CONSIDER THE BEEFMASTER "MAMA" WHEN BUILDING HERD

by: Beefmaster Breeders United Communications

“There is no better mama cow than a Beefmaster,” says Wes Carlton, a Florida cattle producer, as he visited with Beefmaster Breeders United Field Representative Jason Bates.

This is common language being thrown around the Southeastern states and even into Tennessee and Kentucky. Bates travels the country visiting with cattle producers and discussing the Beefmaster breed that was founded on ‘The Six Essentials' which includes weight, conformation, milk production, fertility, hardiness and disposition.

Beefmaster cattle optimize traits necessary to rebuild the nation's cow herd because they excel in fertility, docility and longevity. Commercial cattlemen understand the economic advantages that improvements in these traits offer a beef operation. These include, but are not limited to, higher conception rate, more weaned calf per cow and reduced replacement heifer development costs.

Wes Carlton owner of Ru-Mar, Inc., located in central Florida and headquartered in Indiantown, Fla., is a strong advocate for the Beefmaster breed and the ranch has used Beefmaster and Beefmaster cross females for 20 years. Carlton shares that Beefmaster cattle thrive in his part of the country and serve as excellent replacement heifers due to low cost and low maintenance. Ernie Ford of Georgia has also been utilizing Beefmaster for over 20 years. Ford says that he uses the breed for the added weight gain of the calves and the value of the Beefmaster replacement female.

Cattle producers appreciate the high quality calves that Beefmaster females produce and the low input cost of the replacement females, feedlot steers and bred cows.

Lykes Bros. Inc., located in South Central Florida is one of the top five cow/calf producers in the country and they utilize Beefmaster bulls on their cows in their maternal cow herd in order to produce replacement females. Lykes Bros. Inc., Ranch Manager Flint Johns shared with Bates that he uses the Beefmaster breed for their maternal and fertility traits.

Cattle producers appreciate the high quality females that Beefmaster bulls produce as they will excel in the hot, humid environments of the South to the wet, cool climates up north and everywhere in between.

Beefmaster cattle are excelling in other areas of the Southeast such as Tennessee and Kentucky and even reaching into the Midwest such as Missouri and Arkansas. Cottage Farms in Jackson, Tenn., recently had a Beefmaster sale where the animals averaged $8,905 and the enthusiasm for the breed was at an all-time high.

“Congratulations to the Stoneciphers of Cottage Farms for a great sale,” said Bates.

The Beefmaster breed is expanding due to the value of the Beefmaster cow and increased weight gain of the calves. Producers are recognizing that with the increasing input costs, the high weaning weights of Beefmaster calves is more important than ever.

“I have visited with several breeders up the Southeastern coast and into the Midwest and the story is always the same. They use Beefmaster cattle for the excellent fertility and added growth, as well as the longevity of the cows,” said Bates.

Efficiency is also a strong attribute of the Beefmaster breed. In a recent all-breeds performance test in Texas, yearling Beefmaster bulls were the highest average daily gain (ADG) on test as well as the lowest residual feed intake (RFI) on test. Beefmaster cattle not only have high daily gains, they also consume less feed per pound of gain. Use of Beefmaster influenced cattle allows producers to be a low-cost producer with reduced input levels in the cow/calf enterprise. These cost cutting measures have been built into the Beefmaster influenced female and will be necessary for cow/calf operators to survive in the developing beef industry.

“From a dollar stand point, no other breed can compete,” Bates adds.

This statement is fully supported by Three Rivers Ranch of Dade City, Fla.

“Since 2000 our Beefmaster sired steers have sold for more dollars per head than any other calves we produce,” says John McCarthy, Three Rivers Ranch cattle manager.

Bates also had the opportunity to visit with the Nail Cattle Company of Palm Bay, Fla. The cattle company runs about 500 head of cows and utilizes Beefmaster bulls on their cows. Ryan Martin and Bonnie Nail-Martin of Nail Cattle Company shared with Bates that they love the heavy weaning weights and good disposition of the calves that are sired by the Beefmaster bulls.

When rebuilding a herd, the Beefmaster cow will provide a cattle producer with everything they need from docility to fertility and efficiency to longevity. The economic traits that helped develop the Beefmaster breed continue to help cattle producers rebuild and improve their cow herd. Get more bang for your buck with Beefmaster bulls and females.







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