We have a nice size herd of approximately 70 head of registered, fullblood cattle with a great selection of different bloodlines to help get you started with your own herd or to help add to your current herd.

We have spent the last several years bringing in cattle from across the US and Canada to assemble a high quality herd with genetic diversity.

We make every effort to do as much as we can to make you more successful by:
– DNA testing and registering cattle prior to sale
– vaccinating and worming 2 times a year
– BVD PI checking all of our cattle
– providing pregnancy reports from A&M on bred females
– performing seasonal breeding for spring or fall calves to avoid hot summers in Texas
– utilizing multiple bulls for herd diversification

1. FM27236 JH MR Plum Good DOB 12/18/14 $5000
(This guy won 2016 Grand Champion fullblood bull at the Houston Livestock Show & 2016 Denver Fullblood Senior Bull Calf Champion
2. FM43229 AD Hank DOB 09/11/20 $2500 Black Red Gene Carrier (e-true red gene)
(Note he is a high strung if penned on his own without other cattle.)
3. FM43232 AD Hans DOB 10/23/20 $2500 Black Red Gene Carrier (e-true red gene)
4. FM43234 AD Hawkeye DOB 10/24/20 $2500 Black Red Gene Carrier (e-true red gene)

Contact me and let me know what you are looking for.   Will see if we have what you are looking for female wise.

Cattle are located near Brenham, TX.


Amy Krause
279 River Oaks Drive
New Ulm, TX  78612
Phone: 512-565-4095
Email – amy@amykrause.com


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Ardrossan Influenced Aberdeen bull for Sale

Add thickness and power to your cattle herd with this 4yo Certified Ardrossan Influenced Aberdeen bull, Pecan Creek Yoeman 87E (FM35625).


Your bull will contribute 50% of the genes to your calf.  So, make sure to consider the quality of your herd sire. Both sides of Pecan Creek Yoeman’s pedigree go 100% back to the genetics exported to the USA from the Ardrossan Lowline Stud owned by Peter and Jeanette Stebbins of Princetown, Vic, Australia. Ardrossan cattle are noted for power and uniformity. 


Click Here to see Yoeman’s full pedigree out of Ausmerica Zeuss Z038 and Ausmerica Yamba Y022. Other notable sires and dams in his background are Ardrossan Jamberoo, Ausmerica Isadora, Ardrossan TigerTim, Ardrossan Nardia, Ardrossan Neron, among others.


Price $3,000


William (Bill) Cabaniss
1215 County Road 415
Taylor, TX  76574
Phone: 512-627-5443
Email – aberdeen@pecancreekfarm.com


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Reg. Aberdeen Starter Herd for Sale

Registered Aberdeen (Lowline) Starter Herd available:

5 head for $12,000, cows are currently open.

Email for additional pictures.

1. Cow:  Hickory (FF16382) DOB: 7/19/11

2. Cow: Vegas (FF17547) DOB: 6/30/12

3. Cow: Lady (FF34429) DOB: 1/20/17

4. Cow: Clovis (FF28995) DOB: 2/18/16

5. Bull: Texas Red Midnight: Wild Red Gene carrier (FF31446) DOB: 4/14/16


GWT Farms
270 CR 4521
Palacios, TX  77465
Phone: 979-318-9929
Email – bceddie@yahoo.com






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Red Fullblood Bull calf for Sale

11 month old Red Full Blood bull for sale: $2,500.


Eddie Everette
270 CR 4521
Palacios, TX  77465
Phone: 979-318-9929
Email – bceddie@yahoo.com

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Moderator Bull for Sale

Beau’s (MM33160) daddy is Fairwyn’s Low Beau 204M (FM1294) and his mama is TC Erica P25B (UAN17985377).

He is 4 1/2 years old and is all bull.

Asking $1400.

Please leave a message when you decide you are interested in him.

He’s a gentle fella ready to go to work for you.

This picture of Beau was taken 2/28/21.


Teresa Burrhus / Diana Menn
6628 STATE HWY. 142
Phone: (361)550-2606
Email – angelwingsranch@hotmail.com

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Heifer calf for sale

Heifer DOB 10/15/2020  $1500.00
Dam is 3/4 registered and sire is 7/8 registered both here on our ranch.
This girl is available in central Texas, Mason County.


