Bill and Penny Root of Scotia, Nebraska run 180 cows at a family farm on the eastern edge of the Sandhills. We purchased our first two Optimizer bulls from Skinner Ranch in 2004 and have been satisfied customers ever since.
The herd we started with 35 years ago, included females purchased from a couple different seedstock producers and some black baldy lease cows. There was not a lot of uniformity in terms of size, type, temperament or nutritional needs and there were health concerns to address. We made some improvement over time, but when we brought in the Skinner bulls we began to see very encouraging progress.
Weaning weights increased while the cow size moderated. The udder and prolapse problems that plagued us were eliminated. From year one, we were impressed with the vigor and will-to-live of the baby calves. It’s very unusual to have any type of calving problem. These really are problem-free cattle.
The herd adapts so well to changes in available feedstuff. They are easy keepers and make great use of winter forage. We especially appreciate the disposition of the Skinner Ranch bulls, as either one of us can walk out in the pen or pasture and move them.
Our marketing plan depends on the resources available and what we think the market will do. Some years we sell shortly after weaning and other years we grow the calves for a while. Either way the cattle have been profitable and we’re so pleased with how they look in the ring. Lots of length and thickness, adequate frame and very uniform. The maternal traits they emphasize, such as soundness, good udders and longevity are very predictable in females sired by their bulls and retained in the herd.
One reason the bulls have worked so well for us is the good advice we’ve gotten from Ron, Tim and Kim over the years. They’ve seen our cows and listened to what our needs are, and given very honest feedback about which bulls might be a fit. We’ve had a few opportunities to stop at their ranch but we made all our selections based on the catalog and videos along with talking to the Skinner family. They are trustworthy and really care about their customers’ satisfaction.
Skinner Ranch Seedstock bulls prove their value in our herd and they are the only kind we own.
Bill & Penny Root