We like to manage our herd with a cost efficient, practical, and common-sense approach. We want our cattle to be able to thrive and reproduce in any commercial herd setting, whether it is rugged, arid, badlands or lush, wet, flat lands.
We do not creep feed our calves. Average adjusted weaning weight on the bull calves in 2019 was 778 lbs. After weaning, the calves are fed a high roughage-low concentrate ration. A ration which allows them to gain evenly and consistently without ruining their feet or jeopardizing their fertility. We expect our cattle to efficiently convert grass and roughage into heavy payday weights…much like any commercial producer who sells his calves in the fall.
We also do some ET work on our best cows. Our ET donors are generally older, proven producers that are Pathfinder cows, have high weaning ratios and are backed by generations of proven cow families.
We take pride in our heritage and stewardship of the land. We utilize rotational grazing systems and minimal tillage conservation practices. We have drilled water wells and laid several miles of underground pipeline to centrally located water tanks. In addition, we have planted and reestablished native grasses to stabilize once highly erodible soils. We have planted thousands of trees for winter shelterbelts and developed natural habitat for upland game birds and wildlife.
In recognition of these practices we were named the 2005 Morton County Conservation Achievement award winners.