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A Road Seldom Traveled...
The Pure Genetics Angus Strategy.
In an era when more seedstock producers are using the “Bull of the Month” or random matings with no goals other than numbers, and no resemblance of any structured breeding program, Pure Genetics Angus has taken a different approach.
Pure Genetics Angus purposely has sought out intensely line-bred individuals from breeding programs designed with a goal in mind and structured to make progress towards those goals. Than these animals are mated to related animals to continue the line-breeding program.
Only by line breeding and inbreeding can a breeder concentrate the “genes” responsible for superior growth, carcass, fertility, soundness and the will to live. A comparable analysis to this type of breeding program is to look at the seed corn industry or the poultry industry. Without line breeding or inbreeding, these industries would not have the uniformity and predictability along with the performance and efficiencies that they now have. This can and is being done in the Angus cattle industry.
If you want more uniformity and predictability in your calf crop, it will pay you great dividends to search out the handful of breeders that are applying this type of breeding discipline to their herd.
Birth Weight - 75 to 95 pound calves.
Pure Genetics Angus strives to produce heifers that weigh 1200# at calving and cows that weigh 1350 to 1400# at maturity.
If your cows and heifers can’t achieve the above averages, perhaps you have neglected keeping things in balance and have used too many so called “heifer bulls” in succession and have lost the ability to calve and have calves that will grow.
Weaning Weight - 550# to 800# calves at 205 days.
Milk - Breed average plus or minus one standard deviation.
It would be great if we could measure butterfat production. It is my observation that the higher the butterfat the faster the calf starts and the higher the marbling potential at harvest.
Our goal is to produce high butterfat, moderate milk production cows that enhance rebreeding and fleshing ability and yet get their calves off to a flying start.
Yearling Weight - 1000 to 1350#
Marbling (%IMF) - Average Choice Quality grade.
Ribeye Area - 11 to 14 inches at 12 months of age.
Rib Fat and Rump Fat - .35 plus or minus one standard deviation.
% Retail Product - Great prediction of carcass profitability.
Frame Size and Mature Weight
Lately I've been involved in numerous discussions on the ideal frame size and weight for cows. Most of the animal science people will tell you that 5 ½ to 6 ½ frame score cow that weighs 1050# to 1250# is ideal. I'm not real sure that I want to go and select cows by this method.
My point is this - I'm not going to select for a specific frame score or weight. I'm going to try and produce a cow that is totally comfortable and balanced and by doing so, I'll have those that are the most reproductively efficient and long lived. After I get a large group of these cows, I'll measure and weigh them and at that point, maybe I can give more insight on the best frame size and ideal weight of an Angus cow. Until then, I'm going to continue to measure and record their differences and observe which ones get the job done year after year and produce calves that grow and measure the best.
Hopefully I can continue to raise females that are within their natural parameters and can continue to exert selection pressure on the following traits: