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SPRING 2012

Our Passion YOUR SUCCESS

Money Ahead Before a Calf Hits the Ground? By Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Seldom do cow-calf producers complain about the current record-high calf prices. We are, indeed, in unprecedented times in the beef industry. However, increased calf prices also mean increased input costs for the cow herd. One of the input costs that producers are facing is the increased cost of buying good breeding bulls. Record-high calf prices equal recordhigh bull prices. So what is a producer to do? Remembering what we paid for bulls last year and going to current sales with this number in mind is very easy. However, three things may happen if you take this approach: 1) You don’t go home with a bull, 2) You go home with a bull that is of much poorer quality than you had hoped to buy or 3) You get lucky and find a steal at the sale. Option 1: This results in a fundamental problem on a cow-calf operation. A lack of bull power means a sacrifice in cow fertility (especially if you only run one bull). No bulls equals big problems for beef producers. Option 2: If at all possible, do not sacrifice bull quality; bulls are a long-term investment in the future of your herd. This investment in a bull spans beyond next year’s calf crop and, if breeding females are kept for herd replacements, it easily could span into the middle of the next decade and beyond.

1) cost of natural-service bulls, 2) cost of artificial insemination and 3) comparisons of costs among the systems. When considering the costs of natural-service bulls, the actual purchase price is just the beginning. Every year, producers have certain costs to maintain bulls and keep them healthy: feed, yardage, vaccinations, breeding soundness exams. These costs will accrue every day the bull is alive, so another important cost determinant is what the useful life of the bull will be in your herd. I like to use a default useful life value of three years for bulls in most commercial operations. This number is chosen because many producers have bulls that breed their heifers and a different battery of bulls for their cow herd. The year a bull is purchased and turned in with the cow herd, he gets cows pregnant, the next year his daughters are born, and the following year the daughters are bred by the heifer bulls. If the bull is still around on year four, he will be covering his daughters on pasture, hence the three years. After that, the bull will be sold and a salvage value obtained. This value is credited back to the positive side of the balance sheet. Add risk of death/injury and interest on bull and feed purchases, and you have the costs associated with maintaining breeding bulls (minus fence repair and that dent in your pickup).

Option 3: This is much less likely to happen in 2012 because we’ve heard many reports of sale averages being $1,500 to $2,000 over a year ago, and those year-ago prices were well above the previous year. We never can rule out the possibility of finding a steal (in fact, isn’t this half the fun of going to the sales?), but we can be very honest and admit we very likely will need to spend more.

The next pertinent question to ask is what the stocking rate for pastures will be. The nationwide average stocking rate is 25 cows per mature bull and 16 cows per yearling bull (according to NAHMS, 2009). This number is highly variable among producers. Divide the total bull cost per year of his useful life by the number of cows he is expected to cover each year, and you will have the cost of natural service breeding on a per cow basis.

But what other options are available? With current bull prices, producers may want to evaluate the cost comparisons among naturalservice bulls and artificial insemination. While costs of bulls has been on a steady increase, the costs of artificial insemination has been relatively stable for several years! To make a true financial comparison, producers must consider the entire cost of three factors:

The cost of AI is a much simpler calculation. Estrous synchronization is a powerful tool for cattlemen. By running cattle through working facilities three times and giving appropriate pharmaceuticals, all cows can be bred via AI and have the opportunity to become pregnant on the first day of the breeding season. Costs include all pharmaceuticals, semen, supplies and labor.

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The next step is to compare the systems, but with applicability in mind. After a single round of fixed-time AI, a conservative pregnancy rate for the herd would be 50 percent (if body condition, nutritional status and days postpartum were all sufficient). This means that you still would need to use herd bulls to cover open cows, but only half as many as you would if you relied solely on bull breeding. To calculate the cost of the AI breeding system, we need to add the cost of AI in all the cows to the cost of running half the number of herd bulls (or an alternative way to think of this is to double the number of cows per bull). This calculation is also on a per-cow basis and can be compared with the cost of running only natural-service bulls.

