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Town Creek Farm Since 1993

FALL 2014

Vo l u m e 2 , I s s u e 3 • P u b l i s h e d b y To w n C r e e k Fa r m , We s t Po i n t , M i s s i s s i p p i • B r a n g u s a n d U l t r a b l a c k The Grit welcomes your inquiries and feedback. The Grit is published by Town Creek Farm, West Point, Mississippi.

Town Creek Farm Milton Sundbeck, Owner Office: 32476 Hwy. 50 East West Point, Mississippi 39773 662.494.5944 Joy Reznicek 205.399.0221 Tommy Sanders Ranch Manager 662.436.6175 Ron Flake 662.494.1577 office 662.509.2233 South American Representative Ing. Agr. Federico Maisonnave (011) 595 981 362 898 Skype: federico.maisonnave Total Commitment


BRANGUS BULL 727A2 SELLS. 4.36% year marbling.

The Great Potential. Are You Prepared? BEEF CATTLE MARKETS HAVE RISEN to new stages in relation to prices. While everyone who owns cattle is enjoying the good times, cattlemen who prepared themselves and their cattle operations are the ones who will benefit the most. We were all surprised as we’ve watched U.S. cattle and beef prices climb and climb. It looks as though the future that many ag economists predicted is sitting right in front of us. We are witnessing world-wide food inflation, that after several cycles is being passed on to primary producers. It’s happening in many countries and began with crop’s new price "equilibrium". Demand pressure is real and will increase with worldwide population growth and improved welfare of economies. We, as primary producers, will have to feed many people. The time has come for cow-calf operators. It is today! Are you prepared? What have you done, regarding your cattle operation, to take a larger share of the market than your neighbor? Remember that no matter what, it is a free market out there. We are, and will always be, market price takers. So, differences in maximizing income will come through reducing costs inside the gates of our ranches. My trip to the United States in August was probably one of the most important in my entire career. I was able to visit and witness the success of commercial producers that have been involved with the Cow Creek Ranch and Town Creek Farm programs, some since 1988. It was very educational to see the powerful difference our genetics have made and the great results they’ve realized for cattlemen. It was breathtaking to see 600 pound calves come out of "normal looking" Brangus mama cows on grass in really tough environments. There has to be something inside those cows that makes them so productive (despite their "normal look"). What is it? Obviously, these producers have been preparing themselves. They have made the right decisions at the right time and are now taking a larger share of market prices. Fellow cattlemen are knocking on their doors every day asking to buy their heifers. They've been able to reduce costs and add value to their calves at the same time by following two main strategies they all have in common. First, they all raise cattle on good

grass. There is no better way to reduce production costs than growing grass of the right quality and amount. But, you say, any cow can survive on grass. The challenge is to have top-end, consistent, heavy calf crops out of a cow herd just being fed on grass. How do you do it? You do it by following a genetic program; the second stategy. These cattlemen have followed the same genetic plan for years with a systematic and disciplined approach. Your cows will deliver the product for you when you have the right genetics and management in place. The genetics behind the Town Creek Farm program have been successfully stacked on every animal for the past 25 years. It has been done on grass. We test our bulls and females in the same conditions as that of our commercial customers. We raise our bulls to go out and hustle and breed as many females they can in pastures. We encourage our customers to keep replacements heifers out of our bulls. Our bulls produce consistent, top-end progeny in herd after herd because we’ve diligently stacked our genetics for generations. Commercial producers can make great genetic progress with our bulls because of the large number of consistent, efficient females from which to choose your replacement heifers. We have always put selection pressure on efficient females. We have stacked those genes in our main herd which has allowed us to apply selection pressure and strict culling to produce sound females that adapt extremely well to many kinds of environments using the cheapest resource (grass) available to us to deliver a high quality calf every year. Through the bulls that come out of the Town Creek Program this gene pack is passed from generation to generation to commercial producers that have been following the program, like those I visited. The fact is that these genetics fit every environment and management situation they were exposed to in an optimum way. Our genetics gave to each producer that we visited a real opportunity to reduce costs and get a larger share of the market. I have to congratulate cattlemen who have been preparing their herds for these times and have to encourage the rest to follow the same steps...! There is great potential for those who recognize and seize this opportunity. There is a genetic difference in the Town Creek bulls. Cheers! – by Federico Maisonnave, Town Creek Farm

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Town Creek Farm Sale Since 1993

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 • 12 NOON at the farm’s Town Creek Pavilion near West Point, Mississippi

150 Town Creek Farm Bulls Ultrablack bull 145Z4 sells. 6.04% year marbling.

Brangus and Ultrablack Bulls INCLUDING 70 FULL 2 YEAR-OLD BULLS Entire 2 year-old calf crop sells, no bulls have been sold from this group. Powerful, practical, functional bulls developed on a high roughage forage-based ration. Bulls guaranteed fertile and reproductively sound. Largely Cow Creek Ranch based genetics.

BRANGUS bull 5281Z sells. Yearling scrotal 39 cm.

BRANGUS bull 007z5 sells. 4.62% year marbling.

BRANGUS bull 589Z sells. 4.32% year marbling.

