Cows are high percentage black Angus and are moderate in size, maturing at around 1250 pounds.
Calves are born in June on lush green pasture and stay with their mothers until the following spring.
All heifer calves are exposed to a bull at 14 months of age for 30 days and the cow herd is exposed for between 45 and 60 days depending on market conditions.
Breeding bulls are selected from our own herd, with criteria including first cycle conception, good phenotype, easy fleshing, sound feet and good libido. All bulls used are yearlings.
It is our goal to develop our breeding stock to thrive on forage in a northern grazing environment.
Diverse perennial pastures are stockpiled to allow grazing to begin as soon as snow recedes in late March, early April.
The grazing program consists of at least daily moves and stock density and recovery periods range form 60-150 days depending on the season.
In the fall time cattle graze diverse annual forage plantings, allowing perennial pastures to be stockpiled and rapidly improving soil health for subsequent cash crops.
Winter grazing includes bale grazing and corn grazing depending on market conditions.
Crop residues are utilized when the opportunity presents.