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Angus Sale Information Available in One Click

Producers can now easily access Angus sale reports, a list of upcoming registered Angus sales and online breeder sale books by visiting www.angus.org.

Featured prominently on the American Angus Association®’s web site, the tabbed information offers easy access to information producers need to find and purchase Angus cattle.

“The posting of sale information to our home page puts valuable sale information right in front of cattlemen,” says Eric Grant, director of Association communications and public relations. “We’ve simply put the information we’ve provided for years in a user-friendly, easily accessible format to assist both members and nonmembers in conducting business.”

Angus producers can view sale reports from sales attended by Association representatives, including prices paid for individual lots, gross numbers and average prices for sale offerings. The sale book option features Angus Production Inc.’s (API’s) flip-through sale book feature for upcoming Angus sales, and the upcoming sales listing posts sales by date.

To access Angus sale information, visit www.angus.org.

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Circle A Feeders Wins CAB Honors

In athletics, the real standouts compete against their own numbers, always trying to better their last performance. In a list of feeding greats, the people at Circle A Feeders, Huntsville, Mo., have certainly made a place for themselves — especially in the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) recordbooks.

From 2007 to 2008, during their inaugural year in the feeding business, Circle A posted an acceptance rate of 61.4% CAB and USDA Prime on 917 enrolled cattle, and vowed to better that with more experience.

That’s a promise kept, and then some. During the current award year, June 2008 through May 2009, the feedyard increased to 78.6% CAB and Prime on 1,285 head enrolled. That blew by the previous record they established by more than 17 percentage points, cementing a claim on the top annual acceptance rate across all awards and years.

These outstanding stats earned the feedlot, an enterprise of the large registered and commercial Circle A Ranch, repeat CAB honors. Mark Akin, general manager, traveled to the brand’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in September to accept the 2009 Quality Focus Award for yards with capacity of 15,000 head or less.

Akin says Circle A staff honed their skill and requirements for cattle coming into the yard. They have “tightened down” on the qualifications, which include age-and-source verified (SAV), 600 to 800 pounds (lb.), less than 11 months old and — perhaps most importantly — 50% or more sired by Circle A bulls.

The customers must also wean the calves at least 45 days and give two rounds of vaccinations, but in return Circle A will buy full interest at a premium to the average market price.

“Genetics are a part of it, but education and management are the other parts,” Akin says. Marketing manager Nick Hammett spends on-farm time with producers before their calves are accepted into the program.

“He is really our customer service manager or our fieldsman,” Akin says. “He walks through the cattle and talks with the owner to make sure it’s a good fit.”

Once calves are approved and purchased, Akin, feedlot manager Scott Crews and the rest of the team do everything in their power to keep the animals on the quality track. The 5,000-head yard is completely enclosed, with management set up to minimize stress from arrival through harvest.

The market has not rewarded Choice-grading carcasses over Select as much as usual, but Akin says their sights remain high in anticipation of seasonal adjustments.

“It’s just like everything. With those seasons, there’ll be another with a wide Choice/Select spread, so you don’t make changes,” he says. “The feedyard is set up as the ‘top of the top’ in cattle feeding operations, and those are the kind of cattle we’re going to recruit. We’re not going to change that.”

He explains that’s been a ranch philosophy long before the feedlot was even on the horizon.

“Even though we weren’t getting rewarded for the genetic evaluation on our commercial herd, we did it anyhow. Even when we weren’t getting paid for our database, we were collecting weaning weights and carcass data,” he says.

Times have changed and Akin says the ranch does get rewarded for that now, because “information is power.”

“We’ve got to collect all of that and disseminate it to be better business people,” he adds.

The Circle A team continues to take knowledge of their own Angus genetics and combine it with a tried and true feeding program to dominate the quality arena.

Clover For Nitrogen And Increased Forage Utilization

Adding clover to grass pastures is one of those rare opportunities stocker operators have to slug two birds with the single proverbial stone.

“Legumes offer benefits in both fescue and bermudagrass pastures. In bermudagrass, legumes extend the grazing season by providing forage in spring before bermudagrass breaks dormancy and the nitrogen that is recycled through grazing and decaying plant material gives a yield boost for the bermuda,” explains John Jennings, a forage specialist at the University of Arkansas (UA). “In fescue, legumes reduce fescue toxicity as well as providing nitrogen.”

