ABS Hosts 2014 South American Beef Tour

September 9, 2014

ABS Global hosted a group of South American beef producers touring ranches, universities and prominent beef industry professionals in the heart of U.S. beef country throughout Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

Tour Group at JBS

Tour Group at JBS

This exclusive ABS led tour focused on exposing successful beef practices and feed efficiency data to prominent beef producers and cattle breeders in South America. The 37 participants of this year’s tour represented more than 140,000 beef cows in various regions of South America.

The group visited with and toured Sandpoint Cattle Company in Nebraska

The group visited with and toured Sandpoint Cattle Company in Nebraska

This year marked the seventh consecutive year for the tour, covering 13 tour stops at ranches, universities, and visiting with industry leaders. The participants interacted, visited with and learned from prominent US cattlemen and women.

Looking at spring pairs at Connealy Angus

Looking at spring pairs at Connealy Angus

Tour stops included visiting Connealy Angus in Whitman, Neb., Sandpoint Cattle Company in Lodgepole, Neb., JBS in Kansas, Hueftle Cattle Company in Cozad, Neb., Colorado State University and the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Participants also attended seminars on feed efficiency data with Powerline, and reproduction technology with Dr. Rick Funston, Beef Reproductive Physiology Specialist with the University of Nebraska.

Viewing ABS bred progeny at Hueftle Red Angus

Viewing ABS bred progeny at Hueftle Red Angus

ABS is thankful to both tour participants and tour stop hosts for helping make the 2013 South American Beef Tour a success. ABS believes interaction and exchange of cattle production methods across cultures is important for continued growth of the global beef industry. Sharing genetics and management practices can help achieve higher success for international beef demand.

Viewing and learning about Bill Rishel's Angus program

Viewing and learning about Bill Rishel’s Angus program

If you are interested in participating in future ABS Global beef tours, please contact Vasco Beheregaray Neto, Global Beef Brand Manager, at vasco.neto@genusplc.com.  

Fall 2014 Sire Alliance Data

August 11, 2014

The fall 2014 Angus Sire Alliance summary just completed. This exclusive progeny testing program evaluates ABS sires in a commercial herd setting. The ABS Global and Circle A Ranch Sire Alliance program has recorded complete birth-to-harvest data since 1996.

The Sire Alliance program adds reliable, real world data for added profits and predictability from Pasture to Plate. Over the years, the program has identified several proven and popular multi-trait performers, and this year’s summary is no exception.

DESTINATION 630 and BROKEN BOW lead this class of new graduates with both ranking in our top 5 active sires for Total Profit Index while also posting very strong initial Maternal Index numbers.

 

New Graduates

  • His progeny have made DESTINATION 630 a winner across the board.  Among active sires, he ranks in the top five with a +$70.32 Total Profit Index and is only behind COUNSELOR with a +$339.14 Maternal Index.  In addition, DESTINATION 630 ranks in the top 30% of the population for Feed Efficiency. Look to DESTINATION 630 for a combination of breed leading $B and excellent all-around Sire Alliance data.
  • BROKEN BOW also ranks among our top 5 active sires with a +$69.30 Total Profit Index and is in the top 15% for Maternal Index at +$292.30. Take another look at the rest of his data package, at +13 CED and knocking on the door of +$100 $B, he should also be a bull that will work for many situations.
  • Consistent with the IN FOCUS sire line, 2U66 excels from an efficiency and maternal trait standpoint ranking in the top 30% for Feed Efficiency Index along with a +$301.89 Maternal Trait Index that puts him among our top 10 active sires.
  • As expected, both HYLINE IMAGE MAKER and RITO 6EM3 represented themselves well from a maternal standpoint ranking in the top 15% and 30% respectively.

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Maternal Trait Movers

  • In addition to these new graduates, several proven sires improved their maternal position with additional daughter records. IN FOCUS continues to move up the list with each new summary and now ranks in the top 5% for Maternal Index at +$307.87.
  • FINAL PRODUCT has made the biggest move over the last year, improving by 40 percentage points.  He now stands at +$272.40 which puts him in the top 25% of the population.
  • DESTINATION 928’s move into the top 35% for Maternal Index is driven in large part by the strength of his son DESTINATION 630.

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All of the recent graduates are readily available and several top Sire Alliance sires are also currently featured on the 2014 Thank You Special. For more information on the Sire Alliance program or proven Pasture to Plate profitability, contact your local ABS Representative today.

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2014 Thank You Special

August 1, 2014

Thank you for a record breaking spring season!

Due to your support of our products and services, ABS remains #1 and going strong.

ABS and our bull owner partners would again like to extend a Thank You Special offer to the customers who have contributed to this success. These Thank You Special prices are the most generous of the year and are effective from August 1st to September 15, 2014.

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First PRIME BEEF Calves Impress

April 29, 2014

The first PRIME BEEF calves are on the ground and growing well.

PRIME BEEF calf in Nebraska

PRIME BEEF heifer calf in Nebraska

While in Nebraska last month, I stopped at C Lazy B Cattle to see PRIME BEEF calves. Most of the calves were on commercial Red Angus cows and definitely the most impressive sire group I saw that day. Even more impressive was the sheer number of PRIME BEEF calves for the sire’s first natural service turnout.

PRIME BEEF heifer calf

PRIME BEEF heifer calf

Cory Banzhaf, owner at C Lazy B, was also pretty high on the calves and said they had a lot of vigor from the start. Banzhaf also really likes the calves out of this young sire and is excited for his future.

PRIME BEEF bull calf

PRIME BEEF bull calf

The calves were consistently big topped and square with a lot of width and dimension throughout. They were stout made with a lot of muscle expression, thickness, and structurely correct. I expect them to be pretty impressive at weaning and yearling if they continue on the same pattern. Overall, I’m excited about what I think PRIME BEEF can do and the impact he can have. The calves were consistently high quality and striking. He’s a young sire I think will have a lot to offer purebred and commercial breeders alike.

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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.

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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.

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