Town Creek Farm Since 1993
Volume 9, Issue 3 • Published by Town Creek Farm, West Point, Mississippi • Brangus and Ultrablack
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Town Creek Farm Milton Sundbeck, Owner Office: 32476 Hwy. 50 East West Point, Mississippi 39773-5207 (662)494-5944 www.TownCreekFarm.com Joy Reznicek Sundbeck, President (205)399-0221 Joy@TownCreekFarm.com Clint Ladner, Bull Development (662)812-8370 CLadner@TownCreekFarm.com Cody Glenn, Herdsman (601)508-8689 Cody@TownCreekFarm.com Anne Sutherland, Quarter Horses (662)295-6144 Anne@TownCreekFarm.com South American Representative Ing. Agr. Federico Maisonnave (011)595 981 362 898 Maisonnave.Federico@gmail.com TOTAL COMMITMENT
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Lot 5 – 312G6 - Brangus.
Two-Dollar Feeder Calf Market BY JOY REZNICEK SUNDBECK IN EARLY 2013 I WAS AT A PIVOTAL POINT IN MY CATTLE are riddling a large slice of the western United OPERATION. THE RANCH WAS BACK IN MY HANDS AFTER States. Liquidation is mounting. In some cases, A THREE-YEAR LEASE, AND IT NEEDED TO BE RESTOCKED. whole herds are being sold. In other cases, Initially, I bought a couple of groups of commercial bred heifers from Cow Creek Ranch customers. I deliberately starting the buying process at a slow pace. But as time went on, I could feel things begin to change. The cattle market was gaining steam. Beef demand was strong. And a long and sustained drought was covering a large portion of the South and Southern Plains. Liquidations were on the upswing. The change I sensed prompted me to ramp up my restocking project. Within a few weeks, I had purchased all the bred heifers I needed with the genetics I wanted. I paid an average price of $1750 a head. Within a couple of months of restocking, bred heifer values had gained strength. Prices across the country were averaging $2100 to $2400. The following year, average bred heifer prices climbed to $2800 and rose to $3000 within another year. Feeder calves were trading at $2.20 to $2.50 a pound and turn-out bulls were carrying hefty price tags. My intuition to accelerate restocking was spot on. Timing also played into my hands from a marketing position. I sold the first three calf crops out of these heifers in the strongest calf markets in our country’s history. The combination of strong consumer demand and the tightest cattle inventory since 1952 had pushed cattle prices to record levels. Something unexpected happened after 2015’s record run. As our nation’s cattle inventory grew back in balance, genetic improvement began a steady march forward. Cow herds across the country were rebuilt with superior genetics. In 2015, only 67 percent of cattle were grading choice or prime. Today, 85 to 90 percent of cattle are stamped choice or prime. Domestic beef demand today is at its highest level in 33 years. Driving demand is an available supply of high-quality, consistent beef coming from better-quality genetics. Global beef exports are at record tonnage with year-to-date exports representing 18 percent of U.S. beef production. Hide, offal and by-product value are the highest since January of 2015. Simultaneously, severe wildfires and drought
producers are trimming 25 to 30 percent of their bottom-producing cows. Depopulation and other factors have increased cow slaughter numbers, yet prices are holding strong. There is robust demand for ground beef and hamburger meat. Imports of frozen grind from Australia are down significantly this year as the country has gone through major herd liquidations due to drought. Australian cattlemen are in the mode of rebuilding herds but doing so at historically high cow prices. Are $2.00 a pound feeder calves in our future? Cattlefax and most all beef cattle economists in the country are predicting sharply higher calf prices over the next two years. The highest since 2015. This will translate into higher bred heifer values and higher bull prices. In fact, early fall bred heifer sales this season are stronger than a year ago. We likely are not going back to a 60-year low cattle inventory. Yet, as strong domestic and global beef demand, tightening cattle supplies and production cost pressures in areas devoid of moisture continue to come to confluence, our potential profitability stream could be another one for the ages. If you are considering adding replacement bred heifers to your herd or replacing or adding breeding bulls, now may be the time. There is not a more opportune time-horizon to increase cattle inventories with proven genetics. Investing now gives you the opportunity to sell calves in an upturn market, advance your genetics and position yourself ahead of the market. Back to proven genetics. Just today I received a call from a cattleman who said he appreciates our cow scoring system, which includes an annual drill of scoring feet and legs of every animal on the ranch. “I’ve had too many bulls with bad feet that left me with daughters with bad feet,” he said. We are getting more and more calls on the same subject matter. Understand the management practices of your seedstock provider. Be certain your genetic stock is vetted and comes from sound disciplined programs like Town Creek Farm.
