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4-17-17
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11-10-16

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PAST SALE RESULTS
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UPDATED 4-2-09
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SALE CATALOG NOW ONLINE!
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SECTION 1
Cover, Sale Information &
Herd Sires
SECTION 2
Fall Yearling Bulls
SECTION 3
Open Fall Yearling
Replacement Females
SECTION 4
Bred Replacement Females
VIDEO CATALOG NOW ONLINE!
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ONLINE SALE BIDDING AVAILABLE!
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SALE ORDER
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NEW DNA-GENOMIC ENHANCED EPDs
ON 22 SALE BULLS!
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SALE UPDATE SUPPLEMENT
- sire corrections to lots 96 & 160
- new DNA test results for color & polled
- all other updated sale information

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SCROTAL CIRCUMFERENCE FOR SALE BULLS
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Please continue to watch for new updates below
We will be posting new updates and additional sale information leading right up to sale time. Check back often for additional updates including updated DNA results for color and polled, scrotal circumference on the bulls, and the sale order coming on Thursday of sale week.

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For an Excel file containing complete sale catalog information on our 2016 Sale Fall Yearling Bulls
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For an Excel file containing complete sale catalog information on our 2016 Sale Bred Females
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SPECIAL SALE FEATURE - PALEFACE PROGENY...

W/C Paleface 756X
So often, it seems great things are gone by the time we recognize them and that’s somewhat true with PALEFACE. He lived a long and productive life breeding cows at Gibbs Farms and produced great semen, but we just didn’t realize how much of it we may need before he was gone. Initially, he was used simply as a clean-up sire at Gibbs Farms, but after his progeny became so popular in our sale, we then froze a bank of semen on him and started marketing it through ALLIED and ORIgen. The inventory of semen is now sold out and PALEFACE is gone. We have a small amount of semen left at the farm and will be able to offer a few more of his fancy daughters and stout, attractive sons.
Our November 12th Sale will feature 2 PALEFACE sons and 7 PALEFACE daughters just like these...
 
GIBBS 5489C JAUER 8030C
ASA 3104697

This PALEFACE daughter has a fancy look, but that’s just the beginning because she is loaded with performance power, carcass value, and high maternal power. She has weaning and yearling ratios of 102, IMF ratio of 107, and REA ratio of 114. Her Jauer bred dam is sired by OCC MISSING LINK and has average progeny records on 5 calves as follows: BW 114, WW 106, YW 103, IMF 104, and REA 105.
GIBBS 5390C LILAC 7T51
ASA 3104358

This heifer packs about as much muscle and body mass as you will find, yet still has such a sweetheart front. She started small with a BW ratio of 104, but performed well to a weaning ratio of 103. She goes back to an Irvington bred cow loaded with Graham and Wye breeding, making her quite an outcross. Her dam has weaned 7 calves with an average weaning ratio of 105.
 
 
SPECIAL SALE FEATURE - OMAHA PROGENY...

TJ Omaha 378A
This year’s sale will feature our first calf crop sired by our high performance sire, TJ OMAHA 378A. OMAHA currently ranks in the top 1% of the breed for WW, YW, and ADG EPD’s as well as TI. He is very unique in offering that much growth and muscle, yet still ranking in the top 5% of the breed for Marb EPD and top 30% for API. OMAHA will add muscle mass, rib capacity, performance, and carcass value, along with a super look. After seeing this first calf crop highlighted in our November 12th sale, we feel there will be a lot of producers wanting to include OMAHA in this coming years breeding plans. His semen is marketed through ALLIED and ORIgen or simply contact Gordon Hodges at Gibbs Farms to place an order.
Our November 12th Sale will feature 5 OMAHA sons just like these...
 
GIBBS 5210C OMA 9250W
ASA 3104761

This OMAHA son is smaller frame size, massive muscle, traveling on a great set of feet & legs, and has a super nice look. He is homozygous for both black and polled, offering a lot of performance power without adding extra birth weight and frame size.
GIBBS 5223C OMA 9167W
ASA 3104763

This OMAHA son is a massive tank with perfect soundness, offering a rare combination of muscle and high marbling potential. He had an IMF ratio of 131 and ranks in the top 1% of the breed for YW EPD at 136.2. He is also homozygous for both black and polled.
Our November 12th Sale will feature 8 OMAHA daughters just like these...
 
