Along with the lamb composite industry, the beef cattle composite industry is gaining strength.
The Hicks family has shown that using different breeds to optimize fertility, calving ease, growth and carcass work, as evidenced by their success in steer feedlot trials over the past 12 years. .
With preparations well underway for their spring sale, Hicks Beef is eager to show off the progeny of top sires.
The bulls at this year’s Hicks Beef Spring Sale are sired by world-class bulls that have topped the global multi-breed IGS performance numbers, which rate more than 20,000,000 cattle.
“When the animals reach the top of that big data bank, you know you’ve got the goods,” a Hicks Beef spokesperson said.
The Hicks Beef breeding program seeks multi-character animals that respect the basics of beef production.
This includes fertility, calving ease, growth, carcass and health.
“These are the characteristics that drive the profitability of Hicks Beef customers.”
The profit of the multi-breed IGS figures is evaluated by a general-purpose index.
This index calculates the profit from joining an Angus herd of cows and heifers, selling all the steers and keeping the heifers for future breeding.
All Hicks Beef selling bulls average in the top five percent of the API Index.
This is an achievement that clearly shows their dedication to measuring balanced economic traits.
“This has been achieved through genomic testing of each animal over the past four years to increase the accuracy of genetic numbers and the measurement of over 18 economic traits on each animal.”
The 20 Hicks Red Angus sales bulls come from Hicks Marble Bar N30, WFL Profitmaker, Hicks Premier N18 and Hicks Emperor P138.
“N30 turned out to be an exceptional bull.”
It has high accuracy numbers on Breedplan and IGS (International Genetic Solutions).
Calving ease is well above the top 1% and birth weight the bottom 1%, while leaving 400 day solid weights and top carcass data.