WelCOME to Santa Gertrudis Breeders International
The Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle, named for the Spanish land grant where Captain Richard King first established the King Ranch, were developed to thrive, prosper and gain weight on the native grasses of the South Texas brush country.
The first and perhaps the most enduring efforts to produce the rugged breed began in 1910 when the King Ranch decided to systematically crossbreed its Shorthorn and Hereford cattle with Brahman.
After a few crosses, the Brahman X Shorthorn cross showed the most promise, and the ranch headed toward a cross of 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Shorthorn as the optimum blend of the two breeds. For more information about Santa Gertrudis Cattle, click HERE to contact Santa Gertrudis Breeders International.
Fall Steer Feedout/Carcass Evaluation
SGBI’s National Steer Feedout, 2003-2010, contributed to the development of the breed’s first carcass EPDs in 2005. The 2014 incorporation of DNA into the genetic evaluation resulted in improved carcass EPD accuracies, allowing cattlemen to better identify superior feedlot performance and carcass merit. The SGBI Performance Committee is assessing membership interest in a Fall 2015 steer feedout/carcass evaluation program. Breeders interested in participating in this important data collection effort are asked to contact Executive Director John Ford, 361-592-9357, before May 25th. The fall program will strengthen the breed’s carcass dataset and collect information on new sire lines. Cattle will be fed at the King Ranch Feedyard in Kingsville, TX.