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RidingHerd By LEE PITTS
f my Grandpa was still alive I can just hear him saying something like, “I tell you, these darn cell phones will be the ruination of our country.” As a fellow curmudgeon I wouldn’t go that far, but I will say that they have really altered our society. I saw a recent poll that said 79 percent of all teenagers have a mobile device and 50 percent of those teenagers said they would die if they didn’t have them. 40 percent of all teenagers said they never envisioned owning a landline, or having any use for one. Which I suppose is why I can never find a phone booth any more. If I ever do go temporarily insane and buy a cell phone I guarantee you I’d NEVER buy one of those kind that clip on your ear and make you look like something from outer space. Although I can see why people buy them. People are multi-taskers these days and because their phones are now mobile they try to perform all sorts of tasks while talking on their phones. It’s a common sight to see people still driving down the road with their heads at a forty five degree angle. Although modern phones are sleek looking things they were not designed to be held on your shoulder by the side of your head, like the old-fashioned handsets that I still use on a daily basis. Consequently, I’ve seen a lot of people drop their phones. And they land in the darndest places. The first fella I ever saw drop his cell phone did so in a plate of spaghetti. I told my dimwitted friend that he could get the dreaded malady “noodle ear” if he talked on his iPhone with marinara sauce after that, but he was willing to take that risk. Even cowboys are using mobile phones these days, which I thought I’d never see. I was talking to a friend as he attempted to swap his horse’s bridle for a halter at the same time he was receiving an incoming call. Sure enough, he dropped his phone in a water trough. I held his horse for him as he peeled off his shirt to go diving for his phone. He got his arm wet up to his shoulder as he went bobbing for AT & T. You have to say this for the cell phone makers, they make a good product. My
buddy dried off his phone and it worked as good as new, although he kept whacking the side of his head for a day or two to get rid of the water in his ear because his phone leaked. One interesting drop I witnessed happened at a cattle sale when I had to use the restroom facilities. Standing next to me was an order buyer who was busy talking on his phone as he tried to make his bladder gladder. Usually in that situation I try not to pry into another man’s business, but when I heard the order buyer utter a most offensive swear word I looked over and there was his smart phone in the urinal. (I bet that never happened when he used the phone booth!) So he’s standing there with an anguished look on his face trying to decide if it’s worth it or not to lose all his personal data and his cell phone, or if he should just flush it all down the drain, so to speak. Another time I was at a sale looking at the bulls with a new field man who was trying to get an order for a bull by talking with a breeder back east on his cell. It would’ve been a real feather in his cap if he got the order. So there he is with his head at a 45 degree angle holding his cell as he tried to look into his catalog to get some breeding information for the prospective buyer. That’s when it happened. He dropped his phone into the biggest, the freshest, most recent model cow pie I’ve ever seen. And believe me, I’ve seen a lot of them. When that cell phone hit its target it sounded like a ripe watermelon hitting the bottom of a bathtub and it sent out tsunami waves that were felt as far as five feet away, if you get my drift. So the young field man is standing there looking like someone who’d just watched his pet dog get run over, and there’s his phone with the prospective buyer’s voice emanating from the cow pie. At this point the young man had to make one of the biggest decisions in his young life: Do I or don’t I? I couldn’t resist . . . “Just how valuable is that cell phone of yours now,” I asked the perplexed young man.
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f Will and Deb Cockrell and their four kids had their name on a rancher, it’s in his DNA and he’s the kind of guy you can’t picture marquee in Las Vegas it would surely read, “Starring the Cockdoing anything else. So why does he have that mop and toilet rell Family, the hardest working family in the cow business.” plunger in his hands? We’ll get to that in a moment. It’s hard enough to run a cow calf and and stocker operation the After the couple married in 1979 they partnered with Will’s size of theirs, but throw in a list of all the other things they do and parents, William and Betty Cockrell in the cattle business. Then in it would wear a person out just contemplating such a challenge. 1988 they purchased one of the family’s former ranches. To keep it Although the ranching came first they’ve had to be creative. When their logging, lodging, photograan old house on the ranch was phy and cattle marketing activities going unused the couple renovathave also helped pay the bills. ed it and turned it into a lodge for Will and Deb complement extra income. That’s how Cockrell each other perfectly: she’s a bounRanches High Desert Lodging cy, can-do optimist while he’s (www.highdesertlodging.com) more of a, “What’s the next thing was born in 1997. Guests came to that can go wrong?” kind of guy. hunt, watch birds, ride their horsDeb definitely sees the glass as es, fish in the area, hike or just to half full of opportunity while Will enjoy the panoramic views of sees it as half full of hard work. mountains’ meadows, cattle and Put the two together and you end wildlife. After the first house up with a family that is never proved to be a winner Will and afraid to take chances on a new Deb decided to build another business venture, while at the three bedroom lodge. That’s how same time being aware that bad Will came to have the mop and luck, or a bad market, can hit you plunger in his hands. One thing Deb and Will Cockrell: at any time. about this family, they’ve never “. . . never afraid to take chances . . .” Mention the name Cockrell in been afraid of hard work. the northeastern corner of CaliforAs life often does, one thing led nia, and you get the same response as you’d get if you uttered the to another and another business was born. To decorate the walls of name of Simplot in Idaho, or Haythorn in Nebraska. The Cockrells the guest lodges Deb started hanging some of her award winning were among the first to settle in the Surprise Valley area and Will is photos. The initial idea was to help educate the city folks who a sixth generation rancher there. stayed at their lodges, but a side benefit was that Deb fell in love For awhile it looked like Will might break from the family busiwith photography. You can see and feel the passion in her photos ness when he received his automotive technician degree at as well as a deep love for nature and the land. Besides bringing in Wyoming Tech. But that was just Will being Will. It was just good, extra income, Deb’s photos have helped portray the rancher in a conservative thinking to have a fallback position just in case the catfavorable light. tle business was not kind to them. Will was always going to be a The same year that Will and Deb started their lodging business
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Will was asked by the Peeks of Shasta Livestock to become a rep for a video auction the Peek’s co-owned. Will has since become one of the leading reps for Western Video Market as he helps to get top dollar for his friends and neighbors throughout California, Nevada and Oregon. Will gets so many cattle consigned that during the busy season he often sends Deb to ship some of the customer’s cattle. Likewise, when things get busy at the Lodges Deb often asks Will to help change sheets and scrub floors. Despite all their dawn to dusk hard work, Will and Deb have also managed to raise the nicest bunch of kids you’ll ever meet. Cassie, Ashley, Wayne and Weston Cockrell are polite, hardworking and talented ranch kids. And being Cockrells, they all have serious a streak of entrepreneurship in their genes. That’s probably due to a little project they had growing up. Like most parents Will and Deb worried about how they were going to put their four smart kids through good college. As they always do, the Cockrell’s came up with a good idea. In 1999 the four Cockrell kids formed a partnership, called CAWW Partnership (the first letter of each child’s name). The goal was for them to trade out their work on the ranch, putting up the hay, irrigating, and riding herd on the Cockrell cattle during the summer when they were out of school. In return Will and Deb would give them some pasture to run some yearlings. They all signed a contract and the kids borrowed the money from the bank using their life savings as collateral. We told you the Cockrells were never afraid to take risks! The Plumas Bank loaned the four Cockrell kids the money to buy their first 100 head of stock and in so doing Cassie, Ashley, Wayne and Weston became the bank’s youngest borrowers. At the time they ranged from eight to 16 years old. They ran yearlings under this arrangement until the older kids, already in college, decided that the risks of running stockers in a volatile market outweighed the rewards. In a very timely move they pulled their chips off the table . . . but not until they had paid for their college educations with the aid of scholarships. (We told you they were smart!) Their timing in exiting the cattle market was akin to selling all your stocks just before the market crashed last year. After having been in the saddle since they rode double with either their mom or dad since the age of three, it’s no surprise continued on page 14
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Cockrell Ranch continued from page 13 that the Cockrell kids are top hands, one and all. They’ve all taken their turn riding drag as the family trailed their cattle back and forth every year to their Nevada range 28 miles away. In addition to carrying on the family ranching tradition the four Cockrell kids have pursued other interests. After going to Chico State, Cassie has a career in finance and Ag appraising, Ashley is in her third year in Veterinary school at UC Davis, Wayne is back in his third year of college after returning from an eight month internship in Australia where he worked on cattle and sheep stations, and Weston is enjoying his last year at Surprise Valley High School. Weston is a skilled welder and he makes hand-rolled western wheel picnic tables that he advertises on the Internet. How they find the time amongst all their for-profit enterprises for community service is a mystery but Will has been a Director of the Modoc County Cattlemen’s Association, served as Modoc County District 1 Planning Commissioner for 10 years, continues a 15 year span of being on the Surprise Valley High School FFA Ag Advisory Committee, has been President of the Nevada Cattlemens North Washoe Unit twice, and is a Director of the Surprise Valley Soil Conservation District. Deb received Lassen College Who’s Who in American Jr. Colleges in Business Administration, is a 4-H — Cooking, Photography, Swine and Horse Leader, taught Quicken classes to many small businesses and ranchers through UC Davis extension offices, was President and Vice President of the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce and was Modoc County Cattlewoman of the year in 2001. The Cockrell family was named the 2005 Modoc County Ranching Family of the Year and in the process has created a template for other ranchers to follow in trying to hold on to the ranch. They’ve done it with hard work and family values. Before reality television came along to numb the nation’s mind, this hard working family was featured on TV shows like California Heartland and The John Tyson Show, and they’ve achieved all this success without once having ever appeared in front of Judge Judy or on page one of a grocery store tabloid. Using the same straight forward, honest English that Will is known for, you could say the Cockrells are simply . . . “good people.” — by Lee Pitts Livestock Market Digest
Mussard’s Reminisce Angus Ranch Montana
ryan and Marcia Mussard raise Angus seedstock near Dillon, Montana. “2009 was our 25th anniversary sale. I’ve had cows my whole life; I borrowed $400 when I was 10 years old to buy my first cow,” says Bryan. His family had a small ranch and a feedlot at Dillon while he was growing up. He was in the commercial cattle business until 1984 when he bought his first registered heifers. “I didn’t get serious about the Angus business until 1989 when I started raising registered bulls. In 1991 I graduated from college and started a bull test station here in Dillon, called Mussard Bull Development Center. In college, I wrote a business plan my senior year, stating that I would go 10 years or until I had 100 registered cows of my own. On the ninth year I had 100 registered cows, so we decided to end the bull test and pursue our own registered herd and expand it,” says Bryan.
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Mussard Angus pair: “We just want to eliminate the outliers that affect our bottom line.”
Since 1993 he’s been collecting carcass data and performance data on all calves that didn’t go for breeding stock, using that information to improve the cowherd genetically for feedlot and carcass performance. “We were testing them on the ranch every year by selling all the open cows, all late calvers and the bottom producers. So we were keeping track of all the data at home and all the performance data when they left home, and started tweaking and honing what we call the extreme middle. We’ve made that our goal — to breed cattle for the extreme middle. You can call them average cattle, but we call it the extreme middle, and feel that getting around all continued on page 16
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the bases is a home run for us,” he explains. “We don’t strive to be number one in any trait. We just want to eliminate the outliers that affect our bottom line, in every trait. By doing that, we don’t have to make any major swings. We can spend most of our time finetuning.” He started one of the earliest source-andage-verified programs in Montana, in 2003, called the Tracker Program. “We got introduced to several feeders and packers, and learned how to cross that bridge and find out what’s on the other side — in the Midwest where they feed our cattle and process them. We spent three years in myth-busting sessions, learning the challenges of those two segments of the industry. This helped us come home and learn how to manage genet-
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ics, health and nutrition,” he says. “We worked with Mark Nelson, through Angus America, and looked at several grids. This is where we came up with the concept of the extreme middle. There were several myths out there, that you must have one extreme or another. There are yield grids, continental grids, English grids or quality grade grids. People feel they have to try to target one grid, and by the time you get all your cattle there, then it changes. So the industry stays confused. What I found, when I looked at three different grids, is that they all paid the same premium for the very center. Some paid a little more for prime, some paid more for yield grade 1s and 2s, but when you got to the very center of all three grids, it was exactly the same. So this is what we shoot for — the extreme middle on the grids,” explains Bryan. When you do this, you can work for consistency, rather than having to keep changing focus. “You can sell your cattle on any grid, and if you shoot for the bulls-eye in the middle you’ll get paid a premium on any of them. So we are not interested in primes, nor yield grade 1s, or selects, or yield grade 5s. Focusing on the middle, we’ve helped our customers average $50 to $75 annually
on grid value in feedlots that are consistently bringing home $12 to $18 on the grid.” He also learned that what they did for the cattle health-wise, up until selling them, such as preconditioning, weaning, etc. before they went to the feedlot, made a difference. “We get individual data on sickness, death loss, feed efficiency, average daily gain, individual carcass data, etc. We can look at each animal individually and then look at the entire group,” he says. “A customer can come to us and we look at their close-out records. We might see that their health looks good, the cattle gain really well, but need more marbling — they didn’t have very many that graded choice. So when they come to our bull sale, out of 170 bulls we can sort through the bulls and say okay, here are 30 to pick from that won’t hurt you on what you are already doing well, but will really help you in marbling,” he explains. Some customers need help to improve rib-eye, feedlot performance or something else. “We can help people move their herds to the extreme middle,” says Bryan. They can find something that’s strong where they are weak, without giving up what they already have going for them. — by Heather Smith Thomas
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Mae Lopez New Mexico
e live in an age where “Multiple Career Disorder” has become an epidemic, with workers not only changing jobs every seven years but changing their entire careers. With layoffs, the end of pensions as we once knew them, downsizings and bankruptcies it’s very rare that you find a person who has stayed at one firm their entire 30-year career. So, can you imagine someone staying with the same business for 50 YEARS? Hard to believe, but that’s exactly what Mae Lopez has done. You probably wouldn’t be reading this magazine right now if not for Mae, and yet she did not write a single story, take one picture or sell one ad. What she did do, right up until the time she retired last month, was do all the billing, oversee the circulation, work with the sales people and perform a host of other jobs that are the heart of any publishing business. And she’s done it for multiple publications and thousands of issues for half a century. And so, we affectionately tip our Stetson to Mae Lopez and thank her for her expertise and her warm friendship these many years. Have you ever met someone for the first time and known immediately that you’ve met someone special, someone you wanted to become friends with? Forever? That’s Mae Lopez, and we’d like to tell you a little about her. After all the countless issues and pages, she deserves a little ink of her own. Mae was born in such a small New Mexican town that we dare you to find it in any atlas. But Emudo is there, 40 miles north of Santa Fe. Mae’s father was a railroad superintendent who walked out on Mae and her mother when the young child was only five years old. The family bounced around awhile between Utah and New Mexico as Mae’s mother tried to figure out a way to feed her family. The only thing Mae’s mother knew for sure was that she would not be a drag on society, no ward of state or welfare mom was she. Luckily the family was politically connected and Mae’s mother got a liquor license and opened the Apple Valley Bar and Lounge on the Rio Grande River in another town not found in many atlases:
Velarde, New Mexico. Hint: It’s near the booming town of Emudo. The business started out as a bar, then a lounge with a restaurant and eventually a store. Mae’s mom ran the business for 47 years, proving that the ability to stick with an occupation runs in her family! Mae’s stepfather, who owned a body shop in nearby Española, adopted Mae and finally she had a family that was as solid as the adobe walls of the homes that dotted the New Mexican landscape. Mae can remember working in the store, stocking the shelves and stacking the returnable pop bottles. She also remembers there were great perks to be had when your mother owned the only store in town. Along the Rio Grande, farmers and homeowners raised peaches, apricots and apples that Mae grew quite fond of. The only problem was that hers was a mercantile family, not a farm family. But Mae did have access to candy bars, which her schoolmates were more than willing to trade for with the apples they brought in their lunch buckets. Perhaps that is when and where Mae developed her business skills, and her fondness for fruit. At the age of 13 Mae was sent to a boarding school, Northern New Mexico Normal, not because she was a bad girl but because she was a good one. She spent her freshmen through senior years there, coming home on weekends, and she thrived in the environment. After graduation she got a scholarship to go to business school in Albuquerque where she lived with eight other girls. During this time Mae saw a help wanted ad from the New Mexico Woolgrowers to perform circulation chores. She got the job and when a gal who worked at the New Mexico Stockman Magazine quit Mae was hired to take her place. And as they say, the rest is history. 50 years worth, in fact. At first Mae worked on circulation for the Stockman while she finished her business schooling at night. Mae’s talents were readily apparent and when the opportunity came, Mae was named the business and office manager for the New Mexico Stockman. She was all of 22 years old! Mae’s first boss was Parley Jensen who
Mae Lopez: “. . . Mae has been the well oiled axle of the wheel; everything revolved around the axle and Mae has never let us down. Not ever.”
