Get'er Done For The Right Reasons

DCC Ranch eNews #168 - 5-14-2019

by: Darol Dickinson

Phone calls from new Texas Longhorn producers are always appreciated. To help an entry-level new owner master their business plan and avoid the dead-end problems is very satisfying.

Last week a new producer called. They had 6 beginner cows who had 3 bull calves. Their question was should they sell them to other producers for herd sires? And, should they collect semen for sale?

I asked what they had paid for the cows -- all were bought in an auction for under $1100. That told me multiplication of $1100 cattle by natural service or AI would be a very hard sell.

My first question is, "Do you have a market for herd sires? Do you have a market for bull semen?" Both answers were no. Then it is a reasonable assumption that steers would be a good future. A prompt castration of the calves, then start looking for a processing plant a year or so down the road. The good part is -- there are over 300,000,000 USA buyers of good grass fed beef. Buyers are everywhere. Most would rather buy grind from a trusted friend than take a chance at the grocery store and not even have a clue of what country the beef came from.

For people who want to raise herd sires -- data is required for the better prices. Without data, immediately the value is low or lower. In fact, data is important on any registered cattle to receive a good price. We live in an age where people what to know -- and they want to know a lot.

A few hours after birth, Doug Burris, Jr Herdsman, at DCC, pays a visit to the new family. He hog-ties the calf -- the quieter the better. An ear tag is printed out with the cow's name and the initials of the sire. It goes in the left ear.

Doug uses a small hand scales and documents the birth weight.

At DCC the soil is low in selenium, so a shot is given to assure a healthy calf. A photo is taken and immediately emailed to the ranch office. That starts the data on every calf born at DCC. The calf is released and that is it. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes. On the Buelingo, if they have horns a small daub of dehorning paste is placed on the horn buds. If a calf doesn't meet certain requirements, bull calves
are band-castrated, and that takes care of that. It is all done bloodless, easy, and quick.

A full DCC data print out sample is below. This is the data documented at DCC on every critter. If you want to purchase cattle that the producer knows the data, it takes time, it costs money. It is the only way to provide serious buyers all their answers. And, the good folks who write the big checks like to know, and also to know that you know. Knowledge is power! Call DCC for your next great documented cattle. 740 758 5050