Welcome to Claiborne Farms
We raise Registered Salers and
Registered Salers cross Optimizer breeding stock. We firmly believe these
cattle will suit the needs of any program whether it is a registered or
commercial seed stock business. Our feeding ration consist of a 71% corn
gluten, 15% cracked corn, 12% ground corn, 2% cane molasses, from weaning
until slaughter on our feeder calves. This ration was formulated by Dr.
Warren Gill who is the University of Tennessee Knoxville Animal
Nutritionist. Out of our brood cows the calves have all come very small and
with no assistance to very minimal assistance needed during calving. The
Salers sired calves are born easily and have small triangular heads, long
slender bodies, and long skinny legs. This equates to extreme calving ease.
Our cattle have low birth weights, high weaning weights, and high yearling
weights. Here at Claiborne Farms we also run a custom back grounding
operation where we feed some of our bulls and steers out for freezer beef
for private individuals.
Check out our website for our full
lineup of cattle. You will not be disappointed.
CATTLE FOR SALE AT ALL TIMES BY
VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME!
Claiborne Farms is committed to
providing you with top quality Salers and Salers cross Optmizer genetics.
Claiborne Farms was established in July
of 2005 when we purchased seventy acres on Cottonport Road in Dayton,
Tennessee. Mr. Claiborne had raised Registered Polled Herefords many years
back and had been out of the cattle business many years before starting back
up again. Our foray into the Salers business happened as a coincidence. A
few years back Mr. Claiborne went to the Tennessee Beef Agribition and upon
his return told his wife (Becky) that he had seen, “The best bull he had
seen of any breed to date”. He was talking about JCGC Bullet 219M, who at
the time was owned by Colmore Farms of Rising Fawn, GA. Mr. Claiborne was so
enamored with this bull and this “Salers” breed of cattle that he had to
know more. So, Mr. Claiborne contacted Dean Pike who is in charge of
Marketing with the American Salers Association. Mr. Pike advised Mr.
Claiborne that there was a fellow near him that raised Salers and his name
was Joe Colmore. Mr. Claiborne already knew that Colmore Farms owned Bullet
and wanted to know more. So, Mr. Claiborne and his wife (Becky) contacted
Mr. Colmore in regards to seeing his cattle. From there the rest is history
in the making. Mr. Colmore coincidentally enough happens to be a first
cousin to Mr. Howard Brooks who is a good friend of Mr. Claiborne. After Mr.
Colmore “checked into” Mr. Claiborne with Howard Brooks he invited Mr.
Claiborne down to his farm. It was the day that changed Claiborne Farms
forever. Mr. Claiborne purchased half interest in TDH Katie 19K, Bullet’s
Dam. TDH Katie 19K is one of the premier dams of the Salers breed. After
purchasing half interest in this great cow Mr. Claiborne had Dean Pike
purchase JCGC Pld Patty 499P a Bullet daughter in Kansas City. Mr. Colmore
kept Patty 499P and showed her to several blue ribbons on behalf of
Claiborne Farms. From then on we were tried and true Salers breeders. At
that point in time we needed more “black hided” cattle to fill the seventy
acres that we had purchased. Mr. Claiborne called some relatives in
Cookeville, TN to inquire about whether they knew anyone who might have
“black hided” cattle for sale. Mr. Claiborne’s uncle (Claude Hyder now
deceased) put him in touch with Mr. Gary Witt. Mr. Witt knew a man in
McMinnville, TN that had eighty head of “black hided” cattle. It was a hot
day in August when Mr. Claiborne, Mr. Witt, Mr. Hyder, and Mr. Claiborne’s
son, Seth, loaded up in Cookeville and went to McMinnville. Upon our arrival
we met Mr. Asa Kell of Kell Farm. Mr. Kell had spent a lifetime building
this herd and due to bad health and aging he was going to have to disperse
it. Right then and there Mr. Claiborne decided he wanted to buy forty of the
eighty head Mr. Kell had. Mr. Kell let us pick the forty best mama cows
which consisted of six registered Gelbvieh, twenty-one GelbviehXAngus cross
cows, eight Commercial Angus cows, and five commercial Brangus cows. All
these cows were/are heavy milkers. The Commercial Angus, Commercial Brangus,
and GelbviehXAngus cross females were bred to a black registered Gelbvieh
bull and the registered Gelbvieh cows were bred to a registered Black Angus
bull. After that first year we culled three head for being non satisfactory
breeders and replaced them with three replacements thus starting our Salers
Optimizer program. We are firm believers in Salers genetics and feel that
purebred registered Salers and Salers cross Optimizers are far superior than
any other beef breed in production today.
Name: Hugh Claiborne
Postal address: 542 Riverbend Drive Dayton, TN 37321