Starting out in ranching is a very daunting endeavor. We are lucky to have Donald (who married Brian’s youngest sister Katherine), a 5th generation cattle rancher who is well versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of raising cattle for beef in the western states. He helped us start out in our operation and he continues to advise us all the time. Brian has him on speed dial and talks to him at least a couple times a week about obstacles that come up and optimizing our operation. (While Katherine and I talk just as often comparing recipes and notes on ranch life!)
These steers were born on their ranch in Burns, Oregon and joined our herd earlier this year.
Donald and Katherine and their family raise some of the best reputation Black Angus cattle in the West - with a little Hereford line somewhere, hence the white or “bald” faces on some of them.
Most of our cattle are breed and born on our ranch, we want to raise them from start to finish and focus on building our herd with superior genetics for breeding and meat quality - things like ease of calving and marbling on a rib eye. They have the same objectives.
This year to expand our herd we bought 60 of their yearling cattle since we know their program is much like ours, all-natural, no antibiotics or hormones, great genetics and raised ethically and humanely from the start. You don’t always know this when you rely on third parties, so just like when we sell our meats - when we buy cattle, we want to know our farmer/rancher.
Their last name is Doverspike so we call these the Heffer-spike steers!
Swipe for a great picture of their family night calving heifers (watching for first time moms to labor through the night in case they need help) at their “Cow Palace” barn right next to the calving heifers.
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