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We treat our SimAngus and Simmental cattle like our customers treat theirs. RCF cows are expected to calve unassisted, re-breed on grass without grain and wean a calf, or they are culled. We cull relentlessly. Unproductive cows are sent to the sale barn. Bull and heifer calves that don’t meet our strict standards become feeders in our feed lot.

  • Calving Ease and Birth Vigor

    Has been our #1 priority for over 30 years, you have to have a live calf to sell.

  • Disposition

    We don't put up with bad dispositions, they are culled no matter what the pedigree or numbers.

  • Fertility and Fleshing Ability

    We expect our 300 head cow herd to re-breed on grass without grain.

  • Maternal

    Milk, Udder Quality, Disposition

    We don't have time to work with problem cows, they go to the sale barn.

  • Growth

    We expect calves out of our bulls to come unassisted, be vigorous and thrifty, and gain efficiently to optimum harvest weight.

  • Carcass Traits

    We have been collecting ultrasound data on the bulls for ten years and market our culls on the grid. 30 Purebred steer mates to our 2005 sale bulls graded 83% choice and 100% yield grade 1's and 2's with a 835# HCW average. 60 PB and % steer mates to our 2009 sale bulll's that didn't make the cut, graded 84% choice and 74% 1 & 2's.

The RCF cow herd is run similar to a commercial operation. All cows go to grass during the summer and graze cornstalks or winter range during the winter with silage and alfalfa hay when necessary. If she doesn't wean a calf she is culled.



The Power of Heterosis

There is a reason every kernel of corn planted in this country is a hybrid. It’s the same reason every commercial market hog, chicken, turkey and even catfish are hybrids. The power of heterosis is enormous.


The Goal: Produce for the Market

According to Tom Brink of Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, LLC (10 feedyards, 811,000 capacity), Five Rivers first choice in feeders is the Angus /Continental cross, 50% to 75% Angus and 25% to 50% Continental. This blend of Angus and Continental cattle “creates a good feeding, good grading, good yielding animal that is usually the right size.”


The Perfect Combination

Higher percentage British cattle often lack muscle, yield and produce too many Yield Grade 4s. Higher percentage Continental cattle often lack grade and often get to big before they finish. A balanced combination of Angus and Continental breeding is tough to beat. This is solidified by the data below.


Simmental and Angus: The Best of Continental and British

Economic Trait Simmental Ranking Among Continental Breeds Angus Ranking Among British Breeds
Calving Ease First (tie) First
Weaning Weight First First
Percent Choice First Second
Carcass Weight First First
Post Weaning Weight First First
Pounds of Retail Product First First
Shear Force First (tie) First
Feed Efficiency by Weight Gain First Second
Feed Efficiency by Marbling First First
Feed Efficiency by Retail Product First Second
Feed Efficiency by Days Second Second
Percent Puberty First Second
Percent Pregnancy Second Third
Maternal Calving Ease First Second
Maternal Weaning Weight Second First

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), Clay Center, NE. Report #22.