2U66 Calves and Daughters

April 21, 2014

Recently in Nebraska I looked at several 2U66 progeny. I saw young calves, yearling heifers and nursing daughters.

Lonesome River Ranch 2U66 daughter

Lonesome River Ranch 2U66 daughter

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the progeny. The cattle exhibit the deep, soft fleshiness and docility you expect from his sire IN FOCUS, but 2U66 does it with a lot more power and substance. The calves also appear to have a touch more length of spine.  The cattle were stout, big footed, and wide based.

2U66 Heifer Calf on the side of commercial Angus Cows in Nebraska

2U66 heifer calf on the side of commercial Angus Cows in Nebraska

The young calves already showed a lot of phenotype and consistency. The yearling heifers were above average on muscle, rib shape and capacity while still structurally sound.

2U66 bull calf on the side of commercial Angus cows in Nebraska

2U66 bull calf on the side of commercial Angus cows in Nebraska

The mature daughters were maternal in their type and kind, raising healthy calves. I would look to 2U66 for the IN FOCUS  expected calving ease, softness and docility with more muscle and phenotype.

Lonesome River Ranch 2U66  daughter

Lonesome River Ranch 2U66 daughter

 

If you think 2U66 is an option for your herd this spring, take advantage of him on the Prime Time Special while supplies last!

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Provided by: Katy Kemp

Spring 2014 Focal Point Online

April 14, 2014

The Spring 2014 Beef Focal Point is now available to view online. Mailed copies should arrive soon – be checking your mail.

Highlights in this Issue: 

  • NEW Spring 2014 Prime Time Special – ends May 20, 2014
  • ABS Customer Spotlight – Davidson Ranch using ABS Sexation semen to rebuild the herd
  • Exciting NEW sires added in Angus, Simmental, and Club Calf

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NEW Prime Time Special

April 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe this is already April 2. We know March seemed to move into overdrive for us at ABS. Did March seem to fly by too fast for you, or did winter’s strong hold keep you busy?

While March was an exceptional month, we know some of you may have missed our annual Spring Special. Don’t worry, here is your chance! From now through May 20, you can take advantage of extended special pricing on certain bulls. Don’t forget the annual Proven & Promising also runs through June 27, providing a great opportunity on Rock Solid Proven sires and unique up-and-coming sires with a lot of genetic promise.

If your new to AI or considering starting this year – there has never been a better time consider using AI in the beef cattle industry. AI delivers unprecedented value and return on investment due to better than ever proven genetics for performance and efficiency, combined with all-time high values for that production.  In addition, AI delivers that value at prices that are significantly less than it currently costs to buy and maintain natural service sires.

Talk to an ABS Professional today to see how our Pasture to Plate Genetics can benefit you.

ABS Prime Time Special 2014

Printable Prime Time Special PDF

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Bull Session Q & A

March 24, 2014

How’s calving season going in your area? Are you done or just getting started? ABS always enjoys calving season – seeing the year’s efforts pay off, but also knowing that breeding season soon follows! We know spring is a busy time on the ranch with lots to do.

One very important task is deciding mating decisions for next year’s calf crop. Many consider this planning the deciding factor in the next year’s profit margins – genetics are a key component. Most recently, several agricultural economists and specialists have spoken of the unique opportunity for profit in the cow-calf sector and beef cattle industry.  Are you capitalizing on the benefits profit-proven genetics can provide?

We want to make sure you have all the information needed when making breeding decisions this year. If you enjoyed our previous Q & A session over synchronization with Dr. Cliff Lamb,  we are doing it again! Only this time, we will answer your bull questions. Maybe you want to know about a new sires’ first calf crop reports, or the best pedigree match-ups on a sire, or which sires best fit your production goals – whatever your questions, we’ll do our best to answer!  Here is your chance to get the experts at ABS to answer your questions on matings and bull selection.  

Simply submit your questions to abs.beef@genusplc.com and we’ll answer them. We will reply here on the blog, grouping questions and answers over several posts. The first post will go up Wednesday, April 2nd. So get your questions ready and email them in.

Complete Sire Listing Here


Demand for ABS Sired Progeny is Strong

March 3, 2014

February continued to see record high prices and averages at production and bull sales across the country. With much of the country in calving season, making breeding decisions is just around the corner. Take a look at some of these featured ABS Sires and their sale topping progeny.

