Using superior genetics both from the Hereford (sires) and Angus (females) breeds, we are producing F1 black baldy heifers that excel as mothers and production units, and F1 baldy steers that produce dollars for their owners on grass or in the feed yard.
We annually produce approximately 350 black baldy heifers. These animals, calved in March and early April, are weaned in early October. They are raised on grass in real conditions without creep feed. The top 200 heifers are sold by private treaty as replacement heifers to commercial producers around the country. We are so impressed with the maternal characteristics and performance of these animals that we are also retaining some of the baldy heifers to convert eventually our recip herd to baldy cows. We usually cut the bottom 40 percent of the heifers and, together with our commercial steers, feed them in commercial feedlots to take advantage of their outstanding performance characteristics.
Why a Black Baldy Operation?
Several independent and well-respected studies have confirmed what many cattlemen know—heterosis results in significant economic advantages for the commercial producer. Heterosis advantages include:
• Increased profitability
• Increased cash flow
• Larger herd size and production (for the same inputs)
• Improved dispositions
• Greater retained female fertility and longevity
In fact, a recent study completed at the Circle A Ranch predicted an advantage of $514 net per cow over a 10-year period. Economic models also predicted that if replacement females are retained for a similar term, Hereford-sired females will generate a 20 percent advantage in herd size for the same relative cost versus straight Angus commercial cows because of increased fertility and longevity.
For more information, please see the following articles in recent publications:
“Project Proves Profitability of Hereford-Angus Cross” July 2009 Hereford World
“Believing in Heterosis” February 2009 Hereford World