TOBY AND CHERRYL FORTE'

6006 EARLY BRANCH RD, MULBERRY AR 72947 - (972) 679-9898

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Beefmaster Cattle, a Breeder's Success Story"

     Phenotypic ally, it's a real challenge to balance maternal, environmental and economic traits at the farm with carcass performance. There exists is a glaring antagonism between maternal efficiency in a cow herd and carcass performance in their calves. You won't see restaurants advertising Holstein or Jersey steaks, and you don't see Angus cows in the milking pens. The gauge for maximum efficiency is different for each breed, depending on what they're expected to do.   To read how Beefmasters made us more cattle profits, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"The Farm,  Work in Progress . . ."

     Five years ago we purchased an additional 265 acres, close to the house and have had a dozer running almost constantly since. I will admit six months into the process we both wondered "Whatever were we thinking?". The farm had been timbered and we were left with a Paul Bunyan size pick up sticks! So far we've burned well over 100 brush piles, buried rocks, dug 5 ponds and cross fenced the farm into 8 fields , two catch pens and a working pen. Wild Oaks is currently utilizing 600 acres with about 375 acres in grazing and hay fields.

 

 

 

     A city friend once asked what our other town car was besides the Dodge Dooley. Here it is. In defense, we also have a Yukon that can pull a trailer.

Truman Johnson, dozer operator deluxe!

 

 

     Our neighbor James Whitlock has done miles of fencing for us, including some outstanding Bull Pens and Breeding Paddocks. You can see he understands the features of quality fencing. He kept looking at those bulls while working, and before long, he had purchased five of our best heifers!

 

My grandchildren are professional arsonists! Andrea, Brannon & Toby on brush pile # .....

 

 

 

Cedar for Truman's Saw Mill and log cabin.

     We sprigged hybrid Bermuda, drilled Wheat, Rye, and Bahia, and  broadcasted Red River Crabgrass and common Bermuda. This year we will start intensive grazing on 40 acres as a test for (a) the cattle (b) the land (c) the management crew. We'll let you know in a couple of months how our Red River Crabgrass is performing!

1948 Chevy & Well Rig

Drilling a water well for the new house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweetwater Creek

 

The view that we didn't chose for the house!