If this exercise is followed, given today’s market prices, producers may be surprised that at a certain bull purchase price point, incorporating AI into a herd is less expensive than buying enough breeding bulls to get their cows pregnant. When considering this economic question, producers must use their actual costs for feed, yardage, veterinary care, labor, semen and pharmaceuticals. Once these costs are known, producers can evaluate different scenarios on their operations to determine which is truly the best in their given situation. As you can see in Table 3 with this price scenario, when operation specific costs were included in a $4,000 bull purchase it was more expensive ($4.73 per cow) to incorporate AI. However, as the purchase price of bulls increased to $6,000 the breed-

Table 2. Example of determining cost of estrous synchronizationand artificial insemination* Item

Required

Cost Per Unit

Total Cost

GnRH

2

$2.50

$5.00

PGF

1

$3.00

$3.00

CIDR

1

$10.00

$10.00

Semen

1

$15.00

$15.00

0.44

$10.00

$4.40

Labor Charge/hr† Total

$37.40 *For assistance with comparing costs of different synchronization protocols, developing activity lists and barn sheets download the Estrus Synch Planner at: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/estrus_synch.html †If amount of labor required is unknown, use the following equation (Loseke, 1989): 2.53 × (Number of cows or heifers × Number of days worked)^.5

Example: For 100 cows using a synchronization protocol that required 3 times through the chute: 2.53 × (100 × 3)^.5 = 43.8 hours total or .44 hours per cow

Table 3. Comparing total herd breeding costs at different bull purchase prices

Table 1. Example of determining the per-cow cost of a natural service breeding system Item

Multiplier

Purchase Price

Cost $4,000*

Feed Cost/d

$1.50

$548

Yardage/d

$0.50

$183

Vaccinations, health

$10.00

$10.00

Breeding Soundness Exam

$40.00

$40.00

First Year Cost

$4,780

Recurring Cost Useful Life of Bull

$780 Number of years

Cost over Useful Life Stocking Rate

3 $6,340

Cows per bull

25

Cost per cow for first year

$191.20

Yearly cost of bull over use Useful Life

$2,113

Yearly cost per cow over Useful Life

$84.53

Weight at sale Sale Price

lbs

1800

$/cwt

$80.00

Salvage Value

$1,440

Adj cost over useful life

$4,900

Adj yearly cost over Useful Life

$1,633

Yearly cost per cow†

$65.33

*Cells that have a blue background are those that each producer needs to define for their operation. †Costs including depreciation, interest on bull and feed purchases, and death loss risk also need to be included at levels experienced by individual operations.

ing system that incorporated AI saved $860 on a whole herd basis or $8.60 per cow. As bull purchase price increased more, the effect becomes even more magnified. Increasing the price even further to $8,000 resulted in a savings of $21.93 per cow.

to calving distribution and cow herd fertility. This was only a comparison of the substitution price for using AI in place of bull breeding, and you can draw a simple conclusion: You may be money ahead to incorporate AI before a calf ever hits the ground!

Another very important note: We have not even begun to talk about any additional value that AI-bred calves may have in the marketplace or other benefits

Resources: To view NAHMS report references: http://www.aphis. usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/ beefcowcalf/downloads/beef0708/ Beef0708_dr_PartII.pdf

Herd Characteristics Number of Cows

100

Stocking Rate (cows per bull)

25

Bulls Required for Herd

4

Natural Service Breeding System Price of Bull Yearly cost of ALL Bulls (Whole Herd) Yearly bull cost (Per Cow) AI Breeding System

$4,000

$6,000

$8,000

$6,533.33

$9,200.00

$11,866.67

$65.33

$92.00

$118.67

$37.40

$37.40

$37.40

$3,740.00

$3,740.00

$3,740.00

2

2

2

Yearly Bull Cost

$3,266.67

$4,600.00

$5,933.33

Yearly Cost of AI Systems (Whole Herd)

$7,006.67

$8,340.00

$9,673.33

Yearly cost of AI Bulls Needed

Yearly Cost of AI Systems (Per Cow) Whole Herd AI advantage Per Cow AI advantage

2

$70.07

$83.40

$96.73

($473.33)

$860.00

$2,193.33

($4.73)

