March Update!

Kidding for the purebreds started with triplets from Garden Gate Northern Ambrosia. Two bucklings and a doeling, sired by Brambles Sunshine’s Sterling. Followed by twin bucklings from Brambles BRH Robin and a single doeling from her full sister Brambles BRH Cedar. All of which were also sired by Sterling. Much to my disappointment Brambles Buccaneer’s Tansy had a single buck kid (I love Tansy and always look forward to her doe kids - there will be another year!). However, I got to see the first kid sired by Brambles Aphrodite’s Yen - Brambles PTCH Fleur De Lis had a doeling. Just two more does left for March/April and there is a good long break until May/June kidding. Doe kids will be available from this time frame - as I am trying hard not to increase herd numbers. Kids will be sired by Brambles Rosalee’s Harlequin, Brambles Aphrodite’s Yen and Garden Gate SSD Kyat.

I am also pleased to announce that all of the May 2018 kids, as well as the current junior herdsires are G6S normal either on test or pedigree - joining the senior doelings and senior does featured on this site.

If you ever want living proof....

It is common knowledge that cold weather affects the birth weight of calves. Blood flow in the cow increases as an aide to keeping warm - and that translates to more flow to the calf too. Birth weights can be up to 11lbs higher for every 11 degrees below normal temperatures - which was the case for the last two months of gestation. In addition for every day past the cows due date, the calf can gain over 1lb per day. All that theory certain came into practise when Red T&S Tessie 72E calved this week, a few days late. Giving birth to a 101lb calf. Tessie comes from a long maternal line of moderate to low birth weight - and the sire who does influence calf size (even though to a lesser degree) is also a 75lb birth weight.

All credit to Tessie, she only needed a hand pull, which is a testament to calving ease - especially in a first calving heifer. Tessie came in with plenty of milk too. I am really looking forward to watching this calf grow. He combines so many top lines in the breed. Red Towaw Indeed 104H, Red Brylor Masterplan and also Red Compass Mulberry.

I would like thank T&S Farms, Rose Valley, Saskatchewan (heifers) and also Diamond L Ranch, Oyen, Alberta (herd sire) for helping to me to start my purebred, Red Angus herd.

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Kidding Update

Some random pictures of the grade kids. .

From L-R: 75% Nubian doe kid, twin bucklings (wethers) at a week old, 87.5% Nubian doelings, triplets 2 days old, 3 day old twins, 50% Nubian rear udder - not filled she is raising kids full time.

Calving and Kidding Time

It’s that time of year again! Kidding and calving have started on the farm - after a January filled with some definite learning curves…

The first purebred, registerable Red Angus calves have been born on the farm, as well as the first commercial Red Angus calf. These calves are sired by - Red Wolf Willow Masterplan 56X - who combines both Red Towaw Indeed and Red Brylor Masterplan in his pedigree. Both of whom were breed leaders. Masterplan 56X has proven longevity and still stands on strong feet and legs at 9 years old. His commercial daughters have lovely, well attached udders.

Red T&S High Top 15E was the first purebred to calve. Her sire is Red Six Mile Grand Slam. Her bull calf was born with a 95lb birthweight . With the calving ease in behind High Top 15E she had him unassisted.

The commercial/grade does have also started kidding. I am really pleased with these does. There udders have improved significantly over the years and their milk production remains strong. Early days yet, but the doe kid count is higher than buck kids.

Pictured below are purebred bull calf, twin bucklings, commercial heifer calf and Red T&S Tessie 72E.