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Seedstock 100

2018 BEEF Seedstock 100

Welcome to the 4th 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 2017, not the number of cattle registered annually or the number of cows listed in inventories with a breed association or other genetic organizations

Depending on how you ponder and dice the numbers, you can make the case that operations populating the BEEF Seedstock 100 list (S100) are increasing their already sizable genetic sway.

First, consider that bulls from the S100 operations could breed 17% to 20% of the nation’s 31.2 million beef cows cited in USDA’s Cattle inventory report at the beginning of this year. That’s totaling S100 bull numbers from the past four years (207,699 bulls), and figuring each bull with 25 cows or 30 cows. Inexact as the approach is, it provides a notion of S100’s potential reach.

Next, there were 7.6% more beef cows at the beginning of this year than in 2014. S100 operations last year marketed 27.3% more bulls than in 2014. The exact reasons behind the growth of the S100 bull marketing relative to the cow herd are open to speculation. However, logic dictates that the S100 operations are increasing market share. That’s as much opportunity as it is responsibility.

S100 operations marketed 56,473 bulls last year, ranging from 215 to 3,986 bulls per operation. They marketed 1,774 more bulls last year than those on the 2016 list. Keep in mind that most of the S100 operations are the same this year.

There are nine operations that marketed 1,000 or more bulls last year, between 1,000 and 3,986 bulls. Those nine operations accounted for 15,831 bulls marketed, or 28% of all bulls marketed by S100 operations.

Just five of those operations marketed 1,500 or more bulls, representing 12,661 bulls, or 22.4% of all bulls marketed by S100 operations.

There were three states with 10 or more S100 operations: Montana (17), Nebraska (16) and South Dakota (12). S100 operations in these states accounted for 24,483 bulls marketed by S100 operations, or 43.4% of all S100 bulls marketed.

The list of breeds and composites that S100 operations offer speaks to the genetic diversity borne by customer need and demand, as well as breed concentration.

On the one hand, S100 operations marketed 32 different breeds and composites. But, the majority offered these breeds and composites: Angus (75.2%); Red Angus (19.8%); Hereford (15.8%); Charolais and Sim-Angus (11.9% each); Simmental (6.9%); Gelbvieh (5.9%); Limousin (4%); and Brangus (3%). Fewer than 2% of S100 operations offered the other 23 breeds and composites.

BEEF assembles the annual S100 list for several reasons, which include monitoring the level of seedstock concentration and the relative market engagement of seedstock suppliers. It’s based on the number of bulls marketed last year, as reported by seedstock operations to BEEF.

As such, the BEEF Seedstock 100 list makes no claim to be representative of the seedstock industry as a whole. Neither is it intended to be a proxy of quality and ability.

Obviously, seedstock operations successfully marketing fewer than 215 bulls last year (the cutoff for inclusion this year) represent the majority of all beef seedstock operations. A list of those operations is available in the Seedstock Directory on the BEEF website. At the same time, inclusion on the S100 list speaks to a host of supplier attributes associated with marketing so many bulls: customer satisfaction, industry knowledge and commitment, adaptability and the wherewithal to earn repeat business.

