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THE CATTLE

KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Produce calves that produce a high value carcass
  • Produce crossbred low maintenance females for us and others that produce these kind of calves every year and have a long lifespan

THE CATTLE

Joe’s Granddaughter and Mike’s children keeping the cattle moving

The three breeds, are used in a structured controlled breeding system. Heterosis/hybrid vigor is maximized by using an English breed (Angus), a Continental breed (Simmental) , and a Bos indicus (Brangus). Crossbred cattle have hybrid vigor (Heterosis). Using three different breeds properly selected produces almost the highest level of hybrid vigor possible. More information on crossbreeding and heteroisis can be found here. We have worked to develop a very detailed genetic plan that outlines all the steps of our three-way cross.

All females are registered with  the American Simmental Association Total Herd Enrollment program Option D (see  https://www.simmental.org/site/index.php/the-requirements). Participation in the program requires an inventory of all Simmental registered cows that is updated yearly. This results in having EPDs for all females. Data is collected at every stage of production from breeding to harvest, linked to sire and dam, and, along with EPDs, used to identify the females and bulls that can meet the production objectives.

Our carcass results prove the value of the cattle. We can provide the most complete data in the industry including EPDs as well as the details of how we do it. 

BREEDING

For the last 15 years we have used only one breeding season. To help ensure we produce the most reproductively efficiency females we can we hold the brood cows to a 65 day breeding season and the heifers to a 45 day window. We then cull every open female annually. Starting in 2001 we started using purebred registered bulls. We have sourced our bulls from top breeders such as Gibbs Farms, Yon Family Farms and Salacoa Valley Farms. This ensures only highly reproductive females remain in the herd. Heifer calving starts September 1 and cows September 15. All females are synchronized and timed artificially inseminated (AI) then 10 days later cleanup bulls are used in single sire pastures.

At J. Davis Cattle we utilize purebred Angus, Simmental, and Brangus bulls (AI and natural service) with each female bred to the breed of it great-grand-sire which ensures maximum heterosis/hybrid vigor in the offspring. (Example: a SMxBNxAN breed cow is bred with an Angus bull). All calves produced beginning in 2013 have a genetic makeup very much like Sim AngusTM HTTM  cattle.

Within a few hours of birth, all calves are tagged with an EID and visual tag. This helps ensure the integrity of dam and sire data. Also, this creates accurate lifetime performance history on each dam and bull.

NUTRITION

Joe with cattle March 2017 in BarOptima Novel Fescue

Management intensive grazing is used to provide year round grazing. Check out how easy our cows move from pasture to pasture.

Our mature cows (4 years and older) receive no additional supplementation. They are on grass year round. We do offer supplementation to the younger cows to get a boost while adjusting to motherhood.

Our calves do not receive creep feed and are all weaned at the same time. We offer weaned calves grain supplement until they are shipped to the feedlot.

PERFORMANCE RECORDS

Joe recording data.

All performance data from breeding to carcass results is submitted to the American Simmental Association(ASA). All of our cattle have ASA registration numbers and EPDs which are available on the ASA web site.

Steer calves are raised to a weight of 700-900 lbs.  All of our steers are shipped to a feed yard where we retain owner ship. Check out our harvest results from 2015-2018.These calves are shipped to Cow Camp Feed Yard in a retained ownership program through harvest. All feedlot performance and carcass data are linked back to the sire and dam providing a detailed performance of each animal.

We grow out heifers until the fall to about 750-800 lbs. We cull any that we do not believe will make replacements for us and our customers. Our customers then have the opportunity to come in and select from the females we have kept as replacements. Only heifers we would personally use in our herd are offered for sale.