Spring 2015 Beef Sire Directory

January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 is looking like a new era of opportunity for the beef industry.

With strong consumer demand, tight supplies and record prices, the beef industry is entering a new era of growth and unprecedented opportunity. Position your herd to make the most of these exciting times with AI and ABS genetics.

Our Spring 2015 Beef Sire Directory is at the printer, but you can get a first look online here.



Highlights of this issue:

  • New spring EPDs
  • Spring 2015 ABS and Circle A Sire Alliance data and progeny measurements
  • Profit-driven genetics with proven, real-world results
  • Spring 2015 Specials – with increased demand this spring take advantage of these industry-leading specials before supplies run out

Stop by and visit us if you will be in Denver for the NWSS. This year ABS will have our usual booth on the hill located under the arena stands, and a booth in the yards! Come by and see us at both locations for a hot cup of coffee and learn more about the 6 ways ABS and AI can help improve efficiency and profit in 2015. While you’re there take spin on the ABS prize wheel for some exciting prizes.

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Spring 2014 Special

December 23, 2013

As we close out 2013, it’s time to look ahead. ABS has just the thing to start your new year off right! The spring 2014 specials are already underway. Order early to ensure availability on hot sires.



Download a pdf of the spring special here

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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.


Fall Angus Sire Alliance Graduates

October 10, 2013

Have you checked out the October Angus Journal yet? This month’s ABS ad features the recent fall 2013 ABS Sire Alliance graduates. The ABS Global and Circle A Sire Alliance partnership dates back to 1996 and is focused on testing progeny of ABS sires with Real World Data for real world profit.

The industry continues to call for a focus on improving efficiency for long-term profit. The ABS Sire Alliance program does just that with over 13 years of individual progeny intake data.  The Sire Alliance’s progeny test is the most thorough in the industry and has helped identify several multi-trait performers over the years.

Selected ABS sires are mated to commercial females to generate large contemporary groups. The complete performance testing program captures data from birth to harvest and focuses on tenderness, feed efficiency, maternal profit, and total profit indexes. The fall 2013 Sire Alliance data is featured below along with highlights of the program.

Be sure to take advantage of several Sire Alliance leaders who are also on the Fall 2013 Angus Special and Fall 2013 Proven & Promising Special.

  • Data is derived from large contemporary groups
  • Data is generated for: calving ease, pre-weaning performance, feedlot gain and intake, and carcass yield and quality
  • The first and only Shear Force EPDs in the Angus breed
  • The Feed Efficiency Index identifies the most profitable combinations of intake and gain
  • Feed efficiency genetics can account for as much as $40 value difference per calf
  • The Profitability Values reflect the estimated differences on a per calf basis in a retained ownership situation
  • The Maternal Profit Index looks at lifetime value differences of a bull’s daughters
  • The Maternal Profit Index is an excellent guide to balancing all economically important traits if you are retaining heifers





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Data Suggests Disposition Pays

September 10, 2013

A newly released study by Certified Angus Beef, Black Ink Basics, conducted at Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity proves docility makes a difference. The study collected data on 68,000 cattle from Iowa feedlots and used the six-point Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) disposition scoring system. The cattle were scored three to four times during feeding periods and then were grouped into three categories: docile (DC), restless (R) and nervous to very aggressive (NVA).

Highlights from the study

  • When Considering all the costs, docile calves netted more than $57 above their aggressive counterparts
  • Calves that were considered docile graded Premium Choice and Prime at more than double the rate of their nervous to very aggressive contemporaries
  • Aggressive calves also had lower feedlot gain and efficiency, resulting in a $34.74/head feeding loss
  • Favorable disposition equals higher postweaning calf value
  • Docile calves earned $13.11 more in quality grade premiums
  • Docile calves had more than double the Certified Angus Beef Brand acceptance rate over aggressive cattle
  • Aggressive cattle produced less desirable carcasses with 25% more dark cutter

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ABS is committed to providing the highest genetic and service solutions for your operation.  If you want to improve the docility of your herd, look to these top 15 ABS mainline proven and semi-proven sires.

Name DOC    DOC         Acc
39    0.66
SAFEGUARD 37    0.49
C C & 7  35    0.91
TEMPLATE 32    0.65
LIBERTY 31    0.70
TRUST 29       0.78
NEW DESIGN 458N 27       0.78
ABSOLUTE 27       0.60
PROGRESSION 25       0.43
2U66 24    0.32
HOOVER DAM 22    0.89
EFFICIENT 22    0.80
FORESIGHT 20    0.90
DESTINATION 928 20    0.82
MOTIVE 20    0.46

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Standout Daughters at Express Angus Ranch

June 26, 2013

Before BIF Conference I spent the morning at Express looking through a lot of daughters.

