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Limousin World
Around The World | March 2012

Kiley McKinna

Positive, that’s the word that comes to mind.

Since I started with Limousin World in 2005 I can honestly say we just had one of the most on-point, energetic, positive National Western Stock Shows in memory. As you’ve flipped through this issue and seen the results and the product that was on hand at the National Western Stock Show, it’s hard not to concede that the Limousin breed is rolling in the right direction.

That said, we are now in the midst if the annual spring bull sale season. Through my travels thus far, indications of a successful bull sale season seem to be pointed in a positive direction. With the current feeder-calf market highs and a mild winter in a large portion of the country, farmers and ranchers are turning out to annual sales in well-above average numbers. Interest in general seems up across the board and enthusiastic attitudes abound.

Evaluating the sales I’ve attended to this point, it is clear to me that seedstock and commercial cattlemen are willing to pay a premium for bulls that are polled, docile and follow the ol’ 90-600-1,200 theory. If your wondering what those numbers represent, it’s bulls that have less than a 90-lb. birth weight, above 600 lbs. of weaning and more than 1,200 lbs. at yearling.

This is far from an exact science and is not something I invented, but as a rule of thumb, if you have bulls that fit the above stated criteria, in these current market conditions, I’d venture to say you have a lot to look forward to.

With that in mind, regardless if you are a seller or buyer, measuring weights may be one of the easiest things to do and one that affects your bottom line greatly. Not to over simplify herd sire selection, but from seven years of observation, the 90-600-1,200 benchmarks are ones that should be taken to heart when selling or buying. So I ask, when buying, selling or making breeding decisions, give the ol’ 90-600-1,200 theory a second thought.

I hope you have enjoyed the March issue and I wish you the best this spring with your remaining sales, calving and AI sire selection. If there is anything we can do to assist you with your marketing, our phone lines are always open.

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