WINTER 2023 NEWS


STATE OF THE COUNTRY— The 2022 midterms are over with the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats winning the Senate. Divided government is good which will limit far left policies harmful to agriculture particular and the country in general. The stock market is acting as though inflation has peaked and is starting to climb again. Dead cat bounce??Interest rates, energy costs and and higher unemployment could lead us into a mild to moderate recession in 2023. My strategy has always been to buy things on sale(recession) but have enough resave to weather the storm. Recessions ,just like droughts, will pass and life will go on as it has for centuries.

STATE OF THE HERD—We had a record 44 heifer calves in 2022—- 13 pasture bred, 12 from artificial insemination and 19 from embryo transfer. We sold a total of 52 cows/calves in public sales and private treaty. We are using Reprologix in Stillwater Ok for our AI/IVF work in combination with Amanda Sears at Paragon for the embryo transfers. We value our partnerships with Scott Pace and Wayne Manning on PCC Cactus Jack and Blue Moon GLR.They are high quality breeders that are a pleasure to work with.

The longhorn sales this winter/spring that we will be participating in are as follows:

2023 LONGHORN SALES (winter/spring)—

EDDIE WOOD COWTOWN CLASSIC FT WORTH TX 1/14/23
GLR Tuff N CachIt.
GLR Miss Tuff 2 Drag.
GLR Golden Riogal

TEXAS LONGHORN LEGACY SALE GRAPEVINE TX 3/17/23
TKR Royal Tuffette.
Bayou Gorgeous

TEXOMA SPRING CLASSIC TULSA OK 4/1/23
ATR Seahorse
Jubilees Legacy.
GLR Tsunamis Topline.

RED McCOMBS FIESTA SALE— JOHNSON CITY TX. -5/5/23
GLR Tsunamis Diamond
RJF Casanova Sheza Whip

MIDWEST SALE AND FUTURITY. ELDORADO KS. 5/12/2023
The Dutchess.
GLR Tsunamis Midnight Gal
GLR Royal Starlight—
GLR 20 Dragon Lady
GLR Tsunamis Respect
Plum Perfect EOT 307

HUDSON VALENTINE FT WORTH. STOCKYARDS SALE 5/26/23
Helm Smooth.
Monacos Sittin Texan

Best Regards,
Charlene and Mark Gilliland MD

 

GILLILAND LONGHORN RANCH

We have a herd of  150 registered Texas Longhorns in the Kansas Flint Hills at the Oklahoma border. We combine the art and science of breeding using artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer to create the best animal possible. Our goal is the complete package prioritizing a low twisty hornset  with great tip to tip measurements along with correct 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 80ʼʼ–90ʼʼ-100'' TTT ancestors in each pedigree and see if one ancestor transmits a dominant horn set. We try to genetically fix  that low twisty lateral horn length into each animalʼs blood line without compromising the total package. A pedigree with many high TTT ancestors indicates  a higher heritability factor with more predictability. We also experiment with line breeding and  periodic outcrossing to stack genes from similar and different pedigrees for additive effects.We have discovered certain  pedigree combinations which are synergistic. When we discover them, the cow goes immediately into our OPU/IVF program to enhance our  future results. We hope there are some animals in our herd that could enhance your program.