Hills Acres Angus started as a dream in the 1970's and took until 2010 to become a reality. Cheri, my wife and I purchased 20 acres in the spring of 2009 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to build a homestead out in the country. I grew up on a farm and moved to the city after graduating from the Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. My wife has always lived in the city and I am slowly turning her into a regular country gal. We moved into our dream home in February of 2010 and looked at each other and exclaimed what's next? That's when it started to unfold. We met new farm neighbors that gave us ideas and support as we added another 36 acres and a barn and fencing. We purchased our first 3 bred registered Angus cows in the fall of 2010 and watched them give birth to 3 heifer calves in the spring.
Our cowherd doubled almost overnight into a herd of 6. Since then we have added heifers from select herds in western Iowa and Missouri. Our herd today consist of females with SydGen Rocky Road, Mytty In Focus, SAV Iron Mountain, EXAR Upshot, AAR Ten X 7008, Connealy Final Product, SAV Pioneer on the sire side and Big Rok Ole, VDAR Traveler, Rito 4L6 of 2536, SAV 8180 Traveler, Circle Oak Traveler, Vin-Mar Focus, SAV 8180 Traveler, SAV Pioneer all on the dam side. We have been selecting for animals that have the frame and growth to put on the pounds. We have chosen to use as our herd sire a Bismarck 5682 son. Bismarck is one of the, if not the leading Angus AI sire in most recent years. He lends calving ease along with growth. On the dam side of our herd bull we find O'Neills 715 cow. The O'Neills 715 dam is also the mother of ONeills Expedition and Lucky Boy.
2014 was our first year to sell yearling bulls and heifers. We sold the heifers to a local Angus breeder and the bulls went to a commercial cow calf operator.
We are proud to say our top bull weighed 1355 lbs. at just 11 months of age and his ½ sister weighed 1107 lbs. at 12 months of age. It seems we are on our way to topping that this year. We most recently weighed our bull calves, with the top bull calf weighing 1000 lbs. on the nose at 8 months of age. We also wanted to see how our bulls will compare to other Angus breeders around the state and have entered our HA Frontiersman 502 in the Iowa Angus Bull Test. He weighed 905 on arrival at the bull test station October 1st.
Today, our story keeps unfolding and we will continue to select for size, growth and maternal traits as we build our herd. If you are ever in western Iowa please stop by and spend some time looking over what we have to offer. We will be selling bulls again in the spring, Private Treaty.