Michael “Mike” Dale Russell, 68, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017. He was born on August 4, 1948 in Lampasas, Texas to his parents: Henry Dale Russell and Lila Mae Johnson-Russell.
Horses were Mike’s life, he thoroughly enjoyed showing and training his animals. Mike was seldom seen without one of his good cow dogs alongside him while out checking his cattle. He was a welder and backhoe operator the majority of his adult life. Mike was known to be a jack of all trades as he never found anything that he couldn’t do. He was a very creative and passionate person… always on the go and helping everyone he ever met…. And he never met a stranger
Mike and Vicki raised registered Murray Grey cattle the last several years, while Mike managed the Delaware Rural Water District #11, and volunteered as a firefighter in the community of Leach, OK.
Mike is preceded in death by his mother Lila Mae, and his son, Michael Weldon Russell.
Mike is survived by his wife of 15 years, Vicki Russell of Rose, OK; Son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Amber Dicken of Lubbock, Texas; his daughter, Rebecca Russell of Arizona; Father, Dale Russell of Texas; brothers Gene, Kenneth, David, and Randy, along with numerous family and friends of which there are too many to list.
Mike’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Leach School Gymnasium, 55979 S. 530 Rd, Rose, OK 74364. Mike will be memorialized with full Firefighter honors reserved for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Arrangements are entrusted in the care and direction of Lawson’s Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 311 W. Gray St., Jay, OK 74346, with Shaunda J. Lawson, 3rd Generation Owner/Funeral Director and Staff.
Not my most favorite time of year... The wind is blowing hard and the temperatures have dropped into the single digits overnight. Most the trees have lost their leaves, the grass is brown, skies are gray and dreary, and the Purple Martins are long gone. The garden is empty and resting until Spring. The cows, calves, and equine are all being fed hay now and the days are short. Thankfully, we pull our bulls out of the girl's pastures at certain times of the year so we don't have to worry about calves being born in these cold and unpredictable Oklahoma winters, so that's a blessing. It's a time of rest, a time to re-energize and to plan.
Thankful that we are all healthy and warm. The animals are doing well and we have plenty of hay stored to feed all winter. The calves are growing up quickly. Most all the momma cows are bred and will be having new babies in the spring when the grass is green and hopefully lush. Last year's FB Murray Grey heifers have been sold to great people and will go to their new homes soon or when they are weaned.
Thanks to Kathleen Milgard of Goodman, MO for purchasing 7 head of FB Murray Grey cows and heifers. She's very excited to be starting her new herd in the near future!
And thanks to Johnnie and Lindsay Boyd of Seneca, MO for the purchase of 3 FB Murray Grey heifers. They will be going to a great new home when weaned next spring!
We still have 2 - 50% Murray Grey/Brangus heifers for sale...
...as well as a couple of exceptional FB Murray Grey bull calves, and a 50% Murray Grey/Brangus bull calf.
And as always we have steers/beef for sale. We are a small family-owned and operated ranch. The pasture raised Murray Grey beef we sell comes from our ranch and we personally take care of our land and our livestock. We direct market our products using pre-orders for beef due to the rapid selling out of meat and the limited availability. The positive response from our customers is exciting. With inventory building each year, we hope to reach as many returning buyers as we can, as well as encourage others to try the superior MG beef!
Please call, write, or email for availability and current pricing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Russell Ranch OK!
We have several full blood and percentage, registered, Murray Grey heifers for sale. Their ages range between 7-22 months old. We will have 12 heifers total offered for sale, several later this year after they are weaned.
Heifers are out of BB Navajo & BB Hays. For pedigrees please check MG pages on our website at www.russellranchok.com The girls pictured below have been weaned, vaccinated, Bangs vaccinated or tested and are ready for new homes. We are located 60 miles east of Tulsa,OK.
Please call Mike Russell @ 479-217-0433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Babies everywhere! Calving season has started quickly this March. We are having lots of heifers born this year, which is very exciting! Lovin' the little girls! BB Navajo is putting strong genetics into our herd and we are very happy with these calves... lots of width, depth and muscling... along with great, easy-going personalities. Just what Murray Grey cattle are supposed to be!
Charity was born on a nice spring-like day. Both Hope and Charity are doing well. Hope is a great momma!
Tatiana had to give us a fright. Jewels was born during a storm and Tatiana needed some help having her as Jewels was a large baby. We all got wet but Jewels and Tatiana are both doing well. Such a pretty girl!
Patticake surprised us with her little girl. Pebbles was found in the afternoon, all dried off, up running and playing. It's nice to have surprises like that. :)
Lana was up in the lot being watched since she gave us twins last year and it looked like she might do that again. The weather turned cold this week but Lizzy was born healthy and happy. She is very active and loves to run laps around her momma.
