Zoetis announces Micah Richert, of Fairfield, Mont., and Jon Morrison, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., as the final two grand-prize winners in the HD 50K and GeneMax™ Sweepstakes. As part of this sweepstakes, five producers were randomly chosen to win $1,000 to use either toward a registered Angus animal with genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) powered by High-Density 50K (HD 50K) or GeneMax testing.
Micah Richert, owner at Open Gate Ranch, is choosing to apply her grand prize toward GeneMax testing. GeneMax is a simple, affordable DNA test that helps aid in the selection, marketing and management decisions for high-percentage Angus heifers and feeder calves sired by registered Angus bulls. Richert and her four siblings run the family’s seedstock operation along with their parents. She’s grateful for the opportunity to expand the database of information on their herd.
“This grand prize is the best option for our operation because we are always looking at our genetics, ways to improve and to make sure we’re heading in the right direction to produce the highest-quality beef,” Richert said. “Our goal is to keep our customers going in the right direction.”
Jon Morrison, owner of JM Farms, chose to use his prize winnings toward the purchase of an HD 50K-tested bull. GE-EPDs powered by HD 50K help provide a more dependable option for selecting young Angus bulls.
Morrison purchased a bull from Arrowhead Ranch in Erin, Tenn., which he found listed on genomeXchange.com. He said he looks forward to improving his herd with HD 50K.
“We’re always looking to better our genetics,” Morrison said. “I think we’re going to be able to tell what bulls to keep at an earlier age. It was really exciting to see at Arrowhead Ranch that there’s already data available on bulls at only 5 months of age, before they’ve ever even had calves on the ground.”
Previously announced winners in the HD 50K and GeneMax Sweepstakes include Heath Zuellner of Zuellner Farms, Campbell, Neb.; Kirk McKinney of Autauga Farming Company in Autaugaville, Ala.; and Bob Seaton of Seaton Farm in Cohutta, Ga. McKinney and Seaton plan to use their grand prizes toward HD 50K bull purchases later this year.
Zuellner already has used his grand prize toward the purchase of an HD 50K-tested bull from TC Ranch in Franklin, Neb.
“Everything went off without a hitch. My bull was delivered a few weeks after their sale, and I can’t wait to see what kind of calves he’s going to produce,” Zuellner said. “Overall, my experience has been a great one, and hopefully in the years to come we’ll keep purchasing HD 50K-tested bulls and maybe move into testing some of our own heifers and matching up bulls better as well.”