We started our goat herd back in 2004 when we drove to Wyoming for 15 head of “range goats”. That experience did not go well. These goats got out of their pen and were never to be seen again. We decided that maybe “range goats” were not for us. However, in 2007 we decided to again try our hand at goats. This time we jumped right in and purchased 250 nannies out of Montana. These nannies were predominately Boer crossed with Spanish and accustom to people. They were the beginning of our current herd.
Our first Angus cow actually came to us as a calf. Her name is Penelope and she is the matriarch of our herd. As a newborn calf, she was attacked by another cow and received two broken back legs. Working with our vet, we were able to cast her legs and restore her health. She is twelve years old and doing well.
Heritage Turkeys are defined by the historic, rangebased production system in which they are raised. To qualify as a Heritage turkey, turkeys must meet certain criteria . They are that the turkeys must be able to naturally mate; live a long, productive outdoor lifespan and have a moderate growth rate. These standards allow these birds to develop strong skeletal structures, healthy organs, withstand environmental rigors of outdoor production and reproduce without artifical manipulation.
The Duroc breed originated in the northeastern part of the United States from strains of red hogs developed in New York and New Jersey. Durocs are red pigs with drooping ears. The breed is noted for hardiness and prolificacy. Durocs can range from a very light golden to a very dark red color. The Duroc breed excels for meat quality and eating characteristics.
Both Rob and I grew up horseback. Like many children, our parents owned acreage that allowed us each to have our first horse. A dream come true for most kids. Sully was my first true four hooved friend and Bosco was Rob’s. I cannot even begin to count the hours spent exploring our worlds with these friends. They took us everywhere and brought us through situations we should not have been in. In many ways, the time we spent with them probobly help to keep us on the straight and narrow. They trusted us with their lives and we trusted them with ours. We grew up with them as they grew old. Bosco was with us until 1993. He retired on the operation we worked for directly out of college. Sully was with us until his passing in 1998. Both of these horses were the animals parents pray they buy when bringing a horse home to their child. Beloved friends that povided us with so many cherished memories.
Today our love for these animals continues; however, now together we have work to do. They have helped us through many years managing a natural beef feedlot and just working animals in the open.