Arizona Agriculture Asks What it Takes to Build a Cattle Herd
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau: A recent article in Drovers CattleNetwork highlighted how the genetic makeup of South Dakota’s lost animals due to the October blizzard will take years to rebuild.
If you’re not raising a cattle herd, you might not know anything about the importance of quality genetics in a cattle herd. As the same article pointed out, it takes years and generations to develop quality genetic traits with each ranch building them into a herd based on environment, feed resources and more.
Though we might not know anything, we should care. It’s these concerted efforts on the part of our American ranchers to build quality into a herd that makes our U.S. beef industry the finest in the world. Plus, if you’re a
Kacie Tomerlin, co-owner with her husband Danny of Arizona Legacy Beef, understands this all too well. They have a unique heritage breed (a true genetic breed that can be traced
Danny Tomerlin (white shirt) of Arizona Legacy Beef sorting the cattle.
Taking care of the genetics means a lot to any rancher you’d visit with. “We’re ensuring the longevity of a quality beef supply by securing
Indeed, Arizona’s beef industry is the top agriculture commodity again (last year it was dairy) in the state at $854 million in cash receipts alone (
“In regards to genetic quality, if you are a beef eater,” continues Tomerlin, “then the quality of what you’re getting on your plate is a lot different: How it looks on your plate, how it’s going to cook up, how it’s going to taste.”
Arizona Legacy Beef provides 100% natural Criollo beef from animals raised on their native rangeland that is lower in total fat, saturated fatty
The Criollo breed is originally from Spain and carries a unique muscling in the beef carcass. In fact, while some breeds just cannot carry off a tender cut of meat
To ensure ongoing quality and availability of Arizona Legacy Beef, the
In reference to what our South Dakota ranchers are now facing after tremendous losses in their beef herds, Tomerlin expounds on the challenges. “It’s going to be difficult,” she says. “But thanks to ranchers in Montana and Wyoming with similar genetics to those cattle lost in the blizzard that