Commercial Cattle

Why not just calve cows? Wouldn’t it be easier to have fewer groups of cows? No virgin heifers or bred heifers to develop or calve out.  Worried you can’t buy ‘em as good as you can breed ‘em? Well NOW you CAN!

High Quality Proven Documented Problem Free

Bred coming 3 year old commercial cows AND Not your typical commercial cow. Complete individual performance data. 1 st calf’s weaning data and ratios.

Blacks & Black Baldies Bred to SK Bulls

All our registered and commercial heifers are developed together in large groups on a cost effective ration designed to grow them sensibly. We allow for the competition of the large group and the conservative ration to weed out any genetics that wouldn’t gain and be fertile.

Our belief is too apply economically relative conditions, mother nature, competition, accurate data, and good cow sense to decide which genetics move forward in our breeding program as well as yours.

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Economically Relative Conditions

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Mother Nature

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Competition

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Accurate Data

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Good Cow Sense

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The base of our commercial herd is from the original Forrestel Farm’s registered Hereford herd that had it registrations let go. When Phil Keppler took over management of the herd it was just commercial grade Hereford cows (with the horns still on!) that he began to crossbreed with first Angus and then Simmental bulls. The Simmental cross females quickly culled themselves out due to their inability to handle the harsh winters just grazing on corn stalks.

Then we implemented the crossbreeding program that our friends at the Padlock Ranch were using, the Hereford X Red Angus X Shorthorn rotational cross. This cross really worked well and maximized heterosis. We still have some of these females left in our herd.

In the late nineties we decided to bring Angus bulls back in to fill the demand for black baldie females that we started to experience.

Today we run roughly 200 commercial cows and also breed a portion of our registered females to Angus bulls. Recently, commercial cattlemen are rediscovering crossbreeding, and the demand for our crossbred females has never been better. Crossbreeding - Works every time it's tried!