News & Happenings

On this page we would like to tell you any news, info, or things happening at our farm & house.
Last year, for the first time in a while, we didn’t show cattle at any Lowline shows.  It was just one of those years that we just didn’t have the time.  Whether we show this year is undecided.  We sure didn’t miss the work associated with showing but we did miss the camaraderie & friendship of our many Lowline friends.   
Since we have reached our goal of 20 (or more) cows, we are now able to offer heifers, bulls, steers, & cows for sale.  This February, we consigned a half-blood  bull, JCR Classy Barette 43C (MM28836), to the Iowa Beef Expo sale in Des Moines.  He is a two year old double-half smoke bull out of TCS Classy Jack & a half-blood charolais cow.   During the past year we sold six cows, two bull calves, & several steers privately.  We can’t thank our customers enough for their interest in our cattle & their patronage.  So please let us know if we can help you improve or start your own herd & we would be more than happy to oblige.

Not only did we sell some cattle but we also purchased a couple as well.  Last summer we took a heifer to visit the bull, “Spring Creek Elite”, at the farm of our friends, Keith & Barb Hanson, in Hampton, Iowa.  Trouble is I took Deanna along to pick up the heifer & with her decision making skills, persistence, & being the wife of a weak man, we came home with three heifers instead of one.  Debby & Daphne are now a part of our herd & fit in very nicely.  We are looking forward having them for many years & to seeing the two calves they will give us this spring.     

We continue to take a few cows each summer to Meadow Brook Farm which is owned by our wonderful friends, Leon & Betsy Janssen.  Meadow Brook Farm is near the once little town of Couillardville, WI, which is about 20 miles north of Green Bay.  Leon is a retired engineer & a strong advocate of the Lowline breed.  He is fascinated by the quiet disposition & the efficiency of these cows.  Meadow Brook Farm has been in Leon’s family for well over 100 years & with its beautifully restored farm buildings, white pasture fence, and cultivated farm land, this  “post card perfect” setting is a great place for a few of our cows to spend the summer.  Leon has written a fascinating book, “Machine Shed Memories”, which is about the history of Couillardville, Wisconsin rural life, & Meadow Brook Farm.

The big news at our house is that Deanna did retire from the College of Engineering at UW Madison last year.  She has gotten two degrees from UW & has worked as an Associate Dean there for 19 years.  Dee has enjoyed many aspects of UW & her job but she was getting very tired of the distance between our home & her work.  She is very happy being home every day staying busy & working with the animals.  It is great her being here fulltime but we still haven’t figured out who is the boss & who is the hired hand.  Wish me luck!

As I said on our home page, we should have 18 calves this year.  11 of those fullblood calves will be sired by FCC/SFR Longmire (FM20301).  Two will be by Spring Creek Dominion (FM33540), one by HVF Boris (FM27700), & one by Spring Creek Elite (FM8907).  Our two red half-blood cows were bred to JCR Classy Barette 43C (MM28836) & our half-blood charolais cow is bred to Duff Trust Me (MM22055).  We are very excited to see how these calves from these great bulls turn out.  Call us boring if you wish but this is what we love to do.