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Wayne & Jody Choat

3255 325th Ave.
St. Edward, NE 68660
402-920-1419

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Dave & Kathy Stodola

5145 So. 181st Plaza
Omaha, NE 68135
402-981-1586

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about usChoat FamilyChoat Cattle Company was formally established in 2003 when we purchased our first registered Red Angus breeding stock, but we’ve been raising cattle since 1988.  In 1988, that first group of 20 Hereford cows and a Charlois bull were replaced with Black Angus cattle that were then replaced by a sizeable herd of Red Angus cattle.  We have brought in genetics from many different herds throughout the Mid-West.  Our goal has been to develop cows that are functional, fertile, and with good disposition.  We are in the process of continuous improvement with this goal in mind.  We believe you will see this effort reflected in our cows and bulls.  

Our annual program consists of calving the majority of our calves in late March and April in our calving pastures near St. Edward, NE.  Once the calves have been vaccinated, most of the pairs are sent west to the Sandhills.  When grass season ends in the fall, the cows and calves are brought back home to be weaned and vaccinated.  The cows are preg checked and immediately go into the harvested cornstalks where they will stay until they begin calving.  The calves go in to the yards and consume a high roughage diet of alfalfa hay, corn stalks, corn silage, and cracked corn.  As the calves grow through the winter, we continually watch and evaluate their development.
  
By February, we will have selected our replacement heifers.  We begin the process of AI’ing the last week of April and AI the first week of May.  This allows us to begin calving the following February.  Sires for the heifers are selected based upon calving ease and fertility and dispostion.  We also pay close attention to udder scores, fleshing ability and feet.  This sire selection criteria also hold true for the cows.  You’ll find in reviewing our herd EPD’s are focus leans towards developing superior maternal traits.

In March, we will begin the selection of bull calves that we will keep until they are 18 – 24 months old for the spring sale.   As soon as the grass greens up, these yearling bulls head back out to pasture for the summer.  When the fields are harvested in the fall, the bulls rough the winter in the stalks until late December.  We then bring them back into the yards and begin selecting and preparing for their sale.  You’ll find that we do not “pushed” our bulls to achieve incredible average daily weight gain.  Because our bull program is based upon a philosophy of slow development, we believe the very best bulls are selected to be sold.

The drought of 2012 presented many challenges to our normal program.  We had cows coming home early from grass, heifers and bulls that never even made it to pasture.  Regardless of what Mother Nature threw at us, we provided a roughage based diet for the cattle that maintained body condition and allowed for growth and development as slowly and naturally as they would have experience in a pasture.  At this time, 2013 doesn’t appear that it going to cut us any slack, but we are committed to developing this year’s crop of calves with the same goals in mind as the past.

Thank you for your continued interest in our cattle.  Do not hesitate to call with any questions, or visit any time you would like to view the animals.  If we’ve done our job and the bulls and cows do theirs, we hope to see you return in the future.