The registered cow herd at Highview Angus Ranch represents a total commitment to proven A.I. sires with the majority of maternal pedigrees tracing to all A.I. use back into the early 1960s. Nearly all the foundation lines of Highview Angus females originated from either Gardiner Angus Ranch in Kansas or Sitz Angus in Montana.
Our registered Angus cows are not pampered. They are run in a real-world environment right along with our Angus-based commercial cow herd. A lot has been said of cow families and their ability to transmit valuable convenience traits and do-ability.
While the cows probably don’t even care who they are related to, it might be of interest to some that the cow families at Highview Angus Ranch represent some of the most valuable, proven, and researched cow families of the breed.
Sitz Emma E Family
Almost ¼ of the cowherd traces to this prolific family via a Traveler 124 daughter, Sitz Emma E 2965, bred in the Sitz program and who raised her last calf here at 17 years of age. That’s what we call longevity. Her sons & grandsons are still mentioned by commercial bull buyers as some of the best they have ever used. Her daughter VF Sitz Emma 3039 another Highview donor and tremendous daughter of VDAR Traveler 722, lined up the Traveler bloodline and she nicked especially well with EXT.
Volumes could be written of the Traveler 124 daughters that stem from the Sitz program as paternal sisters of “2965” have written history throughout the breed including the world record 300K Sitz Everelda Entense 023(We have a granddaughter by BCC Bushwacker) and Sitz Everelda Entense 1905 both of whom went on to record millions of dollars in progeny sales and produce untold numbers of donor daughters for some of the most prominent Angus programs in the breed.
GAR Erica family
Another ¼ of the cowherd traces to the Erica family via four full flush sisters (EXT X Traveler 23-4 X Scotchcap) that we purchased as young virgin heifers from the Gardiner Angus Ranch ET program. Two were flushed here extensively as mature ET donors. We sold the other two at 13 years of age to Trowbridge Angus Farm, Ghent, NY for their embryo program. They are best known as being full sisters to GAR EXT 4927, the dam of the GAR Retail Product.
GAR Retail Product was originally described by Roy Wallace of Select Sires as having “the best power score he had ever seen”.
Retail Product is now not only known for his tremendous carcass merit and ability to transmit thickness but more importantly and recently as a sire of moderate framed, very functional, good uddered, long-lasting females. We attribute that added female appeal to the tremendous cow family on his maternal side as we have seen a lot of them here.
GAR Blackcap Family
The third-largest cow family here at Highview Angus Ranch are the Blackcaps. They are alive and well via Highview Traveler 8180 8203 (Sitz Traveler 8180 X Traveler 6807 X New Trend) a second-generation Highview ET Donor and our most prolific to date. 8203 is a great-granddaughter of the most famous Blackcap matriarch, GAR Scotchcap 867. GAR Scotchcap 867 (Scotchcap X F0203) is considered by many as the top source for carcass genetics in the Angus breed.
We purchased two granddaughters of “867” as direct daughters of GAR New Trend 780 a previous A Plus Angus of TX donor and now at Limestone LLC.
We purchased these young Blackcap heifers from the Gardiner Angus Ranch ET program well before this line of cattle became famous because we liked their dam and their kind, as much as their data. The “867” line of Blackcaps were once described as having produced more lot one features and more six-figure sales than any cow family in history and to date that would be an understatement. Daughters include, Coleman Blackcap 0813 sold 240K(half interest), GAR EXT 2104 sold 250K, A Plus Blackcap 0097 sold 175K, & GAR EXT 2114 sold 120K. After 867 sold for a phenomenal 60K (half interest) at 17 yrs old, her new owners described her as follows: “Blackcap “867” is responsible for more than 35% of the cattle in the top 100 cows for IMF and Ribeye in the breed. Approaching a million dollars in progeny sales and after producing over 150 offspring, Blackcap “867” is still alive at 17 years of age and flushing as good as she did when she was a first-calf heifer. She is where the bar is set for longevity, reproduction, and carcass in the Angus breed” At Highview Angus Ranch we too like the longevity in these cattle as they hold up while still performing near the top even under our real-world ranch conditions.
Sitz Barbara Perfection Family
We have 6 young daughters of ER Barbara Perfection L059 who sold for 9,500 to Harper Ranch LLC of TX in the Edwards dispersal in MT and dam of the 42K ER Talon N738 who sold to Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, MT. These 6 young Highview Angus Females are in turn granddaughters of the 90K Three Trees Pathfinder Donor, Sitz Barbara Perfection 1882 whose 4 direct daughters averaged 9,125 in the same 2005 Edwards dispersal.
Sitz Everelda Entense Family
We have a young granddaughter sired by BCC Bushwacker of the world record 300K Sitz Everelda Entense 023.
