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2019 Seedstock 100

There’s been a subtle shift in seedstock operations.

Sift through this year’s BEEF Seedstock 100 (S100) and you’ll find much that you likely expect, given the long biologic cycle of a cow and the fact that breeding decisions for bulls offered last year were made a couple of years earlier.

The number of bulls offered by S100 producers last year is almost identical to the previous year. Those operations marketed 56,091 bulls, just 382 fewer than the previous year. They offered between 240 and 3,700 bulls, also about the same as last year.

Keep in mind that the number of bulls marketed the previous couple of years increased significantly, in tandem with rapid national cow herd expansion.

Barring deep and widespread drought, there is currently nothing to suggest economic incentive for significant national beef cow herd contraction from the cyclical plateau it seems to be approaching. The number of bulls offered by S100 producers suggests the seedstock sector also could be positioned for a soft cyclical landing.

The relative concentration of S100 producers and their geography also remains similar year over year.

  • Just five S100 operations marketed 1,500 or more bulls, representing 12,651 bulls, or 22.5% of all bulls marketed by S100 operations. This is almost identical to last year.
  • There are eight operations that marketed 1,000 or more bulls last year, between 1,000 and 3,700 bulls. Those eight operations accounted for 15,871 bulls marketed, or 28% of all bulls marketed by S100 operations, almost identical to the previous year.
  • As for geography, 41% of the bulls came from S100 producers in three states: Montana (15.73%), Nebraska (12.81%) and South Dakota (12.43%). Throw in Kansas (9.69%), Colorado (8.85%) and Oklahoma (8.46%), and S100 producers in six states account for 68% of the bulls on the list.
  • S100 operations marketed 32 different breeds and composites. But only a handful of those were offered by a significant number of S100 operations: Angus (72%); Red Angus (23%); Hereford (14%); Sim-Angus (13%); Charolais (11%); Simmental (8%); Balancer (6%); Gelbvieh (5.0%); Limousin (4%); and Brangus (3%). Among those, Red Angus and Balancer were offered by more S100 operations year over year.

BEEF’s Seedstock 100 list is based on the number of bulls marketed during the last calendar 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.

RELATED RESOURCES: Find the 2019 Seedstock 100 operations on the map

Inclusion on the S100 list speaks to a host of supplier attributes associated with the commitment and ability to market so many bulls year after year, such as customer trust and satisfaction, industry knowledge and adaptability.

With that said, the S100 list represents a small percentage of the overall number of beef cattle seedstock suppliers in the U.S.

Obviously, you can find seedstock providers offering far fewer than 240 bulls each year who market top-end quality, backed by top-drawer service. A list of those operations is available in the Seedstock Directory on the BEEF website. 

