Quinn Cow Co. Named BIF Commercial Producer of the Year

Jun 17, 2011
by WLJ

Reuben and Connee Quinn started Quinn Cow Co. as a commercial cow/ calf operation in 1974 with the purchase of 50 Simmental x Angus crossbred heifers. The ranch is located primarily on leased land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as well as Dawes County in northwestern Nebraska. Currently, Angus x Simmental cows are bred to Angus, Simmental and Angus x Simmental composite bulls to calve in the spring. The goal is to produce a cow with high output and relatively low inputs in a challenging environment compromised by high selenium and sulfate levels in the water and grass.

Depending heavily on EPDs for selecting sires with calving ease and moderate milk, yet above average growth traits, the Quinns require a cow that produces excellent replacements as well as high-performing feeder cattle.

Calves are retained through the feedlot phase and typically sold on a carcass merit basis. Feedlot performance and detailed carcass data have been collected on the calf crop for more than 15 years.

Thirty percent of the mature cows, all of the replacement heifers and second-calf heifers are synchronized and bred artificially. Individual cow records and ranch production are documented for continual management improvement. Measured ar eas include reproductive performance, weaning percentage per cow exposed, and annual cow cost by line item. A network of experts, in various industry disciplines, are regularly consulted to achieve the Quinns’ goals of profitability and production criteria.

Also nominated for BIF’s Commercial Producer of the Year Award were: Bambarger Cattle Farm, Northport, AL; Durheim Ranch, Ellendale, ND; E. Roen Ranches, Knights Ferry, CA; Larson Angus Ranch, Sharon Springs, KS; Leavitt Lake Ranches, Vina, CA; and Silver Spur Ranch, Encampment, WY.

Nebraska Cattlemen nominated Quinn Cow Co. for the award. — WLJ