GIBBS 5188C OMA M901W
ASA 3104442

Fancy, fancy, fancy best describes this fall yearling OMAHA daughter. She has a big white spot in her face and is out of a blaze-face DIKEMANS SURE BET sired dam.
GIBBS 5120C JOANIE 9017W
ASA 3104437

This OMAHA daughter is an absolute tank with a super look, but she does not stop with just looks, she had a carcass ultrasound scan IMF ratio of 117 and REA ratio of 105, plus ranks in the top 4% of the breed for YW and Marb EPD’s, top 15% API, and top 1% TI. This heifer is real brood cow material with enormous economic genetic value.
 
 
EARLY SEPTEMBER UPDATE...

We have still had very little rain in the immediate Ranburne, Alabama area, only a couple light sprinkles. We are thankful that so many of our friends and customers have gotten some much needed rain and hoping that maybe it will come our way soon. We already have over 200 new calves on the ground, so the calving pastures have been busy. We collected yearling and ultrasound scan data on 231 bulls and just over 300 heifers last week and just got all of the processed data back from the American Simmental Association. We should be updating the Excel file with the new data shortly on the sale bulls. We would like to thank Craig Hays, Critical Insights, from Maryville, MO for putting in four very hot long days as we worked 550 head through the chutes. Craig is super to work with & jumps right in assisting with cattle down the chute, reading out weights, and helping make sure the animals are standing square as Bradley took hip heights. Twice daily, Craig was uploading the scan data to UltraInsights Processing Lab which is owned by his wife, Becky Hays. We scanned all of the bulls on Mon and Tue, UltraInsights completed the interpretations and forwarded to the American Simmental Association on Thu, and Jannine Story at the ASA immediately processed the data. By Friday morning, we had all of the processed carcass ultrasound scan data in our hands. Special thanks to everyone for such great service.
 
 
EARLY AUGUST UPDATE...

It continues to be extremely dry at the main farm and our bull development pastures are pretty much void of any grazing. Hopefully, we will get some much needed rain soon & get some grass back into the pastures. For now, the bulls are pretty much on hay and our bull developer ration. We have increased the amount of ground hay in our bull & heifer developer rations to help accommodate for the lack of grazing. Both the bulls & heifers are looking very well considering the severe 2 month drought we are currently experiencing in our local area.

Katie Smith will be at the farm this week to take photos of a few sale bulls and heifers. We will get those added to our website shortly. Additional photos will be taken in late September for our sale catalog and videos of all sale animals will be taken the middle of October and will be posted on our website as well as DVAuction website by late October.

We will be collecting yearling data and ultrasound scanning all of our coming yearling bulls and heifers the week of August 29. We should have our 2016 sale selections with complete new data on our website by the end of September.

***REMEMBER . . . this year’s sale will be a total video presentation on sale day. No sale animals will come through the ring. The sale cattle will be available for viewing in our grass display lots just like in the past & large screen TV’s will broadcast the sale animal videos in the sale arena during the sale. We have removed the sale ring and poured a concrete floor in our sales area, making more space for our new aluminum bleachers along with tables and chairs for this year’s sale. We think our customers will be very pleased with the comfort of the new sales arena seating.

 
 
MID-JULY UPDATE...

It is still extremely dry at our main farm in Alabama where the bulls are developed. We have had a little rain at a couple of our Georgia pastures, but we are now in severe drought conditions at our Alabama locations and the heat does not show any sign of letting up soon. Grazing has gotten really short in all the bull development pastures so we have had to put hay in for all the bulls. Hopefully, rain will come soon and we will get some grazing back in the pastures. The American Simmental Association released the new Fall 2016 Genetic Evaluation the week of July 18, so we have attached an Excel file that has the new EPD’s on all the bulls in our development pastures. The file is formatted to print a condensed version of their pedigree and their EPD’s, however if you scroll over into the right columns you will find an extended pedigree, complete birth and weaning performance data, and the EPD Percentile Rank along with the EPD’s.

We are scheduled to collect yearling and ultrasound scan data the week of August 29 on all the fall 2015 born bulls and heifers. As soon as the data is processed by the American Simmental Association we will put an updated file on our website with the complete data and updated EPD’s.

 
 
EARLY JULY UPDATE...

It has been hot and dry, but what’s new, it is summertime in the southeast. Grass quality is not very good right now, but the bulls and heifers are progressing just fine. We have bales of hay out for the bulls, just to make sure they are satisfied and our heifer development pastures still have grazing, but if it does not rain soon, they will need some hay also.

