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Dedication to fundamentals

Clinton Laflin
API Creative Media

Photo by Eric Grant, API Creative MediaThe Koupal family bases breeding decisions off the "Five L's of a profitable cowherd" - Live calves, low maintenance cows, lovely udders, longevity and limiting inconsistency.

As the sun paints the South Dakota sky LaVern Koupal feeds Angus cattle. Koupal is in the Angus business because he takes pride in carrying the torch of generations past by producing high quality livestock.

The Koupals, who ranch near the town of Dante, have been involved with the Angus breed since 1949. Four generations of the Koupal family have cared for black seed stock. “We all seem to love the cattle business” says LaVern.

The Koupals have three separate operations based close to the original homestead. The family goal is to produce a product that will work for them as well as their customers. One such customer is long time cattleman Dave Lensegrev.

Lensegrev, a native of South Dakota, is impressed with the quality of Koupal genetics. Last spring Lensegrev arrived an hour and a half before sunrise to evaluate Koupal bred heifers.

“As each of the 120 females walked by, there wasn’t a sorry heifer in the bunch. I was pretty impressed,” said Lensegrev. Koupal’s dedication to producing cattle like these bred heifers speaks volumes about their family.

LaVern and his wife Alice took over the families Angus operation that LaVern’s father built from the ground up in 1964.

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LaVern, like his father, believed in producing phenotypically sound, maternally strong Angus cattle. The family has bred cattle that not only maintain breed strengths such as maternal traits and calving ease, but also produce livestock that would offer balance to a producer.

LaVern relies on his skills as a cattleman to build upon these strengths. He follows a feeding program that allows them to see which genetics perform best. His ability to produce consistent cattle resonates with his customers.

Harlan Shrunk of Nebraska utilizes Koupal genetics because of their feed efficiency.

“He feeds like I do, and manages his herd like I do, and his cattle are very effective for my program,” says Shrunk.

In order to produce cattle that fit the mold, LaVern believes that he must perpetuate cow families that are ideally suited for the forage-based environment of South Dakota.

Herd bloodlines trace back to some outstanding Angus females such as the Dixie Erica and Elluna cow families. These families have provided the Koupals with a solid foundation to produce not only high quality females but also produce valuable bulls.

“We believe the best traits a bull receives is from his dam,” says LaVern.

The family also bases breeding decisions off the “Five L’s of a profitable cowherd” – Live calves, low maintenance cows, lovely udders, longevity, and limiting inconsistency. “We believe that following this guideline helps us to make sound breeding decisions with our program,” says LaVern.

The ability of their cowherd to produce on limited groceries has attracted customers to Koupal Angus.

“I think these cattle do better on straight roughage without much grain. I feed little grain, and they are just easy fleshing cattle,” says a happy customer.

The family focuses on the fundamentals of forage efficiency; they don’t overfeed with grains because their customers prefer to purchase cattle in their “working clothes,” says Koupal.

“We don’t over feed our cattle; we are more interested in preparing our cattle to perform for our customers,” he says.

“We’ve tried to breed cattle that are easy fleshing and with the price of grain now we are using very little of it, and I think it’s going to show up in more herds down the road,” Koupal adds.

Customer loyalty and appreciation were on display last spring when the family held their 32nd annual bull sale.

They experienced great success because of their dedication to fundamentals. Their success has continued to surprise Alice Koupal.

“We have been blessed by what we have accomplished over the last 30 years,” says Alice.

Their customers have come to expect a product that will work in their personal operation, and appreciate the top-notch customer service that they receive.

As the sun paints the South Dakota sky LaVern Koupal feeds Angus cattle. Koupal is in the Angus business because he takes pride in carrying the torch of generations past by producing high quality livestock.

The Koupals, who ranch near the town of Dante, have been involved with the Angus breed since 1949. Four generations of the Koupal family have cared for black seed stock. “We all seem to love the cattle business” says LaVern.

The Koupals have three separate operations based close to the original homestead. The family goal is to produce a product that will work for them as well as their customers. One such customer is long time cattleman Dave Lensegrev.

Lensegrev, a native of South Dakota, is impressed with the quality of Koupal genetics. Last spring Lensegrev arrived an hour and a half before sunrise to evaluate Koupal bred heifers.

“As each of the 120 females walked by, there wasn’t a sorry heifer in the bunch. I was pretty impressed,” said Lensegrev. Koupal’s dedication to producing cattle like these bred heifers speaks volumes about their family.

LaVern and his wife Alice took over the families Angus operation that LaVern’s father built from the ground up in 1964.

LaVern, like his father, believed in producing phenotypically sound, maternally strong Angus cattle. The family has bred cattle that not only maintain breed strengths such as maternal traits and calving ease, but also produce livestock that would offer balance to a producer.

LaVern relies on his skills as a cattleman to build upon these strengths. He follows a feeding program that allows them to see which genetics perform best. His ability to produce consistent cattle resonates with his customers.

Harlan Shrunk of Nebraska utilizes Koupal genetics because of their feed efficiency.

“He feeds like I do, and manages his herd like I do, and his cattle are very effective for my program,” says Shrunk.

In order to produce cattle that fit the mold, LaVern believes that he must perpetuate cow families that are ideally suited for the forage-based environment of South Dakota.

Herd bloodlines trace back to some outstanding Angus females such as the Dixie Erica and Elluna cow families. These families have provided the Koupals with a solid foundation to produce not only high quality females but also produce valuable bulls.

“We believe the best traits a bull receives is from his dam,” says LaVern.

The family also bases breeding decisions off the “Five L’s of a profitable cowherd” – Live calves, low maintenance cows, lovely udders, longevity, and limiting inconsistency. “We believe that following this guideline helps us to make sound breeding decisions with our program,” says LaVern.

The ability of their cowherd to produce on limited groceries has attracted customers to Koupal Angus.

“I think these cattle do better on straight roughage without much grain. I feed little grain, and they are just easy fleshing cattle,” says a happy customer.

The family focuses on the fundamentals of forage efficiency; they don’t overfeed with grains because their customers prefer to purchase cattle in their “working clothes,” says Koupal.

“We don’t over feed our cattle; we are more interested in preparing our cattle to perform for our customers,” he says.

“We’ve tried to breed cattle that are easy fleshing and with the price of grain now we are using very little of it, and I think it’s going to show up in more herds down the road,” Koupal adds.

Customer loyalty and appreciation were on display last spring when the family held their 32nd annual bull sale.

They experienced great success because of their dedication to fundamentals. Their success has continued to surprise Alice Koupal.

“We have been blessed by what we have accomplished over the last 30 years,” says Alice.

Their customers have come to expect a product that will work in their personal operation, and appreciate the top-notch customer service that they receive.