Lee and Kacey Butcher
4500 Bucks Run Rd
Mason, TX  76856


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Fullblood Bull, Yearling Bulls, and Heifer For Sale

AD Emmett FM34852 DOB 7/22/17 $3000 
He’s a great bull, solid, gentle and very nice calves. Been Trich and fertility tested. Bloodline includes Jackaroo’s Royal Ryder and MCR Findon’s Monarchy.
Cracker Jack FM43131 DOB 3/12/20 $2000
Low Ryder FM43128 DOB 4/9/20 $2000
Ellie Mae FF43129 DOB 3/24/20 $2000
All vaccines are current and available
Cindy McDowell
225 County Road 1874
Chico, TX. 76431
817 209-5085
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Fullblood Aberdeen for sale

Located in Tomball, Tx

*** PACKAGE PRICE – 4 females – $MAKE OFFER ***

REL Camalot 04E – DOB 6/27/17, Sire FM24991, Dam FF22527 $2000
This fullblood heifer has been blood tested and registration ready. She is gentle and eats out of your hand. Bloodlines from Bay Ladd and Ausmerica Wilkintie.


REL Sunnie 05F – DOB 6/20/18, Sire FM24991, Dam FF29241 $2000
This fullblood heifer has been blood tested and registration ready. She is gentle and eats out of your hand. Bloodlines from Bay Ladd and Ausmerica Wilkintie.


REL  – Cher 06F  DOB 8/17/18, Sire FM24991, Dam FF22527 $2000
This fullblood heifer has been blood tested and registration ready. She is gentle and eats out of your hand. Bloodlines from Bay Ladd and Ausmerica Wilkintie.


REL Susie Q  09G – DOB 9/1/19, Sire FM24991, Dam FF22527 $2000
This fullblood heifer has been blood tested and registration ready. She is gentle and eats out of your hand. Bloodlines from Bay Ladd and Ausmerica Wilkintie.


Please Call for information

Robert 281-932-3463,

Deborah 281-924-9531

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2016 Houston Grand Champion Bull for Sale


2016 Houston Grand Champion Bull
2016 Denver Fullblood Senior Bull Calf Champion

(This was year JH Mister Jack was Grand Champion and ICU Money Train was the Reserve Grand Champion to show quality of competition that year in Denver.)

He is smaller framed and put together right.  Throws great calves.  Easy with the ladies and fences.

FM27236 – Brick on the sire side and dam is Cinderella 
DOB 12/18/14


Cattle are located near Brenham, TX.

NOTE:  We have other registered, fullblood bulls and females available.


Amy Krause
279 River Oaks Drive
Cedar Creek, TX  78612

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Percentage Semen Beau Jangles

GMC Beau Jangles Y482 (MM14902)

W Diamond Lowlines

Craig, Tanya, Courteney, Zoe Walker
1601 N. Springfield Blvd
Roswell, NM 88201
Email: wdiamondlivestock@gmail.com

Click here to see pedigree:

Pictured at 20 Months of age           1400 LBS         49 1/2 Hip Height LEA:21.35

%IMF 5.08    BF .40    Tenderness 24    REA/CWT 1.52

GMC Beau Jangles is one of the true beef bulls for any breed. His ultrasound data sets him apart from his contemporaries. He is a bull that can inject muscle into your herd while not sacrificing Quality and Cutability traits. He does this with out sacrificing that show ring look. Beau has sired show winners at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has had several daughters sell for $5000 plus. His Son’s have been stamped with the same great Loin Eye Area (LEA) while having the same quality in tenderness and %IMF. Beau Jangles is a bull that will help you generate revenue through breeding stock of feedlot operations.

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Fullblood Bulls For Sale

Awe & Wonder Farm LLC
Brenham, TX
FULLBLOOD BREEDER BULLS FOR SALE.   “AD Milsap” FM39393 DOB 11-12-2018, “AD Kristofferson” FM39396 DOB 11-02-2018, and “AW Cow Boy 02” FM40209 DOB 04-18-2019.   $2000 ea.   All vaccines up to date.
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Percentage Semen Rebar

Duff Rebar 353 (MM25442) Semen @ REI Stillwater, Ok

Crazy Town Livestock
Chris Spear
Email: chris.spear.1@gmail.com

Click here to see Pedigree

Taking orders for Fall and Spring breeding

Aberdeen Plus/Moderator Plus

Few bulls have as much look, style, and presence as Rebar 353. Sired by Fairwyns Machine, who’s considered one of the greatest herd sires in the Lowline breed.

