Hello everyone! I'm sure y'all have been just as busy as us this spring! Spring means vaccination, calving, weaning, breeding, etc.… Spring = Busy! We spent our spring break with the boys touring some stellar ranches out west. We traveled a little over 4000 miles and 10 states. We visited Barber Ranch, Perez Cattle Company, Ned and Jan Ward's place, and finally Sandhill Farms. We even purchased a cow/calf pair from Sandhill Farms in Haviland, KS.
We now have our ECR 53D JOURNEY 8086 bull home from South Dakota. His neck and front shoulders are amazing for a yearling and his EPDs... I can not say enough amazing things about this bull!! We were also able to bring our donor dam home from Cottage Farms that we own half of... PCA MS BOOMER 1x. SHF LARY BIRD Z67 B192 cow/calf pair have settled in and made themselves comfortable here in Middle Tennessee. We are super excited about the heifer calf as she is sired by Gerber Anodyne.
We have another round of embryos to transfer in 2 weeks! That is always such an exciting but nerve wrecking time. We have 2 amazing heifers safe in calf by Endure 173D and another heifer safe to F Final Test. Those babies should be very impressive. We just weaned our NJW Heifers Queen Vaca and Lexie. Those two had some outstanding wean weights.
Well that is a quick update from the farm. We hope this finds you all well!!! God bless and take care!
At Thanksgiving we put in 13 all female sexed EMBRYOS, which are loaded with NJW genetics! We are so proud of where the future of our farm and herd are headed. Last night our Endure 173D and Vaca 135U Bull calf was born! He is beautiful!! Excited is not a strong enough word to describe what we are! lol!
We went to the AHA Annual meeting in Kansas City. Josh and I were lucky enough to spend time with some of Tennessee's top breeders. We learned so much from them and enjoyed their company so very much. We met some pretty amazing people. What a fantastic trip!!!
We have 5 more Sexed embryos due in FEBRUARY by our JH Walker Lady 604D cow and KCF Homeland. These calves should be OUTSTANDING and we are thrilled. We purchased several new registered angus cows to be recips and we can not wait for the next batch of embryos to go in March!
NWss will be here before you know it!! Who is going!?! Josh and I will be there!! We look forward to the shows and sales and catching up with old and new friends!
that is just a quick update!! god bless and take care all!!
we have gone to sales, made breeding plans, purchased a cow, semen straws, and EMBRYOS, oh my!! lol! it has been so much fun! We are thrilled about the recent purchase of two sets of embryos from the Perez cattle company sale... we picked up NJW 127Z 93C Partner 134E(43830160) x C&M NEW MEXICO LADY 2034(43313610) and NJW 79Z 22Z MIGHTY 49C ET(43589057) x MSU KEEPSAKE 32N (42392375). We have also made some crazy semen purchases from a variety of different sources that we feel will advance our program tremendously.
The NJW embryos babies are here!! we have rtf 456b 135u queen vaca f35et, rtf 88x 149z miss lexy f49 et, and last, but certainly not least rtf 3x 4c foundation f34 et. Click the names and you will be taken to the aha animal details. we are sooooo excited about the little foundation bull. he was born with thick 'meaty' legs and a very gentle disposition. foundation's epds are out of this world!! he is the calving ease king. we have already sent off the dna for all three. The heifers have already received their et permit and we are waiting for the epd updates october 1st.
The Annual meeting is coming up Josh and I will be participating this year. We look forward to seeing everyone and attending the educational forums. and of course, nwss countdown is on!! we booked everything back in august. this is always one of our favorite events.
We are a smaller, up and coming farm, but we are making strides this year! Thanks to our breeder friends for their advice and support - you know who you are! we are beyond excited about what the future holds!! as always thank you to our customers. we continue to strive to bring you some of the best genetic offerings out there to help increase your profitability.
