Roche Ranches Inc.
currently has 1000 head of cow/calf pairs, but through our breeding and genetics have converted to the "seed stock" business as part of our operation. We changed our business plan to consist of high quality, strategically balanced pure bred animals with hybrid vigor focusing on Angus and Simmental genetics. We currently sell in the neighborhood of 75 head of pure bred bulls and heifers annually.
Roche Ranches Inc.
likes to hang their hat on their premium livestock and take pride on their "Durable Cattle with Quality Genetics." Roche Ranches has been in the cattle business through four generations. We believe the best way to stay profitable is to take advantage of crossbreeding, especially maternal heterosis, and quality research proves that. Maternal heterosis is the most valuable tool available to improve cow performance and herd profitability. With the low heritability of maternal traits, like fertility and longevity, a breeder can spend a lifetime trying to make the same progress for those crucial traits that can be realized in one easy cross. Studies show an equivalent of 1 to 1.5 extra calves over the lifetime of a female in favor of crossbred cattle because of the combination of greater longevity and extra calf weaning weight. If we could purchase a pharmaceutical that added that much performance and profit there is little doubt that producers would stand in line all day to buy some.
We are trying to change the notion of everybody scrambling to go all over the country to get the "so called" best overpriced breeds when we have them in our backyard. It is true that we buy high quality livestock all over the country, but then we hope to provide them to you at a discount and convenience. We believe that we have some of the best genetics around to improve your reproduction, growth, and carcass traits in your cattle.
Besides the cattle operation the other half of our livestock business includes 4,000 head of range ewes/lambs, and 250 head of black face sheep. Similar to the cattle operation we have converted over to the seed stock business also with our sheep. We have range buck rams for sale focusing on Rambouillet, Columbia, Texel, Hampshire, Suffolk, and South African Marino crosses. We also on a limited basis have "ready-to-go" ranch trained registered colts and border collies.