On July 22, 2019, at 11 years old, after more than 10 years of residence at ORIgen, the ownership of Hoover Dam made the decision to bring a great and productive life to a dignified conclusion worthy of the legend that he was.
Born on January 25, 2008 as the third calf from a Hoover foundation female that would go on to qualify as a Pathfinder Dam, this top-selling bull of the 2009 Hoover Angus sale arrived at ORIgen on February 10, 2009, two weeks after his first birthday.
From his first collection of 105 units that passed ORIgen Quality Control standards at 14 months of age on April 13, 2009 through his largest one-day collection of 846 units as a four-year-old on April 4, 2012, Hoover Dam was a consistent collector. His final successful collection was on June 12, 2019 of 213 units. There were 901 collection days that produced semen approved for sale that resulted in 238,813 units for an average of 265 units per collection.
As of his passing on July 22, 2019, ORIgen records show 233,396 units of that semen that were sold or used by owners of the bull for a gross sale total of $4,514,565 with 15,406 A.I. certificates sold to register progeny of Hoover Dam in the American Angus Association herd book. Sold at $40 each, they generated another $616,450 in gross sales to push his total of semen and certificate sales to $5,131,015. Hoover Dam was the ORIgen semen sales leader in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, and although there are no official public records with which to compare, Hoover Dam is one of the top bulls to reach that sales total.
Sons of Hoover Dam can be found in many seedstock programs across the country and he is an icon known for his high level of reliability. In the 2019 American Angus Association Pathfinder Report, there are 85 daughters of Hoover Dam that are active Pathfinder Dams, nearly five percent of the daughters that have enough age to be eligible. Some of the most exciting sires in the Angus breed are being produced by Hoover Dam daughters, and they include the yearling bull that records what is believed to be the highest $Combined value index among non-parent Angus bulls and the dams of the current ORIgen sires Bakers Northside 6007 and Raven Powerball 53. The bull with the highest RE EPD in the ORIgen marketing system is sired by a son of the Hoover Dam as is the $580,000 record-seller from the Baldridge Brothers program.
As of his passing, Hoover Dam has 15,821 Angus progeny with AHIR weaning records. There are 7,279 progeny with ultrasound scan records, and 4,719 daughters with 11,217 AHIR progeny records. Hoover Dam has 3,642 progeny with genomic test records in the American Angus Association database. As of this writing, Hoover Dam has more than 500 progeny included in the IGS National Cattle Evaluation, and in the Angus Australia Breedplan database, Hoover Dam has 639 progeny analyzed in 70 different herds with 224 head scanned and 73 progeny genomic tested. Over the course of his lifetime, 2,618 units of Hoover Dam semen have been exported to Australia and New Zealand with additional semen sold into Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Russia.
Hoover Dam has set and broken production and sales records at ORIgen and he truly epitomizes the “Breeder to Breeder Genetic Services” concept that is the foundation upon which the success of ORIgen has been built.