I recently had a chance to visit with Andy and Lydia Ernszt of A.L.E. Ranch near Summersville, Misssouri. Andy and Lydia have been running commercial and registered Limousin cattle in their beautiful valley for well over a decade. In 2010, they sold off most of their commercial herd and shifted their focus to their registered Limousins. This month, Andy and Lydia, along with their children, Susie, Cody and Brandon, are having their first on-the-farm production sale.
It was in the preparation for this sale that I had the opportunity to meet and visit with Andy and Lydia. They are building new high-tensile paddocks and handling lots around the sale area, and decided to use PasturePro posts in place of T-posts for the new fences. I always enjoy seeing the different ways our customers use the posts, and I have to say the Ernszt family gave me some of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments.
One such moment was the alternative way the Ernszt family came up with to attach the wire with cotter pins. They keep their fingers between the wire and the posts while wrapping the cotter pin tails around the wire, ensuring the wire can travel freely through the eye of the cotter pin, but still making a neat wrap around the wire. We have cautioned customers about wrapping the cotter pin tails around the wire, because it can pull the wire into the narrow part of the eye and restrict the free movement needed for expansion and contraction of the wire. With this method, you get the polished look without the restriction.
Andy has a real eye for straight fence lines, and he uses a pilot driver to install every post. After making the pilot hole he simply taps the posts in with a hammer. He uses a hose clamp to mark the pilot driver rod so that every post is set at the same depth. He feels this installation method ensures fence lines that are straight and true. After looking at his straight-as-an-arrow fences and fiddle-string-tight wire, I have to conclude he’s on to something.
A.L.E. Ranch Photo Gallery
You’ll notice from the photos that Andy and Lydia used black PasturePro posts. Now, I may be biased because it’s my favorite color, but they too find the “soft” black color looks very attractive and is still quite visible. Like many who use this color choice (myself included), Andy and Lydia found it blends in with the scenery when viewing the farm from afar. Lydia summed it up well when she said, “you can see your fence lines fine, but they’re not the first thing you see when looking at the pastures”.
It was quite an enjoyable day at A.L.E. Ranch, and I look forward to going back for the sale this month. If you are in the market for purebred black or red Limousins, be sure to take a look at the A.L.E. Ranch website, where you can download a copy of the sale catalog.
And, I got it from a reliable source that they’ll be serving “Limi-burgers”.
The Production Sale at A.L.E Ranch will take place on May 14, 2011. Viewing will start at 8am, lunch will be served at 11am and bidding is scheduled to begin at 1pm. You can find more information about the sale and download the catalog at www.aleranch.com.