Our Latest Edition WB Miraculous 575B He is the newest edition and will be our herd bull. His attributes--easy calving, growth, milk, disposition, and marbling ability. He placed 4th in the calving ease division in the Washington Cattlemen's Association Test Sale in 2018, this year at Eltopia, Washington. He was also the second high selling Angus bull in the sale. He was well liked by many and we feel good to have gotten him purchased. There are pictures of him below in the slide show and on the Home page. I was unable to upload the video to this page but it is available on our Facebook page or by clicking HERE. which takes you to our public page with Dropbox. They will ask you to sign in but if you don't have an account or want one just close the box and watch the video. Adj. Weaning Wgt. 878 Off Test Wgt. 1277.5
CED BW WW YW Doc Milk Marb Re Fat 12 -.3 + 76 +128 +11 + 24 +.91 +.58 +.019
Test Gain Ratio 107.43 Test ratio 3.56 Weight per Day of Age 3.45 Adj. 365 ratio 109.66 Final Index 108.54
Our Goals and Beliefs We built our Angus herd through artificial insemination with some of the best genetics in this country. Our criteria included performance and calving ease and good dispositions. We also like cows with a little more substance and productivity too. We believe cattle should have a moderate frame of 6 to 6.5 frame with just enough leg to keep them out of the mud and snow and able to negotiate the rough terrain here in the West. Cattle also need enough capacity to do what they need to without creating waste weight. We take a lot of pride in the compliments we have received on the eye appeal of our Angus herd. 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. We use the best genetics available and we believe our buyers should have the same. The difference between your programs and our is the bookkeeping work and expense that we deal with to provide you these features.
A.I. Sire Influence Some of the latest bloodlines we've AI'd to are Pendleton, Legacy, Brilliance and Incentive.
The Herd Bulls That Have Made The Most Difference In Our Program Our most impressive herd sires went back to the well known lines of Connealy Thunder and Gambles Hot Rod (through On Fire). --BSAR On Fire 446T was an impressive addition to our bull power. He was thick with a good square hip, length and frame. His calves were impressive. His dam was Vermilion Alexenia 8446 and his sire was Gambles Hot Rod. Hot Rod was both a successful show sire and he also produced cattle like On Fire that worked in real world herds. We were very dad to lose On Fire to an accident. --PEV Thunder 98X1 was a son of Connealy Thunder and PEV MRN BarBaramere Jet 98U2. Her sire was BC Marathon 7022. He was the prefect combination of thick and stout. His calves were just like him. The bulls made excellent herd sires and the daughters are great mothers. We also used a son of his out of a Legacy dam. He too was a masterpiece.
A Change in Marketing We've shown our cattle at the Gem State Sale in Twin Falls, at a sale in Elko and sold through an all breed female sale in Hermiston, OR. We don't take our Angus cattle on the road much these days. 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. We are also wintering our cattle with our friend and partner of sorts, Luke Lowe. We are spending our winters in White Bird. We are close enough to work with the cattle when needed but Luke takes care of the every day things. Luke has also been selling the bulls we've produced.
What the American Angus Association Is Doing For The Breed The success of any breed belongs to the national association and the registered breeders. Fortunately the AAA takes care of breed issues head on. All breeds have their problems. We are happy to say that the American Angus Association is dealing with the two issues that have been facing the breed. Disposition was one issue. They are now taking docility scores to help breeders make informed mating decisions. In 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 bull is to buy one that is registered from a reputable breeder. 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 as we understand the policy of the American Angus Association. This policy suits us because we believe in passing on only the best.