BB Navajo's calves from last year are growing well. Stormy was born 8/23/15 and Caramel was born 8/15/15.
Not Murray Greys but nurse calves. :) Dot is raising her own bull calf, George (11/15/15), as well as two Angus calves, Sis (10/9/15) and Norman (11/15/15). All are growing fast with good Guernsey milk! Sis is definitely a keeper. :)
Welcome Dixie, the newest member of our family! Dixie arrived very unexpectedly one day as I was returning from the vet's office with a hurt baby goat. I happened to glance down the road (instead of looking at the cows) and saw "something" run across the road and clumsily climb over the side and vanish into the woods. I remember wondering if it was a cat, coon, or what? As I drove by, it suddenly came to me... A puppy! a very young puppy... Scared and trying to get off the road.
I backed up to where I had last seen the pup, parked, and began the chase - sort of... It doesn't take much to be faster than I am and the puppy certainly was, even so little. LOL I followed the pup... climbing over fallen, rotting trees, through brambles and vines, for about 15 minutes. Finally the puppy laid down to hide under a brush pile and I was able to reach her. Yes, a little girl that someone had dumped on the side of the road. I will never understand some people. Out where we live most animals that size end up being coyote dinner. Why didn't they at least take her to the dog pound and let someone try to help? Sigh.... Well, Dixie found a good home. :)
Look at that sweet face! How could anyone not love her?!?! She was so frightened and hungry. We decided to keep her... what else? LOL It took several days to find a name that really fit her personality. As she became more confident and at home, her true personality showed and we finally settled on the name Dixie. She has the terrier temperament and is fearless now that she knows she has a forever home. She loves to chew, chase the cat, and cuddle when she's sleepy. Dixie is so happy that she makes us all smile. :)
So of course, Dixie had to make a visit to the vets to get her vaccinations and worming. She traveled very well, sleeping most the time. And when she isn't sleeping, she loves to chew on her sock monkey toy. :)
Then we had to stop for a visit with her Aunt Sue. Dixie loved that! She spent 30 minutes getting petted and spoiled! LOL
Zach and Amber, our son and daughter-in-law, came to visit and fell in love with our Dixie girl. She charmed her way right into their hearts! Even with her oneriness, puppy barking and talking back, and trying to carry off their shoes to chew on while they were here.
Everyone loves Dixie... except the goats. The new momma goats are NOT happy having her around their babies. So in order to keep from getting smashed by mean momma goats, Dixie has to stay tied up in a pen while in the goat barn, She's not happy about that!
The Great Pyrenees LGDs are still checking her out. They really don't understand why something so little is even thinking about bothering their goats.
Dixie is learning to walk on a leash, respect the goatie mommas, other dogs, horses, cows, and guineas. She loves following the chickens and playing with the Kelpie pups, Desi and Lucy. She has lots of chew toys and her own kennel at night. She loves being with her new family and is already growing fast. We are very happy that Dixie joined our family and enjoys living with us! :)
All our Boer kids are sold...
For the first time in a couple of years we listed our Boer baby goats for sale. The ad went out on Sunday afternoon and by Tuesday ALL our babies were spoken for!! And we are still getting emails and calls from people wanting goatie babies. What a great problem to have! :) Be sure and put your name on our waiting list early next year if you're wanting any of our 2017 Boer kids!
We're very excited this year as we feel the little ones are going to really good homes... and to several folks that will be showing in different areas and different shows than our kids have the past few years. Exciting!!! We can't hardly wait to see how the all do!
5 kids~ 3 doelings and 2 bucklings will be going home with the John & Allison Stearman Family of Tecumseh, OK. We are all excited about their shows this year! The Stearman girls will be competing in some really different venues than our goats have in the past. Wishing them the very best in showing!
Lou and Caleb were sold to Karen Fuller of Mulberry, AR as bottle babies. Karen has raised goats in the past and is excited to be teaching her granddaughters about raising Boers. :)
All 6 of these lovely doelings will be going home with Ben Schlegal of the Farmington/Fayetteville, AR area. Ben is starting his journey into raising Boer goats and has gathered a nice, small herd already this spring. Ben has lots of past experience with animals and is planning on sharing this interest with his grandkids. :) Perhaps you'll see them at some local shows as well!
2 very nice wethers will be going home with Angelia Padusch of Claremore, OK. They will be shown by her daughter. She is a Senior this year and it may be her last year to compete. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they place well in her shows!
This stout little guy has a trip in front of him. He will be moving to Burrton, KS to be shown by Marla Klein's son in Kansas shows this year!