29AN1807 UPSHOT –  In just about every pen with bred heifers, yearlings, and weaned fall calves, UPSHOT is the leading sire group.  If you’re still not sure what kind of impact UPSHOT will have, I’d say Express’ confidence in the number of calves, not just he quality, goes a long way.  The females are broody and big ribbed with length. UPSHOT sons continue to offer high growth and performance with added muscle and stoutness.  I think UPSHOT will offer a little more frame than first anticipated but does it with lots of depth and rib shape – will add power, volume and performance to moderate females.

Broody made and thick UPSHOT bred heifer

Broody made and thick UPSHOT bred heifer

Deep fall weaned UPSHOT heifer

Deep made fall weaned UPSHOT heifer

29AN1827 RITO 6EM3 – Sons have been crowd favorites in recent Express bull sales but the daughters are performing just as nice in the donor battery and as pairs.  The females have picture perfect udders and volume in moderate packages.  Soft ribbed and clean fronted with good structure, and raising calves with volume and performance, 6EM3 daughters have a lot of appeal and longevity to their future. For a double digit CED and negative BW bull, progeny are stout, heavy muscled with a lot of middle to them, no sacrifice on muscle and power here while maintaining a moderate and easy fleshing package.

Spring Calving 6EM3 daughter

Spring Calving RITO 6EM3 daughter

RITO 6EM3 Donor with a deep sided heifer calf at side

6EM3 Donor with a deep sided heifer calf at side

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Provided by Katy Kemp, Beef Marketing Specialist

ABS Global Invests in Beef Feed Efficiency Research & Development

October 26, 2012

ABS Global Inc. has acquired an elite group of Angus females backed by three decades of feed efficiency testing and ABS proven genetics.

The cows were acquired through the Wardens Farm Complete Dispersion Sale, held in September near Council Bluffs, Iowa. In addition to feed efficiency selection for the last 30 years, the Wardens Farm program has emphasized calving ease, carcass merit and overall performance. Dr. Duane Warden, M.D., owner of Warden Farms, is recognized as a leader in measuring individual intake since installing his first Pinpointer intake monitoring system in 1982. Warden’s program has produced ABS and industry leaders Ironwood NEW LEVEL, 4 POINT 8 of Ironwood, Ironwood INNOVATOR and Ironwood NEW ERA, whose conversion on test was an astounding 2.29 pounds of feed per pound of gain.

The group of two-year-old cows acquired include daughters of proven ABS Angus Sire Alliance Feed Efficiency standouts, 4 POINT 8, DAYBREAK, ALLIANCE I87, FORESIGHT and EXTRA K205. Many of these females have multiple generations of individual intake data and selection for efficiency. As a group, they posted an adjusted feed-to-gain ratio 25 percent better than their contemporaries, had an average Residual Feed Intake (RFI) of -2.54, and rank in the top 25 percent of the Angus breed for RADG (residual average daily gain) EPD (expected progeny difference).

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ABS selected these females to advance our research and product development specifically in the area of feed efficiency, states Doug Frank, ABS Global U.S. beef product manager. “They are a valuable addition to our long term commitment to progeny testing for intake and efficiency through the Angus Sire Alliance.”

The ABS Angus Sire Alliance is a comprehensive progeny test of ABS Angus sires in a commercial, real world environment from birth to harvest. The 15-year program is an exclusive agreement between ABS and Circle A Ranch, that continues to identify industry leading sires for efficiency and real world profit.

“I think the greatest part of the purchase is ABS’ willingness to take a risk like no other company by investing for the future and believing in the value of feed efficiency to continue our 30-plus years of research,” said Warden.

In future planning, the investment furthers research and development efforts to strengthen the ABS genetic offering. Adding value from the pasture to the plate and quality throughout the beef supply chain are top priorities.

“ABS Global is striving to identify and further develop not only improved genetics for efficiency but overall industry profitability to assist our customers in providing protein to a rapidly growing world population,” adds Frank. “This is consistent with the ABS vision of Pioneering Animal Genetic Improvement to Help Nourish the World. ABS congratulates and thanks Dr. Warden for his pioneering work in the area of feed efficiency; the company appreciates the opportunity to further the testing and development of these elite genetics.”

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