Salers ranchers recognized for superior cows
Cattlemen are looking for cattle with optimum efficiency to enhance profitability and contribute to the competitiveness of the beef industry. They are dependent on cattle that not only perform with optimum efficiency but also enhance offspring performance. The American Salers Association is not only proud to promote a breed that offers optimum efficiency but to award Salers breeders for producing superior dams through the ASA Gold & Silver Dam Program.
17 Salers breeders from across 10 states are commended for winning both Golden and Sliver Dam Awards. In addition, 25 breeders from 17 states are recognized for Silver Dam Awards. See the complete list of breeders, listed by state, below.
The ASA Golden Dam Program is different from other breed programs with more stringent criteria to become a superior dam. Each one of the dam's calves must have a ratio above average. The ASA Golden and Silver Dam Program recognizes Salers breeders' top producing cows within a herd based on number of calves weaned per cow exposed and weaning weight of calves which defines efficiency. Cows can be recognized from herds in harsh environments with lower weaning weights to herds with excess nutritional resources and high weaning weights because the list is based on within herd performance.
To become a Golden Dam, cows must meet tough criteria in order to be selected. Golden Dams must be 75% Salers, have had a calf before they are 2.3 years of age, calve within a 395 day calving interval, and each of the dam's calves must have a had a weaning ratio greater than 105. Cows must have had a minimum of three natural (non-ET) calves. These are the top quality, most efficient cows in a herd.
The Silver Dams recognized must meet the same criteria as the Golden Dams but are allowed to have weaned calves that have a weaning ratio greater than 100.
For 2011 a total of 188 elite Salers dams were recognized on the ASA Superior Dam listing.
The list of award winning Salers breeders follows.
Golden Dams and Silver Dams included (where applicable, the number of Golden Dams is followed by number of Silver Dams): Lickdab Ranch, Genoa, Colo., 1; T-Cross Ranches, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4, 12; GG&T Cattle Company, Quinter, Kan., 5, 19; Konow Farms Inc., Franklin, Ky., 1, 2; K Bar K Cattle Company, Litchfield, Minn., 1, 1; Oak Hill Farms, Madelia, Minn., 1, 1; Silver Spur Salers, Maryville, Mo., 3, 3; Jacobsen Salers Ranch, Sun River Mont., 1, 16; Skinner Ranches, Hall, Mont., 3, 10; Weyer Ranch Salers, Wibaux, Mont., 1; Panther Country Salers, Leigh Neb., 1 Dave Feist, Velva, N.D., 1; Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D., 4, 7; MacDonald Ranches, Bismarck, N.D., 3, 16; RAO Ranch, Williston, N.D., 1, 1; Z7 Bar Ranch LLC, Tulsa, Okla., 1, 2; and Jasperson Cattle Co., Goshen, Utah, 1, 5.
Silver Dams included: Clinton Clark, Karval, Colo., 3; Joe C. G. Colmore, Rising Fawn, Ga., 1; Wolff Polled Salers, Aplington Iowa, 3; McCoy Livestock, Buhl, Idaho, 1; White Woman Creek Salers, Leoti, Kan., 2; Williams Polled Salers, Gardner, Kan., 1; Del-Su Farm, Somerset, Ky., 1; King's Fallen Barn Cattle Co., Danville, Ky., 1; McIvers Happy Acres, Farwell, Minn., 2; Trails End Ranch, Winona, Minn., 1; Joseph d. & Judy A. Zastrow, Long Prairie, Minn., 1; Lindenhill Farms, Hughesville, Mo., 1; M & S Salers, Houstonia, Mo., 1; Templeton Cattle Company, Marceline, Mo., 3; Deffinbaugh Salers, Lewistown, Mont., 1; Cody Doubet, Lodge Grass, Mont., 1; MJB Ranch, Lodge Grass, Mont., 3; Parke Ranch, Drummond, Mont., 4; Key Ranch, Velva, N.D., 3; Will & Jerilyn MacDonald, Bismarck, N.D., 8; Ward Ranches, Gardnerville, Nev., 1; Rowell Cattle Company, Ninnekah, Okla., 3; TB Salers, Dante, S.D., 11; TDH Farms, Jonesborough, Tenn., 1; and White's Hypoint Salers, Lancaster, Wis., 1.