Some bumps in the road have been encountered but nothing that hasn’t been remotely easy to deal with. For example my heifer Ceci calved 2-2.5 weeks early and didn’t have any milk ready for her little heifer calf so I became the mother of this beautiful heifer calf. Ceci had this calf the first night of the snow storm and the calf came backwards… I had worried she had been trying to have the calf too long and we had lost her so when the vet pulled her out and she shook her head it was one of the best sights I have seen. The heifer then spent a night in the basement before moving back to the farm. Getting her to take a bottle was also a chore but is no longer an issue and it looks like this little lady might just make it.
The first calf of the year was born a week past her due date but all was well with her and you can catch her sprinting around the pasture as you drive by on 150 North. Hopefully the third will go that same route.
As far as Expo prep goes everything is going great! Last Friday we took the bulls over to get their BSE testing done and both passed with flying colors. They are all taking shape and I can’t wait for you to see the difference in these animals when compared to their videos taken in the beginning of December.
Well yesterday was a banner day for my site as it was with what seems to be just about anyone else with this type of site… Mine wasn’t super huge or even remotely “good” when matched up against the numbers put up by Brad Hook and some girl with a site called Crystal Cattle or something like that hahaha. But I wanted to thank y’all for the 148 page views that I got from the 69 of you that came to my site yesterday.
But now that I got that done wanted to let you know about some cool stuff that is going on. Right now we just received the video of Shock & Awe being selected Grand Champion Polled Hereford Bull for the second consecutive year! I will embed that bad boy down at the bottom of this post but I also wanted to share something else with you. The catalog for the Iowa Beef Expo Hereford Select Sale has now been posted online as well… They might could have used a more exciting picture for the cover but if you go to the last page you will find (what I feel) is one heck of a picture of an awesomely attractive mid-May Heifer calf! Please Click Here to link to the sale catalog. And pay special attention to pages 8, 12 and 27!
Enjoy the video!
Made it back home from the National Western on Sunday night (which I was very glad I had a late flight with how my stomach felt after the post show party) and it is good to be home. Every year people get the Denver Crud, I didn’t have anything while I was there but now I am feeling it I guess. Star Lake had an awesome showing and I can not be more excited or in awe of the Star Lake program. Those guys taught me more then I know now… hopefully I will regain some of that knowledge but they really are the best of the best. But for now I will just keep working on making the SLCR site better and boy is it easy to do when the cattle are that good.
I still haven’t had the first calf of the year, I have a Lucky x Bright Future cow that was due yesterday and she doesn’t look like she is in a hurry to drop it. The calf will be sired by the Advance S109 bull and I am very excited to see what I get. The next due to calve is a Battle Ground out of a Lucky daughter. She is bred to the two-time Supreme Champion Hereford Shock & Awe. The early reports on the Shock & Awe calves from Star Lake are very exciting.
I got a quick picture to update y’all on the progress of Aria and boy is she progressing! Little girl is a chunk!
The game plan for the evening is getting the showbarn cleaned up so I can get it dirty again when I start to bring in the Expo Sale cattle later in the week… oh and by the way they look AWESOME and I can’t wait for y’all to see them!
Today is move-in day for Hereford breeders as they begin the setup of stalls on The Hill. As is normally the case the move-in is dependant on the move-out of someone else. Since the Red Angus show went long their move out was delayed. What happens is best described as organized chaos – take a few hundred exhibitors; add a dozen loading doors and pickups with trailers full of tack and equipment. The security folks try to keep everyone moving along but it is a process. Patience is a great virtue here as folks are lined up sometimes for hours to get to the doors. With temperatures greeting us this morning in the single digits being in line in the pickup is not necessarily a bad thing…we had a number of volunteers for the duty this morning.
As mentioned daily the weather is frigid today but the bright, sunny skies do make a big difference in the perceived temperature. The high today is to climb to a balmy 25 degrees with bright sun and calm breezes. The warmup is still on track and they are calling for mid 40’s to 52 degrees for Thursday and Friday. That should bring lots of folks out to the National Western complex, giving a great opportunity to showcase Hereford cattle.
