KLM Farm brought the following 4 Beefalo to Fryeburg Fair this year; KLM Ranger, KLM Black Label, KLM Teaberry, and KLM Cherry Blossom. They had a good showing with KLM Ranger winning Sr. Champion Bull for A.O.B.
KLM Farm wants to congratulate Becky Mullen of Kennebunk, Maine, on her purchase of KLM Flash. She is planning on crossing him with her Chianinas Becky is the granddaughter of Orrin Nest of Nest, Nest and Mullen butcher shop in Kennebunk, Maine
KLM Smokey is out on loan to Walter Wormwood in Wells, Maine to breed his Angus cows. We are looking forward to their next years calves.
We still have a bull calf available for a 4-H'er as a steer project.
Here you can see Ken w/KLM Cherry Blossom and Me w/ KLM Teaberry
Here I am w/KLM Ranger who was the winning Sr. Champion Bull for A.O.B.
The 3rd picture this was take at Acton Fair Ken and I with KLM Ranger where he was Grand Champion bull, KLM Olive was Champion Female and won a silver plate.
Beryl Mtn View Farm
This has been a full year for us, we started the fall season with a wild rodeo of a herd check. The whole gang of grandchildren, spouses and friends Kelly & Rick helped us roundup each group. We had to play a bit of musical corrals, in order to get everyone in for their shots, dehorning, wormer, tattoos, snips and pregnancy checks. We were grateful no one got hurt (people that is, can’t say much for the once young bulls).
We are also proud to announce that our stud muffins; grand sire “Smokey Quartz” and first year sires - junior bulls “Bart” & “Biki” are doing a great job, we should expect a good bunch of little ones arriving this spring!
“Biki” is enjoying a new entourage of beefalo gals this fall, winter and spring. He is being leased by Tim & Blake Gowen – Tamarack Farm until June of 2016, at which time he will again be up for sale or another lease agreement.
We have added several new registered full-blooded heifers with high bison marker verification to our breeding program this year, we are excited to see the color variation in future offspring that these new girls will bring.
On a fun note...we chuckle to ourselves as we watch their winter coats starting to grow in, returning with them our beefalo’s full headed hairdos.
A GLIMPSE FROM THE PAST:
Did you ever stop to think how fortunate we small farm beefalo farmers are over large farms and ranches? It’s possible to know all our animals as individuals. They often are not just numbers but will have names, and memorable personalities.
For instance, has anyone ever had a Hildegard? Our Hildegard is the matriarch of our herd. She is the oldest, the largest, and always out front. She doesn’t need to be bossy because she is the boss. A little turn of her head left or right, or a short step forward tells the other beefalo her wishes. She always gets the most and best hay by checking each bale and keeping the best for herself.
When we first got Hildegard we didn’t know she could tell time. We had always run our lives quite leisurely, sleeping late on the weekends and often working on a chore until dusk. She wanted to be fed Hildegard time. Early was OK, but don’t be late! She would just “hop” over the electric fence to munch on the lawn or a cabbage or broccoli plant. She would go right back when the hay was served. It was her way of putting us on her schedule.
Hildegard doesn’t like to be touched or fused with. Strangers upset her. Imagine her anxiety when it was her turn to go through the chute at roundup time in the fall. The corral is six feet high, the gate five and a half feet. Hildegard cleared the top of the gate. It was quite a sight to see a huge animal like her jump that high. We just figured that was it for her fall work that year. But she has a weakness for grain, and knew there was a pail of grain in the chute. Back into the corral she went, down the chute for her share of grain, and then was caught to get her shots and a pregnancy check too. Dr. Leahy the veterinarian had the most amazed look on his face.