Atrazine and Bull (male) development

I read a Dr. Mercola article a few months ago and was so stunned I shared it with a few friends who had experienced some bull development problems, as a partial explanation for what had caused the infertility issues their bulls had experienced. 

For those of you who live "across-the-road" from where this and other pesticides/herbicides are used, the problem is enhanced, shall we say. The following is an excerpt from the Mercola article...
"Independent research4 shows atrazine causes hermaphroditism in frogs (turning males into egg-laying females) by inducing an enzyme called aromatase, which causes overproduction of estrogen. For this reason, atrazine is also suspected of contributing to breast cancer. Research has also shown atrazine:

  • Blocks testosterone production
  • Is a potent endocrine disruptor
  • Chemically castrates wildlife and causes sexual reproductive problems in a wide range of animals, including mammals, birds, fish and amphibians
  • Induces miscarriage in laboratory rodents
  • Reduces immune function in animals

Studies looking at human cells and tissues suggest the chemical likely poses similar threats to human health. For example, one study linked atrazine exposure in utero to impaired sexual development in young boys, causing genital deformations, including microphallus (micropenis)."

My first concern is for you and your family. Beyond that, it is time to question why you choose live so close to these chemicals. Second, the toxic Epi-Genetics of your location don't allow full Genetic expression in your animals.

I use Redmond Conditioner as a first line of defense against these chemicals. I use it both, on the land to bind toxins in place, andin the mineral box to pull toxins that may have gotten into my animals, BEFORE they have a chance to have their negative effects. I have seen the Conditioner pull Roundup out of another man's heifers when all they had to eat was Roundup-Ready alfalfa. I don't have any first-hand experience with it's effectiveness with Atrazine.

Now that you have a little more information a problem arises. Do I ignore it or do I ACT on it?

Posted on September 21, 2017 .

Winter bale and swath grazing in Canada

I just watched a video from "On Pasture" that was put together in Canada. Quite a bit of good information packed into these four minutes. If you have never tried leaving your calves on through the winter months, there are a few pearls of what works and what does not contained in the video.

AND the next Fry/Campbell school is in two weeks in Alliance Nebraska.

Posted on August 22, 2017 .

Fort Wayne School Results and upcoming events

Gearld Fry and I presented for two days on: 1) what is the makeup of a superior bull, 2) how to "see" a good cow when you look at her, 3) what is the mineral requirement for both the cow and the bull, 4) soil, plant, animal health and how that either improves human health or increases the number of people seeking "After you get sick" care.

One attendee caught me at the first break and told me she felt she had already gotten her money's worth. We traveled to Seven Sons Meat Company on the second morning and looked at some superior bulls and  at a group of heifers that were close to fat. We talked about how to see the tenderness and flavor on the inside of those heifers and bulls by looking at eight or ten indicators on the outside of the animals. We had to leave the farm before all of the questions had been answered (which was truly too bad).

Gearld and I have upcoming events in Alliance Nebraska on the 8-9th of September and in Valdosta Georgia on the 27-28 of October.  If you are interested, please contact Steve via email at or by phone at 208-315-4726

The following is wording from our flyer...

Come with “eyes to see and ears to hear” two of the preeminent artisans in the grass-fed community. They will cover how to select, manage, and breed for the herd that will produce the most beef for every bite of grass.


Genetic management and grazing management are two sides of the same coin. If you don’t have the correct cow on your grass you do not get the highest utilization for each bite of grass she consumes, regardless of the type of grazing strategy you implement on your ranch.


Selling grass through cows is how cattle-people make their livelihood and that requires a specific body type/shape for superior results in getting pregnant, giving birth, raising that calf and breeding back for another calf in 12 months.  


    Learn how to observe and know what your herd bull can do for your existing cows and why he is THE most important animal on the farm in terms of getting you to the kind of cow herd that will excel on your farm. The bull and his genetics are the most cost effective method for herd improvement. Epi-genetics determines whether his offspring express all the bull you bought.


Join two masters of the craft at a hands-on and insightful class during which they will share their hard-earned knowledge and wisdom of the art of grass-only beef production.




Posted on July 8, 2017 .

Bull(s) for sale

I have a coming 5 year old belted Galloway for sale. 

$4000 ... email for pictures (I can't figure out how to put them here)

I have a couple of Devons for sale as well. Price varies.

Call Me 208-315-4726


Posted on April 24, 2017 .