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Gloucester cattle breeder has a top-ranked Angus cow

An Angus cow that calls Cappahosic home was recently ranked the third top breeding Angus by an industry group.

The American Angus Association tracks data on 25 traits of economic importance, said Jerry Gustin, who owns Gustin Land & Cattle at Cappahasic. "Our ‘718’ cow (also called Edgewood) is number three in the breed among over 311,000 contemporaries when measuring weaning weight, yearling weight, residual average daily gain, weaned calf value, feedlot value and beef value," he said.

Having a cow of such a high ranking is of great benefit to Gustin, who said he uses that tracking data in arranging breeding. Gustin has about 15 to 20 cows on his property at a time.

The high-ranked cow was born in 2007, and Gustin purchased it from a good bloodline. "Edgewood" has delivered two natural-born calves, as well as two induced embryo calves, Gustin said. She was an embryo calf herself, he said.

"This cow has produced high quality embryos f...

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