Welcome to Strang Herefords &
Black Angus, Meeker, Colorado, located in the mountains of northwestern
Colorado. Our purebred cattle operation is based at an elevation of 6,500
feet, and the rigors of the winters require that the livestock be hardy and
easy fleshing. Strang Hereford and Angus cattle have this sort of resiliency
and, therefore, will thrive in a wide variety of environments. Not all
herds have such a good test environment. Our cattle have been successfully
tested in Alberta, Canada; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho,
Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon,
Utah and Wyoming, as well as all parts of Colorado.
a family enterprise and we have been in the Hereford business for 51 years.
22 years ago we added a registered Black Angus program. Our four daughters,
Mary, Ellen, Lisa and Sarah were pivotal to the ranch growing up and through
their college years. Today, Lisa and Tom Walsh are part of the ranch.
The demand for the right kind of
Hereford cattle has never been greater and 2013 marks Strang Herefords 51st
year in business. In 1962, Bart started with ten registered Hereford first
calf heifers. He bred a productive cow herd and kept pace with the breed’s
genetic improvements. We reap the benefit of his life’s work.
Our goal is to meet the commercial
producers’ needs with consistent, predictable bulls who have a balance of
economically important traits. Fertility continues to be primary; and
today’s outcross genetics are delivering high performing bulls from these
foundation cows with smaller birth weights, increased maternal and improved
carcass traits. Cattlemen can use Strang Hereford bulls with confidence and
not have to worry about oversized calves with undesirable dimension. We’re
pleased to report that 75% of our 2013 Hereford sale bulls are in the top
or better, of the breed for marbling. 39% are in the 10th percentile and
10% in the 5th or above for this important trait.
We continue to
emphasize the importance of structural correctness, muscle, good udders with
small teats, milking and easy fleshing ability, as well as eye pigment. Our
balanced bulls go into Hereford-Angus baldy programs.
Our Black Angus
We’ve bred a
strain of Angus cattle suitable for our high altitude and harsh winters.
Producing three-dimensional, thick Angus has been our
goal as well.
To this end, we’ve line-bred our herd with known
low PAP (Pulmonary Arterial Pressure) genetics and emphasized maternal
traits, calving ease, easy fleshing ability, feed efficiency, muscle and
structural correctness. This year’s Angus long yearling sale bulls are very
consistent in phenotype and low PAP scores. (There are/were none over 42.)
The down side of having a closed herd is that
the cattle’s performance figures (EPDs) become flat and don’t reflect their
ability to perform. The animals’ consistency impacts their figures as well
because EPDs are designed to reflect differences among contemporaries. On
the positive side, customers will enjoy significant hybrid vigor from these
cattle will profile well and have substance from behind. We’ve moderated
our cow herd’s frame score and made them stouter with increased capacity and
extended longevity. They travel on good feet, are fertile and have good
udders. We're happy to say that, they match our Herefords in terms of
overall phenotype and muscle.
Pulmonary Arterial Pressure
Pulmonary Arterial Pressure for high altitudes is another focus of our
breeding programs. This is important to our many commercial customers who
summer their cattle at/above 8-9,000 feet above sea level. PAP, as it is
known, is not an exact science, but it is the only tool the industry has in
trying to avoid brisket disease at high altitudes. An animal’s PAP is
significantly affected by his/her genetics, environment and, to a lesser