Fall is in the Air

 

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.

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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.

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It’s time to send our Fleckviehs to pasture

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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.

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Making Each Day Count

For 364 days per year we strive to increase our knowledge about our great Fleckvieh breed . (Every day except Christmas.) As the sale catalogues arrive in the mail almost daily, EPD’S are checked, the big one for this old cowboy is (MCE), maternal calving ease.

When we do get out to a sale of Fleckvieh cattle, udders are checked, feet and legs, & disposition. Do the females look like females? Do the males look like males? And of course, general over all appearance. Have we bred or laid our eyes on a perfect Fleckvieh bull or female? no, not yet. Breeding quality Fleckvieh is a challenge Betty and I really enjoy.

Breeding Fleckvieh cattle, is a way of life we chose here at Dora Lee. It is a spirit of adventure that shapes who we are.

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I really enjoy our life style here, working with our Fleckvieh cattle on a daily basis. Whether they are in the yard or out on pasture, we believe it is therapeutic, extremely relaxing and something this Old Cowboy enjoys very much.

Life is good is here. Betty and I have health and family. What more could anyone in their right mind possibly ask for?

Thanks for listening

 

 

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It’s a Wonderful Time of the Year

It is time to look in the rear view mirror and reflect on our year here at Dora Lee. There where  times this past summer we were wondering, would it ever rain?  Well, we are typical Canadians, it is either too hot or too cold, too dry or too wet. As in the past, at Dora Lee it has turned out to be a very good year.

Our crops have been harvested and stored for winter feeding. Cows and heifers and our herd sire prospects are in their winter facilities and calving season will start early January. Perhaps it is time for this old cowboy to put his feet up and enjoy the season.

It is also very important for us to thank our many customers for their going support. Visits here, your many e-mails and phone calls certainly mean a lot to us. We greatly appreciate your support – thank you to:

Lee McBride – Port Hope ON

Mike O’Bomsawin – Chelmsford ON

Laura Frank -Manitowaning ON

Carl MacDonald – Merigiomish NS

Claudia Giermindl – Knightville NB

Gordon & Lynne MacDonald  – Midland ON

Brian & Lynn Vail – Clarksburg ON

Rory Bell – Roxburgh Mill UK

Duane Andrews – Gillett PA

Dennis & Jeanne Small – Markerville AB

With the Christmas season upon us, it is time for family and friends. It is time to say ‘ thank you ‘ for our many blessings. Our son David, Sarah and our son Ben along with our 5 grand children Michael, Katherine, Joseph, Nathan, and Monica will be here to spend Christmas with their Mom and Dad.

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May the joy of the Christmas season fill your home with happiness.

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Introducing Our Kaw-Liga

 

 

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Well, where does one start?  We realized many years ago just what an impressive job King Arthur was doing on his sons and daughter here at Dora Lee. King Arthur was imported into Canada from Scotland  back in about 1970. I believe that King Arthur was the best beef bull ever to set foot here on Canadian soil.

Our first order of business was to breed one of our homozygous polled cows to the legendary King Arthur. We did get the polled bull calf we wanted, and in my humble opinion Kaw-Liga has turned out to be an impressive up and coming herd sire.

We do have several of his offspring on the ground and we believe them to be special youngsters, which will again help us to “raise the bar” here at Dora Lee.

Being a huge  fan of  the late and great Hank Williams, the name Kaw-liga came from one of Hank’s many number one hits back about 1950 . We just thought Hank Williams being a pioneer in the western music field, that perhaps in many ways Kaw- Liga will also be a pioneer.

Is this old Cowboy excited? O yah.  Please do stay tuned, we are expecting great things from our Kaw-Liga bull.

“Fullblood Fleckvieh polled genetics at their finest.”

Thank you for listening

 

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A Chill is in the Air

Here it is November, some early morning thoughts from this old cowboy. It has been a year to remember so far, dry summer etc. However, things have a way of working out here at Dora Lee.

Our hay crop has been baled and placed in storage, Pastures have held the own this summer, and our rotational grazing program has continued to work well here.

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Calves were weaned late August, herd sire prospects are in our bull facility, with one youngster already at his new home (Claudia Giermindl) in New Brunswick. Steer calves are in their new home of long time customer, feed lot operator Marvin Burkhart.  The price was down from last year, however $1.80 per lb we felt was a fair price for 800 lb steer calves.

Our cow herd is still out there on our pastures and just starting to graze our paddocks one last time before winter arrives.

Really, Betty and I have very little to complain about. We do have health and family – a way of life we both very much enjoy. Yes, our weather has turned cooler here Dora Lee, winter is on it’s way.

