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TMR Welcomes A New Heifer

We like to be present for each and every calf’s very first breath of life & this beautiful girl was no exception! Her dam calved this 78-lb heifer in 15 minutes hoofs-to-tail – good job, mama!

Join me in welcoming the newest addition to the ranch! Welcome, little one…

Using Technology To Your Benefit On The Ranch

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Why not use modern technology to aid you & help efficiency in monitoring your herd? We use a drone that's proven invaluable in certain circumstances! #TaylorMadeRanch

Most ranchers know there’s no substitute for laying eyes on your herd animals on a regular basis. We typically check our herd daily. These visual inspections tell us much. Things such as how a cow’s body score is holding up, whether a bred cow is nearing calving time, and if one animal has her head lower to possibly  indicate illness. Quick action is important in reducing the negative effects of problems in the herd. And in our opinion that needs to be boots on the ground, physically looking them over.

But sometimes you have need to keep an even closer eye on some in the herd. Maybe you have a cow that you’re pretty sure will be calving within a couple of days. You want to know as soon as she starts pulling away from the herd, possibly indicating labor.

Waiting For Spring…

Ugh, the mud we’re dealing with! We’re trying to keep our herd out of the mud as much as possible, but coming off the heels of yet another drought followed by record rainfall, it’s a tough endeavor. And unfortunately Mother Nature’s holding the cards,  all we can do is try to level the playing field.

So we’re moving the cattle often. We’re bringing the herd into a ‘sacrifice pasture’ where we’ve loaded hay into hay rings. Although the cattle congregate around those hay rings and make a muddy mess, we’re sacrificing the health of the grass in this one paddock to try to salvage the other pastures and keep them productive.

Mud around hayrings in a sacrifice pasture. We're anxious for spring! #TaylorMadeRanch

After a few days we’ll move the herd to a nearby hayfield to graze a bit. They can only stay there a short time because although the grass is finally trying to sprout, there’s not much up yet. But it gives them a chance to get out of the mud for a while. It also helps the ground around the hay rings to (hopefully) dry up a bit.

The cows very much enjoy their short grazing time before we once again bring them into the sacrifice pasture for hay for a few days.

I think I join all cattlemen across the nation when I say:

“Come One SPRING!”

 

Everyone Loves A Baby!

Yesterday we were nearby as this beautiful boy took his first breath of life. What a beautiful thing! But the poor thing – as is apparently ranching law, it seems calves are always born in the worst weather. I’m sure he (like us) can’t wait to finally see the sunshine!

Welcome to the ranch, handsome.

Shall We Name Him ‘Valentino’?

I’d like to introduce you to our newest member of Taylor-Made Ranch. He’s so handsome and I love the pigment around each eye – something we always try to breed for. Shall we name this beautiful boy, Valentino?

This newborn phase is my favorite. Of course we like to see each of our new calves take their first breath of life. Is there anything more precious? And once he gets cleaned up & has a nice warm meal he lays down to rest. I get a chance to introduce myself.

He knows RancherMan & I will be good stewards and that we’ll do all we can to give him a healthy start.

Welcome to the ranch, big boy!

 

 

 

King of the Castle…errrr Pasture!

We’re in love with our young herd bull. At just 3 years old he stands out in the pasture, surveying all he owns…

TMR Simply Perfect - Registered Polled Hereford Bull from Taylor-Made Ranch, LLC

He’s the A.I. result of our most productive registered polled hereford cow and his calving-ease A.I. sire Perfect Timing. And he’s sure making some beautiful calves for us!

As a matter of fact we’ll be keeping quite a few of his heifers, so we’ll be listing this gorgeous boy for sale soon. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and the Cattle For Sale tab on our Website for updates!

Heifer Places 5th In Williamson County Youth Expo

Last year a bright young woman came to our ranch to purchase a show heifer. She chose heifer #299-4, but Katie named her “Ms. Ellie“.

Recently Katie sent word that Ms. Ellie placed fifth in the Williamson County Youth Expo. Congrats! It takes much effort for these young people to get a calf ready for show and Katie’s done an awesome job.

Says Katie, “The judge said she had the best femininity of the class, and a good frame. She was very calm and easy to handle and we can’t await to show her again!”

A job well done, Katie. Your hard work is certainly evident.

Join us in congratulating Katie & Ms Ellie.

Good Job!!

 

 

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