Tag Archives: Stocker Cows

Why Not Just Do It Right The First Time?

by Tammy Taylor

Most of you already know that due to health issues I wasn’t able to raise my beloved batch of bottle baby calves this year as I usually do, and as a result RancherMan purchased bottle-fed calves that had already been weaned to pasture so that I could still enjoy their cuteness.  (I love him for that)

Bottle Babies #TaylorMadeRanch
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The Sad Side Of Ranching – Dishonest Sellers?

by Tammy Taylor

Tough days.  I love raising bottle babies each spring but my health prevented it this year.  So RancherMan found someone selling a set of bottle babies.  They had already been weaned to pasture so that I could still get a dose of that bottle-baby sweetness.   When they were purchased this spring they were brought to our ranch.  That not only to allow me to scratch their necks every day but also for us to monitor them to make sure they would all do well in our program.  As they grew larger we began moving them to our offsite pasture to finish growing.

It's a sad fact of ranching life that sometimes you lose an animal to sickness or injury but doubly painful when you lose a calf from the seller's omission. #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Introducing The New Girls To Our Herd

by Tammy Taylor

We were forced to reduce our herd in 2011 and 2012 due to the gripping drought that held us captive those years.  We have maintained a lower stocking rate and use temporary stocker cows of different breeds during times when the grass was plentiful, selling them when the grass waned. It was a painful decision but that flexibility allowed us to continue our ranching operation and emerge strong.

New Stocker Calf Taylor-Made Ranch (640x479)

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Mentoring and Paying It Forward

by Tammy Taylor

When we first purchased our property neither one of us had ever lived or worked on a ranch and we had no idea where to start.  Thankfully one of our first local acquaintances was a veteran cattleman who purchased our first calves for us at a livestock auction.  Not only were we holding down full-time jobs in Dallas without flexibility to attend these auctions ourselves but we’d never been to an auction before and were very intimidated by the entire process.  This wonderful gentleman purchased those calves and brought them to his corrals to work them for us, then delivered them to our own fledgling ranch.  He is a valued friend and mentor even today.

Taylor-Made Ranch Stocker Calves

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New CowGirl Employees at The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

The drought of 2011 was a hard one on our NE Texas ranch but somehow we struggled through.  However the subsequent consecutive year of drought in 2012 forced us to sell off some of our hand-picked registered Hereford breeders in order to assure there was grazing and water available for our remaining herd.  Thankfully the winter rains came and replenished our ponds. We were able to get through that year by utilizing stocker animals to add to or take off our pastures as the grass came and went during the seasons.

Taylor-Made Ranch Barn Pond

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Self Employment Benefits and Risks

by Tammy Taylor

Working for yourself requires a special dynamic.  You must wear all hats – Public Relations Manager, Information Technology Director, CEO and CFO.  And your paycheck doesn’t come at all unless you do your job well, even with circumstances that are beyond your control.  Last year we purchased our stocker calves the same as we do each year.  We brought those calves home and gave them their health workup and immunizations.  We poured them for parasites and castrated and dehorned where needed.  Then we put those calves out on the most lush green winter pasture we had ever had.  They were calm and happy, and they grew fat off of our careful attention to detail.

Taylor-Made Ranch stockers winter pasture

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Wild Cow! Staying Safe On The Ranch

by Stacy Taylor

We’ve all heard this at one time or another. Maybe at the vet, maybe at the auction or even while helping a friend work some new cattle. Wild cow! No matter how hard you try or how carefully you watch them come through the ring, once in a while you end up with one. And once you get them home it doesn’t take long to figure out that this cow is going to be trouble.

Taylor-Made Ranch - Wild cow

Photo courtesy of 7SC Ranch – wrangling a wild cow for Taylor-Made Ranch

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