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How Much Are Bulls Worth?

How Much Are Bulls Worth?

So How Much Are Bulls Worth in this Market? I really think Drovers hit it pretty dead on in this article so I thought I should share it a couple paragraphs of it. “Old rules of thumb are good to reflect on. For instance, “2 times the value of a fat steer” or “4 to 5 times the value of a feeder calf” are both common measures used by old timers to determine the value of a bull. So, I tested these figures with historical prices from the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale and prices paid for feeders and fats from National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). As it turns out, using values from 1996 to 2014 (last 19 years) the average bull price was 4 times the value of a feeder calf and 2.1 times the value of a fat steer. Looks like...

Calving Cameras

Calving Cameras

Protect Your Investment with Calving Cameras In 2013 we decided to invest in calving cameras so that we could watch our first time heifers calve without having to disturb them by entering the calving area.  We were skeptical at first but quickly realized these were one of the best purchases we had made in a long time.  With the cameras we are able to sit in our home and view the heifers throughout the night.  Below is an example of the kind of image quality we recieve: Yes, we are able to watch the heifer progress through her pregnancy and view if she is in distress, but that isn’t the best thing about the cameras.  The best thing about being able to watch the calving process is ensuring the calf gets to it’s feet and nurses.  On those cold winter...

Fetal Sexing and Fetal Aging in Cattle

Fetal Sexing and Fetal Aging in Cattle

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Bridgeport Nebraska to an ultrasound course and wet lab. The purpose was to learn to pregnancy check via ultrasound, along with fetal aging and fetal sexing. A wise man once said, “If you’re not moving forward, you’re standing still.” By utilizing ultrasound we can now detect pregnancy 30 days post breeding, allowing us to make decisions regarding our breeding program months earlier than before. Not only do we obtain information faster, we are able to get information we have never obtained before such as the sex of the fetus. By knowing the sex of the fetus, we are able to market sooner and more accurately to our customers. With rains coming back to parts of the Midwest, demands for heifers are going to be at an...

Putting Pounds On in the Pasture

Putting Pounds On in the Pasture

Make Your Cattle Work for You, Not You for Them… Being a cattle breeder is probably one of the most rewarding professions a person can be in.  There is nothing like being able to watch your product grow before your eyes while drinking your morning coffee. Those in the cattle business quickly come to realize that it’s not only a job but a lifestyle.  Like everything else, one needs to look at the quality of this lifestyle.  Do you have cattle that are working for you, or are you constantly spending money on supplementation and other inputs in order to make your cattle gain the way you want? If your the person I described in the last sentence then quality Genetics can be the factor that can flip your program a 180 so that you can minimize the inputs...

Wheeler & Son Android App Now Available

Wheeler & Son Android App Now Available

  The official Wheeler & Son Cattle Co. Android application is now available for download from the Google Playstore.  It has always been our goal to provide our customers with a transparent view of our operation, which means NO SECRETS!  What you see is what you get, and now you can keep track of everything going on from the touch of your phone. The app name is “Kansas Gelbvieh” and will provide a lot of cool features such as access to available bulls and heifers for sale, a section to provide us feedback on bulls that were purchased, the ability to take a photo and share it to Facebook, the ability to communicate with us straight from the app, and much more! It’s our pleasure to bring you this new technology free of charge.  There will...

High Performance|High Calving Ease

High Performance|High Calving Ease

B P F Special Focus Son’s Available In the Spring of 2013 we used a Mytty In Focus son, B P F Special Focus 504, as one of our AI sires.  We were hoping he would produce added muscle to his offspring compared to that of his father, and he has done just that.  His calves hit the ground running in sub-zero temperatures with an average BW of 71lbs.  The calves have the same Mytty In Focus look we all are use to, but with more hardened muscle. This upcoming Spring we will be offering 11 Special Focus Balancer sons that have performed outstanding in the pasture this past summer.  Below is a shot of one of the sons that will be available....

Spring Calving Underway

Spring Calving Underway

We started calving out our 40 first time heifers at the end of December. We calve out our heifers before the rest of our cow herd to give them time to gain back body condition for breeding and so we can give them more of our attention. Normally our cow herd doesn’t get any special treatment during the winter months but we make an exception for our first time heifers. During the first couple months following their first calf we feed them a small grain ration. The hardest cow to breed back is a second time heifer, so we put a big focus on keeping their condition good going into breeding season. Below is a picture of a set of heifer calves and their sires produced from our AI...