In reviewing our harvest or raildata in
1994 it seemed that there was not only room for improvement but an
opportunity to manage something that had not been managed before. Since
then our genetic and management decisions have been tracked, analyzed and implemented
on a year-to-year and cow-by-cow basis.
(The harvest data has been utilized along
with other data that helps us decide the best mama cows to keep as our
The raildata has provided specific
information that is actively utilized in tailoring the JHL cow and bull
herd in breeding and buying decisions. Increased rib-eye size, lowered
percent of Standards, increased marbling and improved yield grades while
increasing carcass weights with younger cattle have been achieved.
At this point in time almost all the cows
on the JHL are AI’d (Artificially Inseminated). Each cow on the ranch has an
individual record of progeny that have either been taken to the rail or
used for replacements. Based on
these records, they are individually mated in our AI program. The mating philosophy is to provide
the JHL with as consistent well rounded set of females as possible,
fertile, efficient producing high quality beef.
Our harvest data shows we have been
successful in doing just that.