FINAL PRODUCT continues to be a high seller based off his curve-bender spread and customer satisfaction. With more highly productive daughters in production, breeders are seeing the exceptional maternal value he offers. Additionally this high accuracy sire excels for performance and feed efficiency with his commercial progeny in the Angus Sire Alliance earning him a top 5% Feed Efficiency Index. Recent high sellers:

  • Shaw Cattle Company, ID: Lot 142 $9,000
  • Chestnut Angus Farm, MN: High Selling Bull, Lot 2 $17,000 and Lot 10 $9,000
  • Riley Bros. Cattle, WI: Lot 2 $17,000
  • Schiefelbein Angus, MN: Lot 5 $12,500
  • Sandpoint Cattle Co., NE: High Selling Bull, Lot 93 $20,500
  • Baldridge Bros., NE: Lot 177 $24,000

HYLINE IMAGE MAKER, like his sire, offers curve-bender growth with a dominate maternal pedigree. Offers stronger carcass than his sire with tremendous feet and legs, added muscle and thickness. His sons have been the lead sire group and high sellers at Hyline’s sale for 3 years running.

  • Hyline Angus Ranch, MT: High Selling Bull, Lot 1 $17,000
  • Hyline Angus Ranch, MT: 2nd High Selling Bull, Lot 2 $15,000
  • Hyline Angus Ranch, MT: 3rd High Selling Bull, Lot 13 $13,000
  • Hyline Angus Ranch, MT: 4th High Selling Bull, Lot 3 $9,000
  • Tokach Angus, ND: 2nd High Selling Heifer, Lot 184 $4750

POWER TOOL is big time curve-bender and performance. He offers breed leading Scrotal Circumference, Docility, and Marbling with added maternal value. Recent high sellers:

  • Raven Angus, SD: High Selling Bull, Lot 2 $23,000
  • Ostrand Angus, NE: High Selling Bull, Lot 68 $17,500 & Lot 60 $14,500

HOOVER DAM continues to be one of the most popular sires in the breed due to his high accuracy and customer satisfaction. Progeny are moderate, thick, and attractive with his combination of double digit CED and muscle. Recent high sellers:

  • Schiefelbein Angus, MN: High Selling Bull, Lot 94 $24,000
  • Thomas Angus Ranch, OR: High Selling Bull, Lot 7 $15,000 & Lot 6 $13,500
  • Camas Prairie / Crouthamel Angus, ID: Lot 2 $11,000 and Lot 3 $10,000
  • Baldridge Bros., NE: Lot 137 $28,000

MONUMENT is a young, proven sire with great EPDs and exceptional phenotype. His sons are thick made with good disposition like him. Not only did his first 200 plus calves turn in great ratios, his sons have led Reppe Ranch’s sale with 4 out of the top 5 selling lots being MONUMENT sons : Lot 23 $9500, Lot 103 $9500, Lot 102 $8500, and Lot 104 $8250

IMPRESSION is a rock solid sire that has earned his reputation as a breed leader. He offers one of the most complete and well balanced profiles in the industry with strong performance and maternal traits. His commercial progeny have earned him elite Sire Alliance status ranking in both the top 10% for Total Profit Index and top 2% for Maternal Value Index. Recent high sellers at Schiefelbein Angus: Lot 163 $18,000 and High Selling Bred Heifer, Lot 296 $27,500.

PEERLESS is a recent addition to the ABS lineup, but comes with a growing reputation as ALL AROUND’s best son.  Breed leading performance with unique $W and $B combination, backed by a proven, herd sire producing donor dam. His first progeny have been consistently good patterned, well balanced and attractive. Recent high seller at Illinoise Performance Tested Bull Sale, consigned by Hobbs Angus, Lot 14 $9,000.

GRAND STATEMENT has a growing reputation for added performance in the Red Angus breed. He is siring thick made and attractive cattle with added carcass merit. At the recent Gill Red Angus Bull Sale, 2 of the top 5 selling lots were sired by GRAND STATEMENT, Lot 72 $9520 and Lot 12 $9,000.

RED BULL is a conservatively pigmented Puckster son with exceptional phenotype. He offers calving ease and growth with added carcass merit. His progeny are not only gaining attention with their style and attractiveness but they are expressing the same great feed efficiency he did as a yearling on test. Recent high sellers at Shaw Cattle Co. Sale: Lot 50 $14,250 and Lot 1 $11,000.