We have 7 young daughters of ER Forever K004 (Focus X 6807 X Candolier Forever 376) 5K to Red Sky Ranch Great Falls, MT in the 2005 Edwards dispersal.
Sitz Florabelle Fanny Family
We also have 6 young daughters of Florabelle Fanny K009 who is part of the donor program for Josh Mavencamp of Spring Cove Ranch, ID and the dam of the ER Broadcast bull who sold for 10K to the well known and respected cowman Dave Hinman of South Dakota where Broadcast sons have been sold for as high as 49K(2/3 Interest).
other cow families
Other Cow Families include Barbara McHenry, Blacklass, Blackcap Bonnie, Blackbird Princess, Forever, Forever Lady, & VDAR Queen represent an important but smaller number of females in the herd.
Yes, we own quite a few cows who have achieved Pathfinder Status with the AAA!
From the 2019 AAA annual Pathfinder report.
|AAA 17387218||HV Emma Program 614X 118Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||108|
|AAA 17387212||HV Emma Upgrade 664X 106Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||107|
|AAA 17387241||HV Emma Impression 495W 151Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||105|
|AAA 17387286||HVBlackbirdHooverDam450 284Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||105|
|AAA 17387235||HVBlackcapHooverDam877S 142Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||105|
|AAA 17387285||HVBlacklassHooverDam424 279Z||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||5||105|
|AAA 17662134||HV Florabelle Fanny 407A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||112|
|AAA 17661938||HV Emma Upgrade 788Y 493A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||111|
|AAA 17661896||HV Blackcap Hoover Dam 402A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||110|
|AAA 17661936||HV Blackbird Upgrade 327A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||107|
|AAA 17661961||HV Emma Hoover Dam-263U 347A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||107|
|AAA 17661655||HV Emma Complete-721R 370A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||106|
|AAA 17661934||HV Erica Upgrade 827Y 328A||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||4||105|
|AAA 17980920||HV Emma Incentive 294U 748B||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||3||106|
|AAA 17980940||HV EvereldaLongHaul211Z 800B||Jeffrey D Parker, Enterprise, OR||3||106|
|AAA 17084764||HV Erica Complete 969S 933Y||Highview Ranch, Enterprise, OR||6|
From the 2018 AAA annual Pathfinder report.
|Assn||Registration||Name||Num Calves||Avg Ratio|
|AAA||16466096||HV Emma Foresight-210 496W||7||105|
|AAA||16767227||HV FlorabelleFanny 113T 654X||6||106|
|AAA||17387218||HV Emma Program 614X 118Z||4||109|
|AAA||17387212||HV Emma Upgrade 664X 106Z||4||105|
|AAA||17387214||HV Erica HooverDam 674X 109Z||4||105|
|AAA||17662134||HV Florabelle Fanny 407A||3||114|
|AAA||17661938||HV Emma Upgrade 788Y 493A||3||112|
|AAA||17661655||HV Emma Complete-721R 370A||3||109|
|AAA||17661934||HV Erica Upgrade 827Y 328A||3||106|
|AAA||17661936||HV Blackbird Upgrade 327A||3||105|
From the 2017 AAA annual Pathfinder report.
|AAA 15136738||Highview Objective 333 721R||WR||10 110|
|AAA 15462746||Highview 928-8203 850S||WR||10 106|
|AAA 16465822||HV Forever K205 067T 417W||WR||7 106|
|AAA 16767227||HV FlorabelleFanny 113T 654X||WR||5 107|
|AAA 16770045||HV BlackcapDaybreak908S 721X||WR||5 105|
|AAA 17084723||HVBlackbirdDaybreak481W 780Y||WR||4 107|
|AAA 17084757||HV Emma Daybreak 206T 857Y||WR||4 106|
|AAA 17084747||HV Erica HooverDam 951S 832Y||WR||4 105|
|AAA 17387218||HV Emma Program 614X 118Z||WR||3 108|
|AAA 17387214||HV Erica HooverDam 674X 109Z||WR||3 107|
|AAA 17387268||HV Erica Program 720R 227Z||WR||3 107|
|AAA 17387212||HV Emma Upgrade 664X 106Z||WR||3 106|
|AAA 17387262||HV Emma Complete-721R 205Z||WR||3 105|
|AAA 17387285||HVBlacklassHooverDam424 279Z||WR||3 105|
|AAA 15136728||Highview Lead On 7530 653R||WR||10 111|
|AAA 16167514||HVBackcapBonnie458N 660 411U||WR||7 107|
|AAA 17084764||HV Erica Complete 969S 933Y||WR||4 105|
|AAA 17387296||HV Erica HooverDam 653R 960Z||WR||3 105|