Thank You for visiting the Powell Angus Ranch web site. Our goal is to produce problem free maternally oriented cattle that will improve the efficiency and economics of commercial beef production. Regardless of the target market, your environment, or the level of management and nutrition you provide, we believe a uniform foundation of trouble free cows are not only beneficial to your profitability, but also a joy to be around.
We purchased our first Angus cow in 1986. After years of crossbred commercial cattle, we wanted cattle that were easier to handle, more uniform, more docile, easier calving, better mothers... We were tired of the endless search for faster horses, adding wires to the top of the fence, constant culling of outlier bad behavior, hard calving, and the overall disuniformity that comes from mongrelization.
We thought we were ready to become Registered producers of better cattle. I will be the first to admit, reading the beef magazines and breed publications it would seem like they have all the answers. I wish it were that simple. We selected what we thought were good cows. Some were. Some were not. Among the first large group of purchased cows we calved out was one that required a C-section. When the Vet shaved her to cut out the calf, there was a scar from the last C-section. The pages of references from industry leaders citing the integrity of a breeder in the catalog pretty much goes out the window when they decide their cattle are too good to cull even when they have C-sections. That isn't a quality what we expected the Angus breed or a professional breeder to provide. The cull rates were pretty high for several years, but the cows that made it through were pretty nice. We used the "BEST" bulls available through AI. The results were just as hit and miss as the original cow purchases. Lots of culling. The most popular bulls were bringing back many of the problems we had just culled out. We finally got a handle on which bulls and bloodlines seemed to be more functional, and we avoided the ones that proved to be problematic.
By 1998, we had purchased and culled heavily through about 250 cows. This is also the year we went to the Stoneybroke Sale in Soper, Oklahoma on November 28. Curtis and Brenda Schulz had acquired the Stoneybroke Ranch, Name, and Cattle from Carlton and Geneva Corbin who both passed away in 1995. Dad and I met Carlton and Geneva in a tent at the Nichols Farms cow sale in October of 1992. I had recalled reading Carlton's name when we met, but being new to Angus, I didn't know how important a couple I had the opportunity to talk to. . Carlton was the founder of the Emulous Bloodline of Perfornamce cattle that dominated the breed when the trend moved toward performance and away from the embarassing shortness contest that had damaged the industry for decades.