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Figure 4 Cattle Company
Contact Gary Volk for more information
Phone/fax 970-835-3944 or
figure4cattle@yahoo.com

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Figure 4 Cattle Company
Contact Gary Volk for more information
Phone/fax 970-835-3944 or
figure4cattle@yahoo.com

For Immediate Release:
February 1, 2013

Figure 4 Cattle Company was chosen 2nd in the Outstanding Performance Breeders of the Year for 2012 by the National American Salers Association from members with a herd of 50 or more cows in the United States.

CATTLE RANCH OF THE WEEK

One of Colorado’s most scenic vistas is the Ragged Mountains, which rise abruptly from the valley floor. It is here, along the base of this massive granite wall, that the Volk family has raised quality cattle since 1911. Located about 50 miles south of Glenwood Springs, Figure 4 Cattle Company!

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Seedstock Producer
of the Year

19590 E. Main Street #202
Parker, CO 80138
Phone (303) 770-9292
Fax (303) 770-9302

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2007

FIGURE 4 CATTLE CO. RECOGNIZED FOR SUPERIOR COWS
SOMERSET, CO. – Time after time cattlemen are seeking cattle with optimum efficiency to enhance profitability and contribute to the competitiveness of the beef industry. Cattlemen are dependent on cattle that not only perform with optimum efficiency but also enhance offspring performance. The American Salers Association (ASA) is not only proud to promote a breed that offers optimum efficiency but to award Salers breeders for producing superior dams through the ASA Golden and Silver Dam Program. Figure 4 Cattle Co. of Somerset, Co. is commended on being one of these breeders awarded the Golden and Silver Dam Award. Five of their dams won the Golden Dam Award, FFS Jarri 279J, FFS Ms Y-458K, FFS Jenet 72J, FFS Mystic 717M and FFS Mumbo 201M. Twenty-Two of their dams won the Silver Dam Award, FFS Marta 65M, FFS Ms G-774K, FFS Ms Y-451K, FFS Gizike 376G, FFS Ms Link Power 310D, FFS Dina 364D, FFS Ms B-216K, FFS Judith 778J, FFS Mamba 353M, FFS Melonie 722M, FFS Muddy Mary 726M, FFS Juel 442J, FFS Myrtle 378M, FFS Ms Magillicutty 226M, FFS Medley 45M, FFS Jayne 289J, FFS Lulie 365L, FFS Mother Nature 71M, FFS Joydena 817J, FFS Ms B-235K, FFS Minda 727M and FFA Lidie 283L.
The ASA Golden Dam Program is different from other breed programs since the criteria to become a superior dam are more stringent. The ASA Golden and Silver Dam Program recognizes Salers breeders’ top producing cows within a herd based on number of calves weaned per cow exposed and weaning weight of calves which defines efficiency. Cows can be recognized from herds in harsh environments with lower weaning weights to herds with excess nutritional resources and high weaning weights because the list is based on within herd performance.
The classifications to become a superior dam are more stringent than other breeds as each one of the dam’s calves must have a ratio above average. To become a Golden Dam, cows must meet tough criteria in order to be selected. Golden Dams must be 75% Salers, have had a calf before they are 2.3 years of age, calve within a 395 day calving interval, and each of the dam’s calves must have a had a weaning ratio greater than 105. These are the top quality, most efficient cows in a herd.
The Silver Dams recognized must meet the same criteria as the Golden Dams but are allowed to have weaned calves that have a weaning ratio greater than 100.
This year 230 elite Salers dams were recognized on the ASA Superior Dam listing. The number of dams increases yearly which shows the Salers breeder’s commitment to producing good quality cattle.

The American Salers Association (ASA) is the Salers breed's leadership voice that records, protects and promotes Salers cattle. The ASA represents Salers breeders across the nation.

For Immediate Release

Jan 7, 2007 we received the
"Outstanding Performance Breeder of the Year for 2006"
at the ASA annual meeting.

Producers Recognized at Mid-Winter Conference
Figure 4 Cattle Company Honored As
Seedstock Producer of the Year

Gary, Gail and George Volk from Somerset, Colorado were honored during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Mid-Winter Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs, as this year’s Seedstock Producer of the Year.

The Volks’ Figure 4 Cattle Company is located 50 miles south of Glenwood Springs where it slopes west along the base of Ragged Mountain. The Volk ranch is a forth generation, family-owned seedstock operation that started in 1911. Clearly dedicated to preserving their ranch for future generations, this father-son team manages 400 head of registered Salers on their ranch. The Volks are one of the founders of Salers. Their herd goes back to a registered Hereford base. The Herefords were crossed with Angus, Simmental, Charolais, and Limousin to build a commercial herd of over 2000 head. Salers were introduced into the program in the early 1980’s. Their dedication and efforts to improving the Salers breed has also earned them five Performance Breeder of the Year Awards, from the American Salers Association.