BRANGUS bull 145Z3 sells. 1.41 REA/CWT.

BRANGUS bull 145Z2 sells. 4.14% year marbling.

BRANGUS bull 743z sells. 4.79% year marbling.

Videos of bulls will be available on-line at after October 5, 2014. ■ Entire calf crop of two-year old bulls sell. No bulls have been sold. ■ Bulls developed on high roughage, forage-based low energy ration to ensure durablility, reliability and weight maintenance. ■ Heat and humidity adapted bulls raised in southern grass environment. ■ Large selection of user-friendly, high maternal, low birthweight bulls needed to produce valuable replacement heifers. Profit begins with a live calf. ■ Bulls sell Trich tested and BVD-PI tested. Dams of bulls selling tested Johnes negative. ■ Problem-free bulls guaranteed fertile and reproductively sound. Buy On-Line with DVAuction.

BRANGUS bull 1503Z sells. 1.12 REA/CWT. BRANGUS bull 86A sells. 3.14% year marbling.

BRANGUS bull 419Z sells. 4.53% year marbling.

300 Commercial brangus Bred heifers The commercial Brangus bred heifers selling Saturday, October 18, at 12 noon, are brought to you by reputation ranchers using Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch genetics. This is a continuation of the 19-year running Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Bred Heifer Sale held in Aliceville, Alabama, and now at Town Creek Farm. These heifers are multi-generation, genetically-tracked heifers sired by Cow Creek Ranch bulls and bred back to Cow Creek Ranch and Town Creek Farm bulls. Heifers are source and ranch verified and were palpated safe in calf prior to the sale. Heifers will sell in groups of five. These are authentic ranch-raised heifers that will take your program to the next level.

■ Williamson Cattle Company, The Williamson Family, Faunsdale, Alabama, and Okeechobee, Florida – 70 Heifers 17 year consignor to Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales Cow Creek Ranch Brangus and Ultrablack sired heifers bred back to low birthweight Cow Creek Ranch Brangus and Ultrablack bulls. These heifers are ranch raised, genetically sourced and rank in the top 20 percent of Williamson Cattle Company’s 2013 calf crop. Calving from January 8, 2015, to February 18, 2015. Heifers will calve at two-years old.

this heifer sells right along with her contemporaries.

■ River Oaks Farm, John McKnight, Searcy, Arkansas and Black River Brangus, Lynn White, Monterey, Louisiana – 130 Heifers 16 year consignor to Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales Group 1: 40 Cow Creek Sired Brangus heifers bred to low birthweight Cow Creek Sired Brangus bulls. Calving from November 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014. Heifers will calve at two-years old. Bucket broke. Group 2: 40 Cow Creek Sired Ultrablack heifers bred to low birthweight Cow Creek Sired Brangus bulls. Calving from November 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014. Heifers will calve at two-years old. Bucket broke. Group 3: 50 Cow Creek Sired Ultrablack heifers bred to low birthweight Cow Creek Sired Brangus bulls. Calving from February 1, 2015, to March 31, 2015. Heifers will calve at two-years old. Bucket broke.

■ CP Bar Brangus, Paul Gray, Holcomb, Mississippi – 25 Heifers 15 year consignor to Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales CCR Pathfinder 44R2 and CCR Integrity 305R daughters (out of Cow Creek Ranch Thunder, Buckshot and Pathfinder granddaughters) bred to TCF Sleep Easy 87Z and CCR Thunder 698S2. Calving from February 1, 2015, to April 1, 2015. Heifers are gentle, easy to handle on foot. Bucket broke, exposed to four-wheelers and children. Heifers developed on grass.

■ Megehee Cattle Company, Jacob Megehee, Macon, Mississippi – 45 Heifers 10 year consignor to Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales CCR Sleep Easy 9L2, CCR Integrity 355S4, CCR Thunder 641R4, and CCR Integrity 036P9 daughters and granddaughters bred to low calving ease Cow Creek Ranch bulls. All heifers sired by and bred back to “User Friendly”, low birthweight bulls. 37 Brangus and 8 Ultrablacks. 38 heifers are bred to calve November 1, 2014 to January 6, 2015. 7 younger heifers will calve April 15, 2015, to May 31, 2015. Heifers will calve at 28 to 33 months of age. User friendly. 15 years using Cow Creek Ranch bulls.

■ Montgomery Farms, Mark Montgomery, Moulton, Alabama – 15 Heifers 6 year consignor in Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales CCR Integrity 386R4 daughters bred back to CCR Sleep Easy 317U2. Calving from November 15, 2014, to February 10, 2015. User friendly.

■ B&B Farm, Gerome Burrell, Linden, Alabama – 12 Head 2 year consignor to Town Creek Farm Commercial Heifer Sale CCR Rocky 1000L and CCR Integrity 198U2 daughters bred back to CCR Ultrablack 1749Y5. Calving from December 10, 2014, to March 10, 2015. Bucket broke.