For perspective, UA researchers drilled toxic and non-toxic tall fescue pastures with a blend of annual and perennial legumes including hairy vetch (10 lbs./acre), Dixie Crimson clover (10 lbs./acre), and Regal Graze White clover (2 lbs./acre). Seed cost was $47.70 per acre, not including equipment costs or fuel.

According to UA researchers Shane Gadberry and Paul Beck, “During the initial fall, calves grazing toxic or non-toxic tall fescue interseeded with clovers and vetch gained only about 0.1 lbs. more per day than calves grazing fertilized pastures, but at this time, there was very little clover or vetch to be found in the pastures. During the spring, the percentage of clover and vetch improved to around 25% in both toxic and non-toxic pastures.”

Calves grazing toxic endophyte tall fescue gained only 1.0-1.1 lbs./day in the spring, compared with 2.2 lbs. for fertilized non-toxic tall fescue and 2.5 lbs. for non-toxic tall fescue pastures including clover and vetch, the researchers say. “It is recommended that clover stands in excess of 30% be maintained for improvement of gain in toxic endophyte tall fescue pastures.”

Obtaining the benefits comes with challenges, though. According to Gadberry and Beck, “Soil fertility is much more critical for raising clovers than for grasses. Acidic soil pH and low soil potassium or phosphorus can severely limit clover growth or prove lethal to clover plants in areas where grasses alone will thrive. Weed control can be a great deal harder in pastures containing clovers; most herbicides that kill broadleaf weeds present in our pastures also kill clovers.”

Jennings explains adding legumes to pastures is not complicated, but following these steps increases success:

  • Most legumes have a higher soil fertility requirement than grasses, so a soil test is the first step. Soil pH should be above 6.0, and phosphorus and potassium levels should be near optimum for best results. Soil tests from several fields can help identify where legumes have the best chance of growing and where major fertility changes are needed before attempting planting.

  • Select a legume species and find a seed source well in advance of planting. Your local dealer may not have the desired seed on hand the day before you want to plant. Annual legumes include crimson and arrowleaf clover or hairy vetch. Other annual clovers include subterranean, rose, ball or berseem. Perennial legumes include white and red clover or alfalfa. Each has different characteristics and growth patterns.
  • Make sure the seed is pre-inoculated or be sure to purchase the correct rhizobia bacterial inoculant for the legume species you selected. Check the label on the inoculant package to match it with the correct legume. Red clover inoculant does not work for crimson clover or arrowleaf clover.
  • Schedule a week window for planting. For fall planting, late September to mid-October works well most years. Legumes can be planted in dry soil and will come up after fall rains. Delaying planting too late waiting for ideal conditions; legume germination during cold weather can reduce establishment success.
  • The grass sod needs to be grazed or clipped short, preferably down to 2 in. or less, before interseeding the legume. Short sod allows the seed to reach the soil easily or allows the no-till drill to place the seed at the right depth.
  • Make sure to get good seed/soil contact, but don’t plant the seed too deep. For broadcasting seed, pull a drag or harrow over the field before or simultaneously with planting. This opens the grass residue so the small legume seed can reach the soil surface.
  • For planting with a no-till drill, set the drill so the disk openers barely cut the sod or even so they don’t cut the sod. Use more down pressure on the press wheels to push the seed into the soil surface rather than depend on the disk openers. Setting the disk openers to cut too deep is a common mistake. The depth of the cut determines the depth of planting, and the seed should not be planted deeper than 0.25 in.
  • Graze across the field to control fescue, ryegrass or weeds that may grow in the fall. This allows more light to reach the legume seedling. Remove cattle when the legume is emerging well.
  • In spring, rotationally graze the field to improve legume persistence. If the legume is in a hay field, make sure to fertilize the field according to soil test recommendations for legume/grass. This means: do not apply nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen will cause excess competition from the grass, resulting in shading and loss of the legume.
You can find more information in the August issue of the UA Livestock and Forestry newsletter at batesvillestation.uark.edu.

