Tag Archives: Stocker Cows

Making New Friends

by Tammy Taylor

We raise registered Hereford cows as our primary ranch mission, but we also have stocker cows/calves that we keep on a shorter-term basis to make proper use of our pasture grass excesses.  We feel good about the fact that the stockers that come to TMR are treated kindly and are allowed to just be cows – grazing under that blue Texas sky and interacting daily with us and all their cow friends.  Our clients have said they appreciate the benefits of a calm animal that’s been treated with kindness and respect.  We think it’s just the right thing to do.

Taylor-Made Ranch 2013 Stockers

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Make Hay While The Sun Shines

by Tammy Taylor

There’s an old saying: “Make hay while the sun shines”. Although you can’t control the weather, it’s important when you work outside for a living to work as closely in tune with nature as you can. When I worked in a corporate environment in the city my days were much the same.  Get up, get dressed, drive to work – sit at a desk all day long, come home, LIVE LIFE.  (Shower/Sleep/Repeat).  Now that my days are filled with ranch duties workdays are not only much longer since we work weekends and holidays, they’re less comfortable since there’s no climate control in the pastures, and they’re infinitely more fulfilling since I LOVE what I do!

2-13 Taylor-Made Storm

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First Stockers of 2013

Many of you know that although we run a permanent herd of Registered Hereford cows and calves, we often purchase temporary stocker animals to utilize the grass that our herd doesn’t consume.  It was a hard lesson learned in 2011 when the strongest drought in decades gripped us here in NE Texas.  The grass was gone, hay could not be purchased and our ponds were drying up, we had to reduce our precious hand-picked herd to assure we had enough water and grazing for the remaining girls.

N Pond drying up
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