These 2 bucklings were sold as bottle babies and made the very long trip to Tonganoxie, KS. They are currently settling in to their new home with Craig & Dana Hayes. Dana has raised goats for some time and currently owns Roy Rogers, a nice buck that we raised. She has downsized some recently and is switching over to FB registered Boer goats. Thanks Dana & Craig for making that long drive to give these guys a great home!
Look at that face! After raising Mallory in the house for a few weeks, we were so attached we decided we just couldn't let her go. :) Mallory is here to stay and we're enjoying her BIG personality! Kristina's doeling looks so much like her sire, we just had to keep her as well~ It's really hard not to keep all of them! LOL
Ginger's wether (top) will be going home with the Troy & Sammi Bates family for their son Cope, to show this year. The 3 yearling does- Heather, Donna, and Katie will be heading back to the Benton County Fair to be shown again this year by the girls. Looking forward to seeing how well they all do again this year!
We have 1 last doe to kid. Elsa was bred late and isn't due until 4/13. So we have a nice break and have (almost) made it through a very successful kidding season. We lost only 1 kid this year and have 21 healthy, happy Boer babies on the ground. All their dams are doing very well and we're breathing a sigh of relief. Everyone is healthy and happy that Spring is just around the corner...
The Murray Greys are due to start calving the end of February. Tatiana, Lana, and Hope are looking like they are starting to spring some. Can't wait to have more MG babies soon! But that's another post. :)
After an unusually mild winter (knock on wood), the grass is starting to take on a green tint, we're on the lookout for Purple Martins to return, and I'm starting to get the "itch" to garden. Spring is almost here!
We started early this year with our first doeling kidding on January 31st. Peaches gave us triplets this year. Two lovely doelings and a big buckling. All three kids are doing well.
By the end of the first week of February we had 16 kids on the ground. :) Been a busy week without much sleep!
Emma joined the fun and gave us our second set of triplets on February 3rd. She has two nice, big bucklings and a lovely doeling.
Daisy kidded with twin bucklings on the 4th. Unfortunately, we lost one little guy. Daisy is very protective of her buckling and he is growing like a weed.
Missy joined Daisy and kidded with our third set of triplets the very same day!
We had a short break for a couple days and then on February 8th, we started up again Shamrock surprised us with twins, her first time ever. :) Shamrock is a great mother to her little buckling and doeling.
Tiffany decided to kid with twins the same afternoon, which was fortunate as she needed some help. Her first kid was a very large buckling. The next was a sweet doeling.
Found Natalie in labor when we went for the midnight check to see how she was doing.. She also had twins. A paint buckling and doeling. Such sweet little faces. :)
Kristina gave us twin doelings February 13th...Almost Valentine's Day babies:) She did good and we have two more lovely doelings!
We have Ginger and Elsa to still to deliver. Then we can relax and enjoy all the bouncing kids!
Random, fun kid pictures at the barn :) More to come!
Cool days and lots of rain has quickly turned to hot and muggy summer days. The grassy pastures and all kinds of babies are growing up too quickly. Almost all of the goatie kids have gone to their new homes, enjoying their new human kids and learning to become show goats.
The calves are in the pastures running and playing, sleeping and eating... enjoying life. Baby chicks and guinea keets are scratching at bugs and exploring under the watchful eyes of momma hens.
Everything is growing like crazy! Flowers are in bloom, the garden is busy keeping us in veges, the yard needs mowing weekly... Ahh... Wonderful Summer!!!
The barn is up and on it's way to being finished. That may take a while :P. It will be nice to actually have a horse barn and be able to keep the equine up and available when we want to ride or work with them. We're looking forward to that eventually.
Summer, of course, means relaxing a little, visiting with family and friends, cooling off in the pool and lots of barbecuing! We hope everyone is enjoying their summer time. :)
The baby goats are growing quickly. It won't be very long until they move to their new homes and start learning to become show goats. :) This is the very best time of the year to enjoy all the little ones antics and play! They are so fun to watch...
These two handsome boys will be joining Matt Penderson and his family in June. They are very nice bucklings and we are excited to see how they do in the Mayes County Fair shows this fall. From what we saw last year, these people kids are amazing at preparing and handling their goats in the show ring!
Two lovely doelings and two handsome wethers will be joining the Ty Russell family. The people kids showed several of our goat kids last year and did very well for their first year of showing goats. We're excited to see how these four do at the Benton County, Arkansas fairs this fall with their handlers. :)
Two precious doelings and our favorite boy Pete, will be shown by Troy and Sammi Bates' children. I really enjoyed watching them handle and show their goats last year and look forward to seeing them again at the Benton County Arkansas fair. They did an amazing job last year!
