Listing Information

Number of Workers Sought

1

Type of Farm

Hay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)

Marketing Strategy

Wholesale, Commodity, Other

Paid

Yes

Pay Rate

We 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

Housing

Yes

Explain the room and board arrangements or describe options in your area

4 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 interests

We 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 live

Canoeing, 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.

Describe the work to be performed by applicant

Plowing, seeding, truck driving, combine, baling, swathing, raking the hay. Fencing, branding, moving cattle to summer pasture and back, calving starts about the middle of April. Stacking hay with tractor. Feeding hay with tractor, cleaning corral with tractor. Giving calves an ear tag after they are born, and 8-way vaccination.

What do you expect of a worker?

A can do attitude, safety concerned, not afraid to get hands dirty. usually 6 days a week, weekends off pretty regular. some of it is hard labor, some easy like driving tractor. Cows are our priority they need hay or grass every day and always water. We will be putting up2 miles of electric fence, very easy. Just takes some time.

Describe the learning and educational opportunities available to a worker

Wind turbine, weed and plant identification, driving and maintenance of equipment, mechanical opportunities, bookkeeping if desired. cooking experience if desired. We also have 450 acres of Sainfoin for grazing, and Hay 99 acres. We can teach you to weld, and do mechanic work. WE will usually be working together, except driving tractor only room for one. We have 5 tractors, 3 pickups, two trucks and a Combine. Some times help the neighbors Brand their calves. We have excellent neighbors.

Are you a full-time farmer?

Yes

Please attach any photos of your farm and operation

Currently Hiring

No, not at this time. Please check back next season!

Marketing Strategy (Other)

I am starting to sell to food hubs. Food hubs pay retail for the beef. I contract each of my crops if possible, I sell much of our beef to individuals.