later sold the magazine to Bill Hunt. He owned it for 12 years before selling out to eager entrepreneur, Chuck Stocks. He was an ex-serviceman and Oklahoma native who wanted to be in the livestock publishing business. Only Chuck did not want to be just one of the boys hotfooting it down the road to the next sale. No, Chuck wanted to publish his own magazine. He looked all over the country for his best opportunity and found it in New Mexico. Thus began a highly successful career in publishing. At Chuck’s side the entire time was Mae Lopez. Chuck is, and was, a serial entrepreneur. In addition to turning the Stockman into one of, if not the largest state cattlemen’s magazines in the country (the July issue was 218 pages long) he also founded the New Mexico Business Journal and Super Looper magazine for the United States Team Roping Association. It’s one thing to take over a magazine but to start two successful ones from scratch requires talent and skill in large quantities. Both of which Chuck and Mae had. When the Livestock Marketing Association wanted to sell the Livestock Market Digest because it was hemorrhaging red ink they tried to sell it to every major livestock publisher in existence. All but one turned it down. Chuck Stocks took on the challenge and revived the Digest, and Mae Lopez has been a key ingredient to its success; running the office, overseeing circulation, accounts receivables and anything else that needed to be done. Mae did it. Says Chuck in speaking about Mae, “Looking back on our years together working for these publications and the people of Livestock Market Digest
the livestock industry, I realize that it must have been fate that brought us together. I don’t think either of us could have accomplished the things we did without the other. It has been a near a perfect partnership. I’ve always been about the photos and the stories and the advertisers and the handshaking and back patting and the phone calls. Mae on the other hand has ridden herd on the hundreds of thousands of business and administrative details that are unique to publishing a successful magazine. What you see is a pretty magazine with lots of pictures and stories and ads, but the reality is, a magazine is more about numbers and ledger entries and billings and taxes and subscription renewals and postal regulations than it is about ink on paper. For all of us who have worked everyday for these many years to put our publications in people’s mailboxes every month, Mae has been the well oiled axle of the wheel; everything revolved around the axle and Mae has never let us down. Not ever.” Says Chuck, “It’s hard to find words to describe Mae. “She's first and very obviously, an extremely smart, competent person. She’s also a tireless worker and is totally obsessive about the details. In Mae's world, you don't do anything halfway . . . you stay till the job is done and done right and then you check it one more time to make sure.” There were other ventures that Chuck embarked upon with Mae at his side. They imported eel skin from Korea and started a club calf sale in Tucumcari that ran for 13 successful years. Mae met the breeders and did all the accounting. During all this time Mae can only remember one long vacation they took and that was many years ago. Mae was also in on the ground floor of something else that changed the entire livestock industry. Jody Butterfield was a writer for the Stockman when she went to interview a man named Allan Savory who had some rather radical ideas about range management. Jody ended up marrying Allan and they came to Albuquerque and shared the same building with Chuck’s publishing empire. Allan had somebody else in mind when he asked Chuck to help him launch his Savory schools based on the Savory Grazing Method and Holistic Resource Management. But Chuck convinced Allan that there was only one person for the job. That’s how Mae Lopez became the office manager for Allan’s business and his schools, in addition to all of her magazine duties. “I met some of the most interesting people and learned a lot from the classes that Allan and others taught in the HRM 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
schools,” says Mae. “Not only about livestock but about self improvement. It allowed me to grow as a person.” In the course of the ten years that Mae was Allan’s business manager Savory’s methods grew like an out-of-control wildfire in the United States and around the world. Mae helped the group get their nonprofit status and the growth of the entire concept can only be described as “explosive.” All of Mae’s efforts would not have been possible without the aid and support of her husband Bill and son Jimmie. She married Bill at the age of 19 and just like her job, her marriage has been as long lasting as it has been true. Bill was a heavy equipment operator at the time they met and ran heavy equipment until another opportunity came along. That was when Hollywood rediscovered the Southwest as a place to shoot movies. Bill started taking jobs to work in the transportation department of major movie studios and through the years he has worked on movies such as Wyatt Earp, Tombstone, Silverado, Terminator 4, Milagro Bean Field War, and many more. Jimmie would eventually follow his father into the same line of work. Bill is a typical New Mexican man: humble, kind, competent, hardworking and honest. I think the first time I met him he was in the office helping Mae send out circulation renewals. Despite his own career, he’s always been willing to help, even though the compensation may have only been a much appreciated, “Thank you.” Says Chuck, “Mae’s husband Bill, has been a big player
on our team. He has his own successful profession, but he has been a big part of our organization since he and Mae married, 48 years ago. Bill has always generously helped us. Not a week goes by that Bill isn’t performing some important function for us.” Bill says, “Mae tells me she married the magazine before she married me, so first things first.” Likewise, Mae and Bill’s son Jimmie has been drafted into service over the years and even now, in his 40’s, Jimmie is always ready to jump in when something needs to be done. As Mae retires she leaves with grace and dignity, as anyone who has ever known her would expect. It’s the same way she’s led her life. Reflecting on her long and distinguished career Chuck sums it up best: “Most important to me, Mae is as loyal a friend as a person could ever have. She has always been there to encourage me, to inspire me, to show her confidence in me and to cry with me when that was the only thing left to do.” The publishing world is changing rapidly these days and some question whether magazines and newspapers, at least the kind you can hold and read in your hands, will even exist in the future. Mae will now leave that for others to decide. But it truly can be said that in an historical sense, Mae lived and worked during the “Golden Age” of livestock publishing. In fact, she made much of that history happen. Mae . . . we, and the industry, will miss you. — by Lee Pitts
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s the daughter of an Arizona feedlot family and current owner of several agricultural businesses, Barbara Jackson has a unique understanding of the industry. Barbara and Tim, her husband of 20 years, own and operate the Tucson-based Animal Health Express, a mail-order animal health products business. Started in 1990, the business now has customers across the U.S., with their largest customer base in Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas. Part of that can be attributed to proximity, but the biggest factor is a strong connection to the western livestock industry. “One reason we started the mail order business was that most similar companies are based in the Midwest,” Barbara said. “There is a world of difference between Midwestern and Western operations — public lands, desert conditions, it’s a whole different deal.” Animal Health Express does some wholesale business, but the majority of customers are end consumers, ranchers and horse people, she said. In 1995, Barbara and Tim started Repro Tec, which markets a bull fertility testing product developed by researchers at the University of Arizona. “It’s a little, fast-acting test, kind of like a home pregnancy test, to detect a specific, heritable protein in a bull’s semen,” she explained. “It’s a onetime test — if he has it, he always has it. Between ten and fifteen percent of bulls tested are negative.” Bulls with the protein have been shown to be up to 19 percent more fertile than those without. In 2002, the Jacksons opened their retail outlet, Vaquero Feed & Livestock Supply, a full-service farm and ranch store in Tucson. In addition to her “official” job, Barbara is a powerhouse in the Arizona CowBelles. She is a past state president and twice a past local President. She is the Region VI Director for the American National Cattlewomen, the national CowBelles organization, and in 2007 was named ANCW CattleWoman of the year. She serves as ANCW Newsletter Committee Chair and as Co-chair of the new Animal Welfare Committee. This committee works closely with the Animal Ag Alliance, and Barbara also serves on that group’s
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board of directors. In addition, she serves on the board of directors and is a past president of the Arizona Cattle Industry Research & Education Foundation. Barbara grew up attending CowBelles meetings with her mother, and is a longtime member of the organization. She became very active after moving back to Arizona. “At that time, in 2001, Arizona decided to host the National Beef Cookoff. I became the state chairman for that, then got in knee deep.” Cattlewomen and CowBelles have always played an important role in Barbara’s life. “I lost my mother as a teenager, and even though she was my greatest influence for the values and work ethic I have today, I have looked at many of these women as my role models and mentors. As one of the first women to enter the male-dominated animal pharmaceutical business, there were no role models for me. I identified and related to some of these ladies who ran their own ranches and businesses. It seems like wherever I have gone, there has always been a special lady who took me under her wing and helped me succeed.” “CowBelles are just a neat bunch of women. I mean, you talk about pioneers!,” Barbara said. “Long before the Beef Checkcontinued on page 22
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sumers,” she said. “CowBelles are still doing beef promotion and consumer education but we have added a legislative action network. Now, we have a tremendous new challenge with the animal rights businesses, yes I mean businesses, to contend with. They are better funded than we are, they have over $130 million a year. Their stated objectives are to put animal agriculture out of business.” “The times are pretty spooky,” Barbara continued. “It’s so important for people in our industry to be active in their livestock associations and be aware of what’s going on to make sure they can respond and aren’t caught flat-footed.” In 1999, Barbara was appointed by thenGovernor Jane Hull to the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examiners Board, a regulatory and licensing board for veterinarians in the state. Barbara served as the livestock industry representative on the nine-member board, which is made up of five veterinarians and four public members, until 2004. “I really enjoyed serving on the board. I am very proud of them, it’s a very well-run and levelheaded group of people who have to deal with tough issues. The board is pretty savvy, and I am proud to have been involved.” After graduating from college, Barbara worked with her family for a year before going to work for Syntex Animal Health in 1977. Syntex has since become part of Fort Dodge. “Growing up in the feedlot business, we had salesmen coming by all the time,” she said. “After deciding that I wasn’t going to stay in the family business, I started looking around. I became a traveling saleslady in 1977, one of the first in the business, working with a product line geared toward the feedlot business.” After a successful ten-year career, Barbara started looking for something a little closer to home. “The problem was that I really liked living in Arizona, but wasn’t getting to spend much time there,” she laughed. Barbara started TurnKey Promotions, a marketing and consulting business, and worked with clients like Walco, Elanco, Sunwest and Southern Arizona International Livestock Association. Red Rock Feeding Co., which was started by Barbara’s parents Carl and Pat Stevenson in 1965, is still in the family and going strong. Today, her brother, Dave Stevenson manages the 30,000-head custom feedyard and farming operation. Her sister, Mary Jo Rideout is the comptroller and Carl, at 91, still drives out to the yard daily to offer his input. — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson Livestock Market Digest
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AIS, the national animal identification system is a big government boondoggle that can easily be compared to President Obama’s plan to borrow trillions of dollars, much of it from the Chinese, to save a bad economy that was created in the first place by too much borrowing. NAIS will NOT make our food safer but it will most certainly make thousands of small stockmen disappear. It will require ranchers to spend a great deal of money on equipment, inserting the chips, and reporting any changes, with terrible fines for computer errors, acts of nature, or noncompliance. Yet factory farms are exempt from those same rules. The USDA is pushing it partly to show they are doing something about the pitiful state of food safety, which they have botched BIG TIME. The original NAIS plan caused such a backlash that in November 2006 the USDA backtracked and said, “We must emphasize that NAIS is a voluntary program at the Federal level, and USDA has no plans to make participation in any component of the program mandatory.” Just as you’d expect, now the USDA is most definitely making noises that the plan must be made mandatory. If the NAIS gravy train is derailed most of the credit can be given to one man: Darol Dickinson. The famous Longhorn breeder and artist has already been named a member of the “Digest 25”, but his efforts on NAIS on behalf of all cattlemen deserve another laudatory trajectory launched in his honor. Darol remembers when he came to hate the whole idea behind NAIS. “When I attended my first USDA listening session about NAIS the leader lied to everyone. He said NAIS would happen, we would not have a choice, sign up now.” (Needless to say, Darol did not sign up.) “He said that hoof and mouth would devastate the U.S. cattle business overnight, then with one phone call to Texas A&M, at Uvalde, Texas, I found cattle with Hoof and Mouth were still good to eat and the disease was only a skin thing. He told me Anthrax could sweep the nation and could kill every cow. I made one phone call and found out for 80 cents anyone can buy an Anthrax vaccine and
never have an Anthrax problem. “Then the USDA began to give out “cooperative agreements” to hire people to enroll in NAIS premises,” recalls Darol. “I call these agreements more simply, “bribes.” Bribes is what you give someone to do something they don’t want to do, then they do it, against their better judgment. “The basis of NAIS was deception without necessity — paid for by all taxpayers. All of the above made my blood boil.” Darol began to paw in the dirt like a mad bull. “For the first time in my life I had an opportunity to oppose a vicious federales program that would put my fellow livestock producers under with red tape, enforcements, fines and destroy new business. I, by choosing this battle with USDA could save billions in losses to ranchers and honest farmers. At a cost of my own cattle sales over the last four years, I have worked four to 18 hours a day opposing NAIS. (Darol is one of the leading, if not THE leading Longhorn breeder in the country, and has been for decades). His efforts on NAIS have horribly reduced his business sales and profits. “Had we not sold an occasional high dollar Texas Longhorn bull,” says Darol, “it would not have been possible to fight this nasty war.” He continues, “from early 2005, after the first smoke was blown up my hub cap from USDA, I have carefully researched NAIS. One after another promises from USDA promoters are either false, worthless or just plain ignorant. The concept of NAIS is designed by white shirted, clean handed veterinarians in marble hall offices with high salaries and retirements that would impress Oprah. The NAIS designers have not stepped in enough nasty corral stuff to know the basic business of livestock. “The next mystery is why AQHA, NCBA, Farm Bureau, Beef Magazine and Drover Magazine do not stage a hissy-fit opposing NAIS and what it will do to their membership and subscribers. When I can’t understand common sense things, I assume they have been bought, and it is true. The slimy USDA bureaucrats with thick brief cases have made their rounds and millions have been bought to their own guilt and shame.” Darol’s first attempt at a website oppos-
ing NAIS was www.naisSucks.com. “The name was chosen due to the puking nasty program it is,” says Darol, who, it can be said, is not what you’d call a politically correct person. “I am not a fair and balanced person,” says Darol. Some publications refused to reference www.naisSUCKS.com due to the off color connotation so Darol changed the name to accommodate the kinder gentler people. “We changed it to www.naisSTINKS.com and retained the same articles.” Either way, when you read a SUCKS or STINKS article it will not leave you straddling a fence by a writer who couldn’t figure it out. Says Darol, “One of the great early research articles published, as the negative NAIS data begin to boil over the cow piles, was Back Door Bureaucrats by Lee Pitts. The USDA has such strong advertising ties with most livestock publications the editor’s bladders get weak when it comes to printing an opposition NAIS article. Not Lee Pitts. He lets it fly like a Johne’s herd sire. His article is available on “Stinks”, is a classic. “Each time USDA presented NAIS for some quasi-noble reason, a selling USDA article was written for release to all the media — livestock, rodeo, general news, farming, etc. One of 42 STINKS research writers quickly presented the factual opposition in clear detail. The USDA articles were printed without a blink by every back woods and up town publication. The opposition articles were printed in one of 20 of the same publications. “STINKS sends out daily NAIS opposition articles to over 2,000 bloggers. Two livestock editors in New Mexico informed STINKS not to send NAIS opposition articles to them. The NCBA, Beef Magazine and many others, once considered honest, also refuse to receive opposition NAIS articles. All of these brilliant articles by careful researchers are on www.naisSTINKS.com. “STINKS is dedicated to complete information opposing NAIS,” says Darol. “The NAIS founders and promoters would destroy the livestock industry, so why should those of us making a living with livestock treat them with any more respect than fecal material in a wedding punch bowl? Livestock Market Digest
“STINKS has 147 reprintable NAIS opposition articles to date. As a complete service government defense site there are cartoons, printable handouts, flyers, videos and a companion blog. During the recent USDA listening sessions reprints from STINKS were handed out at all locations and STINKS research info was quoted. When the USDA prepared a $430,000 NAIS TOOL KIT for all licensed veterinarians, STINKS immediately offered a zero funded NAIS SURVIVAL TOOL KIT. It prints from the site in book form, with index and 15 articles to inform and protect ranchers from government terrorists. When a manuscript is released by a STINKS researcher it goes immediately to 2,100 media and bloggers. It is then forwarded on to more than two million viewers within 24 hours. Every state veterinarian, state NAIS director and most Senators and Congress members receive it. “Although STINKS researchers are prepared to document and defend every article, most livestock editors do not print opposition information, nor do they respond with any questions about data,” says Darol. “When the first STINKS emails were generated, there were only a few sites with NAIS opposition. Now four years later there are organizations in every state, hundreds of sites with featured NAIS opposition information, Yahoo groups in every state, attorneys that have resigned their jobs to oppose NAIS full time, ranchers who have been forced to become activists, and writers to defend the family businesses. Google records today 377,000 articles for “NAIS opposition.” The next step for Darol’s web site is to look into what should be looked upon as bribery, plain and simple. “Bureaucrats have received generous “gifts” from industry businesses that plan to profit from a mandatory NAIS,” according to Darol. “In the future the humble livestock producers will hammer bureaucrats that have had NO oversight, and sucked the pot dry with their blood thirst, draining the livestock industry. Unless Washington can grab themselves by the pants and listen to the 95 percent of livestock producers who oppose NAIS, there will be pitch forks and cow manure in their town. Cowboys are tired of human burdizzos, gutless editors, and ruthless enforcement’s planned for the innocent.” Darol Dickinson has had a remarkable career in the livestock industry. Stopping NAIS would be the crowning achievement, and every rancher in America will owe him one huge THANK YOU. — by Lee Pitts 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
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more bare than a stripper’s bottom. It’s estimated that during the time it’s been “protected” that 90 percent of the plant species that existed on it when it was made off limits to cows, have died out. The ranch almost next door which had cattle grazing on it all that time had native grasses growing in abundance. Dagget came to believe that what was needed was not to leave the land alone, but to manage it. The Leave-It-Alone assumption says Dagget is all wrong and he calls the “protection” of land a form of “abandonment.” This is the premise of his latest book, Gardeners of Eden, which has been called the most important conservation manifesto since Aldo Leopold's “Land Ethic”. If Dagget has changed his opinion about cows wait until you hear what he now has to say about his former friends in the environmental community: “I changed my environmental politics because I came to believe that mainstream environmentalists, the great majority of whom are liberals, are more interested in expanding the role of government than in fixing what’s wrong with the environment. Or in sustaining or enhancing what’s right. And because liberals operate by, within, and through the government to control an ever greater portion of
our lives — where we get our health care, what kind of cars and food we can buy, how we dispose of our trash, raise our children, etc.— any increase in government power is an increase in their power.” Dagget is more interested in producing real results rather than regulations and is all for what he calls “conservative environmentalism”, which would reward the rancher for his success and empower him to increase the number of endangered species, for instance. According to Dagget, “the reason environmental problems seem so hard to solve may be because the leftist methods we use to deal with them are so ineffective. I concluded that many of those who call themselves environmentalists are more interested in imposing leftist prescriptions than in achieving success on the ground. For them, environmental issues are a means to achieve liberal political ends rather than the other way around. In fact, that’s how many environmentalists measure success — in the number of acres brought under government control, in laws passed, in regulations created, and in the election of politicians committed to increasing all of the above. My environmental listeners weren’t interested in the successes I described to them because those successes weren’t achieved by leftist
means and didn't further leftist agendas.” Dagget thinks we got twisted in our thinking during the rise of environmentalism after World War II, with its emphasis on pollution. The fixes then were aimed at mitigating the damage done by people. Dagget thinks these movements have led us to a dead end. “Ironically, those countermeasures have been, for the most part, just as alien as continued on page 28
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the situation they were created to correct. We have created ever larger preserves and protected areas, and removed ourselves and our impacts from them. Acting as if we’re trying to fool nature into thinking that we’re not here, we have behaved as aliens would. We treat this land outside our exploitosphere as if it were a combination art exhibit, zoo, cathedral, and adventure park. Then we limit ourselves to roles as sightseers, worshippers, caretakers, and joy riders.” Dagget believes that since humans were once an important part of the very ecosystems that we are now laboring to protect and restore, our efforts are doomed ultimately if we don’t include the key piece of a very complex puzzle: us. “The main reason for this change of mind and heart is I’ve become convinced the private-sector really is more effective than government at producing just about anything, healthy ecosystems included,” says Dagget. “I came to this conclusion for the usual reasons — the failure of the Soviet Union and other public-sector flops. More important, however, was the fact that, in 30
years of activism, the most impressive environmental successes I have encountered were achieved by private individuals operating according to principles that make up the conservative playbook. In each of those cases individual initiative, personal accountability, the free market, and rewards for results were more effective at saving endangered species, healing damaged ecosystems, even sequestering carbon than the government alternative-regulation and protection.” Dagget believes that ranchers must play an even larger role in saving ourselves from ourselves. He sees enviro-conscious ranchers as a Lost Tribe. “They’re like a lost tribe dispersed among us whose members possess an important skill that could be extremely valuable to the rest of us if we would bother to ask and to listen, but we don’t. We don't listen because we consider the members of this “tribe” to be irrelevant, out of date, out of fashion, weird, crude, obsessed. That’s not a lot different than other lost tribes — indigenous peoples scattered and neglected, whose skills and knowledge are considered to be little more than curiosities in our cocksure technological society. “It is to these leaders of the Lost Tribe, these Gardeners of Eden, that we must now turn and listen,” writes Dagget, “if we are to
create a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet for the long run.” In more than 100 presentations Dagget has presented he has used striking “before” and “after” slides to illustrate how ranchers and environmentalists can work together. (Some greenies get up and walk out on his talks.) “I can’t think of a stronger way to make the case that contemporary environmentalism based on the principles of liberalism is blind, ineffective, absurd, and, most absurd of all, a threat to the environment.” Refreshing thinking, don’t you think, for an environmentalist? Thanks to Dagget’s work more greenies are at least listening. That’s because he makes his case eloquently. Cowboy poet and cofounder of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Waddie Mitchell, says of Dagget’s ability, “In 24 years of keynotes, Dan Dagget’s presentation at the 2008 Gathering was the best we’ve ever had.” C. J. Hadley, editor of Range Magazine says, “His talks and photographs show proof of good stewardship and are inspirational to anyone who cares about the American West.” Dagget’s awakening and subsequent activist role on behalf of cows and cattlemen gives hope to us all that reason may yet prevail. — by Lee Pitts
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ob and Ruby Rylaarsdam raise registered Angus near Grangeville, Idaho, where the family has been in the cattle business for 50 years. Bob’s father bought their first purebred cattle in 1958. “In 1976 when I graduated from high school I stayed at the farm to become part of the operation,” says Bob. In the 1970’s Angus cattle were not very popular. “My dad was having trouble selling Angus bulls so he went to crossbreeding for awhile, using Charolais bulls on the Angus cows he had. When I graduated in 1976 I wanted to go back into purebreds, so we essentially started over. We went to sales around the Northwest and bought purebred cattle and eventually built up to 200 cows,” he says. Their calving season is September-October. “The main reason we went to fall calving is that January, February and March are muddy. The ground doesn’t stay frozen here. We get a January thaw every year, which brings more scours and pneumonia, so we switched to fall calving. We started the change in 1977. By 1987 we were half spring and half fall calving. Up until the last three years we still had some spring calving cows that were producing good calves. If we could back a cow up into fall, we did, and if we couldn’t, we kept her spring calving until we finally sold her due to age,” he explains. Calf health is better with their fall calving. It also helps selling bulls at a year-anda-half of age. When sold in February they weigh 1,400 to 1,600 pounds, and are more durable than yearlings. “When we had spring calving cows we held some bulls over as two year olds but ranchers preferred fallborn bulls. They like the long-age yearlings; they can usually get one more year out of them because they’re younger, but they’re still big enough to cover the country like a two year old,” he says. Their bull sale is always the second Thursday in February, in Lewiston. “The weather in February there is nicer, and it’s more centrally located for customers from Washington and Oregon. Last year was our 23nd sale. We have three other breeders who join with us in the sale,” he says. 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
For the first few years they were guest consignors with a Limousin breeder, and later had a Charolais breeder share the sale. “About six years ago we changed to an all Angus sale, with three other breeders,” says Rylaarsdam. All females in the herd are synchronized for AI. They get one AI service, then herd bulls are turned out with them for two cycles. The cows that breed early stay in the program, and any that end up open or late do not stay. This has proven to be a good culling practice. “We don’t use ‘clean up bulls’. We’ve bought some really good herd bulls,” he says. “The past five years we’ve gotten into an extensive embryo transplant program. We have a few cooperator herds we put embryos in, and buy those calves back at weaning.” In the future he hopes to have a female sale, perhaps starting in the fall of 2010, separate from the bull sale. His wife Ruby has produced their bull sale catalog for the past 10 years. Last year they built an office separate from the house, to make it easier to keep all the bookwork organized and complete. Their target is to provide cattle that will be useful to commercial cattlemen, to produce steers and heifers that mature at 1,250 pounds in 15 months or less. The bulls are developed in the same kind of environment they will work in. “Our bull calves stay out with their mothers until sometime in July. Instead of weaning them in May when we go to grass, we leave them with their mothers, because our green grass usually lasts into July with enough quality to develop those calves without them being fat. We usually have plenty of grass from May through July; having them on pasture cuts down on feed costs. The pastures will often grow back enough after we wean the calves to maintain the cows through fall,” he says. One thing they always stress is quality. “Our motto is: Females are our foundation and bulls are our business. You must have a good female backing up the bull. A good female is more important than the good sire.” A good cow will produce good daugh-
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aintaining the tradition and history of the New Mexico Livestock Board, while keeping the agency relevant to today’s changing industry is all in a day’s work for Myles Culbertson, director of the New Mexico Livestock Board since July of 2007. New Mexico has a good reputation with state and federal livestock agencies, and that is something Myles is working hard to maintain. A strong and reliable brand system, with controls on livestock movement, serve New Mexico’s livestock industry well, both in theft prevention and animal health. Knowledge and control of the movement of livestock, in and out of the state and within state borders, are a big asset for the livestock industry. “That ability in the long run is very strong protection for our producers. It’s hard to quantify the level of prevention of theft or possible spread of disease, because you can’t count the cattle that
weren’t stolen, or that didn’t get sick,” Myles noted. “I know it can at times be a nuisance for people to have to get animals inspected before hauling them or to present proper documentation when requested, but that’s a small price to pay for the protection it assures.” The value of New Mexico’s strong system was proven last fall, when the state’s bovine tuberculosis status was downgraded due to the disease being found in dairies in the eastern part of the state. “Because of our capabilities for movement control, under strong laws and regulations, New Mexico is considered a very credible state for disease control,” he said. “We were able to sit down with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and negotiate the establishment of a more reasonably defined zone for control and surveillance, so that so that the majority of the state was only affected for a few months by the change in status. That would not have
been possible if we did not have a highly credible organization and highly capable staff.” New Mexico has the strongest brand laws in the country, and of the brand states, is one of the most advanced in terms of collecting, analyzing and managing data. Brand identification is clear and unquestioned in New Mexico, the only state where it is illegal not to brand your cattle. The NMLB is not a typical state agency, in that it does not answer to a cabinet level department. “We are unique,” he explained. “Established in 1887, this is the oldest agency in the state. It was set up originally by cattle producers, and later sheep producers, who needed a way to protect their industry from theft and disease. They reached into the powers of the territory (and later the state) legislature to gain the authority they needed to create and enforce laws and rules to protect their own industry.”
