Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, is talking with Jarold Callahan of Express Ranches about the Express Ranches Fall Bull Sale coming up on October 2 in Yukon, Okla.
“The whole foundation for any purebred operation should be the commercial business,” Callahan said. “What keeps us going is the sale of bulls and females to the commercial industry.”
Callahan said this particular sale is more about the commercial cattle producer having the opportunity to purchase great genetics. The 2023 Fall Bull Sale will feature around 230 Angus Bulls, Callahan said, and 35 Hereford bulls.
“We will also sell 80 commercial bred heifers off of our UU Bar ranch, bred to low birthweight Angus bulls from here at the ranch, and we will also sell 30 registered spring calving heifers as well as a handful of fall calving commercial cows off of the UU Bar.”
An abundance of information is provided on each animal that will be sold, Callahan said, including EPDs and bioeconomic indexes.
“The producers can go in and sort them to meet their specifications ahead of the sale,” Callahan said.
Utilizing genomically enhanced EPDs in the bull sale, Callahan said, gives the seller and the buyer increased confidence that the EPDs are accurate.
“We have got bulls that are way above average for weaning weight and yearling weight, so I think you can go into this population of bulls and decide how you want to move your cow herd, what traits you want to emphasize, utilize the EPDs, to send you in that direction, but still I would encourage everybody to go look at the bulls because you want also to be proud of them phenotypically,” Callahan said.
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