Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, is talking with Jarold Callahan about the upcoming Grass Time Sale at Express Ranches coming up at noon on April 28, 2023, at the ranch in Yukon, Okla.
“We are excited about how good the cattle business is,” Callahan said. “I think we are going to have three or four years here of excellent prices, and I think it is a great time to invest in some inventory. We have got a really good set of bulls. A lot of them are calving ease bulls, for those people that are wanting to breed heifers, but we have also got bulls that have got a lot of growth and power to them.”
The sale will feature around 150 Angus bulls, Callahan said, and about 10 Hereford bulls.
“We also have about 150 spring calving pairs, predominantly Angus, but we also have some registered Hereford pairs in it as well,” Callahan said.
There will be about 40 fall calving Angus bred heifers offered at the sale, Callahan said, and around 50 Angus registered heifers that have been artificially inseminated one time that will be sold in groups of three.
“We also have 20 November/December show heifer prospects that qualify for the Express scholarship program,” Callahan said.
When it comes to making breeding decisions, Callahan said Express Ranches prefer to keep common sense in mind.
“We also like to use the data that is available,” Callahan said. “We look at birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, we look at Milk EPD, and we also evaluate the carcass traits. What we are trying to do is supply genetics that will add value to the customer’s calf crop.”
The bottom line, Callahan said, is providing customers with problem-free cattle that add value.
“If we can do that, then we have served our purpose in terms of being a seed stock supplier,” Callahan said.
The bulls featured in the sale are around 15 months old, Callahan said, and have been individually semen-checked.
“These bulls are ready to get out and go to work,” Callahan said. “It is out of our leading herd sires that either we own or semen that we buy out of leading herd sires within the Angus and Hereford breed, so we feel like we have a really good offering.”
Callahan also talked about the remote services offered for those who cannot make the sale in-person.
“For those that can’t be in attendance, we are up on Superior for the whole sale, and we also have a live auction,” Callahan said. “It is becoming more and more common for producers to be comfortable looking at the video and buying the cattle right off the video because there is a catalog that accompanies that. Of course, we offer free delivery on the bulls. Not on the females, but free delivery on the bulls.”
Express Ranches also provides volume discounts, Callahan said, including five percent off on purchases of five to nine bulls and ten percent off on purchases of ten or more bulls.
“People are tremendously excited about the prospects, on what they are going to get for their product,” Callahan said. “They are concerned at first in this part of the world about the weather and lack of moisture has been a big concern, and the cost of inputs. That combination has got people concerned just like it does us.”
The potential of historically high cattle prices is something to be excited about, Callahan said, and the beef industry will need those prices to be profitable as input costs have risen.
“I think we are going to have some price structure that is going to allow some profitability in the next three or four years if we get the moisture to grow the grass,” Callahan said. “I am probably as bullish on the cattle business as I have been since the mid-teens- 2014, 2015 and 2016.”
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