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UPDATED
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HERD SIRES
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UPDATED 4-2-09
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The spring breeding season is upon us and time to select the sires that will influence our calf crop next year and the genetic make-up of our cow herd for many years to come. Herd sire selection is extremely important and at GIBBS FARMS, we take our herd sire selection very seriously and we feel each of you should too!

At Gibbs Farms, no other management practice gets as much dedicated time and resources as herd sire selection, nothing else even close. Wise and careful selection of herd sires insures the genetic quality of our entire herd, basically insures our continued existence. This fact is no different for any serious beef cattle producer, so we urge you to take the time to study the sires available to you in the industry today. You do not have to accept what may be in stock on the supplier truck that pulls in your driveway. A vast supply of elite sires are easily at your fingertips today, simply click your order online, pay by credit card, and a few days later your semen arrives safely in a vapor shipper. Yes, it is actually that simple.

Gibbs Farms herd sires are available from multiple bull studs and semen suppliers. The links following below go to Excel spreadsheet files allowing you to easily compare the available Gibbs Farms herd sires for all economically important traits.
 
 
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For an Excel spreadsheet file containing complete pedigree, EPD, and Index Value information on all Gibbs Farms herd sires that have semen available for marketing. You can easily save this file to your personal documents and use it for custom EPD sorting, making herd sire selection just a few simple sort and clicks away. When you select the sires you would like to order, the file shows the bull stud or semen supplier that has the semen available.
 
CLICK HERE FOR CALVING EASE SIRES...

This attached file has all Gibbs Farms herd sires sorted by Calving Ease EPD, a trait we feel is far more valuable than Birth Weight EPD for insuring safe calving on heifers. The CE EPD includes the genetic input of BW EPD plus has the true Calving Ease prediction for the herd sire. Gibbs Farms has four herd sires ranking in the top 1% of the breed for CE EPD, plus another ten ranking in the top 5% of the breed. Obviously, you can see that Calving Ease is very important to us as we select our herd sires and we have an excellent offering of sires suitable for use on heifers, making it possible to achieve assured comfort at calving time along with extra pounds at weaning from hybrid vigor and most importantly, returning crossbred replacement heifers back into the herd from your youngest and best genetics.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING CALVING EASE SIRES
S D S Graduate 006X GW Premier 734Y J Bar J Nightride 225Z RCR Stetson T17
 
CLICK HERE FOR GROWTH SIRES...

This attached file has all the Gibbs Farms herd sires sorted by Yearling Weight EPD. Since Weaning Weight EPD and Yearling Weight EPD are so closely correlated, we feel the best indicator EPD for true growth genetics is the YW EPD. We caution our customers on selecting for too much growth. While extreme growth may be needed in some isolated situations, rarely is excessive growth needed in most commercial feeder cattle operations. The most important thing is to identify sires that can produce fast early growth without excessive frame size. At Gibbs Farms, as we select growth sires for our breeding program, we avoid excessive frame size and never consider a herd sire for our operation if his frame size is above what we feel our customer’s environment and management practices can sustain. Even placing upper limits on frame size, Gibbs Farms has six herd sires ranking in the top 1% of the breed for YW EPD and an additional seven ranking in the top 25%. Of the six herd sires ranking in the top 1% for YW EPD, four also rank in the top 10% for MM EPD and four ranking in the top half of the breed for CE EPD. These facts are very important to us. When we desire to make growth mating’s to our mature cows, we do not want to be removing maternal or calving ease genetics and we do not want to be adding frame size or late maturity.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING GROWTH SIRES
TJ Focal Point 426Z TJ Omaha 378A Hooks Admiral 33A Gibbs 0689X Crimson Tide
 
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FOR ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT MATERNAL TRAITS...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH MCE EPD...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH MM EPD...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH MWW EPD...
 
We have found that when cattlemen refer to the term “maternal”, most are thinking strictly milk or MM EPD. Our opinion is that almost all Simmental and SimAngus sires have adequate milking ability, so the MM EPD alone is not nearly as economically important to select for as the Maternal Calving Ease or Maternal Weaning Weight. Included above are links to Excel spreadsheets that have Gibbs Farms herd sires sorted by all three maternal traits, but we feel the most important to be MCE and MWW. The Maternal Calving Ease (MCE) is the indicator of how easily a bull’s daughters will calve and that trait carries heavy economic value. The Maternal Weaning Weight (MWW) is the genetic prediction of how a bull’s daughters will influence the weaning weight of her offspring, both by her milking ability and her growth genetics. This is the true indicator trait that measures the added genetic value this female has when it comes to calf production.   

Maternal traits and carcass value traits are probably the two areas Gibbs Farms herd sires excel the most within the breed. For MCE EPD, nine Gibbs Farms herd sires rank in the top 10% of the breed and eleven rank in the top 10% for MWW EPD. For MM EPD, five rank in the top 1% and a total of 17 rank in the top 25% of the breed.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING MATERNAL SIRES
PVF-J 4P14 HYB Rookie TJ 181W HY Slugger CCR Wide Range 9005A TJ Focal Point 426Z
 
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FOR ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT CARCASS TRAITS...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH YG EPD...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH Marb EPD...
 
