Two Year Olds to Long Yearlings--Because of our locale in the mountains of Idaho, we decided to simplify our lives and we have moved our calving season to May. Our springs are tough on young calves and it's tough on us. The two year old bulls that come out of our program are the cream of our crop. They are not hold overs or picked through. We don't market our bulls as yearlings because they are too young for most of our bull customers. In 2019 we will again have a nice selection of big stout 2 year olds. For this year, check with Luke Lowe as he bought this year's two year olds from us as yearlings. (208)924-5106 Our Selection Process--Our program is about quality not quantity. We keep only the very best of our calves for bulls. Bull selectionis an on going process from birth. They need to have good dispositions, the right conformation and performance. Our customers deserve breeding stock we would use. Our customers need a bull that can go out to work without falling apart and they need bulls that aren't overpriced. To accomplish this, we don't feed a lot of grain. This practice gives us and our buyers a better idea of what calves sired by our bulls will do. Availability for 2018 We sold our 2016 bull calves to Luke Lowe of Camas Prairie Salers. He will be selling the last of the Salers bulls at the 2018 ISA Sale on March 27, 2018. Luke also purchased the Angus yearlings, now two year olds. Give him a call at (208)924-5106 to check out what he has left.
Availability for 2019 and 2020 We will have a nice selection of two year olds in 2019. For two season we used a son of PEV Thunder and a son of Incentive. Their first calves were born in May and June of 2017 and we are expecting another set of equally nice calves coming in May and June of 2018.
Our Feed Program We've been under an extreme drought the last few years and we have limited irrigation water. Many of our pastures are dryland grazing or dry timber pastures. Meadows Valley has a short grass season and without irrigation the pastures are dried up by August. We don't creep feed our calves. When we wean they go on long stem oat or grass or grass/alfalfa mix and they don't get any grain except for a couple of pounds in late winter to teach them about corn. As weaner calves we are more interested in developing a healthy individual. Our bulls are summered on grass when we can keep them away from cows or in a dry lot on long stem hay when cows are close by. They go back on pasture in the fall. During the winter months the bulls are put on a growing ration.
A Look Into The Future
For our 2018 breeding season which we are moving to November or December for late summer/early fall calves in 2019. We will be using our newly purchased herd sire WB Miraculous 575B purchased at the Washington Cattlemen's Bull Test sale in March 2018 as well as a couple of new bulls that we have yet to select for our A.I. program. The bulls will be AI sons of some of the nationally known bulls plus they will also be sons of our new herdsire, WB Miraculous 575B. A video can be seen of him on our Facebook page and there is a link to a video that is stored in Dropbox. He was Lot 87 and the fourth placing bull in the calving ease division of the Washington Cattlemen's Bull Test Sale in March of 2018. He was also the second high selling Angus bull in the sale. His sire is Deer Valley All In. His numbers are totally impressive in every category. This year we are pushing the breeding season into December and we will be changing to a late summer-early fall calving season. Our bulls will be long yearlings when the spring bull market opens in the spring of 2021. The bulls will be big enough to breed any cow. There is another advantage for the commercial cowman too. These bulls are still young enough to be easier to manage than 2 year old bulls. Raising bulls is an expensive proposition for everyone. It is costly for breeders and that cost is transferred down to our bull customers. We are hoping this move will help both of us out.