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Flying H Genetics

Cattleman’s Chronicle

Spring Newsletter

2017

Vol.19

We’re In It Together... …and as a TEAM—a group that works toward a common goal—we will win! Just as with sports teams, in the cattle business there are several team members and all are important to your success. The most important team member is you the OWNER--The man or woman in charge—the decision maker or coach if you prefer. You put together your team--identify and recruit the players (the cows and bulls that make up the herd), puts together the finances, land base and other resources needed plus make the decisions on herd health, nutrition, marketing, etc.. All supported by advisors or assistant coaches. A plan is developed, goals are set and a marketing plan is put in place. Some plans are simple with minimum goals and marketing effort while others are more aggressive with the goal of doing the best with what you have—maybe winning it all by building a reputation as one of the best in the business. No matter what your situation, the potential of your cow herd is limited by its genetic potential.

Because it all starts with genetics, the second most important team member is: YOUR GENETICS PROVIDER!!

No matter how good the rest of your team is, success is limited by the genetic potential or talent level of your cows and bulls. How good are your cattle? What is their potential? What do you need to improve?

Two genetic traits, fertility and calving ease are fundamental to everything else we do in the cattle business. After

you get a live calf then other genetics like milk, growth and carcass

value add to the potential profit of your cowherd and can be managed with the help of other team members to achieve success and profits.

That’s why FLYING H GENETICS works so hard to identify, reproduce and market only SUPERIOR GENETICS to build a foundation with the potential for your team to maximize efficiency and profits and produce a product our consumers will pay a premium for time after time. The cattle industry has many new tools to help us identify and select for superior genetics in many traits. With the help of performance data and DNA analysis we can rank the genetic power of every animal, bull or female, within and across breeds. But so many

numbers are confusing so FLYING H GENETICS developed our 5 STAR INDEXING SYSTEM to help you easily identify animals that excel genetically for Disposition, Growth, Muscle, Carcass and Maternal traits. To cover all the bases, we also guarantee Calving Ease on every bull we sell with many guaranteed for first calf heifers. There are some traits that are economically relevant that we don’t have good genetics values for. Forageability, Structural soundness, Disease resistance and other functional traits are examples and must be observed and culled for to eliminate these undesirable traits.

This is where the FLYING H GENETICS 17 QUALITY STANDARDS come into play. We evaluate traits like teat and

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The Quickest Way To Increase Profitability From Your Cow Herd Is... ... Eliminate the losers!!!

Second, we try to eliminate cows that will likely cost us more than

the cows. Start by sorting the poorest, smallest, least valuable calves back with the cows. Only stop when every calf left in the pen is worth more than $750. As these cows and calves pair up, sort them into a separate pen and sell them before they lose you more money. Do not make excuses for pet cows or first calf heifers in this group. Why give them another chance to lose money again next year? Your other cows made the cut; don’t make excuses for those that didn’t.

Remember, we are only trying to identify the cows that are not producing enough revenue to pay their bills for a full year.

You have now identified most of you losers and by eliminating them you will make a major contribution to the profits from you cow herd.

Two sorts at weaning time will improve you profitability quicker than any other management decision you make. And it doesn’t take a computer, complicated software, scales or ear tags. First, we identify the cows that are losing money due to poor production and replace them with cows that will make us money.

their calves are worth. These will be different than number one.

The first sort removes the cows that did not wean a calf or are open—the obvious losers. If it costs you $750 in grass, feed, medicine, labor and depreciation to carry a cow for one year, these cows just lost/cost you $750 and if replaced with cows that produce calves worth more than $750 you just made $750 plus!! Nothing else will improve your profitability quicker.

Another part of this sort is to identify cows that did not produce a calf valuable enough to pay their bills this year. This

is easy to do at weaning time after you have sorted the calves from

CAUTION: This system will not work if you creep feed your calves! Creep feeding eliminates the ability to identify your

best and poorest producing cows. Creep feeding simply hides a cow’s true production by generating fake production from your cows. Creep feeding increases your production costs and

isn’t needed if you eliminate the losers that are not producing a calf that pays their bills without the cost of creep feeding. At Flying H we have found that even in a drought, early weaning is more economical than creep feeeding and still allows us to identify and eliminate the losers.

