Friday, July 25, 2008

Howdy, and Some Cattle For Sale

7/25/08 - 6th Day - Mid-Morning. Preparation of the Sabbath. Nice and cool this morning, but it is supposed to be blistering hot for the next 5 days or so. Oh well, July is almost over, and then we are on the downslope heading to October and Super-Ranchfest.

Ok, so I have to sell some of my cattle. The herd is about to multiply, and I have to thin it out. The other day, we had to move Chico, our yearling full-blooded pure longhorn bull, to our lower pasture because he was starting to "come of age" around some of our longhorn heifers (his half-sisters). So I will be trying to sell or trade Chico, or Chico may be one of two or three that go to the butcher come late fall. Here is the latest picture of Chico:


Chico is a great looking bull, and he has the classic pure longhorn look. He is out of Holga and the great young bull Quitachon. Both his sire and his dam are very gentle, and so is Chico. He will be one year old in August. If you are interested in Chico, I will post or email you a better and more close up picture. I would be willing to take $500 for Chico.

Most of my regular readers are familiar with Maria. She was the first cow we purchased here at the ranch, and she is the mother of Pita, who we are currently training to ride and pull. Maria is a Longhorn/Watusi cross (1/2 of each) and has some fabulous horns:

Maria is beautiful, and would make an awesome front pasture showpiece. She is only about 5 years old, so she has a lot of horn growing to do. I will be selling her along with her second calf Mariana, who is coming up on a year old in August. Maria is also very pregnant, and is due to drop another calf sometime in the end of August. So I am selling Maria as a "3-fer". I would be willing to take $1200 for pregnant Maria and Mariana. Remember, Mariana is 3/4 Longhorn, as will be Maria's newest calf.

I will be trying to sell these cattle for the next month or so, but if they do not sell, then it is likely that Maria, Mariana, and Chico will go to the butcher sometime in the fall. If you are interested in buying any of them, let me know. I am also willing to make a deal if someone wants to purchase any or all of them for the superior grass-fed organic beef. Delivery is available, but will be expensive.

Peace y'all,

Michael Bunker


4 comments:

Mountaintop Mornings said...

Michael,

If we had more land, we would buy one of those longhorns from you. They are truly amazing creatures! My husband and I developed a liking for them when we lived in Utah and saw our first one "close up" at the fair. Your Maria is beautiful!

A question about your mesquite coffee...could the pods be grown up north? Maybe in a greenhouse? I live in WV and I have to say I'm not the best gardener, but would love to be able to grow these and make my own coffee and tea...it sounds delicious!

Brandi

Michael Bunker said...

Mountaintop,

As great as Mesquite Coffee is, I would NOT recommend that anyone plant a mesquite pod, bean, or tree. Mesquite is one of the most invasive species known to man, and it is next to impossible to get rid of. Mesquite is not indiginous to Texas, but has really taken over, and it is because of Mesquite and mountain cedar that we are having such water problems. 200 years ago this area was running with creeks and rivers, but an adult Mesquite tree sucks 10 gallons of water per day, and one can produce HUNDREDS of more plants. If you chop it down, it will grow right back from the root, and will produce a very big and nasty thorn bush. Anyway, if you don't want to become world famous in your region for completely destroying the natural habitat, do not plant mesquite. I don't think it would grow up there anyway, it is a desert plant.

Hey Tabletop Homestead! Don't plant them in Oklahoma either unless you really want to be famous!

Thanks,

Michael

Mountaintop Mornings said...

Ha! Good to know! I guess I'll just be buying some from you!

Brandi

Judy said...

Oh I don't know, famous might be fun. LOL. I grew up with them in SW Oklahoma and there are some patches around here, I just haven't caught them with beans on them. They followed the old cattle trails. I read that they brought the beans with them from south Texas to use as horse feed, and horse manure is perfect medium from spreading all kinds of seeds. The trees are much bigger in south Texas, more like bushes here and in SW Oklahoma, only with enormous root systems. The water issue bears thinking about, though. Thanks.

Judy