BEEF Daily Reader Review Sweepstakes Winners

fall-2008-109.jpgTwo weeks ago, I opened the floor to listen to your ideas and suggestions for future topics of discussion on this blog with the BEEF Daily Reader Review Survey. Thanks to you, I have some really good ideas to pursue. Suggestions included: discussing HSUS activity more often, sharing my personal story back at the farm, covering events such as the World Beef Expo, differentiating between natural and organic beef, informing readers of university activities and research and sending updates on ballot initiatives and bill activities in Washington D.C. These are all very important topics, and I'm excited to explore different areas within the animal agriculture industry to better serve your needs. Participants in this survey were thrown into a sweepstakes to win a cool BEEF paperweight, and it's time to announce the winners!

Congratulations to Jeff Bohn, Wendell Davis and Scott Gafney!

I think you are doing a great job. I like reading your writings. No real suggestions. But we always hear what very large producers are doing and the majority of beef is produced by small outfits. Comments that can help us 50-100 cow producers or just what they are doing is nice. -Jeff Bohn

I think you are doing a great job, and focusing on what I think is the most important topic: making everyone aware of the activities of groups like HSUS. And it is important that you make your readers aware of opportunities to voice their opinions in these debates. A segment of this country wants to shut the livestock industry down, and we need to have current information on their activities. -Wendell Davis

Wisconsin will be the center of Bovine activity the next couple of weeks. World Beef Expo kicks off Thursday, September 24 at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. Saturday and Sunday are packed with a variety of sales and shows. On Sunday, juniors will close out the Expo with their heifer and steer shows. The following weekend dairy cattle producers from across the world will descend upon Madision for World Dairy Expo. It is a great time to catch up with your local sales reps that work both sides of bovine industry. Hope you consider checking out either event. -Scott Gafney

Stay tuned for the following topics this week: a recap of my weaning calves weekend, tackling challenges in the agriculture industry head on and sharing the story of your homestead. Join the discussion today! Have a great start to a brand new week!

BEEF Daily Quick Fact: The number of small farms counted in the 2007 Census of Agriculture

was 1,995,133, or 91 percent of all farms.

El Niño Continues To Deepen

While you’re checking fuzzy caterpillars to predict the weather, keep in mind the El Niño that began last summer is shaping up to be at least a moderate one this time around.

“Many model forecasts even suggest a strong El Niño,” says folks at the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center (CPC). “But current conditions and trends indicate El Niño will most likely peak at moderate strength.”

Moreover, CPC meteorologists explain, “Temperature and precipitation impacts over the United States are typically weak during the Northern Hemisphere summer and early fall, generally strengthening during the late fall and winter. El Niño can help to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity by increasing the vertical wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean.”

That might be one reason Mother Nature has so far spared folks along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts from more than tropical storms, with about a month left of this year’s peak hurricane season. The periodic weather phenomenon may also explain the desperately needed rains that finally arrived in parched areas of Texas.

Current CPC winter forecasts indicate the primary beneficiaries of above-normal winter moisture will be Texas and other Gulf Coast States (October/November to January); forecasts say these same states will continue to enjoy the chance for extra moisture from January to April, along with the southern part of Southwestern states.

For the week ending September 27, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service:

Corn – 90% of acreage reached the dent stage, which is 5% behind last year and 7% behind normal—a little more than a week behind. Denting was most active in the Great Lakes states and the Dakotas where above average temperatures aided crop development. 37% of the acreage has reached maturity, 12% behind last year and 35% behind the five-year average; more than two weeks behind. Despite active maturity rates during the week, delays of 42 points or more remained in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota. 6% is harvested, 2% less than a year ago; 12% behind the five-year average. Harvest was most advanced in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. 68% is reported Good to Excellent, 7% more than a year ago.

Soybeans – Leaf drop had occurred on 63% of the nation’s acreage, 2% behind last year and 14% behind average. Although leaf drop was active across much of the growing region, overall progress remained behind normal in all estimating states. 5% has been harvested, 3% behind last year and 13% behind average. Harvest was underway in most states as the week ended, with the most progress seen in the Delta. 66% is rated as Good to Excellent, which is 9% more than at the same time last year.

Winter Wheat – 36% has been seeded, which is 1 point behind last year and 3% behind average. Seeding was most active in Colorado, Idaho, and Montana where mostly dry weather afforded producers more than 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week. 13% has emerged, 1% more than last year, but 1% behind normal. Emergence was most advanced in Nebraska and Washington where 45% of the crop had emerged, well ahead of normal.