Our first load of steers loaded out the morning of July 6 and started their long trip to Cow Camp Feed Yard in Ramona, Kansas. Our second load should be going in a couple weeks. We retain full ownership in all our steers each year, fed with our friends and herd sire partners at Cow Camp Feed Yard, then harvested through US Premium Beef grid at National Beef, thanks to our arrangement with the Brunner family. All of our steers will have SimChoice EID tags and all of the data gets reported to the ASA, adding significant accuracy to the data collected through the ASA Carcass Merit Program. For accurate prediction of carcass merit in sires, it is imperative that we continue collecting as much actual
carcass data as possible. Ultrasound data has value, but is merely an indicator trait for true carcass merit and it takes a huge number of ultrasounds to equal the accuracy of a few actual carcass data reports. Our industry seems to be getting very relaxed in thinking that DNA predictions will be the future, but most
seem to not understand that if we stop reporting the phenotype data, the birth, weaning, yearling, and carcass data, our DNA predictions will soon lose accuracy. At Gibbs Farms, we understand the importance of reporting all phenotype data and have no intentions of ever discontinuing the collection of all data.



 
2016 Weaning Time UPDATE...

This year’s weaning was pretty much on time and everything ran really smoothly. We weaned the heifer calves at the main farms in Alabama & Georgia on April 4th & 5th. Weather treated us good and the heifer calves weaned quickly with no problems. By four days into weaning the guys had them rotating out of the pipe pens into grass lots during the day and in a little over a week the heifer calves were turned out into our bull development pastures to finish getting acclimated away from mama. On April 15th & 16th, all of the bull calves from our main farm locations in Alabama & Georgia were weaned and on April 19th all of the calves were weaned from our cows in Mississippi. We gathered and weighed the calves in Mississippi one day and loaded them early the next morning for the 6 hour trip back to the main farm in Alabama. Thanks to the crew at Bozeman Farms, the first year of weaning our Mississippi herd went great. By the first of May, all calves had been completely weaned, the heifer calves had been hauled to our heifer development farm and turned out in 14 pastures sorted by sire groups, and all of the bull calves were grazing in the 11 bull development pastures at our main farm.


Weaning calves from our cows in Flora, Mississippi at Bozeman Farms
On May 9th & 10th, all of the bull calves were brought back up to our main working facility and every bull calf was carefully evaluated one bull calf at a time. At the end of two days of evaluation, we had narrowed well over 300 bull calves down to the top 232 candidates to develop for this year’s sale and private treaty offering. Of those, 38 are Purebred Simmental and 194 are SimAngus. The bulls not making the cut for development will be castrated, backgrounded for 60-90 days, and shipped to Cow Camp Feedlot in Kansas to be custom fed and harvested for complete individual carcass data.

Sounds like the local livestock market, but it’s the weaning pens at Gibbs Farms with over 300 heifer calves screaming for mama.

The 300+ heifer calves will spend the summer grazing the 14 pastures at our heifer development farm. The pastures are a mixture of Fescue and volunteer summer perennials such as common Bermuda grass and crab grass. The heifers are provided free choice Gibbs Farms Summer Mineral and BC Calving & Rebreeding tubs, both products available through any Ridley Block Company dealer. We also try to deliver a developer ration of ground hay, soyhull pellets, and peanut hull pellets to them 4-5 times weekly as a supplement and to keep them coming to the bunks so we can check on them.

The 232 bull calves will spend the summer in the 11 bull development pastures at the main farm. They are sorted into uniform sire groups and very easy for customers to view when they visit. We have several Rangers and a 2 seat Kubota ATV available for visitors to use riding the bull development pastures anytime you would like. These pastures are predominately traditional KY-31 Fescue, a key component of our bull development strategy. Many of our customers graze mostly Fescue and we feel it is absolutely imperative that our bulls remain acclimated to the endophyte infected Fescue so they do not have an adverse adjustment period when they go to their new homes right at breeding season. The ingredients of our bull developer ration have not really changed for the past three years. The main components are ground hay and soyhull pellets, blended with a peanut hull pellet, cottonseed hulls, and just enough extruded cottonseed meal to balance the protein needs. We never use any high starch cereal grain products that negatively affect the rumen pH and forage efficiency of our young developing cattle, bulls or heifers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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