Livestock Overview*

  • The property is turn-key including cattle, horses, and frozen embryo & semen inventory
  • 3,300 head of cattle and estimates of 1,700+/- calves by March 2016, at a value of apx $7,000,000 with nearly 20 different breed varieties and specializing in five major breeds; Angus, Brangus, Charolais, Brahman, and Beefmaster.
  • 90 Head of Southern Cattle Company cutting horses at a value of over $1,000,000 per the Equine Manager (Plus 50 units of frozen Southerns Booncat semen (Sired by the celebrated Peptoboonsmal, ranked 7th for all-time reined cow horse sires and 8th among all-time cutting sires))
  • Frozen Inventories (Cattle) - 2,687 Embryos at an average of $350-$500/Unit and 29,161 Semen at an average of $20/Unit; Estimated Value of Apx $1,000,000

*Inventories as of date of printing and changes daily. Contact broker for current inventories

Southern Cattle Company has been producing top seedstock genetics for nearly 25 years, adapted for the southern conditions and for southern grasses. SCC started with Charolais, then added Angus and Brangus, and now carries well over a dozen breeds. The genetic influence of SCC has touched many herds across the US and around the world. What SCC has done here is the wave of the future; from the research on feed efficiency to the embryo surrogacy and breed-up programs.

Breed Cows Yearling Heifers Female Total
(Cow & Yearling Heifer)
Bulls of All Ages
Angus
351
93
444
51
Brangus
134
42
176
Ultrablack
104
22
126
%
89
61
150
3/4
2
0
2
Brangus,UB,%, & 3/4
52
Charolais
108
69
177
67
Beefmaster
5
0
5
9
Brahmans
99
18
117
16
Herefords
99
59
158
33
Limousin/LimFlex
45
17
62
15
Commercial
1020
326
1346
14
Halfbloods
12
0
12
3
Braford
1
0
1
6
F1
1
17
18
Guernsey
0
0
0
Holstein
3
0
3
Jersey
0
0
0
LM/SM
1
0
1
Red Brangus
0
4
4
0
Red Angus
4
0
4
1
Santa Gertrudis
3
1
4
1
Simmental
10
1
11
4
Sim/Angus
46
46
92
89
Wagyu
0
0
0
20
XB Wagyu
0
0
0
0
Total = 3300
2137
776
2913
387
Over All Total
1375
Calves - SCC 2015
Bulls
697
Heifers
678
Calves - SCC 2016
Over All Total
195
Bulls
98
Heifers
97

Cattle

Cattle, Embryos/Genetics

Brangus Breed Up Program

The Brangus breed up program at Southern Cattle Company is a blend of truly the most elite genetics available in the Angus and Brahman breeds. The Southern Angus herd ranks in the top-ten Angus herds in the United States, with emphasis placed on such economically important traits as feed efficiency, carcass merit, growth, and performance. By taking those foundation genetics and crossing them to the best of the Brahman breed, great things are happening. The Brahman genetics are based around J.D. Hudgins and V8 Ranch bloodlines. By forming partnerships with J.D. Hudgins (Locke Division), Bailey Brahmans, and Alford Cattle Company, Southern has been able to access to otherwise inaccessible genetics.

Southern Cattle Company uses the best of the best in genetics and conducts extensive monitoring on their cattle from weaning to yearling, for the most feed-efficient, performance-driven cattle with plenty of carcass merit.

Genetic superiority is not an overnight program. Southern Cattle Company realizes this is an effort that takes many years, at a minimum, before benefits are fully maximized, and are committed to being the industry leader in this regard.

"No expense was spared to procure, over a long period of time, the best cattle genetics. This is the finest set of genetics I've ever seen in 35 years." - Dallas Hartzog, Retired Auburn University Extension agronomist

Southern Cattle - Feed Efficiency Program

The top source for feed efficient genetics

With today's high input and feed costs every producer must maximize their return on investments. For over 20 years, the pork and poultry industry have been selecting breeding stock with high feed efficiency values. Southern Cattle Company has helped bring it to the cattle industry.

For the past several years, Southern Cattle Company has been working closely with the University of Florida to identify sires and dams that consistently produce offspring that simply put, 'PRODUCE MORE RED MEAT ON LESS FEED.'

SCC has done this by enrolling over 2500 head of calves in the GrowSafe feed system at the University of Florida, where every ounce of feed consumed is weighed and recorded every time an animal eats at the bunk. Calves are weighed every two weeks and data is compiled over a 90 day test period, to give hard, factual data to compare feed efficiency within herd mates and contemporaries.

Since SCC sends a large number of embryo-transferred (ET) calves to the test, there are many fullsibs as well as maternal and paternal sibs being tested at once. This helps researchers quickly identify sires and dams that are more feed efficient. Imagine an animal that eats 10% to 20% less, but actually outgains it's contemporaries by 50 to 200 pounds. We are talking about an overall cost of production that could be reduced by $100 per head per year.

Heritability of feed efficiency is estimated to be the same as carcass traits in cattle, which is between .30 and .40. Therefore it is highly heritable.

Southern Cattle Company has combined efforts with Leachman Cattle of Colorado, BIO, and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada to gather individual feeding records on over 9000 head of cattle. This data has been used to assign every Angus bull in this year's sale with a feed conversion EPD, which is the highest accuracy predictor for true feed conversion to date.

"Southern Cattle Company is a leader in providing breeding seedstock of multiple breeds to producers in the region. We need operations such as SCC to continue providing genetics to the region to enhance overall calf value and productivity of commercial operations." - Dr. Cliff Lamb, Assistant Director and Professor, University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center - Greenwood

F:G EPD - A Tool to Help Increase Profits

The F:G EPD number is an Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) for the amount of feed an animal must consume in order to achieve a pound of gain, and is abbreviated F:G. This new EPD has been derived from data collected on over 9000 head of cattle that have been put through actual feed efficiency testing. The more data collected the more accurate the EPD becomes. An average benchmark for testing of this kind would be 3000 to 4000 head. As you can see we have over 9000 head in our database, thus giving a high degree of accuracy. As we continue to add numbers to the database the accuracy will continue to increase.

The actual F:G EPD is derived from the following three things: 1) an animals individual Average Daily Gain, 2) the actual Average Daily Feed Consumed, and 3) the actual conversion of that feed to gain one pound of weight, known as Feed to Gain Ratio. The test is conducted over a 90 day period where every ounce of feed that the animal consumes is weighed daily, and the individual animals are weighed every 14 days. The data is then processed by official research collectors such as the University of Florida and BIO of Ontario, Canada where it is analyzed and processed to calculate F:G EPDs.

The easiest way to understand the F:G EPD is to realize that an EPD of 0 would be the average, or base EPD. The lower the negative number the more feed efficient the animal will be. The greater the positive number the less feed efficient the animal will be.


Horses

The Southern Cattle Company has one of the finest teams of cutting horses in the southeast. The Equine Manager conservatively estimates the value of the 90 quarter horses at over $1,000,000. Additionally, there are 50 units of frozen Southerns Booncat semen valued at $50,000. Southerns Booncat was sired by the celebrated Peptoboonsmal, whose offspring earnings across all disciplines exceed $24 million. Peptoboonsmal is the NCHA #7 All-Time Leading Sire and 2014 NRCHA #3 Leading Sire.

"Southerns Booncat's sire was from what most consider the best two cutting horses that ever hit the ground." - John Downs