The Oaks Farms are new to the Brangus business, but they
are not new to
the business of seedstock production.
The Oaks Farms began raising commercial cattle in 1991 with the purchase of a small herd of black baldie females. Focus soon changed as we became a seedstock producer of Polled Hereford genetics until our total move to the Brangus breed in October, 2006 via the acquisition of over 100 elite purebred females from Camp Cooley ranch . Two (2) 300+ acre farms make up the core production acreage for grazing and hay production (when we're not in a serious drought as the last two years).
Each member of the family has been enlisted to build the operation and facilities we enjoy today. We have seen our daughter and son grow up here working cattle, building and fixing fences, cutting hay and planting winter grazing. Today, Luke is married to Ashley and in late 2006, they gave us another blessing…our grandson Jackson; Luke works fulltime in another family business. Melynda and her husband Philip have a long distance marriage; he lives and works in Atlanta during the week while she lives in Auburn and next May will graduate from Auburn University with her degree in Veterinary Medicine. Catherine ran the day to day operations of the farm until Cobus Coetzee took over as Manager in May, 2001.
“Our Business Philosophy, Purpose and Expectations”
As you know, the seedstock producer services the vast commercial cattle industry through genetic improvement ! As you would expect, we did a lot of research before making such a major move to Brangus cattle and the Camp Cooley/Brinks breeding. We contacted knowledgeable industry experts, universities, veterinarians and fellow cattlemen…but most importantly, the commercial cattle producer ! What we learned lead us to the inherent strengths and characteristics of the Brangus breed and the powerful Brinks bloodlines:
- Females of moderate frame with calving ease, mothering ability, udder quality and overall efficiency. That's what the commercial cattleman stakes his future on.
- Bulls that remain sound and surefooted with verifiable longevity, that cover a lot of ground and close the breeding season without melting away. They want really prolific rascals that can breed genetic improvement into their herd !
Well, that's how we came to choose Brangus…they just plain fill the bill and do it all!
We have remained in the commercial business as well as the purebred side with approximately 200 head of commercial Brangus females serving a dual role as surrogates (recipients) for The Oaks embryo transfer program as well as Camp Cooley's “Calf Raiser Program”. If not serving as recipients, our quality bull battery of proven Brangus and Angus genetics goes to work to produce a very marketable commercial calf. We came about these females through careful background evaluation and were permitted to select this uniform set of young cows from four large Brangus producers in Texas , Oklahoma and Georgia .
Our goal is to produce superior genetics that our customers can use in their programs to move forward. In order to accomplish this lofty mission, expert advice and direction was required. Again, we looked to Camp Cooley and its team of breed and industry experts who really came through for us. They provided us with the very best female bloodlines…cow families with proven performance through years and years of evaluation, meticulous records and strict culling.
We could still miss achieving our goals if we fail to follow sound breeding protocol which we largely rely on Ken Hughes, Joe Fuller and Mark Cowan to provide. In addition to our outstanding herd sires, we selectively use AI sires to maximize genetic excellence. We are also fortunate to have Joe Fuller as our trusted advisor not only in breeding matters but also in program evaluation, marketing and assistance with future herd improvements.
Bull power is key to a high powered breeding program and we proved our commitment by purchasing the three (3) “Power Back” Herd Sires , Csonka, Unitas and Namath, plus three (3) high indexing Lead Gun sons who round out our bull battery. Just wait until you see Csonka's calves and we can't wait to see Unitas' and Namath's progeny this fall. Csonka's calves are powerful, deep and thick, yet the females are feminine. We feel he will accomplish everything we expected and more.
We are quite pleased with the decisions we've made thus far and the great set of cattle grazing our fields is the proof. There is an old adage…”the great ones cost more but they're worth every cent”!
Please feel free to call or, better yet, come by and see for yourself. We would be pleased to show you around The Oaks and answer any questions.