Grants mini herd

Grant

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Looks like I finally have my “herd”. Bought 2 highland x mini Hereford heifers recently. Both are about 7 months old right now. Got the seller to throw in a highland x dexter steer so I can get beef a little faster. ;). I’ve had them about 4 weeks now. All are very calm, they had been well handled and are now eating out of our hands. Going tomorrow to pick out a bull calf to go along with them. I have my eye on some British Park x wagyu bulls that I am going to use on them. Should produce some great beef as all of those breeds are known for great, though different, beef characteristics.

About me, I live in SW Missouri on 13 acres, another reason for the minis. We moved in this year to a new home we built on the property. I grew up on an 1100 acre beef/hog/corn/hay farm also in MO. I have a degree in Agriculture from the University of Mo, have taught electricity, welding, small engines along with the typical agriculture classes. I haven’t been around livestock in 35 years, but it comes back fast.

I’m looking to raise a couple of calves a year, put one in the freezer and sell the other to pay for feed for at least some of the herd. I was blessed to buy a place that had a super thick stand of red clover and orchard grass, so these youngsters are going to be eating well. I have an approximately 1/2 acre farm on one part of the property and will need to install water to what will be the bull/steer area. I’ll add some later, but wanted to get started.
 

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The house, the guard dogs, 2 Pyredoodles. They are great Pyre x poodle. Smart and loyal dogs. And Murphy guarding the grand daughters play house. They are kind of inseparable.
 

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Bought the wagyu x bull this morning,but committed the infinite sin of not taking pictures. Oh well, when I get him next week I’ll update.
 

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After having the calves for about 3vweeks, let them out of the pen and into part of their pasture. I wanted to have them very used to me and my wife and know where there food/water came from and to come to the bucket. They do that and a little more. I had a 2 or so acre area fenced off with electric only as I’m still working on permanent fencing. When we let them out they all got bit a time or 2 but they figured out the white tape hurts. 😆. When we let them out it was like letting kids out to recess. Kicked up there heels, checked their perimeter and ate clover and orchard grass to their little hearts content. By Wednesday the permanent fence around 8nacres will be done then the electric will come down. They will be out days, but I want them penned at night. A bucket of food should make that pretty easy. After 2 days they were in the pen when I went out waiting on me.
 
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