145 TOWN CREEK FARM BULLS Brangus, Ultrablack, VigorMax™Half-Blood and Percentage Bulls
INCLUDING 58 FULL 2-YEAR-OLD BULLS (Born Fall 2019) INCLUDING 45 VIGORMAX™ HALF-BLOOD BULLS AND THREE-QUARTER BLOOD BULLS.
300 COMMERCIAL BRANGUS BRED HEIFERS Reclaim heterosis with stacked pedigrees of superior genetics of Angus and Brahman. Maximum paternal heterosis bulls from best of two breeds. Oﬀering many full brothers and half-sibs.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 58. 450H9 - VigorMax™bull.
Lot 59. 450H - VigorMax™bull.
g Use these bulls with full conﬁdence – complete with EPD proﬁles, performance, ultrasound and breed certiﬁcates. g From Angus: Carcass quality, easy keeping, early puberty, and maternal reproduction eﬃciency. g From Brahman: Environmental adaptability and heat and humidity tolerant. Disease and parasite resistance. Excellent mothering traits. Extremely versatile. Calving ease. g Matings selected for maternal and reproductive eﬃciency. g Largest selection of VigorMax™bulls available. Options to purchase full, half and quarter brothers to sire a more uniform calf crop. g Developed with our Brangus bull oﬀering. Full two-year-old bulls sell. Developed on forage only from March to September 2021. Rock hard. g Bulls are very consistent in phenotypes. g Many of these are marked as User-Friendly bulls.
BREED of ORIGIN
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 69. 450H6 - VigorMax™bull.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 75. 456H9 - VigorMax™bull.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 61. 456H11 - VigorMax™bull.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 70. 456H6 - VigorMax™bull.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 56. 139G - VigorMax™bull. Full 2-year-old.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 45. 708G - VigorMax™bull. Full 2-year-old.
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 83. 470H - Three-Quarter Blood Bull (75% Brahman - 25% Angus.).
BREED of ORIGIN
Lot 82. 470H3 - Three-Quarter Blood Bull (75% Brahman - 25% Angus.).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021
TOWN CREEK FARM SALE 12 NOON • AT THE TOWN CREEK PAVILION NEAR WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI
3 Quality Assurance always comes first. Bulls are backed by generations of highly productive females that have withstood the test of time. Bull selection includes many half, three-quarter and full brothers. Large selection of maternal User-Friendly bulls and calving ease bulls to use on heifers.
Lot 92. 546H - Brangus bull. Lot 119. 3249H- Brangus bull.
■ 40% of bulls selling are full
2-year-old bulls (Born Fall 2019).
■ Clean hocked bulls developed
slowly on high roughage, grass Haylage-based ration to ensure durability, soundness and weight maintenance.
■ Bulls are reproductively sound. Lot 104. 70H2 - Brangus bull. Lot 19. 587G3- Brangus bull. Full 2-year-old.
Dams of sale bulls average age of at ﬁrst calving is 739 days. 94% of dams of bulls selling have calving intervals less than 365 days.
■ Heat and humidity tolerant bulls.
Percent Angus stated on each lot.
■ Large selection of user-friendly,
high maternal and calving ease bulls needed to produce valuable replacement heifers. Proﬁt begins with a live calf.
Lot 44. 698G5- Brangus bull. Full 2-year-old.
■ Expansive herd health program. Lot 3. 165G- Brangus bull. Full 2-year-old.
Annual whole herd Johnes testing. Bulls sell guaranteed Johnes-free, Trich and BVD tested.
Videos of bulls available online at www.TownCreekFarm.com October 5, 2021. Heifer videos will be online in selling groups on October 15, 2021. Bulls may be viewed at the ranch between now and sale day. Please call Joy at (205)399-0221 or Clint at (662)812-8370 for showings.
Lot 4. 99G3- Brangus bull. Full 2-year-old. Lot 1. 024G3- Brangus bull. Full 2-year-old.
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Bidding options for buyers unable to attend the sale include Online bidding. Contact DV Auctions at (402)316-5460 or go to DVAuction.com. Or, by contacting Joy or Clint and allowing us to work with you on cattle needs and budget.
Lot 130. 196H4- Brangus bull. Lot 137. 178H - Brangus bull.
