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GILLILAND RANCH NEWS— WINTER  2022

STATE OF THE COUNTRY. Covid -19 persists despite vaccinations. Many breeders got infected at the TLBAA Horn Showcase. Inflation remains unprecedented. The $5 trillion Build Back Better got tabled- hopefully forever. Gov. Abbott has taken border security seriously and now Texas taxpayers are building a wall. The current administration has failed repetitively and hopefully there will be a red wave in the 2022 midterms.

STATE OF THE HERD— We had 33 heifers(40% from AI’ing) for our 2021 calf crop—sired by a variety of bulls to mix and match to correct insufficiencies.For our spring 2022 calves, we have AI’d to BR Cracker Jack, Hubble’s 20 Gauge and Eagle Texa. The open cows were covered by our two junior herd sires Texas Tuff GLR and Gold Maxim GLR. We also have had 18 successful embryo transfer pregnancies due July/August 2022. We have more embryos to place in January 2022 so the fall calf crop should be exciting. Stay tuned.

WINTER 2022 SALES

EDDIE WOOD 1/15/2022 FT WORTH
GLR CASANOVAS HAVEN. .
GLRCASANOVA DREAMER.
CONCEALED IN A HAYSTACK
7 BAR PEACHES LILLY

LONGHORN LEGACY SALE.
SITTIN PEARL.
TKR ROYAL TUFFETTE

See you down the road,
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, embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization 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 there is 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.