Express Ranches to Feature Premiere Angus Female Stock at Upcoming Big Event Sale - Aug. 16 & 17Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:15:25 CDT
Express Ranches is the premiere seedstock operator in the Angus breed today. Coming up next week, Express will host its annual Big Event Sale at its Yukon, Okla. headquarters, Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17. Later this fall, Express will also host its annual bull sale as well on Monday, October 7th. Each sale is considered a major event in their own right for Angus breeders, with people from around the world flocking to Yukon to attend them. Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches, talked about both of those upcoming sales recently with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays. You can listen to their full conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“We try to pick the best of the best of what we have and feature our Angus females. During Friday’s portion the sale, we’ll start at 1:00 p.m. and we’ll sell about 265 fall-calving females,” he said. “We calve these fairly early. There will be about 150 to 175 of those that will already have baby calves on the ground.”
Callahan says these cattle are predominantly AI-ed and range in age between two and four years old with a few older cows mixed in.
“Saturday is our ‘bright lights’ sale where we sell our donor cows and what we think are the elite females,” Callahan said. “We sell in that sale approximately 55 spring bred heifers (some only half interest), 55 fall yearling open heifers, 55 spring performance heifers, about 50 top show heifer prospects and 50 ‘3-in-1s’ (spring calving cows with heifers at side).”
Then, during the bull sale this October, Callahan says Express will offer approximately 300 bulls - 250 of them Angus, the rest registered Hereford. Also featured at that sale will be 250 commercial bred heifers off the operation’s New Mexico ranch that have been sired by Express bulls and bred back to low birth weight Angus bulls out of the Express program. In addition, 100 Wooderson heifers bred to Express bulls, as well as a small group of registered Angus and Hereford heifers will be sold. In total, about 650 to 700 head all together. Callahan points out that all cattle sold at Express come genomically tested and complete with genomically enhanced EPDs.
“We invest in genomics to have a higher degree of accuracy at an earlier age so the animal’s production is more predictable,” he said. “It gives the producer, whether it’s a registered or commercial man, a greater confidence in what he’s buying.”
Callahan invites all those interested to join him at this year’s sales in Yukon. However, if you are interested in participating but are unable to attend, be sure to register with Superior Livestock to bid online or by live auction TV. For more sale details, click here.
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