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udder quality, feet, leg and structural soundness, ability to make a living without a feed bucket both on cornstalks and fescue grass and other necessary functional and longevity traits to make sure we are offering the best genetics in every trait possible. That means we can offer a completely Superior Genetic package. ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING that FLYING H GENETICS DOES NOT OFFER IS—FAT!! Most Seedstock producers add

some extra fat to make their bulls look thicker and weigh more making them “better” than they really are. This extra fat only benefits the bull seller because none of that extra weight and thickness will be passed to the calves and actually helps hide the faults of the animal…kind of like painting over rust on a used pickup…it may look better but it does not change what is underneath. We consider extra fat Deceptive Advertising?

Once you have the genetics right, both measured and observed, you need to make the most of them! That’s where the rest of the team comes into action. Veterinarian, nutritionist, marketing professionals, banker and family are assistant coaches that help make the cattle business fun and profitable. Use their expertise to compliment your experience and knowledge to make the most of what you have. And then make it even better by improving something, genetics, feed, health, management, grass, every year. If you’re not getting better, you’re losing ground.

FLYING H GENETICS USES MANY RESOURCES TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE THEIR GENETICS AND THEIR OPERATION. WE ALSO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS SELECT THE RIGHT GENETICS FOR THEIR NEEDS. WE KNOW OUR GENETICS, YOU KNOW YOUR NEEDS--TOGETHER WE MAKE A GREAT TEAM. GIVE US A CALL , 308-962-6500 ANYTIME, WE LOVE TO TALK CATTLE!!

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actually looks at the heifer’s genetics and ranks them for various important traits. We would recommend this as the final step before breeding your replacements as this selection is in addition to all of the production and phenotype culls you have made to this point. This will improve the percentage of bred heifers that actually make great cows.

The second sort is a little harder but worth the effort. From

the cows that are left, start sorting out cows that don’t fit—too big, poor condition score, poor teat and udders, poor disposition, bad feet etc. These cows paid their way this year but probably won’t next year. This sort is being proactive; trying to prevent future loses--identifying cows and conditions that limit their long term profitability. Maybe you keep them till they calve to return the most profit but eliminating them before they lose you $1-200 per head makes real cents.

2) Breeding—AI or natural matings to genetically superior heifer bulls, must breed within two cycles to be kept. Opens are culled, late breds sold.

This didn’t take a computer, smart phone or ear tags but you just identified your profitable cows and eliminated the losers making your cowherd more profitable.

3) Calving—must deliver a live calf, mother it and produce adequate milk with good teat and udder conformation. Cull those that don’t!

But what about replacements?

4) Weaning—must rebreed and pass the “cow cull” above to remain in the herd.

You can buy them but Flying H has always recommended that, if you have an above average cow herd, you need to keep you own replacements. They will be more adapted to your

management and environment, if you’ve been buying the right bull genetics you’ll know what you are getting rather than hoping the ones you buy will “fit”. If you can’t develop them yourself, there are professional custom heifer developers that will do it for you.

The real question is; how do I pick the right replacements? Making the sorts above on your cow herd and selling the pairs has eliminated some of the heifers you don’t want to keep. From the remaining heifers we suggest you remove the outliers. The biggest heifers are probably too large framed, others will be too coarse or bad structured or not feminine or sound. Sort off the nervous or wild ones. Thin, narrow or shallow bodied heifers should go too. All of these criteria, plus those culled by the cow sort earlier should eliminate the obvious outs. Remember, you are searching for cows that will be profitable for many years so try to eliminate potential losers now.

This should leave you with more heifers than you need, maybe 50% or more depending on your current herd. GOOD--because there are more sorts as they continue to develop and prove themselves. That’s right; they need to prove they are “good enough” to become part of your exceptional herd.

