The Herd Bulls : Predominately raised in our registered herd. Black Angus and Black Simmentals are featured.
The Cows & Replacements: We consider functional cows to be the success of any working cattle ranch. Our cows are here to produce beef, either directly, or indirectly through their daughters. The first black cows were purchased by Connie's Grandfather in 1948. 65 years and four generations later, the cow herd is straightbred black angus and producing a top quality product.
The Steers: This healthy group of calves are available for the stocker and grasser market. Persued by repeat buyers!
The Heifers: We select 30 to 45 straight-breds for our own herd and another dozen from the Simm sired group to sell as Breds. Heifers are offered as open replacements, in drafts of 10 head or larger and sorted as straight-bred or F1 crosses.
The Bred Heifers For Sale: A very select group of 20 Bred F1 [Black Simmental x Black Angus] . These heifers are chosen by the same standards that we choose our own straight-bred replacements. These fancy females are bred to a calving ease bull we have raised in our own purebred herd.
The commercial straight bred black angus cow herd consists of 300+ females. Included in the count is the ranch holdings of Don and Connie, Darby and Sarah, and Connie's parents; Alfred and Josephine Wardberg.
Three generations working together to continue the angus tradition which was established in 1948 by Connie's Grandparents.
Breeding . . . Calving
The cow herd remains to be 100% straightbred black Angus. The 2016 breeding season marked the seventh season in which we covered approx. one-half the cow herd with Black Simmental bulls ~ all our replacements are selected from the Black Angus sired heifers.
Depending on spring conditions, winter feeding is continued until the pasture can offer green grass or carry over of last year's growth. The commercial herd is pasture calved. Calves are branded, vaccinated and castrated early June.
Pairs are sorted - cows with steer calves go to different pasture than those with heifer calves. Our land base is spread out so weaning the feeder steer calves in the fall, is economically more efficient if the calves are all loaded at the same time and place. It also allows us to select the breed sires on a random group of cows each year.
The Angus sired calves carry the Canadian Angus Associations CACP (RFID) tags. Age verification available.
Fall and Winter Management ______
The steer and heifer calves are weaned onto a tubground bunk ration of silage, dryland hay & green feed bales with free-choice dryland hay, salt & mineral. Booster vaccinations are given. Bred heifers and the cowherd fall graze the stubble until conditions warrant ther winter ration of baled greenfeed and dryland hay/grass. Salt and mineral is offered free-choice, year a round.