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GBT Angus Bull Sale
March 13-15, 2019

Welcome cattlemen,
Boy how time goes by. Last year marked our 25th Anniversary of Angus seed stock production and this year will tally 24 different calf crops marketed to our industry peers. We sold private treaty in the beginning then sold many years through live auction before finding an online bidding format in 2013. This being our seventh year offering our bulls in an online format has worked better than we had anticipated. It's a cherry pick of the best of both worlds. The relaxed atmosphere that comes with private treaty, with the fairness of bidding so that everyone has equal opportunity on all bulls offered. Add to that the flexibility of online bidding, so no matter where you are, you can keep watch on your bids and keep up to date on information as it's added! It's also very affordable and transparent. The buyers are not charged a bidder fee and the auction company does not charge or collect any commission. GBT Angus pays an up front set fee for the use of Edjeauction's online bidding website - that's it, that's all. No third parties involved.

So please be our guest anytime it's most convenient for you to come and see the bulls in their natural environment and even peruse through the dams and sisters to these bulls if you so desire. Everything is on display all year round.

Sincerely, Trevor Cheryl Brett and Carter Branvold

A little about our program:
My mom, step father and I started this venture when I was 15. So it goes without saying, I’ve seen my share of the coming and goings of the seed stock business - whether its management strategies, marketing or genetics. Like any producer, when you start a new enterprise, a goal is always needed so as to have a sort of end point or vision of what things need to look like. Unlike those who followed the bell curve of taking Angus to the extremes of the 80's and 90's, I always appreciated the more moderate kind. This was favourable for me as I bought into some real good cattle at discounted prices. Thankfully the bell curve has, for the most part, come full circle. Today, good research is available on how moderate framed cattle tend to be more efficient and profitable. Today's savvy cattlemen know that forever adding more growth and/or inputs (feed, labour, energy,etc.) can actually be antagonistic to profit. Controlling inputs with good grazing management and utilizing genetics adapted to your given environment tends to have more impact towards profitability. What really sets our program apart from those who followed the curve is that our genetic base was never drug through all the complications that ensue when chasing shifting fads. We believe our genetics offer less variation and are more predictable for calving ease, proper maternal function, optimal milk, growth and fertility for their given environment. The unique aspect of developing cattle this way is that they are flexible in that they will convert both high and low quality feed to pounds more efficiently than their more pampered, high input designed counterparts.

Creating In Herd Efficiency:
Quite a simple approach really. Rather than manipulating a preconceived phenotype or pounds, we set goals within our environment which our cows must attain. Since labour and inputs largely determine profit, we implement a hands off approach and let the cows sort themselves out.

Fertility-
Without it, nothing else in a cow calf operation matters. No pregnancy equals no calf, therefore no pounds to sell – so without question, performance and carcass takes a back seat to fertility. But fertility is lowly heritable you say? That's an even better reason to push for it! Cows who settle in a short breeding window indicate proper hormone function and adaptivity to a given environment. Culling opens reduces unadapted genetics entering the herd. This being said, culling only indicates a problem at the back end. Utilizing suitable genetics addresses the problem at the front end. This is the quickest path to change.

Function-
A cow must be sound and stay sound. This is largely directed towards foot and udder structure. The longer a cow can stay in production the more dollars she can generate. With the high cost of developing replacements into cows (most cows don't break-even until their several years into production) - this still trumps pounds weaned and carcass value.

Maternal-
It's more than just milk! The cow must calve and nurse unassisted and wean a healthy calf. Manipulating pounds weaned distorts the ability for genetics to be built suited to the environment and the resources at a profitable level. More pounds weaned generally requires more milk, requiring added inputs to sustain each pound of production. It doesn't stop there either. Pushing performance ultimately alters cow size, inevitably coming full circle towards efficiency of production and adaptability. Do pounds matter? I'd say yes, but only to a certain end point. Finding the thresh hold is the key.

About the Bulls: As outlined in this catalogue, the cow herd is the proving ground behind the bulls on offer. There is more value for our customers in creating many bulls who are genetically similar than there is marketing a one off individual. Consistency is the goal. Bulls are developed pre weaning on mothers milk, green grass and good quality free choice mineral.. They were weaned February of 2018 onto a hay/straw ration, mineral and pellets for concentrate. Come spring, they are sent out to pasture until October when they are once again introduced to dry forage and pellets with a chelated mineral pack. Proper development is more important to us than superficial gains. A tell tale indicator of bulls not pushed is the hair coats they have. I think you'll agree, these bulls are beautifully haired up – especially for two's. Once again, in keeping with the value of showcasing the bulls in their natural state, their hair and feet have never been timed.