If, after all this culling you have more young cows than you need for replacements—CONGRATULATIONS!!! You could expand your herd to become even more profitable or get even stricter on culling cows, selling them bred or as pairs, to improve your herd faster.

At Flying H Genetics we utilize our “Heifer Challenge” to help identify the heifers with genetics that fit our management and

environment. They can’t do that in a dry lot with bale rings or feed bunks. So we make them work for a living by having them forage daily whether it is corn stalks, winter graze or grass. We do supplement a small portion of their ration to achieve around 1-1.25 pounds daily gain. This help us train them to forage or rough it and also helps identify those that, for whatever reason, don’t maintain average or better body condition.

At Flying H Genetics, we know this system of cow herd development works— we have been using it for many years and have seen a tremendous improvement in the quality and uniformity of our cow herd across all breeds.

These other sorts should include the following: 1) Prebreeding—palpation, pelvic and condition score exams. Fails are culled. A new tool available is a DNA Genetic test that

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As seed stock producers, Flying H Genetics includes additional culling criteria and selection tools to Guarantee the Quality of the Genetics in the bulls our customers buy to build and improve their herds. We have to be more critical—including a sharp knife and our 17 Quality Standards—so you can be confident that any bull you buy from Flying H Genetics is genetically superior for all economically relevant traits!


Consider Crossbreeding for Improving Profit and Sustainability in Commercial Beef Production By Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Cow-Calf Extension Specialist, Kansas State University Reprinted with permission of the author

The dramatic changes and volatility cow-calf production system input costs and calf values have many producers wondering about the value of heterosis in today’s beef industry pricing structure.

The Importance of Crossbreeding • Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality). The reduction of production costs, and thus breakeven prices, can also improve profitability.

Many producers are seeking ways to improve cow-calf production efficiency and profitability. Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality). The reduction of production costs, and thus breakeven prices, can also improve profitability. Better yet, improving the input:output ratio should enhance profit. Moreover, the improvement of production efficiency from crossbreeding improves beef’s sustainability. A variety of production metrics and sustainability measures benefit by producing more head and calves and pounds of beef per unit land area or calorie consumed at the enterprise level. Positive changes in cow longevity, reproductive rate and calf performance from heterosis effectively reduces maintenance energy requirements per pound of beef produced. Dilution of maintenance costs of the cowherd improves sustainability in both the environmental, through more efficient land use, and profitability areas. For commercial beef producers, the implementation of technologies and breeding systems that increase the quality and volume of production and reduce input costs is essential to maintain or improve the competitive position of the operation. Some producers are thinking of establishing a more conventional straight breeding system to improve end-product value traits and want to understand the value they are giving up as they sacrifice heterosis, while other producers are considering the establishment of a planned crossbreeding system to capture the value of hybrid vigor. Either way, to make an informed decision, producers need to know the value generated in their herd by heterosis or hybrid vigor. To fully understand the trade-offs, it is essential to know what it is you sell and how you sell it. The lure of premiums for high quality beef carcasses is appealing; it gets lots of trade publication promotion and it can be profitable. No doubt growing the top-line of the beef value chain and satisfying customers is important. That said, if you are producer that sells calves at weaning you have very limited opportunity to capture the value of selection pressure you place on end-product quality at the expense of other traits or loss in heterosis. It is also true that even if you own the cattle to harvest and are paid on a grid, you only get a fraction of the value of the improvement, albeit bigger than the calf premium. Conversely, the value of heterosis affects every cow on your outfit and it is value that you can capture every year no matter how you sell calves. More importantly, it’s not a $20 or $40 or $60 premium per head you might get for selling calves or carcasses…the heterosis premium is much, much more.

