Market Time for Cattle at the Gervais Family Farm

Spring is here and that means it’s the time of year when the Gervais family begins sending the first of their cattle to market.
“One pen is going out Thursday and the rest are going to be going out within the next three or four weeks,” said Jim Gervais.
Jim and his brother, Tom, and Jim’s sons, Mike and Bill, raise around 1,400 cattle in two monoslope barns on a family farm about three miles southeast of Lake Shetek State Park in Murray County. They raise primarily Angus and Angus cross cattle because that’s what’s in demand by the packers, according to Jim.
“It’s more of a marketing deal than it is performance,” he said.
The cattle that are being sold now were purchased last fall as calves when they weighed 600-to-700 pounds. The family feeds them until they weigh around 1,400 pounds, which typically takes 200-to-220 days, and then sells them to market.

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