It's been plenty long since we've had an update. As we're 12 days away from our sale, it seems like a good time! This year marks our 7th Annual Bull Sale. Please join us for lunch, socializing, and the sale on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Each year we've tried to grow and expand. With that, we will be having a live auction sale with auctioneer Dan Zachmann, Zachmann Auction Service of Golva, ND. Maus Angus Ranch will be offering 26 quality bulls for sale this year. We will also be featuring 10 bulls from Fish Hook Cattle in our sale.
This year has been tough. There's no way to sugar-coat that. But, as we look towards next year, we have hope that next year will bless us all. In this industry, sometimes the best mentality is "there's always next year." So, as tough as this year was, look forward to the next year and what these bulls could provide to your herd.
With sires such as Resilient, Exclusive, Hickok, & Stunner, there is sure to be something that fits your program. From top to bottom, this is probably the most complete set of bulls we have offered to this point. As always, our program has strongly focused on using genetic traits that perform well and are durable, not chasing trends.
Our genetic program is always trying to move in a positive direction. This past calving season, we had our first embryo calves born. We had two of our cows that have been absolute staples in our program flushed for embryos. They produced as well in that department as they did for their 13 years of life. With that, we have started a small group of recipient cows. This has been a huge learning experience, but so very exciting for Maus Angus.
If you can't make it to the sale, stop by anytime. We can usually be found around the farm or in the shop on these cold winter days. We would love to help you find a bull that suits your needs.
Holy cow! It's been so long since we've updated you all. We could come up with tons of excuses.. summer work, fencing, harvesting, fall work, having a wedding, weaning, shipping, etc.. But to be completely honest, writing blog posts was pretty low on the to-do list for this summer and fall. Now that the work has slowed a bit, we finally have a little spare time to share some pictures and give our customers some updates!
2018 was quite the year at Maus Angus Ranch. We had some of the highest highs but also some of the lowest lows. One of the most exciting happenings of 2018 was our wedding! We truly had the best day and were so blessed by of our family and friends that braved the weather to celebrate with us! We have so much to be thankful for in 2018. One of the main things is the large pile of feed we were able to gather up after a long, hard winter and an extremely dry year in 2017. It was thrilling to open the end gate on the baler every time!
The summer and fall seemed to fly by. Harvest was early, but overall, we were blessed with a beautiful crop and luckily missed the hail storms. We thank God every day for that. We weaned and shipped calves in October and picked out our 2019 sale bulls. We have 18 bulls this year! We think there's one to please every cattleman.
We spent our Christmas with our families enjoying the time together. Justin won husband of the year when he agreed to take the horses out and cut down our first Christmas tree together. Our niece and nephew were able to spend a week up here with us and were thrilled to be able to pet the bulls.
Just a few days ago, we worked the bulls. We poured them, took weights, and did each of their freeze brands. We were lucky to have the 40 degree weather in January to do that job! We were pleased with how the bulls are growing and are very proud with the selection we have to offer.
One of the nicest things about these bulls, in Kaitlyn's opinion, is their temperament. They are so quiet and have been that way since weaning. In fact, a few days after they were weaned, Kaitlyn made her first friend in the bull pen when she found #513 liked to be scratched on!
We've been brainstorming about how to expand our customer base, so one of the new things we've done for 2019 is create and mail a bull catalog. It has basically the same information as the website, but as we know, many ranchers like to have the hard copy in their hands! If you didn't receive a catalog and would like one, please send us your address. We'd be happy to get one in the mail for you!
It's crazy to think in just over a month our registered cows will be calving. We're so excited to see what will be coming out of these cows and the potential bulls we'll have for 2020!
Here's to praying this mild weather continues through calving season! -Justin & Kaitlyn
It's been a while since we updated you all! The days seem to go by faster and faster. We're starting to really appreciate the longer days when the sun sets later and later. A few months ago, 7:30 felt pretty late, and now it's still light outside. This can really be a double-edged sword though; one moment it's great to have the daylight, and the next Justin wants to work until dark or later!
This weather we've been having doesn't make us feel much like spring is in the air. In fact, it feels as though we may just jump straight from winter to summer, but I sure hope that's not the case. The mud and muck is frustrating to deal with, but we welcome the moisture in any form it decides to come in.
Last year at this time, we were in the field planting already! It's crazy how each year can be so different. This year, we're not quite sure when we will be able to get in the field. But, when we do, we'll be planting oats and corn to harvest as hay and silage for the cattle. Many of the other crops we'll be planting, such as wheat, we hope will be successful and make it to harvest. Last year during the drought, we had to hay much of these crops in order to have enough feed to last the winter. We pray this isn't the case this year. The grass is starting to turn slightly green, so we have high hopes that spring is coming soon!!
We've just passed the peak of calving season with the commercial cows. We're on the downhill slide now! For the most part, things are going pretty well considering some of the weather we've had to deal with already. Calving earlier like we do does make for more work, especially with nights having temperatures in the single digits, and/or snow and wind. We said we wouldn't complain about the moisture, but my goodness, I'm sick of bedding barns and pens!
We are thankful that we've had fairly good luck with calving this season. It's rewarding to watch the calves out in the pasture on a day that we catch a glimpse of the sun; they're out there bucking and running around without a care in the world.
