Detailed Information on what you read in our Catalog...
HERD HEALTH Dr. Randall Hobrock, Concordia, KS, and Dr. Ann Buchanan, Olsburg, KS are our herd veterinarians. Health papers will be in order for all cattle. Healthwork includes: May-Ultrabac 7, Inforce 3, One Shot, Pinkeye. August-Bovi Gold 5, One Shot, Dectomax. All bulls have been tested for BVD PI, Trichomoniasis & Leukosis.
RETAINED OWNERSHIP Moser Ranch is retaining a 1/3 semen interest in all polled bulls selling. You own full possession and salvage value of the animal unless stated in catalog. In the event that semen sales become a reality on your purchase, Moser Ranch is basically retaining the right to 1/3 of semen sales revenue. If you sell that bull to another cattleman, the 1/3 semen interest is still retained by Moser Ranch. We reserve the right to collect bulls of interest to us at buyer's convenience and our expense.
RULE OF THUMB CONCERNING BULL USE A yearling bull should be placed with no more than 20-25 cows, and pulled away after a 45-70 day breeding season. The older spring born bulls can go with 30-35 cows, but again, please pull them away after 45-70 days. Young bulls need time to regain condition lost during breeding season and to help them continue to grow and develop properly and rebuild fertility. Fall worming and complete vaccination schedule is recommended.
EMBRYO TRANSER Cross Country Genetics North, Westmoreland, KS, has been our ET company since we started doing ET work back in 1991. Drs. Kirk Gray and Clay Breiner have done an excellent job for us the past 27 years. We truly appreciate their efforts.
ULTRASOUND Brad D. Rob'ert, DVM, MS, collected ultrasound images on September 26, 2018. All information has been added to the Simmental and Angus databases and is reflected in each bull's carcass EPDs.
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION EPDs AND $INDEXES See simmental.org or angus.org for a complete explanation of EPD and $Index use.
OUR "TAKE" ON BULL SELECTION Decide what is important in your program. Then explore the appropriate range of EPDs or Indexes. Next, visually evaluate those animals that fall into your accepted range of those numbers. Don't oversimplify, but don't select your next herd sire using only numbers either. "Mathematizing" is happening in all breeds...there are more numbers than sometimes make sense, and in some cases these are formulated by estimations and assumptions. When it gets right down to the "nuts and bolts" of bull selection, use the proven science and keep other number "tools" in perspective. Look at the bulls, consider the seedstock source-their use of proven genetics, their services and their approach to raising real-world cattle in a real-world environment, and then buy your herd sire at a reasonable price. You will not be disappointed in Moser Ranch's cattle, our guarantee or our service.
CATALOG DATA Each line in the catalog contains data on each individual animal. Several are self-explanatory, but we do want to give you a quick explanation of the EPDs.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT COMPARE EPDs BETWEEN SIMMENTAL & ANGUS
CALVING EASE-Percent of unassisted births when used on heifers. The higher the CE number, the better.
BIRTHWEIGHT-Pounds of birth weight. The lower the BW number, the better.
WEANING WEIGHT-Pounds of weaning weight. The higher the WW number, the more pounds of calf weaned.
YEARLING WEIGHT-Pounds of yearling weight. The higher the YW number, the more pounds at a year of age.
MATERNAL CALVING EASE-Percent of unassisted births in bull's first daughters. The higher the number, the better.
MILK-Pounds of weaning weight due to milk influence. Available feed resources are important to consider when selecting for milk.
MATERNAL WEANING WEIGHT-Pounds of weaning weight due to milk and growth combined.
CARCASS EPDs and what they measure: Carcass Weight-Pounds of carcass weight. Back Fat-Inches of backfat measured at the 12th and 13th rib. The lower the number, the less fat cover on the carcass. Ribeye Area-Square inches of ribeye muscle when the carcass is split at the 12th and 13th rib. Larger number means larger ribeye. Yield Grade-Yield Grade score. Estimates the average difference in cutability at a given endpoint. Lower YG number is better. Marbling-Numerical marbling score. The higher the MRB number, the better.
ALL PURPOSE INDEX (API) Dollars/Cow exposed under an all-purpose-sire scenario; keep his females for replacements, rest of calves finished.
TERMINAL INDEX (TI) Dollars/Cow exposed under a terminal-sire scenario; sending all offspring, both steers and heifers, to finish.
FRAME SCORE Derived from an age/height formula using a hip height measurement taken on 9-26-18.
SCROTAL CIRCUMFERENCE Actual scrotal measurement (in cm) taken by Brad D. Rob'ert, DVM, MS, Tallgrass Veterinary Clinic, Concordia, KS, on 9-26-18 and are printed here.
AVERAGE DAILY GAIN Average gain on the 63 day feed test are found in this column. Final weights were taken 9-26-18.
HOMOZYGOUS BLACK...HOMOZYGOUS POLLED ~ EXACTLY WHAT DO THOSE TERMS MEAN? In our college genetics books, homozygous is defined as having identical alleles at corresponding loci on homologous chromosomes so that the organism breeds true with respect to these loci. (this definition hasn't changed since its inception!)
Homozygous Black: In simpler terms, a homozygous black bull gives only a black gene to his offspring every time. He "breeds true" for color. Black, which is dominant to the red color in cattle, will be the color of every animal sired by a homozygous black bull. IF you have cows that carry the dilution gene, (yellow or gray females or lighter red females) they may give that dilution gene to their offspring, and the resulting color will be diluted to gray. The homozygous black bull has nothing to do with any offspring that are gray in color. Homozygous Polled: Again, a homozygous polled bull will "breed true" and give a polled gene to each of his offspring. The polled gene is dominant to the horned gene, so all offspring from a homozygous polled bull will be physically polled.
The Moser Ranch Mission Statement for the 21st Century The Moser Ranch is dedicated to the efficient production of a high quality beef product that will consistently be a very satisfying eating experience. By constantly monitoring measurable goals for our genetics, we are confident that our cattle are working for our customers. Continued customer and consumer education concerning beef and the beef industry, as well as pursuing marketing enhancements for our customers' products will also remain priorities in our program. -Established December 1999 by Moser Ranch