$8.60

$21.93

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Angus

7AN213

Grid Maker

Spring 2012 Sire Summary CED

BW

BWÂ Acc

WW

YW

YH

SC

Doc

Milk

CW

Marb

RE

Fat

$W

$B

-1

5.7

0.97

68

118

0.6

0.52

21

10

14

0.32

0.99

-0.023

28.18

61.4 82.84

7AN222

Predestined

4

4

0.98

52

97

0

0.36

13

29

32

1.27

0.62

0.044

43.47

7AN229

Yield Grade

14

0.8

0.95

50

103

0

0.37

-5

19

46

0.24

0.57

-0.025

39.27

71

7AN238

Rito 2X15

7

-0.5

0.89

47

92

-0.1

-0.13

4

38

30

0.18

0.24

-0.033

51.74

57.69

7AN249

Big Eye

9

2.1

0.95

52

96

0.3

0.28

15

34

33

0.55

0.99

0.031

30.87

75.82

7AN255

5050

10

0.9

0.96

56

110

0.4

-0.14

38

39

30

0.86

1.05

0.011

37.61

86.21

7AN258

Total

-3

3.5

0.97

70

126

0.7

0.55

25

28

39

0.73

0.83

-0.006

33.56

88.38

7AN266

Redirect

8

-0.1

0.91

48

98

0.6

1.15

-7

39

33

0.49

0.9

-0.022

35.29

77.98

7AN272

Danny

7

-0.3

0.91

55

92

-0.2

0.68

8

14

26

0.44

0.62

-0.036

33.79

70

7AN277

Prediction

8

2.1

0.86

52

94

0.6

1.33

16

28

32

0.87

0.88

0.007

38.36

84.11

7AN278

Selective

16

-2.6

0.9

54

91

0.1

-0.54

15

28

-1

1.12

0.51

0.009

39.37

54.98

7AN282

Rito 6EM6

13

-0.6

0.88

46

82

-0.2

-0.72

17

27

-14

0.52

0.16

0.024

33.59

19.7

7AN285

Game On

6

1.5

0.87

60

113

0.1

0.08

8

24

32

0.55

0.81

-0.02

39.2

79.78

7AN288

Tailor Made

13

-2.8

0.84

35

64

-0.4

0.72

7

37

17

0.26

0.29

-0.002

32.7

48.66

7AN297

Insight

12

-1.8

0.79

55

92

-0.1

0.88

13

27

18

0.68

0.02

0.014

44.64

58.67

7AN299

Answer

6

0.2

0.87

58

101

0.1

0.79

0

24

24

0.38

0.48

0.036

38.02

58.05

7AN300

Ram Nation

12

-0.9

0.72

45

78

0.2

1.06

-1

19

19

0.53

0.45

0.008

36.7

61.22

7AN301

New Standard

8

1.6

0.77

73

118

1

-0.13

4

32

38

0.62

0.88

0.016

46.54

82.02

7AN302

Mentor

7

1.7

0.87

59

108

0.3

1.84

12

28

26

0.21

0.82

0.025

38.08

59.02

7AN303

New Day 454

5

1.7

0.94

56

103

0.1

0.07

31

31

27

0.73

0.97

0.004

38.15

80.01

7AN304

Ambush 28

3

3.2

0.94

59

107

0.9

-0.17

8

12

41

1.06

0.62

-0.018

25.24

91.45

7AN306

War Party

10

1.7

0.89

68

127

0.4

0.97

21

31

41

0.53

0.83

0.009

40.12

82.84

7AN309

Great Divide

-7

3.4

0.84

56

103

0.3

0.54

-1

14

49

-0.02

1.07

-0.032

21.14

65.56

7AN310

Valuebull

5

1.7

0.67

51

96

0.1

-0.55

32

27

28

0.48

0.5

0.027

35.62

65.5

7AN311

Limelight

10

1.3

0.78

71

124

0.7

2.05

29

31

51

1.04

0.5

0.035

43.72

86.63

7AN313

Twenty/Twenty

11

-1.1

0.75

55

106

0.4

1.27

12

29

16

0.75

0.08

0.065

39.02

53.84

7AN315

Image Maker

13

-0.9

0.73

64

106

0.5

0.13

5

28

27

0.36

0.41

-0.023

44.82

65.06

7AN316

Counterpart

15

-1.3

0.73

51

90

0.1

-0.01

11

24

45

0.49

0.77

0.031

36.58

75

7AN319

Thunder

12

-1

0.7

48

92

0.3

0.49

24

28

10

0.6

0.72

-0.015

35.4

61.08

7AN320

Prophet

10

-0.2

0.73

78

126

0.3

0.01

16

32

21

1.16

0.59

0.03

51

79.58

7AN321

Changeup

5

3.7

0.7

70

116

0.6

0.92

-2

33

21

0.52

0.58

