New Club Calf Bulls Added to Lineup

May 4, 2015

(Edited May 15, 2015)

These up-and-coming sires are now available through your ABS Representative.

HUFF N PUFF

  • Highest selling club calf bull on record out of a leading donor cow. Color, power and look, he has it all.
  • No Surprises x Mossy Oak x Who Made Who
  • THC / PHAF
HUFF N PUFF

HUFF N PUFF

SWEET BABY JAMES

  • Double bred calving ease potential on both sides of pedigree! He’s clean, stylish and has a proven pedigree too.
  • Jesse James x I-80
  • BW: 60 lbs
  • THF / PHAF
SWEET BABY JAMES

SWEET BABY JAMES

NUN BETTER

  • The MAB son everyone was talking about in Denver.
  • Man Among Boys x Kadabra
  • BW: 90 lbs
  • THC / PHAF

Nun Better

BEAST OF BURDEN

  • Use to improve soundness and foot size. Will breed them chubby and sound with a lot of look. Great option for Charolais and Shorthorn crosses.
  • Monopoly x Mossy Oak
  • BW: 85 lbs
  • THC / PHAF
BEAST OF BURDEN

BEAST OF BURDEN

ALL IN ONE

  • One of the most popular bulls on display in Denver. Big-time power and look.
  • Walks Alone x Goretska 805 (Ali x Heat wave/Habanero)
  • BW: 85 lbs
  • TH & PHA pending
ALL IN ONE

ALL IN ONE

COMFORT ZONE

  • Calving ease potential! One of the most impressive Maine-Anjou bulls in a while with an outcross pedigree and very stylish look.
  • Mercedes Benz x NBH Fivestar 902R
  • BW: 72 lbs
  • THF / PHAF
COMFORT ZONE

COMFORT ZONE

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Is Artificial Insemination Right for Your Ranch

April 10, 2015

It goes without saying ABS promotes synchronization and AI, and the lifetime value it can add to the cowherd.There has never been a better time for synchronization and AI in the beef industry than today. Bull prices continue to set records and the additional value of AI bred and sired females can’t be denied.

But adoption of this technology use doesn’t come without questions and expectations from users, especially those new to or considering AI for the first time. Drovers CattleNetwork released an article online yesterday from their March issue, Dispelling the myths of artificial insemination, and one we feel is very accurate. Take a glance at it.

“AI isn’t meant to be easy and may not be meant for everyone, but it’s also not that difficult for people to establish in their operation,” Travis McCarty writes. “I believe more operations can incorporate AI into their management practices than what is currently being done in the industry.”

If you still need more information on whether AI is right for you and what other considerations are needed, check out these resources:

  • Video of a large-scale AI project in South Dakota at the Fulton Ranch. With the use of a portable breeding barn and skilled crew, synchronization and AI in the pasture is low-stress and simplified
  • The AI Cowculator is a smartphone app developed by the University of Florida to aid in the decision making process, helping producers incorporate their own costs and determine the value of estrous synchronization and AI compared to natural service.
  • The Iowa State University Estrus Synchronization Planner is a free excel spreadsheet program download that is great for planning and deciding which estrus synchronization protocol is best for you. It also has a cost breakdown analysis to compare different protocol expenses for your operation. (Note, it will ask for your information when downloading – this is only so you can be notified when an update the planner is available for future downloads and the most up-to-date synchronization protocols approved by the Beef Reproduction Task Force)
  • ABS Beef Blog Synchronization Q & A with Dr. Cliff Lamb  (Three-part series). Lamb addresses common questions and scenarios on the farm when things don’t always go as planned.
  • This pdf article from North Dakota State University Extension Service discussing Maximizing Pregnancy Rates When Using Artificial Insemination 

If you’re still skeptical about the value of AI compared to natural service with today’s prices, check out these cost comparison charts, using this spring’s data. These charts do not account for the genetic gain of using proven genetics or additional age and weight of calves born earlier in the calving season.

NaturalServiceCosts

Synch-AI_Costs

If you think synchronization and AI is something you want to incorporate, talk to your local ABS Representative today. Our professional, full-service representatives are here to help you with any questions and concerns you may have.

