ACS News 

May 24, 2019

Hello Everyone, sending this out early this Friday as Ruth and I have to get things done as we have to get around to go to our 50th year high school get together today and then the offical alumni banquet tomorrow evening. Never could see the big deal in this sort of thing but I will be good and leave that right there and go. LOL.

We did not get to stay in the warm weather too long as I said last week. The cold came back and now, like a lot of places, more rain. The weather guessers are saying we will get in the mid to upper 70's so I guess that is a good thing.

Most of the corn is planted and up in my area. Beans, not so much. Grass is just getting a good start so that sure helps.

well we did get a few days of some hot weather here. Not use to it to say the least but happy to have it.

Now we got some more news for you from one of our Cattlemen ACS Associates.

Here is that news from:
Turtle Rock Angus
Jeff & Lisa Liston
1234 606th Ave.
Lovilla, IA 50150
641 946-8135 Home
  641 891-1270 Cell

Click here to E-mail Turtle Rock Angus

We want to thank everyone for their interest and questions regarding our E-Blast letter last week about feed efficiency being an untapped potential for all segments of the beef industry. We described some important reasons why feed efficiency needs to be selected as an important trait asap- such as 25% lower winter feed input in our herd- strong correlation between feed efficiency and pasture efficiency, hundreds of dollars in feedlot savings for individual feeders, but also potential billions of dollar savings for the overall industry. Beyond the direct savings in feed inputs, the trait also sorts for docility, health and longevity. There are some who state they cannot believe the progress and results we describe, so I thought it important to show a time-line of what has happened over the past 15 years of working on this project. The key to our progress is the same as any other plan to “fix” a genetic trait in animals. Stack the pedigrees with the type of cattle desired. Progress will occur based on the percentage of the heritability of the trait and the discipline/focus toward the goal desired. So here is a brief summary of outcomes we have had in this quest: 
Turtlerock Cattle-  Jeff & Lisa Liston, Lovilia, IA  ph or text 641-891-1270
2006 - Turtlerock had one of only 5 Angus in the breed tested for all 10 important DNA markers for the important traits of efficiency and quality through genetic testing of the Bovagene company.
2011- Turtlerock put our first group of bulls on Feed Efficiency test at Hays Feed Efficiency Test Center. They averaged 3.93# ADG and 5.45:1 Feed:Gain conversion.
SF Turtlerock W124 (#16895411) , our top bull, had 4.76# ADG & 3.02:1 Feed:Gain conversion. In addition to that phenomenal feed efficiency he had bw-76#, IMF- 5.7%, REA- 16.6. Complete and strong in all desired traits.
2013- The first year of having W124 sons to test. The top conversion bull this year was A14, a son of W124, A14, had 3.32:1 F:G and 5.14# ADG.
2015- Besides feed efficiency testing, when the weather allows, we also conduct grass gain testing for bull calves after weaning and before they go to the feed efficiency test center. This year we had a W124 son, B55 (#18219112) gain 4.18# ADG on fescue/grass without grain or mother's milk to be the best we have had so far. B55 then went on to gain 5.61# ADG on test with 4.4:1 F:G to be the top in those categories as well. Any of those facts is outstanding- put together results in a unique sire for multipurpose use.
2017- A maternal brother to W124, 611 (#18629346), gained 5.77# ADG and had 4.0:1 Feed:Gain conversion. His marbling was over 6%. His current IMF EPD is 1.29. 611 was over 700# ww and 1,300# yw.His first calves look VERY good. All of our test bulls averaged 5.26# ADG and 4.53:1 Feed:Gain conversion in 2017 for our spring group of bulls. Again, each of those results are quite good- put together they are hard to match.
2018- Our top bull on test, 177 (19087297) had a 5.45# ADG and 3.85:1 Feed:Gain conversion. He is a son of B55, our top bull in 2015 and grandson of W124. This makes him a 3rd generation test topping bull for us- talk about highly heritable.
2018- Fall bull testing- the top bull of this group for grass gain and test results, 407 (19204495) is sired by a son of W124 and out of the 13 yr old dam of the top calf from 2013. 407 is another 700+ ww and 1,300+ yw. He is a very good looking bull and we expect very good results from his calves.
2019- Our feed efficiency test bulls were highly stressed due to summer drought- and weaned at least 50# less than we normally expect. However in their feed efficiency test, they made up for this unavoidable problem by being the most consistent group of bulls we have tested so far. The top bull gained 4.03# ADG and had a 5.1:1 F:G conversion. After culling a couple of younger calves who would not make breeding bulls this year, the remaining 80% of our test group of bulls had a 4.7# ADG and 4.37:1 F:G conversion. All of our sale bulls were over 4# ADG and under 5:1 F:G conversion. Fractions of a pound separated this group of bulls in gain and conversion. The consistency and test outcomes can be the standard instead of the exception is feed efficiency takes it’s place as a trait of importance.
2019- fall bulls will be going to feed efficiency test soon and will be for sale this fall. Spring calves look good- mostly sired by our own pasture bulls as the “pool” of feed efficiency tested bulls from bull studs to use is virtually non-existent.
We hope this indicates that:
1) We have been working on feed efficiency for many years without changing the criteria of selection due to trends or outside influence. Not a quick fix.
2) There is a steady progression of improvement by careful selection
3) We can lose all or most of what we have gained by using genetics not tested for feed efficiency
4) There is much gain to be made in lower inputs for cow herds, feedlots, and every environment by identifying feed efficient animals which match your goals.
5) We have not found any downside to making feed efficiency a selection criteria- fertility remains excellent- growth is intact – performance will match                                                                        your resources and management style for the market plan you use.
6) There are certain genetics which do very well on grass gain, and also on feedlot gain and conversion
7) Saving $100 or more on a feedlot animal, and $100 or more PER YEAR on cow maintenance is worth looking into.
8) Based on the heritability and consistency of feed efficiency- you can save several generations of “breeding up” by contacting us regarding genetics best suited                                                     to your management, resources and market goals.
Thanks again Brian, and everyone interested in what is possible. We have bulls for sale throughout the year. We have semen for sale on the top bulls we have had throughout the years. We can provide consulting advice and information for those who see the value to what we describe- 
So give us a call anytime. Here’s to green pastures and the most efficient use of all of your resources. 
Jeff & Lisa Liston    ph: 641-891-1270   e-mail:

Thanks for more information Jeff. Folks as I said last week, Jeff has taken the time to show you what he has built and what he knows that has and is working for him.
If any of you have any questions about this, please use Jeff's contact information and visit with him and find out more. He is a great guy to visit with as well.

Thanks again everyone for all your purchases and sales on the ACS Classifieds. Make sure you check out the semen and embryo pages as we keep adding new listings.

Well that's it for now,

Have a great rest of the week.

Brian Weaver
Advantage Cattle Services