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MARS RED ANGUS CATTLE


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BULL DEVELOPMENT

Our bulls are grown slowly to preserve their soundness and are allowed ample space for exercise to increase durability. We typically wean in late October to a 15 acre pasture. The bulls are provided with free choice grass and alfalfa hay and are fed a gradually increased amount of corn to achieve a gain of 2.5-3 lbs. per day by March.

Our bulls are sold by private treaty and are guaranteed to breed.

OUR BREEDING PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

The MARS cowherd is an extension of the MRM Roberts Red Angus herd in New Mexico. Andy's parents, Jack and Martha Roberts, began breeding Red Angus cattle in 1978 in Las Cruces, NM. The MRM objective was to produce moderate sized, low maintenance, easy calving and easy gaining cattle that could be profitable in the harsh desert of southern New Mexico. In 1990, due to extreme drought conditions, they took some cattle to Buffalo Creek Red Angus in Wyoming. Combining Roberts' genetics with those of Buffalo Creek's proved to be a winning combination. Buffalo Creek Cherokee Canyon, born to an MRM cow, who was the top used bull in the breed at one time.

In 1997, we began our Red Angus herd in Nebraska with cows from the MRM-Buffalo Creek venture. MARS Red Angus relocated to the Miles City area in eastern Montana in 2001. Our primary focus has always been to produce low birth weight bulls that have ample growth to make them suitable for use on both heifers and cows. We have consistently bred for traits important for the cow herd, with an emphasis on disposition, efficiency and moderation, and have avoided using curve benders and pursuing market trends. Based on this premise, we aim to minimize the unexpected and market animals that will stay in your herd.

OUR COWS

The MARS cow herd started with 8 cows. Due to uncertainties regarding housing for both our family and the cows, when we relocated to Montana, we brought only 4 cows and 3 heifers, females that best met our breeding objectives. We have purchased a minimum of outside genetics. Therefore, our cow herd has remained small and our goal is to market 10-15 bulls each spring.

The cow herd was tested to be 100% BVD free.


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MARS bulls at the 2008 Miles City Beef Breeders Show, Main Street, Miles City, MT

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