Our program has been focused on profitability from the beginning and the phenotype, pedigree and numbers of these bulls validates this claim. We expect our cows to breed in a 45-day period and start calving the middle of March. Our cows have produced year-round on western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming grass with no hay and only occasional protein supplement. By letting the environment sort our genetics, we are selecting for the traits that truly matter in a cow-calf operation.
Our Breeding Program
The heifer calves sired by Broken Arrow bulls make outstanding cows. They are deep-bodied, moderate framed, easy-fleshing females with longevity and the ability to function with minimal inputs. The steers sired by Broken Arrow bulls are moderate framed feed converters that grade very well. These steers will reach desirable finished weights quickly and with less feed. With costs of grain being at an all-time high, cattle that can finish in less time with less feed will be in great demand in the very near future. Broken Arrow cattle are bred to efficiently convert forage into pounds of beef.
Broken Arrow Bull Development
At Broken Arrow Angus our goal is to develop these bulls in a way that ensures their longevity and protects your investment. We grow the yearling bulls in big lots with rock to help develop good feet and to provide plenty of exercise. The feed consists of ground straw, ground alfalfa, silage and a very small percentage of DDG and whole corn. We do not push these bulls to be big and fat! It is far more important that they grow slowly through the winter and continue growing and putting on condition once they hit grass. Our bulls very seldom go backwards in the spring and summer. We expect these bulls to be sound and to last for many years.
Broken Arrow Cow Herd Management
We believe that in order to provide genetics that can thrive in limited input environments that we must run our cows as tough or tougher than our customers do. Our cows are expected to breed in approximately 45 days, start calving in March, raise a good calf and do it all on grass. Our replacements are weaned from the cow and then run on grass. Our philosophy is simple. Cattle that can efficiently convert forage into pounds of beef can also convert grain rations very efficiently. We are producing cattle that can help our customers be profitable.
Genetics are the driving factor behind ranch profitability. When one cow is in excellent condition and another is in poor condition in the same environment, the difference is the genetic superiority of one animal compared to another. Some cattle can get by on less feed because they need less feed for maintenance. Cattle that require less feed for maintenance are able to gain more efficiently, allowing a better feed conversion.
We have been breeding low maintenance cattle with the genetic ability to convert feed. Our bulls have generations of hard working, easy-fleshing cattle behind them. They have been tested and proven in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska on short grass and in big pastures.