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Oldest Living ABS Bull Celebrates Golden Birthday

March 6, 2015

Birthday NEW DESIGN 878!

Veteran ABS Sire, NEW DESIGN 878, recently celebrated his 17th birthday! 878 was born Feb. 17, 1998, and has been an impressive producer since he was a yearling.

Pictured at 878's birthday celebration on February 17, 2015: Brian McCulloh and Dan Borgen, and ABS barn crew who has cared for 878

Pictured at 878’s birthday celebration on February 17, 2015: Brian McCulloh and Dan Borgen, and ABS barn crew who have cared for NEW DESIGN 878

At the turn of the year, 878’s production level approached 725,000 units, and he continues to rank in ABS’s top 20 bulls for beef semen sales in several regions across the globe. From 2003 through 2006, NEW DESIGN 878 topped the registration charts as the number one sire for registrations in the Angus breed, still holds the single-year registration record with 10,190 calves registered in 2004, and ranks second (behind first place, another ABS bull, EXT) for total lifetime registrations with 52,978 calves through September 2014.

“We knew from the day 878 arrived at ABS that he was going to be a popular animal,” said Doug Frank, ABS beef product manager. “He had a quick start and customers really liked his first calves, skyrocketing his popularity. He has since had a strong finish, continuing to offer the highest accuracy multi-trait proof in the industry.”

“At a healthy 17 years of age, 878 is proof that solid genes and great care are key to the performance and longevity of the animals,” said Brian McCulloh and Dan Borgen of Woodhill Farms, part owners of the bull. “As producers out in the field every day, we see firsthand that the way we care for our animals directly impacts how they grow and perform. ABS has this figured out and it only takes one look at their facilities and their animals for living proof of the great care their animals receive.

Despite his age, 878 continues to hit the list of American Angus Association’s Pathfinders®—holding the top slot for five years from 2008-2012 and remaining #12 today. 878’s maternal influence will likely be his most important legacy with 16,630 daughters on record weaning 55,543 calves and continuing to pass along his phenomenal genes.

Join us in wishing the “old man of the barn” happy birthday!

 

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Fall Breeding Season Is Here

November 13, 2013

It’s that time of year again, fall breeding season! If you’re a fall calver and missed our spring blog series, synchronization Q&A with Dr. Cliff Lamb, here is your chance!

You can get a refresher on the previous series by clicking here. We received such good feed back, we’re opening it up again, and Dr. Lamb has graciously agreed to answer any further questions you have. If you have a synchronization question, here is your chance to get a response from a leading expert on beef cattle reproductive technologies.

Please post any questions in the comment section below by Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and we’ll have Dr. Lamb answer them.

Cliff Lamb, Ph. D , is currently the Assistant Director and Professor at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida.  He graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his M.S in 1996 and Ph. D. in 1998 at Kansas State University.  As Assistant Director of the North Florida Research and Education Center he oversees one of the largest beef cattle feed efficiency facilities in the world.  Dr. Lamb oversees a research program that focuses on applied reproductive physiology in beef cattle emphasizing efficient management systems for replacement heifers and postpartum cows. A primary research focus has been on the development of practical and economical estrous synchronization protocols for beef cows and heifers. He has also published numerous research articles on the use of ultrasound technology for reproductive management of beef cattle, and has a strong research background in embryo transfer technologies.  He is author of more than 60 refereed journal articles, 3 chapters in texts, and more than 200 presentations and articles in other scientific and popular press.

ABS Hosts South American Beef Tour

October 30, 2013

ABS recently hosted a group of South Americans who toured parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Participants visited influential seedstock and commercial ranches, Kansas State University Meat Lab, and American Angus Association’s headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Tour Group at Buford Angus Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Participants engage in discussions with ABS District Business Manager, Sandra Levering, at Giles Ranch

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

Posing for a photo at Kniebel Cattle Company

The tour group enjoyed discussions and seminars with a diverse group of industry leaders representing the U.S. beef industry. The tour began at Express Angus Ranch in Oklahoma, making their way to Gardiner Angus Ranch, Sandhill Hereford Farms, Kniebel Red Angus, Houck Rock Simmentals, and Kansas State University. From the Kansas State University Meat Lab, the tour continued through north east Kansas to the American Angus Association headquarters and Circle A Angus Ranch where they learned more about the ABS Global Circle A Sire Alliance program. As the tour concluded through Missouri, they stopped at Joplin Regional Stockyards headed back to Oklahoma with stops at Ratcliff and Buford Ranches.