The other day I mentioned that Mallorie Phelps and her team were competing in the National Meat Judging Contest …well compete they did – all the way to National Champions!!! Mallorie was 2nd high Individual of all competitors; with her team placing four individuals in the Top 10. Congrats Mal to you and your teammates. May your winning ways continue with your Star Lake heifers.
As we prepare to move cattle up to The Hill there are a few females that the ranch is showing that are looking mighty fine. STAR KKH SSF Keyshona 25W ET is making a return trip to Denver after a Division win last year. Keysto Stotz will be showing STAR MKS B’Yond Belief 32X ET in the Junior and Open shows. The entire Stotz family is making the trip to the National Western this year. The final heifer in the showstring is STAR BSP Forever & Evr 287X ET, a very nice March heifer we own with Sadie Prather. Sadie is bringing Brad, Sherri, Grandma & Grandpa Prather to join Grandpa Montie and Grandma Rhonda for her party in Denver.
Our on The Hill bulls are looking superb. We are as pleased with this group of herd sires as any we have brought. In answer to many email questions – yes Shock & Awe is here and he is looking the part. I will write more of an update on him later. Paul Bates and his crew from Buffalo Bend Farm in Tennessee are a co-owner on Shock & Awe with us and Tennessee River Music. The Buffalo Bend crew will be arriving in Denver tomorrow. Another bull that is getting a lot of attention is an exceptional April calf, STAR Legendary Details 319X. He is a Legacy son out of Dominette P200. We are very excited about this youngster’s future and are offering a fractional ownership interest for sale. Unfortunately don’t have any pictures or video to post yet…hope to have some Thursday at the backdrop.
Tonight is the Hereford Herdsman Social at 6 pm in the arena in the Yards. This event has grown over the years to be the primary fundraiser for the Herdsman Scholarship Fund. Over the past six years nearly $10,000 has been awarded in scholarships to deserving Hereford youth. The funds raised are based on free will donations made by those attending. We have prepared over six roasters of our infamous Cowboy Beans that will compliment the baked potatoes and beverages from AHA. With the cold weather blanketing the country, Cowboy Beans make a great comfort food. Find the recipe elsewhere on our website.
More profiles on our outstanding crew…..Talked this morning with Brad Prather, who with Dustin Dillman and Larry Nunley are tending the cattle at the Ranch in Oklahoma. Brad reports it is cold there as well and we are now numbering over 40 on the 2011 model calves. Early reports are that the Shock & Awe babies are very, very nice. Karen Beegley is holding down the office and since Montie & Max got to Denver last night she is sure to be getting alot done without interuption. Todd Herman is judging the National Limousin Show today on The Hill. My wife, Debbie and son Jon arrive taday. With Jon on site you can expect alot more pictures and less words with the blog.
Until tomorrows report….happy trails!
Come visit us in The Yards!
Head to the Star Lake website for my dads daily updates starlakeherefords.com
Denver, Denver, Denver, Denver……. Denver. Since Christmas about 85% of my office time has been dedicated to getting ready to go to Denver. Between Stall Cards and getting stuff “in the can” as my dad calls it, there has been very little time for much else. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Last year my dad started to do a daily blog from Denver on the Star Lake website and was it ever a hit. Right away we had people come up and thank us for the coverage during the week because they felt like the didn’t miss out as much while at work! This year we have ramped up the coverage a bit and it is something you will want to keep up with. Click Here to view the first post of Denver 2011 and be sure to check back each day as we update daily! (I will try to keep y’all up to date on here as well but I think I owe it to the old man to send some traffic his way!)
And all I got her was a little bracelet and a little something from RHD as well!
If I don’t get another post up before Christmas have a very special and blessed Christmas!
Neat View from the Chairlift in Telluride!
This is the picture of Serena that will be gracing the back of the Expo Catalog.
You will notice just below the JJB logo at the top of this page there are now some pages listed… These are the entries in the Iowa Beef Expo Hereford Select Sale complete with video and a link to their pedigrees and EPD’s on the AHA site!!!
I will continue to update these pages as we near the Expo and will try to add a post letting you know changes have been made (should help with the cattle.com followers). This is the biggest change yet and I really hope that you enjoy watching as these cattle progress up to sale day! As you could tell by the pictures before and now the videos these are the best animals that I have offered and thank you so much for taking time to look.
“Everything I dreamed… I’m watching take shape”