Welcome to Gonnam Ranch, the home of exceptional South Poll cattle breeds. A cattle breed that excels in adaptability, fertility, and carcass quality. Our South Poll cattle, a carefully crafted maternal composite of Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol, and Barzona, embody the perfect balance of genetic traits necessary for thriving in various environments. In this comprehensive article, we will explore the unique characteristics of South Poll cattle and why they are the ideal choice for sustainable beef production.
The South Poll Advantage
A Maternal Composite of Superior Breeds
The South Poll breed is meticulously created by combining four outstanding maternal Bos Taurus breeds: Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol, and Barzona. Each breed contributes specific traits that result in an animal perfectly suited for our changing climate. By carefully selecting foundation purebred cattle from these breeds, Teddy Gentry set out to create a heat-tolerant, docile, and tender composite beef breed.
Adaptability and Longevity for Varied Environments
South Polls are bred to be small-framed cows with exceptional adaptability to various climates. Whether in hot and humid regions or cooler areas, these cows thrive. The inclusion of Hereford and Red Angus in the breeding mix ensures docility, excellent foraging ability, and adaptability. The Barzonas, known for their hardiness, heat tolerance, good udders, and longevity, further enhance the resilience of the South Poll breed. In fact, one of Teddy's Barzonas lived an impressive 26 years, a testament to the breed's durability.
Thriving on Sustainable Grass-Based Grazing Systems
At Gonnam Ranch, we understand the importance of sustainable and efficient beef production. South Polls are specifically bred to excel on a grass-based grazing system, making them an excellent choice for optimizing pasture utilization. These cows possess a natural ability to efficiently convert forage into high-quality beef, reducing the reliance on feed inputs.
Exceptional Carcass Quality for Premium Beef
When it comes to carcass traits, South Polls are truly remarkable. Extensive research, including ultrasound and actual carcass data, reveals South Poll beef is as tender, if not more tender than straight-bred English cattle. Our careful selection of foundation breeds has resulted in a composite animal with desirable carcass qualities, including tenderness, a high meat-to-bone ratio, and ample muscle volume. South Poll cattle, can be confident in delivering premium-quality beef every time.
Health and Disease Resistance for Sustainable Production
One of the key advantages of the South Poll breed is its remarkable resistance to various health issues commonly faced by cattle producers. South Polls exhibit significantly fewer calving problems, a lower incidence of pink eye, prolapses, fertility issues, and fly infestations. This inherent resistance reduces the need for interventions and promotes a more sustainable and cost-effective approach to cattle production.
Testimonials from Industry Experts
Renowned grazing expert Greg Judy, author of "Comeback Farms," attests to the superior performance of South Poll cattle. He shares that his experience with South Polls has surpassed that of any other breed he has grazed, citing their exceptional adaptability and overall performance. Greg's endorsement reinforces the breed's suitability for sustainable grazing systems.