We are a husband/wife team. I began raising registered Herefords as a kid and continued for about 20 years with my dad, Bob Balbach. A few years after Cliff and I married, we changed the breed we were raising to Salers. It all happened by accident. Dad bought a Salers bull to use on the Hereford heifers. We were so impressed with Salers cattle that the next year we bought our first purebred and fullblood Salers cows. The first crossbreds were totally amazing and the higher percentage of Salers we got, the more impressed we were. Somewhere in the mid 90's we decided to add a second breed and went with Black Angus. Of course black was the thing at that time. We were turning our Salers herd to black, polled and fullblood and it was just a nice complement. Where it was hard to find a Salers cow that didn't produce, it was a lot harder to find the kind of Angus cattle we wanted. It took a lot of time and patience but we have gotten there. We love our fullblood Salers cattle and we have finally put together an impressive Angus herd. We don't run on quantity here. It takes too much land. But we do produce quality. Our cows have to be consistently productive and have good dispositions or they are down the road faster than a coyote chasing a rabbit. We have no room for cows that waste space. We have had as many as 100 pairs but we are currently down to about 65 cows. The drought in this country has been hard on the hay crop and the pasture ground. We are mostly dryland pasture with some timber. We only have enough water to irrigate the first crop of hay so consequently we don't get a second crop. We have only a small irrigated pasture and the water is gone by August. Summer is short and winter comes early here. I've written a little more below the slide show.
Over the years we've had a pretty satisfying experience. We have enjoyed building our breeds. At one time we even had a small club calf program and wintered in New Plymouth. We have since returned to New Meadows full time and we are no longer raising club calves. I (Debbie) served on the board for the Idaho Sales Association for many years. We held two field days, put together a Idaho Junior Salers Association, put on a spring bull sale and for a while we had a fall female and club calf sale. I served as secretary, then president for a number of years. I was responsible for catalogs and newsletters among other things. I'm no longer on the board and devote my attention to our cattle operation and to my art career. Check out my art website at www.cowcampdesigns.com . We have been recognized for our contribution to the Salers breed and the area we live in. In 2009 we were one of the tour stops for the American Salers Association.annual tour. We had Salers breeders from 19 states and as far away as Florida. It was quite an honor. In 2011 the local paper, the Adams County Record did an article on us and our ranch. We have shown cattle in several shows in the West including the Idaho Salers Assn Sale for the past 25 years, a Salers female sale in Montana, Twin Falls County Fair, the state fair in Yakima, WA and last but not least in Denver, CO. We showed several animals over about 8 or 9 years at the National Western Stock Show. We had some division reserve champions and class winners. It is a place to meet other breeders and see a lot of good cattle. It is an honor just to participate in those shows. They are the best of the best in their breeds. While we aren't showing as much and traveling as much, our program remains the same.--raise the best cattle you can find so that our customers can raise the best cattle they can find. We hope we have entertained you and not bored you too much. Come bye. We always like to show our cattle. Thanks Debbie Barnett