Way, way back, while the summer was still scorching, you heard about the short fence that needed rebuilding. It took several weeks of fitting in an hour here and an hour there to get the old fence torn out, or mostly torn out.
The project took a hiatus while the end of logging took all of our time. Once we started rebuilding, it still took more than 2 months of snagged time from our regular chores to get the 125 feet of fence installed.
Looking across the barnyard I would say that the finished project turned out pretty darn good. It’s hard to tell, but the entire project including a gate near the road and another by the barn was made from recycled posts, gates and boards.
It was one of those jobs that was always put on the back burner because there were so many other projects screaming for attention. Since it is now time to move the herd sire back over to this side of the river, the fence needed to be completed so he would not go a-roaming. It’s about darn time!
This time of year, when a farmer calls and inquires about a bull, things happen quickly. This was exactly the case of a call that came from St. Helens. A farmer was looking for a bull to be put out with his cows. Less than two hours later, he was at the farm eyeing #20 Volcano.
We had not advertised Volcano as available for sale because he was the youngest bull of last years batch and would not be a year old until 6/2/2018. We like to wait until they are a year old before selling the critter for breeding stock, it gives us enough time to see how he develops both in stature and in all things male.
The age did not worry the farmer since his plans were to pasture Volcano for several weeks with a steer before putting him in with his cows.
Less than 24 hours from the initial call, Volcano was loaded into the stock trailer and on his way to his new farm and new friends. We have one less bull in the bullpen.
Our yearling bull #19 has been out in the bull pen while he has been awaiting sale. Since we have buyers looking, we are going to give him his own post.
SAF Brando was born 3/18/2017 to SAF Marlo. At birth he weighed 75 lbs.
His American Angus Association Registration number 18892596. He is considered a ‘calving ease’ bull, suitable for small cows and first calf heifers.
Fairly gentle in the barn, when it comes to feeding time Brando gets right in with the crowd to get his fair share.
#12, Topper, was just a year old when we trained him to walk with a halter and took him to the Clark County Fair this last summer.
Now he is ready to be the sire for his own herd. He was purchased by one of our repeat customers over in the Scappoose area just an hour away by trailer.
Since Topper had halter experience, it was no problem to get him fitted into the rope and walk him out of the barn and into the stock trailer for delivery. He should continue to grow and do well with his own herd of 15 cows to be in charge over along with large fields to roam.
The bull pen is now down to a 20-month old and 9 yearlings ready for sale.
Early morning labor pains brought Zippy into the world about daybreak. Roz, one of our more mature cows, had Zippy easily and she had him cleaned off and ready to join the herd for breakfast.
The bull calf, Zippy, was born 4/19/16 and weighed a moderate 75bs.
It was a short trailer ride from the main herd across the river for our herd sire. We moved him to this side of the river for two reasons, one to segregate him from the cows that are near calving and to breed the three cows that have already calved in the pasture next to the house.
We let him out of the trailer and he walked over to the barn and sunk his nose into the pile of sweet grass hay in the manger. Once he had his fill, he checked out his pen mates.
The three cows with their young calves seemed non-pulsed over the fact that the large bull has invaded their area and welcomed him once everyone was done eating.
SAF Bryce, Tag # 57
He was born 3/27/2014 to our great cow Topanga. He weighed in at 78 lbs at birth.
We broke him to lead as a yearling and showed him at the Washington County and Clark County Fairs this last summer.
Since the fairs, he was loaned out to a farm in the valley for a couple of cows that needed breeding. We moved him back home before Thanksgiving and he is scheduled to be trailered to the Southern Oregon Coast for a rancher that has a large cow/calf operation. His move should happen in the first week of January, if the weather cooperates, of course.