August 21 , 2014
First of all, we would like to announce a change to our fall internet sale. This year it will be hosted live on the farm, along with being broadcast over the internet. BIG GULLY’S ONLINE/ON-FARM BULL & HEIFER SALE will be on DECEMBER 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM MST. The sale will include long yearling bulls, bull calves, bred heifers, heifer calves and commercial heifer calves. Online bidding, as usual, will occur on LiveAuctions.tv from December 8-11 and close-out simultaneously with the video sale at the farm.
Secondly, we are pleased to begin using a new logo that was developed by Bella Spur Innovative Media including Laura Bodell and Jamie-Rae Pittman. We look forward to utilizing it in advertising and having a more consistent and recognizable symbol going forward.
We pregnancy diagnosed all the cattle in early August. The heifers bred up tremendously well with no opens, 72% conception to the AI synchronization and almost all to calve within the first 35 days of the calving season. We intend to market cull cows in early September by early weaning the calves, so we can capitalize on the strong markets.
Shari attended the Northwest Hereford Field Day on August 7th at Stan Lock’s in Macklin. It was a well-attended day and the Lock family did an excellent job hosting the event.
Shari is headed to Toronto and Guelph this weekend for Cattlemen’s Young Leader activities that will include stops at corporate headquarters in the city and farm visits as well.
We were able to complete haying early in the week and actually have all the bales hauled and stacked in the yard. Using two custom bale hauling trucks greatly reduces time, fuel and machinery needs on our part to get the job done. Bales were hauled and stacked in a day and a half.
We are in the process of making some herd tours to past customers and fellow breeders of several different breeds who we can potentially learn from and whose company we enjoy. Shari will also have her first sale of the fall for LiveAuctions.tv as we travel to Innisfail for the Willow Springs Angus Dispersal on Thursday, September 4th.
Preparations are also underway for the Big Gully Farm Youth Breeding Cattle Judging Clinic and Contest to occur on Saturday, October 4th here at the farm. Any interested young people are encouraged to attend and can contact me for any further information.
As always if you are in the area, please feel free to stop and we would enjoy visiting with you.