Barry and his son Cody run 400 to 500 cows, primarily Angus cross and Charolais cross. The cows are divided into fall and spring calving herds. They fall calve from the middle of September through November first. Spring calving starts the end of February and goes through April to help avoid the wet conditions that often come with calving earlier in the year.
"This year our calves received an eight cent to a dime per pound premium," Barry states. "They weighed 700 pounds right off the cow with a 3 round vaccination program. The last round of vaccinations was two weeks before selling."
The sire power of his calves are Judd Ranch bulls -...
Calf checks. In fact, calf checks belonging to other cow/calf
producers. That is what caused Brent Bettels of Amoret, Mo., to add
Gelbvieh-particularly Judd Ranch Gelbvieh- to his sire battery that
was comprised strictly of Angus. Then it was his own calf checks
that convinced him to go replace every Angus bull with a Judd Ranch
"Before my current position at Allen Bank, I was the bank's agricultural lending officer and had numerous calf checks come across my desk in payment of loans," Bettels says. "A couple of our customers handed over big checks that were quite impressive. The 'big' wasn't due to number of calves sold; it was due to the pounds of calf weaned and the price the calves received at the sale barn.
"When I started comparing my calf checks with those of a couple of our bank customers, I realized that they knew something that I didn't and that I needed to find out what they were doing...
For at least 25 years, Jim's search for the best available genetics puts him on the bleachers at a Judd Ranch bull sale where he and his wife Connie purchase anywhere from three to more than 15 bulls.
So why do Jim and his wife Connie keep returning?
"The Judds are honest. You can count on everything in their sale catalog and everything they tell you," Jim states. "You can't put a price on that kind of honesty."
Before interjecting Judd Ranch genetics in his herd, the average weaning weight of Miller calves was 400 lbs. on steers and 375 lbs. on heifers. He boosted the maternal power of his herd by adding Judd Ranch-sired females to it. This move, plus Judd Ranch herd sires, enabled weights to steadily increase to a mighty impressive 654 lb. average on steer...
After putting black on black for years and ending up with straight-bred calves, Lane Hackney of Wilmore, Kan., wanted more, and he decided the best way to get more was through crossbreeding. His breed of choice on his Angus cows: Gelbvieh. His breeder of choice: Judd Ranch.
"I was helping Jim Miller load his calves in New Mexico in the fall of 1998 and was impressed with those calves and their Gelbvieh-influenced mothers," Lane elaborates. "I knew that I wanted what Jim had, and he said his better calves were from Judd Ranch bulls."
The very next spring, 1999, Lane went to Pomona, Kan., and purchased his first Judd Ranch bull. Now he and his wife Cindy make the bull sale an annual trek.
Thanks to Judd Ranch genetics, the weaning weights on his and his dad's calves have increased by 75 pounds.
"When you take that across 200 cows, we're getting an extra 15,000...