Spring has hit us with a bang…finally! I don’t know about you but Old Man Winter lasted way to long for my family and I and we have been going stir crazy waiting for spring. The family has what I medically refer to as “houseatosis” …we can’t be cooped up in the house any longer. As my little guys says as soon as he wakes up…”outside, outside, outside, MAMA, outside”! The cattle around our farm find this little, but highly noisy human being, to be fascinating and follow him around everywhere on his adventures.
These longer days with the glistening sun = PERFECTION. We have been outside enjoying all the new baby calves, literally hitting the ground left and right. Some days we have had over 6 baby calves born within hours of each other. They are so much fun to watch when it is dusk…they buck and kick all over the fields, some are still a little wobbly and do trip and fall.
This little Angus bull calf was born with in the hour and his mother got him all cleaned up just before dusk for a sweet picture pose.
Lots of DIY projects have been happening around here and I can’t wait to find a free moment to post some of my 30 minute or less “Feelin’ Crafty” projects. A few of these fun crafts are so quick and easy my 22 month old help me tackle them and had a blast doing it.
This blog post is going to switch gears a bit and reveal some of the financial side of our cattle ranch~WinterBrook Farms. Sometimes you got to make a little money here and there, at least that’s what our farm accountant preaches. Plus my dad is always in my ear telling me I can’t keep them all, even though they may be my very large pets; we need to sell some of these cows and bulls.
Earlier this month we traveled down south to the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale; where we had 2 of our show bulls entered in this show and sale. These Purebred Angus bulls were 18 months and a coming 2 year old; they were of age and ready to start breeding some cows. In fact, they were constantly trying to tear down theirs pens and the barn to escape and go visit our lady cows. Basically, they were turning into BIG pain in the @ss bulls. They were halter and show ring broke, we hauled them to several shows on the west coast this last summer, where they always placed top of the class. WB Brilliance ISAC 1216 “Brilliance” was born in September 2012 and weighted over 1600 lbs and WB On the Mark 2124 “Marky Mark” was born in March 2012 and weighed over 2000 lbs. Both bulls graded over 90 in sale, which is very high on a scale of 85 to 92. Below 85 bulls are not fit to sell as a breeding bull and 92 graded bulls are the champions. Our Brilliance bull claimed Overall Champion Halter Bull after claiming Champion Halter Angus Bull and sold 2nd through the ring. Marky Mark graded a 90 and sold 16th through the sale. I am happy to say that both bulls went to great cattle ranches in Oregon and California, which makes me excited for their future and their offspring’s future.
This photo (courtesy of Country Couture Photography) is of me holding Marky Mark, while he was being auctioned off to the highest bidder in the sale ring.
Now that the bulls were off to their new homes we needed to get back to the ranch as soon as possible and help my dad tend to the rest of the cattle herd, which were buried up to their bellies in snow. It just so happens that this sale weekend was the same weekend our “WINTER” decided to show up and covered the valley floor with over a foot of snow, breaking all sorts of weather records. Our ranch is not set up for below 20 degree weather for long periods of time…our water wells and stock tanks freeze SOLID. Oh ya, did I mention that our brand new baby calves where hitting the ground and you had to tend to them immediately before frost bite sets in or something worse. Therefore, we had no other option, but to trek home in the snow/ice covered freeways with chains on both truck and trailer for over 150 miles. In this picture, if you could only hear the words coming out of my hubby’s mouth, as he is trying to chain up our dually truck, with the very narrow “flatbed to tire” clearance.
We made it home safely and all the cattle and farm animals survived the storm…and floods after the snow melted.
My very first Blog Post…where to begin?
This blog will be my outlet to share what REALLY happens on a Cattle farm, including the good, the bad and the ugly times. Winter Brook Farms is 3rd generation family owned cattle farm. We run over 100 head of registered Angus cattle or as I like to refer to my ladies as “retired show girls”. Both the hubby and I have shown and raised cattle on a national level, since we were barely walking and hope to pass this luxury down to our sweet baby boy.
Besides raising and showing cattle we LOVE to entertain on our Ranch… It’s not a party til’ the cows come home! (well I guess I should say, I love to entertain…the hubby on the other hand knows a party = a huge “honey do” list for him). I will share all my creative thoughts that go into DIY party planning and decorating secrets, including the fabulous photos.
In my so called spare time, I have a mad passion for eclectic chic Farm House style within our homestead. We took our 1950’s family farmhouse down to the studs and completely remodeled room to room, but as any zealous person knows the house is never complete and there is always room for improvements or even a mere “freshin’ up”!
Please stay tuned for pure entertainment and photo overloads of Ranch Livin’…Savvy Chic Style!