Had an amazing weekend that started with a trip down to KC and then a hop over to Manhattan for a football game and ended with a stop back in KC to watch the Hereford heifer show at the American Royal before driving back north to Independence. Whew what a whirlwind!
The most exciting thing that I saw this weekend was that National Hereford Heifer Show at the Royal. If you have not seen a National Hereford show in the past few years you need to get your butt in the stands or at least walk through the barns. It is impressive to say the least. The quality of the cattle has improved by leaps and bounds. The bottom end is the old middle to top end and the depth, performance and eye appeal is superior to cattle from days gone by. In the past friends from other breeds have come to look at the Hereford cattle in the barns and they would say “that’s a good one… for a Hereford.” and now maybe without realizing it they say “that’s a good heifer.” It is very exciting to see these improvements as a young producer with a young herd. We have the opportunity within this breed to make even more improvements and build to compete with any one in the ring and out where it counts in the pasture. I feel as long as we keep them sound and don’t loose sight on that while moving forward we will be tough to beat!
Excellence can be contagious if you let it.
I posted a story on the Star Lake Blog about a bull that was purchased in a past May Sale. Robert Rob Bob was purchased by Thompson Herefords and has really excelled since leaving the ranch. Tom spent just over $5,000 to purchase Rob and his mom. This just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good one you just have to find it! Tom has Rob or as he calls him “Rob the Italian Stallion” at the American Royal this weekend so we will see how he pans out in the ring with the big boys! Tom is also selling a heifer in the Ladies of the Royal Sale on Saturday… You can check the heifer out by clicking here she is Lot 26!
Also be sure to check out Smooth Improvements. These guys have come up with two great products for the show cattle industry at a reasonable price. Even if they can’t make suggested changes to the wording on the front page of their site lol!
So far we had kind of dodged Fall here in NE Iowa but this Friday it showed up. I guess it was inevitable but it sure was nice seeing the sun everyday and not needing a jacket all day long! The new arrival of Fall is also very apparent in the lack of pictures that I have been able to take. The rain and overcast conditions make it rather hard to snap any, will try to get some new ones ASAP.
This Sunday the Star Lake Fall Sales took place and boy oh boy was it a phenomenal event! Saturday saw customers combing through the cattle and catching up with one and other. Saturday night the party started and didn’t stop till right around sale day!!!
Sunday morning the party crew was a little groggy but remained focused on the tasks at hand. The Sale started just a few minuets after the scheduled start time which was a record… Once the bidding got under way it was fast and furious. I would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who either attend the sale or watched it online. It really is awesome to be in a business where the people take the cake over the product and where the product can be so damn good!
Once I got home yesterday I took all of the motivation and excitement that was built up and rinsed my May heifer for the first time. She had been tied up a couple times and turns out she doesn’t hate the whole rinsing thing either! After I got her dried off I got to looking and her hair was in good enough shape so I decided to clip a little bit and it really didn’t turn out too bad… remember I do not clip so where it looks bad it’s my fault not hers.
Anyway I will leave you with a couple of pictures from the sale and one of the May heifer!
I finally have come up with a name for the little October heifer and it is…. Aria. She is doing really well and her mother is milking like it is her job (I guess that is what her job is). But they are doing great and here is a picture of her that I took on my lunch break!
The craziness of sale week is upon me and I fear the blog updates will suffer for the greater good of the Star Lake Sales that take place on Sunday… I will be traveling down to Skiatook on Wednesday with my Grandpa Jim which is always fun as I’m sure we will “strategize” half of the way down and he will probably rest the other half. The good news is I should be able to snap some good pictures while at the sale and will hopefully be able to share those with you either before or for sure after the sale!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the sale and also looking forward to seeing some of the best Hereford cattle in the world (in my humble opinion of course!!!).
The Fall Celebration Female and Ranch Ready Bull Sales will take place at Star Lake Cattle Ranch on Sunday the 17th. This year I am not selling anything in the female sale but I am going to be selling a few bulls and wanted to share them with you!
The first two are flush mates out of the Lucky cow and sired by Advance S109. I really like these two and hope that they will both make the trip to Denver in January to be a part of the Star Lake Carload of bulls down in the yards!
We could not have asked for a better fall here in North Eastern Iowa, it is absolutely gorgeous and has been for some time now! We have all been extremely blessed and hopefully the harvest will be done shortly so we can look forward to next year.
I didn’t have the camera with me this morning but I still had a good picture of the fall heifer from the other day so you can take another look at her for now.