BEEF Magazine released its first annual top 100 seedstock producers list in the latest addition of their magazine. BEEF magazine’s Seedstock 100 is a listing of the top seedstock producers in the beef industry. These producers are ranked by bull sales volume. Many of the operations listed represent the top-end of the breeds they work with. “All have created enough commercial interest in their genetics to market at least 200 bulls or so annually.” (BEEF Magazine). Five Brangus Members were selected for the Seedstock 100.
44 Farms, located in Cameron, Texas, and owned by Bob McClaren, ranked 5th on the list. This operation sold 1,295 bulls last year, according to BEEF Magazine. They are primarily an Angus operation but also run Ultrablacks. They have started many of their own programs to promote their farm and products. 44 Farms markets their own 44 Farms Steaks, which started the “Know Your Rancher” program. The program allows chefs, consumers, and others to know where their steak came from. 44 Farms hosts four sales a year, two in the spring, February and March, and two in the fall, October and November. More information about 44 Farms can be found at 44farms.com.
The next Brangus outfit to make Seedstock 100 was GENETRUST. GENETRUST is an alliance of ranches dedicated to the common goal of providing superior genetic products. According to BEEF Magazine, all GENETRUST bulls will be at one of three GENETRUST sites, Suhn Cattle Company in Eureka, Kan., Cavender’s Neches River Ranch in Jacksonville, Texas, and Chimney Rock Cattle Company in Concord, Ark. Each of the three sites utilizes the same gain test development methods and bulls are fed similar rations. The factor that remains different in all locations is the climate and weather conditions. By operating three different ranches, GENETRUST is able to acclimate bulls to differing eco-environments. This allows their bulls to be marketable to all regions. GENETRUST sold 650 bulls last year. They have sales in March, April, October and November. Go to genetrustbrangus.com for more information.
Town Creek Farm, owned by Milton Sundbeck, came in at number 40 on the Seedstock 100 list selling 400 bulls last year. Located in West Point, Miss., Town Creek Farm began raising registered Brangus with Joe and Joy Reznicek’s Cow Creek Ranch. The genetics of Town Creek Farm are based off of the Cow Creek Ranch line. Town Creek also developed their goal from Joe Reznicek, “Our primary goal is to produce functional bulls for commercial cattlemen.” Town Creek hosts their annual sale in October in West Point, Miss. More information about Town Creek can be found at towncreekfarm.com.
Ranking 56th, Salacoa Valley Farms is the next Brangus breeder to place in the Seedstock 100, selling 300 bulls, according to BEEF Magazine. A division of the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Inc., located in Fairmont, Ga., Salacoa focuses on breeding high-quality Brangus cattle. Salacoa Valley Farms values the characteristics of the Brangus breed. They produce Brangus cattle that thrive in the South and continue to produce. They breed for elite genetics that they sell to other cattlemen and successfully implement into their own breeding program. Salacoa Valley Farms hosts two sales, one in the spring, March, and one in the fall, November. More information can be found at salacoavalleybrangus.com.
Selling 215 bulls, according to BEEF Magazine, Blackwater Cattle Company ranks 84th on the Seedstock 100. Blackwater Cattle Co. is a registered and commercial Brangus cattle operation located in Lake Park, Ga. This family run business cattle program is led by Mike Coggins and Tracy Holbert. Founded on the philosophy of “quality is mandatory, produce the best product possible, and treat people right,” Blackwater Cattle Co. raises registered and commercial Brangus cattle. They demand that their cattle perform at a high level and with that they produce bulls that will achieve this and be a benefit to anyone’s herd. Blackwater Cattle Co. hosts a fall bull sale in November. To find more information on Blackwater Cattle Co. go to bwcattle.com
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