of legendary genetics, our Cavalier, Country Western,
Desperado and Soul Man bulls, are selected to
complement the dominant 6/2, 411/6, and Diamond
Queen cow families in our herd. We can now boast that over
50 percent of our herd is polled! To the commercial or purebred Beefmaster breeder, that means Wild Oaks
Farms Beefmasters can increase your profits in the cattle market. Read a little
about our cattle, and be sure and take the farm tour of photos starting
with the Home page on the left.
Phenotypic ally, it's a real challenge to balance maternal,
environmental and economic traits at the farm with carcass performance. There
exists is a glaring antagonism between maternal efficiency in a cow herd and
carcass performance in their calves. You won't see restaurants advertising
Holstein or Jersey steaks, and you don't see Angus cows in the milking pens. The
gauge for maximum efficiency is different for each breed, depending on what
they're expected to do.
At Wild Oaks Farms we've been upgrading and culling through five
generations of Beefmaster heifers to develop economically efficient cattle for
the Midwest. Structurally correct Beefmaster cows and fertile Beefmaster bulls
build longevity into the herd. Stringent culling for bag quality has produced
heavy milking heifers with bags that hold up through the years. Where it really
counts, the best recips we can find for our embryo transfer program, are our own
commercial Beefmaster cows! We know the kind of calf they'll raise!
Our cattle aren't running on lush bottomland pastures, but on
upland, hillside grazing where they have to work for a living. They're selected
to be easy keepers, and expected to maintain peak production on grass pastures
of Bermuda, Bahia and winter grains.
At Wild Oaks Farms, as Beefmaster breeders, we expect our
best calves to come from our latest generation, the first calf heifers, not from the cow
herd. If her calf's performance doesn't measure up to the
rest of the herd, she's gone, and not to a customer, but to
If a Beefmaster bull prospect comes out of a first
calf heifer, his heifers will produce a higher quality
weaning calf for years to come. That's profit in the bank.
Our Sr. Herd Sire,
Crown Prince 920 was recently selected as the 2006
National Beefmaster Bull Grand Champion. The
committee of three judges included two cattle breeders with
years of field savvy. They appreciated the structural
correctness of the bull that interpreted into breeding
longevity for himself, and his off-spring, his
representation of the "essential six" traits Beefmaster
A Wild Oaks Farm heifer, Call
Me Darlin' recently won the Cream of The Crop IV, Next
Generation Heifer Futurity. Judge Jim Williams said he would have named
our second entry, Sophia Loren, Reserve Grand
Champion, if it had not been a winner take all futurity! Naturally we
took the $10,000 check for Grand Champion to the bank, but we consider
that a wonder windfall, and it won't be counted in the profits for the
year. Our profits are determined by the cows we left at home in the
Black" is one of our Pacesetter cows, and her grand dam,"
Isa Essential Black" is on her fourteenth natural calf, not
counting her flushes. Our fifth generation black heifer, out
of Black Jack 21, is on the ground. Although we continue to
raise performance red Beefmasters, we progressively accept
the growing demand for black calves. Be sure and read
about our" Isa Blacks", they are a group of black females
unique to the breed and will infuse the legendary longevity
and profitability into our base herd.
When we got started with Beefmasters, we started
culling, "older" cows like our neighbors, at nine or so. Now
we know we have at least another five or six calves in those
production machine females, and that's just more profit!
Beefmaster cows' longevity will really count
in those years when beef prices are low, and you need to
sell even the top heifer calves. Those productive females
are your proven, blue chip, "stock investment" to hedge
through the cattle market's price fluctuations. Our polled
Beefmasters are just an added value bonus!
Get a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to sit down and look through
the pictures and genetics of our herd. We guarantee you'll like what you see.
Give us a call and let's talk about our Beefmaster
cattle for sale. Our cattle work for us and they'll work for
you, we guarantee it! We're Proud to be Beefmaster Breeders!
Toby and Cherryl Forte'
Wild Oaks Farms,
6006 Early Branch Rd, Mulberry, Arkansas