The annual Fall Sales down at Star Lake will take place this Sunday beginning at noon! This sale is always exciting. The Bulls that will be featured in this sale will make up the carload that is taken to the National Western. Many of the heifers in this sale look like they will make some waves in the Hereford industry as well. Watch the video below to find out more about the Star Lake program. If you have any questions about the sale don’t be afraid to call the Ranch Office at (918) 396-4322.
Supercharger has had some great calves for me but it is time to move on to a new bull and with the Iowa Beef Expo’s new age rule this year is the year to do it. Click Here to view his EPD’s and pedigree info. If you would like your farm to be the future home of Supercharger please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Fall has reached Northeastern Iowa in a big, big way! Today it is a raining mess and I guess I will take it as it gives me more time to get sale features done for the upcoming Star Lake Fall Celebration Female and Ranch Ready Bull sales that will be held in Skiatook, OK on October 16th. This sale is always exciting, the cattle featured this year have us all very excited as well. A few of the sale features are full or maternal siblings to embryo calves that will be born up here in Independence next spring!
The calves have all been weaned and they are looking great! The bull calves are the stoutest yet and the heifer calves have more flash and performance than any calf crop at JJB to date. I am very excited for Joe Rickabaugh to come and take a look. Joe will pick which calves he wants to have sell in the Iowa Beef Expo Sale this coming February. One that I have a feeling he will pick is my two year old herd bull. This guy is sired by Titleist and out of the famous Carla cow. I have leased him out twice on top of having him breed my heifers this year and 5-7 cows last year. One of the best bull calves to roam the runs at JJB Cattle Co. is out of this guy and he is one that should generate a lot of excitement. Crystal took a cell phone video of him the day he got back from his latest assignment and I will post it as soon as she gets it done.
Hereford sales the past few weeks have been through the roof. And it looks like the momentum that the breed has been gaining is starting to make a big difference at the auction block. Now is a great time to be a Hereford breeder and I could not be more excited about the future of this breed. Now is just a time to work hard and try to get a slice of the pie.
Back to work.
Well that fair was one that I will not forget for a very very long time. This memorable trip to the great Iowa State Fair was not made based on how the cattle preformed in the show (Crystal wrote a very good blog post about the color of the ribbons check it out!) but it is one that I won’t forget because of the people that I got to spend it with.
This was the first year that Crystal was able to stay for the whole show. Last year she was there for the weekend but had to go back to work for that black cattle assoc. This year she used a vacation day to be there for show day and she was a huge help. It seems that anything that I am not good at (which is a long list) she is good at (which is also a long list). She got to show her favorite heifer Dana and even though we didn’t finish very well she said she loved being back out in the showring. I was asked many times during the weekend “how did you manage to get this one” and told many time “you better not let her go” which I thought the ring on her finger was suppose to lock that up but I was told she still has time to reconsider…. I sure hope she doesn’t. Although our first real fair together was not an overwhelming success the next ones will only be able to get better from here and they will.
The other person that was there to make this State Fair special was my dad. It was my grandfathers vision to have my sister and I start into this cattle deal but it was my dad that had to put up with my sister an I while we did it. I have always said that my little sister kicking my butt in the showring the first year we showed was what made me want to win more and turned raising and showing cattle into my passion but truth be told I think it is because going to cattle shows is where I got to “meet” my dad. My family was in the plastics business my whole childhood and dad was on the road most of the time. I don’t by any means begrudge him for this, him working the hours and being gone was necessary and if that is what it takes for me to support my family in the future I will do the same… the kids turn out “alright”. But going to weekend shows with my dad is where I got to know him as a person. He is strong-minded, hard working, motivated and one of those people who looks at a bigger picture not just what is presented in front of him. He has been a leader in everything he has done in his adult life winning a lifetime achievement award before most are even considered for an achievement award. And this weekend I was lucky enough to have such an overqualified individual run my washrack. To go along with all of the other great things I can say about my dad, he can flat out get after it on the washrack. Don’t ask him to tie the heifer up or lead her back to the stall but making the white hair on these Hereford cattle shine… that’s my dads game. Having my dad at the fair with me this year was one of the coolest things ever. Thanks for coming dad it really did mean the world to me to have you there.
So to sum up this trip for you it was great, one of the best ever. You can go to Crystal’s blog to check out some pictures. I want to again thank Crystal and my dad for all of their hard work and I promise that next time I will have the cattle in better shape so we can get after those purple banners and let someone else have the green ribbons.
What a crazy few weeks it has been. Today has been the first morning that I have stopped to think in far too long. There has been a lot of progress made and the cattle will look good at the fair. I hope that y’all like them as well as I do. The stalls will look great as well and I am excited to show off the new display. I will only be taking the 3 yearlings to the fair this year because well whatever could go wrong did go wrong. But it is all done and nothing I can do about it now. I am so excited to see everyone at the fair and hope everyone has safe travels.
Last Saturday night after I was done at the farm for the day I went to the Independence Motor Speedway to help Travis Smock and the #98 team. I have sponsored Travis for a couple of years now and also helped him get sponsor money. It sure takes a lot to run one of these teams but the competition is what keeps me going back for more. This weekend Travis was finally able to break the ice and get the first win of the season. The win came in trilling fashion with the pass for the lead taking place on the second to last lap! Good luck this weekend and turn this win into a winning streak!
I also got an update from the Missouri State Fair. From what I can tell all are having a great time. Good Luck goes out to Tom Thompson, Steven Steiner and the Stumpf family! Oh I also go an update of Tom’s mullet!
Anyone who knows me knows that I am very proud to be from Independence Iowa. KWWL our NBC affiliate in North Eastern Iowa has done a week long series featuring my hometown. The video below highlights Heartland Acres. Heartland is a place that is very near and dear to my heart and this video gives just a quick glance at what heartland has to offer. Please go to heartlandacresusa.com for more info on this awesome destination.