We had a fun filled labor day weekend! We took the boys and headed to mayslick, ky to the boyd breeder's cup sale. We were very fortunate to have made 3 very good purchases. we are so thrilled that we were able to buy lot 60 hh 1041 whitney 28e et who is a daughter of boyd masterpiece 0220. we also picked up lot 29 embryos, which are full siblings to asm 705 100w miss Abigail 303a, which a 50% intereset sold in the boyd estate sale in 2016 for $20,000 and she was also the '15 jnhe reserve champion cow calf pair. we were also able to pick up lot 18 set of embryos. Lot 18 is a full sibling to lot 17 CHF ttf 150x stella 7614 et, which sold for $7000.
We also attended the DKM cattle sale in readyville, tn. It was a packed house and included some stunning animals. It was great to visit with old friends and new friends. Congratulations to Gary and Tammy Nichols and the Parker family on their fantastic sale.
3 of 4 of our embryos due this weekend have hit the ground. So far we have 2 heifers and one outstanding bull out of th Sheyenne 3x. we are so thrilled with the leaps and bounds we have made genetically this year. we are introducing new bloodlines and outstanding epds to the herd.
we were blessed to spend the weekend with Herefords and fantastic breeders. As always, we are very grateful to our customers, friends, and partners. God bless and try and stay cool in this heat.
September 2nd is the due date for embryos we purchased from Ned and jan ward and one embryo from a flush we completed!! we are beyond excited to see these calves.
here are the matings:
ilr red power 456b reg# 43499435
NJW 4037 34s Durango vaca 135u Reg# 42892084
Boyd Ft Knox 17y xz5 4040 reg# 43472233
BW NJW 76S 8Y Homepsun 133A Reg# 43385252
njw 98s r117 ribeye 88x reg# 43094146
njw 27r 100w lexy 149z reg# 43311400
th 49u 719t Sheyenne 3x reg# 43101191
fsl miss ribeye r117 72 4c reg# 43580362
We have some really fantastic bulls coming up for sale this fall. Stay tuned for pictures and pedigrees! I can assure you that their pedigrees and epds will be worth the look!! they are stout and built for work.
We have been so pleased with how our herd is changing. We are improving genetics and pedigrees each and every year by branching out to other breeders and freshening our bloodlines. We are so proud of our latest calf crop and improvement is so clearly evident in physical attributes and outstanding epds. It is funny... each year I find my self saying "This is the best calf crop yet!!". Thank you to those breeders that we have had the fortune to work with to improve our herd.
We are so very thankful to our customers!
That is it for now! STay cool and God Bless!!
Y'all get your waders out! IT has been raining so much here and flooding. it has been absolutely miserable for us and i'm sure the herd, too! on a positive note, our wheat is coming up and everything is greening up really early. we are just praying we don't have a killing frost later.
tennessee weather is wild and moody! it has been in the 60s and raining, then it will drop to the low 30s. It will snow one day and pour rain the next. our farm is on the edge of the cumberland plateau, so we tend to get the brunt of the bi-polar weather. thankfully, we have several tree lines to block our animals from the wind.
our farm is fairly new and we have had to build it from the ground up. There were no existing usable barns or fencing anywhere on the property. so, we have built and fenced for the last several years. it is never ending... however, i'm getting excited about designing our first calving and working barn. it will be so much easier and more pleasant to take care of the animals out of this crazy weather. If you guys have any suggestions for do's and don'ts on building a working/calving barn, please let us know!
Stay safe, warm and dry out there! God Bless!
We have Calves!! Embryo calves are here and we are beyond thrilled that we have 3 females from the 3 different embryos that were born in this last group! They are gorgeous! WE sold out of our 2 year old bulls. now We are looking to this one year old group from a variety of PRESTIGIOUS ai sires with outstanding numbers! give us call to come take a look!
we got back from denver and the nwss 2 weeks ago and made a great purchase from njw on vaca and endure mated embryos! the potential there is limitless. our program is packed with the legendary p606 and vaca bloodlines, so we could not be happier with these new additions! WE ENJOYED MEETING WITH OLD AND NEW FRIENDS and partnering with GTN cattle company on a purchase.
Also, we have a half interest in PCA MS BOOMER 1X with McGuffee polled herefords, which is due soon with a Mr. maternal calf. If you haven't checked out mcguffee polled herefords, do it. They have a PHENOMENAL program in mississippi.
god is good y'all... i still have to remind myself to hit my knees and be thankful for the introduction to this breed, the amazing people we have met in the cattle industry as a whole, and the fun we are having. it is easy to take it all for granted. glory to god.
till next time!
