We are committed to providing lean, pasture-raised, grain-finished limousin beef.
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Jim and Amy anderson
About Our Limousin Herd
Each February the first time mothers (heifers) start having their calves, then the cows start in about March. There are approximately 70 cows in our current herd. Some of these girls are 10+ years. Year after year they each give us one beautiful calf. They are gentle and excellent mothers. Nearly all of them are from our own breeding over the years. They are turned out to green pasture in the spring for eight months with their calf and a selected bull. In the fall the calves get weaned, we bring the cows back home, and we feed them all winter with the hay we have grown and harvested on our fields in Stanwood.
At any given time, we have approximately six bulls that we bring in and out of breeding rotation, recognizing it is essential to maintain variety in the genetics of the herd. Since the Limousin breed is not as well know here in the Pacific Northwest, we travel to the Midwest to select our breeding bulls. They are selected for their economical traits, disposition, conformation and genetics. They are purchased as yearlings, once they arrive we develop them slowly, by the time they are two years old they are ready to be turned out full time with selected females. Each year they will get 20-25 cows to roam the pastures with for several years until we get 80-100 calves out them.
Most all of our calves are born at home. Calving starts in mid-February and continues through May. It is a daily task checking all the cows for any trouble with calving. They are brought into the nursery (a large 12x12 pen with fresh straw) for the first 3 days of their life to bond with their mother. They get a dose of probiotics and and ear tag, and off they go with the rest of the herd. One winter we had 21 calves in one week. All our bull calves become steer calves, and some of the heifer calves are hand selected and kept as replacements for the future. In the Spring we sell some yearling steers and heifers to other farmer ranchers for their programs. The rest of the calf crop feeds our beef system.