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ed budget is a great source of pride for Myles. “Eighty percent of our budget is fee based, coming directly from the producers. We have to treat that with a lot of respect. I believe we do much under our limited budget,” he said. “When you don’t have extra staff, it brings out the best in the people you do have.” Improving accessibility to the agency is one of Myles’ goals. In the last two years, the NMLB has developed an information tech-
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approach to livestock health protection and its associated rulemaking.” Communication with states and individuals south of the border is another important responsibility. “We maintain working relationships with both the industry and the regulatory agencies in Mexico,” Myles explained. “There is an international political border between our states, but we are nevertheless trading partners. The trading relationship between our states and producers should be considered in our regulatory structure while protecting our state’s industry.” Strong working relationships with neighboring states, including Mexican states, not only facilitate trade but also improve security. “If a situation is to arise, our response will remain coordinated and integrated, in order that the political border does not hamper our response. We have worked and trained together to be prepared for a naturally-based or terrorist-borne animal health issue if it occurs,” he said. The Culbertson family goes back generations in the cattle business, and Myles was raised on the family ranch between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa. Although they sold the home place, the Park Springs Ranch, in the 1980s, Myles remains firmly connected to the industry. “I want to see to it that the
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ally Armer says when he was named Cattleman of the Year he was “surprised and honored.” Like most everyone else involved in agriculture, Wally works at doing the best he can for the industry. The difference is his best is better than most, although he certainly would never say that. He figures he’s just doing his job — again, like most other agriculture leaders. He served as Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association president from 1992 to 1995, and always has been active in both the Arizona and the Southern Arizona Cattlemen’s Protective Association, the Arizona Beef Council and NCBA. A University of Arizona graduate, Wally also gives of his time and substance to the university’s foundation, the college of agriculture’s advisory board and other UofA endeavors. He recently was reappointed to the Arizona State Parks Board, having served from 1997 to 2003. He is a farm and ranch appraiser, and has the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) and MAI designations. Wally, in the midst of all his other activities, had an army career. “I was two years on active duty and 28 years in the reserves,” he explains. “I was on active duty before things really heated up in Vietnam, so I didn’t go over there even though I was an infantry officer. By the time things heated up I was either off active duty or about to be off, so I avoided that — which didn’t hurt my feelings. Also, I switched from infantry to tanks after awhile. That’s better than walking.” Most of his active duty was in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Ord, California. All these activities, in the end, are secondary in importance for this family. The ranch comes first. Wally calls it his “cow habit.” The family’s Double X Ranch is near Benson. He and his wife, Lew, along with Wally’s sister and her husband are the owner-operators. “We’re strictly a crossbred cow-calf operation,” he says. “Historically, we’ve had Hereford-Charbray cows. We’ve been using
Red Angus bulls for several years now, and keeping replacement heifers, which we breed back to Red Angus.” “We calve year-round, and leave our bulls out year-long,” Wally says. “In this dry country we figure a late calf is better than no calf.” They had a good shower about the middle of May. That was a red-letter day, because they don’t usually expect any rain until probably the 4th of July. “If the monsoons come then, I’m happy,” he says. Wally’s wife, the former Lillian Elizabeth Wolter, came to Nogales as a high school freshman. “Her father was in the government,” says Wally. “That’s where I first met her. Her initials were L-e-w, so she’s always gone by Lew.” They raised two children. Walter III, 41, lives in San Francisco and is in real estate development. Daughter Christy is married and lives in Tucson. Christy has two children while Walter has one. Wally says they plan to keep that ranch because “number one, we enjoy it and number two we think it’s beneficial for the grandkids to know a little about it. We always encourage them to bring their friends out and show them there’s more to the food supply than going to the grocery store.” He adds, “Our daughter and her husband are very active in the ranch’s operation, but as we all know it’s hard to make a living at it. You’ve gotta do something else.” Still, the Armer family’s “cow habit” is in their genes. Wally is a member of the fourth generation of this Arizona ranching family. It all began with the arrival, in the mid1800s, of young Henry Armer from Ireland. This teenager worked as a mule skinner on the Erie Canal for awhile before he “went west,” working in California, Oregon and Washington. He married Lucinda Hibbard, whose family had come from Wisconsin, in 1861. Like most other pioneer families, they worked — hard — all their lives. Henry worked as a freight hauler for the railroad builders in California. While he freighted, Lucinda cooked for the crew. Livestock Market Digest
The family moved to Arizona in 1876. Their seventh child, Preston LeRoy (Press) was born in the Tonto Basin in 1878. He was presumed to be the first white child born in the area. Lucinda was assisted in his birth by an Indian woman, Dominga, the wife of famous Indian scout Archie McIntosh. In 1879, the family established their Jackshoe Ranch on the Salt River, about five miles above where Roosevelt Dam now stands. It became known as Armer Gulch. In 1884 Armer Gulch got a post office, and Lucinda served as post mistress until the place no longer existed. The government purchased land that would be underwater after the dam’s construction, including Armer Gulch. Wally’s grandfather, John, married Margaret Griffin in 1908. Wally’s father, Walt, was born in Globe in 1916. The patriach who started it all, Henry Armer, passed away in 1909 at age 85. Walt played football at the University of Arizona in addition to his academic pursuits, graduating in 1940. Virginia Little of Glendale, Arizona, where her father was postmaster, also attended UofA. She was working for the Arizona Livestock Sanitory Board when she and Walt were introduced. In January of 1941 Walt was called into active service for what he called his “ROTC, one-year active duty stint” which began at Fort Riley in the horse cavalry and lasted through several years of World War II. While on leave in June of 1941 Walt and Virginia were married. Virginia returned to Globe and stayed with Walt’s mother, Margaret, until after the war. Wally was born in 1942 and his sister Cathy in 1948. Walt worked for the extension service as a range and livestock specialist in the state office until 1952, when the family moved to Nogales where Walt managed a large farm and rangeland operation. That ranch ran Santa Gertrudis cattle, and Walt later became the Arizona Santa Gertrudis Association’s first president. When the operation’s owner died and the property was sold the Walt Armer family moved to Tucson. That was 1957, and Walt began his ranch management and appraisal business, Walter D. Armer and Associates. Walt also found time to serve as Arizona Cattle Growers president in 1982 and 1983. He has passed away, but Wally still owns and operates the business. Through all the various “other” pursuits ranching has been the base for this family. Each year during the Arizona National live2009 Fall Marketing Edition
stock show they try to have a ranching family compile a history of their operations. When the Armer family did theirs, Wally says, “We put together a map showing all the ranches that at one time or another, past and present, different Armer family members have had,” he says. “It surprised us how many of them there were over the state — I think it was 15 or 20.” Current Arizona Cattlemen’s Association president Tom Chilton says it’s all about friendship. “My dad and Wally’s dad were good friends, and their dads were good friends. Now Wally and I are good friends.” He adds, “My dad and Wally’s dad went to school in Gila County, my dad at Miami and Walter at Globe. They both were good athletes. They always played their football rivalry game on Thanksgiving, and they brought out the captain from each school for the coin toss. Their senior year my dad was the captain for Miami and Walter was the captain for Globe. It was great. They remained friends for life.” He adds, “I can’t say enough good about Wally and the Armer family and what they mean to the cattle industry and especially to our family.” — by Glenda Price
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trailblazer, by definition, is someone who boldly goes where no one has gone before, and marks the way for others to follow. Gretchen Sammis of Chase Ranch, Cimarron, is a trailblazer. The epitome of a cowgirl, Gretchen is a woman committed to the ranching industry, a loved and revered community member, and a woman determined to improve circumstances for herself and others around her. In a world where many are content to drift in the direction of the wind, Gretchen stands out because she knows what direction she is going, what needs to be done, and knows what her mission in life is. “Calling her ‘the real deal’ sounds trite, but it really is truth in regards to Gretchen,” remarked Diana Vela, director of Education for the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. “Historical studies have shown us that the romanticized version of the American West has little to do with the gritty reality of making a living from the land. Gretchen is the real deal in that she walks the walk of the stockman.” Gretchen greets visitors to the Chase Ranch home, just three miles from Cimarron, New Mexico, with simple ease. She is direct and welcoming as she ushers guests into the kitchen, where the massive Home Comfort wood and coal burning stove dominates, providing heat and comfort as it has for several generations. The stove shares the space with an antique Hoosier, brimming with dishes and housewares, mail and writing utensils. On the white metal counter of the Hoosier rests a modern laptop computer. The presence of the computer amid the antiques of the Chase Ranch speaks clearly of Gretchen Sammis’ dual role — that of honoring and preserving her family’s ranching heritage while at the same time embracing and adapting new ideas which position the Chase Ranch fearlessly for the future. The juxtaposition of the old and the new is a delicate dance for Gretchen, but one she has performed all of her life. Fellow cattlemen have long admired Gretchen’s no-nonsense stewardship of the land, her commonsense care of cattle, her unwavering commitment to what is right and fair in the
industry, and her unhesitating willingness to shoulder the responsibility of her legacy in the cattle business. Gretchen’s story is one of hard work and commitment, a legacy and a lifetime of labor. Her story — and that of Chase Ranch — rightly begins in 1867, when her greatgrandparents, Manly and Theresa Chase, left Central City, Colorado, enroute to the Maxwell Land Grant in New Mexico territory. They came south to buy land at the invitation of Lucien Maxwell, sole owner of the 1,714,764 acre land grant which was granted by the Mexican government to his fatherin-law, Charles Beaubien, in 1843. Gretchen was born on the Chase Ranch, in the very room and very bed in which she now sleeps. (The bed, incidentally, was brought to New Mexico on the old Santa Fe Trail). Her grandparents, Zeta and Stanley, raised her on the beautiful ranch along the Ponil River. “Granddad raised me like I was a boy,” she remembered as she picked up the blue enamelware pot in which coffee simmered on the Home Comfort stove. “I learned to ride and hunt and fish and punch cows at an early age. I was always out of doors, and I never had enough time to do everything that I wanted to do on the ranch.” Gretchen had an aunt who kept sending her off to college, hoping that she would get married “and turn into a lady instead of a rancher.” Gretchen got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, taught at the local school and at universities, but she kept returning to the ranch. By 1963, Zeta was sick and Gretchen, who was juggling care for her grandmother, teaching school and managing the ranch, asked her friend, Ruby Gobble, to come help out on the ranch. It was the beginning of a 45-year partnership. As Ruby remembers, “We would get up at 4:00 a.m. to load hay and go out and feed those cows. Oh, it was cold! We’d get the hay fed and come back to the house and Gretchen would change in to the skirts, hose and heels which were expected of teachers in those days. I remember seeing her leave the house with her legs as red as this checked tablecloth, and I’d wonder if she would ever get warm. Well, she’d teach all
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day, then change into pants and boots at school and meet me in some pasture, where I’d have a horse saddled and ready for her. We’d work until past dark, then come in and rustle up some supper. Those were hard days,” she mused. “But we were young. We had no sense and we didn’t mind.” The hard work and hard times of the late 20th century are treasured memories now. “They didn’t have a chute of any kind, so we’d rope yearling heifers and snub them to a post to brand them,” remembers Sally, who added, “it was pretty western.” Another time, Gretchen brought home a bull that she wanted to brand. She proposed that they rope the bull by the horns and tie him to a post, then snub his body with another rope before they branded him. An old cowboy who worked for the ranch told her that it just wouldn’t work. “But it did work,” Ruby commented. “After that Bud never again told Gretchen that one of her ideas wouldn’t work. We were a little wild, but we always found a way to get the job done.” Sally Schwartz grew up on what is now the UU Bar and began working for Chase Ranch when she was 14. “Gretchen was my mentor for everything,” Sally remembers. “We gathered cattle, put in fence, branded, and everything else. Gretchen inspired people to get an education and make a difference. She was an excellent teacher and any kid who had her in class benefited.” Livestock Market Digest
According to Sally, something about Gretchen inspired the kids to study and try to please her. “It is a pity we don’t have more teachers like her,” Sally noted. “She taught us not to be afraid of hard work. Her example was that hard work is part of life. She didn’t want any of her students to be afraid to try things.” Gretchen’s dedication to soil and water conservation is the stuff of which legends are made, and is another example of the trails she blazes which make it easy for others to follow. “She is known almost everywhere for her good, practical input into some of these bureaucratic meetings,” noted neighbor Linda Davis. “Gretchen is highly respected and well thought of all over the country.” Gretchen is famous for her all-woman work crew, made up of schoolteachers and friends from several different states. The women are permitted to bring their husbands to the ranch, but the men are only allowed to watch. “We just handle cattle differently than some of the men do,” Gretchen noted. “The mentality of a lot of people is that the cows are just beasts that have to be shoved around. I don’t like that. In fact, I yell at anyone who yells at my cows.”
Of course, several of the volunteer work crew didn’t know much about ranching, so Gretchen has a copy of the Cowboy Rules printed and displayed in all the bedrooms so that the crew will know and follow range etiquette. Joe Jackson grew up neighboring with the Chase outfit and remembers the first time that he got to rope in Gretchen’s presence. “In those days, the older cowboys got to drag the calves and the kids did all the flanking,” he remembers. “They saved back a few calves and the kids were supposed to rope them on foot. I was probably six years old and Gretchen handed me her rope. I was feeling pretty big, carrying Gretchen’s rope, when she said, “there ain’t a miss in that rope, and don’t you dare put one in there.’ It scared me so bad that I was afraid to swing.” Gretchen was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 1986. The honor joins many others, including being named New Mexico Cattleman of the Year in 2007 and numerous soil and water conservation awards, all testimony to her commitment to improve the range and the cattle and to leave the ranching industry better than she found it All around the Chase Ranch house are symbols of the past . . . the orchards planted
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his ranching operation began after Ken Baker returned to Ada, Minnesota from World War II. He started a purebred Hereford program, purchasing cattle from Pronger Brothers in Texas and Turner Ranch in Oklahoma. After his five sons grew up and became active in the operation, Ken decided to make their herd one of the best performance herds in the U.S. and worldwide. This has always been a family operation. The farming part is still in the Red River Valley in Minnesota, but the cattle are in western South Dakota. Jim and his brother Jeff manage that ranch. John, Jay and Joel are involved with the farming operation in Minnesota. “Our cattle operation has been in business since 1946,” says Jim. “We were one of the first in Minnesota to begin an extensive AI program, in 1969. My father was
the first breeder in that state to add L1 influence to his herd with the purchase of CL 1 Domino 716, a great bull he found in a commercial herd in Montana,” says Jim. “My father realized from the beginning, however, that it took more than just great bulls to build a herd. It also takes exceptional cows.” Ken purchased old line Mark Donald and old line Selkirk cows from SS Herefords in Washington, and some top cows from the Higgins Brothers herd in Montana — and those cows crossed extremely well with the L1 bulls. Ken also purchased two large groups of cows from the Miles City research station that included some of the best cows they had at that time. In 1975 the cattle part of the operation was moved to South Dakota. Ken then purchased one of the best cow families from Stan Lund in Montana, and some
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“We’ve done a lot of line breeding, so what you see is what you get. These cattle are consistent and that’s what’s kept our repeat buyers coming back year after year. We sell about 80 bulls in our sale and another 20 privately — the ones that are young for the sale. We usually sell about 30 heifers. Our annual Premier Performance Sale is held the 2nd Saturday in February.” They calve January through early March. “We also have fall calvers. We calve the main herd early. By the time most of our customers turn out bulls, they’ll be 15 to 16 months old. We’ve been using yearling bulls since 1970. It gives one more year of use of the bull, plus the most recent genetic advances,” he says. “We use all the records the American Hereford Association offers. We’ve been recognized as AHA total performance goal breeders. We’ve worked hard on carcass traits, but we’ve been in this business long enough to know that at the end of the day you still need a cow herd that will produce. We look hard at whether what we are using and doing will leave us that in the end,” he says. “Ken Baker’s dreams and goals have become realities. It was his love of God, family and hard work that made Baker Hereford Ranch what it is today.”
