Today, three generations of the family work at Endsley’s Charolais Farms. Gordon R. Endsley and his son, Boyd, are partners in the operation. They are joined by Boyd’s sons, Steven and Matt, and daughter, Katie. In 2013, son Wade “retired” as a master electrician and returned to the farm to help with management. In 2014, Katie married Austin Christie, and he has joined our work force. Steve, Matt, and Kate make up the FIFTH generation of Endsley’s to own and breed Charolais.
Our cow herd had averaged 135 cow/calf pairs each year. Three years ago we decided to expand and are now calving over 150 females. We aren’t sure how long we will keep that many females, but right now we are happy with the numbers. We raise our own replacement heifers, having purchased only one female since 1995. This allows us to keep an uniform herd, and we use our performance records extensively. The American International Charolais Association has all of our performance records from the mid-1960’s on, in their data bank. This makes our EPD numbers quite accurate.
Bulls are sold throughout the year as breeding stock in Michigan. Each December, we consign coming two-year olds bulls to the Rancher’s Choice Bull Sale in Texas. We have consigned to this sale since it began in 1991, and have sold over 900 bulls in Texas since 1989. All bulls are sold with performance information and EPD’s furnished.
The calves that do not meet our standards as breeding animals, are retained and fed out. We have a very good market for them as fed cattle and freezer beef. We are full time farmers, and raise crops on about 1300 acres. We have a custom dairy heifer feeding operation in addition to the Charolais herd, to consume much of what we raise.