Club Calf Bulls Added for 2014

December 27, 2013

It’s a few days before the new year, but we have some exciting club calf sires added to the ABS lineup for the spring 2014.

Fu Man Chu_Monopoly x Bounty Hunter_THC PHAF_BW 90

Monopoly x Bounty Hunter; THC / PHAF
Owned by Wade Rogers

FU MAN CHU;  Monopoly x Bounty Hunter;  THC / PHAF; Owned by Wade Rogers

LONE RANGER  Walks Alone x Angus x Heat Seeker;  THC / PHAF  Owned by Wade Rogers

Walks Alone x Angus x Heat Seeker; THC / PHAF
Owned by Wade Rogers

LONE RANGER;  Walks Alone x Angus x Heat Seeker;  THC / PHAF; Owned by Wade Rogers

DAKOTA GOLD Monopoly x Yellow Jacket x WMW;  THF / PHAF Owned by Lautner Farms

Monopoly x Yellow Jacket x WMW; THF / PHAF
Owned by Lautner Farms

DAKOTA GOLD;  Monopoly x Yellow Jacket x WMW;  THF / PHAF; Owned by Lautner Farms

POWER & BALANCE  Monopoly x Nutt N Butt Busisness;  THC / PHAF Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Guthrie Farm, Lucky Strike Show Cattle, & Tyler Atwood

Monopoly x Nutt N Butt Busisness; THC / PHAF
Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Guthrie Farm, Lucky Strike Show Cattle, & Tyler Atwood

POWER & BALANCE;  Monopoly x Nutt N Butt Busisness;  THC / PHAF;  Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Guthrie Farm, Lucky Strike Show Cattle, & Tyler Atwood

NO WORRIES I-80 x Irish Whiskey;  THF / PHAF Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Triple M Cattle, & Minnaert Show Cattle (Expected Release Mid. January)

I-80 x Irish Whiskey; THF / PHAF
Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Triple M Cattle, & Minnaert Show Cattle (Expected Release Mid. January)

NO WORRIES;  I-80 x Irish Whiskey;  THF / PHAF;  Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Triple M Cattle, & Minnaert Show Cattle (Expected Release Mid. January)

I DA MAN Who Da Man x Heat Seeker;  THF / PHAF Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Minnaert Show Cattle,  Triple M Cattle, & Wedig Club Calves (Expected Release Mid. January)

Who Da Man x Heat Seeker; THF / PHAF
Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Minnaert Show Cattle, Triple M Cattle, & Wedig Club Calves (Expected Release Mid. January)

I DA MAN;  Who Da Man x Heat Seeker;  THF / PHAF;  Owned by Executive Sires Inc., Minnaert Show Cattle,  Triple M Cattle, & Wedig Club Calves (Expected Release Mid. January)

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ABS Progeny Lead Fall Angus Sales

October 18, 2013

The fall sale season is underway and the Angus breed has had several outstanding sales represented so far.  ABS sired progeny have been sale standouts and impressive in the robust sale season.

Texas Angus Breeders’ Select Sale, Glen Rose, TX –

  • Top Selling Bull, CoX Complement Z17T, sired by COMPLEMENT

Express Ranches Bull Sale, Yukon, OK –

  • High Selling Bull, for 1/2 interest, EXAR It All Counts 2219, sired by IMPRESSION
  • 2nd High Selling Bull, EXAR SEMA 2131B, sired by UPSHOT
  • ABS sired progeny earned 5 of the top 8 selling bull honors, selling for an average of $17,740

Werhmann Angus Female Sale, New Market, VA – 

  • Top Selling Open Heifer and overall, Rita 2H12 of 158 Rito 9Q1, sired by 9Q13
  • Top Selling Bred Heifer, Rita 12E9 of 5F56 Rito 5M2, Sired by RITO REVENUE
  • 2nd & 3rd High Selling Bred Heifers sired by COMPLETE
  • 2nd High Selling Open Cow, Rita 0243 of Rita 7O68 5M2, sired by RITO REVENUE

Buford Ranches Bull Sale, Welch, OK – 

  • 2 of the top 7 selling lots sired by BLUESTEM

Vintage Angus Ranch Female Sale, Modesto, CA – (record setting sale)

  • 3rd High Selling Female, V A R Blackcap 3185, sired by UPSHOT has the #1 $B Index among non-parent daughters, brought $100,000
  • UPSHOT daughters were 3 of the top 10 selling Open Heifers, with 17 total daughters in the sale averaging $20,850
  • 2nd High Selling Bred Heifer, V A R Blackcap 2066, sired by UPSHOT
  • Top 3 Open Cows all sired by ABS sires: ALL AROUND, COMPLETE & IMPRESSION
  • Top Bred Cow, Exar Blackcap 5899, sired by COMPLETE

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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

Certified Angus Beef Focus on Cattleman page

 Full Black Ink Basics release

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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2013 Beef Photo Contest Winners

July 1, 2013

Thank you to everyone for entering and submitting their pictures for consideration.  We received the most photos ever entered since starting the contest.  Due to the overwhelming quality of submissions this year, we will also have 3 Honorable Mention prize winners.

