Cattle

We started into our cow adventure with Hope, a full sized Jersey, as a family milk cow since we wanted to have raw milk without constantly buying it. We had her for almost three years, and then she died from a perforated ulcer in her fourth stomach. That was both heart shattering and eye opening. It got us talking with our vet and he shared a lot of insights about the problems he sees with dairy cows. In his experience, they've been bred to produce more milk than their bodies can really support healthfully and so they develop lots of organ problems over time. Hope had been producing nearly seven gallons a day at freshening, which was a lot for her body, and was actually more milk then we needed. After doing some research, we decided to try Miniature Jerseys. That way we got to keep the lovely Jerseys, but didn't have to have as much milk, and they weren't as big. Enter Danny and Bessie. We stayed the course with Mini Jerseys up until two years ago without any issues beyond managing pretty consistent milk fever with Bessie. Then we had a run of multiple tragedies that decimated our herd, many of which were tied to the more delicate nature of milk cows in general and jerseys in particular. Back down to two, and planning on selling one of them, we got down on our knees and prayed. We had no idea what we were supposed to do. We knew that we were lead to the cows that we got, and it felt confusing that we were back to square one (ish). But the Lord has a hand in our flocks and herds, and we've learned over time to trust that. After spending a lot of time on our knees, doing a bunch of research, and having lots of family meetings, we decided to stay in cows. This time though, we felt directed to build on what we've been doing with our goals with goats and chickens, and add the cows to our list of Wyoming landrace farm animals. We're going to be breeding in several other breeds to create a hardy, sturdy, thrifty, and feed efficient dairy cow who can handle the tough environment of Wyoming. Our target breeds include Mini Jersey, Mini White Park, Mini Highland, Dexter, and Aubrac, with potential additions of Ayrshire, Canadienne, Milking Short Horn, and Belted Galloway. We now have pure Mini Jerseys and White-Park/Mini Jersey/Lowline in our herd, with a Dexter/Mini Highland heifer scheduled to join us soon. We are exited to see how our herd changes now that our goals have shifted

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Breeding time is always an exciting and busy time of year, and it's full of planning.

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A milk cow was the second farm animal we ever got, and we've now had cows since 2010. They are the rocks: the consistent and gentle presence that fills out and anchors all the other elements of our fold. Cows take a lot longer to reproduce, so building a quality herd is a long term project. We're so grateful for all the people throughout our adventure who have helped us with both knowledge and breeding stock to help us get where we are today.

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We do not currently maintain a live bull, but we do understand the value of good bulls and our semen tank is home to the genetics of a number of really stunning animals.

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Calves are definitely one of the funnest parts about raising cows. The little (or not so little, as the case may be) calves are so full of energy, and love to romp for hours! We've spent years trying to perfect our herd of cows, and learning how to pivot when our goals change. Every time we have a calf born, we get to see the results of our efforts. It's incredibly rewarding to see!

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2023 has given us some pretty cutie patootie calves. 

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Of all the animals, I think it's the hardest to lose a cow. We don't have as many of them, and we have a lot more personal interaction with our cows than any of our other animals, so they take up more individual space in our hearts. It's really unfortunate that our learning curve for cows has meant a lot of pain and loss, but it has definitely made us stronger. It has also taught us to trust the Lord and His direction for our future, which can be really scary! He see's things in the perspective of the past, the present, AND the future, which means that He see's how to best direct you now, to get you to the best place in the future. Trusting Him means being willing to let go when He gives us a new direction, and that's hard, but it's totally worth it! We have incredible memories from along our journey that show us where we've been and where we're going. With that, let the stories of our past friends highlight our journey to where we are now. The list isn't exhaustive, but we've included cows and bulls who had a big impact on our learning and growth and/or still have genetics in our herd.

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Sale Barn

We are breeding for a hardy, dual purpose northern intercontinental cow that can thrive on rough pasture. Given that, our hope is to sell our cattle to individuals living in sister climates. All of our cows are very special to us, so it's hard to decide to sell any of them, and at this point in our breed development process we don't often have any cows/calves available. If we have any cattle ready for new homes, they can be found here. 

Sale Barn

We are breeding for a hardy, dual purpose northern intercontinental cow that can thrive on rough pasture. Given that, our hope is to sell our cattle to individuals living in sister climates. All of our cows are very special to us, so it's hard to decide to sell any of them, and at this point in our breed development process we don't often have any cows/calves available. If we have any cattle ready for new homes, they can be found here. 

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