237 Stud News

237 Stud News

Come and See the Bulls at ORIgen –

Beginning on Monday morning, May 4, 2020, ORIgen will resume guided tours of its barns and bulls in residence there.

With the arrival of spring weather in Montana that allows us to give “open-air” tours using our tour vehicle with the doors removed so employees and visitors are not confined in a tight spot with an unacceptable “social distance”, ORIgen will show the bulls to visitors as we have since the beginning days of our business.

Please DO NOT be offended if the ORIgen employee giving your tour does not shake your hand or chooses to wear a mask while giving the tour. The SAFETY of both our customers and our employees is our FIRST PRIORITY.

We ask that you try to limit tour group size to one or two people at a time and calling ahead to let the ORIgen staff know you are coming will be greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, ORIgen will have to continue the ban of tours for international visitors beyond our Canadian neighbors to the north of us.

Access to the ORIgen offices and lab WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED to everyone except employees as we strive to minimize the exposure of our staff and their families to the COVID-19 virus.

THANK YOU for your patience and cooperation as we continue to serve the beef industry and protect the health of those we work with in this essential part of the world economy.

If you choose to continue to maintain your own personal “social distancing” at a higher level than visiting ORIgen in person, please review the “Bulls of ORIgen” here on our web site!

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ORIgen Angus Sires Fall 2020 NCE Young Sire Supplement

The Young Sire Supplement of the Fall 2020 National Cattle Evaluation lists 2,895 bulls born after January 1, 2016, that have at least 10 progeny weaning weights on AHIR and post a weaning accuracy of at least .30.

SydGen Merit 6553 records the Number 3 Marbling score EPD and has the Number 4 $Combined value index and $Grid value index and a top 10 $Maternal value index that are all the highest among ORIgen sires represented in this report along with recording a top 25 $Beef value index.

SydGen Evolution records the Number 6 $Beef value index among the 2,895 young sires and ranks among the top 15 for $Combined value index and has one of the top 25 values for Weaning Weight EPD, Yearling Weight EPD and $Feedlot value index.

Basin Deposit 6249 records the Number 8 Weaning Weight EPD value and a top 15 value for $Weaned calf value index, a top 20 $Combined valued index and top 25 values for $Maternal value index, $Grid value index, Marbling score EPD and Yearling Weight EPD.

Stevenson Easy Money records a top 10 Weaning Weight EPD, Yearling Weight EPD, $Weaned calf value index and $Feedlot value index.

JR Fast Forward records the Number 6 $Weaned calf value index with a top 20 value for $Combined value index and Weaning Weight EPD along with a top 25 values for $Maternal value index.

Curtin Rambunctious records the Number 2 $Weaned calf value index of the report and records one of the top 15 Weaning Weight EPD values and top 25 Yearling Weight EPD values.

EXAR Epic 6072B combines the Number 4 Yearling Weight EPD with the Number 10 Weaning Weight EPD for a top 15 $Feedlot value index and top 25 $Weaned calf value index.

EXAR Stallion records top 25 values for $Grid value index and Weaning Weight EPD and Basin Encore records one of the top 15 values for $Weaned calf value index.

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ORIgen Angus Sires in the Fall 2020 National Cattle Evaluation Main Report

From a total of 284,230 sires with progeny records reported as of Friday, May 22, 2020 in the American Angus Association data base, the Fall 2020 Sire Evaluation Report lists 2,391 sires with the following qualifications to be included in the Main Report:

  1. The sire must have at least 35 yearling progeny weights in proper contemporary groups on Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR).
  2. The sire must post a yearling accuracy value of at least .40.
  3. He must have had at least 5 calves recorded in the American Angus Association Herd Book since June 1, 2018.

Among the 2,391 sires in the Main Report of the Fall 2020 National Cattle Evaluation, there are 37 head that record one of the top 25 $Combined value indexes and the eight of those featured at ORIgen represent 22% of the elite proven sires! 

