Vernon and Eileen are beginning this year 2020, 44 years, of raising beef cattle together! Initially they grew up not far from one another, where their respective families raised commercial cattle and grain.
Nearby are the small towns of Cadillac and Ponteix in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. This area is considered semi arid, with total moisture for a year, including melted snowfall, at 13 inches. This area is part of the larger area known as The Palliser Triangle.
After Vernon and Eileen were married in 1976, they raised commercial cattle for many years. Vernon purchased his first farmland at Cadillac when he was 17 years old, while completing his last year of high school. More land has since been added to that first 3 quarters of rocky farmland, and over time, many grain fields have been re-seeded to tame grass. Native pasture for grazing and grain production for feeding or selling, rounds out the typical production cycle each season.
The Gelbvieh breed kept on speaking for itself in their feedlot, in the replacement females and the resultant calf crop too! They appreciate the calving ease, easy fleshing abilities, temperament, muscle, carcass yield, and the maternal, yet terminal characteristics the breed contributes.
More than 30 years ago, Vernon & Eileen decided to specialize and established the DVE prefix and the cattle company - Davidson Gelbvieh. They are long time registered breeders of the Canadian Gelbvieh Association and the American Gelbvieh Association. Vernon has served as President of the Canadian Gelbvieh Association. Always supportive of the cattle industry, they are members of the Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association, the Man/SK Gelbvieh Association and the Montana Gelbvieh Association. Eileen served as a Director on the Saskatchewan Stockgrower's Association.
Over the years, the commercial herd was sold and they began growing their herd of initially fullblood, and now purebred Gelbvieh cattle. Black purebred genetics were first introduced in the fall of 1990 with the purchase of embryos from the Beartooth International Ranch at Columbus, Montana. Paying close attention to bloodlines that could be depended on to add pounds at weaning, structural balance, yield, and eye appeal were some of their selection tools. Testicle size and problem free udders went along with their plans to balance a program, with a reputable herd that could be depended on to be predicable!
Their family of one daughter, Carla, and three sons, Glen, Ross and Tyler, were all instrumental as they contributed to the everyday learning and development of a seedstock operation. They were a huge part of that early success: halter breaking, selecting, breeding and showing cattle, that would be part of the much larger picture down the road. Industry cattle events and trade shows were, and are, a very enjoyable time of the year for all of us, and a time to get to know fellow cattle breeders across the industry. Vernon & Eileen participate along with some of their family, each year, in events such as the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alberta and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
Vernon often kids that we can't go anyplace unless we have a trailer and a cow along with us! "We are very proud and richly blessed to have three daughters-in-law: Julie, Tara and Melanie, and a son-in-law Mario, and 11 young grandchildren, 14 years and under!"