Advancing the Whiteface
Big Gully Farm is a Hereford and Polled Hereford seedstock provider located 12 miles north of Maidstone, Saskatchewan. With registered Hereford cattle since 1967, Lance and Shari Leachman represent the fourth generation. The cow herd consists of 180 Hereford, Polled Hereford and Angus brood cows that calve late January to early April.
Breeding strategies focus on “Advancing the Whiteface” by propagating maternally and commercially focused Hereford cattle. Structural integrity, udder quality, docility, muscle, growth, center body dimension, milking ability, calving ease, pigment and efficient body condition maintenance are key traits for selection emphasis. Beyond visual criteria, genomically enhanced EPD’s have been employed on the entire herd and each sale bull; along with the proven tools of artificial insemination, embryo transfer and carcass ultrasound (collected on all bulls and heifers via Shari’s business-Ultrabeef Ultrasound Services).
The Big Gully Farm Bull Sale occurs the second Thursday of December each year, with Horned and Polled Hereford bulls of both yearling and two year old age offered. Our primary clientele are commercial cattlemen who utilize the bulls in various crossbreeding scenarios to enhance their profitability. Our concentration on customer service and building strong relationships includes offering incentives that reward repeat buyers, volume buyers and customer’s with departed cull bulls. Included in the purchase of each bull are: wintering development costs, delivery costs and breeding soundness exams. No bulls are delivered for service at their new owners until they are happy to receive them.
The focal point of the farm is the brood cow herd with a direction toward sound structured, youthful, attractive and productive females driven by rapid generation turnover and genetic enhancement. Registered females are NOT offered for purchase; however select groups of purebred replacements and young to middle age purebred cows are sold as commercial breeding stock annually.
The Leachman family has spent more than 50 years as both advocates and critics of Herefords, while strongly believing the breed poses a valuable contribution to the beef cattle industry via docility, crossbreeding versatility, complete heterosis, longevity, winter hardiness, capacity to thrive on forage, mothering ability and low input requirements.
We are eager to be considered a potential source for any Hereford seedstock considerations you may have and invite you anytime for a tour of a cow herd that we are very proud of, yet constantly trying to bolster the quality and genetic merit within.
We genuinely appreciate your visit to our website and if we can ever be of assistance or answer any questions you may have-please contact us or drop by for a personal tour.
All the Best,
Lance & Shari Leachman
7th Annual Big Gully Farm Bull Sale
Thursday, December 10, 2020
4:30 PM MST
At the farm, 12 miles North of Maidstone, SK