I’ve been a Seed Stock producer of small to moderate Frame Score Cattle – for a living – since 1998. Karl E. Falster
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Four Questions to Ask – F.A.Q.
When I wrote our 1st Falster Farm web site in 1999, a feature that got the most hits was F.A.Q. This quickly grew to cover a lot of questions and emails. Eventually, Nancy and I started posting to BEST EMAIL OF THE YEAR. Then Google changed their protocols and I had to change our web site, and eventually the F.A.Q. Blog got dropped.
I believe I’ve been asked about every question about cattle rearing and selling that can be asked, literally from the 4 corners of the earth. While I continue to be amazed at the redundancy of some questions, there are four that are; or, should be on the mind of everyone interested in buying Live-stock:
- Can I see your cowherd? Read More
Many of our customers, especially those off-shore, buy from Falster Farm without ever touring our pastures. They ask, can you send me a photo? Yes, we do send a current photo, even a video; and, the specific vita about that critter, which can include pedigree and photo of the parents and maybe grandparents. When the University of the Philippines started a breeding program to improve their indigenous cattle, Professor emeritus Cilleo Felix spent two days investigating the issue of our herd sires before selecting two of our bulls to put into that program. Frankly, he said, we want cattle that will get fat on grass alone. The cost of the bull goes forward into the history of the herd.
- What’s your culling program?Read More
So many neophytes state “I’m just looking for a cheap cow or bull, maybe you have a cull to sell?” Bless your heart, we don’t sell culls except to the sale barn or the packing house. The means of selecting our breeding stock is stringent. Dr. Jan Bonsma of South Africa has studied cattle and their environment and realized that the bigger-is-better movement had caused cattle to genetically digress. Corn and supplements had been introduced as a fattening agent causing taste, texture and quality to plummet to an all-time low. With the introduction of corn and supplements, sustainability was no longer a feasible option in cattle industry. No cow or bull gets a second chance here.
- Do your cows work for you, or do you work for your cows?Read More
Are you producing cows with maintenance requirements that are too high to fit any environment – outside of a feedlot.
Are you a rancher feeding more and more expensive hay and supplements. That program will keep you busy, frustrated and broke. I can predict a change in genetics will get your young cows to breed back without feeding any expensive hay or supplements, be genetically resistant to fly’s. Yes grandpa you can do it. You can produce cows that fit your environment – instead of artificially changing the environment to fit yours cows.
To do this, purchase bulls with extremely low maintenance requirements. Pharo Cattle Company has spent the last 30+ years producing ultra-low-maintenance cattle that can increase pounds and profit per acre in every environment they have been placed in. Falster Farm is populated with those “low input” high-profit genetics.
- Can I sell the offspring and make a profit? Read More
If you are looking for a rural hobby that will pay for itself, or a means of increasing the return per acre of your farm or ranch, the predictable genetics of of our breeding program will work for you. We have a reproducible marketing program for the large or small producer. Just give us a call.
The reason these questions are so important is because (from whomever you buy) you are investing in that seedstock producer’s genetics. Your cowherd will eventually resemble the cowherd that your seedstock producer has.
Are his cows the right body size and body type? Before you buy, you need to know the difference between an easy-fleshing 4-frame cow and a lean, slab-sided 6-frame cow or bull. Most of today’s seedstock producers have 6 and 7-frame cows — “they eat a lot of groceries pard.” Does he make excuses for his cows and give them a second chance? Are his cows required to graze year-round with minimum inputs?
Are you just buying a bull? I asked grandpa this question one day. He said he always bought the most expensive bull he could buy because his calves always bring top dollar. Buying a registered bull that comes comes from a cattle cube supplemented line of breeding will be too expensive in the near and long term. His offspring will require as much supplements – or more.
Although most commercial cow-calf producers say they want efficient 1100 to 1200-pound cows that can wean 50% of their own weight without being pampered, supplemented, inoculated, calves pulled etc. — they continue to buy bulls that were produced by 1400 to 2000-pound cows that must be pampered and supplemented with grain to stay in production. It’s no wonder they are working so hard just to break even.
“It’s only in kill or be killed combat that is too late to make a clean break.” KE Falster
As a former Scout for 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, I can tell you, we ain’t talking about life or death, we’re just talking about money. If you want to change or improve your outcomes, change and improve your inputs.
“Raising Food Fit To Eat, and Teaching Others how To Do The Same.”