Written by Leah Peterson @ Clear Creek Farm
June has arrived!
The weather is beautiful, and I suppose that is why it’s known by many as a month for weddings. It has been a popular choice for weddings in my family, including my Great-Grandparents, Frank and Hetty Haumont who were married June 1, 1919.
I have thought of these two people quite often in recent months. They married just after Grandma Hetty completed her studies at Nebraska Wesleyan. After they settled, they purchased the beginnings of our Shorthorn Cow herd that we still have today. Great Grandpa and Grandma Haumont managed the herd until the 1970’s, and then my Paternal Grandmother Mary Bell (Haumont) Cooksley took the reins. She continued the tradition until her passing in the fall of 2011, and then my father and mother purchased the herd. They, along with my husband, myself, and brother now manage this operation on our ranch.
In recent weeks, we have had many visitors to the ranch who are interested in our Purebred Shorthorn cattle. They are a novelty in the United States because they are true purebred, tracing their roots back to Native cattle, with no outside breed influence. Shorthorns originated in England and are either: red, red and white, white, or roan, the last named color being a very close mixture of red and white, and found in no other breed of cattle. They are considered to be very versatile in that they provide excellent beef, milk, and are terrific mothers.
Our recent visitors have come from Nevada, Oregon, Illinois, and from within Nebraska. They come to appreciate the breed, as well as potentially purchase stock to add to their own herds. The efforts to maintain this unique herd of cattle are substantial and at times, stressful. Our goal is always simple, to improve the breed with every new season, and the reward has been the friendships formed with other fans of the breed, and the pride that has come with knowing we are still honoring the memories of my ancestors who worked to start the herd in the 1920’s.
Shorthorn cattle are one of the most beautiful sights on our ranch. When they go to summer pastures, I never tire of watching the cows tend their calves; their beautiful coats glistening under the summer skies. I hope you enjoy these snapshots that tell the history of our herd, from the beginning to today.