Rebar comes from one of the leading cow families in the Angus history books. He is a daughter of Dixie Erica 103 who goes back to the matriarch donor dam Dixie Erica 814G. With great sires in the immediate pedigree as OCC Emblazon and N Bar Emulation EXT.

Duff Rebar 353 is a real beef bull with tremendous width, dimension, muscle shape and expression. He is correct in his makeup and near flawless in his design.

Rebar 353 will sire exceptionally low birth weights in addition to exciting phenotype and doability. Backed by two of the greatest cow families in the Angus and Lowline breeds.

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Fullblood Semen Joe Diffie

WDL Joe Diffie 21A (FM21020)

W Diamond Lowlines
Craig, Tanya, Courteney, Zoe Walker
1601 N. Springfield Blvd
Roswell, NM 88201
Email: wdiamondlivestock@gmail.com
Webpage:  www.wdiamondlowlines.com

Click here for pedigree:

WDL Joe Diffie is a bull with show Champions through out his pedigree. He is out of the National Champion Boxcar and his dam Findonna has stamped her claim to success through wins at NWSS and was Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This low birth weight sire is one to add balance and eye appeal in his offspring without sacrificing power and bone. Joe has several offspring on the ground that we are extremely satisfied with producing both Percentage and Fullblood cattle that can travel.

Joe Diffie Dam

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Fullblood Semen EZ Packard

Crazy Town Livestock
Chris Spear
Email: Chris.spear.1@gmail.com

EZ Packard (FM22863) Semen at REI Stillwater, OK
Click Here to view Pedigree

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Fullblood Semen FCC Night Shift

Crazy Town Livestock

FCC Night Shift (FM30539) Semen at REI Stillwater, OK
Chris Spear
Email: chris.spear.1@gmail.com

Click here to view Pedigree

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Fullblood Semen Demolition

Alta Demolition BIL 214Y (FM21737)

R54 Lowlines
102 Blaschke Road
Comfot, Tx 78013

E mail:  rosspfeifer@hotmail.com

Click here to see Pedigree:

Alta Demolition is the fullblood Canadian 2013 Grand Champion Bull at the Interior Provincial Exhibition, the Reserve Champion Senior Bull at the 2013 Canadian National Lowline Show and the Champion Senior Bull at the recent 2014 Houston Livestock and Rodeo.

Mix this championship bloodline with having the true red gene and you have something that is extremely rare.

Total outcrossed with Awesome Red, Wandoo and Bluey.

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AI Services

Bert Cloete
706 Canyon Bend Rd
Pflugerville TX  78660
Phone: 5127632378
Email – jbartlivestocktx@gmail.com
Drop the Bull!!

Experienced AI Technician available to artificially inseminate your Dairy or Beef cows and heifers.

Get calves out of some of the best Bulls in the breed of your choice at a fraction of the cost of keeping a bull. Can get semen from Black Angus, Red Angus, American Aberdeen, Hereford, Charolais, Longhorn, Brahman, Braford, Beefmaster, Brangus, Club Calf, Holstein, Jersey and more… We now also have access to sexed semen in a variety of Dairy and Beef breeds!
Have a mobile chute available, if needed.

Covering areas within 100 miles of Georgetown, TX.

Veterinarian supervised Synchronization Protocols also available.

Give Bert Cloete a call – 512-763-2378.

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Discover American Aberdeen Cattle !

Here are some links to some videos to help you Discover Aberdeen Cattle and why they are right for your operation.

Aberdeen Main Video

Maddock Video

Effertz Video

Ringwall Video

Lalman Video



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Aberdeen Up Date !!

I have just returned from the American Aberdeen Association National Show and Sale in Denver. It was good to see several of our SABA members present and involved in the activities. Our own Dr. Craig Walker of Roswell, NM was elected President of the AAA board. He is energized and ready to make a big difference in the operation of the entire American Aberdeen Association. The featured speaker at both the annual banquet and annual membership meeting was Paul Moya, a Business Strategy Expert and Futurist best known for his role as CEO of Millennial Labs. Paul, a native of New Mexico, has had a major impact as he encourages major corporations to interpret and act on human behavior in the workplace, marketplace and voting booth. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Visa, Honda Motors, Nestle and the United States Department of Defense. I’m not sure of the root of his connections with the Aberdeen industry, but he is quite knowledgeable of our cattle and is a believer that our breed is “readymade” to fit the desires and needs of today’s consumers typified by the millennial generation. His presentation was recorded and will be available soon for viewing by anyone wishing to see it for themselves.
For the first time, I see a major change coming to the American Aberdeen Association as it transitions from a top-down to a bottom-up organization. At the annual meeting, the membership, being encouraged by the board of directors, voted to restructure and reorganize all of the national committees to be composed of members appointed by the regional associations and open to anyone who has interest in those areas. This is really big! It means that the voice of the little guy will be be allowed to speak to situations that are of concern to him/her. Motions and suggestions will come from the committees to the board for consideration.

