June 30, 2016
Conditions have changed greatly since the start of the month with sufficient moisture to put the pastures in nice shape and bring along the hay crop. We fed the cows longer than normal before going to pasture-due to dry conditions and it appears to have worked out in allowing the grass a head start. Bulls are concluding the breeding season, which appears to have progressed favorably. We will be excited to see the results of the new natural service and AI sires come next spring.
Spring was eventful and brought about many changes. We seeded about 20 acres of grazing corn at the end of May to hopefully utilize during Agribition in November and prior to the bull sale. We are anxiously waiting to see how it progresses. Moreover, we had oats seeded by a neighbor that we will utilize for greenfeed while rotating those acres out of and back into hay production.
Shari and I recently returned home from a trip through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The purpose of the trip was to attend the Beef Improvement Federation meeting hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan. The meeting is held over a period of 3 days and focuses on the genetic improvement of beef cattle related to all segments of the production chain. Prior to and after the meeting, we toured Hereford herds along the way. Generally, all states appeared to have excellent grass, but severe heat during our trip was starting to remove much of the ground moisture. We enjoyed catching up with many close friends and seeing some tremendous young genetics at each stop.
Earlier this spring, Shari and Mom traveled to the World Hereford Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay. They toured ranches, attended conference sessions and viewed both pen/haltered cattle shows. They were fortunate to see progeny of PDHR 20J STANMORE 47R and BIG-GULLY 611 BOUNTY 517U during their stay. The hospitality and cattle were tremendous with many great people to meet throughout the trip.
Regarding the cattle, we have introduced more new genetics this year than ever before. The following list of sires was utilized with complete information available on their respective herdsire pages.
New AI Sires Include: Continuing AI Sires Include:
NJW 73S W18 HOMETOWN 10Y ET C STOCKMAN 2059 ET
CRR 719 CATAPULT 109 WCC/CC 1009 GREAT DIVIDE 102
REMITALL-W 50 SHADES ET 12C CRR 109 OLD SCHOOL 301
DAYS ROBIN HOOD H38
New Natural Breeding Sires Include: Continuing Natural Breeding Sires Include:
S7R R294 FAMOUS 701A C 88X RIBEYE 2011
C 092X MILES 5001 ET C BAR1 0235 GOLDEN DAN 4061 ET
CRR 109 WALK OFF 549
GHC CHECKPOINT 60C
BIG-GULLY 102 HURLEY 271C
The remainder of the summer will likely be quiet while focusing on haying and making herd visits. Lloydminster is hosting both the National Junior Simmental and Limousin Shows in late July-so we will try and get in to view those. August 6th is the Northwest Hereford Field Day in Turtleford, which we will plan to attend as usual. Shari will attend the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary the second week of August. We will both attend the Canadian Junior Hereford Bonanza Show in Olds later that week as well.
As always if you are every close by, you are more than welcome to stop by for a visit or to view the cattle.
Have a great summer,