Ione, Ukiah, and Pilot Rock, Oregon
P.O. Box 356, 66062 Highway 74, Ione, Oregon 97843 (541) 422-7270 (503) 784-8691
Dear Corsair Friends and Customers,
I’m often asked where the name Corsair originated as the name of our ranch. Aside from my interest in general aviation and being an enthusiast of the World War II fighter aircraft, the Corsair F4U, there’s a bit more to the significance of the name. Corsair of Ballindalloch was a legacy Angus sire born in 1888 and bred by Sir George MacPherson Grant in Scotland. This sire emerged just as Britain was recovering from the rinderpest plague, which resulted in the eradication of most of Scotland’s cattle herd. This sire played a significant role in the recovery of the Angus breed.
The focus of Corsair Angus is to deliver genetics to the cattle industry with a vision towards improving carcass quality and maternal traits simultaneously. Our selection criteria for both sires and dams continues to be towards individuals with high fleshing ability, calving ease, moderate maternal milk, and high repeatability for improved marbling and ribeye area. We feel that some producers may be inadvertently over-emphasizing $Beef values in their selection of bulls. This number is supposed to be a relative value that ranks multiple traits, however, it is highly correlated to carcass weight (>90%) and is then multiplied by an economic factor that changes regularly based on the cost of inputs. It’s hard to make consistent genetic progress when the yardstick is constantly moving, so take this parameter with a dose of caution. We have moderated our position on calving ease targeting sires that will deliver calves in a target range of 75 – 80 lb. for first calf heifers. We think that selecting for extreme calving ease will eventually result in a herd of females with reduced pelvic scores and a tendency towards increased dystocia. Additionally, extremely small calves rarely catch up to their larger contemporaries by weaning and are at higher risk for hypothermia. The genetics for udder quality is often hidden in making the selection of a herd bull, since one rarely has views the dam prior to the purchase of a bull. Our selection criteria continues to be towards cows with level udders, moderate teat length, and square teat placement. This ideal cow has the ability to efficiently convert grass into milk and muscle to be able not only support her growing calf, but more importantly breed back next year.
For 2018, we have returned to a private treaty sales format. We feel that this format better serves our customers giving them more opportunity to view and discuss individual bulls and females. If you have the time, we would like to invite you to the ranch in Ione, OR to view the animals offered for sale this year. Whether or not you purchase a bull or heifer from Corsair Angus Ranch, we are always interested in listening to your thoughts, your needs, and your goals for the future of your ranching operations and look forward to sharing some of your ideas for the continued success of the beef industry.
Steve Puntenney, Ph.D.