When Drue Summers, Ririe, Idaho, recently placed an order for neon green AngusSource® Genetic tags, he successfully pushed the program over the one million mark. The American Angus Association®’s age, source and genetic verification service has become a trusted approach to identifying calves throughout the past decade.
“The millionth tag is a great feat for the AngusSource program,” says Ginette Kurtz, AngusSource Genetic quality manager. “Since we began in 2003, we’ve been able to help a large number of producers receive the most value for their Angus-sired feeder calves and replacement females.”
Summers is a manager for Foster Cattle LLC in Idaho, an operation that has been enrolling calves in AngusSource for more than six years. The total number of Foster Cattle calves enrolled tops 13,000 head.
“I think the AngusSource program helps buyers know the quality they are getting, because they are not taking a risk on a calf they do not know anything about,” Summers says. “And then it helps us to go back to repeat buyers, as well.”
Documented genetics, consistency and value are what keep customers returning to their cattle, Summers says. They have seen increased interest from buyers who want to know not only the age and source component, but also the genetic verification and performance data associated with a group of calves. Foster Cattle LLC has used AngusSource to keep more accurate records and better analyze the carcass data given back to them, as well.
“With AngusSource, records are tied to each individual calf and we can get the data back from our partner feed yards on how they performed,” Summers says. “That effects how we purchase bulls or where cattle are going to go on our ranch in the future.”
The Association established the AngusSource program in 2003 as a genetic verification program that would allow producers to receive more value for black-hided calves sired by registered Angus bulls. Today, most producers and buyers want to use data to make sound management and purchasing decisions. The Association has transitioned the program into what is now known as AngusSource Genetic to convey the genetic potential from using superior quality Angus bulls.
Calves enrolled in the program are identified by an AngusSource Genetic ear tag and issued an official marketing document. Distributed to interested buyers, the document lists up-to-date production, maternal and carcass expected progeny differences (EPDs) for the group’s sires, as well as dollar-value indexes tailored to both the replacement female and feeder calf markets.
“As we move forward, there’s huge need to continue to produce more beef with fewer head of cattle,” Kurtz says. “We want producers to be able to use all the American Angus Association’s programs and tools, so they can get the most value for the calves they raise. I feel that AngusSource Genetic can really help our commercial cattlemen get the most value for using registered Angus bulls.”
For more information on AngusSource Genetic and how to get started enrolling cattle, visit www.ANGUS.org.