Black Grove StrategyHerd of Tomorrow
The Black Grove strategy and business plan is to raise functional, low input maternal trait cattle that will thrive in our environment and generate profit and return on our investment for us and our customers. Our philosophy is simple. We don't push the land, we don't push the cattle, and we let our registered Angus cattle take care of the business of birthing/raising calves the same way they have since they were brought to the United States over 100 years ago. We believe the Angus cow is the most efficient and productive manufacturing plant in the history of the cattle industry.
At Black Grove it all starts with the Angus cow. We believe to be profitable cattlemen must identify proven low input genetics that work in their environment. This is extremely critical when selecting or breeding replacement heifers. To this end, our breeding program focuses on using proven genetics that are fertile, efficient, easy fleshing, structurally sound cattle with good feet and that are bred for longevity (functionality) and perform in our environment year after year.
The single biggest input cost in most cattle operations is feed (including pasture, hay, and feed). Therefore feed efficiency is a critical trait that affects profitability in our operation. In the winter our mature cattle only get two tons of hay per year along with free choice salt and minerals. Given the continuing high price of inputs, we continue breeding low input/maintenance cattle that work in our environment and the environments of our customers across America.
One of the other biggest operating costs in a cattle operation is raising or buying replacement heifers. We have developed a longevity index based on the lifespan of all of the cows in an animal's pedigree that we use to help us in our breeding decisions. Our goal is to breed cattle that have a high probability of living twice the life span (8-9 years) of the average cow in the US, thereby dramatically reducing our capital cost for replacement heifers.
By carefully selecting for the above traits of fertility, longevity (functionality) and feed efficiency and using proven genetics in an AI/Embryo transfer program, we have assembled an Angus herd with genetics that we feel will work for both the registered Angus breeders and the commercial cattleman across America. Our marketing efforts are focused on developing and retaining relationships based on the above programs and the performance thereof.