Here we are half way through winter and things have been going great. Cows are in the best shape ever and our young bulls are gaining an average of 1.4 pounds per day on straight hay. The replacement heifers are less at just under a pound per day but their mineral intake is down so will give them a mineral tub to help things along.
More than half of the young bulls are already sold, likely due to the fact that we sold out last year (again).
The Leopold calves are impressive with the bull calves all between 740 to 780 pound while his heifers average 675 with one small one in the mix, if she was out they would be 705. I will be interesting to see where these end up as our cow herd averages 1100 pounds mature weight.
A great start to the new year and all the best to everyone.
Hard to put into words that we had our best bull sale season yet. Twenty four bulls were sold with the largest buyer being Egg Lake Range out of Debolt, Alberta. Shelly Morrison took fourteen and would of liked more. A big thank you to Shelly. On that note, the last bulls left on my birthday in June, and we turned out our bulls with the cows, so a good day all around.
There will be a smaller pool of bulls to pick from this year as we had a greater percentage of heifers than last year. Four young bulls are already spoken for.
Again thanks to all buyers and returning customers.
It has been a busy summer and I am just catching up. Thirty three calves on the ground this spring, all except three calved on their first cycle with the bull. Twelve AI sired calves with the majority from the Leopold semen out of Australia. I have put in a picture of a five month old Leopold calf that weighed in at 568 pounds from a first calf heifer . We will have a good selection of bulls and heifers from six different sires. Will keep you posted
The 14th Red Poll World Congress was held for three weeks, late October and early November, in Australia. There were participants from Kenya, Jamaica, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia. We got to see working cattle ranches, breeding studs, show cattle, feed yards, test stations and a wide variety of breeds as well as conditions that cattle are raised in Australia. It came as no surprise that the Red Poll breed figured in most of the commercial farms that we stopped at in both the lush south as well as the dry north. It is amazing how well the Red Poll does on very little feed during the dry season and still produce a calf every year. We had seminars and presentations along with a very knowledgeable people that were on the trip. I can truly say that I am smarter and have more ideas then I can possibly hope to achieve in my lifetime.
It is with much excitement that we are able to purchase all the remaining Rodeo Red Poll breeding stock. After 68 years breeding and promoting Red Poll cattle, Mr. Harold Howe has decided to disperse his remaining Rodeo Red Poll cattle because his age is catching up to him. We wish Harold all the best. After full round of vaccination and worming we have kept the animals separated from the rest of the herd till the bull is pulled the end of August.
By April 26th we had 20 out of 21 calves on the ground and all within the first 21 days of the cows/heifers being turned out with the bull. Talk about fertility!
While on a trip down under to visit our son and daughter in law and their two great kids we went and visited Ian and Jill Coghlan at Eurimbla Red Polls. This was not a spur of the moment thing as we had been corresponding since early March of last year. We had been impressed with news coming out of Australia about the success of Eurimbla steers at the all breed feeding and slaughter trials. The one bull had topped all breeds and we went to specifically look at him, his sire and dam as well as his first crop of heifers calves. Well after two days of looking at the cattle we happily agreed to the purchase of 600 straws of semen to be imported into Canada. This will definitely help our long term goals in herd and breed improvement.
Spring has arrived with the first calf crop off our new heifers. They are like peas in a pod, if they did not have ear tags there is no way to tell the difference. Running to heifers calves which is great.
What better way to spend the holiday then finish up fencing. Like my mom used to say, “build it pig tight, horse high and bull strong”. All our fences are high tensile electric smooth wire. The moose and elk, which we have lots, just go over or through and the wire springs right back, even the buffalo don’t do any damage so it is a good investment for sure.
Ten yearling heifers arrived today, these are the start of the new Red Poll herd. They are all from Larry and Linda Fleming’s place out of Wabamun, Alberta.