#18 Headed To Temporary Job

We had a call from a farm near Banks in search of a loaner bull for their three cows. Our six yearling bulls were all in need of getting their identification tattoos put in their ears anyway so it was a good time to bring them all into the barn, get the tattooing completed and #18 separated from the group and into the stock trailer for a trip to another farm.

Yearling bulls locked into stanchions.One by one, I went down the line and put a halter on a bull while Mike was getting the numbers set into the crimping tool, he smeared green ink in their ears and crimped the number into each one.

The fourth bull in line was #18, Pirelli. When the others were done we moved them out of the bull pen, pulled the stock trailer up to the barn and loaded Pirelli for his trip.

Two jobs done in one day, and we have one less bull to worry about for the next couple of months.

 

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Swamped

Black Angus bulls grazing in swamp.With a week of temperatures above freezing the grass in the swamp started growing.

The bulls in the bull pen had been nibbling around the edges until today when one bull decided it was time to brave the sucking mud and fill up on the delicious, tender greens in the gooiest part of the swale .

Stepping into the swamp muck, the bull was nearly eye level with his meal, and he spent over an hour gobbling every spear he could. The other bulls followed his lead  and before long the swamp was full of bull.

Current Bulls Available

Since our advertisement has been running in the Capital Press for our bulls I wanted to highlight some of them so prospective buyers have the information on each one available. These are the ones that are ready for their own herd.

SAF Blue, eartag #16, born 2-11-16 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892594 considered a ‘heifer bull’ with good EPD ratings for progeny outcomes high in maternal milk production with low birth weight and vigorous growth. Is ready to begin breeding.

SAF Pirelli, eartag # 21, born 3-26-17 current weight 900 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892598 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings for progeny outcomes showing low birth weights and good yearling growth weights. Mother is mild mannered and did well showing as a heifer and young cow.

SAF Respect, eartag #18, born 3-25-17 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892597  considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings with good yearling weight and high maternal milk. Mother showed as a calf with Grandmother in fairs and shows. Thick bull well muscled.

SAF Zippy, eartag #3, born 4-19-16 currently on loan to a couple of cows at a neighbor farm weighs approximately 1600lbs.

AAA Registration # 18537851 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPDs with low birth, high yearling weight and good maternal milk. Zippy moves easily from pen to field to trailer. Has smooth gait and calm demeanor.

We also have our main herd sire available for sale.

K C Renaissance, born 1/12/14, approximately 2400 lbs. currently keeping company with our main herd of bred females.

AAA Registration #17861507,  considered a ‘heifer bull’. Very calm demeanor, he does not herd the cows but follows along as they are moving from field to field. We have used this bull for 3 years and his calves are vigorous growers with mild temperaments.

 

 

Bulls On The Move

There has quite a lot of bull activity recently.

Last week the young bull #17 Snowcap who was born January 4 last year, was purchased and delivered to a farm in Rainier.

This week #15 Granite has a 1st Birthday on January 25, was purchased by a long time buyer from the coastal town of Brookings at the southern tip of Oregon. Because of the distance, the buyer with his stock trailer met Mike and our trailer at Eugene where they swapped the bull from one trailer to the other. Granite is showing himself to be a very easy going animal. Even after bouncing around by himself in a stock trailer for more than 3 hours, he calmly stepped out of the back of our trailer and right into the purchasers trailer for the second half of his state-wide journey.

Soon #3 Zippy, who will be 2 years old April 19th, will be finished from his temp job at a local farm near Banks and will be headed to his new farm near St. Helens.

Currently we still have 7 yearling bulls available for sale out in the bull pen.

Just Before Feeding

A snowy scene looking into bull pen.It is a snowy, icy scene as I sit in the warmth of the house with my morning coffee.

The light coating of snow has frozen over night and then a cold rain came in and crusted over the snow.

In the far distance the bulls are moving about under the tall firs and out by the barn. They are wondering when their breakfast is going to be served.

They may have to wait for me to enjoy climate control and another cup of coffee before their question is answered.

Big Dents In Haystacks

This is the time of year when we go through a lot of the hay that we had made during the summer. We are feeding twice a day so the cows have a constant supply since there is not much to graze upon when nothing is growing.

We estimate we are about halfway through the hay we put into the barns. January 1st is considered our halfway point of needing to feed large amounts. Continue reading

Official New Member

Our brand new bull that I had talked about  getting from Eastern Oregon has been settling into our farm well.  He American Angus Association registration papers arrived in the mail so he is now an official member of the Schmidlin Farm.

Black Angus bull calf in barn.KC Night Prowler was born 1/13/2017 and his registration number is 18890503.

We have him put up in the show barn in his own large pen. It is the penthouse suite of the farm, he has his own manger and private water tank. We have kept him segregated until he is comfortable in his surroundings, he still has the two heifers in the pen next to him and the bunch of two cows and their calves that have weaning clips installed and three yearling heifers just across the barn from him. So he is not lonely. Also, he is getting used to the barn cats. With four newly adult cats and five fluffy ball kittens scampering around, it has taken some time for the new bull to adjust to all the activity.

Yesterday, one of the adult-ish cats, Frick,  brought a gray squirrel, a newly acquired hunting trophy, into the barn. He deposited it in the hay right in the middle of Prowler’s manger where the writhing/hissing conglomeration of felines carried out the dismembering process. The bull didn’t care for the gift and all the cat action, so he kept to the other side of the barn until I retrieved what was left of the carcass, tossed out all the old hay, cleaned the area and refilled the manger with fresh hay, grain and a few chopped apples. The bull was skittish at first but is now back to normal schedule.

In a few days he will be moved out into the bull pen with the other bulls around the same age where they will grow together in space to graze and lounge under tall fir and cedar trees.