595

Okmulgee

OK

28

McCabe Genetics

575

Elk City

KS

29

Profit Maker Bulls

562

Paxton

NE

30

Stevensons Diamond Dot

560

Hobson

MT

31

Buford Ranches

500

Vinita

OK

32

Deer Valley Farm

500

Fayetteville

TN

33

KG Ranch

500

Three Forks

MT

34

Nichols Farms

500

Bridgewater

IA

35

Ohlde Cattle Company

500

Palmer

KS

36

Schaff Angus Valley

500

Saint Anthony

ND

37

Schiefelbein Farms

500

Kimball

MN

38

Stevenson Angus

491

Hobson

MT

39

Edgar Brothers

450

Rockham

SD

40

Thomas Ranch

450

Harrold

SD

41

Yon Family Farms

449

Ridge Spring

SC

42

Schurrtop Ranch

440

Farnam

NE

43

Knollcrest Farm

430

Red House

VA

44

HeartBrand Beef

425

Harwood

TX

45

Krebs Ranch

425

Gordon

NE

46

Blair Brothers

400

Vale

SD

47

Circle A Angus Ranch

400

Iberia

MO

48

Griswold Cattle

400

Stillwater

OK

49

Hoffman Ranch

400

Thedford

NE

50

Upstream Ranch

400

Taylor

NE

51

Lucky 7 Angus Cowboy Bulls

397

Riverton

WY

52

Flying H Genetics

380

Arapahoe

NE

53

King Herefords

375

Moriarty

NM

54

Eagle Pass Ranch

360

Highmore

SD

55

Chain Ranch

350

Canton

OK

56

Cross Diamond Cattle Company

350

Bertrand

NE

57

Magness Land & Cattle

350

Ft. Lupton

CO

58

Salacoa Valley Farms

350

Fairmount

GA

59

Green Mountain Angus Ranch

340

Ryegate

MT

60

Adams Ranch

332

Fort Pierce

FL

61

Sydenstricker

325

Mexico

MO

62

Baldridge Bros

320

North Platte

NE

63

Beckton Red Angus

320

Sheridan

WY

64

J.D. Hudgins

315

Hungerford

TX

65

Cedar Top Ranch

300

Stapleton

NE

66

Evans Farms

300

Stephenville

TX

67

Flying U Angus Ranch

300

Powell Butte

OR

68

Hinkle's Prime Cut A

300

Nevada

MO

69

Jamison Herefords

300

Quinter

KS

70

Lorenzen Ranches

300

Bend

OR

71

Redland Angus

300

Manderson

WY

72

Harms Plainview ranch

288

Lincolnville

KS

73

Bradley 3 Ranch LTD

275

Memphis

TX

74

Judd Ranch Inc.

275

Pomona

KS

75

Running Creek Ranch Company

275

Elizabeth

CO

76

Reyes/Russell

275

Wheatland

WY

77

Black Water Cattle Company

270

Lake Park

GA

78

Gill Red Angus

265

Timber Lake

SD

79

BB Cattle Company

260

Connell

WA

80

Colyer Hereford Angus

260

Bruneau

ID

81

Felton Angus Ranch

260

Springdale

MT

82

Gateway Simmental and Lucky Cross

260

Lewistown

MT

83

Arntzen Angus Ranch

255

Hilger

MT

84

Gartner Denowh Angus Ranch

252

Sidney

MT

85

3 Christensen Ranch

250

Wessington

SD

86

Cow Camp Ranch

250

Lost Springs

KS

87

Hinman Angus

250

Malta

MT

88

Leadore Angus Ranch

250

Leadore

ID

89

Tanner Farms

250

Shuqualak

MS

90

TC Ranch

250

Franklin

NE

91

Poss Angus

235

Scotia

NE

92

Koupal Angus

235

Dante

SD

93

Callies Angus

225

Howard

SD

94

Camas Prairie Angus Ranch

225

Grangeville

ID

95

Yardley Cattle Company

225

Beaver

UT

96

WMR Angus

220

Whitehall

MT

97

TK Angus

216

Gordon

NE

98

Lindskov Thiel Ranch

215

Isabel

SD

99

Van Newkirk Herefords

215

Oshkosh

NE

100

Rausch Herefords

208

Hoven

SD

101

Dalebanks Angus

205

Eureka

KS

102

Raven Angus

205

Colome

SD

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