After many years of raising purebred angus cattle, we felt there was something lacking. Following a long dedicated research on several breeds, we decided crossbreeding with Simmental would make the most complete package. We liked what we were seeing in how the Simmental breed had changed to more moderate mature size and better calving ease. Also, we could keep them solid black and polled. So about ten years ago we AI'd about 300 Angus heifers to purebred Simmental bulls. The bulls we used: Hook's Shear Force 38k, Ellingson Legacy M229, CNS Dream On L186, met all our hopes for calving ease and left us with a good set of ½ blood SimAngus heifers. Staying with that program our cowherd has become nearly all half-blood SimAngus.
We run all of our commercial and registered cattle together. We don't pamper or give any special treatment to our registered herd. No calves ever receive creep feed. They are all weaned together and are all started the same way. After everything is started well on feed, we sort the bulls and run them in one group where they receive a low energy, high protein ration consisting primarily of mainly ground hay, cane silage and wet distillers grain. They receive this ration along with running in large pastures. This enables them to have enough protein and exercise to grow and develop without becoming too fat. Bulls developed in this manner have proven to be more structurally sound and tend to remain in the herd longer.
We use industry leading sires that combine the best maternal and carcass traits in a very moderately framed package. Calving ease and disposition are very important to us as we are a family run operation with no outside help and have our kids and grandkids working with the cattle every day. We feel that the bulls we raise will be able to make a positive genetic impact on our customer's cow herds, whether they are used to produce calves that are used for replacement heifers, feeder calves, or retained all the way through the feedlot. The bulls offered are bulls we would use in our own cow herd.