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Stop at Gardiner Angus Ranch

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

Going through ET calves at Fink Beef Genetics

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph

The tour made a stop at the American Angus office in St. Joesph, Missouri

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.

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Touring the Kansas State University Meat Lab

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

Going through the Angus Sire Alliance progeny test feedlot at Circle A Ranch

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

In front of Joplin Regional Stockyards

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

Touring the working pens and AI facility at Ratcliff Ranches

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

 


Highlights from Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium 2013

October 22, 2013

Each year the Beef Reproduction Task Force and Beef Reproduction Leadership Team hold conference proceedings to present the latest research and value of synchronization in beef cattle.  Complete list of topics, speakers and summaries can be found here on the ARSBC News Room website (2013).

ABS Global strongly believes in the value of synchronization for beef cattle production and profitability.  A summary of key topics and take home messages follow.

Provided by Matthew Drebing, ABS Representative

  • Fixed-time AI protocols are more reliable than ever, and there really isn’t a good excuse anymore to not utilize AI; time, labor, expense, and lack of facilities can all be overcome
  • Producers have to be 90% accurate in their heat detection to achieve same accuracy of a fixed-time AI protocol
  • A producer can front-load the calving season with fixed-time AI, accounting for up to 38 lbs. difference in weaning weight
  • Errors in frozen semen handling can be more common and costly than handlers consider. Brad Stroud, DVM, Stroud Veterinary Embryo Services, Inc , emphasized the importance of keeping the temperature of straws below -130°C at all times. Each time cells are exposed or re-exposed temperatures higher than -130°C, ice crystals in the cells rearrange, leading to damaged membranes, which increases fertilization failure. Stroud also emphasized exchanging semen and going up and down within the neck of tank increases loss of semen quality. “It can only take 10 seconds in the neck of a half-filled Dewar for the internal temperature of a frozen semen straw to reach -100°C.” Stroud also emphasized the importance of quality semen from reputable large scale bull studs to ensure quality of handling and product.
  • Larry Corah, Vice President of supply development for Certified Angus Beef LLC., highlighted the demand for premium-Choice and Prime is high and changing the market place. Corah also emphasized use of AI with proven genetics can help producers obtain higher quality levels that are capturing premiums
  • Steve Hopkins, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in his talk about “How do I profit from improved reproduction” listed the ability to utilize AI to create uniformity as a way to create value in heifers, cows, and calves
  • Randall Hinshaw, DVM.,  Ashby Embryo, provided additional reasons and support for rectal ultrasound; listing “Why Ultrasound:  more accurate, less invasive, confirm fetal viability, diagnose pregnancy earlier (25 days), diagnose fetal anomalies, understanding follicular dynamics, assess ovarian status before breeding AI

ABS offers expert knowledge to match synchronization systems to best fit your specific needs. You can confidently look to ABS Professionals to assist and help meet your operations’ needs at any herd size.  Contact ABS today to discuss options for your herd.

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It’s Not Too Late!

June 11, 2013

Has this spring’s weather put off your breeding decisions until later than usual?  Maybe with the changing weather and prices you still haven’t made up your mind?

It’s not too late to talk with your ABS Representative! ABS has the Proven & Promising Special running through June 27th, for discount pricing, and as always, we have the right people to get the job done!

Still not convinced AI is right for you? Check out this video of  a large-scale cow breeding project in South Dakota at Fulton Ranch.  This video was taken in July 2012 while using fixed-time AI on their cow herd. It demonstrates how simple and efficient a large-scale, turn-key AI program really can be.

For more information on Fulton Ranch, you can also re-visit what ABS has done for their breeding program with the Fall 2012 Beef Focal Point, ABS Customer Spotlight article. With ABS, you’re better equipped for better results!

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