OAK CREEK FARMS EMPHASIZES FORAGE EFFICIENT CATTLE

Oak Creek Farms in Chappell Hill, Texas has been breeding registered Brangus and Red Brangus since 1967, however the Kopycinski family has been in agriculture for more than 100 years in Austin and Washington counties in south central Texas. Oak Creek is in the business of producing forage efficient, easy fleshing registered Brangus cattle that have desirable carcass traits.

John Kopycinski, owner, says that he produces medium framed, well balanced easy fleshing cattle that have to be heat tolerant. In south central Texas cattle experience extreme heat and humidity, and Oak Creek's Brangus cattle must be able to thrive in these conditions. Cows must also have good udders and be fertile in order to stay in the herd. They must calf every year without calving problems and be able to raise the calf out in the pasture on forages without being supplemented. “Our cattle are raised and developed on forages,” says Kopycinski. As part of his total management program, he culls about twenty five percent of his herd each year so that he is constantly improving the genetics in his cattle.

“Selecting and identifying bulls with favorable carcass traits for tenderness and marbling, plus identifying feed efficiency traits are key components in our registered Brangus herd,” says John and his wife, Carolyn. Oak Creek is home to approximately 700 head of registered Brangus, Red Brangus, Red Angus and Angus cattle. They have been DNA testing their bulls for the last six years using the results in management and breeding decisions.

“Our goal is to raise cattle that produce tender, juicy beef that people enjoy eating,” says John Kopycinski. To market their bulls, Oak Creek Farms has their annual Forage Tested Registered Bull Sale each October that attracts buyers from Texas and across the nation. “Each year our customers become more interested in our forage based program along with the DNA testing results. Buyers will be able to use the information to select bulls that will best fit their individual ranch program,” explains Kopycinski. The bulls have also been ultra sounded and fertility tested. “We want to give the buyer as much information as we can so that he can make an informed decision, and we also want to be sure that the bull is ready to go to work when he gets to his new home.”

All sale bulls are OCF, bred and developed at Oak Creek Farms in the hot and humid gulf coast area. The sale bulls are forage tested in the heat and humidity in Oak Creek's Brazos river bottom without shade until the temperature gets to about 93 degrees with a heat index of 100 degrees, and then the bulls have access to an adjoining pasture with shade. Over 200 OCF Bulls began the forage test and the top 160 OCF Bulls will sale. The forage test began February 24th and ended September 1st with weights and measurements recorded by the Texas A&M Extension Service. Oak Creek is selling 160 registered bulls which include 95 Brangus, 40 Red Brangus, 15 Angus and 10 Red Angus.

The annual Oak Creek Farms Forage Tested Registered Bull Sale will take place on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at 12:30 pm at the ranch sales facility in Chappell Hill, Texas. There is a video of the sale bulls at www.oakcreekfarms.com and the sale will also be broadcast on the internet. Immediately following the bull sale, 250 commercial heifers consigned by Oak Creek's bull customers will be sold.

Friday, October 23rd the bulls and heifers will be available for viewing all day and there will be a presale viewing of the bulls, Friday with a Parade of Bulls at 12:30 p.m., followed by the presale seminar at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Ray Rodriguez, geneticist, will present a program on “Selecting the Right Kind of Cattle for your Environment.” The seminar will also feature Dr. Kent Andersen, an associate director of technical services and Kevin Milliner, regional sales manager, both of Pfizer Animal Genetics. They will be presenting a program on the latest DNA technology and the importance of DNA profiling for cattlemen and how to help beef producers understand how to use the MVP reporting system to make purchasing decisions, as well as management and breeding decisions. Following the seminar a dinner will be provided, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Genetics.

For more information about Oak Creek Farms and their upcoming bull sale on October 24, 2009, please visit their web page at http://www.oakcreekfarms.com or contact John Kopycinski at (979) 836-6832.







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