Event Title

Dare to be Different

Presenter Information

Henry Langstraat Jr.

Start Date

23-2-2008 12:00 AM

Description

Dare to be different. I have chosen this title for the presentation because our cow-calf operation though similar to a lot of cow-calf operations, has some aspects about it that are quite a bit different. To begin with, I was 32 years old before I ever lived on a farm. I graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1957 and went to work for a construction crew as a laborer, and continued in the construction world for 40 years until I semiretired in 1998. I married my wife in 1960, and like so many middle-class families dreamed of having a place of our own in the country. Ten years later with a family a 3 little girls, we purchased a very poor, run-down, neglected 160 acre pasture farm in the Otley area. We went to the sale barn and bought 13 Hereford range cows that were definitely someone’s culls. Looking back, we refer to them as the 13 Herefords from hell. To say that we knew nothing about farming or livestock would be the biggest understatement in time since Noah looked at the sky and said, “It looks like it could rain.” But, by reading everything we could get our hands on, going to field days, seminars, asking a lot of dumb questions and making a lot of mistakes and taking some huge risks, we slowly grew our management abilities along with our expanding cattle operation.

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Feb 23rd, 12:00 AM

Dare to be Different

Dare to be different. I have chosen this title for the presentation because our cow-calf operation though similar to a lot of cow-calf operations, has some aspects about it that are quite a bit different. To begin with, I was 32 years old before I ever lived on a farm. I graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1957 and went to work for a construction crew as a laborer, and continued in the construction world for 40 years until I semiretired in 1998. I married my wife in 1960, and like so many middle-class families dreamed of having a place of our own in the country. Ten years later with a family a 3 little girls, we purchased a very poor, run-down, neglected 160 acre pasture farm in the Otley area. We went to the sale barn and bought 13 Hereford range cows that were definitely someone’s culls. Looking back, we refer to them as the 13 Herefords from hell. To say that we knew nothing about farming or livestock would be the biggest understatement in time since Noah looked at the sky and said, “It looks like it could rain.” But, by reading everything we could get our hands on, going to field days, seminars, asking a lot of dumb questions and making a lot of mistakes and taking some huge risks, we slowly grew our management abilities along with our expanding cattle operation.