Spring Wheat – 94% has been harvested, which is 5% behind last year and 4% in back of the average pace. The pace was most active in Minnesota and North Dakota as producers hurried to finish harvest.

Barley – 95% is harvested, which is 2% in back of last year and 3% behind the average pace. Harvest in Montana has been delayed the longest of any state: 7 points, or over 2 weeks behind normal.

Sorghum – Sorghum coloring has reached 87% percent complete, 4% ahead of last year, but 2 points behind the five-year average. 45% has reached maturity, 4% behind last year and 14% behind the average. The most significant delays were evident in Illinois and Nebraska where overall progress was over three weeks and more than one week behind normal, respectively. 33% is in the bin, 2% less than last year and 6% less than average. 49% is rated Good to Excellent, 4% less than the same time a year ago.

Pasture – 48% of the nation’s pasture and range is still rated as Good or Excellent this summer, 7% more than at the same time last year. 22% is rated Poor or Very Poor, compared to 27% a year ago.

States with the worst pasture conditions—at least 40% of the acreage rated poor or worse—include: Arizona (67%); California (90%); Montana (48%); New Mexico (49%); Oregon (48%).

The lushest conditions—at least 40% rated good or better—exist in: Alabama (81%); Arkansas (74%); Colorado (50%); Florida (70%); Georgia (56%); Idaho (53%); Illinois (71%); Indiana (55%); Iowa (57%); Kansas (64%); Kentucky (62%); Louisiana (42%); Maine (48%); Maryland (67%); Mississippi (67%); Missouri (70%); Nebraska (73%); New York (59%); North Carolina (59%); North Dakota (57%); Ohio (54%); Oklahoma (56%); Pennsylvania (57%); South Carolina (41%); South Dakota (64%); Tennessee (75%); Utah (50%); Virginia (55%); West Virginia (40%); Wyoming (50%).

Prices Move Lower Across The Board

There may or may not be more cattle out there than suspected, as the recent coffee shop chatter goes, but beef tonnage coupled with soft domestic consumer beef demand continues to pressure prices south.

Compared with last week, feeder cattle and calves sold weak to $3 lower, with some mid-to-late week auctions reporting even sharper losses, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The week before that, weaned calves and yearlings sold $1-$3 lower than the previous week with the increased arrival of un-weaned, bawling calves.

“Direct trade was very light again this week, with sellers passing bids that were $2-$3 lower than the ones they passed up last week,” AMS analysts said Friday. “All classes of cattle and beef markets posted significantly lower prices for the week; with Live and Feeder futures over $3 lower, cash fed cattle trading $1.50-$2.00 lower, Choice boxed beef cut-out values $3.89 lower; even the average drop (hide and offal) value fell nearly $0.50 to $8.35/cwt., which is $3.09 lower than the same time a year ago.”

Wall Street continues to totter along the path toward recovery and then back again. By the end of the week, and four out of five days falling, major financial indices lost most of the ground gained in September.

Icing on the cake came with Thursday’s announcement from Cooperatives Working Together that they’ve opened bids for another dairy herd liquidation (see Black and White Exodus III).

On one hand, you’ve got to cringe at considering what prices might be if cattle numbers weren’t still on the decline—17 consecutive months of fewer cattle on feed than the prior year. On the other hand, tonnage is diluting the support that dwindling numbers would ordinarily provide.

“Many cattle that were put on feed early in the mild summer and expected to gain a little over 3 lbs./day, actually put on over 4 lbs./day which has caused much of the heavyweight problems in the Northern Plains,” say AMS analysts. “The heavy carcasses (over 1,000 lbs.) that these big cattle are yielding have caused increased pressure to the already pressurized finished market.”

On the up-side, America won’t have to contend with the 2016 Summer Olympics as part of its future tax bill since the committee quashed Chicago’s bid last Friday. And, as the AMS folks point out, at least for calf sellers, “Wheat grazing backgrounders have yet to fully enter the lightweight calf market and farmer feeders remain mostly quiet, as both are pre-occupied with their farming operations. Wheat pastures should be stocked by early November and independent feeders want cattle delivered as soon as the last load of grain is hauled from the field, but both would like to wait until a hard freeze which normally cuts down on sickness problems.”

Incidentally, Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University said Friday that wheat grazing prospects in that state continue to look more favorable than in a number of years.

