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2019 Swinging B Ranch and Friends Sale Report

Swinging B Ranch and Friends Sale

Tenroc Ranch, Salado, TX

May 18, 2019

  • 4 Bulls $13,150 avg $3,288.00
  • 7 Exposed $47,250.00 avg $6,750.00
  • 30  Opens $134,000.00 avg $4,467.00
  • 24 Bred $152,500.00 avg $6,355.00
  • 3 Pair $11,250.00 avg $3,750.00
  • 2 Picks $16,000.00 avg $8,000.00
  • 1 semen lot $18,720.00
  • 1 embryo lot $5,000.00
  • 72 lots $397,870.00 avg $5,526.00

Top lots

Lot 27- Exposed, sire SWB Earthrocker, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Mason Cattle Co., Brownstown, IL for $20,000.00

Lot 28- Exposed, sire, VFF Torq’d, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Everardo Canales, Mission, TX for $12,000.00

Lot 46- Bred to SWB Luckenbach, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Jim Colvin, Seguin, TX for $12,000.00

Lot 31- Bred to Mcalester, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Everardo Canales, Mission, TX for $10,500.00

Lot 76- Sire, Painted Tiger, consigned by Tony and Karen Psencik, San Antonio, TX:  Sold to Bill and Dusty Carr, laredo, TX for $10,000.00

Lot 30- Bred to Summit, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Next Gen Cattle Co. , Paxico, KS for  $9,500.00

Lot 58- Open, sire, Sugar Bullet, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX:  Sold to Collier Farms, Brenham, TX for $9,000.00

Lot 34- Bred to Mcalester, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Eliud Rivera, jR., Edcouch, TX for $8,500.00

Lot 29- Bred to CJ’s Crossfire, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Barney and Margie Lowery, Sweeny, TX for $8,000.00

Lot 5- Open, sire, Adonis, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Collier Farms, Brenham, TX for $7,500.00

Lot 11- Open, sire, Bullet Proof, consigned by Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX:  Sold to Santa Anna Ranch, McAllen, TX for $7,500.

 

Volume Buyers

Bob and Bonnie Siddons, Lakeway, TX: Collier Farms, Brenham, TX; Jeff Garner, Blue Ridge, TX

 

Auctioneer and Sale consultant-  Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Consultant- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager- 3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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2019 Emmons Ranch Production Sale Report

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Purpose of an Index

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

In previous articles I have mentioned that the purpose of the seedstock industry is to continually advance and make animals that fit into the commercial industry and make them more profitable. I have also mentioned the tools that are available to producers to help them make informed breeding decisions that should lead to increased returns. A key component to informed decisions is that a producer should never select on just one criterion, in other words avoid single trait selection. When looking at Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) it can sometimes be difficult to avoid single trait selection because a producer may become too focused on one trait, such as birth weight. To help producers avoid this, many breeds including Beefmaster, have implemented one or more indices that weight EPDs appropriately for different production systems. The use of index selection has been around since the 1940s. In 1943 Hazel noted that using an index that was properly weighted was more efficient than single trait selection or culling based on several traits with an individual culling level for each trait. In summer 2016, BBU released two indices, $M and $T, to help producers select animals that fit their production systems. $M is the maternal index and should be used when females are being retained in the herd. $T is the terminal index for BBU and should be used in a terminal production system.

$M is the maternal index and it is designed to balance weaning weight with cow maintenance and fertility. The index includes the EPDs for birth weight (BW), weaning weight (WW), Milk, yearling weight (YW) and scrotal circumference (SC). It was developed for the profit per cow exposed, due to the weaning weight of her calf and accounting for cow maintenance. $M is helpful in evaluating how a bull’s daughters will contribute to the advancement of a herd. When looking at Beefmaster cattle $M seems like a smaller number than $T, however the effects of $M are cumulative because of retaining females in the herd. A bull that consistently produces high quality females that are kept in the herd is continually increasing in value to the producer in terms of $M.

For example, if a producer is looking to use a bull that will produce quality females that will wean a good calf every year and they are choosing between two bulls, then $M is a good tool. If Bull A has a $M of 24.50 and Bull B has a $M of 14.50, then it would be expected that Bull A’s daughters would return approximately $10 more per head per year. This may seem to be a small amount, but if we assume that both bulls are bred to 20 cows and 10 heifers are retained each year, then after a year there is a $100 advantage for Bull A. If both bulls are used for four years with the same results on keeping heifers, then there is a $400 advantage to Bull A. Now assume that each of the heifers that is kept stays in the herd for 10 calves, now there is a $4,000 advantage to Bull A. This is a value that could be increased by using reproductive techniques, such as artificial insemination or embryo transfer, to produce even more females from a valuable bull.

