Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Big Adventure Days 1-3

Ronnie and I started out with our cattle as a hobby back in the mid 80's.  Needless to say we grew from a hobby to a full blown business.  Over the years we have made our share of mistakes.  One of the things we discovered is that just because it works for one operation doesn't mean it will work in ours. So many factors influence a cattle operation, environment, genetics, management just to name a few. We love getting out and visiting with others in the cattle industry, but between managing the farm and working a job off the farm it isn't something we have been able to do as much of as we would like.  As of July 1st that has changed a bit.  Ronnie has been semi retired from our family business for the past two years, but I have still been working.  As of July 1st I stepped away and we can now start checking off items on the ole bucket list.  Our big adventure began on July 11, 2017, thanks to our eldest son Lucas who loaned us his motor home we have hit the road, just the two of us and one of the dogs.
Cuddles getting her first look at MO!

Beautiful country

 We drove to Mo the first day and stayed the night in a Sam's parking lot.  This worked out great for Ronnie, however I soon realized that I had indeed watched to many episodes of Criminal Minds so sleep was not in the cards for me.  We started out early Wednesday morning for Kansas we had reservations at Farnum Creek Campground for Wednesday night.  We arrived around 3:00 and finally got set up around 6:00, discovering the importance of level campsites!  The thing that surprised me the most was the heat.  It hit 104 here late yesterday afternoon, it was HOT!  I will say that it is a different kind of hot, 104 in Florida is worse but it was still miserable.
104 now that is hot!

Beautiful morning drive over to OCC and the temp was low 70's!
What a difference a day makes!
We had contacted Tim Ohlde of Ohlde Cattle Company to see about a visit while on our adventure.  We have used OCC cattle for a number of years and sure like what they bring to the table.  The Ohlde cattle are thick and deep with beautiful udders, and they make a living on grass!  We met Tim at the Ranch around 7:30 a.m. and started out looking at the herd sires he had penned.  They were what I expected deep, thick heavy muscled bulls.  We have used OCC Juneau 807J, OCC Missing Link 830M and OCC Paxton 730P with Paxton and Missing Link being favorites.  I wanted to see what up and coming bulls I would like to use in the future.  I can't say we found a favorite, because we found several that we want to use, I will say the top two would be OCC Big Time 746Z the picture they have of this bull on their web site just doesn't do him justice!

OCC Big time 746Z and my photo doesn't do him justice either!
  He is a good one!  Another is a young bull Zodiak my goodness he is nice.
Zodiak out working.  This is one I sure want to have in the tank!
I just loved the look of the Paxton daughters they had the most I have ever seen in production.  They were all pretty darn sporty.  Tim knows his cattle and his genetics, it was a pleasure to finally get to meet both him Trudy and Jake. The cows we saw were all very uniformed and all thick, deep, with beautiful udders which was exactly what I expected to see in this herd.

Ronnie and Tim talking cows.
Tomorrow morning we head out to Cheyenne WY for a short visit with our nephew Marc and his family.  Then on toward MT.  I will be posting more about our adventure in the coming weeks!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Up Coming Bull Sales

Alabama BCIA Fall Round Up Sale
Friday November 11 at 12 Noon
Alabama Livestock Auction in
Uniontown, Alabama

Gizmo Angus Farm is offering nine stout two year old bulls in this years sale.  

B5 - Gizmo Paxton B5 1220 730P Reg# 18138240
B26 - Gizmo Rito B26 407 9R918138229
B35 - Gizmo B35 Y3051 5522-6148 Reg# 18130235
B41 - Gizmo Cedar Ridge B41 1144 Reg# 18138234
B60 - Gizmo Rito B60 732 9R Reg# 18138248
B74 - Gizmo Regis B74 814 1214 Reg# 18130240
B78 - Gizmo Campbell B78 0524 Reg# 18130244
B80 - Gizmo Juneau B80 1256 1221 Reg# 18138257
B92 - Gizmo Juneau B92 1262 1221 Reg# 18138267

These bulls are developed here at the farm, they are never pushed.  Check them out we invite you to pick our your next herd bull.  A new rule for this years sale is that all bulls offered for sale will be tested NEGATIVE FOR TRICHOMONIASIS! If you would like more information on Trich we invite you to go to the back of the sale catalog and read the very informative article written by Soren P. Rodning, Extension Veterinarian, Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences, Auburn University.  Bovine Trichomoniasis If you would like us to mail you a catalog give us a call (Debbie 850-232-2643) or (Michelle 205-646-0115 or 205-287-1080) or drop us an email request at or or visti the BCIA website at

A few of the Fall Round Up bulls

4Th Annual Bull Sale
November 19, 2016
1:00 p.m. CST
Wadley Al. Whelan Farms Sale Facility
15418 Hwy 77 