Writing in Cow-Calf Corner, Peel explained, “Many producers have been focused on getting the wheat planted and proceeding rather cautiously on cattle buying. Stocker prices decreased in September for lack of stocker cattle demand. There is, however, continued interest in grazing winter wheat and indications that stocker buying will pick up in the next few weeks. It is hard to bet against the normal seasonal pattern and predict higher calf prices from early October into November but increased stocker demand may at least stabilize prices and offset some of the tendency for seasonally weaker prices in October. Higher prices are possible as strong stocker demand may exceed the limited supplies of feeder cattle available.”

The summary below reflects the week ended October 2 for Medium and Large 1 – 500- to 550-lb., 600- to 650-lb. (calves), and 700- to 750-lb. feeder heifers and steers (unless otherwise noted). The list is arranged in descending order by auction volume and represents sales reported in the weekly USDA National Feeder and Stocker Cattle Summary:

Summary Table
State Volume Steers Heifers
Calf Weight 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs. 500-550 lbs. 600-650 lbs. 700-750 lbs.
Dakotas 38,000
SD
ND

$107.29
$95.612

$102.83
**

$99.21
$98.18

$94.05
$88.26

$95.13
$89.94

$91.51
$89.53
OK 34,500 $103.53 $99.48 $97.79 $91.86 $92.80 $93.81
TX 29,800 $98.84 $90.78 $97.53 $88.74 $84.95 $83.03
MO 27,400 $104.27 $101.61 $99.39 $92.61 $94.47 $90.86
KY* 19,500 $94.38 $90.54 $89.20 $84.89 $86.63 $86.14
AL 12,900 $93.94 $89.71 $85.73 $83.77 $79.63 $75.67
NE 11,600 $111.75 $104.70 $100.12 $102.36 $99.65 $94.64
AR 11,500 $97.27 $91.42 $92.524 $85.10 $84.28 $94.704
FL* 9,500 $88-95 $78-88 $79-84 $72-82 $69-76 $67-714
NM 9,100 $96.69 $94.35 $84.56 $84.03 $83.99 $80.08
MT 8,700 $103.23 $94.45 $96.02 $90.48 $92.11 $86.23
IA 7,100 $109.48 $101.59 $102.81 $99.65 $97.70 $94.67
LA* 7,000 $84-100 $82-93 $80-884 $78-89 $77-87 $78-844
CO 6,800 $98.72 $96.142 $94.00 $91.31 $89.844 $89.86
TN* 6,800 $92.78 $87.02 $86.40 $80.07 $77.29 $78.18
KS 6,600 $105.95 $96.864 $95.60 $95.42 $93.81 $88.82
MS* 6,600 $81-931 $80-883 ** $75-851 $73-823 $70-755
Carolinas 6,400 $80-96 $79-88 $71.50-84 $69-80.50 $67-78 $65.50-76
WY 6,100 $105.34 $98.05 $95.26 $93.35 $93.454 $91.67
GA* 6,000 $86-100 $83-92 $80-85 $75-86 $71-83 $70-804
VA 3,700 $91.68 $91.44 $86.96 ** $88.58 **
WA* 2,500 $94.64 $92.352 $85.466 $80.33 $81.802 $82.04

* Plus 2
** None reported of the same quality at this weight or near weight
(***) Steers and bulls
(?) As reported, but questionable
NDNo Description
1500-600 lbs.
2550-600 lbs.
3600-700 lbs.
4650-700 lbs.
5700-800 lbs.
6750-800 lbs.
7800-850 lbs.

Managing and Developing Young Beef Bulls

There are as many ways to feed and develop young beef bulls as there are seedstock producers. There are many and varied reasons that bulls are managed and fed the way they are. Whether bulls are developed on the ranch, in a commercial facility, or at a central bull test, they are usually fed to gain 2.8 to 4.0 pounds daily from weaning to one year of age.

One of the most common complaints from beef producers is the run-down condition of young bulls after their first breeding season. Most young bull will loss condition and weight during their first breeding season. However, minimizing the loss of body weight and condition will extend the bull’s usefulness and productivity especially during their initial breeding season. Can bulls be over-conditioned and/or under-conditioned before the first breeding season? The answer is probably yes.