Because of the change, there will be a list of committees coming out soon. If you have an interest in any of those areas, this is your opportunity to either be a committee member or to sit in on committee meetings and voice ideas that you are passionate about. Now, it does not mean that you will get your way on everything, but you have never even had an opportunity before.

The regional associations are also encouraged to have a similar approach to their own committees. As president, I am going to ask you to consider your role in the regional committees that will be presented at the SABA annual meeting in Houston. Committee members at both the national and regional levels will be accountable for attendance at the meetings (webinars) as well as responsible and available for assignments and tasks regarding those committees.

As I said, this is a very big change. I’m sure there will be some bumps and pitfalls, but, things are going to get better!

Our SABA annual membership meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Aberdeen Show February 25-27 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That meeting will be on the afternoon of February 26th. I hope that many of you will attend and be prepared to ask questions. Our AAA president, Craig will be there to speak to us and answer further questions you might have regarding the above mentioned changes.

I want to remind all of you that 2019 dues should be in by now. If you want your name to stay on the membership directory on the website, those need to be paid this week.

Here are the results of the election that was held this past fall for the three positions on the 2019 SABA Board of Directors.

Barbie Barton 26 votes

Chris Spear 25 votes

Dana Baldridge 23 votes

Richard LaBiche 15 votes

Congratulations to Barbie, Chris and Dana for running and being elected. My thanks also to Richard for his three years work on the board.

Here’s hoping to see all of you in Houston.

Bill Cabaniss, president

Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association

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Changes to Association Name and Included States

To: General Membership

From: Board of Directors, Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association

Re: Changes to Association Name and Included States

Date: July 11, 2017


Dear Member:

The Board of Directors of the Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association thanks each of you for your consideration and response to the request for ratification of amendments to our association name and bylaws.

Members were asked to ratify two changes to the association name. The association, formerly called ‚ “Southwest Lowline Angus Breeders Association,  is now named ‚ “Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association. The new name also reflects the addition of two states, Mississippi and Alabama, to our region. The Bylaws are hereby amended, and an amended Certificate of Formation is being filed with the Texas Secretary of State. This process takes about three weeks, so any checks made to the association should be made to‚  “SLABA ‚  until the new corporate filings are completed.

Ballots were mailed to each of our 143 Active Members. A total of 64 ballots were returned. There were 59‚ “For ‚ votes, and 3 ‚“Against ‚  votes. Two returned ballots were not counted. One because no selection had been marked and one was postmarked a day late.

We are excited for the future of our American Aberdeen breed and our new seven-state regional partnership. Once again, thanks for participating in the voting process. Your opinion is important, and constructive comments are always welcome.

Bill Cabaniss (TX), President
Kenny Hinds (OK), Secretary
Chris Spear (NM), Vice-President
Dorothy Ahr (TX), Treasurer
Brien Adams (TX), Director
David Miller (AR), Director
Craig Walker (NM), Director
Larry Watkins (TX), Director
Richard LaBiche (TX), Director
Janet Rogers (LA), Director

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Up and Coming events

Sept. 7 at midnight will be the last day to enter the State Fair of Louisiana’s Livestock Show online. Registration papers must be in our office for all breeding animals by OCT. 1ST. Papers can be mailed, emailed or faxed. If emailing please send to felicia@statefairoflouisiana.com. One more bit of information, this year when you register online you must pay online.

Click here to go to the shows web page

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2020

First release from Airport Blvd. to NRG: Monday March 2 7 a.m.
Must be in place at Airport Blvd. no later than: Monday March 2 Noon
Check-In at Livestock Superintendent on east
side of Main Cattle Arena: Monday March 2 3 p.m.
Weigh/Measure Tuesday March 3 7 a.m. – on the Back Dock
Open Show Wednesday March 4 11 a.m.
Begin Release Wednesday March 4 Upon completion of show
Must Be Out By Wednesday March 4 7 p.m.

