BREED for PROFIT
– Luke Bowman
“If you want to be profitable, and therefore sustainable in the seedstock business, you need to understand that ‘maternal’ is a function, an action…. not a look.”
“When you cease to be industry relevant, it’s all just a social club.”
-- Deb Norton, Topeka, KS
“BSG has consistently demonstrated a superiority in the cattle they produce to marble and garnish premiums on the rail that very few can compete with. These advantages have been well documented in multiple ASA trials over the years.”
-- Dr. Rick Leone, Past ASA President, Peak View Ranch
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
- Jim Collins, Good to Great
“The data is only as good as the people who submit it.”
- Phil Bowman
Industry Driven. Shorthorn Focused.
THE PILLARS OF BSG
Working Class Enterprise
We run our cows like our commercial customers. It is very cliché to say, but the cattle at BSG work for us and pay their way for our customers. We believe in building a better Shorthorn for the commercial cattleman who wants to improve profitability, so Greens Fork is essentially a boot camp for the real world of beef production, not a fitting center for maximizing marketability.
Repeated customer reports from registered and commercial stockmen alike share that BSG females calve on time and breed back fast in their new environments. BSG bulls do not melt or exhaust at different operations, that is because we do not handle or fatten our seedstock for prime bovine merchandizing. The BSG prefix means more than bettering our cohorts in average sale price, it means cattle that have more staying power in order to generate long term profits for the low-input, tight budget beef producer.
Data Driven Decisions
We are committed to helping you make educated breeding decisions which will affect your herd for many years to come. Relying on facts via science and not emotion drives our breeding decisions and genetic recommendations. We fully incorporate genomic technology and International Genetic Solutions’ full suite of EPDs, along with public and in-house economic selection indexes to generate the most profitable Shorthorn animals we can cultivate.
Simply being a good-looking Shorthorn bull or female is not good enough for today’s larger beef industry. We know it has to be a special and dynamic Shorthorn to meet your sophisticated list of values. We keep our standards very high, therefore our saleable bull volume very low. If we don’t have bulls available, we are glad to help you find the right kind of Shorthorn or Shorthorn composite for your business.
What Beef Industry Leaders Have to Say...
“Successful breeding programs make the most of the next generation. Breeding superior genetics takes planning, disciplined selection, the use of relevant technology and time. It takes time and commitment to stack generations of cattle that excel important economically relevant traits. Bowman Superior Genetics has made this commitment and in doing so have created genetics that have relevance in all segments of the beef industry.”
Bryce Schumann - Former CEO, American Angus Association
“BSG sets the standard in the Shorthorn breed for genetic improvement. Where else can a Shorthorn enthusiast go to find more practical, real-world data? For several years Phil and his crew have gathered anything from standard performance info, to kill sheets, and ultrasound data. More recently they have incorporated the use of genomics, and composite breeding; they have essentially taken the guesswork out for any potential customers. All the while, one thing has never wavered…QUALITY! Come see for yourself where form follows function.”
Wes Wise - Wise Shorthorns
“Always promoting progress is part of the reason that Bowman Superior Genetic are known and respected not only in the US, but around the world. Newer technologies too, like 100% herd DNA enhancement, faster generational turnover to ensure greater progress are combined with the time-tested practices like collecting carcass data on every sire used and developing bulls and females on a non-starch diet in order to avoid masking non-useful genetics with feed and management, are all part of the commercial business targeted program here.
So, whether you are searching for some of the world’s most consistent and highest profit Shorthorn genetics or are considering some of the designed composite products in the future of the Bowman program, I am confident you will appreciate the commitment to customers and the commitment to the future these folks put to plan each year and for each new generation.”
Marty Ropp - Allied Genetic Resources
“The Shorthorn breed as tremendous potential to contribute to the commercial beef industry. To do so, they must be objectively described genetically in large equal opportunity contemporary groups; have an abundance of convenience traits such as calving ease and shedding early and completely; and have feeder calf market desired color patterns. Unfortunately, there are too few herds producing this type of Shorthorn to meet demands. Bowman Superior Genetics is one the leading herds breeding performance-oriented Shorthorns that check all the boxes to have a very positive impact on the commercial beef industry.”
Dr. Bob Hough - Retired CEO, Red Angus Association of America Co-Author, Shorthorn and the American Cattle Industry
“It was great to have an opportunity to go through the Bowman Superior Genetics cow herd; an impressive program! I was most impressed with the uniformity and consistency of the cattle. It wouldn’t matter what color the breed, the cows are the right kind to work in any environment and have a positive impact on the beef industry.”
Rance Long - Owner, Rance Long Marketing Distinguished Angus Sale Manager
“We are located in Central Florida raising both purebred and commercial cattle. I recognize the importance of sourcing outside genetics from seedstock producers that have a true understanding of the BEEF Industry. The Bowman’s were referred to me by a feedlot manager that fed their cattle multiple years and experience phenomenal results. I was very pleased to find they weren’t just breeding for feedlot performance, but also moderately framed, structurally correct, maternally oriented cattle that seem to thrive in a challenging Florida environment.”
Henry Kempfer - Kempfer Cattle Co.
“Breeding good commercially acceptable Shorthorn cattle is not easy—But BSG has done it. From the time they purchased their first Shorthorn cows from my dad, BSG has paid attention to objective data and used all the information available—and if the data wasn’t available, they measured and collected their own in order to learn more about their cows.
Phil and Luke traveled lots of miles to locate genetics to improve their cattle. They found better cattle with unique pedigrees—and so did the breed. They cattle generated by BSG over the past decades have worked in Greens Fork, IN and for their customers throughout the U.S. The cows are good—but the people are better—and the best crop Phil and Linda raised were three good kids who have a love for agriculture and the Shorthorn breed.”