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Sitz Angus Ranch's tried-and-true genetic program

Sitz Angus Ranch continues to set a high standard in the cattle industry with its highly-regarded purebred operation in Montana while following a long-standing breeding program that was launched more than 86 years ago. Since 1923, the Sitz family has been raising registered Angus cattle with its first ranching operation at Longmont, CO, before Bob and Donna Sitz moved the headquarters to Harrison in 1959.

With ranches today in both the Harrison and Dillon areas of southwestern Montana, Sitz Angus Ranch is at the forefront of the industry with a tried-and-true genetic program that utilizes innovative technology while combining solid practices that fit in with the requirements of commercial cattlemen across the country.

"We are using all of the tools that are available today like EPDs, ultrasound and DNA, but we also make sure, as well, that we breed cows that work in the commercial industry," says Bob Sitz.

"We continue to incorporate the cutting edge of technology and genetics in our program," Sitz continues. "This year we put nearly 100 bulls through the Igenity program to identify multiple traits through DNA theology." These traits include feed efficiency, longevity and marbling, according to Sitz. In addition, the ranch has PAP-tested all of their bulls for high altitude disease. This comprehensive package of data provides potential buyers with the best tools to make accurate selection decisions.

To get the right results, the focus is placed on the right mother cows with the best package of genetics to help the commercial cattleman.

"We look for good uddered, functional cows with good feet and legs and fleshing ability," Sitz says. "We have never gone to any extremes and we try to stay fairly balanced with our breeding program.

"Our dad taught us pretty well and we have never gone with fads and we have stayed with the tried and true basics," Sitz adds.

Sitz Angus Ranch continues to set a high standard in the cattle industry with its highly-regarded purebred operation in Montana while following a long-standing breeding program that was launched more than 86 years ago. Since 1923, the Sitz family has been raising registered Angus cattle with its first ranching operation at Longmont, CO, before Bob and Donna Sitz moved the headquarters to Harrison in 1959.

With ranches today in both the Harrison and Dillon areas of southwestern Montana, Sitz Angus Ranch is at the forefront of the industry with a tried-and-true genetic program that utilizes innovative technology while combining solid practices that fit in with the requirements of commercial cattlemen across the country.

"We are using all of the tools that are available today like EPDs, ultrasound and DNA, but we also make sure, as well, that we breed cows that work in the commercial industry," says Bob Sitz.

"We continue to incorporate the cutting edge of technology and genetics in our program," Sitz continues. "This year we put nearly 100 bulls through the Igenity program to identify multiple traits through DNA theology." These traits include feed efficiency, longevity and marbling, according to Sitz. In addition, the ranch has PAP-tested all of their bulls for high altitude disease. This comprehensive package of data provides potential buyers with the best tools to make accurate selection decisions.

To get the right results, the focus is placed on the right mother cows with the best package of genetics to help the commercial cattleman.

"We look for good uddered, functional cows with good feet and legs and fleshing ability," Sitz says. "We have never gone to any extremes and we try to stay fairly balanced with our breeding program.

"Our dad taught us pretty well and we have never gone with fads and we have stayed with the tried and true basics," Sitz adds.

Sitz Angus Ranch continues to set a high standard in the cattle industry with its highly-regarded purebred operation in Montana while following a long-standing breeding program that was launched more than 86 years ago. Since 1923, the Sitz family has been raising registered Angus cattle with its first ranching operation at Longmont, CO, before Bob and Donna Sitz moved the headquarters to Harrison in 1959.

With ranches today in both the Harrison and Dillon areas of southwestern Montana, Sitz Angus Ranch is at the forefront of the industry with a tried-and-true genetic program that utilizes innovative technology while combining solid practices that fit in with the requirements of commercial cattlemen across the country.

"We are using all of the tools that are available today like EPDs, ultrasound and DNA, but we also make sure, as well, that we breed cows that work in the commercial industry," says Bob Sitz.

"We continue to incorporate the cutting edge of technology and genetics in our program," Sitz continues. "This year we put nearly 100 bulls through the Igenity program to identify multiple traits through DNA theology." These traits include feed efficiency, longevity and marbling, according to Sitz. In addition, the ranch has PAP-tested all of their bulls for high altitude disease. This comprehensive package of data provides potential buyers with the best tools to make accurate selection decisions.

To get the right results, the focus is placed on the right mother cows with the best package of genetics to help the commercial cattleman.

"We look for good uddered, functional cows with good feet and legs and fleshing ability," Sitz says. "We have never gone to any extremes and we try to stay fairly balanced with our breeding program.

"Our dad taught us pretty well and we have never gone with fads and we have stayed with the tried and true basics," Sitz adds.

Sitz Angus Ranch continues to set a high standard in the cattle industry with its highly-regarded purebred operation in Montana while following a long-standing breeding program that was launched more than 86 years ago. Since 1923, the Sitz family has been raising registered Angus cattle with its first ranching operation at Longmont, CO, before Bob and Donna Sitz moved the headquarters to Harrison in 1959.

With ranches today in both the Harrison and Dillon areas of southwestern Montana, Sitz Angus Ranch is at the forefront of the industry with a tried-and-true genetic program that utilizes innovative technology while combining solid practices that fit in with the requirements of commercial cattlemen across the country.

"We are using all of the tools that are available today like EPDs, ultrasound and DNA, but we also make sure, as well, that we breed cows that work in the commercial industry," says Bob Sitz.

"We continue to incorporate the cutting edge of technology and genetics in our program," Sitz continues. "This year we put nearly 100 bulls through the Igenity program to identify multiple traits through DNA theology." These traits include feed efficiency, longevity and marbling, according to Sitz. In addition, the ranch has PAP-tested all of their bulls for high altitude disease. This comprehensive package of data provides potential buyers with the best tools to make accurate selection decisions.

To get the right results, the focus is placed on the right mother cows with the best package of genetics to help the commercial cattleman.

"We look for good uddered, functional cows with good feet and legs and fleshing ability," Sitz says. "We have never gone to any extremes and we try to stay fairly balanced with our breeding program.

"Our dad taught us pretty well and we have never gone with fads and we have stayed with the tried and true basics," Sitz adds.

editor's note: on dec. 1, 450 coming two-year-old bulls and 400 commercial heifers sell in harrison; 350 yearling bulls sell march 7, 2012 in dillon. to learn more about sitz angus ranch, visit www.sitzangus.com.


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