The Udder Side

I’m Just Buying A Bull…Right?

Most of us don't really believe that, yet the gravity of the decisions associated with selecting the next generation of seedstock may be greater than you first think. All of us consider the calves these bulls might sire and the value that they should return to the ranch. Most consider pricing bulls based on a projection of years of service (hopefully 3-7 years, barring injury) and the calf performance we might expect them to sire. If you don't keep your own replacement heifers, this makes some sense. If, like most folks, you raise your own females, the long term effects of this year's buying decisions on ranch profitability may not be quite as obvious until we break it down based on the long term maternal value traits we are purchasing. Let's assume your operation purchases 4 bulls this coming spring of 2018.

  • First calves born in spring of 2019
  • First daughters calving in spring of 2021 (First granddaughters calve in 2022)
  • With any luck at all, 2 or more of these bulls are still breeding at age 7 (2024)
  • Last calves born sired by these bulls in 2025
  • Last calf crop females have their first calves in 2027 (Their first daughters calve in 2029)
  • In 2028 a substantial share of the 2-7-year old cows are daughters of the bulls purchased 10 years before.
  • In the year 2036 there are still a few 11 and 12-year-old daughters in your herd sired by the 2018 purchased bulls.
  • Also, the granddaughters and great-granddaughters of those bulls purchased 18 years earlier still make up a substantial portion of the genetics of your herd.

I know most of us don't like to think about the year 2036. If, however, your plans are to keep or make the beef business an important part of your families' livelihood as far out as 2036, which most of us do, the bulls you purchase this year will still be an important piece of the profits you enjoy or the challenges you are still working through nearly 20 years from now. Sire selection is that important, so use all the tools available to make the best decisions you can...every time!

If you would like to see a snapshot of your cowherd 10-20 years from now... you only need to spend some time viewing the cowherd of the seedstock provider you buy your bulls from. With the exception of a few differences created by environment, you'll see where your program is headed. The quality, size, disposition, body condition, udders, feet, calving-ease, fertility, longevity, etc. of your future cow herd is right there for you to see.

Stop by for a visit anytime to see what your herd can look like by using Trinity genetics! At Trinity Farms, "You are buying more than a bull, you are buying a program." Come to the sale - the cattle speak for themselves. Call or visit ahead of time and we will be glad to review your goals with you and help you make selections to get you where you want to go - to the year 2036 and beyond!

(Thanks to Marty Ropp from Allied for putting together this article.)

These are the kind of cows that are extremely hard to part with, the type and kind that have helped SimAngus solidify their place in the larger commercial industry. Most notably the dam to TFS Black Sand, a past high seller and sire of many high selling bulls in this year’s sale, she herself has a terrific performance track record with individual ratios of 107 for WW, 108 for YW, 106 for REA and records 5@103 for WW, 4@103 for YW, 2@120 for IMF while maintaining a 368 day calving interval. Proven performance genetics at their best, be sure to take a close look.

The biggest opportunity in the history of Trinity Farms! Although we are selling 100 top cut females on Oct 5th, this one individual will be worth the effort to be here all on her own! As the dam to the Lot 1 bull in our 2017 spring bull sale selling for $11,500, she has established herself as a proven high value female. She has the ability to add real and distinct value to both Angus and SimAngus programs alike and has incredible value in her own right. As a sale highlight, the decision was made to add to her individual value by having her carry what is sure to be one of the most exciting genetic efforts going forward with an embryo mating from 0615X - the dam to TFS Samurai the high selling bull this spring going to Werning Cattle Co in South Dakota and sired by SAV Rainmaker 7123 - the exciting new herd sire that we are anxiously awaiting his 1st calves from next spring. This will be the only progeny sired by 7123 that we intend to sell this year! Get in on the ground floor with an embryo pregnancy that is sure to be as exciting of a mating as we have ever produced and carried by a cow that has been a high revenue earner here in her own right and is as pretty as you can make one as well.

S A V Madame Pride 3256 -A phenomenal example of what world class Angus females are designed like. As the dam to SAV Rainmaker 654X 7123, we are excited to infuse her incredible performance and impeccable phenotype into our aggressive AI program! Although sons are sure to be highlights in the years to come, her true lasting contribution will undoubtedly be her maternal influence from a cow family loaded with some of the very best of multimillion dollar revenue generating females in Angus breed history.

TFS 1/4 SM 3/4 AN 0423X - She epitomizes what SimAngus is all about! With 7 natural calves she maintains a 365 day calving interval, records 6@102 for BW, 6@106 for WW, 6@105 for YW & 3@137 for IMF! As the dam to TFS Black Ice, she has set quite a standard here at Trinity Farms and is one among many of the proven females to sell this fall. We anxiously await her transplant calves sired by Hook’s Eagle due next spring. She represents SimAngus at its best that can do it all – Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled, an impeccable production record in an extremely competitive program, proven in transplant, and a documented high revenue producing female.

TFS MOCHA LATTE 1045L 6 - Dam to TFS Onyx - still producing here at the ranch at 12 years old!

The original "Goldenglow" -  BONINA GOLDENGLOW 0056K - A true matriarch of the early SimAngus efforts at Trinity Farms

The dam to TFS Samurai - the high selling bull in our spring sale at $18,000 and now residing at Werning Cattle Co, one of the highest profile Simmental outfits in the nation, we are sure he is destined to leave a mark. There is no doubt that she has incredible earning potential for her new owners given her wonderfully maternal pedigree stemming from one of the most successful & influential cow families ever at Trinity Farms - she represents one of the biggest opportunities to ever leave the ranch! Proven in transplant with 15 #1 embryos in a single flush this spring, we are also offering an extremely exclusive opportunity to acquire what is sure to be one of the most exciting matings that will be born here next spring – it’s our intention to sell only one pregnancy out of this new herd sire in 2018 and out of a truly front end female!

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SAV Madame Pride 0413 - She is a fantastic example of the quality females SAV Pioneer has been so adept at siring. With over 70 proven paternal sisters in production here at Trinity Farms, we are discovering many of the best and most exciting bulls produced each spring are coming from this group of terrific females. As the 2nd dam to SAV Rainmaker 654X 7123, she will continue to add to the Pioneer influenced females’ contribution to our Simangus program that is very unique in terms of phenotype and overall quality in the industry today.

It's all about the cow Friday, October 5th, 2018 - Generations of Excellence Female Sale - 2pm at the Ranch in Ellensburg, WA