The 2018 sale date is February 14, 2018 at Stockman's West in Dickinson.
We are once again preparing for sale day, February 14, 2018 as well as getting ready for calving. This seems to roll around quicker and quicker every year.
2017 was a year for the record books. Southwest North Dakota was in one of the worst droughts in recent history.
We received 1.5" of rain from March 2017 till the end of July when we received about 3 inches of rain. Needless to say the pastures and hayland suffered as did the grain crop. Our bale count was 10 percent of a normal year and we did not combine an acre because we cut all of our wheat crop for hay. The canola was not harvested either.
The 3" of rain saved our silage corn which has been used in all of our rations. We purchased hay to cushion our own stock pile and hopefully will have enough to have some excess for next year. Our area is still in a drought and we are praying for moisture in the coming months. We have culled extremely hard throughout the summer and have strengthened our genetics because of it.
The yearling bulls have developed well and I believe they are the strongest set we have ever raised. We have never been number or fad chasers, instead breeding for high performing cattle with sound feet and legs, good udders, and workable dispositions. EPD's have been used since they were introduced but we believe they are simply another tool to be utilized and not the end all in the selection process.
Our selection process has remained steady through the years, utilizing AI and ET to enhance our cowherd. In looking through our herd bull selection, you will find a number of bulls raised on the ranch that have had a significant impact on our herd. They have held their own against some of the top AI sires in the breed. That is why I believe you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to the use of EPD's and the ever-changing formulas developed by the scholars working for the AHA.
We have striven to lower birth weights and increase marbling, without sacrificing overall performance. We are proud of the fact that 8 of the herd sires we use and have pictured on our website have been designated CHB sires by the American Hereford Association.
We have been blessed with a wonderful family. Our oldest daughter Megan and her husband Dusty Dukart have been blessed with 3 boys, Hudson, Hoyt, and Hayes. There is no stone left unturned when they show up, and they really like to help do chores and work cattle.
Lindsey and her husband Drew Courtney have two daughters, Avery and Ella, whom we are able to stay in contact with through the wonders of modern communication such as FaceTime. Drew farms near Oakes, ND and Lindsey is a Kindergarten teacher.
Aaron, our son, is at home helping as much as he can. His time has become more limited at home as his responsibilities at The Livestock Link have increased. He also works as an auctioneer when time and sales allow him.
We thank you for taking the time to browse our website and hope to visit with you on sale day or on the internet.
We welcome your visit to the ranch any time.--Gary Friedt