The idea for the South Poll's origin was based on a desire to combine four maternal Bos Taurus breeds together to form a more heat tolerant animal, that had a gentle disposition and tender carcass qualities.
We wanted to start with a Hereford/Angus base, but since only a small percentage of the overall population in Hereford and Angus are slick haired we started looking for two other breeds that would compliment the maternal abilities of the Hereford and Angus.
At that time we purchased a set of Barzona/Hereford females that went on to impress us with their overall hardiness and easy keeping ability off our high moisture grasses.
So Barzona became the third breed we chose. Barzonas are a composite themselves that was developed by the Bard family in Arizona, bred to excel in the tough and mountainous high desert country of Arizona.The fourth piece of the composite we chose was Senepol, a heat tolerant breed developed on St. Croix, Virgin Islands We started crossing Barzona/Hereford and Senepol/Red Angus around 1990. These two half-bloods were then mated together to produce the four-way cross South Poll.
Fertility and longevity account for the number one and number two position on a chart of economic importance for the commercial cattleman.
So, in a mama cow-herd these are the only two traits in which we as seed-stock breeders should reach for extremes. That's not to say we can't make progress in the other traits as well, but only to the extent of never sacrificing fertility and longevity. Increased selection for growth in a cow-herd leads to larger frame females that are too big to be efficient as cows.
Our desire is to teach you to create dynamic bulls that produce perpotent, paternal bulls capable of creating sons better than the sire. These cattle “must be fine-textured, tender and tasty” and be functional and sustainable on grass, as our Creator intended. It is essential that the end product be beef that is of gourmet quality! This product should provide you, the supplier, with sustainable retail gain. Anything less is unacceptable! The meat produced by these animals should be capable of being labeled “gourmet” and served in the finest eating establishments throughout the world.
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.