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What Will Diamond D Angus Genetics do for you?

Diamond D Angus would like to thank all of our past and future customers for believing in and supporting our program. Some might say we are out of the main stream. We have chosen to put a lot more emphases on functional and economic traits rather than EPD’s. During the 1980′s, cattle were being bred to look like race horses – all legs and no guts. Many of the functional traits were left behind in the race for big numbers. We did not follow this trend; instead, choosing to breed for just classic Angus traits. While we have not bred cattle for carcass numbers, our ultrasound numbers are very good. This is an indication that just good basic Angus have always had good meat quality. We have had customers report over 70% acceptance to the Certified Angus beef program on calves sired by Diamond D Angus bulls. The overall acceptance in the program had been less than 30%, I am not sure where it is exactly now. Our commercial industry needs great cattle, not cattle with great numbers. Breeding cattle with great numbers is easy. Breeding great cattle is a challenging task.

Consistency – Diamond D Angus genetics will breed more true – due to the many years of intensive line breeding.

Calving ease – We have always put emphases on good calving ease. We typically will not use a bull on cows that we would not also use on first calf heifers.

Efficiency – For many years, the cows and calves have been weighed at weaning and condition scores are given. Typically our cows are weaning calves weighing 50% of their own weight or greater. We prefer a 4 – frame cow weighing 1200 to 1300 pounds in good flesh.

Longevity – Most traits can be compared to a chapter in a book, but longevity is the entire book. Diamond D Angus has numerous cows that are still in the herd at the age of fifteen and beyond. We have customers in some cases using Diamond D Angus bulls beyond the age of 10.

Experience – We have the benefit of sixty five years in the cattle business and forty five years in the registered Angus business.

Balance -  If you want a truly elite cow herd, this is the most important. If you put too much emphasis in any one single trait you will sacrifice some other trait. Never shoot for the most but don’t settle for the least. For example too small is as bad as too big. Extreme fat is as bad as too skinny.  Diamond D Angus has been on a mission of balancing, all traits for over 30 years. The good thing about this is that the cattle are very correct for the commercial cattlemen, the bad thing is most seed stock producers are breeding for extremes and they will not find those extremes here. There are far more economic traits that do not have an EPD than do.

10 Year Old Diamond D Angus Cow

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Glacier Park near DDA

We were at Medicine Grizzly Lake in Late June. Cathy could see that the one goat wanted to cross the water fall. So she waited and waited, she was ready with her camera on a tripod and in fast mode. Then it happened. The photos tell the rest of the story.

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