This show is subject to the Houston Livestock Show General Rules and Regulations, the All Breeding Beef Cattle


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Why Aberdeen Cattle??? Discover Why

American Aberdeen, your solution.

The American Aberdeen breed offers several benefits. These include calving ease, greater efficiency, higher stocking rates, lower cost to maintain, moderation of frame size, both commercial and homestead or self-sufficiency production, the ability to finish on grass, and ideal carcass traits of the original Angus breed.

Calving Ease: American Aberdeen are the calving ease experts. You can sleep easy at night knowing the heifers and cows normally have unassisted births. Fullbloods have an average birth weight of 35-48 pounds. Percentage Aberdeen usually have a birth weight of 42-65 pounds. American Aberdeen, your calving ease solution.

Greater efficiency: Aberdeen cattle consume about 1/3 the amount of feed as a full-sized animal, gaining weight and finishing earlier with very little cost. They do not need grain to reach full maturity. Where you would normally stock 6 Angus cows you may be able to run as many as 10 Aberdeen’s. You can expect more pounds of meat per acre than with standard size breeds. American Aberdeen, your efficiency solution.

Higher stocking rates: Because Aberdeen’s consume less you can run more Animal Units (AU) than standard size cattle. Full Bloods are 1.8 to 2.0 per normal AU. % Cattle 1.5 to 1.75. This allows you to wean more total pounds of marketable product. American Aberdeen, your stocking rate solution.

Moderation of frame sizes: Full Blood or percentage bulls can be used on your current cattle. The F1 off spring replacements will help moderate frame size and add more do-ability into your herd. This drives down your input cost in times of drought or times when supplement is needed. American Aberdeen, your moderate frame solution.

Beef Production and Carcass traits: Aberdeen Cattle produce high Rib Eye Area (REA) and offer what few breeds can in relation of REA per 100 weight(REA/CWT). This means you produce a high percentage of prime retail cuts off the total weight of the producing animal. Aberdeen rate high in Quality in Carcass traits, allowing a higher percentage to reach High Choice and Prime on less input. Aberdeen cattle in a feedlot setting will consume 30% less input and spend less time on feed to reach the desired Quality Grade. Less input for more out-put means more profit! American Aberdeen, your beef production and carcass trait solution.

Commercial and homestead or self-sufficiency production: The naturally compact size of Aberdeen’s is ideal for both the commercial producer as well as those with small acreage with homestead or self-sufficiency production. American Aberdeen, your production solution for large or small operations.

Grass-fed beef: American Aberdeen breed are among the best converters of grass to beef. They do not require corn or processed grains to finish.

Grass-fed beef is said to have the highest ratio of omega 3 fat of any beef. Aberdeen do it at the highest stocking ratio. American Aberdeen, your grass-fed solutions.


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Consignment Sales Are they for you???


The statement was made in the movie Field of Dreams, if we build it, they will come.

Nothing could be further from the truth in the seed stock business. Regardless of the quality of the product that you produce, the success of your program will always rest on the strength of your marketing plan. Breeders are not standing in line to purchase the results of your breeding efforts. You must actively present your product to the marketplace. But how?

We all know of production sales. These breeders have achieved the size and name recognition to attract buyers to their ranches for an annual sale of select individuals. These events range in size from 60 to 100 plus animals. They are good sales for all breeders to select some of the most recognized and best cattle and pedigrees in the breed. But what about sales for the small breeder? Did you realize that the majority of our members register 20 or less animals per year? Programs of this size are faced with limited opportunities to market their cattle. Private treaty offerings, on farm beef sales and consignment sales are
their only options. For the small breeder, consignment sales are your production sales. You must think of them as such and plan what you intend to sell accordingly.

If you talk to the owners or managers of successful larger ranches they will tell you that they begin planning for next year’s sale as soon as the current year’s sale is complete. They identify a year in advance the pool of animals from which they will select their next offering.

From this pool they manage these animals with the end goal in mind. A mere 1% of the selected bulls will make it into the next sale. The small breeder should employ the same tactic. Select your sale consignments early. Get them ready far in advance of the sale.

