So I just got back from my little, tiny, baby, married woman, of a sisters college graduation! I could not be more proud of her and had a great time with our family down in Fort Worth this past weekend. We also got to see Mr. Wade Perks and his bride Brie down in the Stockyards for a drink or two. Now tomorrow I will head on down to the Ranch in Skiatook but will be taking a trailer down. In the trailer will be the bull that I bought from the Ranch and a heifer that they are going to maybe take to Fort Worth for the Stockshow at the end of January. This is a very exciting prospect and I hope that she can cut it. If she doesn’t though that is fine by me. The heifer going down is named Ally which is short for JJB ALL OF THE LIGHTS 11Y after one of my favorite Kanye West songs (naturally). She is also a maternal sister to the heifer that I sold last year at the Iowa Beef Expo and a paternal sibling to the three that I will sell there this year. After my little, tiny, baby, sisters big, huge, awesome wedding, I sold half interest in Ally to one my mentors, and could not be more excited to have him be a part of JJB Cattle Company. The future is very bright for this heifer and is one of the reasons that I have been so excited to be as busy as I have been lately, this is not because of how good she is, it is because I can’t wait to make more like her!
Ok I can’t take it anymore and I have to share the pictures of the two heifers and the bull that we have consigned to the Iowa Select Hereford Sale at the Iowa Beef Expo. They are all sired by Legacy, who has sired many great cattle around the country. The bull is a 3/4 sibling to the Grind bull that was sold at the Expo last year. Firework is out of a Nanna x Palliadan cow that my sister showed at a Jr. National and Show Goes On is out of a Lucky x Bogart cow that needs to be a donor. Click on their names below their pictures to have a look at their pedigrees. We will get videos taken of these three as we move closer to the Expo and will keep you updated on their progress!
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This weekend Crystal and I have had the calves in the barn and they have been doing great! The two heifers selling at the Iowa Beef Expo had only been tied up once and on Friday night we clipped Shelly’s head and Firework just stayed tied. Saturday morning we led both to the showbarn and they did great, took a little pulling but with Crystal tailing them it wasn’t too bad. Once they were in the barn we washed each and then put Firework back in the chute to do some clipping. Now anyone that knows me knows that I am NOT a clipper/fitter, but this time I didn’t do too bad. Sure she got a few cases of “steel worm” but after all it was only the third time she has had a halter on. This morning when we led the heifers to the barn they hardly needed tailed and I would not be afraid to call them broke. Later on today I am going to go and do some clipping on Shelly. Not to sure when I will head that way though as my Buffalo Bills are playing them damn Jets.
Joe Rickabaugh with the AHA stopped by the farm this morning to look at calves to pick his favorites for the Iowa Beef Expo. When Joe got out of the car he said that he needed a good heifer, well he ended up taking two heifers for the sale and one bull for sure with the other a question mark due to his headgear. Polled sells much better in Iowa then the Horned counterpart. I’m really excited to get these cattle ready for the Expo this February and will be taking pictures soon to get them in the ads for the sale. This is my best calf crop yet and I can’t wait for y’all to see them!
The man the myth the legend Tom Thompson is selling one heck of a nice Bright Future heifer calf in the Ladies of the Royal Sale this weekend in Kansas City. Someday I hope to consign to this sale but until then I will just tell you about Tom’s heifer. The Bright Future cows that I have are far and away my favorites. He is also the sire of many National Champions including 3 of the last 4 Supreme Champion Herefords in Denver at the National Western Stock Show. Give Tom (816)284-3276 a call if you have any questions about his exciting heifer calf.
I’ve got The Expendables on the TV and plenty of food to keep me full. Life has switched from the hectic pre-sale pace to around 6 mph in a cornfield.
The Star Lake sale was great and one that will be tough to top. The Lot 104 bull was just as good as advertised. He is definitely aptly named as he will send Shock Waves through the Hereford industry. The heifers in this sale were awesome as well with the high seller being an awesome May baby out of one of if not my favorite cows on the ranch Olivia. It was also great to reunite with all of my Hereford friends the night before the sale at our social.
Right after our sale I rode down to Langfords for the first Langford/Perks Production Sale. They had a great set of cattle and the sale went really well. I went down to try and get the Lot 4 flush bought. Lot 4 is a full sister to the bull that I recently purchased and has been the subject of multiple even sometimes heated debates and I was going to be damned if I didn’t get this flush. When the gavel hit I had the winning bid and could not be more excited to see these calves the spring of ’13!
Well I am missing most of this movie while I type this so I’m am going to sit back take the tractor another round and watch Stallone blow stuff up!