Red Bud Farms
He eventually sold the progeny from those first females and started building his cow herd one female at a time. In 1994, he bought a Red Brangus bull and heifer to show as FFA projects. At the age of 14, he invested, his then life savings of weekly allowances, into two pairs at the Hoover Ranch Red Brangus dispersal. Suddenly, he found himself in the Red Brangus business. He continued selling calves and buying cows as he built the herd to its current size of 450 head. Today, Red Bud Farms is in the business of providing breeding stock to other producers. Make no mistake, Josh points out, they are in the cow/calf business first and foremost. They expect their cattle to calve, breed back, and raise that calf every year, consistently, within their 60 day calving season. Josh points out, “Red Brangus have proven they are capable of performing under our strict management conditions.”
Red Bud Farms has certainly grown from their humble beginnings and now runs 450 breeding age females on 3,600 acres. They currently have 250 registered Red Brangus cows and 200 commercial black Brangus cows. They artificially inseminate all of the registered cows and transfer embryos into the commercial cows. All cows are synchronized to be bred or have an embryo transferred on the first day of the 60 day breeding season. They then turn out bulls on day 15 and the bulls stay out for 45 days. Cows that come up open at the end of the breeding season are culled from the herd. Josh explains, that they sell most of their cattle in larger groups directly off the ranch. They have also sold some of their top end females through marketing opportunities provided by the IRBBA (International Red Brangus Breeders Associaton).
Josh also explained, that to date they have not shown any of their cattle. Josh said it best, “Our breeding program is based on producing quality, performance driven cattle that thrive in a production environment.” Red Bud Farms in constantly on the lookout for new genetics, both internal and external, that will help propel their operation forward. If you take a look at the pedigrees of the cowherd you will see that most of the influential bloodlines in the breed are currently in production at Red Bud Farms.
Josh believes this is an exciting time to be in the cattle business. With current prices at record highs, he believes we will enjoy those prices for at least 2 or 3 more years before cowherd expansion affects pricing. Josh commented, “As commercial prices begin to soften, producers who are progressively moving their operations forward with superior genetics and technology will continue to see strong demand and prices for their product.” With the incorporation of genomically enhanced EPDs, Red Bud Farms hopes to combine sound breeding practices, superior genetics, and scientific data to better meet the needs of today’s producer. He sees a strong demand for Red Brnaugs cattle in the marketplace. At Red Bud Farms, they are working to position themselves as a volume source for high quality, production oriented Red Brangus bulls and females.
Josh ended the interview with a piece of advice for new breeders just getting started. Josh pointed out, ”You should remember that this business is still relationship driven, so surround yourself with good people and the business will come together and most importantly HAVE FUN.”