What do you intend to offer and in what stage of production? Consider these obstacles for the animals you might offer for a sale:

1) If you are offering a bred heifer, what calving date will make her most valuable to a potential buyer? In addition, which sires will attract the most interest? Remember, you are breeding for a buyer and not for yourself. Breed accordingly.

2) If you will be selling a donor, will she have more value if you offer her open or pregnant? Does it make sense to offer embryos or semen with an open donor to sweeten the offering? Again, have a plan

3) Don’t offer a bred cow that has the potential to calve at the sale or just a few days before. There is the potential for a very young calf to be injured at a sale

4) Make sure bulls are breeding age and have the quality and pedigree you would like to keep. Make one pound packages out of 99% of all males. They have more value that way. Remember, bulls contribute 50% of the genetics in any breeding program. Cull them or consign them accordingly.

In short, make a plan for your consignment sale offerings well in advance of sale time. Presentation is of the utmost importance. I recall my disappointment with my first consignment sale some years ago. I had poor placement in the sale order, poor pictures in the sale catalog and yes, my offerings brought much less than the sale average. When my pity party was over, I realized that my placement in the sale order and lack of buyer interest in my animals was primarily due to the condition and quality of the females that I had consigned. When a potential buyer came into my stall he was able to simultaneously compare my animals with those of the consignor in the adjoining stall. Truthfully, mine did
not compare favorably. If you have questions about feeding or fitting your animals for a sale, the sale manager or our breed representative can help. Don’t be reluctant to ask. Your offerings should be something you would be willing to buy. The biggest mistake consignors make is offering an animal in a consignment sale that they wish to get rid of rather than one that will impress someone with their program. It is difficult to part with one of
your best, but if you are serious about developing a market for your cattle, this is a must.

Most buyers are diligent in their purchasing decisions. Do you want to sell the lowest priced and lowest quality animal or highest quality animal at a high price? Selling and buying at consignment sales is marketing your program.

The highest dollars are spent on animals that offer the most with regard to pedigree, phenotype, and show record or carcass data. It’s much like selling a car. The buyer who wants a red convertible with a V-8 may purchase a red hard top with a V-8 if the price is
right. The principal is the same with cattle. An individual with a strong pedigree and great data that lacks phenotype still has value, but not as much attraction as its competitor for the
buyer’s dollar that offers all three elements. Consider this as you select your offerings and as you reflect on past sale results.

Have a plan for marketing your animals. Whether you use print publications like the Lowline Ledger, the Internet, or direct mail, it is important to place your animals in front of the buying public prior to sale day. Many potential buyers are missed by the consignor’s reluctance to market his product. In addition, consider the value the consignment sale offers with regard to customer development. Many times the animal you sell would yield more net profit if sold off the farm. You must, however, factor in the new contacts you will make while participating in a consignment sale. A full day of exposure to customers that are not aware
that your program even exists is an extremely valuable opportunity. Think of the advantage of just being there.

Finally, disregard any myths that you may have heard about consignment sales. Contrary to some beliefs, these sales are not conducted to serve the needs of the Association or the sale managers, the commission charges are not much over the cost of promotion and production. Consignment sales are for the breeders. If you have had a bad experience in the past, dust yourself off and try again. I can assure you that your marketing efforts will not be enhanced by staying at home. If your animals have not brought what you thought they were worth in a previous sale, take a long, hard look at what you offered and the condition
in which they were offered. Maybe the fault did not lie with the sale.

An association is only as strong as its individual members. We all need a place to market our animals and the Lowline breed needs your participation to strengthen, and grow our breed. Buying and selling in association and regional consignment sales is marketing your program in its self. Make good purchases and sell excellent animals.

If you are unsure of what to buy, sell or whether or not to participate in a consignment sale, call our breed representative (Dean Pike) or the manager of the sale. They will be happy to
assist you. Pick the sale or sales that best fit your needs, Remember, a marketing plan and breeding plan is what brings you sales.

P.S. The Bitterness of Poor Quality Is Remembered Long After the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten.

Larry Watkins


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How Much Can I Sell my American Aberdeen For???

How much can I sell my American Aberdeen for?

What most people would like to hear is this: “If you paid xxx dollars for your
cow/bull then you should be able to sell offspring for the same price.  In fact,
that is rarely a true statement unless you bought your breeding stock at their
slaughter value and that value has remained the same. We must remember: the
number one thing that drives the market for cattle is demand for the end product,
beef. Somehow, we in the Aberdeen industry have failed to communicate that fact
to new people entering the business. Cattle like other commodities are
considered a renewable resource and if there is not a terminal market on the top
end for the product, there will come a time when no one will want your cows,
because there will be more available than the demand.


