Welcome All to our 16th Annual Sale held here at the farm. What a great time to be a part of the cattle industry. We all know it has it's challenges, but what a great way to make a living and raise a family. 2023 brought record highs in the market and an opportunity to cash in those big old herd bulls for top dollar, lowering the replacement cost of your next herdbull. I also think cow efficiency can play a big roll in profitability. Our cows are selected to be easy fleshing and have enough capacity to utilize forages which has increased our ability to graze later into the winter months or as long as our northern climate will allow.
We continue to use AI and embryo transplant heavily in our breeding program. As well as selecting top end herd bulls. All of our heifers, 1st and 2nd calvers and a small group of mature cows are synchronized and AI'd one cycle before bull turnout. We use our own cows off the bottom of the herd for receipt cows, which seems to have a few advantages besides having the ET calves raised the same as all the others. We cull out all the lower end cows every year and have those cows raise our top genetics to put back into the top of the herd, building our genetics faster.
We have 47 bulls on offering for your selection. Pre calving the cows received scour guard and 7 way. At birth the calves were vaccinated with Enforce Three, Then at about 3 weeks we gave them a booster of 7 way and a Bovishield Gold 5, and a One Shot Ultra at turn out. At weaning they re- ceived a booster of One Shot Ultra 7, and a Resvac 4/ Somubac, then poured in October with Dectomax, and in December with Clean-up.
Pre weaning we introduced creep feeders with 80% oats, 15% whole corn and 5% protein pellets. We feel this is a safe and effective way to lower stress at weaning and get calves started on feed. We ended up weaning most of the bulls the end of September like we have been, but decided to leave the last group out on cover crop with their mothers when we seen 16 inches of snow in the forecast in October. It was a good call, no sick calves during the snow. We got those Calves weaned the 1st week of November and they did really well. This did put them in a separate contemporary group in the database. Post weaning the bulls were fed a high roughage 47mcal +/- TMR consisting of chopped hay, corn silage, dry distillers, and ground corn. Along with a dry mineral, and free choice salt and Flaxlic tubs.
Bulls penned for viewing at 10:00
Lunch served at 11:00
Sale starts at 1:00
We'll see you on sale day!