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A much overworked phrase is “the only constant is change”. Spitzer Ranch in Fair Play, SC is now evolving into Spitzer Ranch, LLC, Preston, KS (roughly 70 miles west of Wichita). Besides moving cows and a program 1100 miles west, we are now joined by our two youngest sons and their families. Ben and Lauren will for now reside in Ft. Worth, TX where Ben is involved with agricultural video productions, as well as large scale commercial cattle marketing programs, doing business as Spitzer Agribusiness. They will be primarily involved with planning, record keeping and promotion and marketing for the ranch. Brian and Loretta, in addition to owning a successful Veterinary Practice in Pratt, KS, reside on the ranch near Preston with their four children. They have all day to day management responsibilities and Brian serves as Managing Partner for Spitzer Ranch, LLC. John and Patricia remain in Fair Play, SC and are trying to get out of as much work as the partners will allow. Ben said, “we need to give Dad and Mom some kind of job with the cows so they will think they are still in charge”. As for now they are ducking out of any job they can.


But as we change where and how we conduct business the core of our values and principles will not change. The Spitzer Family has been amazingly blessed to have
consistently produced commercially oriented Brangus bulls to fill the needs of the
 
 
The Brand You Can Count On
 
  profit minded professional cattleman since 1982. Our history continues to reinforce our belief that successful Seedstock Operations exist to provide proven bulls that are, in essence, bred alike data driven genetic packages within a sire line. Our well thought out, strategically planned genetic program will allow customers to find a single bull or several bulls within several different sire lines to fit your needs. Our genetic program is built around producing line-bred sire lines to increase genetic consistency for economically relevant traits essential to profitability in today’s very competitive economic climate.

Our entire philosophy has always been structured around the disciplined breeding strategy of using only proven, high accuracy AI sires with only their best sons used following AI. For well over a quarter century we have produced practical cattle, ignoring fads, fancies and the “popular bull” of the day. Instead, we have had a steadfast adherence to the commercial cattleman's demands for profit driven cattle. We totally embrace a philosophy grounded in the twin thoughts of objective selection of cattle for economically relevant traits that enhance profitability; and a total orientation to the needs of the commercial beef industry. Increasingly often we are generating bulls that also grab the attention of other Registered Brangus Breeders.

We are data driven!  We believe in EPDs!  We breed cattle with EPDs, but we also select cattle that are structurally sound and perform under our conditions. Once we decide on who will be parents based on EPDs, the offspring have to exhibit the functional convenience traits that EPDs do not measure or they are culled. We love our cows, but don’t play favorites with those that cannot live up to expectations.  Our hard working cows continue to keep us in business and their sons sire those thick, heavy calves which often top the market when sold or yield additional profits with retained ownership in the feedlot.  And the Spitzer Ranch, LLC sired Brangus crossbred females are durable, fault free, long-lived profitable calf factories that have the heterosis to function in a host of situations.


We always provide you with complete unbiased data!  All of it!  Some have asked why, if we believe so strongly in EPDs, do we still include all the weights and measures we collect at birth, weaning and yearling ages, and with ultrasound? Because one can calculate EPDs solely on pedigree and, unfortunately, many programs do just that. If we provide you with all data, you can also be sure we provided all those data to the International Brangus Breeders Association and all data have been used to calculate the EPDs provided to you.  Beginning with the 2014 calf crop we are also collecting DNA profiles on all calves for parent verification and calculation of Genomically Enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) to improve accuracy of the predictions we provide to our customers.

We thank you for your attention and we ask you to give us a look. We are small breeders as far as cow numbers, but we are large breeders in our philosophy, goals, direction and attention to detail.  Our passion has always been to provide proven reliable genetics to put pounds on the ground and dollars in your pocket.


 
 
 
 
Doc and Patricia
Fair Play, SC
Dr. Brian, Loretta and Family
Preston, KS
Ben and Lauren
Ft. Worth, TX
   
  Home of Warrior Genetics  
 
 
Purpose: To supply genetics and services to enable cow-calf producers to be successful!
 
 
Mission: To support commercial cattle producers by consistently providing genetics, resources and services to improve profitability; and to accomplish this with honesty, integrity and professionalism while enjoying God's many blessings.
 
 
 

Home of WARRIOR GENETICS:

Several have asked, “Why do all of your bulls carry “Warrior” as part of their name?”  Actually there are two reasons, one of admiration and respect and one of philosophy.  The first real research paper on “Performance Testing” was published by Koger and Knox in 1945 which gave us age of dam, age of calf and sex of calf differences in calf weaning weight; and the USDA Experiment Station, Miles City, MT reported the first heritability estimates for growth rate and feed efficiency in 1946.  However, it was not until the sixties when performance testing was finally gaining ground.  Still not a popular thought, there were several pioneering cattlemen that were in the forefront of that scientific, very progressive and, at the time controversial, movement.  One of those was prominent Red Angus Breeder George Chiga.  If you really want to understand how immigrants came to America and worked to achieve the American Dream, there is a chapter on Mr. Chiga in the book Courageous Cattlemen by Dr. Robert C. de Baca and you can also read his obituary in the American Red Angus Magazine, February 2008.  George Chiga gave a series of lectures at the Denver Stock Show in the late sixties and we were enthralled by his insight and powerful message concerning genetics and cattle breeding.  Mr. Chiga used American Indian names for his cattle and we use Warrior and other Indian names as a tribute to one of the true pioneers of performance testing.

