J-C Angus Ranch
John and Cathy Heckendorn
75 A Pueblo Rd.
Moriarty, NM 87035
We feel that as a registered breeder we have a responsibility to raise the most profitable cattle that we can for the commercial cattle industry. We believe that profitability starts with fertility. The next most important trait for us is calving ease. We have found that calves that die at birth do not have very good weaning weights!
Once that live calf is on the ground we want it to grow rapidly and efficiently. We have been performance testing bulls at the NMSU Tucumcari bull test for over 30 years. It was often a humbling experience as we competed against other breeders. We have focused on rapid growth genetics (High Yearling EPD) without sacrificing calving ease (Low BW EPD) since 1980. In 1985 our pen of bulls at Tucumcari averaged 3.25 lbs. per day of gain and it took 828 lbs. of feed per 100 lbs. of gain. Our pen in 2003 averaged 4.91 lbs. per day and converted 555 lbs. of feed per 100 lbs. of gain! Now that's progress! Performance testing bulls every year will make you a believer in EPDs!
After testing bulls and observing the Tucumcari Bull Test for 30+ years, we have noticed that the fastest growing calves are almost always the most feed efficient. In 2012 the slowest gaining Angus pen converted at 7.66 lbs. of feed per lb. of gain on a high roughage diet, while the highest gaining pen, from J-C Angus, converted at 5.28 lbs. -- OVER 30% LESS FEED!! There is a very high correlation between rapid growth and efficiency of feed conversion and studies show a 70% correlation between feedlot efficiency and cow efficiency on pasture. We tested bulls at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Test in Goodwell the last two years and were blessed to have the high gaining bull on test in 2013 out of our natural herd sire, J-C SS Objective 0852. He also sired two of the three bulls tested there in 2014 and they were the high gaining and most feed efficient pen.
Would saving 30% on feed and/or pasture usage be of benefit to you?
Once these calves grow out, they need to provide value for both the packer and the consumer with high quality carcass characteristics for the benefit of the industry, and the females kept as replacements need to be moderate framed, efficient converters of grass to produce adequate milk to raise heavy, soggy calves and breed back every year.
This is why J-C Angus is utilizing bloodlines that excel in the traits of Fertility, Calving Ease, Rapid Growth, Feed Efficiency, and Carcass Quality.
We believe you can't improve what you do not measure and, while looks are important, we don't know anyone who would buy a vehicle based solely on looks without knowing what the horse power and fuel efficiency is. Why invest in a bull based solely on looks or without any performance data? We are excited to be part of the Tucumcari Feed Efficiency Test and with other progressive breeders have invested in a GrowSafe system which allows us to test bulls for individual feed efficiency.
We strive to do everything we can to improve our genetics and want our buyers to look under the hood and have confidence that our bulls come from the Southwest and have adapted and been selected for over 30 years to perform in our tough environment at 6,500 feet elevation. Our bulls have been developed on a high roughage diet designed to produce healthy bulls that are not over conditioned and that can adjust quickly to grass; have been vaccinated at branding and at weaning with Bovishield Gold as well as a 7-way with Somnus and are also treated at weaning with a generic Ivermectin; and have been weighed by scale at birth, weaning and yearling. These bulls have been ultrasound measured for carcass quality, fertility tested, PiBVD tested, trich tested and are READY TO WORK!
We pray that our cattle work as well for you as they have for us, and we greatly appreciate and thank past buyers who have invested in J-C Angus genetics.