Cattle Ranch Of The Week: C&L Hereford

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C&L Hereford Ranch was developed by Charles and Lorna Folkman with the desire to diversify their recreational hunting property at Blair, Wisconsin. What started with the initial 325 acres was soon expanded to 1250 acres. Polled Herefords were selected because of their adaptability, disposition and breed strength in the upper Midwest.

Cattle were managed along with the ABJ herd, which was located nearby. Early acquisitions included the Champion females from the Wisconsin and Rochester shows and the Wisconsin sale Champion bull, SOP Rollor Ruff. Groups of cows were purchased from Willard Allen's Allen A Herefords; Calderon Curren, Grasslake, Michigan; and Spring Creek Farms, Pierpont, Ohio. It was this core of breeding stock that was the backbone of the herd.

In the early '80's, the Justa Banner boom hit. C&L decided a herd bull was needed to continue to distill the herd and to develop functionally complete Polled Hereford cattle that both the commercial and purebred producers would find acceptable. It was at the Larry Hanson herd in Columbia, South Dakota, where they found three 15G sons.

In 1986, due to his desire to enjoy retirement, Charles sold the herd to Steve. Over the following 4 years, the herd was reduced, distilled and eventually moved in 1994 to their home location of Ixonia. GK Fantasy 700A was purchased and shown, and turned out to be an excellent daughter of GK Turning Point. This young cow allowed C&L to realize how well the Polled / Horned Hereford genetic cross worked. CRR Y166 Absolut 244 was purchased and a year later became Denver Champion Bull. NJW Z17 Vaquero 25C was added to give them outcross genetics. It was through his use that they discovered his ability to cross well with horned genetics while keeping his offspring "Polled". This 25C daughter out of 711R - one of the best King Ten / Explosion daughters ever, was their Reserve Denver champion. WBF Lady Dom F243 6T surfaced as a powerful performer.

Over the years, C&L has not lost sight of the efficiency traits. They've had the top indexing Hereford bulls three times and the top sire group at the WBIA performance bull test. The last one was a Bar JZ Tradition 434V son out of GK Electra A6, a former Genetic Focus Champion. Electra also gave C&L Neon 101G, who was the last and only mother / daughter tandem Genetic Focus National Champion. In 2000, C&L was fortunate to have 3 Denver National class winners. While their focus hasn't changed, they will continue to use genetics that are proven and will continue to be accepted through the long haul. It is their desire to incorporate embryo transfer, to be able to offer some of these genetics of their proven donors to customers.

For more information visit www.CnLFarm.com



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