“Thank you for listening”

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Raising the Bar

Here it is, late September, fall is in the air. Our 364 day search continues for elite, polled, outcross Flechvieh genetics. We had the privilege of attending the Ontario Autumn Simmental Classic where our pick of the sale was Vail View Cassie FF4C . We were successful and have added Cassie to our herd.

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Cassie’s sire is Dora Lee Huck, a Canadian Siegfried Son, a bull born and developed here before going to Vail View as their herd sire. Huck has an impressive feed efficiency (RFI) score placing him in the top ten percent ” WOW ”.

Come mid October, Betty and I will be traveling west to Alberta to spend quality time with our daughter-in-law Jeanne and son Dennis at Apple Cross as we  continue our 364 day search for elite out cross polled heifers. Our plan is to tour some herds and attend a sale. Then do everything in our power to bring a quality polled Flechvieh female here to Dora Lee.

We plan on attempting to again “raise the bar” here at Dora Lee. Are we there yet? Nope, not yet.

“Our love of our Fleckvieh breed, is unwavering.”

Thank you for listening.

 

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Thank you to the buyers of our 2015 herd sire prospects

Once again it has been a great year for bull sales as our development pen is empty and waiting for this year’s prospects. Many thanks to the new owners of our 2015 calves – we appreciate your support of our breeding program.

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DLD Platinum Plus FF3B was selected by Darcy Claw of Bel-Char Farm, Godfrey, ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DLD Platinum Lad FF34B went to Glarro Farm in New Brunswick. He was the choice of Andre and Geraline Van Agten.

 

 

 

 

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Dora Lee’s Wyatt FF51C was chosen by Lee McBride, Port Hope, ON

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Dora Lee’s Evan FF31B sold to Mike O’Bomsawin, Chelmsford, ON

 

 

 

 

Dora Lee’s Bubba FF42C was the choice of Laura Frank of Hilly Grove Farm, Manitowaning, ON

 

 

 

Our current crop of bull calves is looking good. Most of them are sired by Wow Effect, FGAF 016A and we are excited to see how these herd sire prospects develop. We will keep you informed.

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Taking our Fleckvieh herd to the next Level

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When we started breeding Simmental in 1973, our goal was to establish a quality breeding herd. As the years went by we just knew that changes needed to be made. And we then realized that the Fleckvieh strain would be the best option for us here at Dora Lee.

By the early 1990’s our customer base was asking for polled genetics and again we changed our focus. With the development of our Eclipse bull, polled genetics were on the way. Polled genetics have evolved here since then with most of our cow herd now being polled and several are now homozygous. Our customers appears to be very happy to access our polled genetics.

Several years ago when the new DNA testing for feed efficiency became available to us, we jumped in and started by testing the whole herd. We have added this new technology as an important selection tool for us here at Dora Lee.

After 6 years of testing, culling has taken place with the older inefficient cows being sent to market and being  replaced with more feed efficient daughters. We are now finding that our hay consumption has gone down and our pastures appear to last much longer. With the national Simmental average for RFI (feed efficiency) at a high of 6.5, we have our herd average down below 4.0 and now have a goal of 3.0. We now have females in our herd with a score of 1.0. WOW!!! Some advice from my Dad. “Man needs to stay on top of change and new technology”. Dad was right on the mark.

We are now able to offer feed efficient breeding stock to our customer base. The feed back has been very positive.

As we travel down this road of breeding quality Fleckvieh genetics, we will continue to attempt to raise the bar and again move our herd to the next level. This breeding and developing quality genetics is certainly something Betty and I very much enjoy.

Thank you for listening.

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It’s that Special Time of Year

 

With the holiday season upon us, it is time for us to take a look in the rear view mirror on how quickly 2015 has gone by.

I do not recall a year like 2015 where just about every thing seemed to fall into place. Calving went well with a live calf per cow again this year. Bull sales were phenomenal, being sold out by January. The rains eventually came and it turned out to be a great year for our pastures, with our cow herd still out and here it is December 22.

Our bred heifers were sold as a package to repeat customers in the province of Quebec. Our steer calves sold for record prices “WOW

It’s now time for us to show our appreciation and to say many  thanks  for your support. Your enthusiasm and your visits to Dora Lee are, for us, over the top.

With the holiday season in full swing we realize just how fortunate we are. With heath and family, really what more could any man in his right mind ask for. Our daughter Lee-Ann and son in-law Brian from Scotland, along with sons David and Ben and Sarah with grandchildren, Michael, Katherine, Joseph, Nathan and baby Monica will be here with us to celebrate this Christmas.

To each and everyone of you, “Merry Christmas”.

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