Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Spade Ranch History on Cattle
Today the Spade Ranch runs about 5,700 head of momma cows and another 1,500 head of stockers annually. In the 1960s, the Spade Ranch developed their current crossbreeding program. The ranch uses Simmental/Angus and Gelbvieh/Angus crosses in their current program. By crossing these breeds, it allows the ranch to maintain a high heterosis while being able to produce a uniform calf crop. The ranch requires that the calves are weaned for about 45 days before being allowed to leave to ranch. The lighter calves are keep through the winter to be sold as yearlings. The Spade Ranch calves can be sourced at eh Source and Age Verified (SAV).