“Every Ole Cow Thinks Her Calf's the Best” was the theme for the seventh annual Cow Creek Ranch Joint Venture Producer Field Day held Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the ranch near Aliceville, Ala. “This saying is not an original saying, said Cow Creek Ranch owner Joe Reznicek as he addressed the crowd. The saying was told to me by my father. His message to me is much the same as the message I want you to take home. And that is, we can easily become satisfied with what we are doing and think we're doing the best we can do. But, there is always room for improvement.”
Field Day attendees participated in a cattle evaluation contest and weight guessing contest featuring fresh weaned bulls calves. Structure, moderate frame, muscle, testicle development and bone were underscored as the most desirable traits in the top placing bulls. Milton Sundbeck of Mississippi and Don Atkinson of South Carolina garnered the high scores in the evaluation contest while John Doyle, South Carolina, came closest to the actual weight in the weight guessing contest.
The remaining part of the educational day featured intense discussions on genetics, herd management, herd health, record keeping and current issues facing the beef cattle industry. Reznicek moderated the discussions and provided valuable knowledge and foresight to the producers.
The Reznicek family hosted a ribeye steak dinner the evening prior to the field day. Attendees were treated to a hamburger lunch the following day.
Cow Creek Ranch began its joint venture bull producer program in 1989, 19 years ago, to provide a bull market for small seedstock producers who were using Cow Creek Ranch genetics. The program has evolved into a network of Cow Creek Ranch genetic herds across the southeast that help provide the 400 plus bulls marketed annually by Cow Creek Ranch.
Cow Creek Ranch, LLC, is a family owned seedstock operation and is ranked as the 22nd largest seedstock operation in the country. Cow Creek Ranch will offer 500 Cow Creek sired commercial bred heifers on Friday, October 12, 2007, and 350 Cow Creek Ranch bulls on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at the ranch in Aliceville. For more information, please contact Cow Creek Ranch, 1170 Cow Creek Road, Aliceville, AL, 35442; 205/373-2269; or on the web at cowcreekbulls.com.