• For commercial beef producers, the implementation of technologies and breeding systems that increase the quality and volume of production and reduce input costs is essential to maintain or improve the competitive position of the operation. • To make an informed decision, producers need to know the value generated in their herd by heterosis or hybrid vigor. • The value of heterosis affects every cow on your outfit and it is value that you can capture every year no matter how you sell calves. More importantly, it’s not a $20 or $40 or $60 premium per head you might get for selling calves or carcasses…the heterosis premium is much, much more. • Improvements in cow-calf production due to heterosis are attributable to having both a crossbred cow and a crossbred calf. The two tables in the adjoining article detail the individual (crossbred calf) and maternal (crossbred cow) heterosis observed for various important production traits. • The production of crossbred calves yields advantages in both heterosis and the blending of desirable traits from two or more breeds. However, the largest economic benefit of crossbreeding to commercial producers comes from having crossbred cows. Maternal heterosis improves both the environment a cow provides for her calf as well as improves the longevity and durability of the cow. • Simple examples using current calf pricing and a 23% increase in weaning weight per cow exposed using a terminal sire/F1 (two cross) cow can generate approximately $200 additional revenue per cow per year. I’m not aware of any set of calves that have generated carcass premiums of $200 premium per cow exposed regardless of breed or grid. In today’s calf prices the value of heterosis for a herd of 100 cows is roughly $20,000 per year and represents a decrease in breakeven costs of more than $35/cwt on 600 lb calves. • A well-constructed crossbreeding system can have positive effects on a ranch’s bottom line by not only increasing the quality and gross pay weight of calves produced but also by increasing the durability and productivity of the cow factory.

Why crossbreed? The use of crossbreeding offers two distinct and important advantages over the use of a single breed. First, crossbred animals have heterosis or hybrid vigor. Second, crossbred animals combine the strengths of the parent breeds. The term ‘breed complementarity’ is often used to describe breed combinations that produce highly desirable progeny for a broad range of traits.

What is heterosis? Heterosis refers to the superiority of the crossbred animal relative to the average of its straight bred parents. Heterosis results from the increase in the heterozygosity of a crossbred animal’s genetic makeup. Heterozygosity refers to a state where an animal has two different forms of a gene. It is believed that heterosis is the result of gene dominance and the recovery from accumulated inbreed-

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ing depression of pure breeds. Heterosis is, therefore, dependant on an animal having two different copies of a gene. The level of heterozygosity an animal has depends on the random inheritance of copies of genes from its parents. In general, animals that are crosses of unrelated breeds, such as Angus and Brahman, exhibit higher levels of heterosis, due to more heterozygosity, than do crosses of more genetically similar breeds such as a cross of Angus and Hereford. Heterosis generates the largest improvement in lowly heritable traits. Moderate improvements due to heterosis are seen in moderately heritable traits. Little or no heterosis is observed in highly heritable traits. Heritability is the proportion of the observable variation in a trait between animals that is due to the genetics that are passed between generations and the variation observed in the animal’s


phenotypes, which are the result of genetic and environmental effects. Traits such as reproduction and longevity have low heritability. These traits respond very slowly to selection since a large portion of the variation observed in them is due to environmental factors and a small percentage is due to genetic differences. Heterosis generated through crossbreeding can significantly improve an animal’s performance for lowly heritable traits. Crossbreeding has been shown to be an efficient method to improve reproductive efficiency and productivity in beef cattle. Improvements in cow-calf production due to heterosis are attributable to having both a crossbred cow and a crossbred calf. The two tables below detail the individual (crossbred calf) and maternal (crossbred cow) heterosis observed for various important production traits. These heterosis estimates are adapted from a report by Cundiff and Gregory, 1999, and summarize crossbreeding experiments conducted in the South-eastern and Mid-west areas of the US.

A variety of crossbreeding systems yield 20-30% improvements in weaning weight per cow exposed not including the additional value generated through sire selection within breed. This represents a substantial change in output given relatively constant input. Simple examples using current calf pricing and a 23% increase in weaning weight per cow exposed using a terminal sire/F1 (two cross) cow can generate approximately $200 additional revenue per cow per year. I’m not aware of any set of calves that have generated carcass premiums of $200 premium per cow exposed regardless of breed or grid. In today’s calf prices the value of heterosis for a herd of 100 cows is roughly $20,000 per year and represents a decrease in breakeven costs of more than $35/cwt on 600 lb calves.

