Osborn Farms, Savannah, repeated its 2010 achievement with even better numbers as the Certified Angus Beef 2011 Quality Focus Award winner for partner yards with less than 15,000-head capacity.
This is just a 600-head feedlot that enrolled 535 head with the CAB Program last year, but the point is 90% of those were accepted for the Certified Angus Beef brand, including 28% CAB Prime. Osborn Farms is managed by John Osborn and his longtime consultant and cattle partner Pete Mitts, Savannah.
Osborn and his wife, Toni, got away from the farm Sept. 20-22 to accept the award at the CAB Annual Conference in Sunriver, Ore.
For those who followed the AngusSource Carcass Challenge last year, you might recall their champion pen of 42 heifers went 100% CAB and 55% Prime. The September 2010 harvest date fit the contest year for this June-through-May annual CAB award, too.
Still, the award wasn't automatic or easy. This is the fourth consecutive year that a Missourian won the category, and the top three contenders nationwide were from Missouri, as well. The other two were Circle A Feedlot, Huntsville, and Performance Blenders, Jackson. Depending on the week, each of them spent time in the top spot. The contest was not decided until the last few weeks of May.
All three Missouri beef operations feature cattle of known genetics. Osborn and Mitts have proven that their already cattle keep getting better. They all trace back to bulls from Green Garden Angus, Lorraine, Kan., genetics stacked in cow families backed by Mitts' no-nonsense records and the duo's program of low-stress management.
When it comes to performance and cattle, Osborn and Mitts are all business. They know their pool of 1,200 related cows. They either own or used to own most of them, and all current owners are friends, neighbors and associates. The cattlemen acknowledge that carcass data feedback still runs the engine of herd improvement and keeps it on track.
Source: Certified Angus Beef Program