Archive for March, 2012

Another Day Another Dollar

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well I have officially received my first sunburn of the year over the past few days! The first lawn mowing of the year was also this week. Here at the Darr Agriculture Center we have our hands full mowing. Luckily we have four people mowing with 3 zero turn mowers and one fifteen foot batwing finish mower. We can typically get the mowing done in one day and then follow up with weed eaters the next day. This past weekend I worked the C/S Cattle sale in Pomona, MO. The sale averaged around $3100 on 73 live lots. It is a great time to be in the Angus business. My hat is off to Cindy and Shirley for putting together the best set of females they have ever had for public offering.

As I mentioned last week, I weaned my September and October calves last week, and they are doing great. I have had no bloating issues, nor a single sick one. (Knock on wood!) We have an awesome set of fall calves, all super stout and I’m excited to watch them develop. This week has began to get somewhat stressful with all of the mowing and making the facility look top notch because we have congresswoman Hartzler coming this Friday to tour the facility. I appear to be succeeding in all of my classes with the exception of soils. For some reason I find the class extremely difficult and it has been kicking my butt. This coming Saturday I have the opportunity to judge the Southwest District FFA public speaking contest. I love doing this because it takes me down memory lane, it seems like just yesterday I was competing in the State FFA division I contest. I can still remember most of my speech over Certified Angus Beef; I also remember how nervous I was. That’s all for now, but the next two weeks blogs should be very interesting, as I will be doing some traveling to the west for a cattle sale.

Green grass and black cows………………

Ups and Downs

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Rain, sunny, rain, sunny, rain and sunny at the same time? That basically sums up the weather that we had here at the farm today. It is so nice to be on spring break and be here on the farm. Sure it would be nice to be on the beach somewhere, but then I would be worrying constantly about the grass, calves, and family. Today was quite a chore, when your dad has a career other than farming it is sometimes tough to get everything done around the farm. My little brother is normally a great help, but he is down the strep throat. That left me to vaccinate and wean the September and October calves by myself. I can tell you this, there are days when cattle want to drive well and follow suit and there are days that they want to run off and do everything you do not want them to. Today was a day that they did everything I wanted them to, otherwise I would still be outside running them through the chute. After working my calves and getting them to the weaning pen I watched carefully to make sure there were no escapees. This was when I thought to myself, “This is why I raise cattle.” It is the cycle of life, the mothers just across the fence, but they both were balling incessantly.

The next chore was to go to another pasture to gather some spring calvers. Upon arrival, I noticed that I was one pair short, I put them into the pen and went on search for the missing pair. When I started driving down into the field, the cow met me. Her udder was dripping milk and she appeared to be in distress so I put her in the pen with the other cows and began looking for her baby. Across the creek in the back of the field near the pond I noticed a large tree that had fallen over the fence. I walked up to see her dead heifer calf lying under the tree. This did not make me happy, but there was absolutely nothing I could do about nature.

Farming is like any other business, it has its good and bad, but in the end the good always outweighs the bad…….

Spring Sale Frenzy!

Posted: March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

What an incredible weekend at Jac’s Ranch in Bentonville, AR! 76 bulls averaged $3,615, meaning the bull sales have held strong throughout the spring sale season. The futher west you go, the better the sales are. You ask why is that? I believe that the number of cattle decrease the further east you go, and the further west you move the larger the farms and many more cattle. Some of the reason for increased bull prices have to do with the increase in the cattle market, I also believe that the trichomoniasis outbreak has also brought some typical salebarn bull buyers out from the woodwork wanting a good bull that is not going to infect their cows with this epidemic. With all the rain that the southern U.S. is now receiving, they are in the market to buy the cattle back that they sold last summer/fall. The number of cows harvested last year in the south due to drought is astronomical, and fulfilling their herds to what they were will take a few years. The hay market was crazy this fall and winter, but it seems that the winter this year is rather short, and people are beginning to see things green up and makes the hay debate less of a factor.

This weekend I have some friends coming to town for a Stoney LaRue concert on Friday evening, and then helping me work a Saler consignment sale in Strafford, MO on Saturday morning. The blessing after that is what we like to call springbreak! I will be home for a solid week halterbreaking, clipping, and picturing the fall heifer crop. This is an incredible set of heifers and come from the nations finest genetics. Check back late next week for pictures of these ladies.

That’s all for now! We will catch up next week!

Spring?!?

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Weather here in Missouri is ever changing, but this is somewhat unbelievable! Temperatures in the 70’s are making everyone crazy. I mean the spring cleaning fever has already hit me, and that is substantial. I cleaned the house last night because I thought it was time, during the day today we had the windows open all day, with no heat, nor air running. It is what I consider a nearly perfect time of year.

This past weekend I hit the road with my little brother to clip some sale cattle for upcoming sales. We headed to West Plains on Friday evening and then up early headed to Ozark county to clip out some bulls in Gainesville at our good friend Roy Jones house. After finishing up at the Jones’ we headed over to Ava to clip some more cattle for the Driftwood Holding Trust. This was a long day, on the way home I told my brother that I was getting too old for this stuff. I guess that is why I am trying to finish up college so I can attain a job that doesn’t require quite as much physical labor! Sunday morning up early again, Tom Asher brought some sale cattle over to the house for us to clip. After completing those, we finished up the cattle of our own that are consigned in upcoming sales, called it a day and headed back to Springfield.

This week has been a windy train wreck, you really want to be outside in the nice weather, but at the same time the wind is blowing so hard it could blow a kite off of its string. This Thursday afternoon Clayton and I head to Jac’s Ranch in Bentonville, AR to work the annual bull sale. Hopefully the wind dies down some before sale day! Cattle sales have been incredibly great thus far this spring, best of luck to Jac’s Ranch this weekend and all other production or consignment sales this spring.