ABS is pleased to announce the winners for this year’s beef photo contest.  Only the top placing winners of the contest are listed here; but be sure to check the 2014 ABS calendar when it arrives later this year to see if your picture(s) are featured!

Please join us in congratulating these entries!

1st Place: “Grazing Before the Storm” by Donald Fleckenstein

Grazing Before the Storm

Grazing Before the Storm

2nd Place: “R.A. Brown Ranch Donors on Summer Bermuda” by Kelli Brown

R.A. Brown Ranch Donors on Summer Bermuda

R.A. Brown Ranch Donors on Summer Bermuda

3rd Place: “Curious George” by Shannon White

Curious George

Curious George

1st Honorable Mention: “Sunrise in Russia” by CJ Altenburg

Sunrise in Russia

Sunrise in Russia

2nd Honorable Mention: “Headed to New Pasture” by Sandra Levering

Headed to New Pasture

Headed to New Pasture

3rd Honorable Mention: “Calves in Yucca Plants” by Robyn Goddard

Calves in Yucca Plants

Calves in Yucca Plants

End of Season Sorted Special

June 17, 2013

The newest developments in sex sorted beef semen was the topic for the NAAB Symposium kicking off the annual BIF conference in Oklahoma City last week.  You can view complete presentations and summaries here.

As the beef industry looks to the future there are many applications for this technology including:

  • Rebuilding the cow herd:  as we begin to rebuild the value of females and the ability to selectively breed the best cows for them
  • Bull production: specific matings designed to produce only males and increase the economics of making them
  • Steer production:  as the technology advances look for improvements in price and effective use to become reality as we look at the value separation of feeder steers versus feeder heifers
  • Advanced production schemes:  make only females out of certain cows and maximize the value of remaining calf crop.  We have made compromises too long in pursuit of the perfect cow.

In response to the feedback and topic discussions over sex sorted semen, ABS is offering this limited time special on ABS Sexation products.

End of Season Sexation Special

Download a pdf of the End of Season Sexation Special

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Synchronization Questions, Part 1

March 19, 2013

Synchronization of beef cows goes hand in hand with AI. The highly researched,  proven, and improved protocols released each year from the Beef Reproduction Task Force and Beef Reproduction Leadership Team have had a highly positive influence on beef cattle AI success.  ABS Global, Inc., strongly believes in the value of synchronization for beef cattle production and profitability, but we also understand and welcome questions regarding protocols, and it also happens that things can go wrong from time to time.

This series of posts are to help answer some of those commonly asked questions and scenarios for the 2013 synchronization protocols.  Starting with general questions today and followed by heifer and cow specific questions.

ABS is pleased to work with Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist North Florida Research & Education Center in the Department of Animal Science, University of Florida.  Cliff also serves on the Beef Reproduction Task Force.  We’ve turned to Cliff to help answer the questions below.  This is a 3-part series and will follow with both heifer and cow specific questions.

Q1.) Is there a problem with vaccinating and putting a CIDR® in the same day?

A.) This is a tough question to answer.  Usually with a killed vaccine there is no issue, but we mostly recommend vaccinations be modified live vaccines because they are more effective.  In this case we generally recommend the vaccination to occur at least three weeks before you inject a PGF injection.  For some reason the vaccine seems to affect the response of the corpus luteum to respond to PGF.  However, there is no negative effect or interaction with a CIDR. 

So, if this question is about the short term protocols then I would suggest that they not vaccinate females at CIDR insertion since the females will be receiving PGF within 10 days. 

Alternatively, if the system used is a 14-day CIDR system (most often used in heifers) then vaccinating at CIDR insertion would be fine.  In fact something I would recommend because it means you can do two things at the same time.

2.) If a CIDR® is lost, would you recommend giving another shot of GnRH and re-inserting CIDR® (as Zoetis suggests), or keeping her with the original synchronization group and breeding at the same time (assume there is no way of knowing whether the CIDR was lost day 1 or day 7)?

A.) I would definitely recommend the later option – just keep her with the original group and TAI her at the same time as the rest of the group.  If the CIDR  is lost sometime during synchronization (which happens in about 1-3% of cases in beef cattle) essentially you have turned the system into the CO-Synch system without a CIDR, so the chances are good that the cow will still be synchronized.  However, if you or the producer have the ability to heat detect – keep an eye on the cow and if she comes into heat before 48 hours after CIDR removal then AI her using the am-pm rule, otherwise just treat her the same as the other cows.

Q3.) If you know what day a CIDR® is lost does it matter what steps you take?  Say between days 1-3 and 3-7? If she loses a CIDR® on day 5 is it better to restart or try following the remaining protocol and breeding?

A.) This may be more work that it is worth; however, if you know which cow lost the CIDR and would like to reinsert the CIDR feel free to do so.  This would be more effective to have the CIDR in place for the last 2 or 3 days of the protocol when the cow may come into heat.