Led by the past ORIgen sire WAR Calvary B063 Z044 at Number 1, this now-deceased leader is joined by ORIgen sires SydGen Enhance, Bakers Northside 6007, Diablo Deluxe 1104, Rito 3S10 of 9Q15 Progress, SydGen Exceed 3223, FF Rito Righteous 6R41 and SydGen Blacksmith 4010.

There are 67 proven sires that record one of the top 25 $Beef value indexes and 16 of those are ORIgen marketing sires that represent 24% of the breed leaders!

The past ORIgen sire WAR Calvary B063 Z044 again leads the way at Number 1 and is joined by Bakers Northside 6007, SydGen Enhance, Rito 3S10 of 9Q15 Progress, Baldridge Alternative E125 SydGen Exceed 3223, Diablo Deluxe 1104, SydGen Blacksmith 4010, SydGen FATE 2800, MW DNAmite, FF Rito Righteous 6R41, Stevenson Big League and EXAR Monumental 6056B.

Connealy Cool 39L ranks Number 1 for percent Heifer Pregnancy EPD and Number 2 for $Maternal calf value index.

Crouch Silverado, another long-term ORIgen featured sire, records the Number 1 $Weaned calf value index with 17 other ORIgen sires joining him among the sires with top 25 $W values.

Rito 3S10 of 9Q15 Progress ranks Number 1 for both $G and Marbling score EPD and a daughter of Rito 3S10 is the Number 2 for $B index when compared to 300,262 active dams.

The past ORIgen sire PA Valor 201 ranks Number 1 for RE EPD where he is joined among the proven leaders by FF Rito Righteous 6R41. 

Stevenson Big League records the Number 1 Weaning Weight EPD of the 2,391 proven sires and the Number 3 Yearling Weight EPD to rank among the top 10 for $F index where he is joined by Bakers Northside 6007.

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Angus EPD Updates 5-29-20

The American Angus Association released the results of the Fall 2020 National Cattle Evaluation today and this spreadsheets shows the comparison of the data for ORIgen sires on 5-22 and 5-29.

May 29, 2020 marked the official release of the $Combined value index that now appears on an AAA pedigree and registration certificate and the introduction of a NEW PAP score EPD where the smaller the EPD value is more desirable.

Use the tabs of the linked spreadsheet to find ORIgen trait leaders for specific traits you are seeking for your program.

Click the link below to download the spreadsheet and study the sorts of the Angus bulls available from ORIgen that include 15 NEW Angus bulls that have joined the ORIgen marketing system since the 2020 ORIgen Sire Directory was released.


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Bulls at ORIgen 5-26-20

Click the link below to see which bulls are currently in collection at ORIgen.

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AAA EPD Changes Coming 5-29-20

Friday, May 29, 2020 will be the National Cattle Evaluation Bi-Annual bio-economic index variable updates.

On this day the following will happen:

  • Official release of $C (Combined Value Index).
  • Official release of PAP EPD
    • This EPD will be shown to 2 decimal points, only high yearling PAP measurement will be counted in the progeny counts, breed average will be right around +1.00 with a LOWER EPD more favorable.
  • Annual genomic percentile score update
  • Updated breed averages, percentile ranks, updated lists of main and supplemental sires, etc.
  • Targeting the Brand logo updates.
    • New requirements passed by the CAB Board state that any animal now carrying the Target the Branch logo will have a 0.65 or greater Marbling EPD AND a +55 or greater $G.

Detailed information will be released at the end of this week on angus.org about the changes happening on May 29.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kelli Retallick
Genetic Service Director
Direct: 816.383.5190
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ASA EPD Updates 4-21-20

AGR and ORIgen sires ranking in the ASA database using IGS BOLT evaluation.

Use the tabs of the spreadsheet to identify trait leaders available.

Spreadsheet has been reduced in size to include ONLY active marketing sires available from AGR and ORIgen.

Study the ranking of ORIgen Angus sires in the ONLY across-breed EPD evaluation – you will like how they stack up!

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ORIgen Angus Sires Genomic Percentiles 5-29-20 – Fall 2020 NCE

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