News & Happenings

On this page we would like to tell you any news, info, or things happening at our farm & house.
Last year we took animals to two different Lowline shows.  We went to the Iowa State Fair in August & the World Beef Expo in Sept (but only with the help of Shea Esser).   We did well at both shows with two Res Grand Champs at Iowa & two Grand Champs at Beef Expo.  But more important than ribbons are the new people we met & the old friends we connected with.  It looks like in 2017 we will try to make both of those shows again. 

Since we have reached our goal of 20 cows, we are now able to offer heifers, bulls, steers, & cows for sale.  In February of 2016, we consigned, HVF Summer, along with her calf at side, HVF Helen, to the Iowa Beef Expo Lowline Sale in Des Moines.  She looked good & was the high selling female of the sale.  This coming February, we will consign a half blood bull to the same sale.  During the past year we sold another cow with calf, two bull calves, two heifers, & a few 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.

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 is going to retire in January from the College of Engineering at UW Madison.  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 is getting very tired of the distance between our home & her work.  She is very much looking forward to being home every day with the dogs & the other animals.  I am looking forward to her being here as well but we still haven’t figured out who will be the boss & who will be the hired hand.  Wish me luck!