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Changing gears and changing direction
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:23:35 AM »
For once I think I made a decision using my head instead of just my heart and we have decided to disperse most of our cow herd on October 18th at Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK. There are several reasons for this decision but the main ones are recent health issues and Mother Nature's warped way of using us.  We do not want to leave this business so we are planning to just change the direction we have been going. Here is what has happened to lead us to this direction:
Late last fall, I came home from Agribition with a virus that resulted in giving me a very dry cough. My doctor said I had a virus and there was nothing I could do but drink lots of fluids and get lots of rest. Once it had run it'course I would return to normal.  The dry cough lasted for months and it was much worse when I was in the warm house than when I was outside working with the cattle. By mid Febraury, I was still coughing, but I also realized that I was getting weaker and was short of breath. The work really became work!  My doctor agreed that something else was going on, so he sent me for an xray and found out that I had fluid build up on my lungs. That was corrected with a water pill, and I felt much better in a few short hours. The doctor said that fluid on the lungs can be caused by a few different things, including having some heart issues. He started sending me for more tests and an echocardiogram showed that I had some irregularities with my heart.
About two weeks ago, after a few more tests, a heart specialist informed me that I have had a heart attack sometime in recent months. This was complete news to me as I had no idea this had happened. Now I am headed to have a bunch more tests done to see if there is any more damage that will have to be repaired. I was told that the virus I had, had eventually attacked my heart. He said this is a rare occurrence but he had seem 3 others this year that had the same thing happen. I am mentioning all this, to let everyone realize that sometimes a simple cough can possibly lead to some health issues you never saw coming.
To add to this, my wife Chris has had 3 eye surgeries in the past 3 weeks for 3 separate detached retinas. The eye surgeon has already told her that if it happens again, there is no more than can be done and she will lose sight in that eye. Right now, she is lying low and doing everything the doctor told her, so healing can occur properly. Her fear is that this may also happen in her other eye at some point in time.
All this, along with the devastating drought we have experienced this year, has made us look at what we are doing and how we do it. I simply do not want to leave the cattle business and the Shorthorn business. The past few years have been a lot of fun and I have finally realized some of my long term goals of developing a commercial market for Shorthorn bulls. In the past 3 years, over 90% of our bulls have sold to commercial producers and we are finally seeing some large ranch operations add some Shorthorns to their breeding program.
We have had excellent private treaty sales of females in recent years and we have reduced our cow herd numbers simply because we are not getting any younger but we have retained females that work... not just look pretty.
Our plan is to only keep a few older cows as well as all of the bull calves and most of the heifer calves. Our March Sun Country sale will continue as usual on March 6,2018. We plan to implant more embryos in co-operator herds and either buy the calves at weaning or partner with them until they are sold. We have only made this decision a couple days ago, and have only told a few people and I have already had one good commercial operation say they would be willing to use some of their cows to put embryos into. Hopefully our plan will allow us to have a bit more free time to do more things we want to do in this business. 
I have always considered myself to be very blessed to be able to do the only thing I have ever wanted to do. I have never had a job other than raising my cattle and I have experienced the cattle business in many of the various segments from running our family feedlot, to having a commercial herd, to having purebred herds of several different breeds. Today we only have our purebred Shorthorn herd and 2017 is the 100th anniversary of purebred Shorthorns being on our farm.
I will post some pictures of some of the sale offering and some more information shortly.
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 12:31:38 PM »
Good luck to you as you make your changes.

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 01:55:03 PM »
Good luck with your new plan. Put me on your catalog list, please.

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 02:21:16 PM »
Good Luck Grant and Chris it will be a once in a life time sale.  (clapping)
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 06:31:41 PM »
re dispersing your purebred cows and herd sires?  If so when you get your catalogue put together post the link here.
I hope that you do not have heart damge requiring openheart surgery. That can knock the wind out of your sails.

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 06:48:50 PM »
Grant, I hate to hear about your health issues. I also hate the dispersal, but I understand. Best of luck with both and please make sure I get a catalog.
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 06:59:06 PM »
Grant, I hate to hear about your health issues. I also hate the dispersal, but I understand. Best of luck with both and please make sure I get a catalog.

