Shorthorns is a family-owned purebred operation that has been around for
three generations. Charles Springman moved to Wilmont, MN from Iowa in
1919, and Shorthorn cattle have been on the home place for 93 years. The
herd was commercial until 1958, when Joe & Marian were married and a short
while later they purchased 2 registered bred cows.
Dale became interested in the Shorthorn cattle at a young age. Upon
graduation from Western Dakota Vo-tech in Sturgis, SD, he went on to
become a Herdsman for various Registered Shorthorn & Hereford Breeders. In
1985, Dale & Susan were married and managed the Schmidt Ranch in Leola, SD
till 1989 when Joe passed away unexpectedly. This is when Dale & Susan
moved home to continue the tradition of Springman Shorthorns.
Aside from 3 cow families, everything stems back to Joe’s foundation cows.
These cows are unique because Joe never AI’d to the trendy bulls of the
times. Therefore, they never lost their fleshing ability and did not go
through the extreme frame changes of the 80’s and early 90’s. This is
why we are so high on the Canadian genetics. They kept a nice,
steady course of improvement and did not forget about the basics.
We have had the opportunity to use some outstanding bulls over the
Eionmor Mr. Gus 89E: Cody Nelson and I agree that this
is probably the best cow-maker to come out of Canada, and I regret
not collecting this bull everyday. We used him for three years
and you could keep every female out of him. Ask the crew at
JDMC what they think of theirs.
Eionmor Marquis 86G: This bull was used in Lynn Ewald's
program for four years, two years in our program, and then onto Dale
Studers, where he became well-known. JDMC has a number of his
daughters from us also. True calving ease, moderate frame, big
ribbed, and soft sided females are the norm. We thought enough
of this bull to purchase a son at JDMC's Common Sense Bull Sale in
SVFI Toro 746T:
We would like to thank Glen England from Salina, KS for breeding
this bull, and Cody Nelson for that phone call in March of 2008.
This might be the best all around bull we have used to date.
He does a lot of things the Jazz cattle do except with an added
frame score and more performance. The bulls are equally as
good as the females, which are calving right now. We are
really impressed at the udder quality and milk production.
These cows can survive in a gravel pit just like the Gus's and
Marquis'. We are going to use him for the fourth time, which
we have never done with any other bull.
We are serious about our females.
They are the back bone of our operation. We try to breed more from a
commercial perspective and yet still have some look to our cattle