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Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program

Sunflower Supreme Spring Bred Heifers for sale

Due to low number of producers and certified heifers for the Sunflower Supreme program this year, we are not hosting a special sale, however, there will be some heifers available for sale private treaty or via Superior Livestock Auction.

The Superior Livestock auction heifers come from Dr. Don Coover from Galesburg.  They will sale via the Superior platform Thursday December 5th, 2019.  There are 45 head of black and black baldies.  They sell around 3 PM.  Lot information can be found at this link Superior Lot 10226.  To find out more information about these heifers contact Don at 620-763-2248 or by calling SEK Genetics at 1-800-443-6389.  If interested in these heifers, please sign up via Superior Livestock prior to sale time.  Dr. Coover has some smaller lots available private treaty, including some Red Angus (red hided) heifers.  All heifers from CVR Cattle will be identified as bred to the AI sire SS Traveler 6807 T510 and cleaned up with McCabe ACR Bismarck A3081, McCabe HH Pioneer, and Swearngin Charlo 6125.  These heifers should begin calving around February 19, 2020 with a calving window of 60 days.

If looking for more smaller head lots contact Gale George or Jared Pollack.  Here are some of the heifers they have available and specs.  
    - 92 commercial heifers confirmed AI bred via ultrasound to Moore Campbell Reserve for Feb 10 calving date. These are all one iron heifers with breeding soundness records. $1800
   - 40 commercial heifers confirmed bull bred for 45 days via ultrasound to sons of Coleman Charlo and Connealy Confidence. These are all one iron heifers with breeding soundness records. $1650
Contact Gale George (620-496-9579) to visit about viewing heifers and for more information.

Welcome to the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Program

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The Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program is a joint effort between K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to provide research-based best management protocols for beef cattle producers.  This program is for Kansas producers who want to improve their management techniques and marketability of heifers.

With the reduction in total cows numbers occurring in the United States, cattle producers who offer a value-added product have the opportunity to be at the fore-front of filling this void in cow numbers.

The purpose of this program is to provide cattle producers “best management” guidelines for replacement heifers and provide educational opportunities for improvement in revenue, reproductive success, and longevity within their cattle operation.

Producers involved in this program will work with their veterinarian, local extension agent, and livestock markets to generate a quality product for sale, but

The primary areas of emphasis in this program include:

  • Vaccination and health guidelines
  • Reproductive management tools to improve breeding success
  • Evaluation of sires to minimize calving difficulty
  • Marketing opportunities
  • Data collection and management for improved herd records

This website will provide information on the program requirements and contact information for your local Ag Extension agent and current research to help with management decisions.

Updated calendar for management

A new version of the interactive calendar has been added to the website under the documents tab. This calendar allows you to input the dates for your operation in regards to breeding and weaning dates, and the program will calculate the dates you need to complete each management step.

This is a great tool to use regardless of if you are involved in the Sunflower Supreme program.