The Brinks legacy began in 1972 when the visionary Glen Brinkman began the “Brinks New Genetics” program to create new Brangus genetics that included the proven carcass merit of foundation Angus sires like Premier Independence and Pine Drive Big Sky and the heralded cow productivity of long-time Angus performance herds like Connealy Angus Ranch in Nebraska, Sitz Angus Ranch in Montana and Tehama Angus Ranch in California.
The pace of progress really picked up when Brinkman became the first Brangus breeder to use embryo transfer in his program in 1976 and now three decades later, there are cattle with the legendary LB brand and the internationally recognized Brinks prefix that reflect five and six generations of “Brinks New Genetics” Brangus progress and improvement.
In 1986, Glen Brinkman became the first Brangus breeder to use ultrasound technology to measure rib eye area and to use that data to make selections and genetic progress. In the spring of 2008, 18 of the top 25 top proven sires for URE EPD carry the Brinks prefix and 76 of the top 100 proven dams are products of the program. As of June 21, 2008, there are 10 of those 76 elite females who now serve as foundation donors for the Three Trees Brangus program.
When Camp Cooley Ranch acquired the entire Brinks Brangus herd and the rights to use both the LB brand and the Brinks prefix in 1993, they expanded and extended the Brinks legacy by becoming the first Brangus herd to use ultrasound measurement of %IMF to make selection for marbling genetics. In the spring of 2008, 29 of the top 50 proven Brangus sires for IMF EPD are of Brinks breeding. Among the top 100 proven dams for IMF EPD, 91 carry the Brinks prefix and as of June 21, 2008, there are 9 of those 91 elite females that serve as foundation donors for Three Trees Ranch.
In 2005, Camp Cooley Ranch began collecting and using feed efficiency data to make selection decisions, several years before it became “the buzz” of the industry. In the fall of 2007, Camp Cooley Ranch was rewarded for carrying on the Brinks Legacy as the Brangus bulls produced there that wear the famed LB brand sold for an average of $4,472 to lead the industry.
The decision to hold the Legacy Complete Registered Brangus Herd Dispersal on June 20 and 21, 2008 gave Three Trees Ranch the opportunity to choose 25 foundation females from the more than 1,200 registered Brangus females that are backed by 35 years of dedicated effort from Glen Brinkman and Klaus Birkel. Using both EPD values and adjusted 365 day IMF scores and URE measures as selection criteria, there are 16 of the 25 Three Trees Ranch foundation Brangus donors with an adjusted IMF score of 5.00% or higher and 14 of the 25 with an adjusted 365 day URE measure of 10.0 square inches or more.
MS BRINKS BRIGHT SIDE 209L11
she recorded the Number 1 YEPD and the Number 2 URE EPD value in the Brangus breed when she was chosen by Three Trees as the third high-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal at Camp Cooley Ranch.
Three Trees first selection from the Brinks Legacy Dispersal sale was 209L11, the cow that combines the Number 1 YEPD in the Brangus breed and the Number 2 URE EPD. She truly is the power cow of the Brangus breed and she was the third high-selling cow of the day. As the sale progressed, 209L11 was joined in the Three Trees program by her flush sister daughters 209R24 and 209R25 who are sired by the curve-bender Lead Gun of Brinks who ranks among the top 5 proven Brangus sires for URE EPD. 209R25 follows her dam with the Number 3 YEPD and the Number 6 URE EPD value among Brangus dams.
MS BRINKS LEAD GUN 209R24
ranking Number 3 for YEPD and Number 6 for URE when she joined her dam in the Three Trees Brangus foundation donor unit, her sire ranks among the top five proven sires for URE EPD and offers a minus BEPD.
The 209 cow family will be the power and muscle cows at Three Trees Ranch. To continue the Brinks legacy of growth leadership, Three Trees also selected 596T6, the daughter of the $140,000 growth leader Singletary that had the top adjusted 365 day weight of all the 2007 spring yearling females from the Brinks program at 1,070 pounds.
MISS BRINKS BRIGHT SIRE 75P51
combining phenotype and a rich Brangus heritage in a package that performed well under every measure, this female chosen for the Three Trees foundation Brangus donor unit exemplifies the look of future Three Trees Brangus females.
The Number 1 URE EPD cow of the Brangus breed no longer resided at Camp Cooley at the time of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal sale, but Three Trees chose three direct daughters of her. 468P23 and 468P27 are sired by the feed efficiency sire New Era of Brinks and they share the fifth highest URE EPD value among females in the breed and 468P30 by Backside offers the number 16 URE EPD value. All three sisters have minus BEPD values and strongly positive IMF and Milk EPD values in addition to being breed leaders for muscle.
