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GILLILAND RANCH NEWS - SUMMER/FALL 2020

2020 LONGHORN SALES

The Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily altered my favorite aspect in the longhorn industry —- going to a futurity/sale to share ideas , buy and sell cattle and compare programs. Some sale hosts pushed through the adversity and had successful sales with the benefit of Hired Hand online bidding—- John Marshall at Blue Ridge; Bob Loomis and Dale Hunt at the Texoma Spring Classic;Alan Sparger and Mike Davis at the Red McCombs Fiesta and Ann Gravett and Bear Davidson at the Cherry Blossom.They provided enough stimulation to get us into the Fall 2020 season.The Gilliland Ranch will be consigning to Gordon Howie’s Top Hand Invitational (8/22/20), Justin Rombeck’s Legends (9/4/20), Lynn and Josie Struthoff’s Deep In The Heart of Texas (9/11/20) and The Legacy Group (10/9/20) Sales .We like to keep our herd around 100 cows and sell each year accordingly. Go to the Sale Pen heading on our website and scroll down to 2020 Consignments for more information.

TOP HAND INVITATIONAL— 8/22/20— RJF Bar Maid(heifer @ side), GLR Archer’s Angel(heifer @ side), GLR Casanova’s Dixie Gal (bred), GLR Rurally Topped Out(bred), Della(bred), TS Cadillac Kelly(bull @ side) GLR Tuff Texan(18 month old bull— CTC-103’’ X RM Touch N Whirl PAT— 92’’)

LEGENDS LONGHORN SALE— 9/4/2020— CR Lady Archer ( heifer @ side), GLR Monaco’s Sunrise (bull calf @side)

DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS —9/11/20—GLR Casanova’s Temptation(heifer @ side), GLR Archer’s Aria(heifer @ side), RJF Little Miss Sunshine ( bull @ side)

LEGACY SALE—10/9/2020— CR Grand Aim (heifer @ side) , Helm Tuff & Gorgeous( bull calf @ side)

2020 BREEDING PLAN

Our philosophy combines phenotype and genotype breeding.Genotype breeding refers to the underlying DNA responsible for physical characteristics. This requires studying a pedigree for the repeated occurrence of desirable traits found among ancestors, siblings and progeny. There is greater predictability if the animal’s dam and grandam pass on the desired trait. Phenotype breeding emphasizes appearance—- breeding your idea of the best bull to the best cow regardless of pedigree. A combination of both philosophies means going through your herd with a critical eye for deficiencies in individual cows/heifers and correcting them with a well pedigreed bull or bull semen to offset the defect. We breed for the total package and stack pedigrees of 80-90-100'' TTT animals.We now have many animals with 8 over 90'' and more than 30 ancestors over 80’’ in their pedigree.Single trait breeding for horn is not the answer but combining as many desirable and heritable traits is really the art of this business. Finally, no single bull is perfect and each has some flaws.The goal is to advance the genetics of your herd each year and improve the quality of the breed. Our 2020 fall/2021 spring calf crop has the herd sires listed below.

TKR Royal T —48
Cut N Dried —10
Gold Mine 1–—-10
Hubbell’s Roman 7—6
GLR 20 Gauge Tuff —3

We are currently looking for another bull to cover the open cows from our AI program. The criteria for that bull are the following: gentle disposition, large frame with depth and length, large hip and buttock, straight topline, great horn pedigree with dam and granddam over 80 “ TTT, hornset down and back and reasonable color (not white). Our herd is heavily invested in Cowboy Tuff Chex, CV Cowboy Casanova, Hubbell’s 20 Gauge and RC Tsunami 2 on the paternal side and Eternal Diamond, RC Pacific Mermaid, Texan Van Horne, Sheza Whip Er Wil and Lady Monika on the maternal side. We are looking for an outcross with the above listed characteristics. Contact us if you have a good candidate.

See you down the road,
Dr.Mark and Charlene Gilliland


GILLILAND LONGHORN RANCH-- We have a herd of  100 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 TTT ancestors in each pedigree and see if one ancestor transmits a dominant hornset. 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 linebreeding and  periodic outcrossing to stack genes from similar and different pedigrees for additive effects.Different pedigree combinations are sometimes discovered to be synergistic. We hope there are some animals in our herd that could enhance your program.