from the TNT Simmental Ranch!
Welcome to our 35th & final Annual Bull Sale! We started out behind in the spring and never really seemed to catch up. The weather made it a lot more of a challenge for all of us, but when we look back at the year, it was a good one! It was one of the few times we weaned more calves than we had cows. Calving went really good and we had plenty of grass and hay. The crops were excellent and having really good help made a huge difference on getting it all done. Both Justin and Kendra are working with us, and we couldn’t ask for better help.
I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. It is like I went to bed and when I woke up, 20 years had gone by. I guess when you enjoy what you are doing, it really goes fast. When my parents lost the farm in Iowa, I felt like I needed to find a way to farm or ranch on my own. I never thought I would live in ND… I thought I would be a pig farmer in Missouri!!! I guess God had other plans. There were two things I really prayed for…first was to find the right person to be my wife, and second was to be able to farm or ranch on my own someday. The Good Lord certainly answered my prayers. Lynette has been by far my biggest blessing. She made my goals her goals, and has worked beside me through this entire journey. Our early years were a real struggle. She went without, so the ranch could have. Looking back now on our life, those are now some of our most treasured moments and we learned so much through it all. Struggles can be a good thing. So many things that happened along the way…moving here, buying cows with no collateral other than the cows we were buying, finding enough land to rent in the area, and ending up buying this place…the list just goes on and on. Prayers do get answered!
Now after 35 years, we’ve decided to slow down. It is really hard for me to do, I’ve done it so long, I don’t know anything else, but we have gotten older, and I feel it is only fair to Lynette and our family that we spend more time making memories, rather than working so hard to make money. It seems like the cattle have always come first. This is going to be our final Annual Bull Sale. We will continue to sell bulls, but are not exactly sure how yet. It may be private treaty or a timed online auction. We hope you will still consider us when it comes to your bull needs. We will be calving over 300 cows with a few ET calves also born at Shanon and Gabe’s. It makes it tough when I feel the next calf crop is one I’m most excited for.
Shanon and Gabe have been growing their registered herd and are raising more bulls each year. This year 18 of the bulls are theirs and next year they will have even more. Their family really has a passion for the cattle as well, and are doing a great job of expanding their operation over by Napoleon. Next fall we plan to scale back our cow herd a lot more. Shanon’s family is trying to decide if they are wanting to purchase more cows from us, and continue on with their own Annual Sale or also sell privately. There are still a lot of big decisions to be made.
Our family is all healthy and doing well! The 15 grandkids bring us so much joy! We are getting pretty busy attending the 4 oldest grandkids sporting events, plus school and church programs and rodeos, etc. We also really enjoy that they are starting to come and help us out here at the ranch, now and then too.
We truly want to thank our family and all of our customers. You are the ones that have made the TNT Simmental Ranch a success! Over the past 35 years we have worked hard at this, and have gotten to know so many wonderful people in the process. So many of our customers have also become our very best lifelong friends. We could never ask for a better set of dedicated customers that have supported us over all of these years. We are so proud of our family also. Our kids have gone above and beyond to help us meet our goals and fulfill our dreams. They have all learned to work hard and accomplish much in life, but most importantly have grown up to be wonderful adults and now wonderful parents to our 15 very special grandchildren! We are blessed beyond words!
A quick note on the bulls in the sale. With such a wet fall we were late on getting the calves weaned. It was a month later than normal. We do not creep feed, so they are a little behind normal and our gain test is shorter than we would have liked. We weaned October 21st and started them on a high fiber medicated creep feed, with free choice hay for a few days. Then we moved them into their big pens and fed a high forage based TMR. Shanon and Gabe bring their bulls and our ET calves over when we wean. They are in their own contemporary groups prior to weaning, and then included with ours from then on. We invite you to come to the ranch and view the cattle and see the way we manage our herd. We have several new sire groups this year. We place a strong emphasis on fleshing ability, performance, udder quality and high maternal traits. We are very proud of our cattle and feel you will be proud of “The Explosive Difference” they will make for you. I truly have a passion for this business and love breeding cattle with the never-ending pursuit to try and make them better. Thank you for your interest.
The sale is on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14. Be sure to bring your sweetheart along and enjoy our social, supper and dance afterwards at the Almont Legion Hall! Sincerely, Kevin & Lynette