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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It’s my favourite time of the year

Cows Oct '155 The leaves are starting to turn, there is coolness in the air. Yes, fall weather is in the air. It’s a time of year this old cowboy really enjoys.

Back in May and early June we didn’t think we would ever see rain again. The rains eventually came and the hay crop and pastures we had written off turned out reasonable well.

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Our keeper bull calves have been weaned and started on feed. The cull bull calves with their record prices for us, are off to the feed lot. Our pastures are in good shape and should be good till perhaps mid November.bulls at mangerP1030680

We have had several groups of breeders here to tour our pastures. It is very gratifying for us to have fellow breeders take the time to travel here and spend several hours with us discussing what else??? Fleckvieh, why polled?, many different blood lines, genomics  etc. etc.visitors in pasture '15

All and all it has been a very good year for us, bull sales last winter were strong, being sold out early. Bred heifer sales have also been strong and there is much interest in our bull calves for next winter.

Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend. Ben and Sarah, our 5 grandchildren along with our oldest son David will be here to help celebrate Thanksgiving. And of course, we’ll be talking to our son Dennis and Jeanne in Alberta and our daughter Lee-Ann and Brian in Scotland. It is a special time for everyone.

Betty and I are very blessed, we have good health, a great family and a way of life we chose and enjoy immensely. We have much to be thankful for in so many ways. Thanks for listening.

Happy thanksgiving!

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Dora Lee’s 2015 Bred Heifers

Our 2015 bred heifers are on their way to their new home at Ferme Dalmas in St-Augustin. Thank you to M. Cyril St. Pierre, a repeat customer from Quebec for their support of our breeding program. These Full Fleckvieh heifers were a quality group it was hard to part with. Sired by Equinox, Platinum, Dr Duke and Viper, all but 1 were polled and all were bred A.I. to calving ease bulls. We wish Ferme Dalmas all the best with these excellent young females.

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Spring is in the Air!

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With a colder than normal winter now behind us and Easter approaching, it is time to talk about some of the good things happening here.

Interest in our bulls has  certainly been ” over the top” so to speak as we were completely sold out by the end of January. We had youngsters go or are going to Port Hope, Massy and Charlton, all here in Ontario.

An Anchor D Viper son “DLD Phantom 309A” out of our Bar 5 Maria cow has impressed us from day one. Phantom is polled, his genomics score is right were we want it to be and his temperament is second to none.  I believe perhaps the most correct bull ever born and developed here. Phantom is being retained and will be hand mated to a select number of cows.

Calving has gone extremely well with 100%  live calves on the ground. We have offspring from San Mar Pharao, Equinox, Platinum, Wow- Effect, Viper, Arnold’s Image, and 3 heifer calves from our Kaw-Liga 91A bull, a polled King Arthur AFY 50C son we are in the process of developing here. King Arthur was imported in 1971 and we believe to be one of the best Fleckvieh bulls ever to set foot here in North America.

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We have 11 calves from our up and coming herd sire Wow- Effect. They come easy, temperament and color is good. Would it be fair to suggest we are very impressed at this point in time?

After 2 years of development our Platinum bull 61X has proven to us that he can successfully be used on heifers. Each and every calf born to date has low birth weight, been solid in color with eye pigmentation .  We will be breeding several of our heifers to him this year.

So with spring in the air, we look forward to having two of our sons, David and Ben along with Sarah and grand children Michael, Katherine, Joseph and Nathan spend Easter with us here this year. To each and every one of you … Happy Easter!!!

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2014 – A Year to Remember!

Snow bank & houseDSC00873 The year started out as the coldest, toughest winter in the past 25 years here in Ontario, thanks to what our weather forecasters called a Nor-easter. When spring finally arrived things certainly began to change here big time. Late May brought us cool weather and abundance of rain fall and in turn unlimited pasture.Legumes in pastureDSC00958 Our Fleckvieh’s never had it so good with knee deep pastures through the summer and fall. It was mid November when our cow herd came back to the barn looking for their winter stored hay.bulls at mangerP1030680Cattle laying in tall grassDSC00953 Bull sales went extremely well with herd sire prospects going  both sides of the border with 2 of our youngsters going into stud in the US.

Come summer we upgraded our 430 JD round baler to a  467 John Deere round baler and had it fitted to handle JD B-wrap – a water proof bale wrap, new to Canada for 2014. ” Simply put”, we now can store our hay bales outside with virtually no water or weather damage. We are now feeding this product. It looks and smells the same as the day it was baled. The most important part is our Fleckvieh’s just seem to love it.

Baler &bale DSC00945 Following a successful haying season, it was time to start preparing a group of sale heifers for our annual Fleckvieh Forum sale. Betty and I had discussed several times over the past few years the pros and cons of instead of taking them to the Auction facility, just placing them on our web site and offering them for sale here at Dora Lee.'14 heifers on side hill   We were thinking, even if we sold 2 or 3 it would be a good start. We were pleasantly surprised. Our phone started to ring and emails began arriving daily.  To make a long story short, we were completely sold out within just a few short weeks. We sold some of our heifers to the veteran cattleman, but what got us really excited was the interest from the next generation. High school students were here buying heifers, starting their own herds and planning to use sales down the road to help pay their way through university.

We wish to say “THANK YOU”  to the many cattlemen who  supported our program again this year. Buzzard Hollow Ranch, Texas Mathew Swart, Brussels Marvin Burkhard, Wallenstein Henk-Jan Ginkel, Norwich Lynn & Brian Vail, Clarksburg Lonnie & Karen Brown, Westlock, Alberta Luke Weber, Holyrood Maurice Web, Arkansaw

With most of 2014 in the rear view mirror and the wonderful season of Christmas upon us, it is now time for Betty and Ross to count our many blessings. We do have our health and family and really, what more could any man in his right mind ask for. We are really looking forward to having two of our sons, David and Ben with his wife Sarah, along with 4 wonderful grandchildren here for a couple of days over Christmas .

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Ross and Betty

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