Posts By: Dean & Marsha Anderson

2022 Bull Sale Catalogue

I have finally have uploaded our spring 2022 Sale Catalogue. Just click on the following link and you can view or download the pages. Spring 2022 Bull Sale Catalogue If you would like a hard copy just call Marsha at 250-262-5638.

High milk production

The results are in, in a recent search for high EPD numbers for milk in the North American herd of Red Poll cattle the cows at Shadow Creek Farm excelled. Of the top 97 cows we had 25 of the best. We breed for nice tidy udders with the genetics that produce milk. This is along with good to great feet and a calm disposition. Our Red Poll cows will produce the bulls that will improve your cattle herd. Give Marsha a call.

Quiet weaning calves fall 2021

We have an excellent crop of calves this year.

The 200 day average for the heifers was 545 pounds and the bulls came in at 625 pounds. We had three bull calves come in over 700 pounds. Pictured is calf 60F with his dam, she weight 1,155 pounds and 60F’s 200 day weight is 720 pounds. That is an impressive 62 percent. It just goes to show what a moderate framed cow can do when she has the milk producing genetics. Go Red Poll cows.

June 2021

After quite a year both Marsha and I have both of our COVID shots, and all the bulls are delivered or picked up. Marsha sold over thirty bulls this year as well as a couple of starter female groups. Animals went as far away as New Hazelton to the west, Princeton, BC and Lundbreck, Alta to the south and Moosomin, Sask to the east.

We had 70 calves on the ground this spring out of our three herd bulls. No AI calves, I was waiting last year for semen to arrive from four new bulls from overseas but with all the uproar about Covid none showed till late fall. That said we are expecting over twenty some AI calves this next spring.

It was a slow start to the growing season this year (another mini drought) but with the recent rains things should catch up. Cows, calves and Bulls all look great so come for a visit.

Fall 2019

Had a different summer with the continued drought till July then it started raining and never stopped.  Most of the winters feed supply is wrapped haylage, but we have enough.

Weaned the 3rd of October and the average adjusted weights for the bull calves was 575 pounds, adjusted weights for the heifer calves was 520 pounds and the steers came in at 582 pounds.

Going to have over 50 calves on feed this winter so there will be a good selection for the catalogue which I hope will be out in November.

Satisfied customer

It is always good to hear back from a client but this one was really good.

Dean/Marsha,

I can see why you want 19E back when I’m done with him. 18 of 20 heifers calved out so far. 60 pound calves , and ferocious – chase their freaked out mothers down to get that first suck. Even a set of twins that the heifer had no choice but to accept.

Well done.

Bill

Bull sales, Calving and cold weather

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.

Spring 2019 Bull Catalogue is finally done

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.

Weaned Fall 2017

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.

 

New Bulls from North Carolina

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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.