-0.012

35.45

68.79

7AN322

Progress

14

-0.1

0.81

57

98

0.2

-0.06

22

34

15

1.39

0.71

0.001

41.23

78.83

7AN323

Homestead

14

-0.8

0.45

54

98

0.3

0.11

9

25

38

0.37

0.56

0.037

36.21

65.55

7AN326

Connealy 062

1

3.4

0.91

74

133

0.5

1.68

12

13

25

0.09

0.23

-0.04

30.88

56.81

7AN327

Workhorse

7

1.2

0.42

65

113

0.4

-0.22

13

25

32

0.58

0.55

0.035

44.01

71.79

7AN328

Prosperity

-2

4.7

0.71

79

129

0.4

1.05

12

34

39

0.4

0.46

0.036

39.72

68.6

7AN329

Mustang

5

0.7

0.55

56

96

0.1

0.76

7

31

47

0.63

0.66

0.064

42.84

73.68

7AN330

Regis

11

-0.6

0.49

61

107

0.2

0.57

15

32

33

0.44

0.66

0.015

43.98

70.98

7AN331

Sterling

11

-0.4

0.55

57

99

0.2

0.15

-1

27

23

0.77

0.44

-0.007

43.17

73.03

7AN332

Classic

10

0.7

0.7

53

84

-0.2

0.15

3

19

36

0.3

0.43

0.012

35.71

62.58

7AN333

Rito 954

14

-1.5

0.43

55

105

0.2

0.5

30

37

12

0.77

0.34

0.017

41.67

61.76

7AN334

Upside

5

2.1

0.61

66

128

0.8

0.9

24

36

43

0.67

0.36

0.015

36.11

80.08

7AN335

Hemisphere

5

1.8

0.74

62

122

0.6

-0.18

21

35

41

0.56

0.92

0.026

33.31

82.18

7AN336

Vindicator

5

-1.3

0.54

58

105

0.2

0.47

9

25

23

0.41

0.26

0.04

42.27

55.29

7AN337

Barometer

11

-0.8

0.47

70

117

0.2

0.02

15

25

50

0.4

0.67

0.008

44.37

76.49

7AN338

Summation

9

0.2

0.54

57

89

0.5

1.14

20

29

1

0.59

0.36

0.008

40.43

44.77

7AN340

Summit

9

0.5

0.7

64

113

0.2

0.44

3

28

13

0.4

0.53

0.06

47.98

50.01

7AN341

Ingenuity

10

0.6

0.36

56

110

0.5

0.61

26

33

40

0.94

1.28

-0.018

36.9

96.47

7AN344

Scotsman

8

1.4

0.43

50

95

0.2

0.41

8

39

13

0.58

0.22

0.047

33.84

50.96

7AN345

Beacon

12

0

0.43

57

98

0.1

1.11

11

28

34

0.41

0.63

0.012

40.69

69.19

7AN346

Conveyance

6

3.4

0.38

65

115

0.5

0.83

24

29

45

0.93

0.55

0

35.52

88.46

7AN347

Country

11

1.1

0.37

44

81

0

-0.1

16

25

13

0.63

0.49

0.028

30.47

57.46

7AN349

Weigh Up

5

1.9

0.43

66

125

0.4

0.69

13

31

48

0.63

0.73

0.008

36.96

85.5

7AN350

Confidence

13

-1.1

0.43

56

104

-0.1

0.45

7

33

28

0.76

1

0.017

39.61

80.98

7AN351

Capitalist

9

-0.6

0.44

68

115

0.1

0.76

0

28

36

0.71

0.69

0.052

45.67

76.51

7AN352

Combination

13

-2.6

0.42

58

100

0.1

0.29

11

22

34

0.7

0.42

0.006

45.68

76.2

7AN353

Made Right

9

1.8

0.37

50

87

-0.3

0.12

16

19

30

0.22

0.68

0.024

32.28

58.56

7AN355

MR 3407N

17

-3.8

0.8

55

90

0.2

0.3

2

33

25

0.66

0.52

0.046

44.69

65.77

7AN356

Fusion

12

-1

0.62

70

124

0.4

1.06

7

27

36

1.07

0.7

0.014

44.77

89.78

7AN357

Top Hand

18

-3

0.43

63

108

0

1.47

19

31

28

0.39

0.59

-0.029

44.02

69.61

7AN361

Sunrise

13

-1.4

0.34

60

112

0.5

-0.08

20

26

26

1.06

0.79

-0.012

38.27

86.66

ranks in top 25%

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l a t n e m m i S

Spring 2012 Sire Summary CE-H

BW

WW

YW

MCE-H

Milk

MWW

Marbling

Fat

REA

API

TI

EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc EPD Acc

($)