$T is the terminal index and is designed to be used when bulls are mated to cows in a strictly terminal system, in other words all offspring will be harvested. The EPDs that are used in the calculation of $T are YW, rib-eye area (REA), intramuscular fat (IMF) and Fat. The goal of this index is to help the producer select and use bulls that will produce high quality carcasses that also yield well and will help make the operation more profitable. By comparing $T of different bulls a producer can estimate how much more a bull could potentially be worth in a terminal system.

For example, if a producer is selecting a bull to produce calves that will do well in a feedyard and they are choosing between two bulls, then $T would be an informative tool to use. If Bull X has a $T of 100 and Bull Y has a $T of 60, it would be expected that Bull X’s calves would be $40 more valuable per head on average. In this situation if both bulls are used on 20 cows and you produce 20 calves, then after one-year Bull X is worth $800 more than Bull Y. If both bulls are used for four years in the herd with the same results, then Bull X becomes worth $3,200 more than Bull Y. This value could be even more if artificial insemination was used and more steer calves from Bull X were produced each year.

An index is another tool that producers can use to make informed breeding decisions that will help return the most profit to the operation. It is important to remember when using an index that a producer should have a production system in mind and then choose the appropriate index. Selection on an index is more efficient than single trait selection or setting culling levels for multiple traits because it is economically weighted for that production system. $M is the Beefmaster maternal index that is designed for a maternal system where replacement females will be kept and used in production. $T is designed as a terminal index to be used when all calves will be sold for harvest. There has been a great amount of research put into both indices and the economic values assigned to each trait. They are a great tool that can and should be used to help eliminate single trait selection. Remember to use each index for its intended purpose.

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2019 Springtime in Texas Beefmaster Sale Report

 

Brenham, Texas –  April 27, 2019

  • 5 Bulls $20,700 avg $4,140.00
  • 1 3n1 $2,200.00
  • 13 Pairs $30,300 avg $2,331.00
  • 19 Bred $36,850.00 avg $1,940.00
  • 32 Opens $68,600.00 avg $2,144.00
  • 2 Picks $18,250.00 avg $9,125.00
  • 1 Semen $1,900.00
  • 1 Embryo Lot $3,600.00
  • 74 Total Lots $182,400.00 avg $2,465.00

Top Bulls

  • Lot 53- sire, Tiger Britches, consigned by Carl and Fran Ditta, Cleveland, Tx:  Sold to Jeff Davis, Burton, TX for $6,250.00.
  • Lot 69- sire, Cain 15Z, consigned by Karisch Cattle Co., LaGrange, TX:  Sold to Steve McFaull, Cameron, TX for $5,000.00.
  • Lot 14- sire, Red Bayou, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX;  Sold to Jim Candler, Iola, TX for $3,750.00.
  • Lot 13- sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX;  Sold to Jim Candler, Iola, TX for $3,750.00.

Top Females

  • Lot 2a- open, sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX; Sold to Jon and Michelle Colburn, College Station, TX for $5,500.00.
  • Lot 3- open, sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX; Sold to Hiatt Diamond H, Mt. Ulla, NC for $4,750.00.
  • Lot 52- bred to EMS Headliner, consigned by Bradley Cattle Services, Groesbeck, TX:  Sold to Clay Mills, Mt. Airy, NC for $4,600.00.
  • Lot 2b- open, sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, TX;  Sold to Clay Mills, Mt. Airy, NC for $4,500.00.
  • Lot 51a- sire, CF Sugar Britches, consigned by Bradley Cattle Services, Groesbeck, TX:  Sold to Ryan and Pam Walker, Big Spring, TX for $4,250.00.

Volume Buyers-  Jim Candler, Iola, TX;  Jeff Davis, Burton, TX:  Clay Mills, Mt. Airy, NC:  Hiatt Diamond H, Mt. Ulla, NC;  Jim Darling, Houston, TX.

Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX

Sale Manager- 3G Sales and Service, Franklin, GA

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2019 SEBBA Dixie National Sale Report

 

Tunica, MS March 30, 2019
6 Bulls $15,650 avg $2,608
4 Pair $8,200 avg $2,050
15 Bred $28,600 avg $1,907
23 Open $45,450 avg $1,976
6 Semen lots $38,165 avg $6,361
5 Embryo lots $44,550 avg $8,910

59 Lots $180,615

Average $3,062

Top Bulls: Lot 29- Sire, Black Bayou, consigned by Mason Cattle co., Brownstown, IL; Sold to Britt Parker, Montrose, GA for $5,000.
Lot 24- Sire, CHRK Generator, consigned by Channarock Farm and Hiatt Diamond H, Rockfield, KY: Sold to Ricky Cornelison, Iuka, MS for $3,600.
Lot 13- Sire,, Sugar Britches; consigned by South Oaks Beefmasters, Lexington, TN; Sold to Walt McKellar, Senatobia, MS for $2,750.

