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Sunshine Farms P O Box 1777 Clanton, AL 35045 205-755-4203. Using Ultrasound Data in a Seedstock Production Program. Sunshine Farms.

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Sunshine FarmsP O Box 1777Clanton, AL 35045205-755-4203

Using Ultrasound Data in a

Seedstock Production Program


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Sunshine Farms

Sunshine Farms is located in Central Alabama and produces Sim-Angus bulls for commercial producers in the Southeastern states. The cowherd consists of 400 Sim-Angus, Angus and Simmental cows that calve Sept-Nov. The top 50% of bull calves are developed and sold as yearlings in an annual Bull Sale the first Saturday in December and at private treaty. Additional bulls are developed from a group of six breeders that operate as the Sunshine Group. Ten small cooperator herds also produce bulls for the program. A total of 250 bulls have been marketed from the 2004 calf crop. Complete performance and ultrasound data is provided on all bulls. The entire heifer crop is developed as yearlings. The heifers are ultrasounded for carcass traits and then synchronized and bred A. I. Culling begins after pregnancy testing and continues after each calf crop.


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Sunshine FarmsProduction & Genetic Goals

  • Cow Efficiency Goals: Calves actual 225 day weight equal 50% of dam’s weight.

  • Results: Spring 2005: 400 cows Av Wt 1275 Av BCS 5.8 Av age calves 223 days Bull calves av 639 lbs =50% HC av 567 lbs = 44% All calves av 604 lbs = 47%

  • Cow Reproduction Goals: Cows calve every 12 months in a 90 day breeding season.

  • Results: April 2005 preg. ck: 94% bred (79% bred to calve 1st 60 days of season)

  • Ultrasound Goals:1/2Sim 1/2Ang Bulls WDA 3.00Adj. REA 13.4 Adj.%IMF 4.25

  • Results: 2005: 76 bulls WDA 2.78 Adj. REA 11.61 Adj.%IMF 3.72 2004: 43 bulls WDA 2.91 Adj. REA 12.45 Adj.%IMF 3.18

  • Ultrasound Goals: 1/2Sim1/2 An Heifers: WDA 2.00 Adj. REA 9.40 Adj. %IMF 5.00

  • Results: 2005: 87 heifers WDA 2.14 Adj. REA 9.89 Adj. %IMF 4.63 2004: 32 heifers WDA 1.85 Adj. REA 8.41 Adj. %IMF 4.32

  • Carcass Goals: CW 825 REA 14.00 FT .40 100% YG 1&2’s 10% Pr 80% Ch

  • Results: 2000-01 56 hd. Av. CW 793 REA 13.27 FT .45 61%YG 1&2’s 0% Pr 78% Ch 2005 26 hd. Av. CW 866 REA 14.18 FT .57 58% YG 1&2’s 0% Pr 73% Ch


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Ultrasound Data on 1/2 Sim 1/2 Anbulls


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Ultrasound Data on 1/2 Sim 1/2 Anheifers


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With out Ultrasound Data Can You Outrun Your Competition?


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