CLICK HERE FOR SIRES WITH HIGH REA EPD...
 
In our opinion, each of the three carcass EPD’s are very important and have huge economic value to the overall future of the beef cattle industry. Too often we hear purebred breeders make the statement “my customers don’t place value on carcass” or commercial cattlemen make the statement “I sell my calves by the pound at weaning, so carcass is not important to me”. These statements may have been true in the past, but are not going to be the case in the future. With the trend towards marketing feeder calves direct in trailer loads and the industry headed towards traceability, the feedlot is going to know where their calf purchases come from, they will know which producer’s calves fed and harvested profitable and which lost money. They will know the carcass genetics of your calf crop, even if you don’t want to recognize it and next year they will either refuse to bid on your calves or they will pay less, so carcass value genetics is very important, even to the producer that “sells them by the pound at weaning”.

Gibbs Farms has been retaining ownership in our personal steer calves for close to 15 years and for the past 8 years  have closely monitored the carcass reports from many of our customer’s calves and have enrolled our herd sires in the ASA Carcass Merit Program. We place more emphasis on the carcass traits than any other traits and we do it for two reasons . . . #1) these are the traits that so many other breeders have failed to make improvement efforts and #2) these traits are highly heritable and great improvement can be achieved by genetic selection. We are extremely proud of how the Gibbs Farms herd sires rank for carcass value in the industry. For YG EPD, three Gibbs Farms herd sires rank in the top 1% of the breed and seven rank in the top 10%. For Marb EPD, seven rank in the top 1% and a total of 16 rank in the top 10% of the breed. For REA EPD, nine rank in the top 1% and a total of 13 rank in the top 10%.

There are at least 10 Gibbs Farms herd sires worthy of having their photos placed below as Leading Carcass Sires, but we will only place the photos of four and allow you to evaluate the data on all of them.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING CARCASS SIRES
GW Robust 605Z S D S Alumni 115X S D S Graduate 006X Dikemans Sure Bet
 
CLICK HERE FOR HIGH API SIRES...

The link above takes you to an Excel spreadsheet that has all the Gibbs Farms herd sires ranked by All Purpose Index (API), a very complex index that is quoted in a dollar value. In our personal opinion, the name of this index can be somewhat misleading making it sound like it is the one index to use when desiring everything. We have found that a cross section of almost all types of sires are represented in the top 10% of API, however, the index does place significant emphasis on traits like Stayability, Calving Ease, and Marbling. Growth traits have somewhat of a negative impact on API, so we feel this index is more like an “efficiency” or “low input” type indicator index. API may be the perfect index to use if you are located in a very arid area of the country and desire lower input, lower performance type cattle, but breeders desiring higher performance cattle probably should refrain from using API as a single trait selection tool. The way we use API at Gibbs Farms when selecting herd sires is we place a minimum threshold of acceptance on API and will only consider sires above that minimum threshold. That assures us all sires we consider fall within that minimum threshold for efficiency. Then we look for sires that excel in our desired individual traits from this list of high API sires.   

There are eight Gibbs Farms herd sires currently ranking in the top 1% of the breed for API with an additional five ranking in the top 5%. It is very obvious we place value on having sires that rank high on API, but caution on using this trait as a single trait selection tool.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING API SIRES
J Bar J Nightride 225Z GW Robust 605Z CCR Pathway 9354Y Dikemans Sure Bet
 
CLICK HERE FOR HIGH TI SIRES...

The link above takes you to an Excel spreadsheet that has all the Gibbs Farms herd sires ranked by Terminal Index (TI). This is the index trait that we recommend our customers place a lot of emphasis; however, it can still get you into trouble if you use it for single trait selection. While the Terminal Index (TI) places huge emphasis on economically important traits like growth and carcass value, breeders must sort through the top TI sires and eliminate the ones that may have too much birth weight, not enough calving ease, not enough maternal strength if retaining heifers, and possibly excessively low stayability. Bottom line, single trait selection can definitely make fast progress within the one selected trait, but can also get you into fast trouble in other economically important traits. Single trait selection can be the perfect tool when used for one generation, selecting for a trait that needs huge improvement within your herd, but long term balanced trait selection will prove more profitable and manageable.

Gibbs Farms currently has six herd sires ranking in the top 1% of the breed for TI and another six in the top 5%. Three of the six in the top 1% are also below breed average for BW EPD and three are above average for MM EPD. This is the type balanced EPD’s that can have significant positive economic value to a breeding program. Two of our herd sires, GW ROBUST 605Z and DIKEMANS SURE BET rank in the top 1% of the breed for both API and TI.
GIBBS FARMS LEADING TI SIRES
Gibbs 0617X HY Ultrasound GW Robust 605Z Gibbs 2654Z Bullet Proof Dikemans Sure Bet
 
 
 
 
 
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