Beef cattle production is alive and well not only in Cooke County but also at North Central Texas College’s Experimental Farm.
Recently at the South Central Red Genetics Annual Production Sale held in Ardmore, Okla., NCTC consigned the highest-selling bull. Hi Ho Cody, which sold for $6,100, was a bull raised by NCTC out of a college-owned cow and an AI sire.
“It’s always nice to produce animals which are highly sought after and bring a premium price,” said NCTC Agriculture Department Chairman Steve Keith. “We had several good bulls in this calf crop, but the Cody bull was one of the nicer ones. It’s been rewarding to look back over my nearly six years with NCTC and recognize the improvement in the genetic pool of our Red Angus herd, due in large part to the efforts of our farm manager, Rodney St. John, along with support and assistance from members of our community.”
The current NCTC demonstration herd is a registered Red Angus herd as a result of several members of the Texas Red Angus Association donating cows to the college several years ago as the initial seedstock. In addition to enhancing and perpetuating Red Angus genetics at the NCTC farm, the college also operates the NCTC Beef Center, which offers custom development and feeding programs for all breeds. Customers deliver their cattle to the NCTC farm where they become part of a contemporary group to be developed while recording increases in growth and comparing the animals to identify the genetically-superior individuals.
Most recently, the NCTC Beef Center developed both bulls and heifers for the Annual South Central Red Genetics production sale held in Ardmore. Occasionally, the college may have some breeding age bulls for sale. To learn more about the NCTC Red Angus herd or the services offered by the Beef Center, please visit www.nctc.edu/Agriculture or call the Agriculture Department’s office at 940-668-4217.