One might think an over-conditioned young bulls are better than under-conditioned bulls because if they are over-conditioned and they are expected to lose condition during the breeding season, at least they will still be in good condition at the end of the breeding season. Over-conditioned bulls entering the breeding season may be less active during the breeding season, especially if the breeding season occurs during the heat of summer.

The same could be said for under-conditioned bulls in that their activity may be limited. It is almost like the porridge being to hot, to cold, or just right. The idea is develop and manage young bulls so that they are “just right” for the breeding season. In other words, they are in their “working” clothes and “toned” up ready to perform their duty. In most cases, feeding and managing bulls to be in body condition score 6 (1=emaciated; 9=obese) at the start of their first breeding season is adequate. Body condition score 6 equates to body fat of about 20% to 23%. This body condition isn’t different for the target body condition of 1st-calf-heifers at their first calving.

As ADG increases, the amount of feeds high in energy, usually feeds high in starch, in the diet increases. As bulls are fed to a higher ADG, the likelihood of increasing body fat also increases. As bulls are pushed to higher ADG, care must be taken to insure and control digestive upsets that can impact the liver in the form of liver abscesses, feet in the form of founder, and rumen integrity. Not managing the feeding program to eliminate digestive upsets has the potential to reduce the longevity of young bulls.

We have used distillers grains and corn gluten feed in our bull development diets. Distillers grains and corn gluten feed have been used as both a protein and energy source. In the process of producing ethanol and fructose (corn syrup), the starch in corn is removed. The remaining byproduct is greater in protein, energy, and phosphorus compared to corn. Removing some starch in the diet and replacing it with essentially a high fiber energy source reduces the incidence of digestive upsets. In addition, if some corn byproducts are used, it is likely that phosphorus can be removed from the supplement. In most cases calcium will be needed in the supplement. In growing bull diets, it would be critical that the calcium to phosphorus ratio not be below 1.6:1. As always, feeds that are used in the diet need to be priced competitively into the diet.

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Congress Gives Less To National Animal ID

A conference committee in Congress has decided to fund the controversial National Animal Identification System for another year to the tune of $5.3 million.

That will be a significant reduction from previous years, but does not placate opponents of the still floundering, five-year-old program.

“We’re disappointed with the decision,” said Bill Bullard, the chief executive of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund.

Bullard was in North Platte Saturday at a convention of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska. R-CALF USA, ICON and 91 other groups asked Congress to eliminate the funds.

The critics say existing livestock records, such as brands, ear tags, veterinary logs and auction barn records do a good job of tracking cattle movements. USDA inspections at the borders are important to disease prevention, they say.

For instance, U.S. cattle have been free of foot and mouth disease since the 1920s. Another disease, brucellosis, has been largely prevented. If an occasional case appears, it is closely monitored and controlled.

In June, Nebraska and federal officials jumped on a single case of cattle tuberculosis in the northeast part of the state. To date 11,800 head have been tested, with no positive cases.

“The USDA is going from disease prevention to disease monitoring,” a speaker at the ICON convention said.

To read the entire article, link here.

Culling the Beef Cow Herd

Deciding which cows to cull and which cows to keep in the breeding herd impacts future herd performance and profitability. There are many factors to consider when choosing which cows to put on the cull list. Production and market conditions can influence the priority that is placed on different culling criteria. It is often easy to recognize “red flags” that make cows obvious culls (e.g., cows with poor rebreeding performance or severe cancer eye), but there are other reasons to cull cows. The challenge in selecting cull cows is identifying the cows that are making the operation money and the cows that are losing the operation money.


Recognition and assessment of poor animal performance or other factors that might call for animal culling require organized data collection and record keeping. The keys to an effective record keeping system are: 1) decide what production and financial information is useful and practical to collect, 2) collect accurate information in a timely manner, 3) manage that information in a usable form and 4) use the information. Record keeping can be as simple as handwritten notes in a pocket-sized record book or as advanced as data entry into a computerized record keeping system.


To read the entire article, ink here.

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Gardiner Angus Ranch 5th Annual Fall Bull Sale

Many cattlemen took advantage of good weather to come early and spend plenty of time going through the 5th Annual Gardiner Angus Ranch fall sale offering. When the last bull walked through the out gate a short time later, 89 buyers representing 20 states and Mexico, purchased 255 bulls for an exceptional $3,777 average.

