Tag Archives: Hereford

Wordless Wednesday: Tour

To everyone that is partaking in the Northwest Hereford Tour this week, I am jealous. Fall might be my favorite season, and it certainly it is shaping up to be an amazing week to be out looking at some of the finest ranches in the west. 

So here is a flashback photo to the first week in October in 2011. Charles and my sister and I took the afternoon to look at cows, and the views were stunning.

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What we wouldn’t give for some snow to be falling on the Wallowas this week.

Wordless Wednesday: Future

This little lady as I keep calling her, or better known as X54 has picked up quite a few likes on my Facebook profile. So I thought I would share her over here as well. 

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Check out Chandler’s sale page for sibs of this heifer, while she isn’t for sale, there are others in the pen that are just as striking. And the sale ends tomorrow!

Simply, Why is the Beef Industry Important

Simply saying it, why is the beef industry important? A recent conversation with an industry peer challenged me to state my opinion of this question. 

Preservation and utilization of natural resources, producing lean beef and critical by-products, stimulating rural and urban economies and continuing a family heritage for the next generation are the simply points why I am passionate about the beef industry in the U.S. and around the world.

Our planet is comprised of numerous diverse ecosystems; within those systems are multiple ways to manage the natural resources while cultivating products that further a modern society. Cattle are a tool for management systems that allow rangelands, other grasslands and feedstuffs to be converted to valuable lean beef, while producing by-products that are base element in numerous everyday products.

Beef is my favorite protein that helps me maintain a health lifestyle, and is a component in so many of my favorite products and critical items that could save my life if needed. Nothing is wasted, and every resource that was used to create the nutritious beef or the by-product continues on in the cycle of life.

In my travels throughout the country, I have seen rural communities thriving and major ports shipping beef products all over the world. The common factor that connects all of us is the the success in the beef industry. When downtown districts are thriving in rural America, you know there are good things going on down the chain. In good times, or bad, the cattle business is continually turning dollars back in our economies.

Beef product has also been my family’s livelihood for nearly 130 years. The original goal was to provide beef to the gold miners during the gold rush in the late 1800’s it turned into a lifestyle that has raised six generations, thousands of head of quality Hereford cattle and preserved the land for generations to come. At the end of the day, all of my goals come back to the ranch. I want to have a career furthering agriculture and the beef industry while raising a family that gets to experience life around livestock and the people that make the industry so great.

My passion for the beef industry comes from a long line of ranchers, but my education and experiences have continued to show me that we can raise beef that fits the environment and meets customer demands. Now, I challenge you to share you opinion about why the beef industry is important to you.

My best days are spent looking at good Hereford cows.

Spring calving cows at the ranch in Baker, Oregon. 

Wordless Wednesday–Junior National Season

It’s one of my favorite times of the year–Junior National season! I should probably grow up, but I love youth events!

I had a great time experiencing my first Angus junior national. The professionalism of that program is bar none. This week the American Royal facility is full of those gorgeous white faced Herefords. You can not go wrong with the quality of people, variety of junior activities and opportunities to stick one throughout the week of a Hereford junior national.

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Photo from opening session last night.

A Gorgeous Spring Day at the Ranch

The heifers that watched over my blog for two years may have retired, but my love for white faced cattle as not gone to the wayside.

The spring after I graduated in 2010, I was fortunate enough to spend a little over a month in eastern Oregon. That was the longest stint I had spent in almost four years. Presently, it still stands as the longest time frame I have spent in the Northwest since I left for college. And the rare opportunity to go home and bask in the non-humid, mountain air and spend time with some amazing people, is pretty exciting.

Like so many people, I love spring time in eastern Oregon. New life is all around, from the one week a year that the sagebrush is green to the baby lambs nestling in the wool of their mammas, it is a great time of year. Thankfully, I got to run home for a week in April to see some of my favorite people, throw a hugely successful surprise party for my Mom and hang for a short time at the ranch.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the stunning Baker Valley.

Grandpa Charles.

Grandpa Charles.

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C Chandler son.

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C Chandler son. He thinks he is pretty sexy.

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Moving fall cows down Chandler Lane.

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Purple Currency heifer calf.

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The legacy of the horn brand.

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Ag Week Continues–So I Guess It Was Worth It

National Agriculture Week—Continues…

Did you read today’s AgFact? 

Here is an example of a member of the production agriculture community typical day this time of the year.

One of my best friends from high school is not active on social media, but his darling wife is. I asked her if she had any luck keeping Jake in line and how calving was going…she responded with

“Things are good, and your right, there is no such thing as keeping him in line lol. I woke up to twin calves in my house this morning because of him lol. So far the calving is going pretty well. We only had trouble with one, a c-section at 1:30 in the morning! They are both alive and going though so I guess it was worth it!”

 So I guess it was worth it…

Calves on the porch, little sleep, but its worth it, because all animals are alive and well. Not a typical morning wake up call for the majority of America.

Either way, have you thanked a Farmer, Rancher, or whatever they may call themselves as a producer of the food and clothing you ware everyday?

Heifer calf that is now an active cow in my small herd.