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emographics across the West are changing, with agriculture rapidly becoming the exception rather than the norm. That, paired with a struggling economy and a presidential administration that has shown little interest in agriculture, makes agricultural organizations and their staff invaluable to the industry they represent. Sheep producers in Colorado rely on Bonnie Brown, Executive Director of the Colorado Wool Growers Association (CWGA) and the Colorado Sheep and Wool Authority (CSWA). “It's hard to believe that I have been with the wool growers for almost a decade,” she said. “I am very passionate about ranching, and preserving the rights of farmers and ranchers. They are a hardy and resilient breed of folks that are significantly undervalued in the fast-paced, technology-based world we now live in. I love the values and ethics of our rural communities, and have a deep respect for the grit, determination, and down-right hard work that it takes to keep a ranching outfit together.” Predator management issues are the most difficult and emotionally draining part of the job, she said, as society becomes increasingly urban and more removed from production agriculture. “Many of these wellintended, but misinformed people see a beautiful picture of a wolf on a T-shirt or coffee cup, buy into the propaganda generated by the radical animal rights’ groups, then vote for more predators and fewer management tools.” “Meanwhile,” she continued, “it is the ranchers that deal with the emotional and financial losses from a variety of predators. The animal rights’ groups sanitize the role of predators in their propaganda and slick brochures; but fail to mention the rancher that rides out and finds a half-dead ewe or cow with her hind end eaten out by predators as she was trying to give birth.” The industry’s recent defeat of a challenge by activist groups to eliminate the use of livestock protection collars and M44s vital, targeted predator control tools for sheep producers, makes Bonnie extremely proud. “The EPA decision to deny the petition was a huge victory, especially in today’s climate.”
Many ranchers in Colorado, as in other western states, depend on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) grazing allotments as part of their operation. USFS decisions in the past several years prompted the CWGA along with 34 other state and national agricultural groups, to challenge the USFS under the Data Quality Act (DQA). The Forest Service is concerned that domestic sheep can transmit Pasturella bacteria to Bighorn Sheep; information used by the USFS implies that domestic sheep pose a health risk to Bighorns. While disease transmission has occurred in confined pen studies, no one knows what happens under open range conditions. “Historically, there have been large dieoffs of Bighorn sheep that have not come in contact with domestic sheep. The degree of risk of potential disease transmission under range conditions is unknown by either side; and all we are asking is that the Forest Service use verified, scientific information versus assumptions when managing livestock grazing allotments,” she said. On August 7, the USFS upheld the DQA petition, which is a significant victory for ranchers across the West.
Another project Bonnie is proud of is the CWGA’s wool blankets, made of Colorado wool by Faribault Mills in Minnesota. “We developed this product with the intent of getting a good quality product and information into the hands of people who we might not reach in other ways,” she said. “When we sell a blanket, we include information on the industry, stewardship and the environmental benefits of sheep production.” The blankets are a value-added product, made from the wool of black marker sheep used by large range producers to keep track of their herds. This good quality, black wool is difficult to sell because black wool doesn’t take dye or process like white wool. Bonnie also serves on the American Sheep Industry Association’s national Task Force for Livestock Protection Dogs, working to mitigate conflicts between producers and recreational users of land. “Recreational use of the national forests has increased; and hikers and mountain bikers are now extensively using the forests in areas that have been historically used for sheep grazing. We work with the BLM and Forest Service to ensure that they educate recreational users spending time near grazing allotments about livestock production, the presence of livestock protection dogs and their responsibilities, and work with producers on better management practices.” The CSWA, the state’s checkoff board, focuses on education, research and promotion. Work is funded by a $.25 assessment on sheep fed or grazed in the state in the year prior to their sale. One of the most important projects funded by that Authority is the predator survey that provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture with Coloradospecific statistics. The Authority works closely with the Colorado Chefs Association as its primary means of lamb promotion. Chefs are provided information on Colorado lamb, then encouraged to be creative with different cuts of meat. “Our efforts have been very successful,” Bonnie pointed out. “We train chefs to enjoy and use Colorado lamb, and as they move on to jobs in other parts of the country, they take that interest in, and affinity for, lamb with them.” Producers who live out of state and graze or feed lambs in Colorado also pay the checkoff assessment. “Our checkoff is 75 Bonnie Brown: “. . . we are showing people that moving American lamb is positive, regardless of where it’s produced.” Livestock Market Digest
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“The animal rights’ groups sanitize the role of predators in their propaganda and slick brochures; but fail to mention the rancher that rides out and finds a half-dead ewe or cow with her hind end eaten out by predators as she was trying to give birth.” She and her ex-husband leased a sheep and cattle ranch on the Western Slope of Colorado, near DeBeque, and after several years had to sell out, losing almost everything. “We invested everything in that place and just starved out; all we came away with was our horses. It was devastating. I wanted to do whatever I could to keep that from happening to someone else.” Agriculture has always been important in Bonnie’s life. She was born in Colorado, and got her start in the sheep industry from her grandparents, who raised Karakul wool for handspinners. After the death of her father, PRCA cowboy Kenny Pinnt, her mother remarried and the family moved to a cattle operation between Deming and Lordsburg, New Mexico. “Because of my grandparents and parents I have a deep and abiding love of horses, sheep, cattle, and ranching,” Bonnie noted. Bonnie and her husband Rob Brown, an electrical contractor, own OutWest Electric in Delta, and celebrated their first wedding anniversary in August. When she is not battling issues for the sheep industry, Bonnie competes in versatility ranch horse competitions riding Foundation Quarter Horses raised by her mother and stepdad — Carol Punkoney and Leonard Bagwell of Loma, Colo. She recently won the Rocky Mountain Circuit Ranch Horse Versatility competition, as well as open and amateur high-point performance horse and amateur champion ranch versatility horse at the Colorado Affiliate Foundation Quarter Horse Show in Longmont. — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
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he headquarters of the Bar S Ranch, near Paradise, Kansas, was homesteaded in 1900 by Ken Stielow’s grandfather. “He and other relatives who settled here were German immigrants. He struggled through the early 1900s and added more land during tough times — as other people left this part of the country,” says Stielow. “My dad, his youngest son, took over the ranch in the 1940s. Dad started the registered Angus part of the operation. I came back to the ranch in 1975 after working for the extension service six years. We started having production sales in 1990.” In the late 1990s they added Charolais to their program. “We went to Montana and
bought cows from a Charolais dispersion. They’ve worked well for us, since many Charolais breeders in this area were older and dropping out,” says Stielow. “Our daughter and son-in-law, David and Stephanie Dickerson, joined the operation in the late 1990s when they got out of college. They have three sons and live on the ranch. Our grandsons show Charolais heifers and have had grand champion female at the Nebraska State Fair, Kansas State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair,” he says. Their bull sale is held at the ranch every March. “Most registered breeders tell you they don’t specialize in single trait selection, but the Angus breed tends to specialize in specific areas like carcass traits. Though we
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riving up and down the two main arteries of California these days, (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) two things immediately jump out at you. A lot of the land on both sides of the thoroughfares that previously produced valuable crops is now laying fallow. Weeds grow where cotton, tomatoes and a host of other crops once grew. We’re talking thousands upon thousands of acres. The next thing you see are the signs, some homemade and others part of an organized campaign, to educate the motorists about the impending crises in California. Most of the signs reference the Dust Bowl and how the United States government has created yet another one. Only this time instead of in Oklahoma and Kansas it’s in the state many of the residents of those states fled to when the dust drove them out of the Midwest in the Dirty Thirties. These days there is talk of “reverse okies”, sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of those people who came to the golden state to see if they couldn’t find a bet-
ter life. Only now all they see is dust through their windshields as they exit the state, looking for work. Part of the problem is that California had an extremely dry year, but this would have happened eventually even without an ongoing drouth. When you start taking away water from ag production to support supposed endangered species you know bad things are bound to happen sooner or later. In this case it happened sooner as the spigot has been turned off to thousands of farmers, mostly to save water for the invasive Delta Smelt. Never heard of the Delta smelt? Neither did anyone else until the greenies needed to find another spotted owl to use as a surrogate and stealth weapon to further cripple California. One cause for the current economic depression going on in California is that the environmentalists have severely wounded agriculture in the largest ag producing state in our nation. But you won’t hear that on the evening news because it’s
started in the 1980s doing data collection for the Angus Association (and at one time had fed and killed more steers for the carcass data collection system than anyone else in the breed), we decided our future was in all-around kind of cattle. Most commercial cattlemen lose track of their calves after they sell them. For them, maternal traits may be more important. We’ve specialized in that area and may be considered a little out of the main stream in Angus breeding, but are very happy with the female lines we’ve been using,” he says. In 2001 they bought a bull at Connealy Ranch in Nebraska, called Connealy Front Page. That bull had a lot of use in commercial herds, especially in heifer synchronization programs. Commercial operators like the calving ease and female side of that breeding. “Many people like the sons of that bull. He might not be one of the biggest names in the Angus breed now, but commercial producers are happy with the offspring. Sustainability in a small to medium operation is
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very important,” explains Stielow. “This is the way we’ve gone with our Angus program. We sample some outcross bulls every year, and have a significant AI
program. We give every female a chance to be bred AI every year, through synchronization, then use clean-up bulls. We have a small crew, and are trying to expose about 700 females each year to our AI program. We’ve chosen synchronization as most timeefficient for us,” he says. “To split the work load, we’ve stayed with a February calving season but hold one set of cows a couple months later in calving. Yearling bulls for our sale come out of the February group. Calves from the later group are summered their yearling year and sold as two year olds,” he says. Many people are interested in bulls with a little more age, especially producers with small herds — wanting to get by with fewer bulls — or running cattle in range conditions. There haven’t been many two-year-old bulls available, so the Bar S Ranch offers some. “We also have 100 head of fall calving cows to break up the workload. With just my son-in-law, myself, one full-time hired man, and some day workers, it’s a challenge to get all the cows bred efficiently at one
time. Stringing it out it makes it easier.” The ranch runs 600 cows and 100 heifers, with three quarters of the females being Angus and one-quarter Charolais. They sell about 175 bulls per season. “We sell a few bulls private treaty after the sale. We try to keep some inventory if someone suddenly needs a bull because of injury. We feel we do a better job of servicing our customers if we always have something for sale,” he says. “We’ve been ultrasound scanning bulls for a long time — before EPDs were built around them. We furnish a lot of data. Any that don’t make bulls are fed out. We own an interest in a feeding company 60 miles away. Cattle that don’t get sold as breeding stock are fed, which gives us a good perception of what’s going on in the industry and how our cattle fit in. Usually our cull bulls feed and grade with the top end of the cattle coming out of the feedlot. So we don’t feel like we’re giving up much by not being totally focused on carcass traits,” he says. — by Heather Smith Thomas
ranchers when they came home from World War II. Because of their service to this country the returning soldiers were eligible for a lottery and if their name was drawn they got land and the water rights that came with it. Now the freedom-loving country they fought for is attempting to take away their rights. Water for Life, Inc., was founded specifically to promote the agricultural community’s interests in their water rights, while advocating responsible stewardship of the land. It has been an ongoing battle for two decades now and we shudder to think how much worse it could have been if not for the efforts of Water for Life. According to the group, “As water issues and concerns began gaining more attention, the organization undertook the creation of a pro-agriculture group with the single-minded purpose of defending and promoting agricultural water rights. The vision was of an organization devoted specifically to agricultural water issues and to approach them from a producer perspective.” Today, Water for Life, Inc. is a fast growing organization that continues to uphold the founders’ original intentions in fulfilling the role of advocate for the agricultural water user community. “Over the years, many committed individuals, businesses and groups have helped Water for Life, Inc.
grow into an organization of influence, recognized for its high standards of excellence and professionalism. Our mission remains strongly focused on protecting agricultural water rights as private property rights in the context of environmental stewardship.” Water for Life, Inc. is a 501c nonprofit organization that is funded by a dedicated membership that includes corporations, individuals, and associations. If you attend many of the bull sales in the West, like the big ones at Red Bluff, California, or the one in Klamath Falls, Oregon, you’ll witness major and multiple fundraising efforts for the group. Often times purebred producers will donate a bull, which in many cases is then sold over and over again to raise money for Water for Life. These producers know how important their water rights are! Most of the members of Water for Life hold ag water rights, and represent a wide spectrum of commodity groups, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, hay, nurseries, potatoes, cranberries, onions, wheat, sheep and others. These members are extremely active in protecting their water rights. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and informational updates. Water for Life tries to achieve its goal of protecting water rights by acting as a watchdog for agricultural water users. They work
closely with producers and represent their interests during various agency meetings, hearings and workshops. They have gone to court many times to defend the producer’s and the public’s interests and they also lobby in opposition to policies or legislation that would adversely affect agricultural water-right holders. Water for Life also sponsors and is integral in “drafting legislation, administrative rules and policies that benefit and protect the interests of agricultural water-right holders. The group also seeks to educate the public, and particularly the agricultural community, on the development of administrative rules, legislation and policy affecting water-right holders. Staff members of Water for Life sit in on countless meetings where sneaky politicians and environmental groups try to snatch the farmer’s water through trickery and outright theft. We have a feeling there will be many more groups like Water for Life springing up around the arid West as big cities look everywhere for sources of water for their rapidly expanding populations. These urbanites have figured out that they cannot live without water. If the greenies continue to get their way those same citizens will soon learn that they also cannot live without food. — by Lee Pitts
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Mary Skeen New Mexico
wise man once said, “A beautiful woman is one I notice when she enters a room. A charming woman is one who notices me. Seldom do we see a woman who is both beautiful and charming.” Mary Skeen is one of those rare treasures. At age 2-1/2 she won a baby’s show at the Princess Theater in Roswell. At age 82 her beauty has not diminished. As for charm, her sparkling eyes and engaging smile immediately put other people at ease. The eye-opener, though, is when they work with her on important regional and national agriculture issues they discover the lady “knows her stuff.” Her understanding of production agriculture is in her genes and in her raising. Her father, A.D. Jones, perfected the Debouillet sheep breed on his ranch near Tatum, New Mexico. The breed was officially recognized by USDA in 1955, the first one originated in the United States. Debouillet sheep were developed for both wool and lamb production on the range. A prominent sheep specialist said those breeders were among “the very few who insist on productive merit in their breed rather than esthetic points.” This insistence on “real value” rather than “cosmetic value” in their sheep, as we think about it, carried through to the family’s lifestyle as well. During Mary’s growing-up years, home was among the sheep at Jones Estate, although the family had a house in Roswell for the children to attend school. A.D. (Amos Dee) and his wife Portia raised four children: Ladye Dee, Mary Helen, Ralls Craven (Punch), Amos Dixon. “It’s just Mary and me now,” says Punch, who also still raises outstanding Debouillet sheep. He adds, “We’ve always been close.” Mary married Joe Skeen when both were 18 years old. The Jones and Skeen families were friends, and Joe was still in the Navy. Mary attended Mills College in Oakland for two years, studying history and psychology.
“I took Russian, German and Spanish,” she says. “In retrospect I think we should take the second language of our community. Then we will practice. My Russian instructor was interesting, though. He was a German refugee.” Joe had attended Texas A&M for a year before he went into the service. At that time
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Texas A&M enrollment was restricted to men willing to receive military training. After his military obligation was finished, they moved to Texas A&M so he could finish his degree in agricultural engineering. Mary was able to go to some classes as a veteran’s wife, “but I couldn’t get a degree from there. They did not recognize women as students,” she says. Texas A&M did not become coeducational until the 1960s. After his graduation Joe and Mary moved to Zuni, N.M. “He was the first soil and water conservation engineer for the Ramah Navajo Reservation,” she says. “After about
a year, Joe’s grandmother called and asked, ‘Do you want to go into the ranching business? If you do, get down here.’ Her name was Amanda Clements Adamson, and she was a wonderful woman.” They moved to the ranch (17 miles south of Picacho, N.M.) in March of 1951. “We had cold running water, coal oil lamps, a light plant later,” she says. “We had no phone, and had an outhouse, of course. We got electricity in ’58 or ’59. We remodeled in 1970.” Now, the ranch house is a comfortable oasis. The Skeen family, as the Jones family before them, is extraordinarily close. Son Mike and daughter-in-law Gail and their son Tyler, 23, are at the ranch. Their son Clint, 21, lives in Texas and is the father of Mary’s wonderful great-grandson, one-year old Lane. Daughter, Lisa Livingston lives in Albuquerque and works for Presbyterian Hospital in the office. Her son Ross, 25, also lives in Albuquerque. “Even though we’re very different, we are a close family,” Lisa says. “Mom takes everything in stride and loves us, anyway.” Son, Mike agrees. “She’s always had unconditional love for us, no matter what. We must tell her the truth, don’t lie to her.” He adds, “She’s not only my mother, she’s a very close friend, plus business partner.” When Mary brings the chuckwagon to the pasture during works, she brings complete dinners — main dish, beans, kool-aid, tea, even dessert. Mary doesn’t just show up with food, though. She makes a hand everywhere. She especially enjoys saving dogie lambs. One year they had more than 50 dogies, but Mary didn’t give up on any of them. In 1980 Joe won a U.S. House of Representatives seat, with an unprecedented write-in vote. He served until not long before his death of Parkinson’s Disease in 2003. Mike Corn of Roswell Wool in Roswell, N.M., says, “Mary always has been a good spokesperson for the industry. She and Joe were quite a team. We don’t have a team to take their place, but we’re thankful for everything she’s done and the sacrifices their family has made to help the rest of us. They have done a lot, I can assure you.” Former New Mexico Lt. Governor Walter Bradley says, “Mary is so human. She and Joe were real people, and they never lost it.” When this real person, Mary, pursued an Livestock Market Digest
issue she did so with the facts in hand, Bradley remembers. “When I was in the New Mexico senate they had an environmental issue. She didn’t come empty-handed. She knew the issue, we did battle and we won.” Like many others, Bradley says Mary and Joe were a great couple. He is most impressed with another of her special abilities, though. “In D.C., she was the perfect hostess, and conducted herself impeccably in those social settings. Then, 24 hours later, jeans would replace the cocktail dress and she’d be shearing sheep.” John Clemmons of Kenna, N.M., served with her on the Council for Agriculture Research Extension and Teaching (CARET) a number of years. He says, “The few times she missed going to Washington were when it was time to shear sheep. That came first.” Her CARET service was appreciated by all the others involved. Dr. Jerry Schickedanz, retired New Mexico State University dean of ag and home ec., explains it: “It’s an organization made up of citizens across the United States in all the states. They are appointed by the deans of the colleges of agriculture in each state, from one to three members in each state. They meet two to three times a year, generally one time in Washington when the budget process is going on. “They help support the agriculture programs in the land grant universities. Mary was appointed by Dean Owen. She served most of those years with John Clemmons and Morgan Nelson and they would go with me to Washington. When I was dean and went to Washington they knew I had a vested interest, but they like to listen to regular citizens. They would make the pitch for what research, teaching and extension was doing for them in their lives and communities. “Mary was a special person for that, and her being the wife of a congressman she opened a lot of doors for us. Everybody likes Mary, so she was a good ambassador for our college of agriculture. It was divided into regions, and ours was basically the eleven western states, so we would meet during the summer somewhere in the West. Of course, we all kind of wind up with like problems in the West, water or whatever.” John Clemmons mentions funding for the new agriculture building at NMSU as a successful project. “She has such a great personality. Everybody knows her and loves her.” Industry leader Bill Humphries also served on CARET with Mary. He says, “I think she would have been just as effective if she hadn’t been married to Joe. She was 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
totally committed and very effective because, #1, she cared and #2 she knew the process.” She resigned from CARET after Joe died. There are times she regrets that decision. She still helps with her other major commitment, though — the Assurance Home for Children in Roswell for homeless and at-risk youngsters. Mary always pitches in, whatever the task at hand. When the kids were old enough to go to school, Mary drove them the 17 miles to Picacho to meet the bus. (That works out to 17 miles times four each day.) They attended school at Hondo, and Mary served on the school board. For awhile they didn’t have a kindergarten teacher, so she taught as a volunteer. One youngster had discovered cuss words and said them at school. Mary literally, with a bar of soap, washed that young fellow’s mouth out. She laughingly says she saw that boy years later. Even though he was grown by then he said, “I don’t cuss in front of you, Mrs. Skeen.” Neighbor rancher John Cooper served on the Hondo school board with Mary. “My home ranch is due west of the Skeen Ranch,” he says. “Mary was a super good school board member. She did a lot for the
school. She had good instincts on what’s good for education.” He adds, “Mary is just a great person. I’ve never, ever seen Mary out of sorts.” After a pause he says, “You won’t be able to really portray what a fine lady she is.” The Coopers raise sheep, also. John says, “I’m beginning to feel like I know how the Sioux felt. We’ve got coyotes, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, eagles — and government regulations.” As if there weren’t enough problems, there’s a new one — feral hogs have crossed the line from Texas. “They get caught by the nose in coyote snares,” her son Mike says. “It looks like somebody tied a D8 Caterpillar to the fence and let it go in circles. It creates a big mess, and we have to fix a big chunk of fence.” Still, Mike says, predators or not, drouth or not, “We don’t plan on giving up. I’d have to be run out at gunpoint.” Mike Corn’s final comment reverberates with us all: “We’ve got to speak up for ourselves and quit rolling over and playing dead. Mary doesn’t cover her eyes, and when she speaks it’s from the heart, and you’d better be listening.” Thanks, Mary. — by Glenda Price
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ody Johnson raises black Simmental cattle near Baker, Montana, 80 miles from Miles City. He started ranching there with his father. “We’ve always had black and back baldy cows,” says Cody. Presently he’s running 1,500 cows and this year was his 30th annual bull sale. Years ago they sold calves to the same feeder in Michigan. At that time they were using Hereford bulls on black cows, and raising black baldy bulls to breed to black baldy cows. In 1974 the feeder wanted them to start using Simmental bulls. Cody was 18, and they had about 900 cows. “We wanted to keep our cows black, so we bought some purebred Angus cows and found a black Simmental bull. The next year we found a black baldy Simmental bull in North Dakota,” says Cody Johnson. “Neighbors who came to our brandings liked the looks of our calves because they were so much bigger than anyone else’s, and
Cody and Brenda Johnson and family: “I don’t care what they cross with, but they need the hybrid vigor to get better feeder calves and better cattle, period.”
