Earning and learning.

Save the heifer

The test of a farm can be rewarding at the same time a loss.

Another one of those Challenging Days yesterday!

Ever have one of your heifers prolapse?

The worst challenge of your farm life is to lose a calf but then the cow prolapses and you search to make sure no bad tears or bleeding. A hemorrhage of one of the two horns of a cows reproductive system. Will she pull through? Imagine the slime and slippery mess of organs as you are trying to put them all back in place – properly I might add. While dealing with the cow feces getting all over the organs and having to wash them off making the process even more slippery. Then holding in the organs in place and sewing up the outer lips to keep the organs contained – all while the cows still is contracting and trying to push all your work back out!

All this – while fighting off other cows – lookie loos trying to make sure you are not hurting the cow. Fighting the extreme freezing temperatures and a wind that will not stop. Frozen fingers – if not frost bitten!

Now to the next task. While trying not to get launched or kicked in the head – grab the cows hooves and turn the cow over so she can get to her feet. This is the kind of stuff that makes you stronger. It takes all you got and then more. Again it makes you stronger. Period.

Now – slap the cow on the ass and get her walking. You earned your badge for good work. Now Back to work and Good job! All else pales in comparison.

Margie RUBY Hometown

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Margie RUBY Hometown Registered Hereford Heifer Calf born July 26th, 2019 weighing 94 lbs at A Farm, LLC #afarmllc #afarm #registeredhereford #registeredherefords #cattle #heifer #hereford #cow

A Farm LLC Registered Herefords and Registered Belted Galloways

Registered Belties!

Karis Registered Belted Galloway BullJasmine Registered Belted Galloway Cow
Welcome to A Farm, LLC. Belties!

The Belted Galloway is a traditional Scottish breed of beef cattle. It derives from the Galloway cattle of the Galloway region of south-western Scotland, and was established as a separate breed in 1921. Belties are adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. This region is known to be damp and wet and sometimes a colder climate. They are naturally polled meaning with out horns. This can make Belties safer for other livestock who live in close proximity of them.

The Belted Galloway cattle are very healthy animals with strong immune systems and tolerate many climates. They have strong resistance against pink-eye, and congenital problems like dwarfism, Water head (internal hydrocephalus) when excess fluid is present in the brain, Hairlessness (hypotrichosis) and Rigid joints (arthrogryposis) etc. All of which are almost unheard of in the Belted Galloway breed. Belties can handle all types of weather like the frigid cold with their long hair and they also have a soft undercoat to keep them warm in colder temperatures. The head of the Belted Galloway has long hair around its ears, preventing frostbite as well. Even with all that hair they do well in the hottest of summers. Belties shed their hair when it gets too hot in the summer but not until it gets above 70 degrees daily from our experience. They enjoy swimming in our pond when it gets too warm or there are too many flies.

Our A Farm Belted Galloways find forge from everything around them. They will eat a lot of the forge other cattle are not interested in or leave behind. Our Belties are very docile, gentle and mostly very responsive to direction and herding. Really very gentle and easy to handle.

Our Belted Galloway dams also have strong mothering instincts, which is a plus for farmers who worry about the safety of vulnerable calves. Any nearby predators can be warned off by our protective Belted Galloway dams; however, as with every breed, this kind of aggression should be treated with caution, and extra care should be taken around a volatile dam of any breed and her offspring. In the case of our Belted Galloway bulls, visitors should always be alert and be wary of the danger! But our A Farm Belted Galloway Bulls are dog gentle and very easy to handle. 🙂

Our Belties come in red, dun and black colors. Most of our A Farm Belties are completely full of curly hair and some have a little straight hair mixed in with the curly hair. Either way, I am sure you will find a Oreo Calf, Cow or Bull that you will love – they are hard to resist!

Keep an eye out for any of our “Oreo Cows” that come up for sale. It is hard for us to let go of our A Farm LLC Belted Galloways!

Belltrain Registered Hereford Bull

Registered Herefords!

Registered Herefords

Welcome to the A FARM, LLC. Registered Polled Hereford Herd! The Hereford is a British breed of beef cattle that originated in the county of Herefordshire, in the West Midlands of England. The Hereford breed makes for efficient production, high yields, good maternal milk production, excellent meat quality, early maturity, high performance on forage based diets, adaptability – the Herefords thrive in a wide variety of environmental conditions, excellent temperament, easy calving ability, good fertility with sound reproduction, and longevity which are of utmost importance. Check out and Join the American Hereford Association and see their Hereford History page. Our USA MADE All American Hereford Breed is hard to beat.

I can really tell the difference in the way Hereford beef tastes in comparison to Angus or Highland or Charolais beef. Hereford Beef is a more clean and a fine and milder flavor. Charolais has a nasty gamey taste. Kind of like the difference between crappie and other fish. Angus has a more bold – wild taste. Kind of like the difference between dark beer and light beer.

A few studies by some researchers tends to show that abundantly marbled steak from the following eight beef cattle breeds would rank for taste from best on top then down or in the following order:
• Brahman
• Gelbvieh
• Limousin
• Charolais
• Hereford
• Simmental
• Angus
• Red Angus

I kind of agree – Brahman is tasty – really good and the fact Hereford is ranked higher than Angus is a fact I agree on. But Charolais should be dead last. Yuck! And I really do not know how Gelbvieh or Limousin got on the list because the majority of producers do not raise enough to get recognized by the general population or even feed the general population. When was the last time a menu at a restaurant even claim to or announced that they are serving these breeds.? 🙂

Hereford Quality Beef – now that is “What’s for dinner!”

Okay, now that we have taste out of the way and I hope I did not lose any of you with my simple and personal opinion, so let’s get to talking about producing and selling Hereford cattle. Our Registered Hereford cattle our the easiest to handle. They are gentle, a great disposition and responsive to direction or herding. The Hereford Bulls at A Farm, LLC are very docile and produce perfect calving weights. I should know because I have been sold a few bulls that produced 120lb or heavier calves and those bulls have been sold a long time down the road.

Starting the A Farm way! We had traveled some distances and hand picked from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri our start up Registered Hereford herd in 2016. We have been refining-improving since to grow a quality small base herd of Registered Hereford cattle. At A Farm, LLC we continue to buy high end cattle, some what costly cattle, but with the different genetics we are searching and adding to our herd. This means you will be resourcing from a great genetic pool of Registered Herefords. No better way to start or improve your Hereford herd. To remain small we move cattle pretty quick, so be sure and keep an eye out for our A Farm Registered Hereford Sales on Facebook and this website. In search of Quality Beef? – Make it Hereford! Make it A Farm Registered Hereford!