Schular Red Angus awarded BIF Producer of the Year
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) awarded Schuler Red Angus the Seedstock Prdoucer of the Year Award during the organization’s 46th annual meeting and research symposium in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21.
Schuler Red Angus is located in the panhandle of western Nebraska on Lawrence Fork Creek. Darrell and Mary Lou Schuler began raising commercial Herefords there in 1959. By the 1970s, they were using Red Angus bulls and discovered that the crossbred calves were superior to the ranch’s traditional straightbred cattle. A registered-Red Angus herd was started in 1976 to develop genetics for the ranch’s commercial herd and provide seedstock for neighboring ranches.
The seedstock herd expanded in the 1980s and continued to improve through the use of artificial insemination, performance testing and a data-based breeding program utilizing expected progeny differences (EPDs). Customer input and feedback from meat-packers regarding the ranch’s finished commercial cattle encouraged the Schulers to begin collecting carcass data in 1991. They later developed structured carcass tests utilizing their own and customer cattle. Today, more than 25% of Red Angus’ high-accuracy carcass trait sires have been proven by Schuler Red Angus.
A composite seedstock herd called “Schuler Reds” — which uses Red Angus, Simmental and Gelbvieh genetics — was started in 1992. This gives Schuler Red Angus customers the opportunity to add heterosis and breed complementarity via a simple crossbreeding system.
The current ranching operation encompasses 17,000 acres, including 2,000 acres of private pasture leases and 1,250 acres of irrigated farm ground. Butch and Susan Schuler, with their children Stephanie and David, manage the operation of approximately 1,000 head of spring-calving females. The Schuler’s hosted their 32nd production sale this spring, selling 150 registered Red Angus and Schuler Red composite bulls.
–Beef Improvement Federation