Star Bull for Sale

In the south Texas area (Riviera), a good Star bull is for sale. LR 7 was born on Lukefahr Ranch in 2013. His BW was 77 lbs and his 205-d adj. WW was 618 lbs. EPDs (Accuracy) for BW, WW, and Milk are -1.35 (68), 11.0 (65), and -2.74 (46). This bull has been bred to heifers and cows for several years. This bull is red, polled, and slick. He is also very gentle (first photo).
The present owner really likes this bull but now he has several daughters in the herd, which is the reason why he is being up for sale.
His breed composition is 5/8 Red Angus, 1/4 Senepol and 1/8 Tuli. His sire was a PCC-R2R (Kit Pharo) Red Angus bull. His dam, LR Kathy, is 11 years old and has raised a good calf ever since she was two (second photo).

Here is the contact information:  Cindy Flores, 361-296-3121, protexpestmgt@gmail.com, Riviera, 78379. Cindy is asking $3,500 which may be negotiable.

Bull #8 dam (age 10 years)

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New article in Beef Producer

Alan Newport and I co-wrote an article that was published this week in Beef Producer. Alan is the editor of this magazine. The article’s theme is strategies to produce more pounds of beef per acre. It explains how I now use fewer acres per cow (stocking rate): 7.7 acres per animal unit instead of 16 acres 5 years ago, and increased beef yield from 36 to 64 pounds per acre using my African breed-derived, adaptable Composite cattle. For the cow-calf enterprise, beef yield is a function of the number of cows, pregnancy rate (PG), calf survival to weaning (SR), average weaning weight (AWW), and total acreage. For example: 10 cows X .90 PG X .90 SR X 550 (AWW) equals 4,455 total pounds. Divide this number by 100 acres and the beef yield figure comes to 44.55 pounds of beef per acre. Ranchers should have a business focus of producing more beef and increasing profits from the land as opposed to profit per cow or average weaning weight. Here is a link to the article: Link

Star Bull for Sale-SOLD

Flying W Ranch is located in Cotulla, Texas. For years now, this business has been purchasing Star bulls to produce cattle that are heat tolerant and productive without pampering. The herd manager, Grant Rogers, has a 4 year-old Star bull for sale: Bull 17-2015. Last year the ranch had to reduce the number of cows due to drought and now the ranch has too much bull power. This bull has no issues. He is slick, polled, and has good depth of muscling and has a gentle nature. Last June (2018) he scored 95% sperm on a semen test. He has a great pedigree which includes Honey Bear (Tuli), Nocona (Senepol), and Bandito Tres (Red Angus) foundation sires. His breed composition is 37.5% Tuli, 25% Senepol, and 37.5% Red Angus. LR Faith is his dam who is 11 yesr old and who has calves every yesr since 2 years of age. His birth wt was 78 lbs (EPD is -2.2) and his 205 adj. weaning wt was 553 lbs (EPD is -15.0). A couple of photos of this good bull are shown below. Grant can be contacted by phone (830-998-8048) or email (flyingwranch@icloud.com).

Heifers for Sale – All Sold!

Flying W Ranch is located in Cotulla, Texas. For years now, this business has been purchasing Star bulls to produce cattle that are heat tolerant and productive without pampering. The herd manager, Grant Rogers, has eight Star-sired heifers for sale: 2 year-olds (6) and 3 year-olds (2); photos appear below. They are out of Red Angus crossbred cows. Since December, these heifers have been exposed to Star bulls. They can be palpated to confirm pregnancy. Another bonus is that the heifers are American Grassfed Certified. The ranch is asking $1,100 a head for these good heifers. Grant can be contacted by phone (830-456-9519) or email (flyingwranch@icloud.com).

Star Bulls for Sale in Bandera, Texas – SOLD

Since 2014, Billy Griffin – a rancher from Bandera, Texas – has been upgrading his cattle to a Star composite herd.  His breeding objective is to develop a heat-tolerant herd of easy-care cattle that are well adapted and that are highly fertile and can thrive on low quality forage.  Billy has two Star bulls for sale that were born on Lukefahr Ranch located in deep South Texas.  For several years now, both bulls have been used for breeding during the summer months with high breeding success. They will be sold at very affordable prices.

LR 24-2013, “Wally”, is a red-colored, 5-year old Star composite bull bred by Lukefahr Ranch in south Texas for heat & humidity tolerance. His genetic make-up is 66% Red Angus, 28% Tuli, and 6% Senepol. Bull’s sire was PCC R2R Simon (RAAA#1421521). In 2012, PCC R2R Simon was purchased by Lukefahr Ranch. His maternal grand sire was Honey Bear (purebred Tuli). Wally had a BW of 72 lbs. His EPDs are as follows: BW (-1.68), WW (+.77), and MILK (-.55). Moderate frame, easy fleshing, gentle disposition, broke to single wire electric fence.  Selling only because I have kept several of the bull’s daughters as replacements.

LR 12-2009, “Grey Bull”, is a 9-year old. retired herd Star bull from Lukefahr Ranch. Star cattle are bred for heat & humidity tolerance.  Grey Bull’s genetic make-up is Tuli (62.5%), Red Angus (12.5 %), and Senepol (25%).  His EPDs are as follows: BW (-2.4), WW (-19.3), and MILK (-7.8). Easy fleshing, gentle disposition, broke to single wire electric fence.  Selling only because I have kept several of the bull’s daughters as replacements.  Still expressing excellent libido and breeding activity.  He is light-colored and slick-coated so he can handle the heat.  He has scurs not actual horns.  Tuli is a breed from Africa that is known for longevity, ability to perform in heat and thrive under poor forage conditions, with early sexual maturity and good meat quality.

For more information Billy may be contacted directly by phone: 830-796-5335 or email (billy77@sbcglobal.net).

Genetic Adaptation

On 17 November, weights at weaning age were recorded for the 2018 calf crop. The oldest Star cow is LR Beth who was born in 2003. She is half Red Angus and half Senepol. (In 2005 the first three-breed composites would be born.) Being fully crossbred, Beth has displayed considerable heterosis for reproductive- and disease resistance-traits over her entire lifetime. Below is a photo of LR Beth. She has weaned a good calf every year for 14 years without any pampering (in most years the total cost per cow averages about $300), and has produced nearly 4 tons of beef in weaned calves.

In addition, the heaviest calf that was Mashona-sired had a 205-day adjusted weaning weight of 658.5 lbs (photo below taken 2-1/2 months ago). His dam (LR Chiffon) is 11 years old and is one-half Tuli, one-quarter Red Angus, and one-quarter Senepol. The selection of bull calves as replacements will take the genetics of the herd to another level in terms of genetic adaptability in hot climates and without pampering that translates into cow longevity.

New Article

In the November issue of the Stockman Grass Farmer, an article was published entitled: What is Genetic Trend. In the article, I define and explain the basis and application of genetic trend. This article has been posted at the Articles & Presentations page of this website. Also posted is the original full-version article that made reference to the actual sires of the Red Angus, Senepol, Tuli, and Mashona breeds. The original genetic trend figure appears below.