Information on our Black Angus Bulls & Cattle for Sale
Increase Profit Not Production
Basic Blacks bulls possess the genetics for early rapid growth, without that undesirable extended growth curve but there are other reasons to use our bulls. Most ranchers are still programmed to believe the myth that the only way to increase profit is to increase production, usually through heavier weaning weights. Many seed stock producers have perpetuated the "profit through higher production myth" by promoting the huge weaning and yearling weights of their bulls. Unfortunately, production increases don't always translate into increased profit and the two are usually antagonistic. Cattlemen need to start thinking in terms of profit per cow instead of pounds per calf. Where costs are documented, the ideal weaning weight still ranges from 500 to 600 pounds--anything over that is usually at the expense of net profit. If a commercial producer is trying to reduce production costs and is keeping replacement females, it doesn't make sense to purchase bulls from a herd that is strictly production oriented. The Basic Blacks bull is unique in his ability to sire daughters that are functional in a forage based, least cost environment while maintaining profitable performance in their calves.
The "OCC" prefix is now widely recognized and accepted throughout the industry as denoting quality, good doing performance cattle. Cattle or semen from Ohlde Cattle Company of Kansas, has sold into 45 of the 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii. The Basic Blacks bull, cattle for sale events have been held annually since 1992. While our commercial customers remain our primary focus, purebred breeders also look to Ohlde Cattle Company as a source for herd bulls. These sales have grown more successful with each passing year; however, most of the bulls remain affordable for our commercial clients. Ohlde Cattle Company's Angus female sale held on December 1, 1998 drew 500 people from 32 states and Canada. The success of that sale demonstrates there is a strong demand for Basic Blacks type females--334 head sold for an average of $3,335.
The debate over the ideal cow size will probably never be settled, especially in purebred circles. While some people still like added frame, we have selected cattle so the steers reach the first 1150-1200 pounds as quickly and cheaply as possible and the females don't end up maturing into excessive sized cows. A typical Basic Blacks cow run under our conditions matures at 1250-1400 pounds and when we compare cow production to cow size, our smaller cows are usually the most profitable.
Basic Blacks cattle have a unique and attractive phenotype. While one cannot breed for looks alone, a review of successful purebred and commercial cattle sales reveals that as long as the other required selling elements are in place, an attractive phenotype is an economic factor. Cattle that are aesthetically pleasing simply bring more money.
We are always looking for cattlemen willing and able to test our sires for carcass traits. We supply the semen on a mix of young bulls and reference sires for a minimal cost and you can choose to keep the heifers. The young sires tested are all bulls that we are confident will sire quality steers and outstanding replacement females.
If you have questions about the Basic Blacks program that were not addressed on this website please give us a call. If you are interested in purchasing semen but aren't sure which bulls would best fit your program, we'd be happy to talk cattle with you. Whatever the reason, if you call, we'll take the time to visit with you.