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Breeder of South Poll Grass Cattle

Posts Tagged ‘Sassafras Valley Ranch

Pregnancy Checking Cows and Heifers

December 7, 2011

Previously, we have written about the various tools and techniques we use to evaluate our cattle, primarily heifers.  Those practices are: Rating system of our Missouri herd by our partner, Bruce Shanks, Sassafras Valley Ranch, Belle, Missouri DNA evaluation via tail hair by Igenity Linear measurements or physically measuring certain areas of the live animal […]

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Linear Measurements to Evaluate Heifers

November 27, 2011

With the help of my friend, JB, we recorded linear measurements on our Holiday Ranch cattle back on November 8th when all animals were worked through the chute.  We used homemade PVC pipe measuring tools adapted from those used by Gerald Fry.  Gerald is probably our country’s number one advocate for linear measuring. The information […]

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Evaluating replacement heifers with DNA

November 27, 2011

How do we at Holiday Ranch evaluate which heifers to keep?  Let me tell you, it is a very arduous process. As stated in our previous post, our Missouri partner, Bruce Shanks, has previously evaluated these heifers visually for multiple traits.  The very best have been selected to come to Florida to be developed and […]

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Chief, Newest South Poll Bull to be Honored

September 9, 2011

Hey everybody.  I’m back!  It has been a long, hot summer at Holiday Ranch.  I have been busy with my vegetable gardening and canning, plus a number of other obligations that kept me from writing.  I promise to do better now that things are slowing down a bit. The first item of exciting news is […]

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He’s Ba-a-ack! South Poll Bull M480

May 18, 2011

When Holiday Ranch started in the South Poll business with 40 cows back in 2004, we had Dave Roberts (South Poll guru and keeper of all knowledge) select our herd sire.  This “big boy” was M480.  We knew M480 must be special because his photo was featured in the Bent Tree Farms brochure when he […]

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Holiday Ranch Tender Heifer for Sale

May 15, 2011

Our friend Dave Roberts at Fort Payne asked us to reconsider consigning a female to the 2011 South Poll Field Day seed stock auction.  We did not have any females for sale, but because “Dave asked”, we came up with a real jewel. Allow me to introduce Debutante 10110: 10110 is very special.  Her sire […]

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2011 South Poll Field Day

May 15, 2011

The third South Poll Cattle Association annual meeting and field day will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th, at Bent Tree Farms, the home of Teddy and Linda Gentry and also the home of the South Poll breed, on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama.

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It’s a Miracle! You Can Grow Your Hair Longer and Thicker

November 28, 2010

A simple adjustment in latitude can make your hair longer and thicker.  It’s true!  If you are a South Poll cow… Seriously, consider the case of South Poll cattle, bred to withstand the South’s heat and humidity.  At  Holiday Ranch in Florida our South Polls are extremely slick-haired.  In Northwest Florida, latitude 30.35, it does get cold […]

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Yee-Haaa! South Poll Cattle Drive

October 25, 2010

We opened the gate, the cattle filed out onto the public blacktopped highway.

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Five Cent Tour: “Organics” at Holiday Ranch

October 24, 2010

Every week I learn something new and disturbing about our “industrial” food supply and the unhealthyness of those foods we presume to wholesome and nutritious.

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