As we patiently wait for spring to arrive, here are some of the things happening here at Dora Lee. Calving is completed for 2013 with a 102% calf crop. Rebreeding our cow herd is nearing completion and our private treaty bull sales are well under way.
As in the past, there is “excitement” in the air about our 2013 calf crop. Late December, our Lorena 9W cow gave us twin heifers by Arni 8M. We believe they are identical, something that is very rare and has never happened to us here since we started breeding Simmental back in 1973. Arni 8M was bred and developed by Park Letts, Westlock, Alberta. Arnie 8M, is a son of King Arthur and was born in 1980. King Arthur was imported into Canada in 1972. We are of the opinion that King Arthur is perhaps one of the best Fleckvieh sires to ever set foot on North American soil. Semen on these 2 bulls is extremely difficult to locate. We decided last spring to roll the dice and split the vials on polled cows, and shall we say ‘the rest is history’.
Our Equinox bull added to this fall’s heifer pen with nine heifer calves.
Our Sophie 5W cow gave us a polled heifer by the legendary King Arthur bull. Our Hanna 91W cow gave us a polled King Arthur son. On the bull calf side, the King Arthur bull calf is impressive along with a San Mar Pharo son out of an Eclipse x Farah cow, cherry red and already showing some swagger. Other highlights are an Equinox, cherry red bull calf from Darby 8N. Bonnie 52W provided us with twin bull calves from our new and up and coming sire, DLD Platinum 91X. It will be a very interesting to watch these and other promising young calves develop over the summer.
Spring is just around the corner, so they tell us. However, as Easter weekend approaches, it is time for family and an opportunity to realize just how truly blessed we really are.
Ross & Betty take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy Easter.