300 COMMERCIAL BRANGUS BRED HEIFERS
SELLING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 12 NOON AT THE RANCH
Commercial bred heifers are brought to you by Town Creek Farm customers. This valued-added heifer sale for our bull customers is designed to provide buyers with high-quality replacement heifers backed by multiple generations of Town Creek Farm genetics. Many half-sibs sell. Heifers are ranch raised, source-verified, uniform and genetically tracked to Town Creek Farm genetic dams and bred back to Town Creek Farm bulls. Heifer consignors comply with the following guidelines: These heifers sell from River Oaks Farm, Searcy, Arkansas. aHeifers are second (2nd) generation or more Town Creek Farm genetics. River Oaks Farm has developed some of the most sought-after aHeifers are bred to Town Creek Farm bulls suitable for calving ease with heifers. ranch-ready replacement heifers in the industry. aHeifers are bred to calve at 30 months of age or younger. aHeifers have been certified safe in calf by a veterinarian or ultrasound technician within 30 days of sale. aHeifers are calfhood vaccinated. Heifers will be available for viewing at Town Creek Farm Sale Facility Thursday through Saturday, October 14-16, 2021. Heifers will sell on video in groups of five (±) by consignor and videoed in groups in which they will be sold. Buyers have an option to roll two pens of heifers at the established price as long as heifers are from the same consignor. After three pens, price is reestablished through the bidding process. Heifers were screened and viewed by Clint Ladner. For additional information, contact Clint at (662)812-8370.
■ LOTS 201-240 - Williamson Cattle Company,
■ LOTS 405-419 – Montgomery Farms, Mark
24-Year Sale Consignor
TCF Rockstar 546Z2 daughters bred back to CCR Pathﬁnder 70Z2. Calving 12/1/21 to 1/28/22. Gentle, easy ﬂeshing heifers that are bucket broke. Heifers are handled on foot and raised primarily on forage.
Faunsdale, Alabama, and Okeechobee, Florida
Montgomery, Moulton, Alabama - 13-Year Sale Consignor
Town Creek Farm sired heifers bred to low birth weight Town Creek Farm bulls (CCR Integrity 355S4 sons). Williamson heifers consistently develop into highly maternal dams that are longlasting and productive and bring heavy-strapping calves weaning pens year after year. Calving 11/1/21 to 12/31/21. Heifers will calve at two years of age.
■ LOTS 241-285 – River Oaks Farm, John McKnight, Searcy, Arkansas - 21-Year Sale Consignor
A fancy and solid set of powerful, functional heifers. For 21 years, River Oaks Farm has developed some of the most sought-after ranch-ready replacement heifers in the industry. Group 1: 10 Brangus heifers sired by TCF Rapid Reward 027B4 and his sons and out of Town Creek Farm Brangus dams. Bred to TCF Integrity 9733G, TCF Integrity 036F7, TCF Integrity 130F. Calving 11/5/21 to 12/30/21. 10 Ultrablack heifers sired by Town Creek Farm bulls and out of Ultrablack dams. Bred to TCF Integrity 9733G, TCF Integrity 036F7, TCF Integrity 130F. Calving 11/5/21 to 12/30/21. Group 2: 10 Brangus heifers sired by TCF Rapid Reward 027B4 and his sons and out of Town Creek Farm Brangus dams. Bred to Town Creek Farm half-brothers. Calving 2/1/22 to 3/30/22. 10 Ultrablack heifers sired by Town Creek Farm bulls and out of Ultrablack dams. Bred to Town Creek Farm halfbrothers. Calving 2/1/22 to 3/30/22.
■ LOTS 286-320 – CP Bar Brangus, Paul and Chad Gray, Holcomb, Mississippi – 22-Year Sale Consignor
Heifers represent 30 years of breeding strictly Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch bloodlines. Heifers bred to calving ease proven calving ease TCF Rapid Reward 5D3, TCF Integrity 2G, and TCF Rapid Reward 23G. Calving 1/28/22 to 3/29/22. Forage raised and developed. Extremely gentle, bucket broke and trained to socialize for new owners.
■ LOTS 321-339 – Megehee Cattle Company,
Jacob Megehee, Macon, Mississippi - 18-Year Sale Consignor Brangus heifers out of CCR Sleep Easy 9L2, CCR Integrity 355S4, CCR Thunder 641R4, and CCR Integrity 036P9 daughters and granddaughters bred to TCF Integrity 994G2 and TCF Rapid Reward 546C. Calving 11/10/21 to 1/8/22. Stout set of heifers. Gentle, bucket broke and have the performance and power to raise scale mashing calves.
■ LOTS 420-433 – B&B Farm, Gerome Burrell, Linden, Alabama – 9-Year Sale Consignor
Heifers sired by TCF Sleep Easy 067Z5 bred to TCF Integrity 584E. Calving from 11/10/21 to 1/10/22. This is a uniform, moderateframed, matching set of heifers. Heifers are forage-raised are bucket broke.
