Long-Time Client Wins Beef Award
Posted on: Mar 31, 2015
Long-time client John Raftopoulos of Diamond Peak Cattle Company in northwest Colorado recently won the 2015 Colorado Seedstock Producer of the Year Award as recognized by the Colorado Cattlemans Association.
Angelo and John Raftopoulos are shown here receiving the award from the Colorado Cattleman's Association
The press release for the award is as follows:
The Diamond Peak Cattle Company and the Raftopoulos family are setting standards for seedstock producers in the industry with their ability to produce quality Angus cattle through an intense breeding system and strict selection and culling process. Diamond Peak Cattle Company uses artificial insemination to breed nearly 2,600 head of cattle every year. Of these 2,600, they initially cull 50% of those cattle and then from those cattle, they market between 450 and 500 head of bulls at two production sales; one in Loma, CO and one in Riverton, WY.
Considering the amount of cattle that are being dealt with, the record-keeping system implemented by Diamond Peak Cattle Company is impeccable. All sire and dam data are collected on each animal, and those cattle that are culled from the replacement program are retained in ownership. They then track all of the carcass data and use that information for future replacement prospects. Also, as most bulls are sold in western mountain states, PAP scores are collected. The Raftopoulos family also stands behind the bulls they sell and replaces any bulls that are inadequate in PAP or phenotypic traits.
Ranch Advisory has worked with the Raftopoulos family since the 1990s in designing grazing programs and tracking changes in rangeland health data. We congratulate them on this award and wish them the best of luck in the national competition.