they wanted some of our bulls. We sold some private treaty, then decided to have a bull sale. We still couldn’t find many black Simmental bulls to buy. So we started raising black Simmental bulls, and built our herd to be purebred black Simmentals,” he explains. Now half blood Simmentals are popular. “We are putting the best Angus bulls we can find on purebred black Simmental cows, and use a purebred Simmental bull on our purebred Angus cows. We still raise some purebred Simmental bulls, but today most of the
Schaefer Chiangus Cattle North Dakota
he Schaefer family, ranching near Des Lacs, North Dakota, got started with Chianina cattle more than 35 years ago. Theirs is a family operation, involving Jerry and Jean Schaefer and their sons. “We are probably one of the few Chiangus breeders in this country who keep a fairly high percentage of Chi in our Chiangus genetics. Our bulls are just under 30 percent Chianina, on average. Our commercial and purebred clients can take those genetics and use them to their advantage by either continuing that percentage or breeding them down or up,” explains Jerry Schaefer. Commercial customers tend to like a little bit more Chianina, to get more kick from hybrid vigor. “They get a little more growth. Chiangus genetics have definitely evolved into a great beef breed. In earlier years, when Chianina were first brought to this
country, the fullblood cattle were really big framed. That has changed now with the Chiangus and Chimaine programs in recent years. People still think Chi are big, tall, lanky cattle, but they are really not, anymore,” he says. The breed mixes complement one another. “We’ve drawn greatly from Angus genetics, over the years. We are proud of the bloodlines we have used, and the different bulls that have brought different genetics into our program. As our program evolves, our genetics are becoming more multi-generation than they were in the past. Over half our bulls in the production sale are PCA (purebred Chiangus) and some are multigeneration PCA already. That’s something our program can add to other people’s breeding programs; they can benefit from several generations of stacked Chiangus
genetics. This has become a uniform composite,” says Schaefer. “Years ago when the American Chianina Association started with the Chiangus as a composite breed, many other breeds looked down their nose at this concept and thought we were mongrelizing our cattle. Now just about every breed has their own composite,” he says. “We have two sons in our operation. Bryan and his wife and their children are in our cow operation, along with our son John,” says Schaefer. Their family has been ranching near Des Lacs for a long time. At first they had a herd of about 250 commercial Herefords, then became interested in Chianina after their boys were in 4-H. “My sister and her husband live next to us and they had five sons. With our six boys, all of us were involved in 4-H and showing cattle. About 40 years ago we started looking at Chi-cross steers, because that was the popular breeding for club calves,” he explains. “We went to an operation northeast of Bismark, North Dakota, where Dallas and Elaine Hite were using Italian fullblood bulls on commercial Angus, purebred Angus and baldy cows. That’s where we saw our first Livestock Market Digest
bulls we sell are half bloods. They are more functional and do a better job. They are easier keeping cattle,” says Johnson. If you add a little exotic blood, calves are tremendous in the feedlot. “On the exotic part, you get tremendous carcass. Angus breeders are trying to get better carcass cattle, while exotic cattle have always had great carcasses.” The cross is complementary, creating a better calf. “If you breed a half-blood Simmental bull to Angus cows, hybrid vigor explodes those calves and they’ll be 40 to 50 pounds heavier in the fall. They have more muscling in the hindquarter and are just better feeder cattle,” he explains. The quarter blood calf is an ideal mix. “That quarter Simmental three-quarter Angus or even a half Simmental half Angus cow will be the best cow you ever have,” says Johnson. You can’t duplicate her ideal qualities with any straight breed. Whatever breed you use, the crossbred cow is always better. He likes the hardiness and longevity of crossbred cows and bulls. They can travel in rough country and do well in harsh conditions without pampering. Those cows will always raise more pounds of calves in their lifetime than any straightbred cow. “The guys that keep breeding Angus to Angus are kidding themselves. If I didn’t want to use an exotic, I’d put a Hereford bull with my Angus cows. They are just better cattle when crossed. Ranchers struggling to survive in hard economic times should start crossing. Ranchers trying to stay within one breed are behind the times. I don’t care what they cross with, but they need the hybrid vigor — to get better feeder calves and better cattle, period,” says Johnson.
Chianina genetics calves, looking for club calves for our sons and nephews. When we drove into that pasture the first week of June, their calves were probably 40 days younger than our commercial Herefords. The Chi cross calves were so much bigger and heavier, even though the cows were the same size as ours. I was so impressed with their calves’ growth that we decided to become involved with Chianina genetics,” says Schaefer. In 1971 Schaefers sold half their Hereford cows. “We bought 100 head of purebred Angus heifers and started breeding them AI to Chi genetics, and that’s how we got started in the purebred Chiangus program,” he says. Jerry went to AI school and began to breed the Angus cows to ¾ blood black Chi bulls. After seeing the results of these matings, Schaefers sold the rest of their Herefords and bought more black cows, and in 1973 purchased two fullblood Chianina bulls and some fullblood cows to augment their new breeding program. He’s often thought that if he hadn’t had sons and nephews looking for club calves, they might not have traveled the path where they are today. Chianina genetics gives a breeder lots of options. “We had the female 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
“A lot of people think Simmental are big yellow, horsey, hardcalving cattle. An Angus breeder told me two years ago that Simmentals have probably come farther (in improvements) than any other cattle he knows of, today.” The old style Simmental had huge calves and difficult births. Today the heaviest birth-weight animal in Johnson’s sale this year weighed 95 pounds at birth. Most were in the 80s. “I want low birth weight and high weaning weight — born easy and grow fast. Our bull calves’ 205-day weight last year was 700-pound average — right off the cow and grass,” he says. “I’ve never had a customer tell me my bulls won’t hold up. We don’t lock our bulls up; they run in a 50-acre pasture. They don’t gain quite as well because they are running around, chasing each other and fighting, but they are a lot more ready to go breed cows.” He wants longevity and structural soundness and believes in functional cattle that are hardy and breed back. He has some cows in his herd that are 18 years old and still producing. Crossbred cattle go out and do the job and are excellent breeders. The crossbred bull is more ambitious, more fertile and lasts longer than any straightbred bull. It’s not unusual for a customer to keep a bull for six to eight years. “The half blood is the hottest thing on the market now in the Simmental breed. Angus are a little better with Simmental in them. The Angus cow just doesn’t have enough muscling in the hindquarters, and needs a little more bone — and the Simmental provides these qualities.” — by Heather Smith Thomas
Jerry, Jean and Bryan Schaefer: “We discovered the Chiangus cow was a very special kind of animal, with greater longevity and usefulness— a much longer productive life.”
side— growing the F1 crosses — and calves with more pounds and salability. We grew some of our own show calves. It gave us a market for selling club calves, and then we became more interested in the purebred aspect of it,” he says. “We discovered the Chiangus cow was a very special kind of animal, with greater longevity and usefulness — a much longer productive life,” says Schaefer. They now have more than 200 purebred Chiangus
cows, and a growing number of commercial cows to use as recips in an embryo transfer program to grow their purebred herd more quickly. Fifteen years ago they started their first production sale, held each year on the first Monday in March, at Northern Livestock in Minot, North Dakota. Their cattle program and sale catalog can be viewed at www.schaeferchiangus.com — by Heather Smith Thomas
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heard one time that the life of the average purebred herd in this country was seven years. That sounds about right to me. Most managers of purebred herds I’ve known have U-Haul on speed dial and their kids jump from school to school like a nasty strain of the flu. That is just one reason why the career of Dr. G.T. Easley, DVM, is so remarkable. He spent 40 years at the Turner Ranch, 30 of it as the veterinarian of the famous Hereford herd. Even as the ownership of the fountainhead of great Hereford cattle in Sulphur, Oklahoma, changed, Dr. Easley stayed put. Glynden T. Easley was born in 1915 in Comanche, Texas, but spent most of his formative years in New Mexico, after the family moved there in 1919 to homestead on a place in the small town of Dunlap, near Roswell. This was where, in Dr. Easley’s words, “I received my desire and inspiration to spend my life with Hereford cattle.” Since Hereford cattle were about the only breed in the area at the time, it seemed like a good choice. The breed may have lost some of its dominance since then, but it was through no fault of Dr. Easley. Dr. Easley was one of five kids and he lived during some tough times. When he transferred to New Mexico State University in 1936 from Eastern New Mexico State Normal, his entire net worth was $107 and his first job was sweeping floors for 25 cents per hour. His father may have questioned G. T.’s wisdom in wasting his time on college because, when he asked if any students from the last class had found jobs yet, G.T. had to say that all of them were still unemployed. Glynden’s next job at least was in the field of animal husbandry. He got a job as a substitute milker for the university’s dairy herd and eventually became the main man in the goat department. He paid for this portion of his schooling milking 55 goats twice a day and bottle feeding 63 kids three times a day. The goats made those old Hereford cattle look better and better. Even back then there were signs that this young man had a future in the beef business when he placed first in cattle judging for his college team at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Glynden’s first job out of college was with the Ag Adjustment Administration in
Roswell. This was a forerunner of the County Extension Service. Later, as a Range Examiner, it was his job to determine how many cattle the ranches in the area would support. He did this by sleeping in a bedroll and sharing meals with the ranch families whose places he mapped out. In 1940 he was offered a fellowship to the University of Missouri to work on his Masters Degree in animal breeding. Then, as it did for so many young men of that era, World War II intervened. In Glynden’s case, who knows, perhaps if it hadn’t, Dr. Easley might not have rewritten the Hereford herd book. In November, 1942, G.T. enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Remount Service of the Army in Fort Robinson, Nebraska. During the time G.T. was there he estimates between five and ten thousand mules challenged his patience and skill. He was also challenged by the ACT test that every soldier was given to determine where he could best serve his country. He did so well on the test that the Army gave him the opportunity of further schooling in one of six disciplines: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, engineering, foreign language or intelligence. Fortunately for the beef industry he choose veterinary medicine and was accepted to Kansas State University in Manhattan. He went to vet school while still being a part of the Army but after just two semesters the program was discontinued and G.T. was given the choice of returning to the Army or continuing his education on his own nickel. He’d saved enough money by then so he took a special deferment from Uncle Sam and spent just seven semesters becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. By the time he graduated the war was over and he was a free man. But that was both good and bad. True, the military machine had ground to a halt, but so had the job market for newly minted vets. Fortunately for G.T. on a trip he took with a classmate they dropped by the Turner Ranch and G.T. talked himself into a job. That job would soon become a career. Roy Turner is a much remembered man in the state of Oklahoma. He was Governor of the state and was responsible for getting the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum to continued on page 50
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dwarfism and all bred to a great bull and the demand for their genetics exploded. Zato Heir became the second bull in history to sire offspring worth a million dollars (Turner’s Rupert bull was the first) and the first bull to become a two-million-dollar bull. The Turner ranch replaced all their commercial cows with registered cattle and in 1954 their bull sale averaged $7,777. In 1954, mind you! A lot of the success of the Turner Ranch was because Dr. Easley kept extensive records on each cow and bred them accordingly. He designed and made some of the
Starting in March 1946 the entire registered cowherd at the Turner Ranch was bred artificially for twelve years and Dr. Easley did it all. You could say that Dr. Easley was the Godfather of A.I. in this country.
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locate there. If you travel in the state today you are reminded of his importance every time you drive on the Turner Turnpike. Hereford breeders are reminded of his presence every time they register an animal that probably traces its heritage back to one of his herd. The first task given to the new veterinarian at the Turner ranch was to get as many cows as possible bred to Hazford Rupert 81st, the Grand Champion bull in Chicago in 1936 and, arguably, the greatest bull in America at the time. The only problem was that the old bull was stifled and couldn’t
mount a cow. And frozen semen was still a figment of an animal breeder’s imagination. Dr. Easley pampered the old bull and collected his semen twice or three times per week and somehow managed to get 100 cows bred to the champion bull in less than a year. As a result the Turner Ranch became the first purebred operation in the country to successfully use artificial insemination under range conditions. Starting in March 1946 the entire registered cowherd at the Turner Ranch was bred artificially for twelve years and Dr. Easley did it all. You could say that Dr. Easley was the Godfather of A.I. in this country. When Dr. Easley had to put the old bull to sleep in 1947 the challenge for the Turner Ranch was to find a bull capable of continuing the legacy of the Turner Ranch. Keep in mind that during the 1940’s and 50’s the purebred beef industry was promoting short backed, low set, thick cattle. There were larger cattle in the gene pool, and most commercial cattlemen of the day had larger cattle, but in an odd juxtaposed way, the larger cattle were looked down upon by most purebred people. Needless to say, most purebred breeders wouldn’t select a bull that stood fifth in his class at Denver to head up their breeding program. But that’s exactly what the Turner Ranch did. TR Zato Heir was considered way too big for the times but he was exactly what the Turner Ranch was looking for to put on daughters of the old Rupert bull. And when dwarfism reared its ugly head the Turner Ranch was rewarded for selecting a larger frame bull as TR Zato Heir was free from the genetic defect. The Turner Ranch had 500 good registered cows, all free from
equipment he used to A.I. the cows and in the late 1950’s began experimenting with freezing semen. Consequently, the 1950’s were great years for the Turner Ranch and today there are five stone markers out in front of the Turner Ranch barn that are like the monuments in Yankee Stadium to Babe Ruth and others who wrote baseball history. Those five Turner Ranch bulls immortalized by the markers in front of the barn did the same thing in the beef industry. In 1963 the Turner Ranch scheduled a dispersion sale and was preparing to go out of business when Winthrop Rockefeller bought the entire operation, lock, stock and barrel for $1.2 million. Rockefeller also had a Santa Gertrudis operation in the South and so the name of the ranch was changed to Winrock Farms, Turner Ranch Division. The new owner was a shrewd man, smart enough to continue to employ Dr. Easley and today the 94-year-old former veterinarian remembers those Rockefeller years as good ones also. They bought a bull called Winrock D4 at Midland and continued to make Hereford history. In 1972 Rockefeller got sick and decided to sell the Turner Ranch and this is when the history of the ranch as a purebred operation began to look more like modern day operations. An outfit called L.B. Land and Cattle bought the Turner Ranch and all its purebred cattle for two million dollars. Then they scheduled a dispersal sale for the historic operation. That dispersion was arguably the greatest in Hereford history in America. Fifteen hundred people watched as the Turner Ranch cattle sold for more than two million dollars, meaning that the L.B. Land and Cattle Company got the Livestock Market Digest
12,000-acre Turner Ranch and a 900-acre farm for free! That dispersal stands as testament today of the contributions of G.T. Easley to the “Proud Breed.” The downward spiral for the Turner Ranch as a source of purebred cattle accelerated. L.B. Land and Cattle sold the place to an outfit called Roos Cattle Company in 1976 for four million dollars and in 1987 they declared bankruptcy. After a year of litigation the famous ranch was sold to the Jacobs family of California who implemented cell grazing and turned it into a top-notch commercial cattle operation. In 1976 Dr. Easley left the Turner ranch as an employee but still used the ranch facilities as he began a private vet practice that was to last ten years. He started freezing bull semen and did that on a custom basis until he retired at the age of 70. All the while he was buying property and putting together his own purebred herd of cattle. His goal was the same as it had been at the Turner Ranch: to produce practical cattle for the commercial cattlemen. This he continued to do with his own herd. When they started gain testing bulls one of Dr. Easley’s was the first in Oklahoma to gain four pounds a day during a 140-day test. His cattle eventually formed the nucleus of what was to become the K74 Ranch which became one of the top breeders in the country. In addition to breeding some of the best cattle in Hereford history, Dr. Easley worked with the world famous M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston to study cancer eye in cattle. For three years they photographed the eye of every bull and cow on the place and came to the conclusion that pigment can reduce cancer eye by about 40 percent. He also went to Portugal for the Hereford Association, worked with the Apache Indian reservation to help breed a nucleus of Hereford cattle to improve their herd, and went to Peru on a breed improvement project where he artificially bred 4,100 ewes. Dr. Easley has been a speaker and a participant at numerous veterinary gatherings and at seminars for ranchers where he always tried to learn as much as he taught. He was married nearly 50 years to his wife Elizabeth before she passed away. And to top it all off, in 2005 Dr. G.T. Easley was inducted into the American Hereford Association’s Hall of Merit. Just in case the 94-year-old veterinarian ever needs to find another job, we think you’ll agree, he has a pretty fair resume to submit. — by Lee Pitts 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
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im and Carol Faulstich purchased Daybreak Ranch in central South Dakota in 1973. About ten years ago daughter and son-in-law Jacquie and Adam Roth joined them in the ranch’s management. It is a commercial cow-calf operation with about 350 pairs running on a little more than 5,000 acres. In the 36 years the family has owned Daybreak Ranch it has become an outstanding example of successful management of a living resource from a holistic point of view, which sees the resource as a complete system, rather than disparate parts. Carol says, “Our goal is to keep everything in balance so that we’re building the land rather than abusing it.” Adam says, “We don’t make a decision without thinking three or four ways of how it’s going to affect something else, and try to come to an agreement on what is best
for the land and the environment.” That part of the state averages about 16 inches of rain per year, but even in drought times the ranch has maintained profitability all these years. Multiple water sources, including more than 50 tanks with water piped to them, have improved grazing distribution. “We prefer to fence the cattle out of riparian areas and have them drink out of the tanks,” Jim says. Intensively managed rotational grazing has improved the ranch’s number one resource — grass. They also rotate calving pastures to reduce herd health problems by eliminating disease cycles. Thousands of trees have been planted, and they provide a number of benefits. Jim explains, “When we plant a belt of trees, it’s for livestock protection, it’s for wind control, it’s for snow protection as well as the wildlife.”
