Holiday Ranch
Breeder of South Poll Grass Cattle

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Time is running out to purchase South Poll bull

June 21, 2015

TASTE TEST SCORE

Breed HB Tender HB
Juicy HB
Flavor RE
Tender RE
Juicy RE
Flavor BR
Tender BR Juicy BR Flavor Total
A Waygu
x Angus 58 58 56 57 60 50 57 57 50 503
B South
Poll 59 62 57 62 64 61 61 57 54 537
C Black
Angus 49 41 53 38 38 48 59 58 54 438
D Devonx comm’l 60 57 59 60 51 61 64 59 64 535
Total 226 218 225 217 213 220 241 231 222 2013

The summary of total points showed the South Poll scored the highest (537) followed by the Devon (535), Wagyu-Angus cross (503) and Black Angus (438). Also note, the South Poll scored highest overall of the four breeds for ribeye tenderness, juiciness and flavor. No definite conclusions can be reached based on this very narrow study. However, the data obtained is interesting and may be useful for future research ideas. The most important finding verified that 100% grass-fed beef can be produced without smelling bad, tasting funky and being tough.
It is worth noting the Pit Master said the quality and taste of the grass-fed beef presented at the tasting event far exceeded his expectations. Prior to processing, he firmly believed the Wagyu would place first in every category followed in quality order by the Black Angus, South Poll, and Devon in that order.
Cliff and Kay White are the owners of Holiday Ranch with locations in the Florida panhandle and southwest Missouri near Springfield. Holiday Ranch breeds South Poll cattle, a new grass-genetics breed of cattle bred specifically to excel on grass only in a hot, humid environment and produce tender, quality grass-fed beef.

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Pregnancy Checking Cows and Heifers

December 7, 2011

Previously, we have written about the various tools and techniques we use to evaluate our cattle, primarily heifers.  Those practices are: Rating system of our Missouri herd by our partner, Bruce Shanks, Sassafras Valley Ranch, Belle, Missouri DNA evaluation via tail hair by Igenity Linear measurements or physically measuring certain areas of the live animal […]

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Charting Cattle Linear Measurements

November 28, 2011

Previously, we talked about taking measurements on our heifers. By using a radar chart or spider chart we learned about by reading a page at Rotokawa Cattle Co., we can first plot what the ideal body measurements and percentages should be according to Gerald Fry’s information on his website, Bovine Engineering.  These measurements are plotted […]

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Linear Measurements to Evaluate Heifers

November 27, 2011

With the help of my friend, JB, we recorded linear measurements on our Holiday Ranch cattle back on November 8th when all animals were worked through the chute.  We used homemade PVC pipe measuring tools adapted from those used by Gerald Fry.  Gerald is probably our country’s number one advocate for linear measuring. The information […]

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Cattle Birds Up North and Down South

September 9, 2011

When we talk about cattle birds in our herds, I realize that the birds are different depending on what latitude you are referring to. Case in point.  My friends Julie and Bill Totemeier live in New London, Iowa.  Recently Julie sent me photos of cattle birds gorging on flies and bugs on their cattle herd.  […]

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Chief, Newest South Poll Bull to be Honored

September 9, 2011

Hey everybody.  I’m back!  It has been a long, hot summer at Holiday Ranch.  I have been busy with my vegetable gardening and canning, plus a number of other obligations that kept me from writing.  I promise to do better now that things are slowing down a bit. The first item of exciting news is […]

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He’s Ba-a-ack! South Poll Bull M480

May 18, 2011

When Holiday Ranch started in the South Poll business with 40 cows back in 2004, we had Dave Roberts (South Poll guru and keeper of all knowledge) select our herd sire.  This “big boy” was M480.  We knew M480 must be special because his photo was featured in the Bent Tree Farms brochure when he […]

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Holiday Ranch Tender Heifer for Sale

May 15, 2011

Our friend Dave Roberts at Fort Payne asked us to reconsider consigning a female to the 2011 South Poll Field Day seed stock auction.  We did not have any females for sale, but because “Dave asked”, we came up with a real jewel. Allow me to introduce Debutante 10110: 10110 is very special.  Her sire […]

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2011 South Poll Field Day

May 15, 2011

The third South Poll Cattle Association annual meeting and field day will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th, at Bent Tree Farms, the home of Teddy and Linda Gentry and also the home of the South Poll breed, on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama.

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Holiday Ranch Alternative Agriculture Award

February 27, 2011

I’m sure you learned a lot about South Poll cattle and organic benefits to the consumer, producer, animal, and farmer. I hope you enjoyed all of the interesting facts because one day it just might come in handy.

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