As the saying goes, when you are having great times, the time goes flying by.
Betty and I are extremely blessed, we have health and family, a way of life we chose and really what more could any person in their right mind ask for.
Working with our Fleckvieh breed, meeting and talking to Fleckvieh breeders from coast to coast here in North America is most certainly not only a privilege but also an honour.
We have been blessed with many new and former customers over the years.
Grand River Simmentals, Cayuga, Ontario – herd sire
Leonard Nuhn, Charlton, Ontario – herd sire
Arnold Eising, Jarvis, ON – 3 bred heifers
Select Sires Indiana, USA – 3 herd sires
Dennis and Jeanne Small – herd sire
To each everyone out there have, enjoy the season.
Betty and Ross
Introducing Reanna 9 F
When we received our catalogue for the Ontario Simmental Solution sale and reviewing it, we became excited about lot 10.
We had a look the night before and everything we look for in a heifer, Reanna had it all. Femininity, neck extension. quiet temperament a nice udder and she was polled. Wow!
We were successful in the sale. We are excited for her future here at Dora Lee. Her sire was imported into Canada back 1984 by John Wolfe.
Thank you to up and coming Fleckvieh Breeders, Ann and Dwayne Horst for breeding this heifer and consigning Reanna to the Solution sale.
Haying is finished – driest we’ve ever had it, our last bull left for the US this week, calves are growing well and looking good and just a few keepers left in our bred heifer pasture.
Yes, times are great – although a good rain would be greatly appreciated. We are really looking forward to vacationing with all our family this summer. It should be lots of fun and make for some wonderful memories. Our ladies on the move – 5 to a new home
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Full Blood Fleckieh genetics at their finest.
Well, here it is May 25th. We turned our Fleckviehs out this morning. Our bred heifers are in their pasture, cows with heifer calves at side are out and our cows with bull calves are in a separate pasture.
Our herd sires are back in our bull facility with their work completed for this year.
It is now time for Betty and Ross to spend some time sitting on our veranda watching our Fleckviehs do what they do best.
Bull sales have gone really well – one of our youngsters is working in a purebred breeder’s herd in Alberta. Another one has been purchased by Select Sires in Wisconsin and their plans are to export his semen to Turkey. We have also had interest in 2018 bull calves for herd sire potential next year.
Betty and I really enjoy our life style here at Dora Lee. Farming was our decision back in 1973. It was our choice to raise a family here. We have had great satisfaction in the experiences our livestock have given us over the years.
Thank you for listening
Back about 1987 Betty and I along with our son Dennis had a discussion on the pros and cons of introducing polled genetics into our Fleckvieh herd. The next question was just where do we start?
The general opinion in the industry at the time was that polled cattle had no butts in them and they also gave up average daily gain. But our customers were looking for polled bulls.
We have a position that when folks say you can not do something, we say, ” just watch us”. Now just where do we start? An imported polled bull Eisenhertz, would take the horns off if we could retain the butt and the gain of the cow in his offspring. So we started out by breeding one of our best cows, Frauline, to Eisenhertz and got a really nice polled heifer – Dora Lee Elexis . The next step was to breed her to Smithbilt Molson 21M to put more of the horned quality in the mix. We had seen Molson and were impressed with his quiet disposition and overall soundness.
Luck was on our side. Elexis presented us with a polled bull we called Eclipse. We were on our way towards our goal. Were we excited? Yes, big time! After we had collected semen on Eclipse, we sold him to our friend and neighbour David Lyons. Eclipse is now 13 years old and still going strong. We have sold his semen into several different countries.
In the fall of 2017, our son Dennis sold 2 heifers bred Eclipse, as high sellers in The Fleckvieh Equation sale in Alberta. We can proudly say Eclipse has made his mark big time in our breed – a proven calving ease bull.
His best known son, Equinox, is also out there making his mark and is homozygous polled.
After 40 plus years of breeding cattle, we have never stopped learning. Breeding quality cattle is our Passion, our way of life here at Dora Lee.
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We have these 2 young bulls available as Herd Sire prospects. They are both polled bulls, developed on limited grain and full fed hay ration.
Dora Lee’s Jackson FF75E was born Feb. 5, 2017 at 84 pounds. Jackson is Sold
His sire is Dora Lee’s Phantom – an Anchor D Viper son out of Bar 5 Maria who we have used extensively in our herd with excellent results.
