Sunrise Ranch  Mason, WI

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Ranch House  715-765-4198
Text  715-730-0857
Email  thesunriseranch@gmail.com
The sun comes up, and shines on our place about the same time it lights up Lake Superior -just 15 miles north of us.

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Scottish Highland Stock

Interested in starting your own little herd of Highlands? Here is some prices to consider, but call for current availability. (prices will vary)
 
  • Yearling Heifers ~ 900.00
  • Mature Cows ~ 1,400.00 -1,800.00
  • Finished Steers 18-24 mon. ~ 4.00/lb hanging weight (average 400 lb)
 
Scottish Highland Cattle
Highland Cattle are an ancient breed known to have grazed the rugged Scottish landscape since the sixth century, making them one of the oldest known breeds of cattle.  They are noted for their ease of calving, high quality lean beef and superb hides.  Highland Cattle require a minimum of management and care, do not require winter housing and they forage readily where feed is sparse. Noted as browsers and brush clearers, they eat much of what other cattle pass by. Their double coat of hair makes the meat leaner since there is no need for a fatty layer to keep them warm.  Despite their long horns, they are gentle and easily handled, are distinguished for their quiet dispositions, superior intelligence and calm nature.
The extremely harsh conditions in Scotland created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. They come in various colors, red and black being the most common but yellow, tan and silver are also seen.  Our cattle are in many shades of red although we have had black and silver calves in the past.
Our cattle are grass fed.  We see no need to change that perfect relationship between the cow and grass.  The cows' stomach is designed to process grass and not much grain.  Grass makes them grow at a normal pace whereas grain makes them bulk up unnaturally fast and add on a huge amount of fat.  This is not healthy for anyone, neither animal or human. 
We practice rotational grazing.  It means the cows are moved to a different pasture as soon as their existing one is grazed down.  The frequency of depends on on the time of season, thickness of the grass, the number of animals, and size of the rotation.We use step int-shirt and white electric twine on a real and typically move them every other day. Our animals are so used to this rotational schedule that if we are late they stand by the fence and call us.
 
We keep the cattle out on their summer grazing pasture as long as we can. When the grass is done we open the whole pasture up to them and feed then the round bales every day. Before the weather gets harsh, we prepare to move the herd cross country to their winter lot near the house. The spring and fall drives are always a fun and exciting for the whole family. The cows know where they are going and are excited too! With the help of our ranch horses we herd the cattle out the gate, over the fields, across the road, and straight through our property to the back pasture. It is always an adventure heading the lead animals in the right direction, keeping the herd bunched, and keeping track of the little calves that lag behind. Inevitably some confused heifer or scared calf decides to make a dashed back to the summer pasture and we get the challenge of herding alone or roping it later. 
Once moved they are happy to be fed round bales all winter up here near the house where we can feed them easier. Highland cattle have a very thick winter coat and the outer layer is very long.  This helps them cope with wet cold weather and in fact, winters here in the Northwest are nothing to them.  
 
Aside from excellent forage and quality hay, cattle need complete mineral and salt mixture to fulfil their nutritional needs. Without this important part of their diet, they would not grow or reproduce properly. We use and recomend the mineral and salt mixture made by Crystal Creek.  http://crystalcreeknatural.com
Our breeding program is a important part of cattle opperation. Through the use of A.I. (Artificial Insemination) we are able to bring superior genetics from Highland Farms from anywhere in the country. The study of what makes a superior beef animal and the grass-Fed Highland as a breed, is a fascination for us. Being able to breed our cows ourself to very impressive registered bulls varieties that the herd will improve in quality each year! We do like to keep a good bull to use for spacific instances. 
The guy to talk to about cows...
Isac Dymesich
 
 
text  715 413 0115

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