How can I harness the power of breed complementarity? Breed complementarity is the effect of combining breeds that have different strengths. When considering crossbreeding from the standpoint of producing replacement females, one could select breeds that have complementary maternal traits such that females are most ideally matched to their production environment. Matings to produce calves for market should focus on complementing the traits of the cows and fine tuning calf performance (growth and carcass traits) to the market place. There is an abundance of research that describes the core competencies (biological type) of many of today’s commonly used beef breeds. Traits are typically combined into groupings such as maternal/reproduction, growth and carcass. When selecting animals for a crossbreeding system, their breed should be your first consideration. What breeds you select for inclusion in your mating program will be dependant on a number of factors including the current breed composition of your cow herd, your forage and production environment, your replacement female development system, and your calf marketing endpoint. All of these factors help determine the relative importance of traits for each production phase.

Table 1. Individual Heterosis Trait

Calving Rate, % Survival to Weaning, % Birth Weight, lb. Weaning Weight, lb. Yearling Weight, lb. Average Daily Gain, lb./d

Units

3.2 1.4 1.7 16.3 29.1 0.08

% Heterosis 4.4 1.9 2.4 3.9 3.8 2.6

Why is it so important to have crossbred cows? The production of crossbred calves yields advantages in both heterosis and the blending of desirable traits from two or more breeds. However, the largest economic benefit of crossbreeding to commercial producers comes from having crossbred cows. Maternal heterosis improves both the environment a cow provides for her calf as well as improves the longevity and durability of the cow. The improvement of the maternal environment a cow provides for her calf is manifested in the improvements in calf survivability to weaning and increased weaning weight. Crossbred cows exhibit improvements in calving rate of nearly 4% and an increase in longevity of more that one year due to heterotic effects (table 2). Heterosis results in increases in lifetime productivity of approximately one calf and 600 pounds of calf weaning weight over the lifetime of the cow (table 2). Crossbreeding can have positive effects on a ranch’s bottom line by not only increasing the quality and gross pay weight of calves produced but also by increasing the durability and productivity of the cow factory. Crossbred cows maybe the only free lunch in the world. The effects of maternal heterosis on the economic measures of cow-calf production have been shown to be very positive. Scientists have understood the value of heterosis for some time. Using prices from the 1990s, the added value of maternal heterosis ranges from approximately $50/cow/year to nearly $100/cow/year depending on the amount of maternal heterosis retained in the cowherd (Ritchie, 1998). Maternal heterosis accounted for an increase in net profit per cow of nearly $75/cow/year (Davis et al., 1994). Their results suggested that the benefits of maternal heterosis on profit were primarily the reduced cost per cow exposed. Crossbred cows had higher reproductive rates, longer productive lives, and required fewer replacements than straightbred cows in their study. All of these factors contribute to reduced cost per cow exposed. Further, they found increased outputs, including growth and milk yield, were offset by increased costs.

As you make your decision to straight-breed or cross-breed make sure you don’t give away a couple hundred dollars profit per cow to make a $20-60 premium per calf sold at market or on the rail when you can go for both! What are the keys to successful crossbreeding programs? Many of the challenges that have been associated with crossbreeding systems in the past are the result of undisciplined implementation of the system. With that in mind, one should be cautious to select a mating system that matches the amount of labor and expertise available to appropriately implement the system. Crossbreeding systems range in complexity from very simple programs such as the use of hybrid genetics, which are as easy as straight breeding, to elaborate rotational crossbreeding systems with four or more breed inputs. The biggest keys to success are the thoughtful construction of a plan and the sticking to it! Be sure to set attainable goals. Discipline is essential. A well-constructed crossbreeding system can have positive effects on a ranch’s bottom line by not only increasing the quality and gross pay weight of calves produced but also by increasing the durability and productivity of the cow factory. As you make your decision to straight-breed or crossbreed make sure you don’t give away a couple hundred dollars per cow to make a $20-60 premium per calf sold at market or on the rail when you can go for both!

