The EXG Story
Growing up with a farm work ethic, when the opportunity to become a ranch owner presented itself, Bob Funk was enthusiastic and innovative as he began the process of changing another industry. Bob’s first love in the cattle business was Limousin cattle and he has been a stalwart of that breed since he first invested his time, money and energy into it. Express Limousin is preparing for its 15th annual Limousin production sale later this fall and each new sale adds another chapter to a success story secondto- none in that breed. More than a decade ago, an important chapter of Angus history began as Bob Funk and Jarold Callahan negotiated the purchase of the B&L Ranch near Shawnee, Oklahoma, and the B&L Angus cow herd from the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Foundation. With that transaction, Angus cattle became a major part of the growth and expansion of the Express Ranches enterprise.
A few years later, after his tenure in academia as both a teacher and judging coach and a successful leadership role in the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Jarold Callahan joined Express Ranches as the Chief Executive Offi cer and the pace began to pick up. Uniquely located with ideal access to both a high percentage of the nation’s cow herd and a high percentage of the nation’s feedlot capacity, Express has become a crossroads for all segments of the beef industry. Five production sales each year share Express Angus and Limousin genetics with all types of cattlemen. The Express Scholarship program is the platinum standard of all junior incentive programs as it moves into its second million of award presentations. Bob Funk believes in America’s youth.
Express Ranches is an active participant in every phase of the beef production process and has fed as many as 50,000 head of cattle per year. Even the relatively recent acquisition of the historic UU Bar and Mora Ranches located just outside of Cimarron, NM, has added over 150,000 acres of high-altitude rangeland to Express Ranches. A production unit of commercial cows and calves plus 4,000 to 5,000 yearlings each summer will result in the testing of Express genetics under these semi-arid conditions that are not unlike many of our commercial customers to the south and west of us. The genetics being developed, tested and marketed by Express are required to satisfy the needs of every step in the production chain. Carloads of bulls shown at the Denver Stock Show and the sale of junior project cattle that compete in every level of competition force an ongoing emphasis on phenotype and structural soundness in the Express breeding programs. As the focus of the industry has shifted to added value from carcass genetics, the Express Ranch herd sires have set the standard for the industry with young sires set to push the bar even higher.
Ranking as the second largest seedstock operations in America based upon sales records compiled by Cattle-Fax and published by NCBA, Express will sell more than 4800 head of Angus, Limousin and Lim-Flex genetics during the coming year. As the demand for bulls with the recognized EX brand and prefi x has grown, Express has followed the lead of its founder and become an industry innovator in the development of a “franchise” approach to seedstock marketing with the formation of the EXG program. The fi rst “franchisee” to enter the EXG program was Marc Rowland and his Rolling R3 Ranch in 2001. In 2003, Jim Barksdale added his Riverdale Ranch Limousin operation to the EXG family. Presnell Plantation from Indiana has stepped forward to become the latest addition to the EXG program for 2005.
In addition to its bull sales each spring and fall, Express Ranches is among the industry’s largest sources of bulls sold at private treaty. Bred and open commercial females sell as part of the Express bull sales and customer sales hosted and managed by Express provide the opportunity for purchasers of Express genetics to sell both purebred and commercial females for premium prices. As the demand for bulls that feature Express genetics expands with each passing year, Express has become the beef industry’s largest source of seedstock females through the sale of the sisters to the industry leading Express bulls. As you turn the pages of this presentation, expect to fi nd the proven performance based genetics that have set the standard of excellence for the Southwest in progeny feedlot performance and grid premiums.