I experienced this personally about 20 years ago when I realized that my
wonderful emus, with such truly wonderful healing oil and low fat meat were not
going to be consumed by the American public at the rate that the birds were
being hatched and grown out. We had a glut of emus and no market. What a
disaster! That’s when I decided I was not going to raise anything else that I had to
convince people to eat. I have stuck with that decision and am glad that the world
loves Angus meat. There is no problem convincing the American public that
Aberdeen beef is top quality, tender and marbles well as a grass-fed product. The
problem is convincing Aberdeen breeders that most of their calves should go to
satisfy that market. Somehow, we have convinced ourselves that all of our
heifers and bulls deserve to be breeding stock—-and that is just not true.


American Aberdeen are still in the growing stage of their breed development and so
there is still a demand for female breeding stock. Good breeders always want to
provide heifers and cows that are going to perform well for their clients.
Consequently, a breeder ‚¬ „¢s reputation may be made or broken by how well he/she
services clients. It’s disappointing for both parties when things don’t go as
planned, but sometimes heifers end up going into the beef market.


Bulls are another matter. There will always be a healthy market for quality
herd sires. But, I would say that the biggest mistake most Aberdeen breeders will
make is to think that their weaned bull calf should be a herd sire. It is rare case
that a bull calf can be considered as a potential herd bull until he is at least a year
old. Not everyone has an eye for making that call. So for most of us who have
limited numbers and limited space, we would be better off and our reputation
would be better off if we would just make the decision to steer out our bull
calves. Let someone else who has the eye, time and the room produce the bulls.


But the question still remains, “How much can I sell my American Aberdeen for?  All
other factors being equal, the price should be driven by quality, age and
availability. However, other factors such as body condition, temperament,
training and breeder reputation certainly come in to the picture as well. In
regards to heifers and cows, remember that a cow should give you numerous
offspring over her productive years and she should perform well. Here’s a list of
good performance traits that I got from the Stockman Grassfarmer in the
November 2012 issue: 1) She must not get sick ever. 2) She must lose her winter
coat before  June 1st. 3) She must be 100% docile. 4) When sexually mature, she
must breed. 5) She must stay in good body condition in extreme hot and cold
weather. 6) She must be deep chested, exhibit a large gut, wide butt and good
udder. 7) She must show good parasite resistance. Not everyone’s list is the
same, so people must decide what is most important for their needs. Also,
understand that not every one of your cow’s calves may be good performers so
don’t expect to make your money back on the first heifer she drops. I recently
sold a bred 10 year old mama cow that had produced a healthy calf every year
from the time she was 2 years old. She is still going strong and I fully expect her
to have at least 5 more calves. She more than paid for her stay at my place, but
when I sold her I took into consideration the fact that she was 10 years old and
past the age that most people were looking for. Look at the SABA and American Aberdeen Associaion
classifieds to help you with pricing your animals and ask other breeders who have
similar situations as yours.


My best advice regarding young bulls or steers is to use the commercial
market as your guide. Better still, raise them as grass-fed beef and post flyers in
local stores to sell as grass-fed freezer beef. A friend of mine does this and sells
his grass-fed steers for about $5.00/lb. hanging carcass weight. On a 400 pound
carcass you would get $2000 for your finished steer. I do not recommend that you
take your fullblood bulls or steers to the local sale barn. You will be docked
significantly because the Aberdeen height will not fit in with what commercial
buyers want for feedlots. Some Moderator and Moderator plus calves may sell
for full prices right along with the other animals their age.   Many sale barns post
weekly reports online to guide listing sale prices per hundred weight for different
weights of steers.   If you don’t have access to a scale you can measure the chest
circumference to get a pretty close estimate for the weight and then advertise
these animals on the SABA or American Aberdeen Association website for what they are worth on the
slaughter market.   Recent sales in my area show that 400-500lb. steers were
bringing $1.90 to $2.35 per pound live weight.   This will vary from week to week
and location to location.

Call or email me if you have more questions about what I have presented here.

Bill Cabaniss, President
Southwest Lowline Angus Breeders Association
512-627-5443/  lowlines@pecancreekfarm.com

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