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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I promised in my last post that I would give you more information on our bull from Whispering Pine Farms and here it is! In December I started to look around for a calving ease bull to breed our replacement heifers this year and in the years to come. I looked and looked then I decided to check out the Whispering Pine website. Jason McDonald and family have been making some great purchases lately and I figured if they were buying good stuff they must be raising good stuff too. So as I looked through there site at the bulls listed I noticed one that had a low BW EPD and a bigger REA EPD then most and I thought we were onto something. Then I switched over to the AHA website to find that 2047 is mostly an outcross to our herd and I was starting to become sold. Crystal and I went out to Denver for the NWSS, she went to work I went to enjoy, and while we were there we took a look at 2047. After some debate as to if we wanted to spend the money since we are buying the farm this summer as well and checking to be sure he was the one we wanted, we pulled the trigger. Once we got 2047 home and he started to get settled in I began to realize that we might have done a really good job picking this one out! After more research and watching more sales the Untapped sons that have sold have done very well and I also really like how the Harland influenced cattle do as they mature. Please Click Here to view 2047’s EPD’s and pedigree on the AHA website. 2047 will be hard to beat based on all of the information at present and we think his calves will excel when they arrive next spring!
My last post was about the waiting game that we were in with what seemed like nonstop rain. Well mother nature shut it down for almost long enough for our farming group to get 100% of the crop planted. It was a whirlwind week as we started back planting on Monday the 13th, ran for 5 hrs, Tuesday the 14th, ran for 16hrs, then ran 24hrs/day from Wednesday – Saturday, and 5 hrs on Sunday getting rained out at 5:00 am. The planters just got our families last field of beans planted and got the planters back in the shop before we got dumped on with 2.9″ of rain Sunday night!
This year I helped out running the finisher and even jumped in the planter for a little bit. I found out pretty quickly that planting is a ton of fun, until something starts beeping and then it’s no fun. When the planter starts to beep there is something wrong and when something is wrong I’m in trouble as I am close to the furthest thing from handy. There was a lot of guys in the group that didn’t get much sleep last week and without that amazing effort we wouldn’t have gotten the job done.
Now that the crop is in the ground we get to start focusing back 100% on the cows. My happy place is out in the pasture with the cows and calves and green grass and right now we have all three. We have been very blessed that after the long winter we have a healthy group of calves on the ground and under them is a bunch of lush grass. I took the camera out tonight when I did chores and got a couple of good pictures. The next month and a half will be very exciting and I have been dreaming about this time for a very long time. I am so happy that I get to go to Canada with my wife this weekend before she heads off on her big Sure Champ Jr. National run. We are very lucky and glad we get to share it all with all of you.