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Gilliland Ranch News-- May 2016

Hello Fellow longhorn Breeders,
The McNight/ Filip/ Gilliland Partnership had to say goodbye to CV Cowboy Casanova- a bull who has served us well over the past several years by  “Producing Premium Progeny” in our herds. His new home will be  in  Indiana and North Carolina with Bill Hudson and Tyson Leonard. We thank Bill and Tyson for their purchase and know that they will be pleased with his production.  His legend will live on in my herd with the 25 females with Casanova DNA in their genome and we will continue to use his semen to artificially inseminate our best cows.  Please contact Bill or Tyson for semen purchases in the future. As a replacement, the Gilliland Ranch recently purchased RC Tsunami 2 (Concealed Weapon X Pacific Mermaid) who reached 80" TTT @41 months. We look forward outcrossing him to our females with Casanova, Archer Texa and Monaco Chex in their pedigrees . In the meanwhile, we will continue to search for another herd sire prospect to continue to strategically stack horn producing pedigrees in our herd. We are committed to the  scientific principle of increasing heritability percentage of horn production in our progeny by stacking genetic outcrosses to our core herd.
Thanks for visiting our website. Updates in the herd are made 2-3 times per week so keep coming back!
Warmest Regards,
Mark Gilliland MD


Thank you to Bill & Elizabeth Hudson, Hudson Longhorns and Tyson Leonard, Leonard Farms for their purchase of CV Cowboy Casanova.

 GILLILAND LONGHORN RANCH-- We have a herd of over  100 registered Texas Longhorns in the Kansas Flint Hills near the Oklahoma border. Our breeding program is approached scientifically with continuing education, exhaustive pedigree study, using knowledgeable longhorn consultants and visiting experienced breeders in the field. We strive for the complete package prioritizing tip to tip horn measurements followed closely by conformation, color, and disposition. That said, the most important trait is the ability to reproduce those traits in progeny. We have gone through each animal in my herd for several generations back to document the number of 70ʼʼ–80ʼʼ–90ʼʼ TTT ancestors in each pedigree. This is important genetically to make sure that lateral horn length is embedded in each animalʼs blood line without compromising the total package. A pedigree with many high TTT ancestors indicates there is a higher heritability factor . This gives you predictability. We believe that you can increase heritability of TTT horn length by stacking genes from different pedigrees that have additive effects. Additionally, there will should be less regression back to a mean because their horn length is less likely attributable to spontaneous mutations or environmental variables. We also study production history by examining progeny with different pedigree combinations. This has led to a few key combinations which appear to be synergistic. We hope that you can find animals in our herd that will work for you. We have periodic price reduction sales when the herd gets too large so visit our website frequently to take advantage of them.