All bulls offered will pass a semen evaluation prior to the sale. We guarantee all bulls to be sound breeders on paper and in pasture.

* Please note there are some bulls in the offering we are waiting on parentage results. All bulls are of purebred, registered stock. We just haven't received all testing back at time of cataloguing.

The Star System:(back by popular demand)

Calving Ease:
5 star- (< 70 lbs) Heifer bull candidate
4 star- (70-80lbs) Possible heifer bull on low birth genetics
3 star- (80- 90lbs) Cows only. Heifers may require assistance
2 star- (90-100lb) Strictly cow bull
1 star- (100lb+) Culled

Disposition:
5 star- Exceptionally docile.
4 star- Slightly agitated in chute or slight nervousness when separated or cornered.
3 star- Fights chute but will calm. Acts threatened when separated or cornered but flights rather than fight.
2 star- Fights chute continuously. Dangerous when cornered. Fights rather than flight -cull.
1 star- Extremely dangerous and wild -cull.

Dam's Udder: 5 star- Perfect quality
4 star- Very good. Well above average.
3 star- Average but degrading. Looser suspension, somewhat larger teats or teat placement issues.
2 star- Nursing assistance not required but poor – cull.
1 star- May require assistance nursing. Very poor – cull.

 



Herdsires

Sinclair Plains Boss 5BO2
5BO2 is the result of persistent, methodical breeding efforts of the historic NBAR program of Montana and Sinclair Cattle Company of Wyoming. Tracing an impressive 45 times to the 1968 born legendary maternal giant; Emulation 31, 5BO2 is bred to exclude variation, improve predictability, fertility, and udder quality. Icing added to the cake is that he is exceptionally docile with excellent scrotal. We are very eager to get his first daughters into production this spring.

   

MH Winner 932
When your breeding focus is centred on cows being long lived, functional and efficient, it doesn't take long to take someone up on an offer of a perfect footed, well papered 7 year old herd bull. That's exactly what we did when approached by Gary Richards to come see a bull he thought might have value in a seed stock operation. With this being his first proof of offspring here, MH Winner is making us excited to see what his daughters can do when they come into production.  

   
2 Year Old Sale Offering
1701
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 3.75/5
  • Heifer approved!
  • First sons of Sinclair Plains Boss 5BO2 to sell.
  • Dam is a near perfect uddered ET daughter of Grassmaster from our prolific Ruby Belle cow family.
  • Dam has two daughters retained in herd.
  • Intensely bred Emulation genetics for maternal greatness.
   
1703
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 3/5 Dams udder: 2.75/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Nicely balanced individual.
  • Another Ruby Belle descendant.
  • Stacked calving ease genetics on his dam side.
  • We sampled 1703 as a yearling.
   
1705
Calving ease: 3/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4/5
  • Parentage pending DNA results.
  • Dam is prolific producer of bulls. GBT Time Up 1216 who we used as a yearling before selling to Green Haven Farms in our 2014 sale.
  • Another to D+R Livestock and last years was one of the top sellers to Century Lane Farms.
  • Dam is also full sister to GBT Locomotive 1239. Herd bull we retained who produced a super set of sons for last years sale.
   
1709
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 2.75/5
  • Plains Boss sons from the very productive 1067 cow. This Jestress family has worked well for us.
  • Previous sons sold in past sales to Flying Lazy R Farms and another to Burnett Black Angus in Swift Current.
  • Like all her other progeny, 1709 has lots of capacity.
  • dam has one daughter retained in herd.
  • We used 1709 in our program as a yearling.
   
1711
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4.75/5
  • Heifer approved!
  • Dam is the real deal in terms of efficiency of production. She weans a high percent of body weight and is fertile and near flawless in her udder design.
  • Real nice maternal brother “1601”sold in last years sale to Triple V Ranch of Manitoba.
  • 1711 was used in our program as a yearling
   
1713
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 3/5 Dams udder: 3.75/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Very fertile X-Plus dam – first three progeny all born within same 8 day time frame every year.
  • Grand dam “909” is still in production at 10 years of age and is dam of lot 1788 in this sale.
   
1714
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 3.75/5
  • Sire pending DNA results
  • Heifers first calf.
  • Stemming from the real good Cassie cow family known for quality udders.
  • Docile nature with stoutness and great capacity. Wraps many good qualities into one package.
   
1717
Calving ease: 3/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 2.75/5
  • Blends Plains Boss with the very productive Daisy cow family. They milk above average yet maintain fertility.
  • Maternal brother “1542” sold in 2017 sale to Running Rabbit Ranches in Alberta.
  • This bull is owned by our son Brett.
   
