PURE GRASS BEEF
Grass Bred to be Grass Fed
2014 Galloway cross calves
2014 3/4 Shorthorn 1/4 angus bull calf
2013 shorthorn hiefer and blue roan
Shorthorn cross calves, 2014
3 WAY CROSS, HALF SHORTHORN, HALF GALLOWAY-ANGUS
Shorthorn and Galloway cross cows and heifers, 2014
Shorthorn calves, 2013
Shorthorn cow and calf, 2013
Shorthorn bull, HHFS Amos, 2013
Amos with Galloway/Angus cross first calf heifer
Galloway Angus cross heifer, 2011
2012 Amos sired blue roan heifer (2496)
2012 blue roan heifers, bred to Angus bull, Winchester
Galloway X Shorthorn, Galloway sire.
some of the cows and bred heifers
Amos daughter and first calf
Amos sired bull calf from Galloway cross heifer
"a Galloway is a Galloway is a Galloway"
Amos sired 2013 Shorthorn heifer
Amos sired Shorthornbull calf, 2012
Shorthorn X Angus, Shorthorn sire
Shorthorn X Hereford, Shorthorn sire. This guy was a milk stealer and an escape artist.
Galloway X Angus, Galloway sire.
This cross has been marbling at 17 months with hanging weights right at 500 pounds.
FATEFUL ENCOUNTER WITH SHORTHORNS
In 2009 we started studying illustrations and reading 19th Century agricultural literature to improve our eye for the physical characteristics of old style cattle.
Breeder's Gazette, December 1917.
Ironically, the caption reads, "Northern Bred, Corn Fed, 'Nough Said"
An old illustration from Breeder's Gazette was our gateway to Shorthorn cattle. We resolved to breed animals with the rugged constitutions and superior carcass qualities of Blue-Roan, Blue-Grey and Prime Scot Shorthorn crosses. The old books held up these crosses, again and again, as the gold standard of prime beef.
"This is one of my favorite bulls in the group. He has all the classic indicators of being a great Shorthorn bull. He was researched and approved for the "Native" designation by the AMSS, and we're excited about the potential outcome and preservation on this bull. He is also the perfect representation of an "era of cattle" when Shorthorn's were in the top 3 breeds for North America. The old time breeders used to say "use a white horned bull every so often for genetics and for coloring". Well we were fortunate to have found this guy still in a tank in west central Minnesota, and as for white horned bulls. . . "they don't get any nicer than this"!"
Native Shorthorn bull from the 1960's, Sire of our bull, HHFS Amos
OUR HERD SIRES
We bought HHFS Amos, from Hidden Hill Farm Shorthorns in 2009.
Amos is an embryo transplant son of Remitall Choice Mint & HHFS Ashley.
Amos is not Native, but he is a Scotch Type. For Native designation, the animal must be pure Scotch blood on both sides of the pedigree.
Amos at 10 months, and Ivan at 12 months, in 2010.
My favorite cow, 96, at 14 years. This cow won't quit. We bought her daughter out of a commercial herd and I liked the daughter so much that I went back and bought the dam. She's about as feminine as a concrete block, but her record of reproductive fitness is perfect.
Galloway x Angus bull calf at 16 months. A son of 96, I should have kept him.
1496 at 18 months
1496 at 2 years, with her 2013 heifer calf, sired by HHFS Amos
1496's calf sired by HHFS Amos, 3 way cross
1849, White Galloway X Angus, at 6 months
Half sisters of the Galloway cross heifers
And, the Shorthorns and Shorthorn crosses of 2012.
Murray Grey from Australia, Speckled Park from Canada and Luing from Scotland are contemporary Scotch blends that have been stabilized into breeds. All have outstanding carcass qualities.