Friedt Herefords Production Sale February 13, 2019.
The 2019 sale date is February 13, 2019 at Stockmen’s West in Dickinson, ND.
We are once again preparing for our 2019 sale and calving. Both of which seem to approach rather quickly after the New Year.
Thankfully, 2018 brought more moisture early in the summer than the previous year. Our hay crop was near average and the crops did well. We received very little rain in July and this was evident when looking at the pastures. Nonetheless our cows and calves continued to perform well. The bull calves were weaned mid-October, but a large group of cows remained on pasture until after Thanksgiving, proving the hardiness of the Hereford breed. December brought above normal temperatures and allowed us to graze corn stalk stubble after combining was complete.
We are again offering a strong set of yearling bulls. These bulls are proving to be high performing and are structurally sound on their feet and legs. Their quiet dispositions have made them easy to handle and work with. We are also offering a thick set of two year old bulls that will be ready for breeding season. These bulls have grown well over the fall and are as quiet as they come.
Weaning weight performance can be enhanced by creep feeding. The weaning weights on the bulls and heifers were taken with no creep feed. We believe in developing our cattle to enhance their soundness and usefulness. After weaning the calves are developed with cracked corn, distillers grain, soybean hull pellets, and a mineral package, along with corn silage and free choice hay.
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 4 boys, Hudson, Hoyt, Hayes, and Holden. Holden was born December 17, 2018. 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 took a new position this past fall as a special education 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. He recently got engaged over Christmas to Tatian Stennes. 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.