His mother is Dora Lee’s Janine – a very productive Canadian Sigfried daughter.
Dora Lee Sandy FF36E was born Feb. 12,2017 at 96 pounds.
Sandy is also sired by Phantom and his mother is an Equinox daughter who has always brought in an excellent polled calf.
The bulls are fed, what is next, Papa?
It is time for us here at Dora Lee to take a look back as the year 2017 is coming to an end. Calving went well, we were sold out of herd sire prospects by March, our cows went to pasture mid May, things appeared to be going well.
However as haying season arrived we received 6 1/2 inches of rain over night. Our river fences were all washed out, we moved our herd onto higher ground and as it most often happens, 2 of our sons, Dennis & Ben were home and we spent most of a week just repairing and building new fences.
We are typical Canadians, it is too wet or too dry, too hot or cold. Canadians just love to talk about the weather. There would be a lot fewer conversations if for some reason we weren’t able to complain about our weather.
As in the past, it has been a very rewarding year. We sold bred heifers on both sides of the US/ Canadian border. We were able to purchase a polled heifer calf with out cross genetics from Alberta.
We wish to take time to say Thank you, to the cattlemen who again helped make 2017 very special for us.
Lynn & Brian Vail – Ontario
Duane & Ellen Andrews – PA USA
Richard Bell – Ontario
Rory Bell Scotland – UK
Liliana Valdez Briseno – Mexico
Betty and I have good health, a wonderful family and a way of life we really enjoy. We are really looking forward to traveling to Glencoe and spending Christmas with David, Ben and Sarah and our 6 grandchildren.
Seasons greeting to all.
We attempt to learn from our past, searching 364 days for the next female that will perhaps again raise the bar here at Dora Lee. Now for some future thoughts from this old cowboy.
We believe the future here is to continue developing polled, Fleckvieh cattle and believe our herd in the near future will all be polled. We now have several homozygous, Fleckvieh females and the rest are polled. We dream about being able to continue to access those out cross Flechvieh genetics that will make their mark here in North America.
We are going to continue our work with genomics we started 8 years ago, with our focus mostly on feed efficiency, but also paying attention to all the other traits available to us. Are we there yet? No not yet. But that will not stop us for one minute as we continue are search to improve our Fleckvieh breed at every twist and turn. They says dreams do come true and it’s something I believe –
Fleckvieh genetics at their best.
Thanks for listening.
Ross and Betty
Here it is mid September, a time of year this old cowboy looks forward to and really enjoys.
Our hay crop was somewhat of a challenge with plenty of rain, however on the positive side plenty of grass in our pastures this year.
Our herd sire prospects are weaned and in our bull development facility. The balance of our male calves are vaccinated and are leaving shortly for our long time feed lot customer, Marvin Brubaker.
A friend of mine [Pat Lynch] told me this several years ago, there is no such a thing as two years turning out to be the same. Pat was right.
I really enjoy sitting out on our varanda these days, the leaves on our trees are starting to turn into several colours, watching the cows make their daily appearance for mineral etc.
We purchased Countney 22X in the fall of 2010 from Langer Simmentals while attending the Equation sale in Alberta. Courtney has had 6 impressive calves and her 2017 model is in our bull development facility. In my opinion Courtney is in the top 5 in our herd.
Betty and I have good health and family, we are enjoying life to the fullest. How could anyone in their right mind ask for more?
Thank you for listening.
The fences have been up dated, just 2 calves to de- horn this year. Our Fleckviehs are patiently waiting at the gate, letting us know that it is time. Here it is May 20th already. Our winter is in the rear view mirror.
Platinum and Kawliga are back in our bull facility- breeding for this year in complete.
A fellow cattleman told me several years a go ” When your cattle go to grass for the summer, it’s like removing 40 lbs from your back”. Clair was correct.
Perhaps it is time for this old cow boy to put his feet up and spend some time sitting on our veranda. Or, be out on our Gator in the early morning watching the sun come up as our Fleckvieh cows do their thing. These girls are extremely proud of their 2017 models.
Is it time to start looking for that perfect Fleckvieh ? We haven’t found one yet. However that hasn’t stopped us from looking. Perhaps it may not hurt to dream once in a while .
Betty and I very much enjoy life here at Dora Lee. It is a way of life. We look forward to the changing of the seasons. We have had the joys of raising a family. We have health and family, what more would any one in the right mind ask for.
Yes it is time, many thanks for listening.