The GDAR Program
Designed to Add Value
A program designed to add value to the beef industry by consistently improving the Angus cow.
Cows that Work for a Living
GDAR cows are expected to forage and travel on the rolling plains of Eastern Montana. They are expected to be efficient. With each new generation of GDAR females we expect to get more with less inputs.
6 Decades Making Better Cows
Russ Denowh and Joe Gartner started Gartner-Denowh Angus Ranch in 1957 with the goal of developing ever better females that possessed the genetics to add value to all segments of the beef industry. Russ was fond of stating that if you select for the female, the rest will fall into place.
Don't Veer from the Path
It's been the same program and same philosophy for over 60 years. Raise profitable Angus cows that will work in the real world.
Focus on the Female
Maternal excellence has always been the focus of the GDAR program. It goes beyond maternal traits, however as the GDAR program is designed to optimize economically important traits to maximize profits for cow calf producers, and for the beef industry as a whole.
Functional and Efficient Females
A GDAR functional female raises a calf every year, breeds back in time, doesn't break down, and is easy fleshing even on a low quality diet. Moderate mature weights are emphasized in order to improve efficiency and cow weights have been recorded for over a decade.
Phenotype and Structure
Structure and phenotype come before numbers at GDAR. Structural soundness is paramount to the long term sustainability of any ranching operation, and eye appealing cattle always sell better.
Culling is a Selection Tool
Any cow not up to par for udder quality, feet, or any other structural issue leaves the GDAR herd, no exceptions.
Calves that Excel
Calves should be born easy, have good vigor, and grow fast. They should perform at every level of the beef industry.
Continually improving upon function and efficiency through balanced trait selection of economically important traits.
Balanced Trait Selection
The GDAR breeding program is designed to maximize efficiency, not necessarily to maximize any single trait. Balanced trait selection is utilized to optimize economically important traits to maximize profits.
Rock Solid Foundation Genetics
GDAR herdsires have been leading the way for over 60 years. Many of the breeds most influential sires have been bred or owned by GDAR, and over 40 GDAR bulls have stood at various bull studs. Learn more on the history page.
Technological advances are happening at an ever faster pace and any relevant advancement in technology is utilized to improve the GDAR genetic base.
Industry Leading Sires
Elite herdsires are used extensively through artificial insemination and embryo transfer to advance our genetics. Check out the full roster on the sires page.
Large Sire Groups
GDAR offers large sire groups to improve consistency and performance. Only the best make the sale, 225 bulls will sell out of 414 bulls born in 2017.
Common Sense Bull Development
GDAR bulls are developed with the customer in mind. Bulls are fed for a moderate gain, which helps ensure structural and breeding soundness.
We stand behind our bulls, if you have a problem, we want to know.
GDAR bulls are FULLY guaranteed against injury for the first breeding season. See page 2 of our catalog for details.
Lots of Data
Large amounts of data is collected and analyzed at GDAR, making the EPDs and ratios highly accurate. Extra data is also available in a sortable spreadsheet.