We named our new bull calf JNC Tatonka Von Steele. It is a name of great import, and one he is destined to live up to. He is growing quickly and we fired up about his progress.
It has been a relatively mild winter. Cold, but really light snow. Our cows are doing great. We’ve supplemented their forage with alfalfa and corn/oats on occasion. Adding the creep feeder has really launched our calves growth exponentially, and given the mama cows some welcome relief. They burn a lot more calories than usual whenContinue reading “Almost thru Winter”
Our bull’s horns are really starting to grow. Breeders seek symmetrical horns, but they come in all shapes and sizes. Some have horns that grow straight out for a couple feet, then in a close to 90 degree angle head right up towards the sky. Some also have almost buffalo or walrus tusk looking hornsContinue reading “Mess with the bull…”
We have an incredibly prolific elk population near the ranch. The funny thing about raising cattle in Elk land is they love the same things. We buy probably three times as many salt and mineral blocks as necessary, and can’t do the large round bails of hay because they would be gone overnight once theContinue reading “Local Competition”
Friday, December 18th marked the last day of J & C Patton’s service at our ranch. He is heading to the Sandia Mountains to help a new rancher start a Highland fold. He was a great calf, and will be an excellent cornerstone to his future fold. Patton was our first calf, born in lateContinue reading “J & C Patton”
Winter brings a whole new set of things to do when it comes to raising cattle. Step 1 – Food. The grass goes from green to yellow/brown. While the grass is still forage, it doesn’t contain all of the nutrients required for cows to maintain their health. We ordered a few squeezes of hay thatContinue reading “Winter Is Here”