Cows are grazed as long as possible during the year, most years from April to November. Cows are rotated in three pastures every 10 days before they move to a new pasture. This past year they also went to feeding a TMR as most of the feed is in bags. The herd average is around 24,000M and the BAA is 110.8% with 10 EX, 14 VG and 9 GP.
The crew at the farm consists of Brian Burger who does the feeding and helps with the 700 acres of crop land. Seth Elsner helps with the milking, does all the AI work and loves to work with the show cattle. Cassy, Bryce and Carley fill in where needed feeding calves and helping milk when they can and are home from school activities.
Cindy was raised on a dairy farm and when she and her older brother started 4-H they received their first registered heifers and have been around them ever since. As the kids started to show interest in the cattle, they got to pick what breed they wanted. Cassy and Bryce chose Jerseys and Carley wanted a Red and White. There are offspring from all of these project animals in the herd today.
About half of the herd traces back to the Elegance family. There are also members from the Scarlet, Dellia, Pasta, and Hezbollah families that have been picked up along the way. The families' goal is to rebuild the herd as well as to add some new bloodlines.
A recent classification resulted in great scores on some of the herd favorites. Krull Shot Enough-ET is now EX-91 2E, Hauve Advent Dreamy Red-ET was raised to EX-93, Krull Advent Smiley Red-ET is EX-92, Krull Baxter Elusive-ET EX-90 and Krull Damion Sassy EX-90.
The hoof care program at Krull Farms includes trimming the whole herd twice a year in a chute, generally in the spring and fall. They also have someone come in to trim on a box every six to eight weeks as a maintenance program. Fresh heifers and show cattle are done at this time as well. The whole herd is run through a foot bath about every six weeks. As a whole, the herds' feet stay very healthy as they spend much of the summer on pasture.