I have real mixed emotions about doing this, but this blasted drought has made this decision seem more right for now. Until I find out if I am going to be laid up with some ticker fixing, I need to be ready to take that on. Right now, I feel fine for a guy my age who has a few aches and pains most everywhere in my body. And I have reminded myself many times over the past few days that "they have not quit making cows." I am fortunate to have embryos from several of my best donors and I will offer to pay the flush costs on a few cows and split the embryos with the buyer. As I said in my previous post, this is only a change in direction and for that reason I hate to call it a dispersal as dispersal usually means " the end". This is hopefully not " the end of Shorthorns here.
I will add you to the list for a sale catalog.  Since posting on here this morning, I have already had messages from England, and several from the US. The fellow from England asked me to book him a room for the sale.
 
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 08:31:33 PM »
Can those embryos come to the USA?

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 10:19:46 PM »
Can those embryos come to the USA?

Yes all the embryos we will offer will be exportable to most countries.
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2017, 08:31:38 AM »
Hi Grant

I have been away and I just noticed your posts

Health is more important than other things
I wish you and Chris all the best.       

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2017, 10:04:02 AM »
Wishing you and Chris a speedy and complete recovery from your respective challenges.   Maybe now you will have time to write that book on Shorthorn History that we have all been anticipating. 
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2017, 02:48:11 PM »
Good luck Grant. Hope you and Chris are back to feeling your best soon with a little less stress on your plate. I'm a young guy but was born with many health issues and had two heart surgeries before I was 18, so I can feel for you there.

Your sale may be as good a reason to come to Canada the first time as any. We will definitely be in the market for an outcross donor prospect and embryos.

Everything will work out and I'm sure we'll see and feel your influence in our breed for another hundred years. And don't expect us to stop asking for your stories anytime soon!
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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2017, 06:04:56 PM »
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Good luck Grant. Hope you and Chris are back to feeling your best soon with a little less stress on your plate. I'm a young guy but was born with many health issues and had two heart surgeries before I was 18, so I can feel for you there.

Your sale may be as good a reason to come to Canada the first time as any. We will definitely be in the market for an outcross donor prospect and embryos.

Everything will work out and I'm sure we'll see and feel your influence in our breed for another hundred years. And don't expect us to stop asking for your stories anytime soon!//// WELL PUT O0

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2017, 11:15:40 PM »
Good luck Grant. Hope you and Chris are back to feeling your best soon with a little less stress on your plate. I'm a young guy but was born with many health issues and had two heart surgeries before I was 18, so I can feel for you there.

Your sale may be as good a reason to come to Canada the first time as any. We will definitely be in the market for an outcross donor prospect and embryos.

Everything will work out and I'm sure we'll see and feel your influence in our breed for another hundred years. And don't expect us to stop asking for your stories anytime soon!

Justin, I have always got time for stories.. haha!   If you are thinking of coming up for the sale, remember you will need a valid passport to get into Canada. 
I had the misfortune to lose my sister to your Ruby last spring. She was very close to calving and I put her in a calving pen. I went back 40 minutes later and she was dead in the pen. An autopsy showed that she had an artery break and she bled to death internally. That is a new one for me, as I have never seen or heard of this happening before. She had a gorgeous red neck roan heifer calf and of course it was dead as well.  I have a daughter that now has her second calf. Both have been standouts. This year's Free Spirit bull will be shown this fall.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2017, 07:29:19 AM by justintime »
Experience is what you get when you don't have it when you need it.

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Re: Changing gears and changing direction
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2017, 11:25:35 PM »
Here are a couple females that will sell October 18th: 
1) CYT Sparkle Girl 0166 - she has been a donor here and she resulted from an embryo sold to Cyclone Trace. She is a daughter of Alta Cedar Samurai and Prairie Lane Sparkle 1K. We have sold embryos from her to England, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Australia and Canada.
2) HC Julie 28A  - Junior Champion female at Canadian Western Agribition. She has continued to develop into a beautiful young cow. She sells bred to our Free Spirit herd sire.
Experience is what you get when you don't have it when you need it.

Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and bad breath!
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity
If love is blind... why is lingerie so popular?
The only thing worse than an idiot ... is an educated idiot!

 

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