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.
The videos of Intensity has been posted! Herefords are hot and this girl is dynamite. If you are in the market for a heifer to show next year and turn into a big time donor down the road this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Intensity will sell October 12th at Perks Ranch in Illinois, if you can’t make it to the sale it will be broadcast on LiveAuctions.tv. We will be happy to answer any questions feel free to contact us. We are excited about the road ahead of this female!
This years calves are weaned and in the process of being halter broke. We have our deepest set of heifers yet and can’t wait to see how they transform and progress as they age.
It has been an absolute blast getting the show results on Symphony this summer. One of the beauties of this site is that you have been able to watch as Symphony has grown and progressed. She has won numerous shows in Tennessee with the most recent win coming at the Tennessee State Fair. Congrats to Michael Banner on the win!
If you are in the market for a heifer to show next year be sure to contact us and come take a look. In addition to Intensity we have our deepest set of heifers to date, these girls are the kind that bring home banners.
As we posted on our For Sale page last week we are consigning to the Perks Ranch Fall Celebration Sale for the first of what will hopefully be many times. I really like how the cattle look in the catalog and I am very excited for the sale to get here. It is an honor to be able to consign to this sale and we look forward to seeing everyone at the sale. Tom & Tammy Boatman done a great job at Perks Ranch since their move from JWR and along with the Perks Family have turned this into a sale you do not want to miss. If you would like to receive a catalog please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will be sure you get one!
Over Memorial Day weekend Crystal and I went up to Canada for a long over due trip. Crystals sister Stacy is getting married in September and that weekend they had her Stagette (Bachelorette Party to Americans) and her Bridal Shower. I went up to see family, cows and golf. It was great to see everyone and hopefully we will be able to make some longer trips up in the near future.
Since this is a cattle blog I will now get to the cattle. The High Country herd is very impressive and Crystal’s family has been very successful in the showring and this years calf crop looks like another great one. There are some calves out of Elle that are really cool. The udders on the Revolution (not the Hereford) daughters are great and the cows have a ton of power! I even got a photo shoot in with my main man Bud, I’ll post a few of those after the cow pictures. If Simmentals are your gig be sure you give my in-laws a call!
You may notice a heifer that is familiar if you are a follower of JJB Cattle Co. in some marketing this summer! The heifer that we sold at the Iowa Beef Expo, Symphony, will be featured in some Sure Champ and Vita Charge marketing. I just got a report that after putting Symphony back on Sure Champ her appetite has ramped way up and that she is looking great. Good news is always the best news.
We are big believers in the VitaFerm products and that’s not because it’s where Crystal’s check comes from either, it’s because they flat work! If you aren’t feeding Sure Champ and you are feeding show cattle you are missing the boat. This stuff will have them eating better then they ever have while adding bloom and a fresher look. Plus if it gets hot this summer you will be even more excited that you use this stuff, they never miss a beat. Visit surechamp.com for more info and a dealer locator. This is not a paid advertisement just the honest truth.