From the operation’s beginning until 1996, all of the Redland Angus cows were spring calving. In 1996 just before time to AI cropped (artificially inseminate), Sharon was diagnosed with cancer. “We were getting burned out on the typical purebred deal anyway – calve early and run them through the barn, ” said Kendrick. The heifers had already been synchronized so they bred them then went to Omaha as the doctors recommended for treatment. With doctoring and surgeries, it was September before they had time to breed the cows. Through the grace of God, everything fell together – Sharon & Kendrick beat the cancer and they began running their registered cows in a summer calving program.
THE CATTLE . . . Kendrick & Sharon don’t have hired hands so minimizing labor has always been their goal. The cows are split into two bunches, around 300 spring calvers & 300 summer calvers. The heifers they bred before leaving for Omaha continued the spring calving herd, the cows begin calving the first of March, the summer cows start calving in June. The only advantage the first calf heifers get is calving in a separate pasture from the cows. “We pay attention to genetics and use a little common sense,” said Kendrick of their choice to use mostly older, proven bulls to avert calving problems. The June born calves are kept on cows as long as possible through the winter, while spring born calves are weaned in September.