Q4.) Gave both GnRH and Lutalyse® the day I pulled the CIDR.  What is your advice for this situation?

A.) Not much that you can do if GnRH and PGF are given at the same time. My bet is few females will show heat, and if they do they can be bred.   The question is to know when to restart the protocol. I would immediately reinsert the CIDR after they have been cleaned and use the day that the cows received both GnRH and PGF as the first day of the protocol.  That way 7 days after the injections were given you can remove the CIDR and administer PGF alone and continue with your original protocol.  However, you will be delayed by 7 days.

Q5.) Administered GnRH the day of CIDR® removal instead of PGF?

A.) Use exactly the same approach as that expressed in Question #4.

Q 6.) Administered PGF at time of putting CIDR® in instead of GnRH?

A.) This is a common problem and the answer depends on when the error was discovered.

If the error was discovered within four days of administering PGF then go ahead and administer GnRH at that time and leave the CIDR in the cows.  Use this new date as the start of the protocol and remove the CIDR 7 days after the GnRH shot followed by PGF at removal of CIDR.

Very often the error is discovered only when the CIDR is being removed.  In that case the solution is described in Questions #4.

Q 7.) What should I do if at the time of breeding I notice a CIDR® that got left in – PGF still administered per the protocol?

A.) This happens occasionally.  In this case if you are using a TAI system, go ahead and remove the CIDR and inseminate the cow, plus administer GnRH.  There is a chance the cow will become pregnant. An alternative is to remove the CIDR and wait until the cow expresses estrus and then AI her using the AM/PM rule. I would almost always use the first option.

Q 8.) Is there any benefit and/or detriment to inserting a CIDR® after breeding? Won’t it help to keep the female from returning to heat?

A.) The only real benefit of reinserting a CIDR would be to resynchronize cows that did not become pregnant to the AI.  In this case insert the CIDR at 12 to 14 days after AI and remove the CIDR at 19 or 20 days after AI.  About 70 to 80% of the nonpregnant cows will express estrus in 3 days.  Inserting a CIDR at any other time does not help improve pregnancy rates at all!

Q 9.) What kind of results can I expect if I wash and re-use a CIDR® for second application?

A.) The issue with reuse of a CIDR is the potential for enhanced vaginitis (infection in the vagina) or the spread of a disease; therefore it is not recommended to reuse CIDRs.  Some research has indicated that high pressure steam sterilization can effectively sterilize the CIDR and progesterone from the CIDR would effectively provide sufficient progesterone for estrous synchronization.

Q 10.) If I observe a female in standing heat but am planning on fixed TAI for the whole group should I separate the ones showing heat and breed with the AM/PM rule or leave them in the group and AI everything fixed TAI? If I do separate and breed off standing heats is the shot of GnRH still necessary?

A.) If a female is detected in estrus then she may be inseminated using the AM/PM rule for best results.  If the cow is detected in heat and inseminated then there is no reason to administer GnRH to that female. 

Q 11.) Do estrous synchronization “drugs” (all approved) make cattle ineligible for drug free labeling?

A.) It depends on the label.  In some cases these products would not be eligible and in others cases they are eligible.  Producers should do their due diligence if they aim to market their cattle in a drug free program.  It is important to note that the products used for estrous synchronization are essentially similar to what the females naturally produces.  In all cases these products are metabolized fairly quickly and are usually out of the system within a couple of hours.

Q 12.) Do estrous synchronization “drugs” disqualify cattle for all natural and organic programs?

A.) As noted with Questions #10, for natural it depends on the label.  In some cases these products would not be eligible and in others cases they are eligible.  Producers should do their due diligence if they aim to market their cattle in a drug free program. 
For organic, estrous synchronization products usually disqualify females from these programs.

Q 13.) Is there any difference in the name brand variations of synchronization hormones? Cystorelin® vs. OvaCyst® and Lutalyse® vs. Estrumate® for example.

A.) Regardless of whether it is GnRH or PGF, in beef cattle, there has not been a comprehensive study completed to demonstrate that one product is more effective than another.  At this point, the best advice is that producers should utilize the least expensive product.

Q 14.) Which fixed time protocol is the most cost effective for synchronizing large groups without sacrificing conception rates?

A.) This is not an easy question, because all protocols have merits for various reasons.

For cows, the 7-day CO-Synch + CIDR would be the easiest to use and is slightly less expensive than the 5-day CO-Synch system, but pregnancy rates may be slightly lower (about 3 to 5%).  Nonetheless, I would likely lean towards the 7-day CO-Synch system.

For heifers, the 14-day CIDR protocol is the protocol that would likely be preferred, but in some cases the MGA-PGF system may be less expensive with good pregnancy results.

Do you have a specific heifer or cow synchronization question you want Cliff to answer? Post your question to the comments section of this blog and we’ll try include them in the later posts.

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References to previous ABS BEEF Blog Post on Synchronization of Beef Cattle found here.

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.