Rank Operation Name City State Number of Bulls Sold

1

Jorgensen Land & Cattle

Ideal

SD

3700

2

Gardiner Angus Ranch

Ashland

KS

2650

3

Express Ranches

Yukon

OK

2426

4

Leachman of Colorado

Fort Collins

CO

2000

5

44 FARMS

Cameron

TX

1875

6

Sutphin Cattle Company

Lamar

CO

1200

7

Connealy Angus

Whitman

NE

1020

8

Lone Creek Cattle

Lincoln

NE

1000

9

Ludvigson Stock Farms

Billings

MT

980

10

DeBruycker Charolais

Dutton

MT

950

11

Pharo Cattle Company

Cheyenne Wells

CO

950

12

Seedstock Plus

St. Catharine

MO

935

13

Thomas Angus Ranch

Baker City

OR

900

14

Vermilion Ranch

Billings

MT

850

15

R A Brown Ranch

Throckmorton

TX

849

16

Eaton Charolais

Lindsay

MT

800

17

Diamond Peak Cattle Company

Craig

CO

750

18

Genetrust

Lamar

MO

750

19

Powerline Genetics

McCook

NE

650

20

Shaw Cattle Company

Caldwell

ID

650

21

Stevenson Angus

Hobson

MT

640

22

Stevensons Diamond Dot

Hobson

MT

640

23

McCabe Genetics

Elk City

KS

625

24

Fink Beef Genetics

Randolph

KS

625

25

Langford Herefords & Hybrids

Okmulgee

OK

618

26

5L Ranch

Sheridan

MT

600

27

Bieber Red Angus Ranch

Leola

SD

600

28

Hoffman Ranch

Thedford

NE

600

29

Nichols Farms

Bridgewater

IA

575

30

Wulf Cattle/Riverview LLP

Morris

MN

565

31

Riverbend Ranch

Idaho Falls

ID

550

32

Mead Farms

Barnett

MO

525

33

BB Cattle Company

Connell

WA

500

34

Buford Ranches

Vinita

OK

500

35

Deer Valley Farm

Fayetteville

TN

500

36

Schaff Angus Valley

Saint Anthony

ND

500

37

Schiefelbein Farms

Kimball

MN

500

38

KG Ranch

Three Forks

MT

480

39

Chain Ranch

Canton

OK

475

40

Edgar Brothers

Rockham

SD

450

41

Krebs Ranch

Gordon

NE

450

42

Sitz Angus

Harrison

MT

450

43

Yon Family Farms

Ridge Spring

SC

450

44

Schurrtop Ranch

Farnam

NE

440

45

Blair Brothers

Vale

SD

420

46

Lucky 7 Angus Cowboy Bulls

Riverton

WY

416

47

HeartBrand Beef

Harwood

TX

400

48

Circle A Angus Ranch

Iberia

MO

400

49

Griswold Cattle

Stillwater

OK

400

50

Knollcrest Farm

Red House

VA

400

51

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

Fairmount

GA

400

52

Upstream Ranch

Taylor

NE

400

53

Cross Diamond Cattle Company

Bertrand

NE

385

54

Flying H Genetics

Arapahoe

NE

385

55

Baldridge Bros

North Platte

NE

370

56

TK Angus

Wood Lake

NE

370

57

Adams Ranch

Fort Pierce

FL

361

58

Eagle Pass Ranch

Highmore

SD

356

59

Beckton Red Angus

Sheridan

WY

350

60

Evans Farms

Stephenville

TX

350

61

Jamison Herefords

Quinter

KS

350

62

King Herefords

Moriarty

NM

350

63

Thomas Ranch

Harrold

SD

350

64

Black Water Cattle Company

Lake Park

GA

335

65

Lorenzen Ranches

Bend

OR

325

66

Ohlde Cattle Company

Palmer

KS

325

67

Three Forks Ranch

Fort Gibson

OK

325

68

Green Mountain Angus Ranch

Ryegate

MT

320

69

J.D. Hudgins

Hungerford

TX

316

70

Judd Ranch Inc.

Pomona

KS

313

71

Felton Angus Ranch

Springdale

MT

310

72

Cedar Top Ranch

Stapleton

NE

300

73

Ellingson Angus LLC

St. Anthony

ND

300

74

Pieper Red Angus

Hay Spring

NE

300

75

Sydenstricker

Mexico

MO

300

76

Harms Plainview Ranch

Lincolnville

KS

297

77

Redland Angus

Worland

WY

287

78

Byergo Angus

Savannah

MO

280

79

Gill Red Angus

Timber Lake

SD

280

80

Hinkle's Prime Cut A

Nevada

MO

280

81

Running Creek Ranch Company

Elizabeth

CO

280

82

Pine Coulee

Absarokee

MT

275

83

Reyes/Russell

Wheatland

WY

275

84

Colyer Hereford & Angus

Bruneau

ID

270

85

Raven Angus

Colome

SD

270

86

Lindskov Thiel Ranch

Isabel

SD

268

87

Arntzen Angus Ranch

Hilger

MT

265

88

Magness Land & Cattle

Ft. Lupton

CO

265

89

Gateway Simmental and Lucky Cross

Lewistown

MT

260

90

Poss Angus

Scotia

NE

260

91

TC Ranch

Franklin

NE

255

92

Gartner Denowh Angus Ranch

Sidney

MT

254

93

Cow Camp Ranch

Lost Springs

KS

250

94

Flying U Angus Ranch

Powell Butte

OR

250

95

Hinman Angus

Malta

MT

250

96

T Beef

White Sulphur Springs

MT

250

97

Tanner Farms

Shuqualak

MS

250

98

WMR Angus

Whitehall

MT

250

99

Vintage Angus Ranch

Modesto

CA

250

100

CK Cattle

Hope Hull

AL

247

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