SPRING/SUMMER 2022

STATE OF THE COUNTRY— The Russians have invaded a fiercely resistant Ukraine. NATO countries seem united but they are conflicted by Russian oil dependence. The Chinese are monitoring the situation. The US is in the early stages of a recession unless it realizes the. key will be energy independence to replace Russia as an energy source to Europe. Despite the fact that our oil/gas production is much cleaner than the Russians, the current administration has failed to recognize it and has tried to squeeze a 100 year goal of clean energy into 5 years. Uninformed, uneducated and too tied to special interests. The other major issues are inflation, crime and border security. No policy change is currently in sight. Govs. Abbott and DeSantis are bussing immigrants to Delaware and Washington so they can share the experience of increased crime, drug abuse and poverty.. Touche’.

STATE OF THE HERD—-We are continuing our program of changing herd sire genetics every 2 years to maintain heterogeneity. We have sold TKR Royal T, Texas Tuff GLR and Gold Maxim GLR— bulls with a heavy emphasis on Cowboy Tuff Chex and Cowboy Catchit Chex genetics. We are Ai’ing 25 heifers to BR Cracker Jack and HL Higher Ground in May and have purchased 1/2 interest in PCC Cactus Jack ( Dalgood -97” TTT) from Scott and Tytan Pace. We have 12 embryo heifers due in July/August 2022 so it should be an exciting time. We are looking for a 2nd herd sire in the interim.

SPRING 2022 SALES

MIDWEST—featuring genetic lines from RC Pacific Mermaid and Texana Van Horne

GLR Archer’s Abigail
GLR Gunman’s Mermaid
GLR Texana Rio Tuff Gal
GLR Tsunamis Riogal
GLR Tsunamis Starlight
GLR Tuff Promise
GLR Texana Riogal
GLR Tsunamis Maryjam


HUDSON VALENTINE FT WORTH-selling our first 90” TTT cow plus 2 great producers

Pacific Dillana
PCC Wildest Dream
GLR Casanovas Maxim


Hope to meet you soon,
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.