“Warrior” – Definitions.  One who is experienced in battle: one who is aggressively engaged in an activity, cause or conflict. A soldier.  One who is ready and able to do what has to be done.  “A warrior seeks to act rather than talk.”  If you study the Warrior Societies of the Indian Tribes, the term means so much more.  The Warriors were the protectors for the tribe and made all decisions for the tribe.  They were the providers for the tribe and they were the teachers of the next generation.  Warriors were also independent and while they generally chose to follow a Chief, that allegiance was voluntary and each and every warrior was expected to carry his weight and act alone when necessary.  Much of the warrior mentality did focus on battle, whether against a foe or the harsh realities of nature.  Our observation has always been that as a cattleman, your primary battle is to increase profitability.  We are of the opinion that our Warrior Genetics are designed to be a soldier in your battle for prosperity.  So, “Warrior” used in respect for a man and a movement, and as a philosophical statement about how our breeding program is focused on increasing your profits.  When you see WARRIOR in a Brangus pedigree those genetics were designed by Spitzer Ranch, LLC.
 
 

The exclusive Spitzer Ranch, LLC CURVE BENDER INDEX:

Why the curve bender index (CBI)?  The entire beef industry basically focuses on live calves and rapid growth to either weaning or yearling ages, depending on when calves are sold (number of live calves x weight = pounds to sell), as the main drivers of increased profit. The CBI, therefore, focuses on the antagonistic goals of lowering birth weights and increasing growth - at the same time.  If you have studied your lessons as hard as we believe you have, you know that in general the fastest growing, biggest calves always seem to  have heavier birth weights; with all the potential problems of calving difficulty and even calf death. BUT, there have always been those bulls that sire calves that are born with lower birth weights and yet defy genetic antagonisms. Some low birth weight calves gain very rapidly and have heavier weaning and yearling weights.  In the beef industry these bulls have historically been known as Curve Benders and we focus our genetic selection programs on producing lots of them.

How is the Spitzer Ranch, LLC CBI calculated?  In calculating this index, we first categorize bulls into only three categories based on their Top Percent Rank for Lower Birth Weight EPD.  This categorical ranking is arrived at as follows: Bulls with an IBBA published Percent Rank from 1% to 25% for lower birth weight EPD are categorized as Top 1%; Bulls with an IBBA published Percent Rank from 26% to 50% for lower birth weight EPD are categorized as Top 25%; and Bulls with an IBBA published Percent Rank over 50% for lower birth weight EPD are categorized as Top 50%. This is very logical as scientific data and our own in-herd experiences, as well as those of our customers, tell us that while there may be some value for a bull being in the Lowest Top 25% for birth weight EPD, Brangus Bulls ranking in the Lowest Top 50% for birth weight EPD are certainly suitable for use on heifers.  And, the breed produces very few, if any, Brangus Bulls that will cause calving problems when bred to mature cows.  Our calculation then adds this categorized Top Percent Rank for LOWER BW EPD to the actual Top Percent Rank for HEAVIER YW EPD and multiplies that by 100 to convert the percent back to a whole number. That number is then subtracted from 150 to arrive at the CBI.

(Example: A bull with an IBBA published Percent Rank for lower birth weight EPD of 10% would be categorized by Spitzer Ranch, LLC as being in the Top 1% for LOWER BW EPD. Then let’s say our example bull is in the Top 15% for HEAVIER YW EPD.  Our example bull then would have a CURVE BENDER INDEX of 134 (1% + 15% =16% and 16% X 100 = 16 and 150 – 16 = 134).

Recognize bulls with a HIGHER CURVE BENDER INDEX are near the Top Percent Rank for both the traits of LOWER BW EPD and yet HEAVIER YW EPD. Furthermore to be a low BW EPD bull and at the same time be a high YW EPD bull means that the average daily gain (ADG) from birth to weaning or yearling age must also be much greater. Also recognize that the maximum numerical value is actually a CBI of 148. We publish a CBI on each bull as well as whether his CBI falls in the First Quartile (111-148), Second Quartile (74-110), Third Quartile (37-73) or Fourth Quartile (0-36). Please keep in mind that a high CBI value does not necessarily mean that Individual bull always excels in having either the absolute Lowest BW EPD or the absolute Highest YW EPD.  What a high CBI does mean is that bull will excel in his ability to meet the broader breeding objective of lowering birth weights and increasing growth - at the same time. Bulls in all Spitzer Ranch, LLC sales are cataloged by sale order based on CBI and sell in that order beginning with the highest
CBI.
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Loretta Cell: 620-450-7495
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Ben Cell: 864-723-3779
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