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Gilliland Ranch News - Fall 2018

The spring and summer of 2018 was a buyer’s market. Unfortunately, we sold 31 head.  Timing is everything in life. Three prominent breeders had dispersal sales – Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs, Rick and Tracy Friedrich, and Debbie Bowman. All will succeed in  their future endeavors .This flooded the market and pushed prices down for the average longhorn. The top of the market stayed relatively stable with prices holding their own. Still, the industry standard continues to evolve. 80 – 90’’ TTT cows do not bring the prices they did a few years ago unless they reach that landmark by 4-6 years or there is the total package with outstanding pedigrees, color and conformation. Thankfully, smart breeders see a buying opportunity and new breeders are still coming into the business.
SITTIN PEARL
The Gilliland Ranch 2018 calf crop thus far has been 16 heifers and 12 bulls with 8 heifer sexed calves scheduled to arrive in August2018— 5 from AI’ing Casanova heifers to Hubbell’s 20 Gauge and 3 from heifer sexed embryos with 90” TTT genetics from Casanova Magnum X RM Touch N Whirl PAT. The biggest anticipated arrival will be the Fifty-Fifty BCB X Sittin Pearl heifer calf  to be born November 2018.
(in partnership with Linda Harman) (SEE PHOTO). This heifer crop is a major reversal from our first 3 years in the longhorn business where 70-80% of our calf crop were bulls. We are fortunate to have the infrastructure and surrounding expertise to stay the course.

GLR 20 GAUGE TUFF
Our 2019 calf crop will benefit from the ongoing aggressive AI/ET program at Reproductive Enterprises Inc, an Oklahoma State University affiliate in Stillwater OK. We use sexed semen from what we consider to be some of the best bulls in the industry—-Cowboy Tuff Chex, CV Casanova Magnum, Hubbell’s 20 Gauge, The Beast and Rowdy HR. So far this year we have AI’d or put embryos in 20 cows to further build upon what RC Tsunami 2(85” TTT; Concealed Weapon x Pacific Mermaid) has done for us. He gave us 2 great calf crops by lowering the hornsets and throwing bright colors on our new calves . We sold him to Texas breeders Dave Pace and Derick Schaefer. Tsunami will do a great job for them. We are covering our open cows with GLR Coronado. (Archer Texa X Mint Julep) and GLR 20 Gauge Tuff (Hubbell’s 20 Gauge X Helm Tuff & Gorgeous) {SEE PHOTOS} Both have outstanding pedigrees with low lateral hornsets , great size and outstanding color. We will continue to try to consistently identify genetically superior bulls with the help of Bear Davidson and Joe Sedlacek. We are watching potential herd sires in our own herd for 2019-2020 breeding season—Hustler GLR (9 over 80” TTT;1 over 90” TTT) and Dark Knight GLR (13 over 80”; 3 over 90” TTT). We also value the partnership with Linda Harman on TKR Royal “T”,a 2018 Houdini/Tuffette bull with 15 ancestors over 80” in the pedigree( 3 over 90” TTT). We believe in the total package but push the horn TTT because that is what the market wants.
GLR CORONADO

Here are our fall 2018 consignments ....

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SELECT SALE
7 BAR SUPER HAVEN
RJF SKYLINE
GLR CASANOVA'S DIAMOND
GLR CASANOVA'S MARGARITA

GLR DIXIE JAMBOREE

  
STRUTHOFF "DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS" SALE
PACIFIC LAURA 235
GLR MONACO'S MAGIC
     
HUDSON VALENTINE FT WORTH STOCKYARDS SALE
RRR MISS GLADYS 032
HL TARI'S ETERNAL BUZZ
  FINAL FOUR HEIFER FUTURITY
GLR MONACO'S TEMPTATION
GLR COCO TUFF

That is our update for the fall of 2018. Charlene and I now live in Weatherford ,TX so we can be closer to family but are keeping the ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills where the environment for cattle is unrivaled. We hope to see you down the road.

As my great Uncle Brady Meldrum (1888-1960) used to say.... “ If I see you at all, I’ll see you in the fall”— 2018 that is.

Thanks for visiting our website,
Mark and Charlene Gilliland

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GILLILAND LONGHORN RANCH-- We have a herd of over 150 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 our 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.