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The History Behind LCF...

Little Creek Farm, LLC (LCF) was established in 1992. We focus on producing Fleckvieh Simmental and Red Angus seed stock. These two breeds were selected because of their adaptability to our environment, milk production and mothering ability, and the ability to wean increased pounds of beef. Our normal inventory is 200 brood cows. Part of the cow inventory is commercial cows which are used as embryo recipients. Many of these cows are Fleckvieh-Red Angus crosses. These cross bred cows have proven to be a tremendous asset. Our production goal is for two-thirds of our calves to be Fleckvieh Simmental calves. We retain heifers each year to replace cows lost to normal attrition. 

Breeding Program
Extensive use of embryo transfer and artificial insemination allows us to maximize the genetic potential of our best cows. We utilize a 42-day fall breeding period and a 63-day period for spring breeding. Timed AI is utilized for both heifers and cows.

Feeding Program
LCF is a forage based cattle operation. Our grazing is divided between warm season grasses (primarily hybrid Bermuda grass) and cool season grasses (non-toxic endophyte MaxQ fescue and ryegrass). The ryegrass is utilized for grazing and balage. We practice rotational grazing as a means of maximizing the use of the forage production.

Minerals are fed free choice year round. LCF utilizes a mineral that is formulated to complement the forage the cattle graze based on forage analysis.

The nursing calves are not creep fed, thus they are dependent on mama, forage and minerals. After weaning, calves graze high quality forage or are fed baleage. They are supplemented with a 12% protein feed (one pound per 100 pounds body weight) to get a uniform rate of growth. (Adverse weather conditions may dictate changes to our feeding program.) Our feeding program results in bulls and heifers that are well acclimated and ready to go into a breeding program. We do not feed for maximum weight gain.

Herd Health
Based on “Prevention is far better than treatment,” LCF practices an aggressive vaccination program. The open cows are vaccinated with modified live and clostridial vaccines prior to the breeding seasons. The modified live vaccine includes IBR, BVD, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial viruses along with Campylobacter fetus and five strains of Leptospira. A 7-way clostridial vaccine is used. The cows receive booster injections of Leptospira and clostridial vaccines six months later.

Two weeks prior to weaning the calves receive the same modified live and clostridial vaccines that the cow herd receives. The calves receive boosters at weaning and the heifers also receive brucellosis vaccine.

The adult herd is a certified brucellosis free herd. All calves are tested for persistent BVD when they are weaned.

Selection of Replacement Bulls and Heifers
The overall goal of the bull selection process is to offer bulls that are ready to go to work in the herds of the cattlemen that purchase LCF bulls. Therefore, birth weight is the first selection criteria. The selection criteria utilized at weaning include wean weight, scrotal circumference, conformation, and attitude. The selection process continues post-weaning for the bull calves that are left intact. We continue to monitor conformation, attitude, and average daily gain. Good yearling data is critical for the bull to remain intact. Yearling data collected includes average daily gain, 365-day weight, frame score, scrotal circumference, and ultra-sound measurements. Subjective evaluations of conformation and attitude are also utilized to decide which yearling continues to be a bull. Most bulls that successfully meet all the selection criteria are posted to our web site each October. A few select bulls will be offered as potential herd bulls during the Magnolia Classic.

Heifers follow a similar selection program. Each heifer is evaluated as they grow while nursing mama. Wean weight, conformation and attitude are critical evaluation tools as we begin to select replacement females. Each heifer is monitored post-weaning as their maturation continues. As with the bulls, yearling data is critical. Data collected for evaluation include average daily gain, 365-day weight, frame score, and ultra-sound measurements. Following evaluation of the yearling data along with the subjective evaluation of conformation and attitude, the selection of heifers to be offered to cattle breeders is made. The Fleckvieh Simmental heifers are offered during the Magnolia Classic and the Red Angus heifers are offered for sale privately from the farm.

Visitors are welcome to the farm anytime.