If there’s one constant in ranching and farming, it’s that nothing is the same from one day to the next. Things happen that you can’t plan for—like flooding or a big wind storm that takes down a ton of trees. So it’s nice to plan something and have changes that you actually meant to happen.
This guy for starters.
As I mentioned, one of the positive parts of having broken my foot was having time to learn about Angus genetics and breedstock. Based on all that discovery, we purchased a new bull who joined us this month. He is a good looking boy, isn’t he?
We just moved him into a paddock with thirteen cows. Since I got hurt, I’ve been more cautious around them, so I haven’t gotten to know him well yet. Bulls are usually friendlier with cows around, so we’ll see how he shapes up. In any case, it’s great to have a new bull here and a new direction for breeding our Angus.
In the last year, we had a lot of Wagyu bull calves—too many. So now we’re sorting them out to go to a sale in Denver. All of them are under three years old, so we’ll fatten up the six of them and send them off.
In addition, two new cows have joined the herd as well. All Angus are scored on thirty different genetic points. The two cows we got scored in the first percentile in nine of those categories. One of them is the full sister to the top prize bull in the fall bull sale at Vintage Angus Ranch. They’re still small but only about a year old yet. They’ll grow.
Then there’s this.
The biggest change of all is the new piece of hillside property we’re calling Stepaside Farm East. We’ve been feeling the squeeze on our farm for a while, needing more space to put cows out to pasture. Now we’ve got it. The property has an oak grove at the bottom. I’ve been spending most of my time there, figuring out where the wells will go, what kind of fencing it needs, and how much we need to do to start from scratch.
It needs loads of work—just like the farm when we first moved there five years ago. On the road that goes through it, we’ve put down over ninety tons of gravel to get it driveable and ready for winter. There will be about six trips with old metal to recycle, over twenty broken gates, and a lot of rotted fence posts that need to come down. Once it’s cleared, we’ll have a blank slate.
As I walked the land on the north side of the mountain, I discovered a few springs on the property. There’s a huge area about four miles back that’s just beautiful—I want to get cows back there once it’s fenced out. The more I hike it, the more I like it. We’ve had a lot of changes in the last few years, but this one I’m very happy with.