Lot 1, GAR Goode Predestined G8214, sparked a lot of pre-sale interest. The most recent American Angus Association data ranks 8214 as the #1 non-parent $Beef Index bull in the breed with a +78.85 $B. Eight continuous generations of 0.9 accuracy indicate this Predestined son will take predictability to a new level. He had an IMF ratio of 122 and a REA ratio of 113. Stanley and Glenda Haag, Snow Creek Ranch, Coffeyville, KS, purchased this outstanding sire for $42,000.

Steve Stratford, Pratt, KS and the team of Smitty Lamb, Ogeechee Farms, Tifton, GA, CAM Ranches, Arnoldsville, GA and Select Sires, Plain City, OH, purchased top bulls for $15,000. Stratford had the winning bid for Lot 35, GAR Goode Objective G8011. This bull posted the highest average daily gain of any of the bulls in the sale at 6.98 lb. The Ogeechee, CAM and Select Sires partnership outlasted the competing bidders for Lot 160, GAR Bextor 6128. A bull with powerful ultrasound data, 6128 had a IMF ratio of 119 and a REA ratio of 112. Lot 2, another impressive Predestined son sold to John Smith, Pink Hill, NC, for $9,000. GAR Predestined T598 is a +72.76 $B bull with a IMF ratio of 145 and a moderate BW EPD of +2.9. Long-time customer Joe Mayer, Guymon, OK, selected Lots 3 and 77, both Predestined sons, and had the winning bid on each at $8,000. Lot 7, GAR Goode Predestined G8212, a full brother to Lot 1, sold to Berry Bortz, Preston, KS, for $7,000. Lot 166, GAR Big Eye 6398, was purchased by Gary O’Neal, Marquez, TX, for $6,500.

Five bulls sold in the $6,000 range. Lot 6 sold to Frank Bills, Severy, KS; Randy Browning, Appleton City, MO-Lot 11; Ross Humphreys, Tucson, AZ-Lot 12; Randy Bennett, Plainview, TX-Lot 163; Berry Bortz-Lot 164. Four bulls, Lots 13, 44, 111 and 161 sold for $5,750 to Frank Bills; Bryan and Carrol Switzer, Bucklin, MO; Glen Gisclair, Cut Off, LA; and C.W. Pratt, Atkins, VA, respectively.

Seven buyers purchased bulls for $5,500. Lot 4-Fred Penn, Cullman, AL; Lot 18-Michael Cole, Livingston, AL; Lot 34-Manual Gonzalez, Juarez, Mexico; Lot 40-Larry Jones, Holcomb, KS; Lot 87-Allan Stephens, Kenton, TN; Lot 212-Randy Bayne, Protection, KS; and Lot 213-Berry Bortz.

A steady market was indicated as 10 buyers purchased bulls for $5,250 and another 10 buyers purchased bulls at $5,000 each.

The average bull in this sale ranks in the top 15% of the Angus breed for direct calving ease, the bottom 46% (lighter BW) for birth weight while ranking in the top 12% of the breed for weaning weight. The offering ranks in the top 7% of the Angus breed for yearling weight. The average also places the offering in the top 4% of the breed for marbling and top 6% for ribeye. The $Value Index for the sale offering is equally as impressive, ranking them in the top 17% for $W, top 2% for $F, top 4% for $G and top 3% for $B.

Volume Buyers—Bulls:

Burnett 6666 Ranches, Guthrie, TX; Perkins-Prothro Ranch, Kerrick, TX; Cooper & Katie Hurst, Woodville, MS; Larry Jones; Joe Howard Williamson, Archer City, TX; Manual Gonzalez; Shannon & Ronda Hall, Comanche, OK; Gator Taylor, Zolfo Springs, FL; Mark Luckie, Ashland, KS; Randy Bennett; Frank Bills; and Fred Stephens, Wichita Falls, TX.

Additional notes of interest:• 47% of the bulls sold in a $3,000 to $5,000 range

• 64% of the sale offering sold to KS, MO, OK, TX

• Bulls sold to 89 buyers from 20 states and Mexico

Sale Total & Averages

Registered Bulls

Total Lots Category Gross Average

109 18 mo-old bulls $459,000 $4,211

146 14-16 mo-old bulls 504,100 3,453

255 Lots $963,100 $3,777