March 8, 2007
Dallas Farms promotes their Herefords by shows, field days, and
advertising them in the Canadian Hereford Digest and Hereford Today.
For two out of three years, Dallas Farms has had Division Champion
Bulls or sons sired their bulls at the Denver Stock Show.
Kathy and Brad run 200 cows, 120 purebred Hereford and 80 commercial, bred to home-grown registered Hereford bulls. Recently, they have added
a new insulated and heated barn, half for machinery storage and
half for maternity pens, not a luxury, but a necessity for our early
calving season and often unrelenting Alberta winters. With Kathys
help and enthusiasm, and Brads knowledgeable background, the
Dallas family has realized a strong market for their Hereford cattle.
Since 1991, along with guest consignors, they have either hosted
their own production sales or held joint production sales with the
Bar-N Ranch or Little Red Deer Herefords. They sell bulls at the
Calgary Bull Sale each March, twice winning Grand Champion Bull
honors and twice having the high selling bull. As well, in the past
they were annual supporters of the Alberta Hereford Test Centre
and the Central Alberta Hereford Club sales.
Hereford Breeding Program
Currently, Dallas Farms is running a herd of 130 purebred herefords
and 70 commercial brood cows. They also have 20 quarters of farm land along with custom seeding, silaging, and harvesting operations.
Kathy and Brad believe in purchasing strong genetics to continue
improving their herd quality, and the quality of females is exceptional. In 2000, a purchase
a one-half interest in Brittany 40K as a heifer calf from Matejka
Herefords has definitely been a good investment for Dallas
Farms. 40K is an important donor female in the embryo transfer program as well as having several
natural calves of her own. A natural heifer calf was named Reserve Grand
Champion Female at the Alberta Junior Hereford Show. Brittany, herself,
has been one of the few females to be named Grand Champion Female
at the Edmonton Farmfair Show three years running, 2001, 2002, and
2003, as well as Grand Champion Female at Canadian Western Agribition
in 2002 and Senior Champion Female in 2003.
The Dallas family appreciates the importance of marketing their
product to both the seedstock and commercial industry. They advertise
regularly in breed magazines as well as take their product to the
clients. They have shown their cattle extensively throughout North
America and have realized numerous champions including Grand Champion
Female seven times and Grand Champion Bull twice at the Calgary
Stampede. They use AI and embryo transfer to keep top genetics in
their herd, as well as attend and participate in sales and breed
events. They have sold cattle, semen and embryos to a worldwide
market, as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, and they
are continually watching for new out cross genetics to upgrade their
herd. The Central Alberta Hereford Club has paid tribute to Kathy
and Brad by naming them Breeder of the Year twice, most
recently in 2002, and in 2003 they were nominated for the Central
Alberta Farm Family award.
Aerial view of Dallas Farms