The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

Calving ease is a feature of our Milking Shorthorn and Dutch Belted bloodlines in general.   Their moderate size, medium-to-small bone, and favorable rump structure result in most of our females calving unassisted.  We do monitor them in case of malpresentation or...
Thankful for cows that adapt to reality

Thankful for cows that adapt to reality

Are you ready for winter to end?  I do appreciate bright and pretty snow, sparkling in the sunshine, but the gray and wet days are getting tiring and the vast fluctuations in temperature do get challenging.  It’s easy to look forward to green grass and warm air. While...
It’s about hearing your stories

It’s about hearing your stories

The other day a Wisconsin farmer called to place a semen order, and I couldn’t help remembering the first time he called, about 24 years ago, when one of my boys was just learning to write and tried to take the phone message since I was out.  Too shy to explain to the...
Fall grazing—saving the best for last

Fall grazing—saving the best for last

       As I write this, our cows are happily grazing a stand of frosted turnips, oats, and peas planted in August.  They have no interest in the wheat/red clover clippings we offer in the hay bunk at home—in fact they hardly need to come home to drink.  They have made...