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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
 
Daddy's Girls
 
Mischievious
 
Mom & brand new baby sister
 
The Cute-Blone Bike Wash!
 
We love our bubble baths
 
Sawyer Mae Wareham
   
 
   
  Nontraditional concepts help young cattleman realize career 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.

Starting 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 style.

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 weather conditions.

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 treat
and 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 H’s expense.

“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.


Mushroom Hunting


Preschool Graduation


Rainbow Trout fishing in Montana


Talkin some smack - that's right!
 
FLYING H GENETICS
Dick & Bonnie Helms | 72523 Hwy 283 | Arapahoe, NE 68922
308-493-5411 | 308-493-5412 (FAX) | Jared Wareham | 9510 NE Center Rd |  Lowry City, MO
417.309.0062 | 

 


 
   
   
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