Long time no post. This seems to be a summer thing. But I sure hope that it will get better and I can open up a bit more time to keep y’all up to date! Last week was spent up in Minnesota with my family on Gull Lake. It was great to get away and see most of my dads family. I took this time to review and update the goals that I set for JJB Cattle Co. back in ’07. There were only a couple of the goals that when I looked back I scratched my head and thought WTF. In fact I have accomplished all of the short term and many of the intermediate goals that I had set for JJB Cattle Co.
The thing that changed the most were my mission statements, in 2007 my mission statement was-
In other news the show string is coming together nicely and the nerves have started to kick in. I would like to take this moment to say I am sorry to all of my loved ones and anyone else that comes in contact with me between now and August 15th. It could get a bit distracted up in this brain.
Thought that this was good marketing advice-
Need I remind you of the famous Baron Rothschild line…”I made my fortune by selling too soon.” Stick to your plan, stick to your plan, stick to your plan… Do not continue to move the finish line. I have made this mistake several times myself in the past, only to find my horse run out of steam as I lengthened the race.
The Iowa Jr. Hereford Preview show will be held this weekend in Marshalltown. Each year this was one of the shows that I always got “geared up” for. Great to see old friends and get ready for the upcoming Jr. National.
This year JJB Cattle Co. will be sponsoring both the Champion Owned Horned and Polled heifers. In addition to the sponsoring the Champions both will be receiving $250 in credit towards the purchase of a heifer from the 2011 JJB calf crop. The heifers out on the cows are better this year then they have ever been and we are very excited to show them off.
In honor of the Jr. show this weekend I will pass along some of the very best advise that I ever received before walking into the showring…
This weekend was by far the best that I have ever had. This weekend I got engaged to my best friend in the whole world. She is amazing and better then me a most of the things that I love to do, so I will have to step my game up to help contribute! I could not be more happy/lucky/blessed. And another bonus is I don’t have to type up our engagement story because she already did!
The Star Lake Seedstock Source Sale that was held last weekend was great as ever! It was an awesome time getting to hang-out with fellow Hereford Breeders and friends from all over the country and world.
Many things stick out but the memory that might stick out the most was when Crystal and I were talking to “Ed” who is originally from Argentina and now resides in Miami. He said that one of his favorite things since becoming a U.S. citizen is that when he comes back to the States when they say “Welcome Home” when he shows his passport. It is rather easy to forget how great our country is when all we hear anymore is how much others don’t like us. One other highlight was when David Albin from Albin Farms in Illinois told me that he would pay me to slow down with the updates on the SLCR site because no one could keep up! Thanks for the encouragement and I will slow it down a bit but it will take a pretty large check hahaha.
I got home on Sunday night and got the cattle unloaded without any big hick-ups or bumps in the road and all in all it was a very nice trip. On Monday I turned out the bull that will breed my cows. This year I have GH ADAMS GOLD NUGGET ET 378W running with the cows and I am very excited to see what the calves look like next spring! I also snapped a few quick pictures of him being turned out and some of the calves as well. Enjoy!
Spring is always a very exciting time around here. All of the calves are at the side of their momma’s and the bulls are ready to be turned out. The Star Lake Seedstock Source Sale is this Saturday with one of my favorite shows ever, the Star Lake Junior Futurity taking place on Friday the 2oth. The Junior Futurity is the first show that I ever won. I could not have possibly been anymore excited when Brett Barber slapped my heifer and shook my hand. I remember just standing their shaking a bit after the slap and shake then I heard Col. Eddie Sims say MY NAME… wow what a moment for a young kid. Little did I know but the money that I won on that day is what built JJB Cattle Company. So it is easy to see why this is and always has been my favorite show. It is also why I have made a point to give back to the youth in Iowa as much as I can even in the early years of JJB Cattle Co.
This year at the Iowa Jr. Hereford Assoc. Preview show JJB Cattle Company will be sponsoring both the Champion Owned Horned & Polled Hereford Heifers. In addition to sponsoring both of these awards that winners of each show will also receive $250 in credit towards the purchase of any heifer calf from the 2011 JJB calf crop. The hope is that this money will help a Jr. save some cash when purchasing what will hopefully be the groundwork of their own herd once their Jr. show career has come to a close.
As I had mentioned at the top the SLCR May Sale is Saturday at the ranch. There are more great ones in this sale then any that we have ever had. Be sure that you check out Lots 163, 164, 178, 34, 138 & 139. These all come from the Lucky Cow Family and are without a doubt worth a look!
Last night I moved the cows to the creek pasture to let the front pastures recuperate from wintering the herd this year. Moving the cows isn’t really a big job (just opened two gates) but it is always fun to watch the reaction when turning them out. All of the calves would take off and just do laps on the top side. They have not been couped up at all but you wouldn’t be able to tell! Yesterday I also tied up the yearling heifers for the first time… yes that’s right I am halter breaking yearlings to get ready for the State Fair in August. The big ol’ gals really didn’t do to bad with only one doing the always exciting barrel roll and belly flop. Within about 15 minuets there was slack on one of the halters so I think I will have them broke by the end of this weekend. I also snapped a couple of quick pictures after turning the cows out last night.