The Video Fort

Geting the bulls on video for the sale this year proved to be quite a challenge. The crew overcame frigid temps, freezing cameras, the flu and got to build the biggest video fort ever at Felton Angus Ranch. You know what they say about men and their toys…….well get a load of what happens when a rancher builds a fort.

This fort has everything a videographer might need. A front row seat, protection from wayward bulls (fence) and heat, heat heat. You can see the propane heater in the fort.

Let’s back up in the story a bit………

The crew arrived bright and early on our first scheduled day to film bulls (pre-fort). The bulls were ready to go in the sub-zero temps but the video camera didn’t fair so well. Freezing cameras don’t get much work done around here. The guys finally threw in the towel without getting any bulls on film knowing that they needed a workable solution that included a warm area for the camera…..without trapping the camera guy.

Jim got to thinking…..and moving straw bales…..

John Andras, our Superior Livestock representative, consulted with Jim on fort construction.

Until the flu took him out on the second day of filming.

Jim took over filming the last two pens of bulls and we crossed our fingers.

Rich supervised.

Our brother-in-law Scott pitched in to help.

Our nephew on his pony Phyll.

Great job sorting out a bull!

All in a day’s work for this little cowboy.

Oops! Didn’t mean to startle you awake from your nap.

The video fort will be back again next year at Felton Angus Ranch. Jim can’t wait to build his next straw bale creation.


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  1. Craig Felton
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Hello Felton’s

    • Susie
      Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for checking out our blog!

  2. Craig Felton
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Hello Felton’s I was just wondering if you are related to any of the Felton’s in Eau Claire, WI. Have a great day.

    • Susie
      Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Craig,

      Not that I’m aware of????? I will check with Jim and see if he knows of any relatives in Wisconsin.


  3. Posted January 23, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I just won a year long battle with cancer
    but I had to sell my cattle and retire at age 75. If I make it to Montana this summer, may I stop and see your Ranch and cattle?

    Thank you

    Tom Williams

    • Susie
      Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tom, you bet! Just drop us a note via facebook, call or email when you are in our neck of the woods. Contact info is on the website.

  4. Katie Lattimore
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Haven’t decided. But might buy Angus semen or embryos.You could send me flyer to 11147 17 Mile Rd. Rodney, MI 49342.

    • Susie
      Posted December 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks for checking us out. Contact Jim directly about semen purchases. =Susie

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