SUMMER/FALL 2022 NEWS


STATE OF THE COUNTRY—Agricultural inflation is at a 40 year highs- esp diesel, gas and fertilizer. The stock market has plummeted from 36,000 to 30,000 giving back any previous gains in the past 18 months. We are entering a recession . The mid terms are 5 months away (Nov ’22) and sanity will hopefully prevail with the reinstatement of sound economic policies. Energy production/independence should be restored with the favorable policies. We all want to save the planet with cleaner energy over time but the US has only 4% of the world population with China and India holding 37%. Our policies will hardly impact global warming unless they adhere to our standards. Term limits plus a maximum age with limited lobbyist intervention would help promote more objectivity since many politicians enter public service with a modest net worth and emerge as multimillionaires. It is time to do do what is best for the country rather than special interest groups.

STATE OF THE HERD—-We AI’d 25 heifers primarily to BR Cracker Jack and HL Higher Ground in mid May ( also Rowdy , Eagle Texa, Lightening in a Bottle and Dillon). PCC Cactus Jack arrived in June 2022 and was immediately turned out with 17 young cows and then he also will cover any opens in the AI’d group. . We will ultrasound them in late August 2022 to check our results. We have 12 embryo calves arriving in July which should be an exciting time. We will participate in 4 fall 2022 Sales.

FALL 2022 SALES

Gordon Howie —Top Hand Sale— 8/20/22
D/O Iron Girl
GLR Texana Respect
GLR Tuff Sweetheart.
GLR Rim N Whirl
GLR Whirlrim Gal

Justin Rombeck—Herdsman Legends 9/15/22 Duncan Ok
GLR Casanova’s Star Texa
GLR Texana Mermaid
RC Crystal Lite
KDK Valiant’s Jenny

Fred Bryant—9/30/22 Springfield Mo
GLR Sheza 20 Gauge Gal
GLR 20 Midnight Gal
GLR Top Kitty Gal
Top Mermaid

TLBAA - Horn Showcase-10/15/22 -Wichita Falls, Tx
GLR Sheza Mermaid
GLR Texana Tuff
GLR Tsunamis Zoom In
Top Pick.

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.