Adam adds, “It’s quite important for wildlife anytime you can block the wind. We can use it, too, for our livestock after the trees have been established.” Jacquie says, “We’ve seen such growth in the wildlife,” noting the children love seeing the birds, deer and other animals. The family hosts tours of their ranch for fellow producers, and Jim is a member of the NRCS state technical committee and serves as vice president of the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition. Jim has offered agency people as well as other ranchers the opportunity to come see what he has learned about resource management. “It’s more profitable when you take care of the land, it’s a healthier place, the cattle perform better, we don’t run out of feed, we enjoy life, we enjoy the wildlife and in general conservation is just a win-win situcontinued on page <None>
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The Faulstich Family of Daybreak Ranch: “We don't make a decision without thinking three or four ways of how it's going to affect something else.”
ation for the wildlife, the livestock, us and the public.” Besides the cow-calf operation, the family custom grazes yearling heifers and runs a commercial hunting enterprise. They have established more than 60 acres of food plots for wildlife that are left standing over the winter to provide cover. They also no-till farm corn, sunflowers, oats and wheat. Daybreak Ranch recently received the 2009 Region VII Environmental Stewardship Award. That award — now in its 19th year — is an initiative of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, with funding from Dow AgroSciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Jim says. “I would never have expected to be nominated. I’ve always looked up to the people who received that award, so it was quite an honor to be nominated let alone receive the Area VII.” Like other ranch people who receive recognition, he feels the family is simply doing what they should. Son-in-law Adam says he’s learned a great deal from Jim, adding, “He says if we don’t learn something every day we’ve wasted a day.” In this family’s case they TEACH something every day. That’s even better. — by Glenda Price
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Stella Hughes Arizona
ometimes the people that need honoring are right in front of your nose and you can go a lifetime taking them for granted. Stella Hughes was just such a person. One of the perks of being a writer is that you get to meet other writers that you admire. I had admired Stella’s work for years and so I was more than pleasantly surprised when one day I received a nice letter from her. We exchanged several letters over the years and as familiarity will do, I started taking this wonderful woman for granted. That is until the day Suzie Cox sent me an e-mail informing me of her death. Suzie and her famous artist husband Tim were lucky enough to neighbor Stella and her cowboy husband Mack for many years and I don’t think Suzie or Tim ever took Stella for granted. “She was about 62 when we moved to Eagle Creek,” recalls Suzie. “She was the hardest working gal I ever knew. She had a big garden every year. She could get up in the morning, hoe, weed and pick the garden, can 20 quarts of green beans or peaches by noon. She would take a little power nap and in the heat of the afternoon, fire up the electric generator, and cut out and sew two complete fancy western shirts before it was time to cook supper. She worked circles around me right up until we left Eagle Creek 14 years later. All of this, plus she managed to keep up her column for Western Horseman and write three books, including the award-winning Hashknife Cowboy, Mack's early life story.” The column Suzie refers to was what first attracted me to Stella’s writing. It was a cooking and recipe column called “Bacon and Beans” that ran every month in one of my favorite magazines, Western Horseman. And even though I don’t like cooking, I sure liked the way Stella wrote. No doubt there are countless ranch women reading this story who have at least one of Stella’s recipes in their box by the stove. According to Suzie, “Stella’s culinary experiences prompted her to write her first book Chuck Wagon Cooking, which sold briskly and was reprinted at least five times. It started out as a story of many of 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
the ranch cooks, but the publisher requested that she add Dutch oven recipes to go with it. She didn’t think she was that much of a cook, calling herself a “fast and nasty cook,” but her food was always good. She said, “I’ve been accused of starting all my recipes with ‘First, kill a beef.’” She pleads not guilty, but she surely has a few recipes that start that way, for her experience included feeding folks by the thousands.” Stella would write another cookbook years later with the same title as her column. It was Stella’s second book that made Stella one of my favorite writers and it was about a subject she knew even better than cooking, if that was possible. It told the story of a rough and tumble cowboy who endured the Bloody Basin Wars, World War II, and the cat-claw, prickly pear and Spanish daggers of the Southwest. It was about her husband, Mack Hughes. That book, Hashknife Cowboy”, made both of them famous. It won Mack widespread respect from fellow cowboys and it earned Stella a much coveted Spur Award for Best Western Fiction in 1984 from the Western Writers of America. The book was illustrated by Cowboy Artist of America member Joe Beeler, and became a bestseller. Mack started his cowboy career working for the old Hashknife Outfit in northern Arizona when he was 14 years old. By the time the Bureau of Indian Affairs needed a manager for the San Carlos Reservation Mack was a well seasoned cowboy trained in the ways of running cows in rough country. Mack ran cattle associations for the Apaches for 30 years. According to Suzie Cox, Mack preceded Stella in death, and “her family swears that he came to take her home for their 70th wedding anniversary because that was the day she passed away.” Even if you’ve never read a word Stella wrote you’ve probably seen her work because Stella sold custom shirt patterns and tailored shirts throughout the country. Her business, Globe Rider Shirts, offered authentic western shirts that cowboys, wannabe cowboys and singing cowboys bought. Stella also sewed shirts for entire riding groups and 250 Big Apple Restaurant waitresses.
I’ve always felt that you probably had to be born into the cattle business to have a handle on it like Stella did. She was born in 1916 along the Canadian River in Oklahoma but moved to California at the age of 12 when her father took over a Los Angeles horse and mule auction barn. In 1938 she married Mack Hughes and was a partner in his success as a ranch manager. Stella was an accomplished horsewoman, trick rider, rodeo performer, and Roman style rider, riding with one foot on two running horses. According to Suzie, Stella could rope and drive a team of horses or mules. Stella was truly a women’s libber . . . without the overbearing victimhood element. Over 40 years ago she founded the Cowbelle Trailride in which women haul and camp with their horses to ride all over Arizona, New Mexico and across the Mexican Border. Interestingly enough, Stella’s maiden name was Cox, same as her dear friends who she helped find fame. “Stella inspired many young artists, writers and performers with her success even being in the middle of nowhere without even a telephone or electricity without a generator,” says Suzie. “Stella Hughes was one of the most important people in our lives from 1979 to 1994,” recalls Suzie. ”Tim and I had been living near Farmington, New Mexico, and we were longing to get back to our beloved White Mountains in Arizona. We lived on Art Lee's Mallott Ranch for several months until we froze out. We went to meet Mack and Stella and see if they could help us find a caretaker’s job in the area. They happened to be home and promptly invited us to a Sunday dinner of Mack’s favorite fried chicken. We all hit it off right away,” Later Stella found them a place to live close by. Mack took Tim under his wing and taught the Cowboy Artist of America superstar as much as he could about cowboying and ranching. “The two became close friends and Mack took an almost fatherly interest in Tim. Stella and Mack both helped critique Tim’s paintings.” Not that they needed much criticizing, mind you. continued on page 56
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“They served as pseudo grandparents for our children and when the Double Circles burned down in 1979, she and Mack sold us 5 acres of their preciously guarded land so that we could stay in the area,” recalls Suzie. “When we lost everything in the fire, she jumped in and sewed clothes for all of us. They were our next door neighbors for 15 years.” “Stella took a big interest in Tim’s painting right away.” She wrote the first two articles about Tim’s work when he was in his early 20s. “My mother had sent some of Tim’s work to Western Horseman for cover consideration years before to no avail, but when Stella sent it, Dick Spenser accepted one for a cover. She was also allowed to write a feature article on Tim for Western Horseman that ran with the cover and later Horse and Rider. She was constantly promoting Tim to everyone she knew. The articles began to get Tim more notoriety and notice. She eventually wrote a second WH article in June, 1989. Because of her having a successful career in the middle of nowhere, it convinced us that Tim could do it, too. She and Mack gave us undying love
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and encouragement.” As they say . . . the rest is history. Oh, Tim Cox was too good to never find fame but next time you see a Tim Cox print give a kind thought to Stella Hughes, too, who got the career of the tremendously talented painter jump started. Stella was an unpaid spokesmen for beef. She went to Washington, D.C., in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebrations to teach the city dudes about chuck wagon cooking and all things cowboy. Stella was state beef promotion chairman for the Arizona State Cowbelles and her articles and recipes sold untold tons of beef. But Stella had other interests as well. She served as special range deputy for the Greenlee County Sheriff’s office and was the local school board secretary for many years. She also served as president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Globe and was a member on Zonta International, a service club for women. In 1988 Stella was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. In this humble writer’s opinion, Stella Hughes is as deserving of mention in the Digest 25 as any person yet profiled . . . man or woman. — by Lee Pitts
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Pape Ranches, Inc. Wyoming
ape Ranches near Daniel, in west central Wyoming, definitely is in Cattle Country. Norman and Barbara Pape, along with their two sons, Fred and David, and their families are happily in charge of this family operation begun by Norman’s father, Lester, in 1917. Norman and Barbara proudly note that the fifth generation of this ranching family is in the process of growing and learning so they can take the helm when their time comes. Meanwhile, says Fred, “Everybody’s got a job. Mom does the books, and anytime we need one of our family members to help out we can rely on them.” David adds, “Even extended family helps us, so family is definitely important to the way the operation is run today.” Since the beginning, Norman’s father centered the ranch’s operation around five ideals: ■ Keep the ranch as a working cattle ranch ■ Provide a place for the family to live and work ■ Preserve open spaces ■ Continue to provide resources for wildlife ■ Provide public access so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of our country The ranch began as a 160-acre, 800-head sheep operation. Today, the family owns 10,475 acres of private rangeland and irrigated grassland, and has grazing on federal
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and state allotments. Pape Ranches run about a thousand head of Hereford X Angus mother cows. They also lease some land in order to raise more hay and rest some pastures for wildlife and conservation. Since a deer and antelope migration corridor runs through part of the ranch, the Papes replaced about half a mile of wovenwire fencing with 4-strand wire fence to benefit the migration. They also, with the assistance of Wyoming Game and Fish, applied tebuthiron for brush management to address grazing and sage grouse migration and habitat needs. They try to provide for as much wildlife on their private land as they can afford to sustain, including moose, elk, antelope, deer, waterfowl, sage grouse and other wildlife as well. “We place great value on the wildlife,” Norman says. “Wyoming Game and Fish has counted upward of a thousand head of antelope.” He add, “I can guarantee a hundred years ago a thousand head of antelope couldn’t have survived on this place.” The Papes allow wildlife viewing and hunting on their ranch. “We don’t charge for hunting,” says Norman, “as long as their licenses are signed. Also, we have an area set aside for handicapped hunters and for those with a Pioneer License — 70 years and older.” The family has installed cross-section
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fencing and utilizes rotational grazing to improve the grassland. They also have an extensive irrigation system. Norman says his dad began fencing the cattle away from trees and willows. “It’s a tough land to grow trees in,” he comments. Norman’s dad also kept a daily diary of activities. At least once a week, usually more often, the family looks at maybe last year’s diary or even one from ten years ago, to make sure they’re “on schedule.” The whole family “knows” if they’re “on schedule.” Fred explains, “It’s not something you went to school and learned or somebody came and told you about. We were taught by example.” The family’s example has been noticed — and applauded. Pape Ranches received the 2008 Leopold Conservation Award for Wyoming, and this year they were named the Region V (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado) Environmental Stewardship Award winner. Dave Petty, chairman of the selection committee and 2001 national award winner, says, “The Pape family has been doing the
right thing for generations through the management of resources, livestock and wildlife. “Each member of the family is important and provides leadership beyond their fences and into the community.” Eric Peterson, extension educator, University of Wyoming, says, “It did not take long for me to recognize the Papes were held in high esteem in the community. Good ranchers, yes; but more importantly good, actively involved citizens!” Aldo Leopold often said that people who own the land and live on the land do the best job of caring for the land. The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes landowners
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John Hall Idaho
he Nancy M. Cumming Research ranch at Salmon, Idaho, is part of the University of Idaho educational system, and committed to research that will help beef producers manage their cattle and forages more efficiently. John Hall, Extension Beef Specialist and Superintendent, says their new cattle working facility is designed by Temple Grandin. “We’ll have two variable width chutes. One will go to a standard headgate for normal cattle processing, and also have a palpation cage for AI and pregnancy diagnosis. The other chute can be used with our calf table or our portable two-stall AI barn. We can take that barn anywhere, to do cooperator research. It’s basically a small building with two stalls in a dark AI box, and an area to hold the tanks and loading guns for semen prep,” he says. “We train students on AI, pregnancy palpation and ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis. Allowing us to work with two or three students at the same time helps facilitate the learning process because the students don’t feel as rushed, and the instructors can work better with the students,” explains Hall. Another new facility is a nutrition unit using the Grow-Safe system. “This allows us to pen animals together in groups. We know from cattle behavior studies that they eat better and do better in groups. There are multiple feeding stations within the pen, and an animal can go to any feeding station. When they put their head in, it reads their electronic ID, and we can measure exactly what they eat. The bunks are on scales. When the steer puts his head in, it reads his ear tag and says steer number such and such is now feeding. It weighs the feed going in and weighs it when he comes out. So we can measure individual animal intakes,” says Hall. This is important for research on cattle efficiency. “In addition there are purebred producers interested in having their bulls go through this — to know which ones sire the most efficient offspring.” Another research project involves sexed semen. “Last year we bred 37 cows to Xsorted semen, to create replacement heifers. We had a 67 percent pregnancy rate, which 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
is very high for sexed semen. We ended up with 25 calves from inseminations (the rest were from a cleanup bull, introduced 14 days after the AI). Twenty-four were female and one was male, which is typical for the ratio when using sex-sorted semen. In that John Hall: “We need to create systems that people group of cows we shifted the can look at and see if this might work for them.” sex ratio to 77 percent female and 23 percent males,” says Hall. This kind of program allows a produc- good maternal qualities, and use another er to breed the elite cows and have a greater breed bull for a terminal cross to produce probability for getting replacement heifers steers for the feedlot. Sexed semen could out of those cows. help skew percentages in the desired direcCommercial producers who want good tion. replacement heifers could select AI bulls Future projects include range grazing. “I that pass along maternal traits, efficiency want to put some of our cows out on range, and moderate frame, then use a cleanup bull to more closely mimic the standard ranch with emphasis on growth and carcass traits management in Idaho. The other group for calves destined for the feedlot. An alter- would stay in, on irrigated ground. We try to native use of this technology would allow maximize management of the intensive irriproducers to obtain a high percentage of gated system. We want to find how we can steers from AI bulls selected for growth and lower feed costs for cattle — through grazcarcass traits, using clean-up bulls with bal- ing management, extending the grazing seaanced traits to produce a few replacement son, utilizing all possible options for grazing heifers. Some producers might choose bulls cattle,” says Hall. of a certain breed to produce heifers with On the irrigated side, the goal is to find options for people who may get pushed off a range, or decide to run cattle at home. As ranchers get older they may not want to go out to the range with their cattle, since Livestock Auction there’s a lot of work and management involved in using range. “If an older rancher Chino, California wants to run fewer cows, how can he/she still maximize production and make a living STOCKER & FEEDER CATTLE SALE – during retirement?” People need options, Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and methods to make them work. Jeremy Gorham “We need to create systems that people SALE YD. 909/597-4818 (C) 909/282-2198 can look at and see if this might work for them. They might be willing to try one part of it — whether early weaning or putting in summer annuals, or instead of putting the herd on summer range sending dry cows out E TH R FO to fall range. We don’t ever want to tell peoUS ANG BREEDING QUALITY ET” RK MA ple that such and such is the only way it IAL ERC MM “CO D UN RO should be done. Our goal is to provide inforAR YE TY EA TR PRIVATE mation they can use — and adapt to their Brian & Joan Reynolds, ID 83634 own situation.” 4574 Bennett Rd., Kuna, 208/465-4516 — by Heather Smith Thomas
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Paintrock Angus Ranch Wyoming
he original ranch near Hyattville, Wyoming was homesteaded in the late 1800s by Asa Shinn Mercer, on Paintrock Creek. “We are right under Cloud Peak, in the Bighorn Mountains,” says Martin Mercer. The main ranch lies in the badlands, where soil color goes from red to white, then into trees and then rocks above timberline. The cattle run from the badlands to the top, which is about 10,000 feet. The first Angus cows were purchased about 60 years ago. “My grandfather had been raising beans. We farm about 1,000 acres and when beans went to $32 a bag he got enough money to buy some registered black cows. My grandfather, my father Tom and his three brothers started having a production sale and took bulls to Denver and all over the country,” says Mercer. “My folks were named Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the year twice, by the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association. We’ve always just tried to produce good bulls for commercial cattlemen — putting more pounds on the ground in their calf crops,” he says. Tom and his three brothers were in partnership until the early 1970’s when they decided to go their separate ways. “My father began selling bulls by private treaty. We sold bulls privately until our first production sale at the ranch in 1998. We’ve been selling about 200 head of bulls annually in our sale, ever since,” he says. They also take bulls to the Midland bull test every year, to see how they compare with other sires. The goals of Paintrock are to balance and optimize traits they feel are important — carcass, growth, calving ease and excellent maternal traits. “For a long time we had 200 commercial cows as well as purebreds, and ran some of those at 12,000 feet. We tried to keep those crossbred, since high altitude disease affected them less. Some of the breeds we tried were Salers, Braunvieh and Amerifax.” After trying several breeds along with Angus, they decided to concentrate on Angus. On average they run 500 to 600 cows, and 150 of those are red Angus. Their cows calve from late January through early March at the home ranch and
start out on pastures in the spring in the badlands, then go to the mountain for summer grazing. “We get them bred before we take them to pasture. Some are trailed and some are hauled, depending on which pastures we’re going to. We only get three to four inches of annual precipitation at the base of the mountain, and about 15 inches up on the mountain. It’s an arid climate, and a long way to water for a lot of the cows. We pride ourselves on cattle that can travel and take care of themselves in this kind of country,” he says. When they come down off the mountain in the fall, they go into the badlands until the end of December or early January. “Then they come home and we start feeding and
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Polled Herefords Dennis & Sonja Gallegos 505/685-0717 P.O. Box 306, Abiquiu, NM email@example.com
calving. We haven’t figured out a way to completely do away with feeding, but the cattle graze most of the year,” says Mercer. “We struggle just like everyone else to find the best-doing cattle. We try new bloodlines, but every now and then some of those don’t work out. This business is influenced by cattle that come from regions where it’s easier for cattle to make it, and some can’t do it in range conditions. We chose not to be a closed herd, so we’ve been influenced here and there and occasionally find ourselves with some that are off track,” says Mercer. “Due to the high elevation, we’ve been PAP testing our cattle. The best thing in high country is to start with a cowherd that’s already been acclimated to these conditions. We don’t want to sell anyone a bull that’s a high PAPer. Even though the bull may not die of brisket disease, he may pass on the trait into that herd and that would be harmful in the long run,” he explains. They calve in February to have cows calved out and bred before they go to summer range on BLM and Forest Service. We want them bred before they leave, and if you are trailing to summer pasture you can’t trail young baby calves. We tried fall calving for awhile, but it was hard to get cows to breed up and the calves looked terrible all winter. It wasn’t the answer, in our climate. When you look at all these new ways to do things, the old timers did many things the way they did for a reason. It worked. We’ve changed a few things here, then can’t wait to get back to where we were before! The old timers had learned, by trial and error, what worked. I guess we learn as we go!” —- by Heather Smith Thomas Livestock Market Digest
Stoney Point AgriCorp
ark Quinn, DVM, grew up with his family’s cattle — Quinn Family Dairy Farm — at LaGrange, Texas. He became a veterinarian (Texas A&M) in 1977, and cattle continue to provide his livelihood and inspiration. Much has been said recently about “change” and environmental awareness. “We are proud of our environmental impact,” Quinn says. “We’ve worked at it a long time. We started long before it was fashionable.” Indeed. It all began as a facility for raising Holstein calves in 1988. In 1990 the Quinn family along with Clark Willingham purchased, together, a company called Owl Livestock in Rio Vista, Texas. They purchased Stoney Point Feedyard at Melissa, Texas, a few miles north of Dallas, in 1994, and in 1996 began custom-raising Holstein heifers for dairy replacements. The heifers are grown out to the custom specifications of their owners, bred (Mark is a veterinarian, remember) and returned to the dairies pregnant and in top notch condition. Stoney Point AgriCorp now includes the Melissa feedyard, Lazbuddie Feeders, Owl Livestock, Lazbuddie Calf Ranch and Roswell Calf Ranch. The company also has a turf grass operation and composting in Melissa, and a reclaimed milk processing plant in Dallas. Mark explains, “Holstein calves stay at the calf ranches until they weigh about 450 pounds, then they’re shipped to the feedyards.” At Melissa about 8,500 head are fed on the 440-acre site. Alternative Feeds was formed in 1999 to research and develop feeder cattle rations by converting so-called waste from the food industry that would otherwise go to landfills into feed. Also, outdated products — most everything that could be found in the grocery store’s dairy case — are reprocessed into calf milk replacer. By using dairy products processed for human consumption, they can ensure proper nutrition for the calves. “It’s very good feed for the calves and it’s not going to the dump anymore,” he says. The plastic containers from the dairy products are recycled as well. The feedyard has four large lagoons for filtering out the 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
Cowley Farm & Feedlot Company Texas
solids and to manage runoff, especially important because the feedyard is located in a high-dollar real estate area. Mark says Stoney Point formed a partnership with a turf grass company to use the nutrient-rich water from the lagoons to irrigate 35 acres of turf grass. “When you take out the turf the phosphorus goes out with it, so we can continue to use the same ground.” He adds, “We provided the turf for the Texas Rangers’ infield. We’re proud of that. We also have provided turf for golf courses.” A joint venture with Hope Agri-Products uses manure to compost and bag organic matter for sale in many retail stores. A grass strip runs between the baby calf hutches, and acts as a filter to reduce sediment runoff. Donald Vietor, professor at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Research says, “Mark and Stoney Points’ collective experience, leadership, initiative and cooperative spirit have been invaluable to our development and evaluation of sustainable nutrient management systems and practices.” Nutrient management systems are only one area of Mark Quinn’s expertise and innovative approaches. “I recognize change and manage that change for positive outcomes,” he has written. He also wrote, “I organize and develop systems for efficient and effective management of complex agricultural operations.” Other countries have benefited from his innovative agricultural methods. Under a series of U.S. Grains Council contracts, he assisted COPAG, a Moroccan farmers’ cooperative, in designing, building and managing the startup of a 10,000-head calf ranch/feedlot combination, where Holstein bulls are fed for slaughter and Holstein heifers are raised for dairy replacements. U.S. Grains has described this project as one of their most successful ever. He served as a management consultant/partner with an American company, Western Cattle, to establish and manage a calf ranch/feedlot combination in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. This is an ongoing project. Back at home, Stoney Point has “adopted” the highway fronting their property as part of the Texas Adopt-a-Highway program.