($)

7SM46 Majestic

11.9

.92

-0.7

.93

33.3

.91

78.9

.91

10.5

.88

3.4

.88

20.1

.88

.15

.80

.04

.80

.45

.78

113

67

7SM49 Jump Start

18.9

.86

-2.6

.89

22.8

.87

49.3

.86

14.2

.78

5

.78

16.4

.78

.36

.65

.02

.64

.53

.62

151

69

7SM52 Sundance Kid

12.3

.75

-1.8

.80

27.3

.74

62.4

.72

11.8

.59

4.3

.57

17.9

.58

.45

.49

.03

.48

.27

.47

125

72

7SM54 Stetson

18.2

.79

-4.1

.87

26.9

.83

58.5

.81

15.3

.51

16.4

.49

29.8

.50

.44

.64

.03

.62

.33

.62

154

76

7SM55 Rookie SimAngus

13.9

.24

-0.1

.90

56.0

.88

102.4

.87

9.2

.78

9.6

.77

37.6

.78

.30

.73

.05

.77

.76

.72

112

80

.92

16.5

.89

38.7

.84

7.6

.55

17.6

.54

25.8

.55

.39

.55

.11

.57

.42

.52

137

63

.28

8.9

.26

29.5

.27

.53

.19

.01

.19

.43

.19

147

80

7SM56 Grandmaster

8.0

.84

-1.3

7SM59 Red Density

11.8

.48

-0.3

.52

41.3

.44

77.6

.43

12.8

7SM61 Rimrock

7.6

.50

2.1

.52

43.8

.42

82.2

.38

2.9

.28

-6.8

.27

15.1

.27

.26

.27

.04

.36

.52

.26

91

67

7SM62 Easy Money

13.8

.53

-3.7

.58

38.5

.51

74.2

.48

11.1

.28

1.9

.26

21.2

.28

.42

.27

.04

.38

.27

.26

132

79

7SM63 Double Down

4.0

.47

2.1

.51

34.9

.41

62.6

.41

8.7

.27

7.2

.25

24.7

.27

.68

.27

.04

.37

.38

.26

143

75

7SM64 Wrangler

7.7

.74

-0.7

.78

35.0

.75

62.2

.73

6.6

.62

0.9

.61

18.4

.62

.07

.29

.02

.40

.35

.28

93

67

7SM65 Uno Mas

11.1

.24

-0.2

.25

33.8

.24

55.3

.23

9.7

.23

-1

.24

15.8

.24

.38

.20

.01

.20

.23

.20

118

70

7SM66 Vegas

13.9

.24

-3.4

.24

35.8

.23

72.3

.24

11.6

.22

2.9

.22

20.8

.23

.36

.25

.04

.26

.22

.25

134

78

7SM67 Convoy SimAngus 10.7

.34

-1.1

.33

32.2

.29

78.1

.31

9.6

.25

4.7

.23

20.8

.25

.88

.21

.07

.23

.20

.21

144

81

7SM68 Husker SimAngus

16.3

.35

-5.0

.34

30.7

.30

60.4

.32

9.3

.25

8.6

.24

23.9

.25

.57

.28

.07

.38

.31

.27

150

78

7SM69 Raisin’ Cain

9.4

.22

0.3

.23

53.7

.22

100.0

.22

10.4

.14

-7.7

.15

19.1

.16

.18

.16

-.02

.19

.60

SimAngus

Breed Average

7.5

.7

30.8

56.3

10.3

3.4

18.8

.17

7SM66 vegas

7SM54 Stetson

.01

.15 .19

117

76

105

62

7SM63 Double Down

s i a l o r a h C

EPD Acc. EPD Acc. EPD Acc. EPD Acc. EPD Acc. Mat. EPD Acc. EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

