News & Events
To: General Membership
From: Board of Directors, Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association
Re: Changes to Association Name and Included States
Date: July 11, 2017
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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]
CONSIGNMENT SALES – THEY ARE 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 [ … ]
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 [ … ]