Number of Workers Sought1
Type of FarmHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Marketing StrategyWholesale, Commodity, Other
Pay RateWe have bedroom and bathroom for worker, we would provide the meals. We pay $1200 month (you would have very few expenses). We would pay more if you are good worker and do not bust equipment up.
What are the dates of your position?Year around peak hour periods are harvest, haying, some calving we will calve in April and May so that will be good.
Are you open to shorter periods of employment or do you prefer that workers stay the full season?Shorter periods of employment possible, Prefer full season
Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area4 bedroom house 2 baths fireplace, Freezers are full of beef to sell or eat. Your own bathroom and bedroom, you would eat with me. We eat Organic Grass-fed Beef! the chickens are fed Organic feed. We are easy going outfit, no drugs.
Please share three things you think people should know about living with you.We usually go to Church on Sunday. We put in long hours (12 hours a day sometimes). Then it rains and we do books or whatever needs done.You might take some time off. Calving season we check the cows real regular. If it is -20 below zero we need to get a few cows in barn. Seeding starts about half way through calving. We need to roll the hay ground in March. Then plowing in preparation for seeding. Cows go to summer pasture 10 June. Some time in there for recreation. Haying starts about 24th of June. Then we start harvesting end of July. Some breaks during harvest waiting for crops to ripen. 26 October we need to gather cows and calves and bring home. We usually take interns with us wherever we go if they want to go.
Describe yourself, your family, background, farming experience, philosophy, goals and interestsWe are Organic Ranchers we have Organic Grass Fed Yearlings and Organic Crops (purple barley, lentils, winter wheat, Sainfoin hay, alfalfa, kamut, and cover crops). I bought the place from Dad in 1981. I need help keeping it running. I would like to graze more in the winter and not feed so much hay. The deer keep eating my pasture, (60 head at a time), also grasshoppers were terrible last year. I am working towards debt free operation. I usually teach interns to weld if they want. We run older equipment so we have some mechanic work to do. The drills need some work a day or two, WE will be building some shade for the cattle. It will be portable and heavy so it will not blow over. I need a help with the design!
Describe the physical setting of your farm and the nature of the community in which you liveCanoeing, hiking, riding for the neighbors and our outfit. The Rodeo is the third Saturday of July.
WE are 8 miles from Stanford. 60 miles from Fort Benton, Great falls is 75 miles away. Lots to do in those towns. Missouri river good canoeing, fishing is good here. Snow Skiing is Showdown in Winter. Basicly Prairie some of our land drops off into Surprise Creek Breaks (steep coulees) lots of deer and antelope. Elk got into the hay in field last summer. We had to haul it home early. Summer Pasture is on a creek with three water falls, just above the Missouri River 456 acres in Summer Pasture.
Describe your farm operation
The land was certified Organic in 2000. The cattle were certified Organic in 2007 this year. Alfalfa 28 for grazing, lentils 147 acres. Peas 107 acres, Over 200 acres of Sainfoin grass mix for hay and grazing. Easy going outfit. Rodeo is July 16. Lots of recreational opportunities. The yearlings will be Organic Grass-FAT. Mountains are only 20 miles away, we live on the prairie.