When March comes around, it's time for herd visits and COBA producer meetings in the Southwest. Once again, I enjoyed spending time with the COBA staff-- they are one hard working group! Starting in Dallas and heading south, Texas Beef Specialist Norm Hoff and I covered the eastern 2/3 of the Lone Star State in just a couple days before I caught up with Randy Carpenter in the panhandle.
Our first herd visit was to Rutherford Ranches. Manager Kevin Gallagher is one of the world's biggest fans of 7AN222 Predestined. He was of the first operators to use the bull over 10 years ago and still uses his? influence as much as he can---probably more than anyone in Texas! Kevin loves that the cattle are so fault-free and his commercial customers keep coming back for more. $Beef is a big driver there because it puts more dollars in his customer's pockets. Cows were on shots to start flushes to Ingenuity and Fusion; can't argue with that genetic logic!
RA Brown Ranch was as impressive as I had expected. COBA Salesman John Lee, west Texas Beef Specialist Randy Carpenter, and I had a great time with host Donnell Brown. Donnell is a student of breed character and the role that each breed plays in America's beef herd. This historic ranch has developed some fine bulls that are favorites at Select Sires. Red Angus sires like 7AR58 Heritage and 7AR57 Covenant are high demand bulls—producers love their ability to create muscle mass and incredible volume, respectively. I saw Heritage's dam-- thick, medium in stature; she was maybe my favorite cow in the donor pen. Be sure to look for her picture in forthcoming Red Angus advertising. One of our commercial customer's favorites at Select Sires is an Angus bull developed by RA Brown Ranch, as well. 7AN355 MR 3407N is hard to beat for CED, BW & $W. "Balanced" and "Practical" are words that come to mind when reflecting on this herd visit.
Steve and Laura Knoll's 2Bar Angus is always a good stop. Steve Knoll has become one of my favorite folks to talk with about carcass cattle. He is going to use Fusion heavy and I think we'll see Prophet used there, too. There were a couple 7AN278 Selective cows there that were to die for. Unbelievable mass and power in the ones I scoped out on the pivot fields. They were prepping for flushing nearly a dozen cows in the coming weeks and you can bet Select Sires genetics were going to be super popular at donor breeding time!
Last stop was Hales Angus. They have built quite a young cow herd and are using the influence of 7AN352 Combination and 7AN350 Confidence. I appreciate the way that the Hales family can tie powerful phenotype and elite EPD profiles together. Richmond Hales is quite the character! I think he has intentions of injecting 7AN303 New Day 454 which will certainly compliment their program quite well. Great days ahead for the Hales family!
Well, that's all for Texas, see you down the road!