Hi. My name is Mary Morcom and I would like to
share how we got involved in this great breed of Red Angus cattle.
It all started in 2000 when my oldest daughter
joined a beef 4-H club in Snohomish County. I was fortunate to
grow up around cattle when I was younger and wanted my daughters to
have similar experiences. We started with a Red Angus bottle
baby (steer) and progressed to registered cattle. We strive to
improve the quality of our animals and have shared and implemented
many ideas of others within the Red Angus and cattle industry.
The girls have gotten involved in show steers so we have also
expanded to club calves.
From the start, we have utilized artificial
insemination (AI) to breed our females. In 2008, both Kalynn
and I were trained in AI techniques. AI allows us to select
sires with superior genetics and rapidly improve the traits of
calving ease, growth rate, maternal ability, and carcass quality.
We keep records on birth weights, weaning weights, and yearling
Kalynn is in college, but Toria, Shana, and Taylor
are all involved with raising and showing cattle with me. Our
herd has grown to 45 animals. We had 15 babies in 2010 and
will have at least 23 in 2011. Shana has started her own herd
of registered Jerseys and has been very successful showing them.
I give special thanks to my partner, Wayne, who keeps everything
working on the farm and does his best to keep us all in line.