Cattleman’s Choice Genetics Jared & Jill Wareham
Lowry City, MO
Our farm serves as the headquarters for the MO Affiliate. It is located in west central Missouri near the Clinton, MO & Truman Lake area.
Non-Traditional Beginnings: My entrance into the professional field of production agriculture has been somewhat of a nontraditional path, which has allowed me to set my production goals and strategies with fresh ideas. Even with modern approaches to resources utilization, I have still had to earn my keep the old fashioned way. I wasn’t blessed with inherited land, cattle, or equipment. On the contrary, my wife and I started from scratch and have learned from our bumps and bruises along the way. Our hard-headed approach has forced us to become sharp with our pencils and tight with our resources. The experiences that shape the way we breed and manage our cowherds are passed on to the customers we serve.
Tools for Profit: We have spent many years installing and improving a management-intensive grazing program and practices on all of the land we own & manage. This allows us to concentrate on resource efficiency and cows that perform best in our fescue environment. Every year, the cow herds we manage take a step closer to becoming that ideal forage harvester. However, as we all know, cattle breeding takes diligence and lots of patience, as well as the ability to evolve and stay connected to the expectations of the industry as a whole.
Don’t Lose Sight:
I think the distinct difference that I must maintain from a lot of “hard core” grazers, is that I must continue to breed cattle that also meet the expectations of our entire beef industry. When planning my matings every spring & fall, I spend countless hours deliberating over genetic combinations that are well-rounded. For example, it is my experience that we can get cattle too large and too small. Calves have to perform, but their mothers can’t eat us out of house and home. Challenges like these, and the wholesome lifestyle that agriculture provides, are the reason I love this business.
I look forward everyday to learning and serving the many personalities, needs, and unique operations of the region I manage.
FLYING H HAPPENINGS...
Mikah's first deer hunt
Christmas morning 2011
Mom & brand new baby sister
The Cute-Blone Bike Wash!
We love our bubble baths
Sawyer Mae Wareham
dreams by Greg Henderson
GROWN ON GRASS It would have been easy for Jared Wareham to seek a career outside of agriculture. Raised in west-central
Missouri by parents who were part of the baby-boom generation that migrated away from the farm, Wareham
didn’t have the advantage of a traditional farm background. Still, he developed an affection for agriculture, and
by the age of 15, the seeds of his goals for a career in agriculture were firmly planted. That’s when he purchased
his first cows as part of an FFA project. By the time he reached his early 20s, Wareham’s career dreams were
focused on the cattle business, and he began to establish his own operation in west-central Missouri.
from scratch in agriculture takes a lot of determination
and often demands a willingness to consider some
unconventional concepts. Some of those nontraditional
concepts are clearly visible to neighbors driving
by Wareham’s grazing paddocks near Lowry City and
Montrose, Mo. But most of his ideas and philosophies
for building a successful cattle operation are less obvious,
yet just as important.
Early each morning Wareham and his wife Jill can
be found moving electric fence in his grazing paddocks,
giving his herds fresh strips of forage to graze
over the next 12 to 24 hours. One herd composed of
65 dry cows and aging bulls receives a fresh half-acre
of fescue and clover daily. This aggressive approach
to intensive grazing is commonly referred to as mob
grazing, and it fits perfectly with Wareham’s management
A herd of 65 cows and yearling bulls can change the
appearance of a half-acre paddock in a hurry. But that
many animals also deposit a significant amount of
manure in the pasture, and their hoof action disturbs
those manure piles, disrupting fly life-cycles and
speeding the return of nutrients back into the soil.
Once the paddocks have been grazed, they will receive
90 to 120 days’ rest, depending on rainfall and other
Gaining maximum performance from forage also
fits nicely with Wareham’s nontraditional objectives
for his cattle. Because he recognized it could take
decades to build a herd of purebred cattle with a solid
reputation, Wareham joined Flying H Genetics as a
cooperator herd and is now the Missouri regional affiliate.
Flying H Genetics, owned by Dick and Bonnie
Helms, Arapahoe, Neb., produces Gelbvieh, Balancer
and Angus seedstock, as well as recently added
SimAngus, Simmental and Red Angus genetics.
“Becoming a manager and cooperator with Flying H
Genetics gave me resources and a plan on how to treatand service customers and market cattle,”
Wareham says. “It also provided me
with the opportunity to raise cattle for a
highly reputable program that would
have taken me years to do on my own.”
While Flying H Genetics has been selling
bulls in southwestern Nebraska for
many years, the first Missouri production
sale was held last March at Joplin
Regional Stockyards where 50 bulls were
offered. Another 50 bulls will be offered
for sale Oct. 25 in Kingsville, Mo. Both
sales are advertised as “grown on grass”
and “quality guaranteed.”
“We don’t raise bulls in a feedlot,”
Wareham says. “Our ‘grown on grass’
program is designed to build athletes. It
requires our bulls to be developed in fescue
paddocks with a feed supplement
that is specifically designed for a growing
bull. They will appear hard, are not
fat, can survive our tough summers, will
live longer and work harder.”
Wareham says the Flying H bulls gain
about 2.5 pounds per day on pasture and
receive 8 to 10 pounds of supplement
daily. The cattle are what he describes as “5.5- to 6-frame, with good growth and
deep bodies and good fleshing ability.”
Flying H Genetics publishes EPDs and
DNA , from tests conducted by Bovigen
and Igenity, to describe the bulls in their
sale catalog. Wareham says they also
produce a DVD with 15 seconds of video
on each bull so that potential buyers can
view the animals without actually attending
the sale. Customers can then conveniently
buy over the phone and continue
working with the knowledge that their
bulls will be delivered expediently at Flying
“It is our goal to offer expanded options
to the beef producers within our regions
by providing them with a quality-guaranteed
product, valuable services and a 100
percent guarantee,” Wareham says.
(from the August 2008 issue of Drovers)
Bow Fishing for Flying Carp- the catch of the day!
Checkin cows with Dad
Delivered bulls to the coast!
First Day of Kindergarten!
First Harley Ride!
Mother's Day at the Zoo.
Rainbow Trout fishing in Montana
Talkin some smack - that's right!
FLYING H GENETICS
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