 

Congratulations to the breeders on their exceptional ABS sired progeny this sale season. For questions on sires or mating decisions, contact your ABS Representative today or call 1-800-ABS-STUD.

Complete Sire Listing

 

 


New Club Calf Bulls for 2014

February 25, 2014
ARMADA

ARMADA

ARMADA

  • I-80 x R & C MISS LAMBORGINI 5S
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owners: Executive Sires, Inc – Chris Terembes, Double R Farms,  Gray Show Cattle

 

DADDY'S MONEY

DADDY’S MONEY

DADDY’S MONEY

  • I-80 x JSC VELVET
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owners: Tolle Show Cattle, Griswold Cattle, Woodlawn Farms, Jones Show Cattle

 

DJANGO

DJANGO

DJANGO

  • I-80 x HEADLINER x RSVP
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owners: Executive Sires, Inc – Chris Terembes, Gateway Genetics, Line Show Cattle

 

EVEN BETTER

EVEN BETTER

EVEN BETTER

  • MAN AMONG BOYS x HEATWAVE
  • THC / PHAF
  • Owners: Wade Rodgers, Trausch Farms

 

I BELIEVE

I BELIEVE

I BELIEVE

  • BELIEVE IN ME x Miley (I-80 Dam)
  • THC / PHAF
  • Owners: Wade Rodgers, Brian Goettemoeller

 

ITALIAN STALLION

ITALIAN STALLION

ITALIAN STALLION

  • MAN AMONG BOYS x DR WHO
  • THC / PHAF
  • Owner: Matt Lautner Cattle

 

MADE TO ORDER

MADE TO ORDER

MADE TO ORDER

  • MONOPOLY x WHO DA MAN
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owner: Wade Rodgers

 

OUTSIDER

OUTSIDER

OUTSIDER

  • BUILT RIGHT x WITCH DOCTOR
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owner: Wade Rodgers

 

ROGER THAT

ROGER THAT

ROGER THAT

  • MAN AMONG BOYS x HOT COMMODITY
  • THC / PHAF
  • Owner: Wade Rodgers, Brian Goettemoeller

 

SET ME FREE

SET ME FREE

SET ME FREE

  • BELIEVE IN ME x ALI x DR WHO
  • THF / PHAF
  • Owners: Wade Rodgers, Goettemoeller Show Cattle

2014 ABS Photo Contest

February 3, 2014

Do you have an eye for cattle and pictures? We want to see your best cattle photos! Calving, branding, feeding, working pens, moving pastures, and pasture shots – we like them all. So grab your camera, snap away, and send us your best photos.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2014

Complete rules and submission form found here

Now get out there and take some great photos. Looking for some inspiration? Check out these favorites from previous entries.

R.A. Brown Ranch Donors on Summer Bermuda

“R.A. Brown Ranch Donors on Summer Bermuda” by Kelli Brown

Grazing Before the Storm

“Grazing Before the Storm” by Donald Fleckenstein

"Keeping Warm" by Vasco Neto

“Keeping Warm” by Vasco Neto

 
"Cowboy Sunset" by Ricardo Arias, NM

“Cowboy Sunset” by Ricardo Arias

 
ABS Global, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2014 photo contest, open to all photographers including ABS Global, Inc. customers, employees, and employee family members. ABS is searching for scenic and on-farm photos of ABS‐sired offspring and customers to use in promotional items, included but not limited to the yearly calendar, posters, brochures and the company website.
All photos must be submitted through an online entry form via the ABS Global, Inc. website by May 31, 2014. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi or 3200 x 2400 pixels) JPEG image and 8”x10” or larger. The contest includes both vertical and horizontal photos, however most vertical photos will not format to the calendar printing.
Entries will be judged and preference will be given to photos that include ABS sired cattle. ABS apparel will be awarded to the top entries, which will be announced by June 30, 2014.
Photographers will receive credit for any photo used. By submitting a digital photo for consideration in this contest, you are stating that you have secured the necessary permissions for all photo content and are authorizing ABS Global, Inc. to use the photo in any and all ABS Global, Inc. promotions or as ABS Global, Inc. feels appropriate. ABS Global, Inc. does not accept any responsibility for photos that may be reproduced or used without these permissions.