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Leavitt Lake Ranches California
he Wood family of north central and northeast California considers stewardship just a part of their daily ranch life. “It’s value you learn from your parents or grandparents, and it is passed down. Our children watch what we’ve done, and to them that’s what should be done,” says Callie Wood. She and her husband, Darrell, and their two adult children, son Ramsey and daughter Dallice work together. They love it and it shows. Dallice says, “What we’re doing, working to improve the land, I believe is stewardship.” The National Cattlemen’s Foundation agreed, and honored Leavitt Lake Ranches with this year’s Region VI (California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico) Environmental Stewardship Award. Darrell’s family’s California ranching heritage dates back to the 1860s. The high meadows on the eastern side of the Sierras in northeastern California were uncharted territory when Darrell’s great-great-great grandfather Jeremy arrived in Nevada City after a long journey from New York, where he had emigrated from Ireland. Jeremy made his living as an innkeeper in Nevada City. He and his wife had a son, Dennis, who (as
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Stoney Point AgriCorp received the National Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Award for this year. Award selection committee chairman Dave Petty (2001 national award winner) says, “Stoney Point AgriCorp represents a large segment of the beef industry in how they are implementing innovative and environmentally sustainable practices. Mark and his team have built a successful business model while also doing their part to protect and enhance the natural resources that sustain the beef industry.” — by Glenda Price
family legend has it), was the first non-Indian born in the newly settled region. Dennis decided to try to make his living raising cattle on the valley’s lush green grasses and selling The Woods of Leavitt Lake Ranches: fresh beef to nearby towns. His (from left) Ramsey, Callie, Darrell and Dallice: first herd, which he drove by “. . . valiant spokespeople for our industry.” horseback to Susanville in 1861, succumbed to lack of forage and harsh winter weather. But his next herd says, “You have to work hard when the ranch is not in the best of shape.” three years later survived. Ramsey adds, “We put in new irrigation Fast forward almost 150 years and we find Darrell Wood and his wife, Callie, who systems, new fences, replanted all the fields, set a goal when they married in 1981 to re- to make it sustainable.” They partnered with government agenacquire ranches his family had owned in the cies and The Nature Conservancy on propast. Gradually, they’ve gotten it done. Now the Woods’ operation includes win- jects as well, notably a restoration plan for ter range grasslands on the Vina Plains and the vernal pools on the Vina Plains, which summer pastures in high elevation meadows are home to several threatened, endangered near Susanville. Altogether they own or at-risk plant and animal species. “Cattle grazing has been very beneficial approximately 3,670 acres of private land, manage 25,000 acres of BLM permits and for those,” Darrell says. “We’ve managed lease another 11,000 acres for a total of them very carefully.” The wildlife has benefited, of course, 39,670 acres. They run about 600 head of commercial from the increased irrigation and feed and registered Angus mother cows, both sources. The ranch provides habitat for spring and fall calvers, and about 400 year- waterfowl, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, lings. They also farm 600 acres of alfalfa and aquatic species, upland game birds and sage grouse. 900 acres of irrigated pasture. Salmon use a creek on the ranch for Darrell says the Vina Plains country will support a cow and calf on about five acres, spawning, and a ladder has been made for and some land can handle a cow and calf them to use to get upstream. Riparian areas are fenced off and water per acre. Fifty acres per cow is required on tanks put in, and rotational grazing keeps the summer country. Four years ago the Woods and a small the cattle moving and benefits the grasses. They have even participated in a pilot group of rancher friends decided to create a company, Panorama Grass-Fed Meats to tar- program called Nutritional Balance Analyzget an emerging consumer market for grass- er that traces forage quality on rangelands fed beef. They make sure their cattle are at through livestock fecal analysis. The Woods partnered with NRCS (Natleast 51 percent Angus because they believe ural Resources Conservation Service) to that produces tasty, evenly marbled steaks. The family believes in what they’re permanently place a portion of their ranch doing, both with the beef they sell and the in the Grasslands Reserve Program, protectranch land they oversee. Darrell says, “We ing it from development. “I take quite a bit of pride,” says Darrell, make the cattle fit the ranch rather than the ranch fit the cattle. It works better that “in knowing this ranch will look like this in perpetuity, not only for my kids and their way.” He adds, “Ultimately, if it’s good for the kids but their generations down the line.” Great great grandfather Dennis is probanatural resources it’s good for the cattle.” Some of the ranches the family re- bly smiling. — by Glenda Price acquired have needed rehabilitation. Dallice Livestock Market Digest
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2009 Fall Marketing Edition
Livestock ALL BREEDS Bar T Bar Ranch Inc., P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047. Bob and Judy Prosser, 928/477-2458 (summer); 928/289-2619 (winter). Quality reg. Gelbvieh, Balancers, and Black and Red Angus; also commercial-bred replacement heifers.
Bow K Ranch, www.bowkranch.com, Dave & Dawn Bowman, 55784 Holly Rd., Olathe, CO 81425, 970/323-6833. “Pot of Gold.” Gelbvieh, Angus Balancers®. Females Private Treaty. 26 years of AI breeding. emphasis on: moderate size – calving-ease – carcass.
Cascabel Cattle Company, 5970 E. San Leandro, Tucson, AZ 85715, Reese Woodling 520/721-9295. Email: email@example.com
Hubbell Ranch, Angus Plus cattle, P.O. Box 99, Quemado, NM 87829, Rick & Maggie Hubbell, 575/7734770. Quality Angus Plus bulls and heifers available.
Midland Bull Test Center, 1640 Hwy. 10, Columbia MT 59019 Steve & Lindsay Williams, 406/322-5597. All Breeds Bull Sale April 7-9, 2010. Call for information.
Red Bluff All-Breeds Bull & Gelding Sale, 670 Antelope Blvd., Ste. 3, Red Bluff, CA 96080, 530/527-2045. January 26-30, 2010. www.redbluffbullsale.com.
Redd Ranches, P.O. Box 326, Paradox, CO 81429, Paul and Steven Redd. Ofc. 970/859-7358, fax: 970/859-7350. Paul, eves: 970/859-7351. A good selection of females available year round. Bull sale, April 2009. Choose from the best breeds: Red and Black Angus, Gelbvieh and Composite HybREDD. Visit our website: www.reddranches.com
Tehama Angus Ranch, www.tehamaangus.com, Bill Borror 530/ 384-2788; Kevin Borror 530/385-1570; Eric Borror 530/385-2750; borror@ theskybeam.com; 23820 Tehama Ave., Gerber, CA 96035.
Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – the winning kind. Spring and fall born. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962. Production Sale, 3rd Wed. of March. www.wagonhammer.com. Private treaty.
Weaver Ranch, Adrian and Susan Weaver, 970/568-3898, 3000 W. County Rd. 70, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Annual sale, Feb. 2010 – 80 bulls, pap tested, also selling 80 bred heifers.
White Cattle Company, 71438 Turnout Rd., Burns, OR 97720, Doris 541/573-6566 or Mary Lee White, 541/589-1476. Quality Hereford, Chiangus and Angus cattle.
World of Bulls, 41st Annual Sale November 13 & 14, 2009 — 250 bulls, All Breeds, at Galt, California. 530/534-1061, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANGUS ABC Angus, 8283 Tiller Trail Hwy., Canyonville, OR 97417. Brian and Cheryl Arp, 541/825-3550, email@example.com. Performancebred Angus cattle. “Building on the basics.”
Andersen Angus, P.O. Box 290, Vina, CA 96092. Karl Andersen 530/839-2394; Franklin Andersen 530/8392349. Specializing in low birth weight bulls for the commercial market. Also a few choice heifers available.
Apple D Ranches, Registered Black Angus, Max Doerr, Box 641, Creighton, NE 68729-0641, 402/373-4447. Angus bulls and females. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch the calendar for our sale at Norfolk, NE, March 2010.
Aztec Angus, 2467 Arrowhead Trail, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Terry and Kathy Van Hilsen and sons, 480/963-6324. Cattle available year-round.
Bar Nothing Ranch, Jim and Kristin O’Reilly, 805/541-4819, cell: 805/441-8184; P.O. Box 5258, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403. “Total Performance Angus.” Bulls, females and project steers available.
Bell Key Angus, 9351 Lakeshore Dr., Nampa, ID 83686, Dennis Boehlke, 208/989-1612, 208/467-2747. Private treaty all year. Selling bulls at Gem State.
Buchanan Angus, www.buchananangus.com, 13490 Algoma Rd., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Robert and Kathleen Buchanan, 541/883-8471. Breeding stock available year-round. Also 18th Annual Bull Sale, Feb. 28, 2010 – call for more information.
Burkholder and Unruh, 17077 Rd. 6 SE, Warden, WA 98857. Glen Burkholder 509/349-8849, John Unruh 509/349-2945; email@example.com. Quality Angus cross show steers, private treaty.
Diamond Oak Cattle Co., 1232 W. Tahoe St., Merced, CA 95348. Steve and Jean Obad, 209/383-1693. A good selection of choice bulls available in the fall. Annual Bull’s Eye Breeders Sale, in September, Producers Livestock, Oakdale, CA.
Felton Angus Ranch, 420 Brandenberg Rd., Miles City, MT 59301. Richard 406/784-2756, Jamie 406/932-6726. Annual Production Sale February 8, 2010, at our Springdale Ranch – call for more information: Jim Felton 406/220-1176 or 406/220-1177 – broadcast live on Superior Livestock. Maurice Felton 406/784-2216.
Gonzalves Ranch, 7243 Maze Blvd., Modesto, CA 95358. Joe 209/523-5826, 209/765-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org. “COMPLETE CATTLE to fit your genetic needs.” Also consignors to Bull’s Eye Angus Breeders Sale, Weds., Sept. 16, 2009, Oakdale Producers Livestock Market, Oakdale, CA.
L I V E S T O C K Hales Angus Farm, 27951 S. US Hwy. 87, Canyon, TX 79015. Richmond Hales 806/488-2471, cell 806/679-1919; Rick Hales 806/655-3815, cell 806/679-9303, email@example.com, www.halesangus.com. 15th Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, Sat., March 20, 2010, Canyon, TX.
Harper Cattle, LLC., Mark Mitchell, 817/466-7417 (corporate); 817/565-5426 (cell); www.harpercattle.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harston Angus Ranch, 6372 Peterson Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472. Ron Harston, 707/795-5007 ranch, 707/876-3363 home; email@example.com. Range bulls and registered females available year round. Private treaty. See me at the World of Bulls Sale.
Hooper Cattle Company, Steve Hooper, 575/773-4535, fax 575/7734583, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, HC 32, Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, www.hoopercattleco.com. Angus and Hereford cattle bred for optimum genetic performance.
Hubbell Ranch, Angus Plus cattle. P.O. Box 99, Quemado, NM 87829, Rick & Maggie Hubbell 575/773-4770. Quality Angus Plus bulls & heifers available.
K Bar 6 Ranch, 604 Patricia Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. A.V. Keese and family, 805/543-0955, email@example.com. Quality breeding stock for the commercial cattleman.
King Herefords, Bill King 505/832-4330, 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. Come see us for all your herd bull needs – 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east.
McClun Lazy JM Ranch, Jim and Jerri McClun and Family, 307/837-2524, 1929 Rd. 60, Veteran, WY 82243. Polled Hereford and Angus. Private treaty sale at the ranch. Family owned and generated since 1964. Visitors always welcome. April 2010 – Bull Sale.
Reynolds Brothers Angus, 4574 Bennett Rd., Kuna, ID 83634; Brian & Joan Reynolds, 208/465-4516, firstname.lastname@example.org. Breeding quality registered Angus for the commercial market. Private treaty.
Tehama Angus Ranch, Bill Borror 530/384-2788; Kevin Borror 530/ 385-1570; Eric Borror 530/385-2750; 23820 Tehama Ave., Gerber, CA 96035; borror@ theskybeam.com, www.tehamaangus.com.
Thunder Hill Ranch, 5150 Hwy. 162, Willows, CA 95988. Thor & Melissa Oden, 530/934-2146. Registered Angus. Contact us for your performance Angus needs.
Tri-State Angus, P.O. Box 4, Faywood, NM 88034, 575/5369500. Bulls & heifers at private treaty. email@example.com
Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – the winning kind. Spring and fall born. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962. Production Sale, 3rd Wed. of March. www.wagonhammer.com. Private treaty.
W-R Angus, P.O. Box 114, Browns Valley, CA 95918. Larry and Carol Whithrow, 530/742-3892. Breeding top-quality Angus with the commercial man in mind.
Weaver Ranch, Adrian and Susan Weaver, 970/568-3898, 3000 W. County Rd. 70, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Annual sale, Feb. 15, 2010. See my ad!
BALANCERS Peets Gelbvieh Ranch, Balancers – red and black, polled and horned. Famosa, Galt and Shasta. Jeanette and Merlin Peets, 530/865-2513, Box 2652, Orland, CA 95963.
ISA Cattle Co., Inc., Laurie Lasater, Box 60327, San Angelo, TX 76906, 325/949-3763, www.isacattleco.com. 48th Bull Sale Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, 200 Beefmasters, Charolais – See our ad for sale dates.
Lasater Ranch, P.O. Box 38, Matheson, CO 80830. Dale Lasater, 719/541-2855; Andy Duffy, mgr., 719/640-5866, www.lasaterranch.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sale Sept. 2010.
Schwoerer Beefmasters, P.O. Box 593, Oakdale, CA 95361. Marion and Karla Schwoerer, 209/847-4722. Range ready bulls available. BBU.
BISON Fort Robinson Annual Bison & Reg. Longhorn Sale, 11th annual sale: Sunday, November 22, 2009. Location: Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford, NE. Sale Time: Bison – 10:00 a.m. Longhorns – 12:00 p.m. MDT. Offering 150 to 200 head of Bison, 150 to 200 head of Longhorns. Phone: Fort Robinson 308/6652900; Art Anders-Sales Manager 308/6652457; Crawford Livestock 308/665-2220.
BARZONA Boykin Barzonas, 2144 W. Aberdeen Dr., Montgomery, AL 36116. Raymond Boykin, Jr., 334/277-3394, cell 334/430-0563. Low maintenance cattle that grade. Heat tolerant, range ready. Purebred and percentage cattle. Breeder since 1986.
F & F Cattle Company, 130 Fitzgerald Lane, Mosquero, NM 87733, Mike and Pat Fitzgerald, 575/673-2346. Barzona cattle – F1 crosses. Also stocker cattle. Stop by the ranch anytime and say hello.
BEEFMASTER Beefmaster Breeders United, 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Ste. 290 W, San Antonio, TX 78213-4284, 210/732-3132, Tommy Perkins, www.beefmasters.org, email: email@example.com. Breed registry. Write or call for breeder listings or information.
Casey Beefmasters, Watt M. Casey, DVM, Albany, TX, 325/762-2605, Watt Jr. 325/668-1373, Watt50@ sbcglobal.net, www.CaseyBeefmasters.com. Breeding high quality Beefmaster cattle since 1948. Inquiries invited, visitors welcome. Semen available. BBU.
