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Dave Roberts picks our 4 best heifers

Dave Roberts, the herdsman at Teddy Gentry’s Bent Tree Farms, stopped by the farm Monday, Jan. 8, to pick the four heifers that we are consigning to the 2018 South Poll Field Day to be held at the farm of Mike and Mary Wilbers, near Bonnots Mill, Mo.
We had agreed to consign the four best heifers out of our 2017 calf crop, with Teddy or Dave picking the four heifers. Dave’s picks are pictured below. Some background on each calf is as follows:

Calf 77: Dave didn’t have much trouble selecting this heifer. She was just about everyone’s choice as the top female in the crop. She has a lot more going for her than looks alone. Her dam is Cow 630, a 12-year-old cow we got in 2008 when Martin Turner and Steve Radakovich dispersed their herd of South Poll cows. Her sire is 3413, a bull we refer to as “80-80,” because his top line is 80 inches and his heart girth is 80 inches, and that’s on an empty stomach. When we measure him after being on fresh grass, his heart girth is 85. 630 has been a super producer and 3413 has done a phenomenal job for us. She still has a perfect udder and shows no sign of slowing down. 77 has an older sister, 0666, who looks just like her and will be calving this spring. 77 is solid red, in spite of the fact her dam has considerable white on his face. She weaned at 572.

Calf 117 was Dave’s second choice. Her mother is Cow 508, a 10-year-old we raised, and her sire is 3413. 508’s dam was a giant, first-generation cow we bought from Bent Tree in 2005. The first-generation cows – which normally were the product of a Barzona-Hereford cow and Senepol-Angus bull – were almost all big due to heterosis. With each generation the size almost invariably drops. 508’s sire was 1542, a really good old bull we had around until he was about 10, at which age he was still siring some outstanding calves. 117 weaned at 610. 117 has an older sister out of Broadway that is going to be a very good cow.

Calf 167 is a remarkable young lady. She’s out of Cow 385, a first-calf heifer sired by Broadway. 167 weaned at 486 and her dam, 385, weighed 765, which means 167 was 63.5% of her dam’s weight. 167’s sire is 3413, “80-80.” A good demonstration of 385’s fertility is the fact she bred back in the first 21 days of the breeding season. We get bulls to wean at more than 60% of their dam’s weight, but it’s rare for a heifer to do so. We did have one other heifer that crossed the 60% threshold, actually coming in at the same figure as 167. When Dave picked this heifer, he was going only on what he could observe. We had not yet calculated the percentage of weaning weight to dam’s weight. All in all, the Broadway heifers were sensational this past year. Of the 18 that calved, 14 bred back in the first 21 days and the four that didn’t make it in the first 21 days, got the job accomplished in the second 21-day period.

787 looks the way you want a heifer to look. Her dam is A-12, a cow sired by Bull 869 and produced in Alabama out of a herd we operate in association with John Lyons. 787 has an older sister, 576, who will have her first calf this spring. 576 stood out as much in the 2016 calf crop as 77 did in 2017. We do not know the sire of 787. Zoetis was unable to make this determination. We will probably submit another hair sample.    

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JUNE 29-30, 2018

Dave Roberts picks our best yearling bulls

457 is Dave’s pick as the top bull from 2017. Looking at the above photos, you’ll notice how similar the two bulls are in composition. Dave knows what he wants in a bull. 424 is the five-year-old dam of 457. 424’s first calf is a heifer that we still have in the herd. Her number is 586 and she will have her first calf this year. 457 weaned at 546 pounds at nine months. At the time 424 was preg tested, she weighed 780 pounds and 457 was 70% of his dam’s weight. Raising that kind of calf, 424 bred back in the first period. 457’s sire is 3413.  

187 is Dave’s pick as the No. 2 bull out of our 2017 calf crop. He is out of Cow 9410, a nine-year-old we purchased from Bent Tree Farms and own in partnership with John Lyons of J Jank Farm in Piedmont, Ala. 9410 has been an outstanding producer. We also owned her dam (3407) and her granddam (1325). We sold those two cows in the fall of 2016 at 13 and 15 years of age, respectively. Many people that look at our cowherd place 9410 at or near the top of the herd. 187’s sire is 3413, another product of Bent Tree Farms. We bought him to start out the new year in 2015 and have two calf crops on the ground and the third crop arriving daily. 3413 is a meat machine. His calves are thick and meaty. 187 weaned at 590 pounds at nine months of age. With 9410 weighing 980 pounds, 187 turns out to have weaned at 62.4% of his dam’s weight. 9410 bred back quickly and has already had an AI heifer calf this spring out of a great old bull – 9218.

337 is another bull out of the 2017 calf crop that we really like. His dam and granddam are the most fertile females in the herd. 337 is sired by 3413. His dam is 213, a five-year-old daughter of cow 368. 213’s first calf was born in 2015 and she produced a good bull calf last year and is due to calve in the first 21 days of this year’s calving season. 213’s younger sister (464) has an amazing story. 464 had the first calf in 2016, the 6th calf in 2017 and the first calf this year. 464’s first heifer is No. 16 (under our system the year of birth is the last number and the first calf born is 16, the second is 26 and so on) has already calved this year. She had calf number 88. 213 this year had the 17th calf and that was just six days after our first calf hit the ground March 3. The sire of 213’s calf is 9218, the sire of possibly the best cow at Bent Tree. 368, the 10-year-old lady that started it all didn’t want to be left in the dust. She had the second calf last year, a heifer, and the 12th calf this year, a Broadway daughter born March 6.    

Bull Sale Saturday, May 26 - Cow/calf and Heifer Sales Postponed

    Voss Land and Cattle Co. will be holding its bull sale this Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. as originally scheduled. However, the cow/calf and heifer portions of the sale have been postponed.  
    Our grass situation is dire and we have no choice but to reduce the size of our herd. However, our tax people have informed us that if we sell all of our cattle at one time without taking other measures to reduce the tax consequences, we will be paying an inordinate amount in income tax.
    We have found a temporary home for the cattle we will eventually dispose of. This gives us time to explore our options.
    We are going ahead with the bull sale now because we know a number of people are relying on being able to purchase one of these bulls to use in their herds.  
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are struggling with many other issues due the recent death of a son. Our friends in the business are helping a great deal and we hope to have information posted on the bulls by Monday, May 21.