7CH90 Good Stuff

12.4

.47

-6.0

.66

12

.48

26

.39

23

.20

29

0.5

.20

10

.19

.11

.19

-.002

.17

.09

.14

7CH91 Free Lunch

8.1

.37

-1.8

.65

31

.47

65

.41

10

.24

25

1.2

.26

44

.23

.46

.24

.034

.21

.20

.19

7CH92 Revelation

8.6

.36

0.7

.63

40

.49

64

.40

2

.24

22

0.7

PE

20

.18

.34

.17

-.007

.14

.01

.13

7CH93 Big Money

1.8

.34

2.1

.62

27

.44

51

.27

7

.19

21

0.7

.14

16

.13

.31

.12

-.018

.09

0.00

.08

Breed Average

Spring 2012 Sire Summary CE

3.1

BW

0.5

7CH90 Good stuff 4

WW

25.3

YW

44.8

Milk

6.9

Total

SC

19.6

7CH92 revelation ranks in top 25%

.64

HCW

12.1

REA

.15

Fat

Marb

-.001

.01

7CH91 free lunch


Red ngus A

Spring 2012 Sire Summary CED EPD

BW

Acc

EPD

WW EPD

Acc

YW EPD

Acc

Milk

Acc

EPD

TM

Acc

CEM

EPD EPD

Acc

Stay

Marb

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

REA EPD

Fat

Acc

EPD Acc

7AR51 World Series

4

.55

-4.8

.72

10

.66

21

.65

31

.52

36

-2

.52

10

.32

-.01

.44

.38

.42

-.03

.48

7AR56 Epic

11

.38

-3.2

.65

34

.56

74

.53

21

.27

38

10

.26

14

P

.33

.25

.17

.23

.04

.37

7AR57 Covenant

7

.32

-2.1

.43

45

.37

78

.35

15

.28

37

3

.29

14

P

.60

.30

.15

.29

.03

.39

7AR58 Heritage

10

.34

-4.1

.45

44

.38

79

.37

10

.25

32

1

.27

15

P

.63

.26

.21

.25

.03

.32

7AR59 Outrider

13

.37

-2.4

.54

30

.44

58

.40

23

.28

38

7

.28

10

0.15

.01

.30

.16

.29

.06

.40

7AR60 Samuari

5

.23

-1.7

.35

49

.32

90

.33

22

.26

46

7

.23

12

0.19

.41

.29

.07

.28

.10

.38

7AR61 Sun King

9

.20

-2

.26

45

.30

82

.31

23

.23

46

5

.19

16

P

.29

.28

0.00

.27

0.00

.38

Breed Average

5

-0.5

33

62

7ar61 sun king

Hereford

Spring 2012 Data

EPD

Acc

7HP100 Tundra

-2.9

7HP101 Tradition

9.4

7HP103 Bennett R413 7HP104 Ultra

Hereford

17

33

.08

.07

-0.00

7ar57 covenant

Spring 2012 Sire Summary CE

BW

WW

YW

Milk

M&G MCE

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

.20

5.0

.71

62

.60

118

.54

19

.19

50

.29

-0.1

.68

44

.54

67

.52

18

.23

40

1.4

.30

2.3

.81

54

.74

82

.73

24

.35

5.6

.14

0.2

.67

51

.58

80

.48

11

.17

7HP105 Durango

5.8

.21

-0.3

.70

43

.55

72

.51

27

7HP106 Puckster

4.9

.06

1.2

.53

63

.44

81

.41

7HP107 Sheyenne

9.3

.11

-2.8

.38

51

.30

70

.31

7HH57 Bluestem

3.8

.16

1.6

.36

58

.30

92

.32

25

0.4

3.6

46

76

7hp105 Durango

n r o h t r o h S

9

7ar59 outrider

EPD

Breed Average

4

Fat

REA

Marb

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

EPD

Acc

-1.5

.15

1.1

.24

.03

.26

.18

2.0

.22

0.4

.34

.07

.27

.08

51

0.2

.24

1.7

.59

.09

.52

37

3.5

.12

1.4

.28

-.01

.25

.18

48

4.2

.16

0.8

.34

-.04

22

.10

53

2.1

.05

1.5

.27

20

.09

46

2.2

.08

0.8

.11

.19

54

0.7

.15

1.1

.30

.07

18

EPD EPD

SC

41

1.0

0.8

EPD

Acc

.28

.11

.21

.29

.34

.24

.18

.52

.10

.49

.05

.27

.41

.23

.32

.36

.32

.05

.28

.01

.22

.56

.23

-.06

.19

0.00

.21

.47

.20

-.08

.18

.25

.60

.25

.29

.23

0.00

.28

.05

7hp103 bennett r413

7hh57 Bluestem

Spring 2012 Sire Summary

Shorthorn

CE

BW

WW EPD

YW

EPD

Acc.

