For 32 years the Reyes and Russell families have worked together to offer you Angus genetics you can be proud to put in your cow herd. We remain family operations that work hard to provide high-quality bulls for producers across the region, bulls that can work in any environment. We will keep striving to find the right kind of cattle to use, thus producing bulls to benefit the commercial cattlemen. Recently I was asked what it was that kept the program together all these years. First, I’d say hard work and diversity. Second, a very productive and functional cow herd. Third, not following fads and trends. Fourth, holding true to our standards and beliefs, and finally, a very strong and supportive customer base. If it wasn’t for the commercial cattleman, we wouldn’t be here doing what we do.
We believe this year’s offering will be a good investment for any operation. JUST BECAUSE HE WAS BORN WITH TESTICLES DOESN’T MEAN HE HAS TO KEEP THEM. We calve out 900 cows on average from year to year, thus retaining approximately ½ of our bull calf crop for the sale. Before going to grass we sort the bulls into three groups based off their phenotype as a yearling. The bulls have remained in these groups and we like the way it turned out. Throughout the book you will see some real standouts, not all stacked up front. We feel to start we have a group that will offer a lot of power and growth to any cowherd. The next set is going to leave behind some real fancy females, “Cow Makers” as dad calls them. Finishing up the sale will be a younger more moderate set of bulls that have really matured into a nice set. Overall, the bulls have good bone structure, are good footed and have been developed with longevity in mind. We continue to strive for quality, performance, conformation, fertility, and easy fleshing abilities that will work at any altitude.
Our bulls are raised and developed in a realistic range environment. They summer at Tie Siding, WY and are PAP tested there at the end of September by Dr. Tim Holt at 8,000’. Russell bulls are PAP tested in Walden, CO at 8,450’. MR Angus has been PAP testing cattle for over 40 years. Where else in the United States can you find this depth of quality and degree of accuracy for PAP? When the Reyes bulls return to Wheatland, they are on a LOW Mcal ration that is 78% roughage, they are not pushedlike a feedlot bull. They run in their working clothes and receive no special treatment.
Both families continue to strive for herd quality vs. aiming focus on the numbers that show up on a registration paper. Many producers are focusing more and more on what the papers say. Well, we need these cattle to go to work for us and not vice versa. I believe that over the years the Angus industry has turned into a political numbers game. As a result, we are seeing radically high EPDs and cattle that cannot produce as the paper predicted. The numbers just don’t add up and production is being lost. And lets be honest, that paper really doesn’t do you the commercial cattleman much good when it really matters. Pounds pay, not paper. Rather, we are working to have a herd full of cattle that have eye appeal paired with a combination of soundness, good bone, lots of capacity, with longevity. These characteristics make for a herd that can produce calves that work well in a feedyard as well as females that can perform in the pasture, without falling out of the herd within the first few years.
Again, this year we will be donating 10% of the Lot 10 bull to the Wyoming FFA Foundation, as well as, 10% of Lot 20 bull to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. We strongly support both of these organizations that work hard to promote and protect agriculture in our great state.
As always, we invite you to stop by and go through the bulls anytime. We hope you will look at the sale offering, compare, and see all that our program is accomplishing. Thanks to all our friends and customers who have supported us over the years. We look forward to seeing you Monday, February 27, 2023. If you have any questions, feel free to call.
Juan Reyes and Keith Russell Families
32nd Annual Reyes/Russell Bull Sale
Monday, February 27, 2023 - 1 PM
at the ranch in Wheatland, Wyoming