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 however, 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 2019.

  • First calves born in spring of 2020

  • First daughters calving in spring of 2022 (First granddaughters calve in 2023)

  • With any luck at all, 2 or more of these bulls are still breeding at age 7 (2025)

  • Last calves born sired by these bulls in 2026

  • Last calf crop females have their first calves in 2028 (Their first daughters calve in 2030)

  • In 2029 a substantial share of the 2-7-year old cows are daughters of the bulls purchased 10 years before.

  • In the year 2037 there are still a few 11 and 12-year-old daughters in your herd sired by the 2019 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 2037. If, however, your plans are to keep or make the beef business an important part of your families' livelihood as far out as 2037, 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 from whom you buy your bulls. 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 2037 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.

AAA# 17316471. A picture perfect kind of female and the dam to TFS Reload the 2nd high selling bull in our 2017 spring bull sale. With the growing popularity of TFS Black Powder, we decided to offer the dam to his 1/2 brother in our first annual female sale and as such, Black Pearl exemplifies why our Angus and SimAngus™ program has become so successful – beautiful type and kind and extremely productive in a variety of environments and management scenarios. Females like her raise some of the stoutest and most sought after bulls each year in our bull sale. As she has had only one heifer calf here at Trinity Farms, we decided to flush her this summer in an effort to create some additional replacement females.

Trinity Erica 0381 1236 – These are the kind that are extremely agonizing to part with. Sired by the all-time great – Pioneer, she hails from the 0381 Angus cow family, certainly one of the most prolific and influential in both our Angus and SimAngus programs. We literally have pastures full of fantastic cows, but 1236 is definitely in a class all her own with her flawless phenotype.

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 that sold in our first annual female sale in October 2018. We anxiously await her transplant calves sired by Hook’s Eagle due spring 2019. 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.

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.

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 in Spring 2018.

TFS Black Moom 0210 These are definitely the kind that are so hard to part with! As the dam to TFS Black Powder who was picked up by ST Genetics this summer after viewing his incredible 1st calf crop, she represents our Angus and SimAngus™ efforts here so well. With over 50 Black Powder calves born Spring 2018 and another 300 cows bred to him here and at C&C Farms for 2019, there is no doubt her influence will run deep in the years to come. As a proven producer that records 6@109 for BW, 5@105 for WW, 2@104 for YW, & 3@112 for REA, she has also worked well in transplant and was flushed Spring and Summer 2018 in an effort to create more ranch replacement females. Her fantastic heifer calf at side showcases her ability to raise both superior herd bulls and females alike.

TFS Black Moom 0210 These are definitely the kind that are so hard to part with! As the dam to TFS Black Powder who was picked up by ST Genetics this summer after viewing his incredible 1st calf crop, she represents our Angus and SimAngus™ efforts here so well. With over 50 Black Powder calves born Spring 2018 and another 300 cows bred to him here and at C&C Farms for 2019, there is no doubt her influence will run deep in the years to come. As a proven producer that records 6@109 for BW, 5@105 for WW, 2@104 for YW, & 3@112 for REA, she has also worked well in transplant and was flushed Spring and Summer 2018 in an effort to create more ranch replacement females. Her fantastic heifer calf at side showcases her ability to raise both superior herd bulls and females alike.

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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 4th, 2019 - Generations of Excellence Female Sale - at the Ranch in Ellensburg, WA