Wayne and Connie Galbraith have seen many improvements in the Limousin breed over the last 20 years

After spending their childhoods enduring the endless chores of their families’ dairy farms, both Wayne and Connie Galbraith swore off following in their parents’ footsteps. They both chuckle about their adamant pledge to stay out of the cattle business as they look out on their herd of Limousin cattle in Marshfield, Mo. “You have to enjoy it. And we really do enjoy it,” said Connie Galbraith.
What caused their change of heart? “We bought my parents 40-acre Century Farm and put 12 commercial cows on it. We bought the cows to help put Connie’s oldest daughter through college,” said Wayne Galbraith. “We would have needed more than 12 to pay for her college,” laughed Connie. That small step back toward their childhood roots snowballed. Now, almost 20 years later, the couple runs 140 registered Limousin momma cows on more than 800-acres in Marshfield, Mo.
In that initial dozen, the Galbraiths had purchased a registered Limousin cow. “We liked her the best out of the 12,” said Connie. It was that cow that launched the Galbraiths into the Limousin cattle business back in 1995. “I liked their body type,” commented Connie. “They are just muscled up cattle,” added Wayne. Through the years, the Galbraiths continued building their herd and acquiring more land. They run cattle not only on Wayne’s family farm, but also on the 160-acre farm where Connie grew up milking Holsteins. They rent an additional 600-acres throughout the area that they use for hay and to give their cattle plenty of pasture for grazing.
Once they committed to the Limousin cattle breed, the Galbraiths focused their operation on registered, pureblood cows. “At one time we raised bulls and there was a better market for them if they were from a registered cow,” said Wayne. The couple uses homozygous black/homozygous polled bulls. Connie pores over a bull’s EPDs before making a decision on which bull to buy. She focuses on birth weights, weaning weights and also on disposition. Though Connie places a lot of emphasis on a bull’s numbers, she also picks bulls that are visually appealing. “I want them to look like a bull, with a bump on their neck and a big front,” said Connie. The Galbraiths keep four to five bulls with their 140 momma cows. The couple likes to maintain a fall and a spring calving season. They wean their calves at 7 months-old and sell them at the Buffalo Livestock Market. The Galbraiths say they have found investing in quality bulls pays off. “Having good bulls has been the secret to all of it. You have to have good bulls,” said Wayne.
The Galbraiths are sold on purebred Limousin cattle. Wayne and Connie say their Limousin momma cows do not have any calving problems. In addition, Connie appreciates how the Limousin cows care for their calves. “The cows are very good momma cows. They take really good care of their calves. They are protective of their calves and they give lots of good milk,” stated Connie. The Galbraiths say they have seen changes in the Limousin cattle breed through the years, especially with black Limousin. Wayne said he’s seen an improvement in black Limousin. “Now they’re beefier and milk better,” stated Wayne.
The Galbraith’s cut all of their own fields for hay. Last year they baled 1,600 round bales of fescue and brome. In the winter months they make sure their cattle have ample, quality hay at all times. The Galbraith’s also keep out plenty of mineral and fill their creep feeders with MFA Trendsetter for their calves. Though they do not feed their momma cows grain, their herd comes up into the lots when Wayne and Connie check on them each day. Their cows are a docile group, obviously used to seeing and interacting with their owners.
This is a time consuming “hobby” for Wayne and Connie. The two run their purebred cattle business in addition to holding other fulltime jobs. Wayne owns and operates Marshfield Machinery Company and Connie works at the Eye Clinic in Marshfield. Though this couple never dreamed they would return to life on the farm, they wouldn’t have it any other way. “As a kid I wondered why my dad would just come out here and look at his cows. Now I know why. We do the same thing. It brings us joy. And we do it together, it’s fun,” said Connie.

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