We calve in February and March, cows are on native grass until the cold weather sets in and then on hay, protein tubs and Vitaferm mineral. We have entered pens of heifer calves the past few years at the NWSS in Denver, Co and consign a female in the Mile High Hereford Sale. We sell some females in the Wolff Cattle Co & Friends sale held the 2nd Sunday in September and in the North Star Classic Hereford Sale the 1st Saturday of December in Valley City, ND. We offer our bulls in our production sale in March at the Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, ND.
I have raised the Corriedales for the most part since I started with the breed in 1976 as a 4-H/FFA project. We have exhibited and sold our sheep on a local, state, and national level. We run 50-60 head of registered ewes. We like big framed sheep like most - but also want some bonework, body and natural muscling to go with it. That all adds up to pounds and that is what we get paid on. Our ewes run on pasture during the months on May-October and need to survive without a feed bucket. By attending hand spinning conferences and ASI wool class – I have learned to appreciate the Corriedale fleece and have been able to prepare and market our fleeces to a yarn processor. I just love the breed character of the older Corriedales (Harley Martin, Wyo type ) and trying to strive to breed sheep that have that look with size, length of body, and muscle. The Corriedales are noted as “the dual purpose breed” not just another show sheep. We love their hardiness and disposition. We will have our sheep at the NAILE in Louisville, KY in November.
The Boer goats was an added species as a result of Taylor and Thomas showing a few goats in 2011. They intrigued me and so we purchased a group of nannies that fall and since then have added some bucks with National known bloodlines and have built our herd to 35 nannies. We chose to stay with the breeding type boers. We have an annual Boer goat sale in April (Northern Elite Boer Goat Sale)with several other ND Boer goat breeders at the Morton Co Fairgrounds in New Salem, ND.
We welcome you to stop by and take a look at what we do – we all have jobs off the farm – so we spend a lot of time outdoors when we are home.
We are located 30 miles west of Bismarck off of I-94. Joana grew up with Polled Hereford Cattle and Corriedale Sheep.
When Taylor and Thomas were old enough to show livestock we purchased their show heifers out of the North Star Classic Hereford Sale and have built our herd to 60 head of registered cows.
We raise cattle that are somewhat moderate in their frame size and have the natural ability to be easy fleshing. We mate our cows to bulls that are easy calving and maintain good sound udders.