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If you are in the BEEF Business - Call me for cattle that must perform on Forage with no pampering!
My Management and Breeding Philosophy
Cattle are Ruminants – and are expected to perform on forages alone or be culled. Many people think they can improve on the program of the Creator, by adding corn, hormones, and low level antibiotics – then they wonder why they have a poor profit picture and poor health from eating those animals.
Our program is to improve commercial production efficiency by reducing cost – not by building the highest set of EPD’s regardless of the cost. Our direction is to breed for uniquely rare, more prepotent population for more commercial value to the cow calf producer who utilizes maximum forages by raising a grass efficient cow. I believe the role of the seedstock breeder is to provide consistent, predictable genetics that will perform as described to the cattle producer.
Our cowherd is divided between a summer calving group and a fall calving group with a 60 day breeding period. This decision is based upon the Fescue base of our pastures, the heat and humidity of Western Kentucky and the photoperiod benefit of calving in these seasons. Heifers are calved at approx. 2 ½ years of age – by calving summer born as fall calving and fall born as summer calving cows. Bull power requirement is divided into half since they are used in 2 seasons vs. 1 breeding season per year.
Our cowherd has a goal of an easy fleshing, frame score 5 cow – not the little “belt buckle size” or the huge 7+ frame hay burners. The cows are wintered only on purchased round bales of grass hay from neighbors. Rotational grazing during the summer months and daily late fall/winter strip grazing is our forage management program. The calves – both summer and fall – are raised on their mother’s milk and the same forage their dam gets. We never creep feed. No supplemental feed or protein is provided to the cows or calves. Calves are weaned at or near 205 days of age and ratio selected among their peers.
We utilized a linebreeding program in our Angus cowherd for many years. You will also find many ½ and ¾ sisters, lots of mother - daughter sets, and utilization of the top sons of our top-producing cows as herd bulls. We have a set of good cows – not a set of good numbers. Fabron 454 and his lineage have produced trouble free, maternal efficient, pure low input, forage efficient Angus cattle. We “field test” them and challenge them in the real world so you will know you are buying cattle that will perform on farms like yours. After 30 years of selection and linebreeding, the question was : What is the next step for improvement?
Romagnola X Angus = RomAngus. RomAngus is the bull of choice for producing feeder cattle in Kentucky environment. Romagnola cattle originated in the Po Valley of Italy and represent centuries of development as draft and meat animals. They have no “ear and navel” issues such as Brahman influenced cattle yet thrive on sparse, harsh environments and unmatched in both heat and cold tolerance. While some breeds are cooling off in the pond – Romagnola and RomAngus cattle are out working for you.
A strong point of the Romagnola is despite its white hair, the skin is strongly pigmented making it a non-color dominating breed. In this way, a full blooded Romagnola bull bred to an Angus cow will produce a black calf, while a Romagnola bull bred to a Hereford cow will give a Hereford-color calf but perhaps a bit lighter.
The calves are typically long and slender with a minimum of calving problems and grow fast. Solid color calves, that are heavily muscled with more rump, small grained muscle fiber, and fine flakes of marbling makes them a superior feeder calf for both the cow calf producer as well as efficient feedlot performance.
Muscle, docility, growth and hardiness, excellent flavor and tenderness of Romagnola and our unique linebred Angus cows make functional RomAngus. Introduce Hybrid Vigor into your herd with totally unrelated genetics from the majority of cowherds in the southeast. RomAngus sired calves perform for the terminal weaned production system.
Barzona X Angus = BarAngus Moderate size, heat tolerant, low maintenance with instincts to take care of themselves and their calves, hardy proven browsers, maximum heterosis, was the check list needed to add to the 30 years of selective breeding for maternal qualities of our Angus herd. Barzona meets those requirements.
Improvements in cow-calf production due to heterosis comes from both the result of the crossbred cow and individual performance of the calf. Traits like reproduction, heat tolerance, browse ability, and longevity in your cow herd are important. Barzona are a solid red cattle, F-1 BarAngus are black with short slick hair coats. Since hair color and heat tolerance play such an important role in Kentucky environment, our goal is to move to a red color cow with black in her pedigree to potentially help produce black market calves when bred to RomAngus or straight Angus bulls.
Barzona and Bonsmara cattle were developed at about the same time. Bonsmara is a 5/8 Africander and 3/16 Hereford, 3/16 Shorthorn breed developed in South Africa by Professor Jan Bonsmara. His unique vision was to build a breed productive in subtropical climates while still producing beef preferred in North America and the Pacific Rim. At the same time F.N. Bard and geneticist E.S. Humphrey were using the same breeds to build a composite breed to perform in the rugged southwest. Barzona herd book was closed in 1955, long before the Shorthorn and Hereford became today’s “show circuit breeds” without real world performance. BarAngus sired steers are great forage finished and feedlot as well.
Barzona are extremely adaptable, I have seen purebred herds in KY, FL, AL, OK, and TX. And they all perform as expected. Barzona cattle were also used by Teddy Gentry as part of the building of his South Poll composite breed. For replacements and feeder cattle from 1 breed, BarAngus is the choice. I was able to purchase a bull from the original Barzona genetics in OK out of a 17 year old cow. He is being used on our best maternal quality cows to produce our replacements and bring Maternal Efficiency, Hybrid Vigor and Forage Efficiency to your herd thru bulls available for sale.
The fact remains that some cows can raise a calf and breed back on time using forages only while maintaining body condition. Many cows cannot. It follows that the difference is genetic if selection is based on the same environment and management. We have selected the best and culled the rest for our entire cattle breeding history. You can be confident in the breeding background of the cattle you select from Sansom Cattle Company. All the cows in our herd are a product of our program – we do not buy cows to fit the most recent fad.
When selecting a bull to retain heifers from – remember you will sell his calves in 2 years, but his heifer’s progeny will be selling in 4 years and then for many years thereafter. Buy the best maternal genetics and cost efficient type cattle you can afford. Great cows are NOT a by-product of breeding for carcass and growth. Great cows come from programs dedicated to making the cow the priority and selection for feed efficiency and profitable forage performance.Call anytime to visit our farm. No board fences, no show barns full of fans and feed buckets, just honest RomAngus and BarAngus Cattle performing on pastures like yours.