Woodstone Angus began in 1980 with a mission to produce highly marbled high quality beef, while preserving the trails for which angus cattle are famous: calving ease, mothering ability, adequate milk, and easy maintenance on grass.
It was inevitable that we return to the Origin of the Breed for foundation stock. Initial inquiries in Scotland did not identify individuals which had never been crossed with outside sires. From Ireland we imported eleven females and three bulls traced to their origin in the Scottish and/or Irish herdbooks. We added four cow families from Scotland later.
For thirty years we have collected actual carcass data on hundreds of calves annually. In 2004, we won the National Angus Carcass Challenge (NACC) steer championship. In 2006 NACC heifer competition we set the all-time high Prime and CAB acceptance record (95% with no discounts), sired by 14 different bulls.
Woodstone is rapidly becoming a major supplier of breeding stock and feeder calves for the Grassfed Beef Industry. Moderate framed bulls (1800-2000 pounds) and females (1000-1200 pounds) are easily maintained on medium to good quality forage alone. Initial data on calves finished on quality forage alone is showing a high percentage of choice and prime carcasses.
More than thirty years of linebreeding and meticulously collecting actual carcass data has proven that these cattle exceed our expectations in all areas. We are extremely concerned that there may be a dozen or less of these original cow families in existence. This has prompted us to expand our initial mission statement and to seek out other serious breeders to expand the herd and prevent the permanent loss of any of these remaining rare cow families.
ESTROTECT™ Heat Detectors are the original rub-off heat detection tool proven by research to be As Good As a Bull™ in determining the maximum opportunity for cattle pregnancy. With over 50m units used worldwide over the past 14 years, ESTROTECT has established a global legacy in providing clear, verifiable proof of standing heat. However, ESTROTECT also has several alternative uses, including identifying estrus cycling patterns or confirming cattle pregnancies after artificial insemination or bull service. When combined with good management practices, ESTROTECT can lead to more reproductive success with higher pregnancy rates and an overall more profitable operation.