We raise our calves on good quality pasture and their mama’s milk. Our herd is Santa Gertrudis, a breed proven to be one of the world's leading and most efficient producers of quality beef. Our cattle are given no growth hormones or steroids; they are not fattened on grain; they are not fed antibiotics, and we are handle them through certified Beef Quality Assurance standards.
Our current herd sire is a purebred polled Herford bull named “Cool Hand Luke”. Luke follows “Johnny Cash” appropriately named for his breeder and because he sang to his "ladies" as they walked. Our Gert cows also play an important role in this cross-breeding programs making significant contributions in both maternal and growth traits. With Johnny and Luke we are raising create outstanding female calves or “red motts”, which are in high demand as mama cows and annually are sold to other breeders as F1 replacement females. The Santa Gertrudis female is known for her above average milk production and mothering traits; by crossbreeding these with a purebred polled Hereford, we are capitalizing on the hybrid vigor of both breeds. Our male calves are allowed to grow in the pasture alongside their mothers and eventually are sold in our grass-fed beef program each fall.
We value our Gerts for their excellent mothering abilities, adaptation to our Southern climate, excellent milking ability, and wonderful beef, and we continually work to improve the genetics of our herd by breeding our own exceptional females. The Santa Gertrudis lineage of our herd can be traced some 50+ years, and by knowing each female, we strive to capitalize on the strong points of each female line. Our cattle are raised humanely in a natural, low-stress environment; each one has a name and is a friend. We spend time with our cattle every day and work them by Beef Quality Assurance standards for handling cattle. Happy animals make better tasting beef!