We have several new baby Murray Grey calves. The boys are out numbering the girls a little this year, but all are healthy and doing well. It's fun to watch the kids out playing in the pasture and doing all the normal things they do that drive their mommas crazy running after them! More pictures coming soon!
We sold some Murray Grey youngsters and a few mommas to keep our numbers reasonable for this property. It's very sad to see them go, but luckily they've all gone to really good homes.
RR Honey Girl and RR Rose are heading to Slaton, TX in July to their new home with Zach and AMber Dicken. They are both bred to BB Navajo and we look forward to seeing his calves. Honey and Rose were the first two heifers born on our place.
Nonnie and her heifer RR Grace, along with Nellie Belle and her bull calf Amos, are moving to Brownwood, TX this May. Congratulations to Gene and Shawn Russell. Both ladies are bred back to BB Navajo and will be having nice spring calves.
The rest of the crew has been purchased by Haley Rankin of Hico, TX. Petunia has been bred back to BB Navajo. The other girls aren't quite old enough yet and along with RR Tuff Enough they'll be out in the pasture enjoying the grass for some time. Good luck to Haley with building her own Murray Grey herd.
We've been blessed with good rains and not too much severe weather this spring. The animals are healthy, both calves and goatie kids are growing quickly. The grass is green, trees are leafing out, fruit trees are heavy with peaches, plums and a few apples. The garden is started nicely and is gifting us with fresh lettuces and spring crops. We are enjoying luscious home-grown strawberries and cream. Life is good in Oklahoma... :)
We have been extremely busy with several does kidding in the last week and more to come. The weather has been our worst enemy this year with extremely cold temperatures, freezing rain and drizzle, snow, and then more ice and cold weather... Oh...add some strong winds to that mix and it's been rough on our animals and on us. Certainly not our typical March weather here in Oklahoma.
Lonesome had 3 bucklings born 2/28/2015 in sub-freezing temperatures sometime during the night. She managed to keep 2 of them alive. We moved the smaller little one to the house so we could keep a close eye on him as he wasn't doing as well as his brother. He's now a bottle baby and house pet. :) We named him Pete. Lonesome has Thomas with her.
We lost Harley this year... :( She started showing signs of pregnancy toxemia about 10 days ago, so we were treating her for that and trying to keep her appetite up. She seemed to be holding her own for a few days. Then the really bad weather came in and it seemed to just take her down further. She gave birth to four premature babies. Way too many for her... We worked hard but weren't able to save her or her little one. This is one part of raising animals I truly hate. RIP Harley. We miss you and are glad we have your girls from last year with us. Eat lots of green grass and lay in the sun with other friends that have gone before. Love you bunches Harley girl...
Still fighting terrible weather, Ginger gave us a triple blessing when she kidded with no troubles and had a doeling and two bucklings on 3/4/2015. All three of her babies are eating well and running around like crazy...driving Ginger nuts. LOL She's such a great mom!
Both Shamrock and her daughter Daisy kidded 3/5/2014. They were a day or two over their due dates, thank goodness. Yes, another round of bad weather caught us mid-week and temps once again dropped... along with more freezing drizzle under 3" of snow and strong winds. The girls managed to hang in until the weather was a little better. Daisy gave birth to a doeling and a buckling. Both babies are doing well and Daisy is an excellent first time momma goat. :)
Shamrock is an old hand at kidding. She always has a single and usually has a little girl. We weren't surprised when she delivered a very nice little doeling this year. Shamrock is big doe and a very protective mother. She wasn't real happy with us being in her kidding pen when we were trying to make sure the baby got her colostrum. She has settled down now and both momma and daughter are doing well.
Today the weather is beautiful...sunny and warm. We have a short break until the rest of the girls are due starting in about 4-5 days. Peaches, Lily and Emma are resting and getting ready to become new mothers soon.
Hershey had a little bull calf 3/6/2015. She had no difficulty calving and is loving her new little man. He was born about 4 AM and got chilled before we found him. We brought him into the milk room, dried him off with the blow dryer and gave him some colostrum to help him warm up. Hershey is very proud of him and both momma and baby are doing well. With the weather staying warm we will turn them out in one of the small pastures this weekend to keep an eye on them for a few days.
Babies grow up and months pass by so quickly. It seems faster every year! The dairy girls, Dolly and Dottie have each raised their own calves and several others in the past year... as well as sharing their wonderful Guernsey milk with us. :) 'Tuff Enough' was weaned last week as he is now over 7 months old and a very big boy. He was moved up to the boys pen with the other bulls. We were able to find a new baby for Dolly Moo close to home that is fitting in very well. Welcome Jed,,,
Life is good with new babies and sunshine. Happy Spring! :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.