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January 1, 2014

Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

The most often asked question that we hear: “Is Three Trees Ranch still in business?”

The unequivocal answer is: “Yes!”

While the past several years have been challenging to say the least, the Three Trees Ranch properties in Georgia and Wyoming are intact and functioning, our best Angus, Brangus and Charolais genetics are still in the Three Trees herd and in production, and 2014 is a brand new year with a new set of goals and new excitement for the Thomas family and all those who are a part of the Three Trees team!

We have adjusted our management system and aligned our calving season with our natural resources and climate and Three Trees Ranch will have more than 900 calves born in Georgia from late October 2013 through April 2014. We will be breeding more than 1,500 females beginning in late January of 2014. More than one third of our calf crop being born are the result of embryo transfer and we expect that at least 250 of the more than 300 embryo calves to be born this season will start life with a $B index that is greater than +100.

Like most Angus breeders, we have dealt with the genetic challenges of AM, NH, CA and DD and purged our parent herd of genetic conditions that could negatively impact commercial beef production. While it has not been a pleasant experience, we wholeheartedly subscribe to the old maxim “whatever does not kill you makes you stronger!”

We could not be more excited about the impact that our senior herd sire Rito 9Q13 is having across the Angus breed and the non parent lists sorted on the basis of $B index find the top 100 of both bulls and females with no sire group larger than the progeny of 9Q13. Our high CED and minus BEPD carcass sire G A R Daylight is gaining popularity daily and we like what he brings to our program and the beef industry. Our home-raised featured sire Three Trees Double Design remains among the ultra elite of the Angus breed for combining CED, BEPD and Marbling EPD!

We really like our yearling cattle by Rito 9Q13, A A R Ten X, SydGen Trust and Connealy Contrast and our calves being born by those sires along with our first progeny by Three Trees Shenandoah 1C49 and Connealy In Focus 4925 have us eagerly looking toward the future.

As we begin producing our fall 2014 and spring 2015 calf crop, we are using the technology of In Vitro ORIgen, the new company that our genetic services company ORIgen formed in partnership with the world’s largest in vitro fertilization company, In Vitro Brasil. Our goal for the coming year is to have more than 600 embryo calves conceived in the petri dishes of our In Vitro ORIgen lab from our most dynamic young females whose genetics push the envelope!

As we begin producing our fall 2014 and spring 2015 calf crop, we are using the technology of In Vitro ORIgen, the new company that our genetic services company ORIgen formed in partnership with the world’s largest in vitro fertilization company, In Vitro Brasil. Our goal for the coming year is to have more than 600 embryo calves conceived in the petri dishes of our In Vitro ORIgen lab from our most dynamic young females whose genetics push the envelope!

The sires being used in our IVF embryo work in addition to our own powerful herd sires include the record-setting EXAR Denver 2002B and the RE EPD leaders Connealy Counselor and Sitz Top Game 561X, the bulls that rank Number 2 and Number 4 for RE EPD behind our Number 1 RE EPD sire Rito 9Q13. We are comfortable that the Angus cattle being produced at Three Trees Ranch have the most reliable marbling genetics to be found in the breed and we are now turning our attention to adding muscle to improve USDA Yield Grade as we have improved USDA Quality Grade.

Recognizing that structural soundness in addition to carcass excellence should be the next new frontier in the art and science of cattle breeding, we will be using the very first semen imported into the United States from Australia produced by the most popular and valuable sire in that country, Tuwharetoa Regent D145. Recording the highest %IMF EBV among high accuracy sires in the Australian Angus database when compared to the top carcass sires from both Australia and the American Angus Association database, this bull bred in New Zealand also offers a new gold standard for Long Fed/CAAB Index, the Australian equivalent of $B index. All this carcass excellence comes along with outstanding values for the new Structural Trait EBVs that are being developed from data collected by the Australian Angus feet and leg scoring system. We believe that Regent could be the beginning of a worldwide revolution in Angus genetics!

Our long term breeding goal at Three Trees Ranch is to create, in volume, Angus seedstock with diverse genetic ingredients that possess an EPD profile that offers excellence in these highest accuracy economic factors that are currently measured in the Angus breed:

CED BW WW YW RADG SC Doc CEM Milk CW Marb RE $B
11 1.8 58 101 0.22 0.73 11 8 24 40 0.79 0.79 90.03
10% ang 10% 10% 10% avg avg avg avg 10% 10% 10% 10%

As of this writing there are ten non parent Angus bulls that meet these demanding criteria and we look forward to adding the genetics of V A R Frontier 3011, the one with the highest $B index of the sort to our breeding program as a new generation source of diversity and balance.

As we formalize our marketing plans for the future, we will share our plans with you on this web site. We anticipate resuming our annual fall sale on Monday, November 3, 2014 to share our bulls and surplus production females with the beef industry. As the summer progresses, we will make a decision whether we will share an elite offering of cutting edge female genetics supported by genomic-enhanced EPD data as a part of that event or as a standalone sale in the spring of 2015 as we have done for many years. Stay tuned and feel free to offer your opinion about when the best time to access our cutting edge female genetics would be for you!

Sincerely,


Dick Beck
General Manager

If you would like to visit about bull selection or if you have questions about the bulls or females that Three Trees Ranches has for sale, please feel free to call any of these team members:

Dick Beck - (770) 846-0046
Rob Singleton - (770) 862-0983
Ryan Johnson - (770) 550-7548
Craig Smith - (770) 550-7546
John Painter - (770) 550-8031

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