Leachman Cattle of Colorado Today
The Next Chapter -- Leachman Cattle of Colorado
Leachman Cattle of Colorado was founded in 2003 by Lee Leachman and Dallas Horton. The Horton family is a multi-generational ranching operation now involved in all sectors of the industry - seedstock, cow/calf, and feedlot. In the 90's, the Horton's conducted a sire progeny test to measure profitability from birth to slaughter. This innovative test estimated genetic differences in terms of dollars. Dallas Horton’s desire to select for bulls that would earn more money directly led to testing for feed efficiency and the development of the $Profit index.
In 2009, Mike Browning and Lee Leachman purchased the new company from Dallas Horton. Later, Tim & Shirlene Watts joined Lee and Mike in the business. The operation is now based at 2056 West CR 70, Fort Collins, CO. Annually, LCoC markets over 2000 bulls including Angus, Red Angus, Stabilizer Composites, and Charolais.
LCoC is committed to using the most advanced breeding and selection tools available to raise cattle that are more profitable. Leachman Cattle of Colorado -- "Where science is building more profitable cattle."
Specialized Lines - Maternal & Terminal
LCoC raises three lines of maternal cattle: Angus, Red Angus, and STABILIZER™ Composites. Our terminal line is Charolais. LCoC does not believe that one breed or one bull can provide all of the solutions. We know that many cows are getting too big and are eating too much. By moderating size and measuring feed intake, we can produce cows that eat less. Unfortunately, we also know that higher carcass weights lead to more feedlot profitability. This fundamental genetic antagonism between cow size and carcass weight led us to develop lines that are selected to specialize on either maternal traits or terminal traits. Meanwhile, most seedstock producers are attempting to provide one bull that does it all. Their high growth, "super bulls" produce daughters that are too big, eat too much, fail to breed back, and fall out of the herd too quickly.
LCoC calculates their $Ranch™ which predicts maternal profitability and their $Profit®, that predicts the profitability from birth to harvest. By using these indexes combined with disciplined selection and an industry leading 1.2 MM animal database – Leachman tries to thread the needle. Every bull that sells shows these two valuable indexes which allow customers to compare the maternal and overall strengths of every bull.
Quality in Volume
We Deliver Guaranteed
Leachman Cattle of Colorado markets bulls through our Spring sale held the third week in March. Also, LCoC sells bulls throughout the year at regional sales and via private treaty year round. For a nominal charge, bulls are delivered to major stockyards across the country any time of the year.
LCoC bulls are all backed by our reputation and sell quality guaranteed. Many bulls are bought Sight-UnSeen and carry a complete satisfaction, money-back guarantee once delivered. LCoC offers a FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE on every bull we sell. If the bull becomes unable to breed cows for any reason, then the buyer will receive a credit towards the purchase of a future bull.
How is Leachman changing herds?
- The cows are getting more moderate and have less feed requirements. They are breeding back easier and raising great calves.
- The feeder calves are high gainers in the feedlot and they beat the competition with over $0.05/pound savings on feed cost. Plus, they reach heavy market weights without an excess of yield grade fours.
- The carcass quality and yield is unprecedented. We are producing some of the heaviest muscled calves in the industry - while sill grading over 95% Choice and over 50% CAB and higher. In fact, many groups are grading over 30% Prime!
- Now, we are doing all of this more accurately and with less risk with Zoetis DNA enhanced EPDs.
Simply put, the combination of traits that come from selection for $Profit is putting more money in our customer's pockets!
We hope we can earn your business! Please contact us at any time for more information.