I went out to the mailbox today and found something exciting from the Angus association, the 2014 Pathfinder Report. Last year after over twenty years of breeding Angus cattle we had our first two cows receive the prestigious title of Pathfinder. This year we are able to claim three! You might ask why this is so special. Following are the guidelines utilized in determining Pathfinder status:
1. To qualify initially, a cow must have produced at least three calves with an average weaning ratio of 105 and these calves must have been evaluated with at least nine other herd mates.
2. Beginning with her first calf, all calves must have been recorded in AHIR. No irregular weanings or calves by commercial sires are used in this analysis.
3. A weaning weight must have been processed on a calf born after June 30, 2012.
4. A cow must have had her first calf at an age equal to or less than the average age of the herd at first calving, plus 30 days.
5. To qualify for subsequent listings in the report, she must maintain a regular calving interval, which is determined as follows:
30 + 365 = Maximum Calving IntervalNumber of Calving Intervals
The three cows from the Gizmo herd are:
RB Bridget 831 C11 5X25 Reg#16099987This is a cow we purchased as a bred heifer back in 2007. We already owned a maternal sister RB Bridget 658 C11 111 and had been watching the old C11 cow do everything right for a number of years. This was a different twist to the genetic line that we felt was going to work really well. We haven't regretted the purchase, her 2012 bull calf out of OCC Juneau 807J is currently being used as the clean up bull on our 2012 heifers. Her first heifer calf out of our 6149 bull 1046 is doing a nice job for us. She has a super nice Final Answer bull calf on her side right now and was AI'd back to SAV Pioneer 7301. This is a powerful cow family that we will continue to use in our program.
Gizmo Pride 525 065 0125 Reg#15394906A cow bred in our program, and one we are really proud of. This cow has produced 6 calves with an average weaning ratio of 105. Needless to say she is a nice cow. Now you might ask does she pass on this phenomenal maternal ability to her progeny. This cow has taken AI everytime she was bred AI, every calf is solid and her daughters seem to be performing just like their mamma. Let me introduce you to her first daughter!
Gizmo Pride 811 525 430 Reg#16358620Every year it seems that one calf catches my eye, 811 was that calf in 2008 she was the first heifer calf out of the 525 cow.
Gizmo Pride 811 525 830 prior to weaning
811 has now qualified for Pathfinder status on her third calf! Needless to say we are very proud of this cow family and their performance. The first calf out of 811 Gizmo Pride 1007 811 8005 was calved when 811 was 23 months old and ratioed 114 at weaning. I really think you’re going to see more of this cow family make it to this elite status!
The dam of 525 Fink Pride 065 6198 LB Reg 13847351 was not what I would call a pretty cow. She was what I would call a darn good one. In twelve years in our program she had 10 calves and was flushed twice, the first flush gave us 14 viable embryos out of our herd bull Coleman EXT 6149 Reg# 15730734. On her second flush we were rewarded with 32 viable embryos out of SAV Final Answer 0035 Reg# 13592905 We have 44 eggs out of this cow that is like gold in the bank! We are going to be able to keep this line of cattle going for some time. When you discover something that works you want to use more of it. This may very well be the year we decide to flush 525. We currently have three 525 daughters working in the herd we are finding they all are very much like their mamma breeding AI the first time then making a super nice cow.