We chose the Irish Black breed for their efficiencies, longevity, carcass and performance. In 2008, we learned about the Irish Black breed and decided to go have a look for ourselves. We wanted a way to make the ranch more profitable and intensify what we had. We liked what we saw and the opportunities of the breed, so in 2009 we put in embryos and haven’t looked back since. At the end of the day what we raise on this ranch is grass, and to make that more profitable we needed a type of cattle that makes the most out of the native grass. All of our cattle must produce in extreme temperatures and be able to cover the badlands of eastern Montana.
A FEW GOOD REASONS TO USE IRISH BLACKS & IRISH REDS…
Genetic Purity… The Irish Black breed has four decades of closed book line-breeding behind it creating a very small gene pool. The Breed has increased levels of desirable homozygous genes to pass on to their offspring. All registered animals have been DNA tested to guarantee parentage, this ensures that the breed remains 100% pure.
Hybrid Vigor… The proof is in the crossbreds. The genetic concentration of the bulls has tightened up the consistency and uniformity in our calves.
Have high altitudes… Irish Black cattle have a resiliency to brisket disease (high altitude disease).
Need a Bull… Mature, 18-month and older bulls have high quality semen and are capable of breeding 50 females. These are foundation bulls from a pure-bred program to deliver predictable progeny.
We make a darn good steak… The eating experience of Irish Black beef is second to none. The tenderness and flavor will speak for themselves.
Efficiencies… Feed Conversions, Irish Blacks can often convert less than 5 pounds per pound of gain in the feedlot. Cows are capable of weaning a calf that is heavier than 50% of her weight. Calving Ease. Moderate frame.
Longevity… The Irish Black cows and bulls have staying power, 14-15 year old cows are not an uncommon sight within the breed. Superior fertility. Excellent conformation.
To learn more about the Irish Black breed,
visit the Irish Black Cattle Association’s website: