We built our Angus herd through artificial insemination with some of the best genetics in this country. We like cows with a little more substance and productivity than what you could find in those early years. Our criteria included some frame, performance and calving ease and they had to have good dispositions. It was tougher than we thought it would be with the numbers of Angus cattle out there even 20 years ago. Thankfully that isn't the case these days. It has taken a few years to get where we are now but we can honestly say we are happy with our Angus cattle. Some of the latest bloodlines we've AI'd to are Pendleton, Legacy, and Incentive. It is our job to provide the commercial man with the same top genetics we would use ourselves. Many of our young cows are several generations of the best AI genetics available. Finding the right type of herd sire for pasture breeding was also tough. We found the right type when we found On Fire. He was thick with some hip, length and frame. His calves were impressive. A couple of years ago we lost On Fire to an accident and we began hunting for a new herd sire. We found our "Thunder" and have been very happy with his calves. He is a Connealy Thunder son out of a Marathon daughter. They are low to moderate in birth weight but they have a lot of growth. We have some that are coming 2 in late April and May. 2014 calves won't be old enough for breeding until May or June. We don't feed the young bulls hard and don't expect them to be ready to breed cows until mid summer. They are an impressive bunch however.
We concentrate on good dispositioned cattle with an ability to survive and turn that grass into pounds. We like cattle with a moderate frame of 6 to 7 frame with just enough leg to keep them out of the mud and snow and just enough capacity. We've had many compliments on the eye appeal of our Angus herd.
We've shown our cattle at the Gem State Sale in Twin Falls, at a sale in Elko and sold through a all breed female sale in Hermiston, OR. We don't take our Angus cattle on the road much. Debbie has an old arm injury that won't let her lead cattle like she used to. Cliff usually stays home and manages the ranch. Since most of the Angus events are halter shows we have decided to promote and sell our cattle off of the ranch. It's a shame because they are show stoppers. As with any animal, there are problems. We are happy to say that the American Angus Association is dealing with the issues that have been facing the breed. Disposition was one issue. They are now taking docility scores to help breeders make informed mating decisions. The last several years Angus breeders have also had to face the very time consuming and expensive issue of cattle defects. A lot of rumors are running around but the best way to make sure you buy a defect free animal is to buy one that is registered. Any animals that are related to carriers of defects must be tested so that they don't pass down bad genes to their offspring. If they aren't tested, they won't be registered. And they won't be registered if they are carrying a defect.