EPD

Acc.

7SP32 Capiche

3.6

.33

-1.7

.60

11

.41

15

.32

1

.25

7SP33 Gauge

0.3

.19

1.1

.30

13

.26

22

.15

2

.21

Acc.

EPD

Milk

Acc.

ranks in top 25%

EPD

Acc.

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Beef Specialist, Stuart Rasmussen, of Nebraska says that his customers continue to count on 7AN238 Rito 2X15. At calving time, 2X15 calves are “easy coming, they bounce up and grow with the best every time!” He went on to add, “2X15 makes great females! They are controlled on frame, above average for body capacity, have excellent dispositions, their udders are tightly attached with small teats.

A proven source of high growth and $Value with good looks and great dispositions, 7AN258 Total’s name keeps coming up in the discussion of bulls that make great cows. Total has truly earned the ‘Total Package’ nickname and his daughters are some of the best you’ll find. His females are incredible in their design, perfect in udder composition, and transmit performance like few can. His daughters will write a new chapter for this great one!

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order soon. Another customer who used him the last two years said they didn’t have any problems calving them, and almost every one made the ‘heavy steer’ load, that’s rare with first calf heifers.” “If you want super-sound, moderate-framed cows with a big, level, square hip, look no further than 7AN272 Danny,” says Select Sire Power Beef Specialist, Steven Furrow, of Virginia. “Those females sure have lots of middle and capacity—Danny continues to make the ‘Cowboy’ kind. These cattle are solid across the board.”

Beef Specialist Jay Hill of Select Sires MidAmerica reports, “7AN278 Selective makes super-uddered, attractive, nice little cows; the kind that we like out here in eastern Colorado.” He added, “These cattle are easy calving, better than average for docility, and the mature females are just angular-made, pretty cows. Jay went on to say that “Out here in our country, this bull is the definition of ‘Calving Ease, Carcass, and Cows!”

“My customers have all been very pleased with their 7AN313 Twenty/Twenty calves,” says Beef Specialist Tim Olson, of Select Sires MidAmerica. “I am very confident in his calving ease. I have a customer who calved out 800+ head that were ALL bred to TwentyTwenty. Their calving crew really likes them and will be placing an

7AN322 Progress is quickly earning the ‘You Can Have It All’ label as he adds additional progeny records. With great CED and low BW, this Predestined son stamps out heifer calves that are the keeping kind. If you’re looking to add value in your cattle with balanced traits, high $W and $B indexes, and females you’ll love running in the pasture, consider Progress. At +14 CED and over $80 $B, he’s plenty special!

7AN331 Sterling continues to impress as one of the biggestbodied, most impressive phenotype bulls in our lineup. Bred to make front pasture females, this docile bull is programmed to provide calving ease with good looks and value. Over +40 for $W and +70 for $B, Sterling has a bright future.

7AN333 Rito 954 ranks among the breeds’ elite as a leader for both BW & CED while still ranking in the Top 10% for

YW. A stout-made, sound and powerfully-constructed son of 5050 expresses a wide top and plenty of capacity. Expect Rito 954 to sire easily-born, attractive and gentle calves that will grow with the best.

Hailing from an outstanding cow family, this high-performance bull is an outcross to most sires in our program. Level-made and powerfully constructed, 7AN337 Barometer offers a minus BW, while ranking in the Top 2% for YW and Top 1% for $W. If calving ease with performance is your game, this unique bull needs to be a player.

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7AN344 Scotsman is near-perfect in his design and is a promising cowmaker. Stemming from a first-class cow family at Ellingson Angus, count on Scotsman to make standout replacement females and top quality bulls. This thickended Aberdeen x Net Worth son combines pedigree and profile as well as any--expect Scotsman to be a major player in years to come.

