Holiday Ranch
Breeder of South Poll Grass Cattle

Archive for April 2010

So sad, the calf had to be put down

April 21, 2010

I am so sorry to report to all of you guys that have been following the progress of the premature calf that she had to be put down.  She began passing blood and her little abdomen was very distended.  She was struggling for breath and was suffering.  We did the humane thing and put her […]

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Tube feeding calf

April 20, 2010

Here are instructions for tube feeding a calf that were taken from  The articles were written by Gae-Lynn Woods and Regan Hennessy.  These instructions can be found here and here Feeding a calf with a feeding tube, a process commonly called stomach tubing, is a skill that every cattle owner should have. […]

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Premature calf still hanging in there!

April 19, 2010

I have noticed that some of you have inquired about the premature calf.  I want to let you know she is still with us.  We are still feeding her raw Jersey milk in a bottle and giving her B vitamin injections.  She is still weaker than you would expect at this age and she seems to […]

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Keys to Grass-fed Success

April 16, 2010

The South Polls were bred for high fertility, longevity, heat-tolerance, gentle disposition, slick hair and moderate frame size.

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Florida Grazing Lands Coalition Grazing Workshop

April 9, 2010

Today we are traveling to Kissimmee, Florida to the Florida Grazing Lands Coalition’s Grazing Conference.  I hope to pick up some really good tips from some of the experienced ranchers that will speak.  The University of Florida will present the results of some of their studies.  In the days that follow, I will share some […]

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Holmes Creek, a real jewel

April 6, 2010

Although I am a relative newcomer to Washington County, Florida, I sensed Holmes Creek was special.  My research on Holmes Creek has confirmed my belief Holmes Creek is a fragile, diverse ecological anomaly found no place else on earth.   The Choctawhatchee River/Holmes Creek Basin originates in Alabama and flows into the Choctawhatchee Bay, draining roughly 3,300 […]

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Cattle Egrets, They’re back!

April 5, 2010

Cow birds!  They’re ba-ack.  A sure sign spring is here.  Actually, they’re cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis), a type of heron, but the locals call them cow birds.  I had never noticed a cattle egret until our South Poll cows were delivered here to Holiday Ranch in 2004. The egrets are to be found in the […]

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Baby calf will survive

April 3, 2010

Update!  It appears the premature heifer calf is going to make it.  We had worried over her for days.  We have bottle fed her twice a day for 2 weeks and are giving her Vitamin B injections.  She is gaining weight.  I would not say she is 100% out of the woods yet, but she […]

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Ian Mitchell-Innes

April 2, 2010

Ian Mitchell-Innes was scheduled to speak at the South Poll Grass Cattle field day on May 8, 2010. We just received word that Ian had a previous hip replacement  and that replacement has just failed.  Ian is unable to travel to the United States and will be unable to speak at our field day. The […]

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