Friends, another spring bull sale season is almost “in the books” and it has been a good one. After the first few bull sales, I found myself in a very “bullish” market, one like I have never experienced before. As a reader your perspective will depend on whether you were on the buying or selling side of this market, but it took me a while to get over the sticker shock of the bulls we tried, sometimes unsuccessfully, to purchase this spring. But with these higher bull prices comes unprecedented high prices for all classes of beef cattle and a kind of optimism seldom expressed by cattlemen. Combined with a comprehensive offering of genetics for many industry segments and a dedicated team of people, this cattle market has also driven our A.I. business to rare air this spring. If you are a customer, either first time or long time, thank you for your business!
I want to share with you a few comments about several of the bulls we were fortunate to acquire this spring.
Boyd Signature AAA 16916267 Signature is one of the most unique bulls that sold in the Angus breed this year. He was purchased by Kiamichi Link Ranch, OK for $170,000 and recently leased to Select Sires. At nearly $38 for $Weaning and Top 1% for $Beef, Signature is a genetic giant for performance and carcass merit. The uniqueness of the bull is his phenotype and pedigree that compliment his genetic profile. A Frontman X On Target X Wulfs EXT combination, Signature is a total outcross to the Select Sires lineup and to most competitor’s lineups. He is an impressive individual that is moderate in frame size and exceptionally thick for an Angus bull. His Erica Dianna cow family produced Wulfs EXT 6106 and the On Target cattle have many genetic markers for growth performance and feed efficiency. I believe Signature will be one of the “must use” young sires in the Angus breed next year. We expect him to become available for sale early this fall.
Connealy Shrek AAA 16204949 Shrek is a 4- year-old bull that was on my short list back in 2009 at the Connealy sale. This was the same year we purchased Sullivan and Counterpart. Since we had purchased the other two, we passed on Shrek and he was purchased by our Ohio neighbors, Way View Cattle Company, but I kept my eye on his production ever since that time. With two large calf crops turned in against many of the best AI sires in the business, Shrek’s genetic profile has continued to improve (look him up and you will see what I mean!) and this spring Way View accepted our offer to purchase him. He is slated to breed cows at Way View this summer and come to our facilities this fall. We hope to have semen available towards the close of 2012.
GDAR CJD Dash 1705 (name to change) AAA 16944751 This calving ease prospect is a Sitz Dash son out of a GDAR Game Day daughter and the first bull at Select Sires from Gartner Denowh Angus Ranch, MT. This is a unique bull that I found on a calving ease sort and represents a different spin on some popular pedigrees in the Angus breed. One of the most intriguing things about this bull is his mother. She is truly a moderate-framed “1000-pound cow.” Everywhere I go people talk about how they want moderate-sized mature cows, yet nobody seems to have any! If you come to Arnett Acres I will be the first to admit I am as guilty of this as anyone. Well I promise you the dam of this GDAR bull is small framed yet she produced a bull that ratioed 110 for weaning and yearling weights in one of the good herds in the Angus breed. Plus she is a big volume, feminine little cow with a beautiful udder. Interestingly, this is not a high $Beef bull due to his lower CW EPD (each pound of CW EPD is worth at least $1 of $Beef and really drives this index), but don’t overlook that he is high for marbling EPD. This will be one of the cowmakers of the future Select Sires lineup.
Connealy 7229 919 (will be renamed to Connealy Comrade) AAA 17031465 was our pick of the Consensus 7229 sons at Connealy’s. Out of a very good 5050 daughter, Comrade is 10 for CED and 122 for YW EPD. He is among the elite of the Angus breed at 42+ for $Weaning. Comrade scanned 149 IMF ratio against 489 head in his contemporary group and like all young bulls at Select Sires, has genomically enhanced EPDs. We like the performance and pedigree of this 2012 Connealy sale favorite.
YAR Standard 1077 (will be renamed) AAA 16991624 comes from the up-and-coming York Ranches in California but his dam is a US Premium Beef daughter bred by Thomas Angus Ranch of OR. This is a perfect mating in my opinion because the New Standard cattle are bigger statured, high growth cattle that people appreciate for the production and performance. Ideally, the New Standards could be a notch more moderate sized with easier-keeping range cow attributes. That is exactly where USPB compliments this mating. Everyone loves those moderate framed, easy fleshing, good uddered USPB daughters making YAR Standard 1077 the perfect blend of performance with cow power. At 15 for CED and over 100 for YW, this one is set up to be a spread bull that can do many things well in a mating scheme.
MCR Daybreak Design 081 (will be changed to MCR Horizon 081) AAA 17076135 is one of two Daybreak sons headed to Select Sires this year. The other is a great youngster called GAR Sunrise (AAA 16933958) who sells as our choice for Lot 1 at GAR this Saturday. Daybreak cattle are extremely good for calving ease and if mated correctly will offer extra carcass merit. Brian found Horizon while perusing the MCR catalog one morning when I was on my way back to the Kansas City airport and he called to tell me about this bull. I took the next exit off I-70 to Mill Creek Ranch at Alma Kansas is just down the road from my old stomping grounds at Kansas State University. When I arrived, Chad Breiner already had the bull up for me as he knew I had a flight to catch. One of the things I would change about Daybreak cattle (in general) is that they are relatively flat muscled with not much thickness behind. When I saw Horizon, I was pleasantly surprised in this regard. He is above average for thickness with a thick top and a big square hip and lots of volume and capacity to go with it. Plus he is a loose structured, fluid moving bull with excellent feet and clean joints. I really like this young bull.
This is not the complete list of Angus bulls acquired this year, and perhaps not the best bulls we acquired. We will know the answer to that in a couple of years! This is just a list of a few of the highlights. I must close now as I need to get home and move our cows to another pasture. It is still just cool enough here in Ohio that the grass isn’t growing at the pace I expect it will with a little more heat.
Thank you for reading and most of all thank you for your business. Wishing you the most prosperous spring, Aaron Arnett