The name Amerifax stands for American Friesian Angus cross. Genetically, Amerifax are 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Beef Friesian. The cattle are polled and solid black. The secret to Amerifax lies in the nearly perfect synthesis that is achieved when the two parent breeds are mated. Due to the way Angus and Beef Friesian complement each other, Amerifax cattle retain all the desirable Angus traits that cattlemen have depended on and profited from for more than a century, while adding extra growth and fertility.
Maternal characteristics are highest on the list of profit traits for the commercial cattleman, and the Amerifax breed excels in all of them. The replacement Amerifax female is an asset that will help anyone build equity in their cow herd.
Amerifax cattle are highly fertile. And because they reach puberty at an early age, both bulls and heifers can be successfully used for breeding as yearlings. The females cycle and breed back after calving with a minimum of extra feed and care, although first-calf heifers may need supplementation.
Calving ease is another important Amerifax trait. It results from the breed's relatively short gestation period and the moderate size of the Amerifax calf at birth. The absence of difficulty at birth gives the newborn calf a better chance for survival on the range. Amerifax calves are vigorous and healthy; they have a strong desire to live.
Amerifax females possess strong maternal instincts and display tremendous mothering ability. Even with first calf heifers, problems with mothering up calves are rare. Amerifax produce an abundant supply of milk and continue producing for a longer period on grass or hay than most breeds. Because of their sound udder attachment and proper teat size and placement, Amerifax females can produce large quantities of milk year after year without experiencing udder problems.
Amerifax cattle possess the genetic potential for rapid growth. They have the ability to efficiently convert grass, grain and roughage into red meat. At weaning Amerifax calves average 75-100 lbs. heavier than calves from straight British breeds. They continue to grow and gain efficiently right through the feedlot, finishing at 15 to 18 months of age. Steers will grade at 1050 to 1200 lbs. Amerifax produce a quality carcass with a minimum of waste, most grading number 2 or 3 in cutability.
Amerifax grow rapidly for the first two years and then level out, rather than continuing to grow until they are too large to economically maintain. This growth pattern makes the heifers excel as replacement females.
Both male and female Amerifax cattle possess a gentle disposition. Besides adding to their general performance, this good disposition makes Amerifax easy to work with, resulting in a lower investment in, and less wear and tear on, costly handling facilities such as gates, fences, chutes and corrals. The protection of the young people helping is of utmost importance in a family-type operation!
Amerifax bulls are fertile, vigorous, rugged and exhibit high libido. They attain 1100-1200 lbs. yearling weights and 2000 lbs. mature weights. Their early maturity and growth allows them to be used as yearlings on both cows and heifers, saving a year's feed cost over bulls that must be two before being put to work. Amerifax bulls exhibit a very good disposition and seldom fight. They spread out and cover the range, servicing a larger number of cows and making a lower bull-to-cow ratio possible.
V-Bar Cattle Company has raised Amerifax since 1980. The Amerifax maternal traits, calving ease, and gentle disposition have made them a great addition to our registered Angus herd. With the genetic input of Traveler Angus Bulls like OCC Acclaim 749A, DHD Traveler 6807, GDAR Traveler 7111, and our Amerifax herd sires V-Bar 6807154, and OCC 711 Traveler 485c, we have produced some outstanding individuals.