The bulls continue to grow. Soon, here, we will be out delivering bulls to our faithful customers! Hope you're all excited for the Maus Angus Ranch gear you get this year!! Anyone have any guesses what it will be??
We are planning to semen test the bulls once the corrals are semi-dry and it's not so terribly cold. Sometimes a good bull can "fail" their semen test simply because the weather is too cold and their sperm hasn't had the chance to become completely active. However, these bulls are in such good condition and have been treated well this winter. We have full faith that the bulls will pass their tests with flying colors!
Back a few weeks ago, over Easter weekend, Justin and I took engagement photos out here at the ranch. It was bitterly cold and windy. We nearly froze trying to get the perfect photos captured, but since Justin rarely takes photos, we had to take advantage of the moment! We also took advantage of the calm temperament of the registered cows and snapped a few photos with them and their calves.
We spent our Easter Sunday with family and friends enjoying a wonderful meal. Then, we prepared for what was to be another storm. We spent our afternoon trying to teach a sick calf to suck. Hours and hours went into this calf. My heart almost broke when the little guy didn't make it. This life is hard sometimes, it reminds me of the poem, "So God Made a Farmer." We give these animals, our livelihood, everything we've got. But sometimes, God has a different plan.
We lost a good friend and neighbor this week. He was taken suddenly and without warning. We're reminded in this situation how fragile life can be.
Until we meet again, Rest In Peace, Steve. Have a velvet dew for us.
For those of you that are currently calving or in the process of getting ready for calving, you will surely understand what I'm saying when I tell you that no matter how many pairs of gloves you left the house with this week you were gonna be one pair short by the time your day ended! WHAT A SNOW! Out here south of Golva we received a healthy foot of wet snow this past Monday, March 19. Hard to believe it, but it actually fell without any wind. Although the snow created a lot more work, and we often found ourselves having to use (or come up with) plans c and d you will not hear me do any complaining on this blog about it. It was some much needed moisture for the area, and it's giving us all a ray of hope that maybe our weather pattern has changed for the better.
As for the calving, things have been going good. It was an awfully busy past week trying to keep pens/barns bedded, and getting corrals cleaned out so we would have some dry places for not only the cows calving, but somewhere for the new pairs. You can't put a price on having good straw around for a time like this. I also want to state the fact that I believe it is 100% ethical to put an additional 30 lbs on any calf that you have to carry through mud/muck when your telling your friends especially wife/girlfriend about it. That may be the best exercise program out there, especially if you throw in the unpredictability of a snorting momma cow on your heels!
The AI calves have all been born on the registered cows and heifers, and am now starting to get some of the bull bred calves. I have been really pleased with the first few; they are out of bull I am really excited about. I really think he is the real deal. One of the thickest, heavy muscled and easy fleshing yearling bulls I have been around. He is a son of Connealy Courage. Also we have kicked off calving the commercial cows. This up coming week the calves should really be popping.
Much of the snow has melted now, and man have the creeks started running. Been a long time since a lot of these old water holes and stock dams have been freshened up, so this also has been a good thing. The topic of many of conversations this past week has been on whether or not any of this moisture is soaking in? If someone has an answer to that I would love to hear it. The frost is definitely working its way out, but it has been a slow process. Undoubtedly much of this snow has turned into run off, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that maybe a good amount of it was able to be soaked in as well. I can't stress enough on the benefits to pasture and hay land on getting that early spring moisture.
Hope this finds everyone well! I'm hoping spring has sprung and the pump is primed......I did notice the crows are back so that has to mean something!
Calving season has begun! We hope this time of year finds you all prospering. We're sure loving it so far. Justin's registered cows are the first to kick off calving. Since we AI'ed in May, we've been calving for a couple weeks already!
We started off calving season with a bang! February 24th found us with our first calf. A little bull out of our 108 cow. She's raised one heck of a bull for the past couple years. Again, she has provided us with a nice little bull calf weighing in at 70 lbs and sired by the well-known HA Cowboy Up. Check out this calf's half brother on "The Bulls" page. You can also view the sire photos, genetics, and EPD's on any semen distributor website.
The second cow to calve also has a bull calf available for sale this year on "The Bulls" page. Check out 1416! This good momma gave us twins this year! We are so excited and thankful that they arrived healthy, and that she was able to calve without assistance. These twins just so happen to also be bulls. We were thrilled to have two spunky calves, but also that we don't have to deal with a free martin situation.
We were pleasantly surprised that these twins were almost completely identical. In some twin situations, you have one large calf and one extremely small. These calves were exactly 4 pounds apart! Twin #1 (or Curly as Kaitlyn is calling him) was 60 lbs, and Twin #2 (Moe) was 64 lbs. These twins are sired by HA Cowboy Up, too. They so closely resemble one another that we actually had to put a little #1 and #2 on their tags so we could keep track of who is who!
Our AI'ed cows are now done calving, but we're still waiting for the other cows that didn't catch AI and the heifers are just kicking off! Of the cows that have calved so far, we've had about 85% bull calves!! We are so excited for these prospects and look forward to watching them grow!
We'd love to hear your calving stories or see some photos from your operation. Share with us in the comment section below!
Wishing you all a Happy Calving Season! -Justin & Kaitlyn