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If you are in the BEEF Business - Call me for Registered Angus 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 purebred 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 long cut vacuum haylage that is cut from our fescue and clover pastures. 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 utilize a linebreeding program in our cowherd. 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 will be our future in breeding for 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.
The fact remains that some cows can raise a calf and breed back on time using forages only while maintaining body condition. Many cows can not. 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 Angus breeding history. You can be confident in the breeding background of the cattle you select from Sansom Angus. 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 Registered Angus Cattle performing on pastures like yours.