The Figure 4 Cattle Company land itself, stands in testament to the kind of cattle the Volks must raise to make a living. The cattle must be hardy and adaptable. Elevation at the lower semi arid ranch is 5,200 feet and at the top mountain range is about 9,000 feet. Surprisingly, Salers are known for their ability to graze the higher level of the mountain side. The Volks believe that because of Salers’ rangeability, they are better suited to the western rangelands than any breed they have used in the past. Like other cattlemen who have experienced similar results, the range improvements of the Figure 4 have been dramatic since they turned out Salers. Salers are foragers meaning they cover a big area and will not beat the lower ground to death like other breeds.

The Volk’s are true believers that you must have solid data and information feed back to compete in the beef industry. The Volks gather extensive carcass and performance information over the years on many feeder cattle sired by their bulls. “There needs to be continuous feedback,” says Gary. “Without it we wouldn’t know how our cattle are doing in the real world or know how to develop a program to supply the commercial cattlemen with seed stock that will improve his bottom line which in the end will keep us in business.”

The Volks are dedicated Salers breeders that have strived to improve the breed since it was imported into the USA in 1976. They are long time American Salers members that have contributed a lot of support to help the breed. Gary served on the ASA board for 6 years. In memory of Gary’s sister, Margo Keiser, each year an American Salers Junior Association youth benefits from a Salers-Belles sponsored scholarship named in honor of her. Gary and Gail are very active in the promotion of Salers and the entire industry by having their Annual Private Treaty Sale in March. Call for more information.

The Seedstock Producer Award is offered by CCA to recognize beef producers who have the program behind the cattle that improves production and economics for the industry. Looking at the history, heritage, and land behind these families; it is easy to see why ranchers have been and always will be the best stewards of the land.

CCA’s Beef Improvement Steering Committee members, along with Colorado State University beef industry professors, review and rate nominations submitted by local affiliate organizations. This year’s awards were sponsored by Merial Animal Health. The award winners will next compete in the Beef Improvement Federation competition.

FIGURE 4 CATTLE COMPANY have their Annual Production Sale in March. Selling breeding bulls and heifers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2005

Figure 4 Cattle Company was chosen 2nd in the Outstanding Performance Breeders of the Year for 2004.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2004
For more information, contact:
Teresa Lebsack, ASA communications director: (303)770-9292
Word Document of Press Release Attached

FIGURE 4 CATTLE CO. RECOGNIZED FOR SUPERIOR COWS

Somerset, Colo. – Time after time cattlemen are seeking cattle with optimum efficiency to enhance profitability and contribute to the competitiveness of the beef industry. Cattlemen are dependent on cattle that not only perform with optimum efficiency but also enhance offspring performance. The American Salers Association (ASA) is not only proud to promote a breed that offers optimum efficiency but to award Salers breeders for producing superior dams through the ASA Golden and Silver Dam Program. Figure 4 Cattle Co. of Somerset, Colo. is commended on being one of these breeders awarded the Golden and Silver Dam Award. Dam, FFS Daru 90D won the Golden Dam Award with a ratio of 110. In order to win the Golden Dam Award the dam’s calves must have a weaning ratio greater than 105. Two of their dams won the Silver Dam Award, FFS Ms Link Power 310D and FFS Dina 364 D.

The ASA Golden Dam Program is different from other breed programs since the criteria to become a superior dam are more stringent. The ASA Golden and Silver Dam Program recognizes Salers breeders’ top producing cows within a herd based on number of calves weaned per cow exposed and weaning weight of calves which defines efficiency. Cows can be recognized from herds in harsh environments with lower weaning weights to herds with excess nutritional resources and high weaning weights because the list is based on within herd performance.

The classifications to become a superior dam are more stringent than other breeds as each one of the dam’s calves must have a ratio above average. To become a Golden Dam, cows must meet tough criteria in order to be selected. Golden Dams must be 75% Salers, have had a calf before they are 2.3 years of age, calve within a 395 day calving interval, and each of the dam’s calves must have a had a weaning ratio greater than 105. These are the top quality, most efficient cows in a herd.

The Silver Dams recognized must meet the same criteria as the Golden Dams but are allowed to have weaned calves that have a weaning ratio greater than 100.

This year 190 Salers dams won the ASA Golden and Silver Dam Award. The number of dams increases yearly which shows the Salers breeder’s commitment to producing good quality cattle.