Heifer Development - “Striving for perfection”
Our heifer development program is designed to allow
heifers to reach their full genetic potential. This
will allow you a much clearer picture as to the quality
of your replacement in your herd. We as ranchers have
traditionally made our primary selections for replacements
visually after they are weaned off the cow. We still
think visual selection is a primary tool, but given
the ability to make your selection after the dust settles
can have a greater impact on efficiency, fertility and
a deeper cut for quality. This also allows for correct
bone and skeletal structure development which will greatly
diminish calving difficulty.
Our program is a minimum of 180 days. The first 90 days
is the development period followed by a 45 day breeding
period and a 45 day post breeding period.
Two weeks after arrival of the cattle we will perform
a breeding soundness exam. This exam will include a
breeding soundness check, reproductive tract score,
pelvic measurement, BVD test and individual weights.
This is also the time to booster pre-breeding vaccinations.
The breeding soundness exam will identify any problem
cattle thus saving you money by being able to get rid
of the culls before putting any more expense in them.
use the 14 day CIDR protocol. A CIDR will be put in
30 days ahead of the breeding date and left in for 14
days. We will then pull the CIDR and wait 16 days and
give a shot of prostaglandin and begin heat detection.
After first service AI we will monitor the heifers for
any repeat heats and breed second and third service.
We can also tailor a 30 day breeding program as well.
After the last heifer is bred we will wait 45 days and
then perform a pregnancy check. The heifers will then
be ready to return back home.
We do offer a limited amount of grass each year to turn
out on if you need extra time before bringing the heifers
back home. They will be cared for by the same staff
and with the same care whether in our yard or out on
Heifer Procurement - “Finding the right one”
If you are in need of finding high quality replacement
heifers for your program, we can help. We have an extensive
list of contacts throughout the country for just about
every breed and type of cattle that you might want.
Whether you have a terminal breeding program and have
to buy all your replacements every year or you want
to grow or improve your herd, we can save you the hassle
of finding the good ones.
Female Marketing – “In high demand”
We have extensive experience in marketing bred females.
Whether it is 10 hd. or 1,000 hd. we can help find serious
buyers that pay for quality genetics.
Crop Marketing - “Maximizing the return on investment
of your genetics”
How do I get paid for investing more in top notch genetics?
The answer is simple, planning and marketing. By sitting
down with you and creating a plan we can then develop
the right strategy for marketing your calves. A successful
plan is often implemented well before the day of delivery.
We will buy several calf crops each year for operations
that value good quality cattle and that share feeding
information with you so you can make better and more
informed management decisions in your operation.
Bull Procurement - “Less is more”
One of the big advantages of our heifer development
program is not having to worry about purchasing heifer
bulls that are in high demand therefore making them
on average more costly than you herd bulls. By eliminating
having to purchase heifer bulls you can narrow your
focus to purchasing herd bulls for your cow herd and
have more budget to get that accomplished. During our
program we will sit down with you and tailor a plan
that fits your needs for improving your herd with the
right sire selection.
Calf Weaning - “Start them right”
Our custom calf weaning program was developed for producers
that needed a place to wean their heifer calves and
then let us do a pre-breeding exam before selecting
their replacements. We have since expanded to include
entire calf crops so that steers may be backgrounded
to maximize marketing opportunities through weaned calf
sales or value added programs. This also offers benefits
during times of drought or feed shortage at your ranch.
We work very closely with our vet and animal health
professionals to insure our health protocols are the
very best. Attention to detail and our highly qualified
staff insure exceptional results. This gives buyers
the confidence they desire in the health and condition
of your cattle that they are purchasing entering into