Gizmo Angus Farm is proud to have the first Registered Angus Bulls ever offered at this prestigious sale.  When your the first you sure want them to be good and we feel we have sent some really good ones.  Rick does a great job developing these bulls.  This is a bull development program not a bull test, the focus at Southern Excellence is to DEVELOP Bulls that are in optimum conditioned to be released into your herd and go straight to work.  All bulls have passed a breeding soundness exam and have had complete ultrasound data collected.  All bulls sell with a 100% guarantee.  If your looking for bulls that have been developed right. Join us in Wadley Alabama on November 19th. If you would like us to send you a sale catalog give us a call (Debbie 850-232-2643) (Rick 404-476-6797) The catalog is online Southern Excellence Bull Sale We invite you to check out this offering, Rick has a spreadsheet on his web site with current EPD's on all the bulls as well as videos of each bull in the offering.  You won't find a stouter set of bulls offered in the Southeast this sale season.  The Gizmo Lots are:
Lot 58 - Gizmo CC7 C2 324 327
Herd sire prospect out of a first calf heifer

Lot 61 - Gizmo Pioneer C17 1120 7301
The Pioneer calves work

S A V Pioneer 7301 sire of lot 61

lot 62 - Gizmo EXT C21 0524 6149
This is an ET calf our of our Blackcap May 0524 donor and the flush brother of the Coleman Angus donor Coleman Donna 6145

Coleman Donna 6145 Flush sister to the sire of Lot 62

Lot 63 - Gizmo Charlo C32 744P 0256

Coleman Charlo 0256 sire of lot 63

Lot 64 - Giz Rainmaker C41 7009 6169

Chloe Juanada 7009 dam of lot 64

In addition to the two sale listed above we will have bulls selling again this year in the Florida Bull Test Sale on January 21, 2017 at the University of Florida Beef Unit.  We have five calves entered in this years test.  The bulls just completed the first 56 days of the test and we are very pleased with their progress.  56 day test results  I will do another blog on the Florida bulls when the test has been completed.  

If you have any questions on any of the bulls we have in these sales or bulls offered private treaty off the farm feel free to give us a call. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Southern Excellence Bull Development Group Bull Sale

 Save the Date
Southern Excellence Bull Development Group Bull Sale

November 19, 2016
Whelan Farms
15418 AL Hwy 77
Wadley, AL 36276

On behalf of the Southern Excellence Bull Development Group we would like to invite you to save the date for our 4th annual Southern Excellence Simmental, SimAngus and Angus bull sale on November 19th.  You read that right this year the sale will offer purebred Angus genetics.  

Ronnie and Debbie Gilmore
Gizmo Angus Farm
Ronnie and I are excited to be a part of this elite sale.  We delivered five stout young bulls to Rick Whelan on June 30th.  Rick and his wife Lisa work very hard to insure the health and welfare of these animals.

The focus of the Southern Excellence is to DEVELOP bulls that are in optimum condition to be released into your herd and go straight to work.  All will have passed a breeding soundness exam and will have complete ultrasound data collected.  All bulls will sell with a 100% guarantee.

The sale management will be in the hands of Ruble Cattle Services.  Jeremie Ruble personally viewed each calf that will be included in this program.  Every effort is made to insure each bull delivered will have excellent EPD's as well as excellent structure.

The five calves representing Gizmo Angus genetics in this years sale will be:

Gizmo CC7 C2 324 327 Reg# 18472511 - This young bull is out of a first calf heifer that we purchased at the Southeast Classic from Bannister Farms in 2015.  She is everything we had hoped for.  She bred back AI the first time through the chute.  C2 had a actual birth weight of 74 pounds and an adjusted weaning weight of 623 pounds and a weaning ratio of 111.
SAV Pioneer 7301 sire of C17

Gizmo Pioneer C17 1120 7301 Reg# 18472508 We have been very pleased with the Pioneer calves, the daughters are making superior cows and the bulls are stout.  This calf had a actual birth weight of 74 pounds with an adjusted weaning weight of 680 pounds and a weaning ratio of 108.
Coleman Donna 6143
Flush Sister to the sire of C21

Gizmo EXT C21 0524 6149 Reg# 18490328 -This ET calf is out of a mating we are pretty excited about.  The Coleman EXT bull just didn't have any holes in him, his progeny are deep with plenty of muscle and stand on excellent feet and legs, his daughters have picture perfect udders. the SAV Blackcap May cow is a powerhouse of a cow, she is thick, deep with a beautiful udder. We only got four eggs out of the flush but they all stuck so we were tickled.  In addition to the C21 calf we are sending one of flush brothers to the Florida Bull Test the other will be developed at our farm.  The one heifer will be bred in the fall, all four calves are like peas in a pod.  C21 had a actual birth weight of 80 pounds and an adjusted weaning weight of 616 pounds and a weaning ratio of 98.
SAV Blackcap may 6097 Grand Dam of C21

Gizmo Charlo C32 744P 0256 Reg# 18472520 - This bull was purchased as an embryo from the Coleman program in Montana.  This calf should make a heifer bull.  His sire Coleman Charlo is a meat wagon. C32 had a actual birth weight of 78 pounds and an adjusted weaning weight of 642 pounds and a weaning ratio of 102
Coleman Charlo 0256

Giz Rainmaker C41 7009 6169 - 18472528 -Another ET calf out of the Coleman program in Montana.  We have two bull calves out of this flush and both are stout little suckers.  We have retained C41's flush brother to use in our herd this coming year. C41 had a actual birth weight of 90 pounds with an adjusted weaning weight of 694 pounds and a weaning ratio of 111

We will be posting updates as the bulls develop.  For more information on this program check out Southeast Excellence on Facebook or Whelan Farms we hope to see you on sale day!