Toby Jordan and his family own and operate Waukaru Farms in Rensselaer, IN.
Waukaru Farms Inc. is a diversified family farming operation that began using registered Shorthorn bulls in 1902. From the early 1900's through the 1940's all three breeds of cattle, Angus, Hereford, and Shorthorn, grazed the sandhills and marsh ground at Waukaru. Later, Walter Jordan determined that the Shorthorn cattle had distinct advantages: they were simpler to manage, more adaptable to various feed and fodder resources, and they lasted longer.
Through selection and culling, Walter designed the nucleus of Waukaru that could thrive in various environments, required little management, and could convert grass and crop residue to meat and milk. As the years went by and new technologies emerged, they embraced these tools as a way to make decisions better and simpler. Waukaru began performance testing and collecting carcass data in 1960, and has become a leader in the Shorthorn breed in data submission.
The 1970's brought the wide use of artificial insemination and then non-surgical embryo transfer, and Waukaru was quick to employ these two great tools to help accomplish their goals. In 2003, planned matings between Waukaru's elite donor females and the Red Angus breed's most proven bulls laid the foundation of the Durham Red composite. Currently, Waukaru genetics can be found in forty of the fifty U.S. states, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, South Africa, and China.
From BIF Annual Meeting in Manhattan, KS.
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