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GILLILAND RANCH NEWS—WINTER 2021

PERSONAL—— The Covid-19 pandemic is peaking in the DFW area with ICU hospital beds at capacity. Charlene and I isolated ourselves during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We finally got the Moderna Covid- 19 vaccine on January 7 and will get the booster in one month. Hallelujah! Freedom!! I evaluated the risk: benefit ratio and concluded that the vaccine has minimal risk and people over 65 statistically will live much longer vaccinated. We lost our dear friend Fred Bryant (Elah Valley Longhorns) to this disease. Our heart goes out to Cheryl as she enters a new life chapter. We will help in whatever way we can— that is what the longhorn community does.

ECONOMICS/POLITICS——The Longhorn industry is holding up well economically. New breeders are discovering the enjoyment in the breed. Quality animals bring a premium price. Good animals with potential bring a fair price. The lower 1/3 of our herd go to the sale barn to reduce inventory. Joe Biden, a 47 year DC insider, will be president and Congress will controlled by the Democrats . There will be no check and balance.There will be tax increases and more regulation. The mainstream/social media,Silicone Valley and Wall Street all seem to be supporting him. Perhaps it is increased spending and printing of money. Maybe they all make more money despite tax increases. Thankfully, the US dollar is the world's reserve currency for the time being. Plus, there is now censoring of conservative ideas through social media-- previously unheard of in this country. Trump was no saint but he did a lot to improve the quality of life for the middle class and do what he could to drain the swamp. I am all for progress but not at the expense of devastating American jobs, agriculture and the oil industry. At age 68, I can’t really worry about things I can’t control. I am just trying to stay healthy, embrace family,enjoy my longhorns and not stress over the little things. They are all little things in the final analysis.

2021 BREEDING PLAN—. We are expecting 80 calves in 2021— 40% from AI and 60% from natural breeding. We AI to mix and match to outcross and maximize for the total package .The AI herd sires are Cut’N Dried, Gold Mine 1,BR Cracker Jack, Rebel HR, MC Hangin’ Tuff, Saddlehorn and Hubbell’s Roman 7. The natural breeding bulls are TKR Royal T, Texas Tuff GLR and Dunn Lucky Sign.We will also introduce Magnificent 8 GLR (named for his 8 over 90'' TTT in pedigree) to a few heifers this fall. He is double bred CTC/Houdini with every female on his registration paper over 80'' TTT. The final math reveals 4 over 100'' TTT, 4 over 90'' TTT and 24 over 80'' TTT. We will breed him to large framed Coronado, Cut'N Dried and Gold Mine 1 heifers.The planning for and anticipation of the next calf crop is always the most enjoyable aspect of this business for me.

2021 SPRING LONGHORN SALES

Legacy sale

The Legacy Group will be hosting The 2021 Legacy sale 3/19/21 in Grapevine ,Tx . We will be consigning the following:

GLR Casanovas Whirlwind (CV Casanova's Magnum X RM Touch N Whirl PAT).
DOB 7/22/2018.
AI'd to Hubbell's Roman 7 and covered by TKR Royal T.
Ultrasound confirmed heifer. due 4/5/21

GLR Monaco's Feisty Top (Monaco Chex X Mint Julep).
DOB- 3/8/2017.
Bull calf at side by TKR Royal T
AI'd to Rebel HR and covered by TKR Royal T.

The Texoma Spring Classic

Bob Loomis and Dale Hunt are hosting The Texoma Spring Classic 3/27/21 in Overbrook, Ok. We will be consigning the following:

RJF Sheza Sittin In Rain ( RJF Rainman X RJF Sheza Sittin Pretty)
DOB 3/25/15
77.0’’ TTT
Ai’d to MC Hangin’ Tuff; Covered by TKR Royal T

DSCC Drag Dancer ( Drag Iron X BLR Sun Dancer)
DOB- 6/17/2013
74.0’’ TTT
AI’d to Gold Mine 1; Covered by Texas Tuff GLR

Helm Cream Puff (CV Cowboy Casanova X SL Selena’s Ace)
DOB-3/23/2013
73.0’’ TTT
Exposed to Texas Tuff GLR

Have a great 2021! Change is inevitable. The most successful businessmen adapt to change and prosper.

See you down the road,
Mark 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.