2021 Triple O Ranch Carcass Data
|Average Harvest Weight||Average Daily Gain||Average Yield||Average Quality Grade|
|155 Heifers||1,300 pounds||3.33 lbs./day||63%||87% Choice or better|
|145 Steers||1,425 pounds||3.65 lbs./day||63.25%||86% Choice or better|
*Calves were harvested at 13 months of age and 85% were Yield Grade 2s or 3s.
Judd Genetics Improve Carcass Quality, Add Pounds
South Dakota cattleman Travis Olson was looking to improve both carcass quality and increase performance. He was a believer in using Gelbvieh bulls on his Angus based females.
"We are still paid by the pound, it is a guarantee to get more money if you produce more pounds of beef," Travis says.
Triple O Ranch is located near Langford, South Dakota. A multi-generational family operation, Triple O Ranch includes Travis and his wife, Lisa; Travis' dad, Milo, and mother, Connie; his uncle Neil; and his brother and sister in law, Troy and Angie. Travis and Lisa's son, Chance, will finish college in December and plans to return to the farm. Their daughter, Chesney, is a sophomore in college.
Along with the 300 head cow herd, the Olsons farm corn and beans as well as put up alfalfa.
The Olson family feeds out all 300 calves each year in their on-farm feedlot. This has been their marketing strategy for 25 years. Typically, the calves are harvested at the Tyson plant in Dakota City. Prior to buying Judd Ranch bulls, Travis was concerned with how he was losing performance while improving carcass quality with his current bull battery.
Six years ago, wanting it all - performance (pounds) and carcass quality - Travis started looking for a new bull supplier. He says he first learned about the Judd Ranch program reading the Gelbvieh World. Intrigued with what he read, he did more research reading the Judd Ranch newsletters. This led him to making the 600 mile drive to Pomona to check out the Judd Ranch program. Impressed with what he saw, the Olsons have been a customer ever since.
Travis says the Judd bulls increased average finished weights 50 to 75 pounds per head. That's more than 15,000 total pounds - money in the bank.
As farmer-feeders, the family's goal is to finish calves at 13 months of age. Prior to buying Judd Ranch bulls, they were averaging 76% Choice or better and were losing performance at the same time. The family is excited about the carcass results of their 2020 calf crop that averaged 86% Choice or higher and 85% Yield Grade 2s and 3s. (See above graphic for complete results.)
The Triple O Ranch herd includes 300 Angus cows. To maintain a consistent, productive cow herd, they have bought 80 replacement heifers from the same ranch for the past 15 years. A 100% spring calving herd starts calving April 10 with typically 90% calving during the first cycle and all are done by June 1.
All Triple O females are bull bred. For the most part, Travis says they maintain a 100% black bull battery. They are using Balancer bulls on the heifers and purebred Gelbvieh on the mature females. Today, all 35 bulls used in the Triple O ranch pastures were purchased from the Judd Ranch.
Along with increased performance and carcass quality, another trait Travis says he appreciates from Judd Ranch bulls is their docility.
"It is pretty amazing how docile these bulls are, and you see that trait carried through to their offspring. We have definitely seen improvements in that trait as well."
Travis also appreciates the longevity of a Judd Ranch bull. They are bred to last. He says three of the original bulls he bought six years ago are still working and doing their job.
Along with the genetics, Travis also appreciates the customer service at Judd Ranch. "Their customer service is second to none," Travis explains. "I appreciate their willingness to work with you and learn about your program."
A few years ago, Roger Gatz, Judd Ranch consultant, visited the Triple O Ranch. "He understands now what I'm looking for and what will work in our program. After I make the first sort from the catalog, I can now visit with Roger and he can help me narrow down to 20 bulls to then visually appraise."
Travis adds that one year he could not attend the sale due to weather and he felt comfortable having Roger buy for them when he couldn't be there in person.
Sold on the Judd Ranch program, Travis summarizes, "If you are feeding and finishing straight Angus cattle, I highly recommend you try a Judd Ranch Gelbvieh bull and see how much you will gain."