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John & Christine Talley
"Chris and I are grateful to have Bear, Eastwind StockCo Consulting, as our Longhorn consultant. We manage and take care of our Longhorns ourselves. Bear helps us to be sure we are doing so to the highest standards. He has helped us develop a better program for the working, caring, breeding and marketing of our cattle.
As a consultant he visits our farm and gives us ideas to make working with our herd easier. Bear helped us choose a good working pen with lots of gates that has been invaluable to us. He helps us insure we are giving our cows the best nutrition & care. Bear has also developed an easy spread sheet to track the individual cows in our herd. He helps go over our Bull selections for our AI program with his "lifetime" knowledge and understanding of Longhorn genetics. Bear helps us breakdown the marketability and worth of our cows. He also helped us with our website and suggestions for our advertising. With input & advice from Bear, we just sold our 1st calf!
We have monthly meetings with Bear but we can call him anytime to discuss questions we may have. He takes the time and goes into great detail on anything we ask. We have a plan of what we expect from our cattle program, and Bear is constantly coming up with new ideas to help us to achieve our goals. We look forward to a long future with Bear as our consultant."- John Talley
My husband, John Talley, and I, Christine Talley, have recently begun to breed Texas Longhorns. John is a structural steel fabricator who had a long time relationship with Ben Gravett, for steel erection. Being busy with his steel business, John found little time for mowing his pasture at his farm in Boonsboro, MD. So in 2000, one of Ben’s good friends, Corky Crumbaugh, brought the first Texas Longhorns up to John’s farm to help wout with the grass mowing. I met john about six years ago and after a couple of years, my two sons, Hans and Reiner and I moved into the farm. I was instantly enamored with the cows’ unique personalities and their elegant horns.
We contemplated breeding our own herd and finally decided to make our first purchase at G&G Longhorns in honor of Ben in 2014. Bear Davidson gave us an informative tour of the G&G herd. We were in awe of the many cows and their magnificent horns. That was the defining moment we were eager to learn as much as we possibly could to breed our own quality Texas Longhorns. We immediately purchased a calf and heifer from Bear. Shortly after, we attended G&G’s Fall Roundup and had our first introduction into the Longhorn community. Not only did we learn much about raising, breeding, marketing, and setting up cattle pens and branding, we met wonderful people. We have already forged some close friendships with other breeders.
The next defining moment was our first Texas Longhorn auction. Ann Gravett and Bear graciously invited us to the Legacy Sale. Words cannot describe the impact the Legacy Sale had on us. With all the grandeur and excitement, we hardly slept all weekend. The cows were amazing and all the people we met were so genuine and helpful. The breeders demonstrated strong family bonds and longtime friendships. It occurred to me, breeding longhorns is more than reproducing cows. It’s also about family and relationships. Enthusiasm soon became obsession. We already had a strong passion for our cows but now more importantly breeding and participating in the Longhorn community has added a new exciting dimension to our lives. We want to build something special.
Our goal is simple, to enjoy and learn so that we breed for quality and the future of Texas Longhorn generations. We plan to breed by artificially inseminating our females with great bulls while continuing to acquire cows with solid genetics to enhance our herd
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