Our goal in this business is simple, raise cattle that work for us, not the other way around. Converting low quality forage (grass) into high quality protein (beef) is our business. We feel that we don’t raise bulls, our cows do. Our cows are the factory and we don’t believe that cattle are a one size fits all, and that certain cattle are more profitable in one environment than they would be in another. Here in Northeast Wyoming the winters are long and the snow gets deep. It is important for us and our customers that in a 12 month period, the cow will calve, breed back in short order, raise a calf that is ideally 50 percent of her own body weight or higher, and do it all with the least amount of supplemental feed as possible. Disposition is important, but not at the expense mothering ability. Most of our customers require their cows to calve on the range with no help, where it doesn’t matter if she eats cake out of your hand, but, it is important that she takes care of her calf. However, it is possible to have both, and we strive for it. We believe that EPD’s are important tools, but we look at them entirely differently. There is an EPD for almost everything and what we are looking for is optimum balance between maternal, growth and carcass traits. We have chosen to ignore the trend of bigger being better and have gone back in the annals of time, to find bulls, such as 6807, EXT and Quantum, which have consistently set the standard for the last 20 plus years.
So, why do we raise 2 year old bulls? Our goal in the bull business is equally as simple, raise bulls that make our customers money. We truly believe that the best cattle in the world will be wasted if not managed right. With year after year of buying yearling bulls ourselves that were fat and glossy and so appealing, only to be disappointed when we pulled them out of our cows and in some cases before we turned them out. We knew there had to be a better way. A visit with Larry Leonhardt of Shoshone Angus made it clear. Our two year old bulls are managed for the same longevity and proficiency that we expect of our females. After weaning, we background our bulls much like you would grass cattle, grass hay and a couple pounds of DDG, ABSOULOTELY NO STARCH. Our goal is to gain 1.5 to 2 pounds a day and then turn out to grass. Our bulls summer in large hard grass pastures where they are expected to stay sound and gain weight. In the late fall, and early winter, we gather the bulls and put them back on a 2 to 5 pound ration of DDG and hay or grass if any is still available. Once again, no starch, just enough DDG and hay to gain 1.5 to 2 pounds a day. No fat, no fluff, just honest bulls, ready to work. By keeping the bull this long, we get to do the sorting in our pastures, not our customers in theirs!
The 2019 Annual Bull Sale will be On February 21st in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The sale will take place at the Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange at NOON. Please note the time change!'
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