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December 26th - Merry Christmas!
Winter 2014/2015

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

We had a wonderful Christmas day on the ranch yesterday with Eric, Megan, and Presley as well as Kristan and Jake. Presley enjoyed her 2nd Christmas!

     

 

Late last week on the ranch we rebuilt some fence that we had to tear out late last summer to make room for all the equipment and dirt work around our new calving buildings. This week we rebuilt the fence in preparation for the upcoming calving season. This week on the ranch we've concentrated on bedding all the cattle and doing chores each day. Other than that we've been spending extra time with our families during this wonderful holiday week. Resting up before the heifers start calving in just a few short weeks!

 

Merry Christmas! 

 

 


December 18th - Working our Bred Heifers
Winter 2014/2015

It's been another nice winter week. The sun came out beautifully yesterday after many days of grey, fog and frost! Last weekend Craig Bieber and Craig Howard traveled to Bismarck, ND for the North Dakota Red Select Sale. It was a strong sale with great consignments. We saw a lot of Bieber genetics last weekend!

 

This week we worked our bred heifers. The heifers are due to start calving the first week of February. Yesterday we gave the heifers their Valbazen de-wormer, a pour on insecticide and their second dose of ScourBos. We started the day be gathering the cattle off of the cornstalks and pasture west of ranch headquarters and walked them down to the corrals. 

 

 

     

     

     

 

Tom brought the heifers into the tub and alley where Dillion applied the pour on insecticide. CraigH then gave the heifers their oral de-wormer and their dose of ScourBos.

     

 

 


December 11th - Working the Mature Cowherd
Winter 2014/2015

It's been a wonderful winter week. Temperatures have been mild and they're talking record highs this weekend! 

 

This week on the ranch we have been busy working the cowherd. Yesterday we worked the mature cowherd which is out grazing cornstalks as well as a few pastures. In about a week the cows will need to be moved. The spring cows will go to another group of pastures a bit closer to home. As long as the weather stays nice the spring calving cows will stay out grazing for another month. Then we'll bring them closer to ranch headquarters for calving season. The summer cows will be moved onto more cornstalks a bit farther from our West Ranch where the cows are currently. They'll continue to graze until the weather turns rough. 

 

Yesterday we de-wormed all of the cows with Valbezen and gave the spring calving cows their dose of Scour Bos, a vaccine to prevent scours in the newborn calves. It was a beautiful foggy/frosty morning.  

     

     

     

     

Once all of the cows were gathered and in the working facilites we caught each cow in the chute, gave her de-wormer, then determined if she was a spring or summer calver and gave the springs their vaccination.

     

Dillion working to get the cows to flow through the double alley and into the chute. Tom was in the back bringing cattle from the OK Corral and into the double alley.

Craig H giving a cow her de-wormer.

 


December 4th - South Dakota Cattlemen's Association Convention
Winter 2014/2015

Here we are in December already! It's been a cold past week with temperatures close to -20 degrees last week. Those temperatures really make mid-30s feel wonderful, and it's supposed to last at least through this week. Maybe this is finally some of that El Nino weather they were talking about!

 

Here at the ranch we enjoyed a quiet post-Thanksgiving weekend. We did chores around the ranch and made sure the cattle had fresh feed and bedding, then spent some time with our families. This week around the ranch we've been doing some small fix-it type projects as well as keeping the cattle's bedding fresh and dry. Today the last of the feed bunks for the new calving buildings were deliviered. After the new bunks are installed in the second building and the doors for both buildings are up the new calving barns will be ready for our 2015 calving season in just a couple short months!

 

Yesterday the guys attended the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association annual convention in Aberdeen. They listened to a variety of speakers throughout the day including talks by Dr. Kent Andersen of Zoetis, Craig Uden the NCBA Policy Division Chairman, and John Lundeen the Sr Executive Director of Market Research.

The speaker on the left is John Lundeen from NCBA speaking about Beef Consumer insights and the speaker on the right is Craig Uden from NCBA.

 

We enjoyed listening and speaking to others in the cattle industry!


 
         
         
       
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