Cows. We love them. We’ll take as many of them as we can get our hands on. Currently our herd consists of 15 mama cows. That doesn’t sound like many but we have big plans for the future. In 2012 we bought our first 4 mamas and have been adding to our herd slow and steady ever since. Our goal is to grow only by what we can afford out of pocket. Debt is scary and you can’t predict nature.
Our business is considered a Cow-Calf operation. We raise mamas and calves. The calves remain with their mamas on our farm until they have been weaned at 6-7 months old. At this point they are sold at market and live the remainder of their life off our farm. These calves grow to provide you, our customer, with delicious, lean beef. Each year we keep a group of female calves to raise and breed with the rest of our herd because we are proud of our genetics. Our commercial herd consists of primarily Angus and Simmental lineage.
Though we are small we take this business very seriously. We use the same management practices with our herd of 15 as we would with a herd of 100 (which we hope to have in the next 5 years). We are progressive and are are not afraid to try things that may be management intensive if it is for the betterment of our herd. We are environmentally conscious and refer to ourselves as grass growers first and foremost. Without healthy soil and grass we cannot sustain cows.
So why is it that we love these animals so much? There are many reasons. At the top of the list is that they can turn grass into delicious, healthy beef. Two words: steak and yumm. Cows have a peace about them that I cannot describe. Watching our animals graze pasture at sunset is one of our very favorite things to do. We love these animals even when they don’t cooperate or break a brand new gate. Because, you see, it’s not just about the love for the animal but also a love for the way of life it provides. Being able to live down a gravel road where your kids can roam free is a beautiful thing.