Champions Produced by Grund Beef Genetics Sires
Our operation was honored in having the 5th National Champion Gelbvieh Steer in the last 6 years. Three of these National Champion Steers were raised by our bull customers Paul Beckman and Joe and Jody Beckman. These
steers were out of the same calves that have topped the feeder cattle market over the last 5-6
years in Northwest Kansas. The Champion 3 Head of Steers were either or sired by Grund Beef Genetic Sires.
Grace hammer and Grund Beef Genetics were honored by have raised the 2009 Reserve National Champion Junior Heifer. “Haddie” is sired by Complete Package out of a daughter to the dam of GRU Perfecta 046.
Grund Beef Genetics & Camp 1A Ranch Testimonials...
“The calves sired by Grund Beef Genetics bulls continue to be some of the top selling cattle at Oakley Livestock. Buyers like the balance of Continental and British genetics and many of these calves are bought by the same buyer year after year. The buyers appreciate cattle sired by your bulls because they gro , convert and kill well for the feeders. Balancer type cattle are becoming more popular due to the high price of corn and hay.” Kyle Hemmert - Oakley Livestock Commission
“Lane County Feeders was very pleased with the quality and
Balancer steers important targets.
hit a lot of They graded
ield Grade 3 or better. Plus, they had the ability to perform well and get big. Cattle that can stay healthy, efficiently convert feed and produce 70% Choice and 70%
ield Grade 3 or better carcasses
profitability. pro d u c i n g
The Grund’s are
performance and carcass quality that can maintain a functional and
productive cow herd.”
Representative, Lane County Feeders, Inc.
The right combination of genetics for heterosis, heavier weaning weights, and quality momma cows is probably what every commercial cow-calf producer strives for and Jim Miller of Satanta, KS is no different. Many years ago, he started off trying several different breeds of cattle to mate to his Hereford, black and black-baldy cows. After seeing how a pen of Gelbvieh- sired feeder calves outperformed all the other pens in the feedlot he owned and managed, he was convinced to buy three Gelbvieh bulls. That was about 25 years ago and he hasn’t looked back since.
At the age of 72, Jim has a commercial cow-calf operation which now consists of about 1,200 Gelbvieh and Red Angus cross cows on three ranches located in Ashland, KS; Clayton, New Mexico; and Elkins, New Mexico.
The cows are either 3/4 Red Angus bred to a Gelbvieh bull or 3/4 Gelbvieh bred to a Red Angus bull.
“We maintain a two-way cross of Gelbvieh and Red Angus and feel this is the premier cross in all livestock.”
One of the reasons Jim has continued with Gelbvieh for so many years is the fertility of the Gelbvieh female. As any good commercial cow-calf producer knows, an open cow doesn’t turn a profit. The conception rate Jim gets with his Gelbvieh cross females are outstanding and are
than any other
This year, the
in New Mexico were drought and still
in a had
the Kansas ranch, with good was 97.25 percent, said Jim.
Buying and managing bulls is something Jim is very experienced at as he buys on average eight bulls each year. This last breeding season he ran 77 Gelbvieh and Red Angus bulls on his 1,200 cows.
“You have to buy a good bull if
you want to improve your cows,
Jim adds. difference in
“It is amazing the weaning weights we
bulls. It’s been money as over 25 years of only best Gelbvieh bulls we able to double our
well spent buying the have been weaning
weights compared to the weights our calves 35 years ago.”
For anyone who may still be questioning what a Gelbvieh bull can do in a commercial herd, Jim offers up a challenge: “For commercial producers who have a straight Angus cow herd and consistently use straight Angus bulls, put a good black Gelbvieh bull on those cows this spring and you will get at least 50 pounds more of weaning weight on those calves.”
Jim has been in the business long enough and has seen firsthand the added pounds and profit of Gelbvieh, not only in his herd but in his neighbors as well, that he is confident you will be more than impressed with Gelbvieh-sired calves. Jim Miller, Miller Ranches, Satanta