1719
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 3/5 Dams udder: 3.75/5
  • Sire pending DNA results
  • Attractive styled individual with nice muscle dimension.
  • Dam is another Daisy and daughter of GBT Time Up 1216. A bull we used as a yearling then sold through our 2014 sale to Green Haven Farms.
  • It's been several years since Carter has had a bull for the sale, but here he is.
   
1724
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 5/5
  • Well balanced son of MH Winner 932.
  • Dam is near flawless in type with the perfect “Cassie” udder.
  • One daughter retained in herd.
  • A no holes pedigree stacked from top to bottom with great maternal genetics.
   
1733
Calving ease: 3.5/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 3.5/5
  • Affectionately known as “Bob” for obvious reasons.
  • We like the character and docility 1733 displays.
  • Dams consistent production- first four offspring were born in the same 23 day span in their respective years.
  • Another product of our son, Bretts strong cow herd.
  • We used 1733 as a yearling.
   

1736
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4/5

  • From a productive Grassmaster daughter and Ruby Belle cow family.
  • Dam has all three sons making the sale selling to D+R Livestock, Triple V Ranch and now this guy. One daughter retained in herd.
  • Expect volume, udder quality and easy fleshing genetics here.
   
1743
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 3.5/5
  • Gentle nature in this Plains Boss son which is no surprise if you know his sire.
  • Fertile genetics-dams spread on calving dates is only 20 days with 4 progeny- adapted to her environment!
  • Great, great grand dam produced until the age of 17 years before she finally come in open.
   
1746
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 2.75/5
  • Dam was bought out of the Willabar dispersal in Alberta. She's treated us pretty well blending into our program.
  • Dams produced three sons for past sales selling to Richard Ment of Coalhurst, Alberta. Bluestone Stock Farms, Mortlach. Century Lane Farms, Stoughton and now this son of MH Winner.
   
1753
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 3/5
  • Heifers first calf
  • Easy going, deep made bull out of a nice Wye bred female.
  • Dam weaned a nice looking top female for the replacement pen.
  • Dam could be one to watch for the future.
   
1754
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4.5/5
  • Dam is a maternal sister to the good 1709 bull in this sale.
  • Solid bull bred to do many things right. The Jestress family is one of our best.
   
1756
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 3/5
  • Another good cow bought out of the Willabar dispersal in Alberta.
  • One daughter retained with bulls selling in past sales to Brian Petzel, Barry Kohinski of Manitoba and Laurier Grazing.
  • Dam has sound production record.
   
1760
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 2.5/5
  • Heifers first calf
  • Wide, deep muzzled MH Winner son.
  • Grand dam is still in production at 9 years old.
   
1764
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Heifers first calf. Dam is a solid Forte 5S daughter.
  • Another well balanced bull who checks many of the boxes off the list of needs.
  • Stems from the cherished Cassie cow line.
   
1770
Calving ease: 3/5 Disposition: 3.5/5 Dams udder: 3/5
  • Dam has one daughter retained in herd with sons selling to Rocking S Ranch of Manitoba and Laurier Grazing.
  • Great grand dam was one of our first cows we started with 26 years ago, producing until 15 years of age.
   
1771
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 3.5/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Heifer approved!
  • Maternal brother sold last year to Martin Family Farms of Redvers.
   
1772
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 5/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Heifer approved!
  • Calving ease, disposition and quality cow family all rolled into this bull.
  • Dam has one daughter retained in herd.
   
1773
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 5/5 Dams udder: 3/5
  • Heifer approved!
  • Son of our good 1549 herd bull. Lots of similarities to his sire.
  • Maternal brother sold in our 2018 sale to Flying Lazy R Farms.
   
1774
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 3/5
  • Sire pending DNA results.
  • Added frame in this individual.
  • Dam is line bred Legacy and sports a tight calving interval, suggesting fertility.
   
1782
Calving ease: 4/5 Disposition: 3/5 Dams udder: 2.5/5
  • Complete made son of MH Winner.
  • Dam has produced sons in past sales to Ramage Farms, Colin McKay of Manitoba and Jim Bob Gommersol of Moose Jaw.
   
1785
Calving ease: 5/5 Disposition: 3/5 Dams udder:3/5
  • Heifer approved!
  • Another nice MH Winner son who's dam produced a bull selling in 2015 to Bluestone Stock Farms at Mortlach.
   
1788
Calving ease: 3/5 Disposition: 4/5 Dams udder: 4/5
  • An MH Winner son from one of our oldest cows in production. She is sound and youthful, sporting a real good udder at 10 years of age.
  • Dam is grand dam of the 1713 bull in this sale.
   
Tag 8
  • A real smart looking son of MH Winner. Excellent muscling, hair and superb disposition.
  • Dams parentage pending DNA results.