Letter From Phil
Welcome to our 31th Annual Private Treaty Sale and Open House. The year 2023 marks the 76th year of raising registered Angus cattle and 36 years of raising registered Charolais cattle for Trojan Hill Farms.
The best part of being in the seed stock business is seeing your customer successful. We have over 95 percent repeat customers. If you are not in this group, we would like to add you to being a customer. We also include the registration number of all the bulls so you can look him up in his breed at the association website. This will provide a complete update EPD and a complete pedigree.
The year 2022 was full of challenges. We had a major drought starting in June. We had to start feeding hay in July. No doubt this has affected our weaning weight. We weighed our bulls for our flier earlier this year, on December 18, 2022 which gave us an 80 day gain record.
Once again, our cattle made money on the grid with 40% being prime and the rest choice. These cattle did not make the heifer or bull pen. For the last eight years, we have tested our cattle for carriers of BVD. As of to date, all of our cattle have been negative. We also test for Angus breed genetic conditions and will not sell any positive bulls that we know of. The Angus and Charolais bulls have been tested HD50K. The EPD has been enhanced from the DNA testing.
The bulls have not been on creep feed. Studies have shown that bulls and heifers are more fertile and live longer without creep feed. Our bulls, over the last nine years, have passed a fertility test 95% of the time. They were placed on test September 30, 2022. Our ration is high roughage corn silage. Our goal with this feed is to have a two and one half to three pound daily gain. With free choice hay available at all times, the bulls grow instead of just getting fat. We have been carcass testing and ultrasound testing for twenty two years.
This year, the Trojan Hill Angus Bulls AI are sired by, Payweight, Safe Deposit, Fireball, and Enhanced. The Charolais Bulls AI sires are Blue Value and Tank. All yearling bulls must stay here at Trojan Hill Farms for fertility testing in April. These bulls will be ultrasound tested by a certified technician in March.
Terms of sale: All bulls are sold on a first come, first serve basis; 1⁄2 of purchase price payable upon selection of bulls; we will keep the bulls until the first of May 2023. Free delivery within a 100 mile radius or $50.00 off if you pick up bulls.
Please call Phil for an appointment.
-Phil and Darryl Archer
Phil's cell phone # 641-680-6769
Home phone # 641-675-3769
Directions to the Farm:
10 miles east of Bloomfield on County Road J40, then turn south on 220th street (gravel road) at farm sign, go one half mile, first place on south or one half mile west of Troy, IA on J40, then half mile south on 220th Street. The bulls are located at 31741 220th St. Bloomfield, IA.