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Charolais Cattle Offer an Alternative for Investment

Fri 14 Jun, 2013

Charolais Cattle Offer an Alternative Investment Idea

There are many ways in which to save one’s money, and investing those extra dollars is often the most secure choice. Art, coins, stocks and bonds … all of these have been solid investment ideas for decades. But what about putting that cash into livestock? Today, savvy investors are turning to auctions, finding sheep and cattle to be a secure place to put their money, and the distinguished Charolais cattle top the list.

Within the last year, a private US firm paid a record $160,000 for a 2,200-pound Charolais bull. While the resale value on the breed is high, investors-turned-farmers can make quite a return on bulls by selling straws of semen, and these owners hope to earn between $75 and $150 per straw. That quickly makes the investment quite worthwhile, especially when one considers that a bull in his prime can produce 1,000 to 2,000 straws of semen each month.

Charolais originated in Charolles, France and were imported to the States in the 1940s. They are a large, muscular breed with an almost pure white coat known for their high-quality, low-fat meat. The American-International Charolais Association (http://www.charolaisusa.com/index.html) lists more information on the breed. The site boasts more than 2,900 active members, lending further credence to the fact that this breed has an established fan base.

DeBruycker Charolais, a Dutton, Mont. ranch dedicated to buying, raising, and selling this prestigious breed, has posted record-breaking sales in 2012 and 2013. According to rancher Brett DeBruycker, last year’s top seller was BHD Zeus X3041 for $45,000, and in 2013. “This breed grows fast, creating a higher profit for investors. Our ranch sells not only the cattle themselves but also semen and embryos so that farmers can blend the top genetics of Charolais in with their own herd,” shares DeBruycker.

For an investor looking to create long-term value and stay away from the volatility of the stock market, livestock may be a viable alternative.

To invest in Charolais Cattle, contact DeBruyckers today.

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