To give you a bit of background on Matt and I. Matt is the youngest of three children and the only son to his parents. He grew up just south of our home town on a farm where his grandparents began their foundation farm. His grandfather spend over 40 years working with his angus herd to prefect his genetics. In my opinion he was very successful being one of the only farms where the agriculture minister of Japan hand picked from his herd to ship back over seas to Japan. Matt’s dad slowly began to be more involved in the farm and it began to grow at a rapid pace. When at their maximum they ran about 500 head of pure bred angus cattle. This is where we received our starting herd from, or as we call it “Matt’s education fund”.
Matt’s mom was the youngest of 5 and daughter to a cook and an auctioneer. She spent a lot of time entertaining herself as they went from auction site to auction site.
As for myself my family had their homestead northeast of our hometown. I am the middle child of three girls. The farm was ran by a few of my relatives. My grandfather was a large part of it but he tragically passed away when my dad was just 11 years old. They raised mostly commercial cattle with a very large Hereford influence. My uncle Lewis was the main operator on the ranch. As my dad got older he became way more involved and eventually took over the farm. At our peak we were just under 200 head.
My mom spent a lot of time traveling, my grandfather was a man of many trades. He drove truck, school bus, operated well sites, owned a drilling company and farmed a variety of different animals. As for my grandma (Baba) she was a stay at home mom who spent all of her time looking after the kids and the farm. They had all kids of animals including chickens, geese, ducks, ostriches, emus, sheep, turkeys, cattle, elk and who knows what else! So this is where we came from, a little town with a population of 2500 people. It may not be perfect to most but it’s what you make of it. This is our home and we love it. So here we are farming our herd of 50 Angus/Hereford influence cattle and our small flock of 6 sheep! We also keep busy with our 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 guard donkeys, 2 miniature horse and 6 Quarter horses. Who knows what’s next in store for us but I do know this is just the beginning!