2018 Rank Name Operation Number of Bulls Sold City State

1

Jorgensen Land & Cattle

3986

Ideal

SD

2

Gardiner Angus Ranch

2650

Ashland

KS

3

Express Ranches

2350

Yukon

OK

4

44 FARMS

1925

Cameron

TX

5

Leachman of Colorado

1750

Fort Collins

CO

6

Powerline Genetics

1100

Arapahoe

NE

7

Sutphin Cattle Company

1050

Lamar

CO

8

Thomas Angus Ranch

1020

Baker City

OR

9

Lone Creek Cattle

1000

Lincoln

NE

10

Ludvigson Stock Farms

980

Billings

Mt

11

Connealy Angus

950

Whitman

NE

12

DeBruycker Charolais

950

Dutton

MT

13

Seedstock Plus

925

St. Catharine

MO

14

Sitz Angus

900

Harrison

MT

15

Pharo Cattle Company

880

Cheyenne Wells

CO

16

Vermilion Ranch

850

Billings

MT

17

R A Brown Ranch

827

Throckmorton

TX

18

Eaton Charolais

800

Lindsay

MT

19

Diamond Peak Cattle Company

750

Craig

CO

20

Genetrust

700

Concord

AR

21

Stevenson Angus

670

Hobson

MT

22

Fink Beef Genetics

650

Randolph

KS

23

Shaw Cattle Company

650

Caldwell

ID

24

Stevensons Diamond Dot

620

Hobson

MT

25

Langford Land & Cattle

614

Okmulgee

OK

26

5L Ranch

600

Sheridan

MT

27

Bieber Red Angus Ranch

600

Leola

SD

28

Chain Ranch

600

Canton

OK

29

McCabe Genetics

600

Elk City

KS

30

Profit Maker Bulls

575

Paxton

NE

31

Nichols Farms

550

Bridgewater

IA

32

Riverbend Ranch

550

Idaho Falls

ID

33

Wulf Cattle/Riverview LLP

550

Morris

MN

34

BB Cattle Company

500

Connell

WA

35

Buford Ranches

500

Vinita

OK

36

Hoffman Ranch

500

Thedford

NE

37

KG Ranch

500

Three Forks

MT

38

Schaff Angus Valley

500

Saint Anthony

ND

39

Schiefelbein Farms

500

Kimball

MN

40

Edgar Brothers

450

Rockham

SD

41

Yon Family Farms

450

Ridge Spring

SC

42

Schurrtop Ranch

440

Farnam

NE

43

Blair Brothers

430

Vale

SD

44

HeartBrand Beef

415

Harwood

TX

45

Lucky 7 Angus Cowboy Bulls

406

Riverton

WY

46

Circle A Angus Ranch

400

Iberia

MO

47

Deer Valley Farm

400

Fayetteville

TN

48

Griswold Cattle

400

Stillwater

OK

49

Knollcrest Farm

400

Red House

VA

50

Krebs Ranch

400

Gordon

NE

51

Upstream Ranch

400

Taylor

NE

52

Thomas Ranch

390

Harrold

SD

53

Flying H Genetics

388

Arapahoe

NE

54

Baldridge Bros

370

North Platte

NE

55

Cross Diamond Cattle Company

360

Bertrand

NE

56

Beckton Red Angus

350

Sheridan

WY

57

Evans Farms

350

Stephenville

TX

58

Green Mountain Angus Ranch

350

Ryegate

MT

59

King Herefords

350

Moriarty

NM

60

Salacoa Valley Farms, Seedstock Division, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. 

350

Fairmount

GA

61

Eagle Pass Ranch

335

Highmore

SD

62

Judd Ranch Inc.

335

Pomona

KS

63

Lorenzen Ranches

325

Bend

OR

64

Ohlde Cattle Company

325

Palmer

KS

65

Black Water Cattle Company

315

Lake Park

GA

66

J.D. Hudgins

310

Hungerford

TX

67

Redland Angus

303

Worland

WY

68

Cedar Top Ranch

300

Stapleton

NE

69

Ellingson Angus

300

St. Anthony

ND

70

Felton Angus Ranch

300

Springdale

MT

71

Jamison Herefords

300

Quinter

KS

72

Sydenstricker

300

Mexico

MO

73

Harms Plainview Ranch

283

Lincolnville

KS

74

Gill Red Angus

280

Timber Lake

SD

75

Hinkle's Prime Cut A

280

Nevada

MO

76

Adams Ranch

279

Fort Pierce

FL

77

Magness Land & Cattle

275

Ft. Lupton

CO

78

Raven Angus

275

Colome

SD

79

Reyes/Russell

275

Wheatland

WY

80

TK Angus

270

Wood Lake

NE

81

Arntzen Angus Ranch

265

Hilger

MT

82

Hinman Angus

265

Malta

MT

83

Gateway Simmental and Lucky Cross

260

Lewistown

MT

84

Poss Angus

260

Scotia

NE

85

Running Creek Ranch Company

260

Elizabeth

CO

86

Gartner Denowh Angus Ranch

254

Sidney

MT

87

Colyer Hereford Angus

250

Bruneau

ID

88

Cow Camp Ranch

250

Lost Springs

KS

89

Flying U Angus Ranch

250

Powell Butte

OR

90

Pine Coulee

250

Absarokee

MT

91

TC Ranch

250

Franklin

NE

92

WMR Angus

250

Whitehall

MT

93

Leadore Angus Ranch

242

Leadore

ID

94

Bradley 3 Ranch LTD

231

Memphis

TX

95

Callies Angus

225

Howard

SD

96

Koupal Angus

225

Dante

SD

97

Tanner Farms

225

Shuqualak

MS

98

Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus

225

Selby

SD

99

Van Newkirk Herefords

220

Oshkosh

NE

100

Dalebanks Angus

215

Eureka

KS

101

Lindskov Thiel Ranch

215

Isabel

SD

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