Well we saw minus 42 degrees in February for a while and close to that the start of March. Got the first dozen calves on the ground without mishap through the cold weather. It has now warmed up and a good thing to as there is 30 calves due in the next two weeks.
Bull sales have been going good with over half already spoke for. There is still a good selection of heifer bulls for this spring delivery.
Well after much procrastination I have finally got the catalogue done. The Sales page is updated and we are slated to have a booth in the Peace Country Beef Congress.
Had a great crop of calves last spring with the vast majority coming off our home grown bulls as I was away for the most part during the 2017 breeding season. Our new herd bull Target Deputy 9D is proving out exceptionally well, we will likely keep him around for quite a few years.
Did some more AI this last summer with a new bull from the United Kingdom called Moreton Danny Boy. Always trying out new bloodline to see what the results are and the go back in three years time if the results are good on a broad range of cows.
Well, can not complain as this year we were able to wean off the calves while the weather was nice. The calves varied in age from 150 to 200 days.
Our bull calves averaged 589 pounds off of an average 1,170 pound cow for 50.7% weaned weight.
The heifer calves averaged 543 pounds off of an average 1,230 pound cow for a 44.8% weaned weight.
Just goes to show that you can get really good weight calves off of smaller frame cows that are more economical to keep.
Some of the heifer calves have already been spoken for to go to Ontario.
When we stopped at Wilkshire Farms in North Carolina in June I was impressed with Jeff Wilkins animals. Went back in early September and bought this young bull as well as a long yearling that Jeff had used on his heifers. Four days down and another four back with over 5,000 Kilometers each way. Talk about crazy, so glad to get home.
Well this is coming a bit late. Dean spent the month of June touring Red Poll farms in ten different eastern and mid west US states and a couple more for just traveling. Spent a day at Purdue University (which has a long history with Red Poll cattle) participating in seminars and their meat lab. Another part day at Purina’s research farm. There was lots of time spent looking at and discussing Red Poll cattle with people from Kenya, England, New Zealand, Australia and of course the US and Canada.
Of course we got to spend time in Nashville and go to the Grand Ole Opry. Many thanks to all the breeders that went to the work of opening their farms and showing their cattle. I was able to take away much more from this trip then the first one I went on in Australia three years ago.
Bull sale season is on us and we would encourage everybody to put a deposit down now to reserve a bull for spring delivery. We will accept 12 deposits as we keep a couple of bulls in reserve. Our bull are guaranteed to pass their exam in the spring or we will give you a comparable or better bull from our reserve. In the rare case that a bull is not available, we will happily give the deposit back or you will get first choice on the next years crop if so desired.
we have an excellent crop of heifer calves out of three different sires, $2,600 on a you pick basis or we can put together a package deal with an appropriate bull as we have a wide selection of bulls from five different sires.
I will try and paraphrase what our year was like. The drought of 2015 carried through the winter with no snow to speak of ! Never got the snow blower out once to clear the roads or the feed yards. The down side of this drought was it carried through to May when we had fires, forest fires all around the property, spent quite a few hours with the big tractor and breaking disk laying down fire guards, most held and we stopped the largest fires a mile and a half from the main yard.
Coming at us
Well then we had rain (good for the fires), it was the 40 days and 40 nights of rain so guess what, floods! The rain stopped and the fields became passable for equipment and we had our best hay crop in over four years, and then came the grass hoppers (locusts), so we were waiting for the frogs.
Enough of that. great calf crop with mostly heifers, with a 70 pound birth weight average. A set of twins this year, our first. The calves and cows did better then ever this year even though most of the pastures were covered with running water till mid July.
Weaned the calves in October with the bull calves averaging 597 pounds while the heifer calves averaged 539 pounds. Up substantially from 570 and 514 from 2015, have to attribute this to a drought last year and a flood this year. Set up for the winter and who knows what next year will bring, keep you posted.
We have been fortunate to have sold all our yearling bulls (15) this year so a big thank you to everyone that purchased and we wish all of you a great calf crop next year. Most were local Peace River areas with a couple to Edmonton area and one to Delisle, Saskatchewan.
Ian and Jill Coghlan have a long tradition of exhibiting winning steers in royal and regional carcase competitions, and continued their successes at this year’s Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
The Gerogery based Eurimbla Red Poll stud’s heavy-weight steer won the gold medal in the competition which involved 344 exhibits. To win a gold medal required a carcase score of at least 90 points out of 100 and to also score 15/15 for market specification and at least 37/40 for saleable meat yield and 37/45 for eating quality.
The steer’s sire, Eurimbla Leopold, had semen exported from Holbrook Breeders to Shadow Creek Farms in Canada.
Jill and Ian Coghlan have done it again. I finally got the results from the last Australian National Field Days steer trial and they did it again, topped the field, now for the second time in the last four years. These are steers from our Leopold and his sire.
And from 2012