Each year that passes I am reminded about how blessed we are to have this farm, the land, and all the responsibilities that come with it. We are entrusted with the care of God's creatures and to be good stewards of his land. It is such an amazing responsibility that we could not be more grateful for.
It is calving season and we have had some exciting prospects hit the ground! We have UPS Undisputed, York, Leader, Builder and many more calves. The potential of these calves is unlimited. Our Undisputed bull calves are so unbelievably stout and thick already.
We have partnered with some great people to purchase some really great genetics to our program. We purchased an amazing York heifer from the Walker Polled Hereford sale with GTN Cattle Company. We bought 1/2 interest in a bred cow with McGuffee Polled Herefords. We are very thankful to be partnering with them to continue to improve our genetics and breed Herefords that will excel.
Breeding plans are probably one of my very favorite activities. Josh and I stay bent over sheets of potential AI Sires and plugging their EPDs into spreadsheets to see what the potential mating could bring. It really is a lot fun! There is nothing more exciting than planning the future of the farm and to see its potential and the possibilities. This is what we have been doing for the last couple of weeks. We research bulls and find potentials and come together and make plans.
Sorry for the delay in updates... I have had some health issues that have prevented me from being active in the farm for the last six months or so. I have recently had surgery and am 100% better and BACK!! :-)
We just got back from our trip to Colorado. We saw some amazing Hereford farms along the way. We visited with Kevin and Vera Schultz at Sandhill Farms. We had such a wonderful time viewing their farm and impressive Herefords! They have an upcoming sale this weekend that includes some very outstanding bulls and cows. Thank you again to the Schultz family for your hospitality and the opportunity to preview your amazing animals.
We have been busy planning our flushes and AIs for this Spring!! We are beyond excited to flush our farm grown favorites, Southern Scarlet and Southern Grace plus FSL Miss Ribeye R117 7Z 4C (our Boyd cow)! We can't wait to see what the two Wildcat heifers we purchased at the Walker Foundation for the Future Sale will produce when we AI them this Spring.
Josh and I have been hovering over spreadsheets, pedigree sheets, and various reports to try and produce some top Hereford specimens. It is amazing how Math and Science impact the breeding process, when it used to be such a natural process. Sometimes, however, you do get that "gut" feeling that you just have to follow! DNA information is the future of the breed and producing top animals. It is exciting to see how genetic testing and technology has progressed the industry.
We are also preparing a small group of bulls to sell in the next couple of weeks. Every year they keep surprising us with how far our genetics have come. Keep checking back as I will post pictures of the bulls going up for sale.
Thank you again for your continued support and following our journey!
2016 Closed with a bang!!
We purchased 2 beautiful Wildcat heifers from the Walker Labor Day sale and we purchased a pretty bred heifer and some embryos from the Boyd sale that very same weekend! The farm purchased some additional embryos from the Walker farm in November. We did some embryo transfers in December and we had 8 out of 11 take! We are soo excited. The week before and after Christmas we had some beautiful AIed heifers calve with some game changer calves!
Josh and I couldn't make it to the Denver show in January because he and the boys came down with the Flu. :-( However, Joe and Beth represented us and came home with some really great embryos from Ned and Jan Ward. We also got a hold of some up and coming semen from two of Ned and Jan Ward's Bulls!!
This week our Boyd heifer should calve along with some Revolution AIed cows. We have a lot of really great genetic leaps and bounds going on here on the farm!!
We are thrilled with this years calf crop. We have calves out of S100, On Target 22S, and Revolution. We have really focused on producing highly pigmented, deep, short and stout bodied animals. If you know me, then you know I am a goggled eyed sucker. We have some really pretty little ones with eyeliner and goggle eyes. I'll get some new pictures up as soon as it dries up some.
I just want to thank you for your continued support in following our farm. We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with some truly great people in the business and a great breed of cows.
Hi! I'm Bethany/Beth Mansfield. I maintain our website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and twitter feed. I'm a mother to two little cowboys that live for life on the farm with our Herefords.