■ Gunsmoke Ranch and Lazy MM Bar Farm, Charlie Whetzel and Doug McLaughlin – 20 Heifers 4 year consignor to Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Heifer Sales CCR Sleep Easy 460Y, CCR Ultrablack 128T and CCR Sleep Easy 1540S7 daughters A.I.’d to calving ease sire, CCR Integrity 355S4. Expected calving date February 15, 2015. Heifers pasture bred to CCR Integrity 355S4 son. Calving from February 25, 2015, to April 25, 2015. Heifers are very gentle.

BRANGUS bull 101Z5 sells. 1.21 REA/cwt.

BRANGUS bull 89Z4 sells. 4.40% year marbling.

these heifers sell from megehee cattle company.

Sale Information ■ For a sale catalog go the web at and complete the sale catalog request form or call Joy at 205.399.0221 or Ron Flake at 662.509.2233. Catalogs will be mailed September 25, 2014, by request.

■ For additional sale information call Joy at 205.399.0221 or Ron at 662.509.2233. ■ MOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Hampton Inn & Suites 281 Highway 45 Alternate South West Point, Mississippi 39773 662.494.7802 (ask for Town Creek Farm block) Holiday Inn Express 190 Highway 45 Alt.South West Point, Mississippi 39773 662.494.7090 (ask for Town Creek Farm block) ■ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, October 17, 2014 6 pm – Boot Scootin’ BBQ Party Live music by Wil Gravatt Band Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:30 am – Lunch Available 12 noon – Town Creek Farm Commercial Brangus Bred Heifer Sale followed by Town Creek Farm Bull Sale

Ultrablack bull 384Z sells. 4.10% year marbling.

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Visits Town Creek Farm


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Speaks at Town Creek Farm TOWN CREEK FARM JOINED FORCES WITH MISSISSIPPI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, to host the 2014 Mississippi Cattlemen’s College, August 27, at Town Creek Farm. e day-long educational events focused on progressive ranching practices, grazing strategies that influence profit, forage and weed control test plots, herd health and value-added management practices. In addition, a feeder calf demonstration was given by veteran cattle buyers. Speakers included world renowned forage specialist Dr. Don Ball; Mississippi forage specialist Dr. Rocky Lemus; and Zoietis veterinarian, Dr. Dan Scruggs. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president and fifth generation rancher, Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, challenged cattlemen to “be in charge of your destiny as a cattle producer.” He said NCBA was focused on boosting export trade market, which currently adds $307 to every calf sold, and to stopping legislation introducing “e Clean Water Act” that will regulate every body of water in the U.S. on both private and public lands.

TOWN CREEK FARM WELCOMED HIGH-PROFILE VISITOR, CINDY HYDE-SMITH , Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, who took time from her demanding responsibilities to tour Town Creek Farm facilities. Hyde-Smith was the guest of Town Creek Farm employee, Chrissy Heard and her husband Keith. Milton Sundbeck was on hand to visit with Hyde-Smith. Hyde-Smith has deep roots in agriculture, in particularly, the cattle business. As a fourth generation cattle operator, she and her husband, Mike, are partners in Lincoln County Livestock, the local stockyard auction market in Brookhaven, which has held a live cattle auction every Tuesday since 1942. Hyde-Smith has led Mississippi agriculture since 2011 and is known for her spunk and influential, “get it done” energy. She has a clear understanding of production agriculture and its profound function in our country. During her visit, Hyd-Smith used the term “rattle paddle” when speaking of proding lawmakers to act and said she was most comfortable in a cow pasture in boots and jeans.


Town Creek Farm to Provide Herd Indexes on Bull Sale Offering TOWN CREEK FARM, IN CONJUNCTION WITH DIGITAL BEEF, HAS COMPILED A UNIQUE SET OF IN-HERD SELECTION INDEXES to assist bull buyers with the selection process of the 2014 Town Creek Farm bull sale offering. Selection indexes are used by cattlemen who want to simultaneously select for serveral traits at one time. As cattlemen are aware, selection of breeding stock based on individual trait evaluation is a challenging task. The tendency always trends toward singling out the traits that are “favored” at any particular time. This creates a multitude of selection problems for longterm progress. Optimal selection indexes utilize all information available from an individual’s breeding value, combined into an index of merit. “We want to provide to our customers an accurate set of real economic numbers. These indexes reflect exactly what’s happening in our herd in a format that is clear and expressed in optimums,” says Town Creek Farm’s Joy Reznicek. TOWN CREEK FARM EXTENDS A HEARTY THANK YOU TO THE SEMINOLE TRIDE OF FLORIDA, Okeechobee, for purchasing our bull sale credit auctioned at the recent Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention.

SUMMER INTERNS – Cara sanders, left, with her brother, colby.

TOWN CREEK FARM SUMMER INTERNS – Town Creek Farm had the privilege of having two young cattlemen working along side our regular crew this summer. Joining the Town Creek team were Cara and Colby Sanders. Their hands-on working experience was an opportunity to stairstep their existing ranching knowledge to a broader ranching environment. The brother and sister team are the daughter and son of Town Creek Farm’s Ranch Manager, Tommy Sanders, and his wife, Sharon. Cara is a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in nutrition. Colby is a sophomore at Hamilton High School.

Fall 2014 "The Grit" Newsletter  

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