Holiday Ranch
Breeder of South Poll Grass Cattle

Posts Tagged ‘South Polls

Do You Want to Know A Secret?

May 21, 2015

Pssst… you want to know a secret? Did you know South Poll cattle are the best kept secret in the cattle industry? • South polls thrive and fatten on grass. They are “easy keepers”. Cattle are not created equal when it comes to cattle that thrive on grass with never any grain. • South Polls […]

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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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Charting Cattle Linear Measurements

November 28, 2011

Previously, we talked about taking measurements on our heifers. By using a radar chart or spider chart we learned about by reading a page at Rotokawa Cattle Co., we can first plot what the ideal body measurements and percentages should be according to Gerald Fry’s information on his website, Bovine Engineering.  These measurements are plotted […]

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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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Rating System for Replacement Heifer Evaluation

November 26, 2011

Learn how Holiday Ranch scores replacement heifers.

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Cattlemen of the Year

November 17, 2011

Kay and Cliff White were pleasantly surprised by the honor of Washington County Cattlemen of the Year bestowed upon them during the Farm City Banquet held in Chipley, Florida on November 17, 2011. The Whites purchased a portion of the late Coy Dyson farm on Highway 79 five miles South of Vernon in 2003.  They […]

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Cattle Birds Up North and Down South

September 9, 2011

When we talk about cattle birds in our herds, I realize that the birds are different depending on what latitude you are referring to. Case in point.  My friends Julie and Bill Totemeier live in New London, Iowa.  Recently Julie sent me photos of cattle birds gorging on flies and bugs on their cattle herd.  […]

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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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