MISS BRINKS CHALLENGER 795H
the Number 1 IMF EPD cow of the Brangus breed at the time of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal when her daughters by Good Fortune and New Era, the top two feed efficiency sires from extensive Camp Cooley and Texas A&M research, were chosen to join the Three Trees foundation Brangus donor unit.
The Number 1 IMF EPD cow of the Brangus breed was not available for sale in the Brinks Legacy Dispersal either, but her direct daughters 795P20 by New Era of Brinks and 795M5 by Good Fortune of Brinks record the Number 5 and Number 18 EPD values for IMF EPD and are now foundation donors for Three Trees Ranch. Sired by the top two feed efficiency sires identified in the research conducted on the Brinks genetics, they offer great potential for genetic advancement.
MS BRINKS CAPTAIN 291P
this foundation female for a high marbling Brangus cow family at Three Trees Ranch had a phenomenal adjusted 365 day IMF score of 10.28% in combination with a beautiful phenotype.
Using the database assembled from the Brinks genetics along with phenotypic selection for udder quality, fleshing ability and the look of a mother cow, Three Trees Ranch chose four daughters of Captain of Brinks 541L34 from the more than 1,200 Brinks Brangus females offered. Three of the four rank among the top 100 proven Brangus dams for IMF EPD and with an adjusted 365 IMF score of 10.28%, 291P ranks higher than any Angus female yet produced at Three Trees Ranch. With an adjusted score of 9.40%, 99N45 is not far behind her with 392P4 recording 7.40% and 98P6 at 6.35%.
MS BRINKS CAPTAIN 99N45
combining a near perfect phenotype for a beef cow with an adjusted 365 IMF score of 9.40%, this young cow whose first natural bull calf sold for $7,500 will the a cornerstone of the Three Trees foundation Brangus donor unit.
For a second unit of high marbling genetics, Three Trees chose three three-quarter sisters that all have one of the top 20 IMF EPD values in the breed. Sired by the Number 1 IMF EPD sire, CEO of Brinks, all were produced by dams sired by the great female sire Ali. The 87R3 and 87R6 flush sisters will calve in the fall of 2008 and then start their donor career.
MS BRINKS ALI 803M
this $50,000 second high-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal is the dam of the high marbling young sire Griese of Brinks whose flush sister 803S17 with an IMF EPD value among the top 20 of Brangus dams joined the Three Trees foundation Brangus donor unit.
The 803S17 first calf heifer is a daughter of the $50,000 second high-selling female of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal and a full sister to the promising young carcass sire Griese of Brinks. To complement these proven females, Three Trees also purchased 392T33, the Lambert of Brinks daughter that recorded the top IMF score of the spring 2007 Brinks calf crop at Camp Cooley Ranch at 7.64%.
MISS BRINKS UPPERCUT 30L18
the $80,000 lead-off and top-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal, she is the dam of the $65,000 Csonka of Brinks and the Three Trees foundation Brangus donor 30R33, a granddaughter of the IMF leader CEO that had an individual IMF ratio of 130.
To carry on the legacy of the $80,000 lead-off and top-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal, Three Trees chose her daughter 30R33, a granddaughter of the Number 1 IMF EPD sire, CEO of Brinks, and she had an individual IMF ratio of 130 in the program. With a beautiful heifer calf at side by the now-deceased Robertson of Brinks, this maternal sister to the $65,000 young growth and carcass sire Csonka of Brinks and her daughter should be key ingredients for the future of Brangus at Three Trees Ranch.
Combining a beautiful phenotype with IMF EPD values among the top 100 proven Brangus dams and another pedigree variation, the new Three Trees donors 99N13 and 406M4 will undoubtedly make their mark on the next generation of the Brinks legacy that has begun at Three Trees Ranch.
LAMBERT OF BRINKS 317R3
chosen to be the sire of the first generation of Three Trees Brangus, he combined an adjusted IMF score of 5.5% for a ratio of 146 with an adjusted URE measure of 14.1 square inches and his first calf crop produced the top adjusted IMF score of the 2007 calf crop at Camp Cooley Ranch and she will become a Three Trees foundation Brangus donor.
The Three Trees Ranch plan is to make a powerful group of paternal brothers and sisters from these foundation females by the outstanding young sire Lambert of Brinks. This unique young sire whose first calf crop dominated the IMF ultrasound scans of the spring 2007 calf crop at Camp Cooley Ranch combines great carcass genetics with a near perfect phenotype, a gentle disposition, and a sound and correct skeletal structure that allows him to move fluidly and with authority. Sired by the Number 5 proven URE sire Lead Gun of Brinks who offers a curve-bender combination of light birth weight and explosive growth, the now-deceased dam of Lambert is a daughter of the top feed efficiency sire Good Fortune.
