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 .

Brazilian protein, grass starting and grass finishing.

I am sure some of you have seen the news about the Brazilians behaving badly. As it is, there will be a sizable reaction for a while and then the world will get back to "normal'" Too bad normal is not as nice as it used to be (AH, the good old days). 

I think this event, as sad as it is for consumers, will only drive consumers to more local (US not Brazilian) meat products and for cleaner meat products. We on the Grass-Finishing side have both bases covered.

Grass Starting? Well, where I am coming from is an article I read at "ON PASTURE" regarding grass tetany (which happens when grass is starting in the spring). Very timely advice.

Grass Finishing. Well, it's what we do. Thinking back to a few conversations over the winter. "Grass Fed Cattle" by Julius Roeushel is a very good book on the subject, even though it is 11 years old (used copies are probably easy to find). There is going to be quite a bit more competition in the next few years. Time to solidify your market, improve your margins, and stop calling it simply grass-fed beef. There are going to be a number of unhappy consumers of grass-fed beef over the next few years. Take the high ground today in the naming and advertising of your products.

Thank you again. Upcoming schools with Gearld Fry at the end of June, early September and Late October.

Posted on March 28, 2017 .