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.
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!