Just wodered how everybody got into the cattle business (large or small) . I was born into it my great, great grand mother had a very highly respected herd of shorthorns back in the late 1800's . I guess there has been cows in the family ever since.
shortyjock89 said:Well, I guess it's time for Shortyjock89's story hour, with your host, SJ89 a.k.a. Justin Olson. Okay, I'm the fifth generation to live and work on this farm we have in East Central Illinois. My great great grandfather came from Southern Sweden in the 1880's. He came to Illinois and learned how to farm the land. On top of that he learned our Currency and our language. He was a very enterprising man. His son, my great grandfather, acquired alot of farmland in his life and started our beef herd in the early 1900's. We had Shorthorn with a couple of Hereford and Angus thrown in. We also had a top notch dairy division that included Jerseys for showing and Guernseys for milking and fostering orphans. We also had Duroc and Landrace pigs. When my grandfather started running the farm, he sold the Shorthorns and Herefords and the Dairy cattle (after my uncles got done showing them). He concentrated on having an excellent Angus herd and did really well with them. I think he won our state fair a couple times, and sold some really high dollar cattle. He also sold Duroc x Landrace pigs for terminal cross show barrows. My dad didn't like the Angus calves because they were so hard to break, so he showed Shorthorn steers locally, and showed Chi's on the national level with a family he knew. My dad was also really into team roping and other such rodeo activities. After my dad was done showing, all the cows got sold except for feeders, and then the Horses left when I was about a year old. Then, when I got a little older, we got back into the Shorthorn breed and I've been showing ever since. I'm proud of my heritage and the determination that my ancestors had to make a better future for our family.
I really enjoy reading about all of your folks' families and it gives the Planet a real sense of community I think! (clapping)