In November of 2010, Three Trees plans to offer its first 50 fall yearling Brangus bulls for sale with 100 or more coming two year old Brangus bulls to sell in November of 2011.
Starting in the fall of 2010, the virgin Brangus heifers at Three Trees Ranch will all be bred naturally to top Angus sires to better allow for evaluation of their true fertility and to produce Angus Plus bulls to be sold as yearlings in November 2012. Their combination of 3/16 Brahman and 13/16 Angus genetics should satisfy many different needs in the beef industry.
After calving, ultrasound data in combination with phenotypic evaluation of their udder quality and milking ability will allow Three Trees to choose its next generation of Brangus embryo donors to begin their flush career in the winter of 2011. The Three Trees Brangus first calf heifers that are not chosen to become embryo donors will then be bred to Three Trees Black Charolais bulls to produce BranChar bulls to sell as yearlings in November 2013. For their third calf, Three Trees Brangus females will be bred to the top young Brangus sires produced in the program and then offered for sale in 2014 in a Three Trees Brangus Female Sale.
As the Three Trees program to produce an array of black-hided bulls that offer comparable phenotypes and superior carcass value evolves, the fall of November 2013 should provide a complete and diversified menu of genetic options for Three Trees customers who need hybrid vigor but want a consistently superior end product that qualifies for the premium programs available in the beef industry. Angus bulls will always be the cornerstone of Three Trees Ranch and will always represent more than 75% of the bulls that will be sold.
In addition to a significant selection of purebred Brangus and purebred Black Charolais bulls, Three Trees customers should be able, beginning in 2013, to choose from groups of:
Angus Plus hybrid bulls that offer 3/16 Brahman and 13/16 Angus genetics
BranChar hybrid bulls that offer 3/16 Brahman, 5/16 Angus and 1/2 Charolais genetics
AnChar hybrid bulls that offer 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 Charolais genetics with Angus and Red Angus genetics
209L11 – Number 1 YEPD and Number 2 URE EPD in the Brangus breed – third high-seller of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal
209R24 – Number 3 YEPD and Number 6 URE EPD value in the Brangus breed – sire is the Number 5 proven sire for URE EPD and her dam is Number 2 for URE EPD
209R25 – another daughter of the Number 2 URE dam by the Number 5 proven URE EPD sire Lead Gun
596T6 – the next generation growth leader with the top adjusted 365 weight of the spring 2007 calf crop at 1,070 pounds
291P – an attractive breed leader for IMF with adjusted IMF score of 10.28%, by Captain
99N45 – an attractive breed leader for IMF with adjusted IMF score of 9.40%, by Captain
392P74 – another attractive Captain daughter with adjusted IMF score of 7.40%
98P6 – the fourth attractive Captain daughter with IMF EPD among top 20 in the breed
406M4 – an outcross female with an IMF EPD value among the top 11 in the breed
99N30 – the look of Three Trees Brangus females with an IMF EPD among the top 15 values
392T33 – top adjusted IMF score of the spring 2007 calf crop at 7.64% by Lambert
30R33 – maternal sister to $65,000 growth leader Csonka, her dam was the $80,000 top-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal – IMF ratio of 130 and a heifer calf for the future
392P9 – a great spread cow with a -4.5 BEPD and one of the top 20 URE EPD values in the breed
392P51 – among the top 20 IMF EPD values in the breed and sired by the feed efficiency leader New Era
795P20 – Number 5 IMF EPD value among Brangus dams, her dam is Number 1 in the breed
795M5 – this daughter of the Number 1 IMF EPD dam of the breed has an IMF EPD value among the top 20 of the breed
803S17 – among the top 20 for IMF EPD value, this full sister to Griese is a daughter of the $50,000 second high-selling cow of the Brinks Legacy Dispersal by the Number 1 IMF sire CEO
87R6 – this daughter of the Number 1 IMF sire CEO had an IMF ratio of 145 at 5.58% and her flush sister who joins her had an IMF ratio of 172 at 6.64%
75P51 – a Bright Side daughter with the look of future Three Trees Brangus
468P23 – recording the Number 5 URE EPD value among dams, her dam has the breed’s Number 1 URE EPD and her sire New Era is a feed efficiency leader
46827 – another New Era daughter of the Number 1 URE dam of the breed with a URE EPD value among the top five in the population
468P30 – a Backside daughter of the Number 1 URE Brangus dam with a URE EPD value among the top 20 in the breed along with a 7.01% adjusted IMF score for an IMF ratio of 168
468P18 – sired by the Number 5 URE sire Lead Gun, this outstanding female offers a URE EPD value among the top 20
675R53 – sired by the long-time URE leader Transformer of Brinks, this female offers another URE EPD value among the top 20