The first calf of the year has arrived at JJB Cattle Co.! She is an embryo calf out of the Ramona cow (owned by Perks & Langfords) and sired by Shock & Awe. She is a flashy little one weighing in at 85 lbs. There are two more siblings to this heifer due today and I think if they hold on like their mommas look like they are going to they will be bulls, which is just fine with us.
We hope that you all have had a very successful start to the year and that it continues to be so. You are the only one that can make or break your day/month/year, do what it takes to make it great, you’re worth it.
Reg #P43376695 ~ Birth: Mar. 19, 2013
Honey Love brings us full circle, she is out of the foundation of the herd “Lucky” who was the first cow I ever purchased. There have been brothers and sisters to this heifer that have went to work in herds all over the country and this one can do the same. Honey Love has all the look you could want for the showring. EPD’s, look and lineage, Honey Love has it all! More info on this showstopper as we near the sale date.
We have a beast on our hands here at JJB Cattle Co. I could go on for days about this bull. Parker will be selling at the 2014 Iowa Beef Expo and is the type that we have been trying to raise since this herd was started. He has the EPD’s and the phenotype that will keep him in our AI rotation for years to come. When we decided that we would be selling Parker we knew we had to keep at least 1/4 in herd use. A bull of this caliber will be an easy addition to any herd. Parker is triple bred Online and is an example of line breeding working, this will add predictability to his progeny. For more information including a video of Parker coming in January please head to the For Sale page. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
This past weekend we added another breed to JJB Cattle – a Simmental. I grew up with Simmentals, and my family still raises them under the name High Country Cattle Services. This story begins back in 2001. I was only 16 years old, but I knew I wanted to add a female to my herd that would be an investment. Something that wouldn’t be just a show heifer. She would be a foundation, and a female that would hopefully produce enough revenue to get me through college. (Attending school in the U.S., when then I was paying out-of-state tuition, and each of Canadian dollars were only worth $.60, wasn’t an ideal plan). That year I found Signature 19L.
Interestingly enough, 2001 was also the year that Jon bought Lucky, which became a foundation of his cow herd.
Thankfully, Signature did her job and produced many females that did exactly what they were supposed to do. They were productive cows that made a mark in both the showring and pasture. Over the years I had sold most of my females and ended up with one last Signature daughter, CDY Red Signature 20W. Last year, Dad had mentioned on his trip down to the Iowa State Fair that both her and her heifer calf were looking quite good, and now might be the time to sell. With Jon and I wanting to purchase a farm the following summer we knew that we could use the additional income. We decided to sell both Signature and her heifer calf in the Checkers sale. Again the Signature cow family did exactly what they were supposed to do. Together the pair brought $45,000. Signature was going to help buy the farm.
This fall Jon and I headed back to Canada for my sister’s wedding. While home a red heifer calf quickly caught our eye, and dad mentioned that they would be selling her in Checkers. She was a great-great-grand daughter of Signature. As Jon and I crawled into bed that night we both turned to each other and said we need to buy that heifer.
So last weekend we bought RJY She’s a Sure Sign 42A. We had kept it a secret from our family that we were going to make a run at her. Needless to say they were pretty shocked when JJB Cattle Co. was announced as the online bidder. We are very excited to see Sure Sign this weekend when we get home to Canada for Christmas. We’ll see if the Signature cow family continues to do exactly what they are supposed to do.
Dylan Kottkamp is sporting the JJB Hat that he won at the Hereford Junior National this summer at the Hoosier Beef Congress!
If you have a JJB Hat send us a picture of it with you on your travels and we will highlight you on our site as well.
This past Thanksgiving had to have been one of my favorite yet. The weekend started with bowling on Wednesday night where my bonehead friends and I usually wear some stupid outfit to bowl in the night before the feast and this year was no different. Our team decided that this year we were going to wear onesies. I bowled with a camouflaged hunter looking guy, a man in a bunny suit that looked like something from a Christmas Story, Bruce Wayne and last but not least Clark Kent. And me well apparently I was a lumberjack. The good news is we won all 5 games.
The next day was one heck of an early morning waking up at 4:00 am to get the turkey on the smoker. This was very early and I kind of felt like we were headed to a show. The Turkey had been in the brine for about 16 hrs before we put it in the smoke and it didn’t come off until around 1:30. I am proud to report that it turned out pretty good! This was the second Turkey that I have cooked and the first that I smoked and boy was I nervous, really, really nervous. And I didn’t know right away but I wasn’t done with the cooking for the family nerves for the weekend. We were able to spend the day with my parents, sister and brother-in-law, Grandma and Grandpa Blin, one Aunt and two Cousins, Great Aunt Judy and Uncle Dick as well Great Aunt Frankie.
On Saturday we celebrated Christmas with our family as we will be in Canada to celebrate on Chistmas and Jaci and Jason will be in Texas. I always have a good time giving gifts and heck I like getting them just as much. This year we started another tradition and had Prime Rib for supper, and this is where more food anxiety came into play. I had never made one and it is a good thing that I have a Traeger grill because everyone seems to have everything figured out and all you have to to is follow the footsteps of the pros on the message boards. My advice is if you love to eat protein that comes from animals as much as I do get one of these amazing grills and keep them full and happily eating tasty meat treats.
After the awesome sale at Perks Ranch which averaged $6,197 and saw our heifer selling to Mallorie Phelps it was back to the tractor for me. Driving the tractor and pulling the grain cart is where I remained well into November.
I’ll tell you what you can get a heck of a lot of thinking done when you spend that much time driving around in a corn field at an average of 6 mph. I probably rethought the whole direction of this operation a couple dozen times. It can be maddening but is a job that needs to be done. The crop was much better then we expected as our rain shut off almost completely in July. Our own corn crop wasn’t great and got burnt up before we could even get it cut for silage but luckily we were able to get some from our neighbor. The cows are currently munching on that silage and loving it.
Building this herd obviously isn’t going to be cheap with not only purebred prices being high but we are also going to be paying more for bred recipients next year… No one said it would be easy, only that it’d be worth it.
I arrived at Perks Ranch to help get ready for the sale this weekend. This is a great set of cattle and a ton of really good heifers and cows will be sold here on Saturday. Head to the Perks Ranch YouTube page by clicking here to get a look at these awesome Hereford Cattle.
The week of the Perks Ranch Fall Celebration Sale is finally here.
We have been anticipating this week for a very long time as we will find out Saturday afternoon where the new home of our heifer Intensity. Making the decision to sell Intensity was not an easy one. We feel she is the type of heifer that can help shape the future of any operation. Raising this heifer has been a true joy (other then when her big black momma tried to eat me after she calved) to watch a heifer this good grow and get better everyday is an honor.
I will be headed over to Rockford on Tuesday and will be there through the sale with Crystal headed that way later in the week. If you have any questions please let us know, hopefully we will have the answer.