■ LOTS 434-468 – Lowell Dollar Farms, Lowell Dollar, Bainbridge, Georgia - 6-Year Sale Consignor
Heifers sired by TCF Sleep Easy 211B5, TCF Integrity 5281A5, TCF Sleep Easy 024C4, TCF Integrity 788B4, TCF Ultrablack 06528E, TCF Integrity 49E and TCF Pathﬁnder 518B4 bred to low birth weight bulls, TCF Integrity 211F8, TCF Integrity 3241F, TCF Sleep Easy 1503E2, and TCF Rapid Reward 057G. Calving 12/19/21 to 2/18/22. Dollar Farms consistently purchases front-end bulls in Town Creek Farm sales. Working set of forage-raised heifers that will go out and make money for their new owners.
■ LOTS 469-488 – Triple S Ranch, Scott Family, DeRoy Arnold, Manager, Okeechobee, Florida
1-Year Sale Consignor
■ SALE CATALOGS
Sale catalogs were mailed TOWN CREEK FARM September 15, 2021. If you have not received a catalog, likely you are not on our catalog list or it is lost in the mail. To request a catalog go online to www.TownCreekFarm.com or call Town Creek at (662)494-5944. TOTAL COMMITMENT
■ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Hyatt Place Columbus (662)370-1800 101 Hospital Drive Columbus, Mississippi 39701 Ask for Town Creek Farm block
Sidell, Florida - 7-Year Sale Consignor
Hampton Inn & Suites (662)494-7802 5821 Hwy. 45 Alt. South West Point, Mississippi 39773 Ask for Town Creek Farm block; Group code: TCF
Americas Best Value Inn (662)494-7090 5714 Hwy. 45 Alt. South, West Point, Mississippi Town Creek Campground (662)494-4884 10694 Witherspoon Road West Point, Mississippi 39773 For additional assistance with rooms, please contact Anne Sutherland at (662)295-6144.
This heifer from Longino Ranch sells.
These heifers sell October 16th from Megehee Cattle Company.
• WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI
Friday, October 15, 2021 • All Day – Cattle available for viewing. • 6 pm – BBQ Dinner and Social Saturday, October 16, 2021 11 am – Town Creek Farm Beef Burgers • 12 noon – Town Creek Farm Brangus Commercial Bred Heifer Sale followed by Town Creek Farm Bull Sale
■ LOTS 489-493– Black Dog Cattle, Ben Hooker, Heifers sired by TCF Sleep Easy 994D11, TCF Rapid Reward 145Z3 and BRB Rapid Reward 99W11 bred to TCF Rapid Reward 100G5. Calving 2/8/22 to 4/8/22 Heifers are out of dams right from the heart of the Longino Ranch replacement heifers. Moderate framed, hand-fed and gentle.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 • 12 NOON
■ HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Haleyville, Alabama, 1-Year Sale Consignor
MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF RANCHING
TOWN CREEK FARM PAVILION
Heifers sired by Town Creek Farm Brangus bulls out of Town Creek Farm dams. Heifers bred to low birth weight bulls: TCF Sleep Easy 13Y, TCF Sleep Easy 3932B, TCF Sleep Easy 145Z13 and sons of TCF Integrity 13C and BRB Rapid Reward 99W11. Calving 12/5/21 to 1/7/22. This set of heifers is out of one of the most consistent, powerful cowherds we’ve witnessed. Heifers are selected from more than 240 replacements and pregnancy checked at over 90 percent. The steer mates to these heifers weaned at 660 pounds right oﬀ their dams. Powerful genetic opportunity.
■ LOTS 340-404 – Longino Ranch, Cliff Coddington, Brangus heifers representing more than 13 generations of Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch genetics. Heifers are handselected and easy to handle on horse, foot and ATV.Group 1: 25 heifers A.I.’d to TCF Rapid Reward 145Z3 and CCR Integrity 355S4. ECD: 11/5-8/21. Determined by ultrasound to be safe to A.I. breedings. Turned in with bulls for after A.I. 60 days. Group 2: 26 heifers A.I.’d to TCF Rapid Reward 145Z3 and CCR Integrity 355S4. ECD: 1/1-4/22. Determined by ultrasound to be safe to A.I. breedings. Turned in with bulls for after A.I. 60 days. Group 3: 14 heifers bred to TCF Integrity 196G2, TCF Rapid Reward 641G and TCF Integrity 036G8. Calving 1/10/22 to 3/10/22.