Top Females:
Lot 26- Open, sire, Cl’s Lovemaker, consigned by Clark Jones, Savannah, TN; Sold to Santa Anna Ranch, MCAllen. TX for $8,000.
Lot 51- Open, sire, Ace of Spades, consigned by T5 Ranch, Bedias, TX; Sold to Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, TX for $3,750.
Lot 27- Bred to Cl’s Sure Fire, consigned by Clark Jones; Savannah, TN; Sold to Hurla Farms, Paxico, KS for $3,500

Other Lots
Lot 42- Sugar Britches Semen; 120 units sold for $28,125

Volume Buyers: Victor Jiminez, Mexico; Clark Jones, Savannah, TN; Jason Hearn, Henderson, TN

Auctioneer- Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, TX
Sale Consultant- Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, TX
Sale Manager- 3G Sales and Service, Franklin; GA

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Data Collection Tips #2

 

We recommend that our members and Beefmaster breeders do the following at weaning time…

  1. Collect weaning weight on calves

– Calves should be between 140 and 270 days old when weaning weights are recorded

– Contemporary groups are formed by calves born within 60 days of each other

 

  1. Collect mature cow weight and Body Condition Score on cows (this should be recorded with BBU when completing the calf’s registration)

 

  1. Submit and record weaning weights with BBU using the online system or weaning worksheet
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Emmons Ranch Bull Sale Report

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Data Collection Tips #1

 

We recommend that our members and Beefmaster breeders do the following at calf’s birth…

Birth Weight:

  • Take the weight of the calf within 24 hours of birth
  • Use a consistent weighing method and have the same person weigh calves
    • Use a scale or tape, do not guess weights
  • Report all weights on calves to avoid biased data

Calving Ease:

  • Record calving ease at the same time Birth Weights are collected
  • Use the scale provided on the BBU Reference codes form
    • No difficulty/No assistance
    • Minor difficulty/Some assistance
    • Major difficulty/Calf puller used
    • C-Section
    • Abnormal Presentation
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Performance Article Series: Purpose of Technology

 

By Lance Bauer, Director of Breed Improvement & Western Field Representative

In the past couple of decades technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in almost every industry. With new technology we have more access to more data faster than we ever have before. The cattle industry is no different and technology is rapidly increasing and helping producers to make even more informed decisions than they have ever been able to before. Many people think that the cattle industry is behind the times when it comes to technology, but this is far from the truth. First producers took and recorded weights on their cows and calves, then other measurement technologies came along such as, ultrasound carcass scanning and now even measurements of feed intake and efficiency. These measurements have all gone into the calculation of EPDs, and EPDs have advanced more with the advent of DNA testing. What is the purpose of all of this technology though? All of these technologies help breeders make the most informed breeding decisions they can to maximize profits and move their cattle in the correct direction.

The first piece of technology that has been around for many years are scales, producers have been weighing calves and making selections based on these weights for a very long time. There are now scales that collect weights and transmit them directly to a computer or even cell phone with the use of an EID tag. It is important to take weights because these weights will go into the calculation of EPDs. Weights are important to every producer because the end product, beef, is marketed by the pound. Ultrasound technology has allowed producers to take images of the carcass without having to harvest the animals. Ultrasound measurements are also used to create EPDs that are used in progressing a herd. Weight traits and carcass traits are easy to improve because they are moderately to highly heritable.

The calculation of EPDs has been discussed in previous articles and the technology used has advanced, especially in the past few years with the advancement of DNA. The purpose of EPDs is to help both Seedstock and commercial producers make choices that make economic sense. DNA has been used in Single Step GE EPD calculations to make the initial EPDs more accurate. This calculation has been discussed in a previous article by John Genho.

DNA has been one of the largest and fastest growing advancements in the industry. The DNA technologies that are used have changed rapidly from using STRs to determine parentage to looking at thousands of SNPs to gather parentage as well as other information about the animal being tested. DNA is also being used on commercial cattle to calculate molecular breeding values for commercial producers and allow them to make decisions on keeping heifers with more information than they have previously been able to utilize.

All of the technology that is used within the industry has a purpose, and that purpose is to help make breeding decisions that will positively affect the bottom line of the producer. It is important in the cattle industry to keep up with technology and not get left behind. The world around us is constantly advancing and to stay in the game we need to advance with the rest of the industry. Use all the tools and technology available to make the most informed breeding decisions possible. Remember that the purpose of the Seedstock industry is to continue to advance and technology is the key to advancement.

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2019 Houston Magic XIX Sale Report

 

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