Genetic Reserve Semen Auction – Starts Today!

November 10, 2012

** The ABS Genetic Reserve Semen Auction starts today at 11:00 a.m.**

**Stop by the ABS booth at the NAILE for latest updates and Genetic Reserve Auction reception to kickoff Monday following selection of Angus Bull Show Champions.**

ABS Global, Inc. is fortunate to have been involved in developing, proving and marketing some of the most influential sires in Angus history. The list includes bulls that started the performance movement in the 1970s to bulls that made performance mainstream and led the breed for registrations over the last two decades. 

These industry greats have generally sold out quickly after their passing and have been off the open market for years. ABS has however, retained a special genetic reserve inventory on many of these bulls, typically setting aside 20-50 units for future validation and research. While we will continue to retain a portion of this inventory for those purposes, the decision has been made to share this unique and valuable resource with the industry. 

This semen will be offered through a special internet auction hosted through the American Angus Association’s new internet auction service AngusTradingPost.com.  This initial auction will kick off with the Angus Association’s annual meeting and events during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Full details of the offering will be on AngusTradingPost.com.  In the mean time, you can get more information on the bulls selling on the ABS Global web site at Vintage Semen Auction | ABS Global, Inc. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

 

·         11:00 a.m. CST Auction Starts

Monday, November 12, 2012

·         ABS Welcome and Sale Kickoff Reception at ABS booth in Louisville following the selection of the Champion Angus Bull

Saturday, November 17, 2012

·         8:00 p.m. CST Auction to close

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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).

Wardens Blackcap 187 0354

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.”

ABS Beef Website

 


ABS to Offer Special Genetic Reserve Semen Auction

October 25, 2012

ABS Global, Inc. is fortunate to have been involved in developing, proving and marketing some of the most influential sires in Angus history. The list includes bulls that started the performance movement in the 1970s to bulls that made performance mainstream and led the breed for registrations over the last two decades. 

These industry greats have generally sold out quickly after their passing and have been off the open market for years. ABS has however, retained a special genetic reserve inventory on many of these bulls, typically setting aside 20-50 units for future validation and research. While we will continue to retain a portion of this inventory for those purposes, the decision has been made to share this unique and valuable resource with the industry. 

This semen will be offered through a special internet auction hosted through the American Angus Association’s new internet auction service AngusTradingPost.com.  This initial auction will kick off with the Angus Association’s annual meeting and events during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Full details of the offering will be on the AngusTradingPost.com web site by November 1st.  In the mean time, you can get more information on the bulls selling on the ABS Global web site at Vintage Semen Auction | ABS Global, Inc. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

·         11:00 a.m. CST Auction Starts

Monday, November 12, 2012

·         ABS Welcome and Sale Kickoff Reception at ABS booth in Louisville following the selection of the Champion Angus Bull

Saturday, November 17, 2012

·         8:00 p.m. CST Auction to close

 


September Sales Strong for ABS Sired Progeny

October 5, 2012

The fall sales season is underway and prices are remaining robust for leading genetics. The reported average of 5 different Angus bull sales within the last two weeks is around $3,900.

ABS sired progeny have been well represented and sold for above average premiums at recent sales.

COMPLETE is a proven sire in the lineup.  He adds performance, carcass merit and phenotype in an outcross package with exceptional $B Value.  Recent high sellers:

  • The top selling female, Lot 1 – EXAR Blackcap 5879 at Spruce Mountain Ranch brought $40,000 for ½ interest
  • 2nd High selling bull at Vintage Angus Ranch, V A R Complete 1209 for $17,000
  • Kirkes Black Angus Ranch: 3Rd High selling bull, K BAR Complete 461 for $5,250; Top Bred Heifer, K BAR Complete 361 for $3,500; Top Bred Cow, K BAR Complete 3670 for $3,100
  • 4th High selling bull at Gardiner Angus Ranch Bull Sale, G A R Complete N5211 for $11,000 

COMPLETE x TRAVELER 044, EXAR Blackcap 5879

FRONTMAN continues to sire high selling, high demand progeny.  He is moderate, heavy muscled with excellent feet and legs. His strong CED, negative BW, and unique pedigree make FRONTMAN a ‘go to’ sire for many breeders.  Recent high sellers:

  • Trowbridge Angus & Guests: Top 2 Bred Heifers, Trowbridge Sara 1304 for $6,500 and Trowbridge Sara 1206 for $6,500

FRONTMAN x B C C Bushwacker 41-93, Trowbridge Sara 1304

BRILLIANCE is a no miss calving ease sire that doesn’t sacrifice muscle and eye appeal. His progeny have excelled in the show ring and sell for premiums.  Beyond the show ring his moderate frame, deep ribbed and beautiful uddered females are making a name for themselves in commercial settings.  Recent high sellers:

  • 2nd High selling Top Open Heifer at Rendezvous at Rocking R, BDR Lilly 553, for $5,750
  • Top Open Heifer at Genetic Opportunity Sale, Grubbs Miss Rosetta 32, for $4,500

RITO REVENUE is one of ABS’ leading Angus Sire Alliance bulls whose moderate and heavy muscled progeny have built a strong demand.  He combines breed leading MARB and REA EPDs with extra muscle,  fleshing ability and improved feed efficiency.   Recent high sellers:

  • Lot 13 at Riverbend Ranch Genetic Edge Females Sale,  Riverbend Blackcap Y1027 for $19,000
  • Lot 25 at Riverbend Ranch Genetic Edge Female Sale, Riverbend Rita Y099 for $8750

RITO REVENUE x OBJECTIVE, Riverbend Blackcap Y1027

Complete Sire Listing and EPDs