Monday, June 8, 2015

Branding & Breeding

I just got back from the road. Felton Angus Ranch offered me another breeding season as well as great time hanging at their ranch.

I first visited Springdale Ranch, about 20 minutes/miles driving eastward from Livingston. In between AM-PM breeding & heat-detection, I helped out the annual branding. It's been a great while, since my path changed from cowboy to breeder, that I did this line of work!!

Ranch top-hand Remington kept the iron hot and the table rolling!
Applying tattoos on both ears is a very important for ID purposes. Also it's as physical as rest of the labors!
I was a "pusher".
Then I drove to Tongue River Ranch, somewhere between Miles City and Ashland, MT.
Along the way, I had a couple of businesses in Billings, MT. I badly needed a pair of work-boots. I needed a pair that would be nothing fancy but a regular pair then with practical features. I also bought a good pair of insoles. I liked the new set-up immediately!!
We applied this synch protocol.

Right after my arrival, yearling heifers were responding very well to the synchronized protocol, actually way better than we typically experience, I sorted them off for the breeding of following day.

Evening sorting with Rich Felton.
Over all, ONLY 20 heifers didn't show signs of estrus out of 145 heifers we treated. I'd like to say and count it as some of the BEST responses we can have!!
On Day 2, we bred 90 heifers!! - I did my best and hope for the best results. That means, the ranch will anticipate a super concentrated calving period in 9-month later!!??

By the way, this trash-bag holder made by the frame of old camp-chair was proven to work very well!!
Somehow baby bunnies were hanging around my truck..............

Whenever we work at ranches with cattle, accidents can happen any time. I was sorting heifers on my own. Somehow, I mean really somehow, I smashed my own finger withe the gate handle by my own actions! But then, you know, being Lefty, my right arm goes into cows and heifers, so I could get all the AI done with my best just as always!!  It's been feeling well, good enough to type this blog update!!
Weather remained very well through branding and breeding.
This time of year is always busy and intense. But also, it's the time that I work with great people at their ranches. I hope grass will grow tall and green through summer. Then I hope to hear that heifers and cows I have just bred will produce next generations!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Midland Bull Test

Last Friday, April 3rd, I visited the annual Midland Bull Test sale. That was the third day of a three-day big sale schedule on which ONLY Angus bulls were on the list. This is one of my favorite sales and places to visit. It's an easy driving from Livingston and many people visit from all over the state. I bet there are many visitors and buyers from near-far states too.
I really went there to enjoy the sale (needed some relaxing as I've been busy with my other profession = fly-fishing!). It was really a nice day.
Yellowstone River is flowing in the back. Great location.
Sale begun!
I honestly enjoyed the lunch.
I sat on one of the best seats to enjoy lunch and watch the auction on the screen.

Though I didn't stay all day, I knew it was a good sale that made both sellers and buyers happy.

This would be the last sales that I visit around here. Now I start to talk ranches around here for the upcoming breeding season.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2015 Season

I may have to start with "Happy New Year!!" for this site's sake....... I've been away a while. Yes, it's the off season for AI but also I've been busy with my other profession, if not another alias, LEFTY ANGLER through the winter (even now). Long story short, now I'm a MT fly-fishing Outfitter.
My schedule to visit bull sales is limited but also, from past experience, I now have favorite sales to visit and worth driving all the way. 
My season, as well as many Angus ranchers in the country, started with the first major sale in the area = Felton Angus Ranch sale on February 9th at their ranch in Sprindale, MT. 
 It was an OK weather. At least nobody in the area complained, compared to the same period of last year!
 Lots of people visited!!
 I was again a back-crew so I really didn't see the auction but I know they had perhaps the best sale!
On March 7, I visited Bulls of The Bitterroot sale with good friends. It's a bit different country from Galltin/Yellowstone Country, as Montana is diverse, but surely it's a nice cow-country.
 Jim Felton examining his potential match.
 He again won the highest bid = the best bull of the sale.

My next schedule is Midland Bull Test (Angus sale on April 3). See you at the sale barn!