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For 26 years SPITZER RANCH has unrelentingly pursued the art and science of breeding a quality set of Brangus cows genetically designed to produce the kind of profitable performance demanded by the commercial cattle industry. Their focus has always been on serving Professional Cattlemen; and is driven by their desire to assist customers using their bulls to create opportunities by producing Brangus crossbred females with all the tremendous profit advantages of increased heterosis in maternal ability, calf survival, productivity and longevity.

Simultaneously, those Brangus sired steer offspring grow, gain, yield and quality grade with the credentials most in demand by the feedlot and packing sectors of today's beef industry. The newly created USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) for feeder calves called OPTIMAXX by the International Brangus Breeders Association assures you of marketing assistance and market access (CONTACT: Jeff Dials at IBBA 210/696-8231 or for details on this exciting new PVP program.)

The SPITZER RANCH forage based testing program is designed to develop bulls and not to achieve maximum gains. You will see bull programs with higher weight gains, but none with bulls developed to be more sound and functional. By sale day these bulls will be in just the right condition to be turned out with cows, get those cows pregnant and not fall apart as is so often the case with overly fat bulls coming off of many other performance testing programs.

The 2008-2009 crop of bulls were weaned and started on test on July 19, 2008 with a 205-day adjusted weaning weight of 662 pounds, AND an average actual weight of 702 pounds -- right off Mamma -- no creep feed -- no warm-up period. Average EPDs for Non-Parents (not old enough to have sired a calf) from the 2008 Brangus Spring Sire Summary are: Birth Weight of 1.3; Weaning Weight of 24.3; Yearling Weight of 41.3; Milk of 8.6 and Total Maternal of 12.3 with Rib Eye Area (REA) of 0.37 and %Intramuscular Fat (%IMF= Marbling) of 0.03. Compare those Breed Average EPDs with the Average EPDs of all bulls in the Spitzer Ranch Growth Testing Program which are: Birth Weight of 0.2; Weaning Weight of 27.9; Yearling Weight of 47.6; Milk of 12.7 and Total Maternal of 26.7 with REA of 0.34 and %IMF of 0.04.

That's right; these bulls are genetically designed to be different from breed average bulls. What other program can provide bulls with a Birth Weight EPD over a full pound less than breed average and at the same time provide the increased growth that comes with Weaning Weight and Yearling Weight EPDs that are considerably greater than breed average. Lots of folks talk about producing “Curve Bender Bulls” - this program delivers them. Please compare Spitzer Ranch Bulls using these FACTS:

70 percent are AI Sired

51 percent are designated “Calving Ease Bulls”

81 percent have BW EPDs less than Breed Average

62 percent have WW EPDs greater than Breed Average

73 percent have YW EPDs greater than Breed Average

81 percent have MK EPDS greater than Breed Average

There are no other programs better at providing those low birth weight, high growth bulls that sire the kind of daughters that put more milk into your cow herd. If you need bulls that will sire calves that come easy, have increased growth potential and will sire the kind of daughters that will keep you in the cattle business for the long haul, you are invited to come take a look.

The Spitzer's and their cooperators have 37 bull calves being evaluated for this year's offering. After their 168-day growth testing period all bulls will be ultrasound scanned for carcass value and soon thereafter complete performance, EPD and ultrasound data will be published. These 37 bulls are sired by a powerful lineup of Brangus Trait Leading AI Sires like Aces TF Wrangler 145/8, Brinks Easy Street 30D37, Burtin's Transformer 803G3, Cadence of Brinks 535D3, Garrett of Brinks 789P, Shun's Next Step 331R7 and Uppercut of Brinks 14J8 along with their best performing sons who make up a powerful young bull battery. The key to the Spitzer Ranch Program has always been to stack generations of proven Trait Leader sires through an aggressive, mostly AI breeding program.

The Sixteenth Annual Spitzer Ranch Performance Tested Brangus Bull Sale will be Saturday, February 28, 2009. Please mark your calendars and watch future issues for advertisements and News Releases concerning this event. Additionally, the Spitzers mail a Newsletter three times each year as well as their Sale Catalog in early February. You can reach them at 864/972-9140 or e-mail spitzeranch to be added to their mailing list.


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