Table 2. Maternal Heterosis Trait Calving Rate, % Survival to Weaning, % Birth Weight, lb. Weaning Weight, lb. Longevity, years

Units 3.5 0.8 1.6 18.0 1.36

% Heterosis 3.7 1.5 1.8 3.9 16.2

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17.0 25.3

Lifetime Productivity Number of Calves Cumulative Weaning Wt., lb.

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Are your cows

EMPLOYEES? You furnish them health care, food and lodging and ask them to do a specific job— convert forages/feed into pounds of beef to sell— sounds like an employee to me. IF YOU LOOK AT YOUR COWS AS EMPLOYEES IT may CHANGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF THEM.

wanted... Cows and Bulls

You have a lot invested in your cowherd, bulls, equipment and corrals; not counting the dollars invested in the land base to support your cowherd. That is a BIG DEAL! What do you expect your cows to do? Maybe they should pay the bills and make a profit!

Must Meet These Requirements

Paying the bills is harder since the market has softened but if you want your employees/cows to be successful (pay the bills and make a profit) they must have the tools necessary to do their job the best they can.

1) Ability to Get Along/Good Disposition Required.

2) Genetics to Calve Without Assistance Required.

Tools like:

3) Annual Production Goals Must be Met.

1) The right genetics to perform their task exceptionally.

4) Must Pass Physical, Functional and Soundness Tests.

2) Proper nutrition to do their job with minimal processed feed.

5) Heterosis Enhanced Efficiency A BIG Plus.

3) Proper herd health to perform at a high level. 4) Good management and marketing and a defined retirement/ culling plan.

6) Maternal Excellence Needed.

7) Superior Carcass Quality and Muscling Required.

Genetics are the basic foundation of your herd. Your herd’s

8) Long Term Commitment Expected.

performance is limited first by their genetic potential, then nutrition, health and management. Get the genetics right, add proper but not excessive nutrition and health care coupled with good management and marketing and your employees will turn you into a winner.

Benefits Include:

1) Free Health Care and Medicine.

2) Family Lodging Provided At No Cost.

There are only two ways to improve your genetics—buy them and cull them. For the best results from your employees

3) Balanced Diet and Drinks Provided Free.

4) Free Transportation and Exercise Program Included.

you must “Hire” the right ones and “Fire” the poor ones.

5) Mandatory Retirement Plan—Early Retirement Possible.

BUY THEM--That’s where your seed stock provider can help. He knows his genetics; you know your needs. Together you can identify the right genetics—bulls—that fit your specific operation and cows/employees best. CULL THEM—eliminating the cows/employees that are losing you money is the quickest way to add profits to your operation. You need to FIRE YOUR POOR EMPLOYEES/COWS!! See the article on “Eliminating Losers” to see how

DON’T FORGET HETEROSIS!! If you could increase the production of your current cows/ employees by 20% with no increase in costs/wages, would you do that? Let’s see, if my cows/employees currently produce $800 in revenue and they could produce $960 by incorporating heterosis—WHAT AM I WAITING FOR? See the article by Dr. Weber “Consider Crossbreeding For

easy this is.

Before you write a check, make sure you are targeting the right genetics for your operation. What is the potential production of your operation? What size cow and what production level or weaning weight will your resources support without adding more feed expense? Extreme growth and milk production to raise bigger calves may be hiring the wrong of employees if it costs more to support them than they can return in production. Remember, some

Improving Profitability and Sustainability…” in this newsletter for a complete explanation of how this works.

How important are your employees/cows to your operations profits? CRITICIAL!! Hiring the best employees/ cows and bulls, managing them right, utilizing cost control measures like heterosis and marketing a superior product are key drivers to your success.

genetics are worth more than others—such as fertility and calving ease. You must start with a live calf before any employee/cow can produce a profit. But then the cow

and calf need the rest of the genetic package to be able to perform and produce the most valuable product to sell. That means traits like growth, milk and carcass all add value and must be balanced against each other to determine what is the best genetic package for your employees and your operation.

