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Gilliland Ranch News-- November/December 2016

 Fellow longhorn Breeders,
The Texas Longhorn industry has just finished 5 major sales in the last 7 weeks (1) Hudson–Valentine Fort Worth Sale (2) TLMA- Longhorn Extravaganza  in Oklahoma City (3) TLBAA Horn Showcase in Lawton, Oklahoma (4) Bowman Herd Reduction Sale–Winfield Kansas (5) Allen Herd Reduction Sale–West, Texas. I was a buyer/seller at 4/5 of these sales and I watched the other one online. I'm happy to report that the Longhorn industry prices are very stable despite the temporary market glut. The high-end cattle sold as expected; the average cattle only slightly below expected. That said, I am continuing to invest in the industry and have purchased or leased 3 young bulls with 90'' TTT  genetics for use in 2017. These bulls will complement  RC Tsunami 2, JBR Eclipse and JBR Net Worth. Monaco Chex  has given us 3 excellent  calf crops and Richard Filip and I are putting him up for sale.  Contact me, Richard Filip or Bear Davidson for any additional information. Monaco is the full brother to JH Rurally Screwed  and will be an excellent purchase for whoever  wants to add JP Rio Grande and Lady Monika BL genetics to their herd. 
Our herd continues to evolve to meet the market demands  in the longhorn industry. We welcome these 90" TTT genetics. We are committed to the scientific principle of increasing horn production heritability by stacking as many 80'' and 90'' in our pedigrees. We strive for the total package but prefer to emphasize horn because that is what the current market demands.
Thank you for visiting our website. We strive to constantly update our photos and content are to make it interesting for our viewers.
Warmest regards,
Mark Gilliland M.D.




 

 



 GILLILAND LONGHORN RANCH-- We have a herd of over  200 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.





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