Family roots run deep at GKB Cattle. Everyone is treated like family when they drive down the lane. Cow families are also important.
Gary and Kathy Buchholz both have a cattle background and feel that it is important to honor the cow families that have built their herd through the years.
"We truly believe in cow families here and probably have more 10- to 12-year old cows in our embryo program than we do younger cows," said Gary. "If they can do their job at that age, they are worth having around."
When selecting replacements in the Hereford herd, longevity is very important. Heifers are selected on individual phenotype, but genotype plays a big part in making sure they are the "keeping kind" also.
The Buchholzes run about 180 cows on their ranch just south of Dallas. That consists of 115 registered Herefords, 60 recipient cows carrying embryos from their elite cows, and a handful are a few Shorthorn cows they have left after selling most of the rest of that breed.