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THE McMURRY CATTLE PROGRAM

Useful Hereford cattle must ADD VALUE to commercial breeding programs. Standards set by top quality commercial programs raise the bar to a very high level. Exceeding that unwritten standard is a major challenge. Achieving breeding program consistency and market place acceptance is the goal. We have worked hard on this for more than 25 years.

The concept of TROUBLE-FREE is central to the McMurry Cattle breeding program.

We want our cows to breed on time. Calving cannot be complicated. Dispositions must be easy. Individuals must move with the group as we change pastures. Soundness is essential. The cows must maintain adequate condition and milk with available grass and water in high desert pastures. Bulls must be able to travel.

Our preferred cattle show is a visit to the pasture after the yearly challenges of winter feeding, calving, spring breeding and fencing. There is nothing more pleasant than a settled herd of cows with promising calves at side in the best pasture that the season has to offer. Somehow the perfect days of the year are the days that we remember so well. Each calf crop brings unique promise in the quest for the next great one.

What is the approach?

Using available data, we seek ADDED VALUE in the genetics that we produce.  Downward pressure on birth weight has been maintained. The pick of our 2009 bull calves demonstrate the emphasis on CALVING EASE. In addition, adequate milk, fertility and dollar values are considerations with each mating. Sources of marbling have been sought after for many years. The McMurry herd has become a reliable source for MARBLING. This is demonstrated by the ultrasound marbling rankings of MC Ranger 9615 bulls and heifers on 2009 in-herd testing. Many bulls in use have high marbling predictions. We use the most promising genetics that can be identified.

Specific genetic influences have favored impeccable udder quality. Pedigree inclusion of  RU 20X Boulder 57G, RHF Victor 424 218, JR Southern Cross Z17, Braxton Giant 1, Duster 60D, Circle-D Wrangler 832W, PW Victoria 8114, Star Rockin Erica 38F appears to favor this. Other sources from programs such as Harvie, NJW, Pat Wilson, Neal Trask, Thomas, DeanaJak, NS should advance this quality. This is a work in progress. Stacking proven breed leading females in each pedigree continues to move the maternal genetic base forward.

Our senior herd sire MC RANGER 9615 is the most proven sire of TENDERNESS in the Hereford breed. If an EPD were to be released, he would be below -1.0 with very few bulls documented to have reliable tenderness. His Gene Star testing is 5-star for tenderness and his sons all carry the trait. Data is based on shear test data from the AHA sire reference program. This same sire is a trait leader for MULTIPLE TRAITS, including FERTILITY, REA and IMF. His individual performance was 78# BW and 1415# YW. He was Grand Champion at two national shows, Reserve Champion at another and Supreme Champion at the competitive Idaho State show. His accuracies are very high. He has been used across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay. He has achieved CHB, SOD sire status in the AHA database. He is polled. It is a great satisfaction to include RANGER EPDs with print-out of breed-leading sires and find that he remains a VALUE ADDED SIRE to consider with each breeding season. His daughters are leading females in our herd.

September 27, 2012

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN MOHICAN WEST, MCMURRY CATTLE, EHLKE HEREFORDS at the Mohican West sale facility, Laurel, MT.


The next generation females in our herd include daughters of:
EF F745 FRANK P230
STAR 8006 ENYETO 163M ET
TOF OAK'S VICTOR 218 4125 ET
NT PLATO 19 207
NT BTCC L1 PLATO RUPERT
NJW 57G CIMMARON 81N
NJW 57G 80L CASH ADVANCE 75R
PW VICTOR BOOMER P606
MC 9615 RANGER M224
MC RANGER 9615
RU DUSTER 60D
KAIRURU ABERDEEN 0047
WSF MC DATELINE 489 ET
MC LJ 8E MADISON P485 and a full brother R580
REMITALL ROUTE 66
FELTONS LEGEND 242
REMITALL HIGHWAY 157H

We have a group of 2008 heifer calves by EF F745 Frank P230
MC P230 KATE U809 - 42923602
MC P230 KATE U814 - 42923603
MC P230 KATE U818 - 42923605
MC P230 KATE U819 - 42923606
MC P230 KATE U824A - 42923607
MC P230 KATE U883 ET - 42923608

2009 heifers include daughters of:
PW MOHICAN NASDAQ P316
EF K334 CROWN BEEF N014
EF F745 FRANK P230
HARVIE RAFTSMAN 16R
KT JOHN WAYNE 7167
PW 360 VICTOR 633
GH NEON 17N
TOF OAK'S VICTOR 218 4125 ET
MC 5073 ROCK SOLID T744
MC 30N 60D COMMANDER T738
REMITALL ROUTE 66
TH SHR 605 57G BISMARCK 243R ET
RU 20X GALAXY 58G
KJ 2403 RECRUIT 966R


Out and about at McMurry Cattle

Cows in Production (click a name to see a picture):

9818: Traces back to Braxton Giant 1 and U81.
9416: F243, 107H, F18K47
3143: 137W; Herd bull producer
9613: Giant 1; Vindicator; Donor
9313: 2105, 15G, 107H, F18K47; Donor

MC Ranger Heifer Calves (click to see a picture):

L106, L103, M202, M209

MC Ranger Bred Heifers (click to see a larger picture):

Bred Heifers - Nov 2002

MC Ranger Daughters in Production (click to see a larger picture):

Polled King Ten Bull Calves (click to see a picture):

N330
N352
N359
N361

Two-Year-Old Bulls:

Other Calves:

Pairs coming in to the corral, October 2002:

Windrows & hay bales, June 2003:

Read on to learn about McMurry Cattle's herd sires...


McMurry Cattle Fred, Doreen and Rebecca McMurry
Squaw Creek Ranch 20 Miles East of Billings, Montana
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