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At TLC, we have chosen to concentrate on maternal traits.
We believe one must avoid extremes and we will never claim that our cattle are the best at everything. We do, however,
want them to be the best and most efficient at converting grass to meat.
We use two noted maternal breeds,
Angus and South Devon, both have been developed over centuries as dual purpose breeds. One could argue all
day which is the best cow - Angus or South Devon - and that's the way we like it!!!! We have purebreds and composites
of these two breeds.
We are not afraid to let nature pick the cows we keep (and
believe me that is sometimes a tough thing to let happen). Nature will always move the herd back to the center (contrary
to what most people try to select for - which are the extremes). We measure profitability by total pounds of beef
produced / cow exposed. We also rate our cows on % body weight weaned . This keeps balance
between genetics, feed resources, and the market place.
Our goal is to breed for uniformity, consistency, and true efficiency. We aren't interested
in breeding high maintenance cows that only excel in a perfect environment. We don't believe beef cows can be profitable
if they have to rely on anything but roughage or 'garbage' feedstuffs. Avoiding grains,proteins, and even high
priced by-product feeds gives us our competitive edge in the maintenance of our cowherd. The other meat producers
(poultry,pork) certainly can't utilize cellulose ----so in a world full of that stuff, thats our reason for being in
business!!!Lets not forget it!! ....There's too much sort, waste, and cost in our current production systems!!!!
Most producers have bought into the notion that the bigger the weaning weights the more profitable they are. North Dakota
State reminds us every year thru their CHAPS program that there is actually an inverse relationship between weaning
weights and net profit! wow! So true profit comes from moderate, low cost females being able to increase profitability
by staying at an efficient, ideal size (1100-1300), maintaining reproductive & maternal excellence, and
all while increasing total pounds weaned/ cow exposed/unit of energy consumed. What
a tall order ! But everybody has cows that do it. The key is to breed 'em' with the right bulls so eventually the whole
herd becomes efficient! The biggest myth being propagated today is that high yearling weight EPD bulls (even if they
have low birthweight EPD's), won't increase cow size! Mature size (frame and weight) is one of the highest heritable
traits! Thats why the darn cows are staying so big and yes, inefficient. They can test and measure for efficiency
in larger cows and their offspring all they want ,but one thing is for sure, they will never be as economically
efficient as smaller cows. High output cows are built to consume energy, and lots of it !. Research shows variation
in energy input ( feed costs) contributes more to efficiency differences than did variation in calf output ( income)!!! M.
Van Oijen, M. Montano-Bemadez, M. K. Nielsen, J of animal science: 1993. Our greatest satisfaction is seeing this
play-out in our herd and the herds of our customers. Customers buy a bull from us and see immediately that our genetics thrive
on grass and flesh easier! When the bulls come in from breeding or wintering pastures they are in much better condition
than their other bulls!! Replacement heifers grow without grain and the trickle down effect begins. Give us a call.....lets
talk about producing beef in todays tough economy.........Jace 801-391-8989
Crossbred Cow 3179
|9 year old south devon crossed cow