Tag Archives: Stocker Cows

Why Not Just Do It Right The First Time?

by Tammy Taylor

Most of you already know that due to health issues I wasn’t able to raise my beloved batch of bottle baby calves this year as I usually do. And as a result RancherMan purchased bottle-fed calves that had already been weaned to pasture so that I could still enjoy their cuteness.  (I love him for that)

Why not do things right the first time? We had the misfortune of dealing with an unscrupulous calf seller - lost 2 to disease & had to repair 2 botched castrations. #TexasHomesteader
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The Sad Side Of Ranching – Dishonest Sellers?

by Texas Homesteader

Tough days.  I love raising bottle babies each spring but my health prevented it this year.  So RancherMan found someone selling a set of bottle babies.  They had already been weaned to pasture so that I could still get a dose of that bottle-baby sweetness.

When they were purchased this spring they were brought to our Homestead.  Not only to allow me to scratch their cute heads every day but also for us to monitor them to make sure they would all do well in our program.

As they grew larger we began moving them to our offsite pasture to finish growing.

It's a sad fact of ranching life that sometimes you lose an animal to sickness or injury but doubly painful when you lose a calf from the seller's omission #TexasHomesteader
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Introducing The New Girls To Our Herd

by Texas Homesteader ~

We were forced to reduce our herd in 2011 and 2012 due to the gripping drought that held us captive those years.  We have maintained a lower stocking rate and use temporary stocker cows of different breeds during times when the grass was plentiful, selling them when the grass waned. It was a painful decision but that flexibility allowed us to continue our ranching operation and emerge strong.

We were forced to reduce our herd due to the gripping drought that held us captive 2 years. But we're slowly beginning to add registered cows back into our herd. #TexasHomesteader

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Mentoring and Paying It Forward

by Tammy Taylor

When we first purchased our property neither one of us had ever lived or worked on a ranch and we had no idea where to start.  Thankfully one of our first local acquaintances was a veteran cattleman who purchased our first calves for us at a livestock auction.

Not only were we holding down full-time jobs in Dallas without flexibility to attend these auctions ourselves but we’d never been to an auction before and were very intimidated by the entire process.  This wonderful gentleman purchased those calves and brought them to his corrals to work them for us, then delivered them to our own fledgling ranch.  He is a valued friend and mentor even today.

Help others by being a mentor. Pay it forward when you can. #TexasHomesteader

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New CowGirl Employees at The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

The drought of 2011 was a hard one on our Texas ranch but somehow we struggled through.  However the subsequent consecutive year of drought in 2012 forced us to sell off some of our hand-picked registered cattle in order to assure there was grazing and water available for our remaining herd.

Thankfully the winter rains came and replenished our ponds. We were able to get through that year by utilizing stocker animals to add to or take off our pastures as the grass came and went during the seasons.

Recently we added new cattle to our herd. #TexasHomesteader

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Self Employment Benefits and Risks

by Tammy Taylor

Working for yourself requires a special dynamic.  You must wear all hats – Public Relations Manager, Information Technology Director, CEO and CFO.  And your paycheck doesn’t come at all unless you do your job well, even with circumstances that are beyond your control.  Last year we purchased our stocker calves the same as we do each year.  We brought those calves home and gave them their health workup and immunizations.  We poured them for parasites and castrated and dehorned where needed.  Then we put those calves out on the most lush green winter pasture we had ever had.  They were calm and happy, and they grew fat off of our careful attention to detail.

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Wild Cow! Staying Safe On The Ranch

by RancherMan

We’ve all heard this at one time or another. Maybe at the vet, maybe at the auction or even while helping a friend work some new cattle. Wild cow!

No matter how hard you try or how carefully you watch them come through the ring, once in a while you end up with one. And once you get them home it doesn’t take long to figure out that this cow is going to be trouble.

Wild cow wrangled with help of hired cowboys. #TexasHomesteader

Professional Cattle handlers wrangling a wild cow for us

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Making New Friends

by Tammy Taylor

We raise registered Hereford cows as our primary ranch mission, but we also have stocker cows/calves that we keep on a shorter-term basis to make proper use of our pasture grass excesses.  We feel good about the fact that the stockers that come here are treated kindly and are allowed to just be cows – grazing under that blue Texas sky and interacting daily with us and all their cow friends.  Our clients have said they appreciate the benefits of a calm animal that’s been treated with kindness and respect.  We think it’s just the right thing to do.

We raise registered Hereford cattle but we also raise stocker cattle each year to balance out our pasture grass. #TexasHomesteader

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