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A maternal brother to the popular B/R Genesis, this highseller from 44 Farms is the first War Party son in AI. From pedigree, to phenotype, to

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carcass merit, to $Value Indexes, 7AN346 Conveyance is bred to transmit extra value into any herd that desires genetic excellence.

mit phenotypic perfection as well as this outcross to Dream On genetics. If your goal is to generate powerful, goodlooking cattle that are easy to sell, then it’s time to have Grandmaster in your herd.

porary group at Bieber’s. His dam has been a solid performer with 5 calves @ 94 for BW, 5 @109 for WW and 3 @ 111 for YW. Our pick from the 2011 Bieber Sale, Samurai is bred to be a cowmaker deluxe with the bonue of carcass pounds and quality. For quick and easy access to these and other superior Select Sires Beef bulls, check out

Stemming from a proven pedigree, 7AN355 MR 3407 offers tremendous opportunities for heifer AI with his +17 CED and -3.8 BW EPD. His daughters are model commercial cows; long and feminine fronted, excellent-uddered, good footed and highly productive with longevity bred-in. This breed leader ranks in the Top 1% for CED, BW and $W.

7SM54 Stetson is already recognized as a breed leader for CE, minus BW and high rankings for both API and TI, Stetson is now turning heads with his young daughters in production. They are right-sized, square-made and attractive and have very nice udders. When you study all the traits where Stetson offers major improvement, you’ll see why his popularity continues to climb—and why you need to use him!

An accomplished low BW sire, 7SM56 Grandmaster is siring high sellers and purple banner winners nationwide. Few bulls are able to trans-

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Purdue University reports super calving ease and vigor with their first wave of progeny by 7SM65 Uno Mas. Destined to be one of our top-selling Simmental bulls this year, Uno Mas offers the promise of model Simmental females and bulls that are that are as sound as they get. Don’t miss out on a sire that stems from one of the best cow lines in the business.

One of our most-popular Red Angus bulls, few can match the middle, mass, and impeccable structure that 7AR57 Covenant has. He’s as deepsided, and bold-sprung as any you’ll find. As a ruggedmade, high-performance bull, Convenant maintains a moderate frame with added capacity while standing on model feet & legs. You’ll love his calves.

This young sire exhibits tremendous power and muscle. Rugged and thick, 7AR60 Samurai performed right at the top among a strong contem-

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The Ultimate Cowmaker; 7SP33 Gauge is the Perfect British-Influenced option for Angus-based cattle. Early reports are that the calves come easy and are very vigorous. Use to add mass & volume with an added bonus: Heterosis.

How can you not get excited about a Charolais bull like this one? This massive, supersound bull transmits volume, muscle, and balance like few can. 7CH91 Free Lunch is a fantastic-numbered spread bull, ranking in the Top 15% for CE, BW & YW along with his incredible carcass merit. Calving Ease, Carcass, and from his first daughter reports-Outstanding Cows!

7HP105 Durango 44U is joining the breeds’ most-respected sires as cattlemen appreciate his unique ability to create low BW cattle that have great phenotype along with do-

ability. He ranks among the breeds elite for Milk, BMI$, and CEZ$ and his first daughters in production are consistently balanced, good-milking females with above-average udder quality.

If you want real class in your club claves while keeping them extra sound, consider 7MA10 First Impression. His calves on display in Denver 2012 were easy to admire. Bred like true club calf royalty, he’s a clean Irish Whiskey out of the immortal Hairietta. Look in if you’re ready to make some top sellers.

7CA10 Park Place: This clean full brother to Monopoly is extra thick and incredibly sound and with so much power and substance, he’s sure to generate maternal club calf factories that so many breeders are after. Early calves are rugged, wide-based with bigtime shape and the look that appeals to so many showmen.

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7AN350 • 16761479 Sire: Connealy Tobin MGS: Thunder

• Confidence is an Amazing Blend of Phenotype and Performance... You Can Have Both! • The ONLY bull we’ve found to score Perfect 10’s for WW, YW, MARB and RE on the Igenity Profile • Flawless Structure and Movement…Check out his Video! • His Thunder X Bextor Dam is the Front Pasture Kind

Thunder • • • • •

7AN319 • 16150299 Sire: Connealy Thunder MGS: Grid Topper

Thunder has Matured into One of the Stoutest Bulls in our Lineup! Wide-Based, Moderate and Thick and Loaded with Real Muscle Genuine Maternal Potential with Calving Ease and Thickness We consider Thunder the Best Foot and Leg Bull in our Lineup Outcross Pedigree to many popular bloodlines

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