KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Real-world research utilizing Hereford bulls has led to documented real-world results in baldie female demand compared to straight-bred Angus females.
During the recent Circle A Ranch Sale Oct. 19, 29 black-baldie heifers averaged $2,960, and the top-selling lot was black-baldie heifers bred with heifer-calf-confirmed pregnancies at $3,450 each. The average price paid for the 269 straight-bred Angus heifers was $2,431. That’s a Hereford-sired advantage of $529 per head in price.
In 2007 Circle A Ranch, Iberia, Mo., began a research project with the American Hereford Association (AHA) designed to determine and measure the advantages of using Hereford genetics on commercial Angus cows.
Results from the project documented the Hereford efficiency advantage with a 7% increase in conception rate along with improved feed efficiency and average daily gain. Utilizing the Circle A data, economist Vern Pierce developed an economic model which projected that over a 10-year period, using Hereford bulls on Angus-based females would add $514 net over the life of a cow or approximately $51 per cow per year to a rancher’s bottom line.
Now, six years later, Circle A is still using Hereford genetics and having great success. Circle A’s Nick Hammett says that since the completion of the research project, the ranch has purchased four Hereford bulls that it is utilizing natural service and collecting for artificial insemination.
The Hereford bulls are mated to Angus cows, and the resulting heifers are highly sought-after. Each fall Circle A Ranch offers bred replacement heifers in its production sale, and in recent years, the Hereford-sired heifers have been topping the sale.
Hammett says the Circle A Ranch staff plans to continue using Hereford bulls: “We will keep using Hereford genetics. If they keep selling like this, it’s a win-win for us. We harvest all the steer progeny, and the F1 females sell really well.”