We have added this information as a testimonial to what IB's can do for a herd. So as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so we have included a lot of them. Below are photos of our various cows, calves and replacement heifers.
Amazing results on Commercial cows
Because of the nature of our country and ranch we are not running a huge number of cows, only about 100 or so mother cows. As mentioned earlier, in the spring of '09 we bought 69 bred cows that came entirely from cull cattle. The man we purchased these cattle from, had no idea how old the cows were. He said all he could tell us was the date he acquired these cows. He had put this herd together by buying cull cows one or two at a time from the sale barn. Needless to say we had quite a colorful herd. All of the cows had at least four brands on them, some had five! The cows were black, red, grey, Charolais, Hereford, roan, brindled, polled, horned, thin built, thick built, fine boned, some had dairy traits and one was a Brahman looking cow. We had absolutely no consistency in our experiment herd.
We bought two Irish Black bulls and put them to work on our combined herd of 115 cows. Our neighbors thought we were crazy - not only because we paid for those cows, but we only turned two bulls out with them. When we preg checked them in the fall, all of them were bred, except for one really old gummer.
The next spring, all of the cows calved unassisted (even a few first calf heifers that we'd raised). They all had 65-80# calves. We also had three sets of twins. All of the calves were the same size and shape. They were all black or black baldly with the exception of two grey calves from our of Charolais type cows.
Our calves have topped the marked at every local sale barn, because of the consistency. Consistency you would never believe if you had seen our "science project" herd of cull cows. At that point we had neighbors asking if we had any Irish Black bulls for sale. We kept about two thirds of our first crop of half Irish Black heifer calves as replacements. (See the video of our year & half old bred heifers) We wish we'd taken more pictures of the cows, but we were pretty embarrassed by them.
After seeing the "extreme makeover" in one generation in our commercial herd, we purchased a small herd of pure bred Irish Blacks® for the purpose of breeding bulls to help improve commercial herds.
When our boys showed 1/2 IB steers in 4H market classes. They always performed very well in the ultra sound contest. The first steer our son showed was 14 months old, weighed 1175#, had a 13 inch ribeye and 2/10" back-fat with a huge amount of marbling. The ultra sound technician actually called a few people over to see the screen!
These calves were just five months old when we took these photos.
Our yearling heifers that we kept from the "mutt" cows the first year we crossed the cows with an Irish Black® bull. We had 100% conception rate on these girls and they all calved unassisted!
We are a family run business that takes pride in our family, our business and the livestock we that produce. We have always made our living from the beautiful land in Southwest Colorado. Tom & Cheri started outfitting in the Weminuche Wilderness in S.W. Colorado in 1986. First working for outfitters, then purchasing an outfit in 1989 and raising four boys in the process. In addition to the outfitting we had a small herd of commercial cows. Initially we started out mostly with bottle babies given to us by neighbors.
In 2008 we sold the outfitting business and expanded our cattle operation. In '09 purchased an additional herd of 68 cows.That is when we were introduced to the Irish Black® breed and we purchased two IB bulls. (See our "science project story" below.) It didn’t take us long to figure out that Irish Black® cattle were a commercial producer's dream come true for raising quality beef! The next year we bought a small herd of Registered Irish Blacks® and began producing these fantastic cattle.
It was such a blessing to have our boys be able to develop a work ethic in our family businesses. Our boys have always worked along side us packing, guiding hunters, branding, and helping with the cattle. They have been involved in 4H competing in shooting sports and showing market steers. They began competing in roping in Jr. high, high school and college rodeos. The two older boys have now started their own families while the younger two are in college and competing in college rodeos.
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