Don Thomas & Sons Brangus, located in the heartland of America, on the outskirts of Madison, Missouri, is one of the most diversified agribusiness operations in the country. Our program ties together several aspects of agriculture, including a remarkable registered Brangus cow herd, a commercial cow/calf program, a 500-head feedlot, and a row crop farm.
Our operation consists of 4,600 acres of farming, a 900-head registered Brangus cow herd, a 175-head commercial cow herd and Thomas Motors, Inc. - the largest full line GM dealer in north central Missouri, located in nearby Moberly. All of these enterprises began in the 1970s and remain a family operation to this date.
One hundred percent of the Brangus feed is raised on our ranch. All hay is made from the land and we also grow corn, soybeans and milo. The farming commodities are stored and fed to the livestock and any excess is sold on the cash market.
Our sale offering of registered cattle includes:
• 60 Registered Brangus females
• 20 Registered Brangus bulls
• 175 Commercial Brangus females
Highlighting our registered offering is a group of 20-plus pairs. These are from the heart of our herd and represent our many years of raising quality Brangus cattle. We will be selling 27 bred Brangus females and a select group of fancy, open Brangus heifers. We are also offering 20 good, functional Brangus bulls.
Staff of American Marketing Services is managing the sale. They, along with John McKnight, will be on hand sale day to help you with your purchasing decisions. In addition, real-time online bidding is available for this sale. Live audio and video will allow buyers to bid on animals just as if they were present at the sale. Buyers must create an account prior to the sale. Visit DVAuction.com to create an account and request a buyer number.
Enjoy the weekend and come out Friday afternoon to view the cattle and then join us for our Cattleman’s Social and Steak dinner on Friday evening!
We understand the importance of records and EPDs. All weights are maintained on each calf crop and EPDs are used in the selection criteria to the point of improving production and profitability. The commercial cows are used as a test herd for new or unproven sire lines from which information can be gained on calving ease, growth and milk value. From each calf crop, the top end of the commercial Brangus heifers are retained as replacements and the steers are sent to the feedlot. The feedlot performance shows which genetic lines can gain and efficiently convert in a feedlot environment and the kill data from these same steers obivously points the way for improved carcass value and comsumer acceptance.