Willing to Work

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Flying H Genetics is ready to help. Our 70 years of experience getting the right genetics to our customers and offering several genetic breed packages means we can supply the exact genetics you need to get your job done.


What Will My Neighbors Think? I have heard this several times as I visit with cattlemen about the advantages of heterosis or crossbred vigor. All but one of these has been Angus breeders and the common response is, “I’ve been using Angus bulls for a long time and WHAT WILL MY NEIGHBORS THINK?”

and add profits since 1948. We offer several breeds to provide the exact genetics you need to maximize the potential of your cows and your ranch. There are many ways to utilize heterosis; we will help you find the right fit for your operation. No matter what that combination is, it will be better than the straight breeding system you have now.

You could make your good cows and calves better, add $100-$200 dollars profits for every cow in your herd and you’re worried what your neighbors will think?

Most Angus breeders brag about the carcass quality of their cattle. And they should since the Angus breed has the best marbling scores among the major beef breeds. But there is more to profits than carcass quality. You can maintain carcass quality premiums and

Maybe it is time to think about your family and your profits. Let the neighbors see how much better your calves and cows are—then what will they think?

improve other traits like fertility, longevity, efficiency and muscle—all traits positively affected by heterosis and all traits that add profits.

Are you a progressive cattleman who is willing to try and compare for yourself?

Are you ready to produce better, more efficient cattle and pocket more profits?

Flying H Genetics suggests you start slow, turn one or two bulls with specific cows or in a multi-bull pasture and see what happens. I guarantee YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE and pocket extra cash.

Read the enclosed article by Dr. Weaber and then call Flying H Genetics today, we can help you improve your family’s cow herd and profits like we have done for hundreds of other families. Call 308.962.6500 today to visit!

The Helms Family has been helping cattlemen produce better cattle

Comments from our customers — Gerald Kranau from the Platte Valley of Nebraska says...

Brian Kolbet of Western Nebraska says...

“I have been buying bulls from Flying H Genetics and the Helms Family since 1994. That was one of my best moves ever. My cow

“I LOVE the females from Flying H Genetics bulls! Their disposi-

I really like their calving ease and dispositions and their ROUGHAGE ‘N READY developed bulls are muscular, athletic and ready to work. No fat, lazy bulls here. I TRUST them and they know what genetics I need. Together we’ll pick out several bulls that will work; I set a limit on price and let them fill my order. I have never been disappointed.”

And the Flying H Genetics Death and Injury Warranty is for real. In 2013 a bull I bought died from a spinal injury and I received full credit on his replacement. Their Quality is Superior and Flying H delivers them at my convenience. I have repeat customers for my calves and the replacement heifers I develop almost always top the market.”

Rick and Kim Taylor of Southwest Nebraska say...

Raymond Birney, Southwest Kansas says...

“I have been purchasing bulls from Flying H Genetics since 1997. I feel the bulls are bred with the producer in mind. The bulls are

“Flying H Genetics and the Helms Family has always treated me fair and honestly. I really like being able to buy from

tion is great, they breed early and rebreed—in 2016, of the cows exposed, 99% calved. They milk great with super teat and udder quality; they graze hard and are easy fleshing. Of the 31 bulls I have purchased, I have never had one I didn’t like better after I got him home.

herd and calf crops have improved tremendously and the heterosis we maintain really helps the fertility and productivity of our cows and the growth and carcass values of our calves.

ready to go to work and maintain their condition throughout the breeding season. I am confident that their bulls will remain in our herd and continue to perform for years to come. The bulls are calm and easy to work with, which is important as my wife and kids work with me. Whether I am looking for insight into genetics or want to talk about marketing, Dick and Kyle are always ready to help and are very knowledgeable. Each year I look forward to working with Flying H Genetics.”

Nebraska or Missouri giving me more bulls to pick from and the volume discounts apply to all.

I have had no problems with feet or health; the bulls are not fed fat and are aggressive breeders. I really like the Balancers, that Gelbvieh X Angus cross works great for me.”

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