What a problem to have over the summer! Just when our herd bull, Quaker, is up for his photo shoot time he walked on over into the tall grass. Keep in mind he is at the top end for height. The five month old bull calf to his left is barely visible. While all the snow and mud brought its own difficulties through winter and spring, we were extremely grateful to have moisture unlike many other places in the west. As in, gee honey, I'm so glad you got the tractor stuck again. I needed the shovel workout today. Sigh...
Our calves were very uniform come weaning time and it made for difficult choices on who to send to Midland Bull Test. Our favorite calf, E-9 Murphy, ended up on the trailer and his antics are missed here in our day to day.
The bull and steer calves averaged over 700 pounds and the heifers were not too far behind at 660 pounds. We wean at 180 days so the mothers have plenty of time to grow their next calf.
Our two fall purchases were careful choices from Gardiner Prime Angus Ranch and Thomas Angus Ranch. We are excited for their AI babies to arrive in about eight weeks. Both of the cows are donor quality and as they develop into cows they stand a great chance of being rotated into our donor program.
The cows are due home in about two weeks time. The past week really tested their foraging skills as we got about five inches of snow in some of their pastures which lingered for five days. They seemed to do just fine, but we did hear some complaints from Chiquita. Charlotte was also pretty happy to see me arrive with a bucket full of apples on snow day five.
Enjoy the new pictures. Be sure to check out each bull's page for pictures of their dams and some youthful pics.