Evans Beefmaster, Gayle Evans 435/878-2355, Mark Evans 435/878-2655, P.O. Box 177, Enterprise, UT 84725. Quality Beefmasters affordably priced. Legends of the Beefmaster breed Legacy Award – Beefmasters since 1953.
Hitchings Ranch, We raise Beefmasters. 708-980 Center Rd., Susanville, CA 96130, 530/251-5471, Fax 530/251-5476, firstname.lastname@example.org Cattle for the commercial cattleman; range ready; purebred Beefmaster.
BRANGUS Dees Brothers Brangus, P.O. Box 10090, Yuma, AZ 85366. Alex Dees, 760/572-5261 or 928/920-3800 sale phone, www.deesbrothersbrangus.com. Breeding quality Brangus for the commercial cattleman. Selling a few select bulls and heifers at the ranch private treaty.
Robbs Brangus, 4995 Arzberger Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643. R.L. Robb, 520/384-3654. Come by any time and see our herd.
CHAROLAIS American-International Charolais Association, 816/464-5977, 11700 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64195, www.charolaisusa.com. Breed registry.
Broken Box Ranch, P.O. Box 759, Williams, CA 95987. Jerry & Sherry Maltby. 530/473-3006 or 530/681-5046, www.brokenboxranch.com. Bulls available this fall. Breeding stock available year round. Corn stalk and rice straw available.
DeBruycker Charolais, Lloyd & Jane 406/476-3427, Joe & Cathy 406/466-5821, Mark & Belva 406/469-2371, Brett & Kay 406/476-3214, 1690 6th Lane NE, Dutton, MT 59433. 26th Annual Sale, April 3, 2010. “Creating Greater Rancher Returns.”
Grau Charolais, Wesley 575/357-8265, cell: 575/760-7304, Lane 575/357-2811, cell 575/760-6336, RT. 1, Grady, NM 88120. Quality Performance bulls & females. See our display ad!
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King Herefords, Bill King 505/832-4330, 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. Come see us for all your herd bull needs – 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east.
Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – “the winning kind.” Spring and fall born. Private treaty. Production sale 3rd Wed. in March. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962, www.wagonhammer.com. Production sale 3rd Wed. in March.
GELBVIEH Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047. Bob & Judy Prosser, 928/477-2458 (summer); 928/289-2619 (winter). Quality reg. Gelbvieh, Balancers, and Black and Red Angus; also commercial-bred replacement heifers. Private treaty.
Bow K Ranch, Dave & Dawn Bowman, 55784 Holly Rd., Olathe, CO 81425, 970/323-6833, www.bowkranch.com. “Pot of Gold.” Gelbvieh, Angus Balancers®. Females Private Treaty. 26 years of AI breeding. emphasis on: moderate size – calving-ease – carcass.
Pot of Gold Annual Bull Sale, 19th annual bull sale, Feb. 26 2010. Selling 100 top quality yearlings & two year olds – several herd sire prospects. PAP, trich, fertility, and PI-BVD tested – Gelbvieh, Balancers®, Angus. Females private treaty. For information call Mark Convington, 970/249-1453 or Dave Bowman 970/323-6833, or email email@example.com.
Diamond M Ranch, Summer Headquarters, Laurier, WA – The McIrvins, 509/684-4380. Winter Headquarters – 646 Lake Rd., Burbank, WA 99323, 509/545-5676. Selling 1,500 Herefords annually.
Harper Cattle, LLC., Mark Mitchell, 817/466-7417 (corporate), 817/565-5426 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org; www.harpercattle.com
Hooper Cattle Company, Steve Hooper, 575/773-4535, fax 575/7734583, email: email@example.com, HC 32, Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, www.hoopercattleco.com. Angus and Hereford cattle bred for optimum genetic performance.
Brumley Farms, P.O. Box 239, Orovada, NV 89425. Donald and Sherilyn Brumley, phone 775/272-3152, fax 775/272-3153, cell 209/479-0287. Horned and Polled Hereford breeding stock and quality range bulls available year-round.
Chandler Herefords, Inc., 17528 Chandler Lane, Baker City, OR 97814. Charles or George Chandler, 541/523-3570 or 541/523-4265; Duane Chandler, 541/523-4265. Purebred, horned bulls; replacement heifers. Private treaty. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Herefords, P.O. Box 152, Phippsburg, CO 80469. Dan, Karen, Brandon & Chrissy Craig, 970/7362272, Email: email@example.com. High-altitude, performance-tested Hereford bulls available. Also bulls & females at private treaty.
D&S Polled Hereford, P.O. Box 306,Abiquiu, NM, 505/685-0717, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hooper Hereford Ranch, P.O. Box 268, Springerville, AZ 85938, Lance Knight 928/333-4377928/333-7241. Registered horned and polled Herefords.
Jones Polled Herefords, 30469 Transformer Rd., Malin, OR 97632. Richard and Cindy Jones, 541/723-2132. Quality Polled Herefords. Registered herd. Heifers at the ranch.
King Herefords, Bill King 505/832-4330, 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. Come see us for all your herd bull needs – 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east.
s u g n A Brian & Cheryl Arp 541/825-3550 8283 Tiller Trail Hwy. Canyonville, OR 97417
Largent & Sons / Desert Mart, Sale! November 19, 2009. P.O. Box 66, Kaycee, WY 82639, Mark & Cathy 307/738-2443, David & Heather 307/2674491. Visit us at www.largentsons.com
Madsen Herefords, 4351 Mines Rd., Livermore, CA 94550. Louis and Joan Madsen, 925/447-0794. Range bulls and breeding stock available.
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Jim and Jerri McClun, 307/837-2524, Rt. 1, Box 100, Veteran, WY 82243. Polled Hereford and Angus. Private treaty sale at the ranch. Family owned and generated since 1964. Visitors always welcome. April 2010 Production Sale, Stockman’s Livestock Auction, Torrington, WY.
Nyland Registered Herefords, Tom & Kathleen Manning, 831/623-4276. Tom Manning, Mgr., 831/623-2219. P.O. Box 1038, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045. Stop by and see our crop of bulls.
Orvis Cattle Co., 9601 State Hwy. 4, Farmington, CA 95230. Bruce Orvis, 209/ 899-2460, orvisranch@ juno.com, www.orvisranch.com, fax 209/ 899-2461. Consigning to CA-NV Hereford Association Breeders Choice Sale. Tim Baker, mgr. 209/324-1658.
Madsen Herefords “Range Bulls & Breeding Stock Available” Call 925.447.0794 4351 Mines Road Livermore, CA 94550 on the web:
OXO Hereford Ranches, Mark Owings. Mgr., 970/626-5239, Ridgeway, CO, email@example.com, High-altitude and high-performance bulls, cows & heifers for sale private treaty. Visit our website, www.oxoherefordranches.com.
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L I V E S T O C K Pedretti Ranch, 1975 E. Roosevelt Rd., El Nido, CA 95317. Gino Pedretti, 209/722-2073, GBL1domino@ sbcglobal.net. Mark St. Pierre 209/384-0129. Hereford cattle. A good selection of breeding stock available year-round.
Robb Polled Herefords, Tom Robb and Sons, 719/456-1149; firstname.lastname@example.org, 34125 Road 20 North, McClave, CO 81057 (12 miles east of Las Animas, CO, Hwy. 50 north on Rd. 20). Range raised Polled Hereford bulls and heifers. See our ad!
Schuster Herefords, 875 Bickleton Rd., Goldendale, WA 98620, Clay Schuster 541/980-7464. A great selection of bulls available this fall. Raised on grass, ready to work. Breeding Herefords since 1938.
Siskiyou Herefords & Angus, 2300 E. Callahan, Etna, CA 96027. Ken & Melanie Fowle, 530/467-5104. Bulls for sale year-round at treaty.
Strang Herefords & Black Angus, www.strangherefords.com, Bart and Mary Strang, 970/878-5362 or 800/351-5362, cell, 270-4445, 2969 RBC 8, Meeker, CO 81641, email@example.com. Raising strong quality cattle for the reg. and comm. cattlemen in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado. Visitors welcome to stop by anytime. 30th Annual sale October 27, 2009.
Summerour Ranch, 4438 FM 3212, Dalhart, TX 79022. Johnny Summerour, 806/384-2110. Breeding stock available year-round through midNovember. Fall sale last Monday in October.
LIMOUSIN/BRAHMOUSIN AC-DC Limousin, 6912 Maze Blvd., Modesto, CA 95358. Arnold and Alice Caldeira, 209/523-8301. “Quality breeding stock for the commercial cattleman.”
Feedlots Ainsworth Feed Yards, P.O. Box 267, Ainsworth, NE 69210. Custom cattle feeding. Family owned and operated since 1962.
Bar G Feedyard, Eight miles south of Hereford, TX. 125,000 head capacity. Financing available. Johnny Trotter, president/general manager, P.O. Box 1797, Hereford, TX 79045, 806/357-2241.
Broken Box Ranch, www.brokenboxranch.com, P.O. Box 759, Williams, CA 95987, ofc. 530/473-3006, cell 530/681-5046, Jerry and Sherry Maltby, owners. Capacity 5,000 head. Preconditioning, backgrounding, heifer development.
KEMI Limousin, Michelle & Willie Pankonian. Ranch located in North Zulch, TX, 25 minutes from Hwy. 6 or 145. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.kemilimousin.com; 979/229-6630.
MURRAY GREY O9 Murray Greys, 379 N 100 E, Jerome, ID 83338; John Thomson, 208/324-2755, www.murraygreybulls.com. Visitors welcome. Breeding stock available.
Lower Valley Limousin, 1858 M Rd., Fruita, CO 81521. John Frezieres, 970/858-7165. Consigning performancetested range bulls to Cattlemen’s Weekend, Prescott, AZ; Registered bulls and females available at ranch.
Running Creek Ranch, 45400 CR 21, Elizabeth, CO 80107. Pat Kelley, 303/840-1848; Joe Freund, 303/840-1850. Selling 200 purebred 2-year-old bulls and bred heifers annually at private treaty. Also a good selection of bred heifers always available. Your call or visit is always welcome.
Seven Mile Limousin, Eric Herr, 208/584-3515. Red, Black and Polled Limousin and Herefords – a good selection at Private Treaty.
Sprague River Limousin, P.O. Box 5, Beatty, OR 97621. Stan & Liz Stonier, 541/533-2694. Breeding stock available year-round. Also Lim-Flex.
LONGHORN Ft. Robinson Annual Bison & Reg. Longhorn Sale, 11th annual sale: Sunday, November 22, 2009. Location: Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford, NE. Sale Time: Bison – 10:00 a.m. Longhorns – 12:00 p.m. MDT. Offering 150 to 200 head of Bison, 150 to 200 head of Longhorns. Phone: Fort Robinson 308/6652900; Art Anders, Sales Manager 308/6652457; Crawford Livestock 308/665-2220.
Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America 2315 N. Main St., Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164, ofc. 817/625-6241, fax 817/625-1388, email@example.com, www.TLBAA.org. Also publishers of Texas Longhorn Trails monthly magazine.
Cal-Tex Feed Yard, Inc., 381 CR 373, Trent, TX 79561, 325/862-6111; 325/862-6137 fax. Rex Bland, pres., 325/537-9335; Rosemary Bland Hayster, 325/232-6498; Terry Brown, yard mgr., 325/862-6159. Full-service commercial cattle feeders. Cal-Tex Beef Coast to Coast.
Cowley Farm & Feedlot, 446 North Main, Venice, UT 84701, Ivan and Brad Cowley 435/896-5260. 5,000 head capacity – backgrounding and finishing on silage, alfalfa, corn and barley
Feller & Company Cattle Feeding, Tom Feller, Owner, Jordan Feller, Manager, P.O. Box 784, Wisner, NE 68791. “Your Cattle. . .Your Money. . .Your Choice” Call us today 888/529-6007.
Ordway Feedyard, LLC, 19424 Hwy. 96, Ordway, CO 81063, Luke Larson, Mgr. 719/267-3551. Full-service commercial feedlot; 55,000-head capacity; cattle and feed financing available.
PINZGAUER American Pinzgauer Association, Ken Paul, APA Breed Field Representative, 2586 County Rd. 232, Rockdale, TX 76567, 281/543-2411; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check us out on the web at: www.pinzgauers.org.
Five Star Pinzgauer Breeders, 41008 S. 2100 PR SE, Kennewick, WA 99337. Larry and Sharon Johnston, 509/582-0638, email@example.com. Quality Pinzgauers for the commercial cattleman. Fullblood and purebred cattle available.
POLLED HEREFORD Please refer to the Hereford section for information on Polled Herefords.
POLLED SHORTHORN Please refer to the Shorthorn section for information on Polled Shorthorns.
RED ANGUS Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047. Bob & Judy Prosser, 928/477-2458 (summer); 928/289-2619 (winter). Quality reg. Gelbvieh cattle, also Balancers, Black and Red Angus and commercial-bred replacement heifers.
Beckton Stock Farm, 37 Beckton Dr., Sheridan, WY 82801. Cam Forbes, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, ofc. 307/674-6095; eves. 307/674-8162; fax 307/672-7281. Annual Production Sale April every year.
Paco Feed Yard, Ltd., Box 956, Friona, TX 79035, 806/265-3281; 1-800/725-3433. Excellent facility, feeding and growing program. Cattle and feed financing available.
Panhandle Feeders, Inc., P.O. Box 649, Morrill, NE 69358. Ofc. 308/ 247-2004; fax 308/247-2643; Larry’s cell: 308/631-1400; Chris Melson’s cell: 308/631-5109. Full service feedlot, backgrounding to finished cattle. Call today for placement. Excellent weather conditions, good drainage, competitive feed pricing, customer financing and time-tested animal health program.
Pinal Feeding Company, P.O. Box 49, Laveen, AZ 85339. Office 602/237-4003; feedlot 602/252-3467. Custom feeding, 170,000-head capacity.
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Gregory Red Angus, 6819 Churn Creek Rd., Redding, CA 96002. Bill & Maudie Gregory, 530/365-3153, fax 530/365-3153. Range ready bulls for the commercial cattleman.
Loonan Stock Farm, 1724 Holly Ave., Corning, IA 50841, Dick & Judy Loonan, 641/322-3921, LSFRRA@ wildblue.net. Breeding quality Red Angus / Red Simmental / Simangus and Red Hybrid cattle. First Saturday in Feb. is opening day of our private treaty sale at the ranch.
McPhee Red Angus, 14298 N. Atkins Rd., Lodi, CA 95240. 209/727-3335. Red Angus “Cream of the Crop” Sale — see our ad for sale date.
RED BRANGUS Southern Star Ranch, Michael H. & Claudia Sander, 2702 S. Westgate, Weslaco, TX 78596, 956/968-9650, office 956/968-4528. American Red Brangus bulls for sale.
SANTA GERTRUDIS King Ranch, P.O. Box 1090, Kingsville, TX 78364, www.king-ranch.com; Scott Moore 361/221-0340. Breeding stock available private treaty.
Red Doc Farm, Roland and Elia Sanchez, 505/980-5093; 505/864-2898 eves. 703 S. Christopher Rd., Belen, NM 87002. Genetically engineered. Bulls – polled and horned – to accommodate the needs of Southwestern ranchers.
Rocky Mountain Santa Gertrudis Association, 703 S. Christopher, Belen, NM 87002. 505/864-7781, email@example.com, Roland Sanchez. Call or write for breeder information.
Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, P.O. Box 1257, Kingsville, TX 78364, 361/592-9357, www.santagertrudis.com. Breed association for Santa Gertrudis cattle.
SALERS American Salers Association, 19590 E. Main St. #202, Parker, CO 80138, 303/770-9292, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.salersusa.org. Breed registry.
Clark Ranch, Karvel, CO. Salers, and Hereford bulls – private treaty. 719/892-0160.
Figure 4 Cattle Co., 14131 Harts Basin Rd., Eckert, CO 81418, 970/835-3944 or cell: 970/216-8748, email: email@example.com, www. figure4cattleco.com. We raise Salers – Private treaty. Grass genetics.
Jacobsen Ranch Salers, Wade Jacobsen & Family, 406/264-5889, cell 406/799-5889, Fax 406/264-5883, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1282 US Hwy. 89, Sun River. MT 59483. See my December Production Sale ad! Salers heifers. Sale day phone: 407/727-5400. At the ranch Black Baldy heifers
5473 FM 457, Bay City, TX 77414. Dan Wendt, 979/245-5100; 979/244-6774 mobile, 979/244-4386 fax, dwendt@ lskyconnect.net. Quality Santa Gertrudis since 1954. Performance tested. Breeding-age bulls available. Also select females year-round.
37800 Co. Rd. M, Yuma, CO 80759, Tom Holtorf, gen. mgr., 970/848-3831, 800/274-0463; email: email@example.com. 24,000-head capacity, cattle and feed financing available, licenced Power Genetics feed yard, utilizing grid markets, individual carcass data can be provided after slaughter.
Venice Feed & Cattle Co., 546 North Main, Venice, UT 84701, 435/896-5260. Ivan and Brad Cowley. 5,000-head capacity. Backgrounding and finishing. Feeding silage, alfalfa, hay, corn, and barley. Hedging on request.
Western Nevada Cattle Feeders, 2105 Meridian Rd., Lovelock, NV 89419, 888/626-4440, Rick Marvel, feedlot mgr., Melanie Hamilton, office mgr. Capacity 12,000 head. Full service feedlot.
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AUCTION YARD, INC.
SALE EVERY WEDNESDAY at 1:30 P.M. All Classes of Livestock
707/725-5188 Eves. 707/725-6588 P.O. Box 313, Fortuna, CA 95540
“Quality Registered Polled Herefords”
Bulls & Heifers FOR SALE at the Ranch Richard & Cindy Jones 541/723-2132 30469 Transformer Rd., Malin, OR 97632
SHORTHORN American Shorthorn Association, 8288 Hascall St., Omaha, NE 68124-3234. www.shorthorn.org, 402/393-7200. Call or write for breed information, breeder listings or special Shorthorn events.
Bennett Shorthorns, Oakville, WA, John & Donna Bennett. Private treaty year round. Calves in the fall. Shorthorns are an excellent choice for marbling and high gradability! Call 360/273-9932 for performance data! Breeding stock available at all times.
DAVE & DAWN BOWMAN 55784 Holly Rd. • Olathe, CO 81425 970/323-6833 www.bowkranch.com
REGISTERED GELBVIEH CATTLE
Reds • Blacks • Balancers®
SIMMENTAL/SIMANGUS/SIMBRAH Schramm Feedlot, Inc.,
Gateway Simmental, Darlene Butcher and Sons, 406/538-8551, 2109 Joyland Rd., Lewistown, MT 59457. Jim: 406/538-9695. Gateway Spring Sale, Feb. 2010.
Pine Ridge Ranch, 9876 Plano Rd., Dallas, TX 75238. Bill & Jane Travis, ofc. 214/369-0990, eves. 214/348-1618, firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 214/369-9132, www.simbrah.com. High quality Simbrah breeding stock available private treaty year round.
DOGS Tri-State Ranches, We raise AKC/ASCA Australian shepherd puppies. 575/536-9500, email@example.com
FEMALES PRIVATE TREATY
“POT OF GOLD” BULL SALE Friday, February 26, 2010
SMITHFIELD Livestock Auction • REGULAR CATTLE SALES EVERY THURSDAY • DAIRY 1st & 3rd FRIDAYS Lane or Dean Parker 435/757-4643 SALE BARN 435/563-3259 P.O. Box 155, Smithfield, UT 84321 Visit us at: www.smithfieldlivestock.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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L I V E S T O C K Colorado Woolgrowers Association,
HORSES Cal Poly Ranch Horse Sale, Animal Sciences Dept., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, Pete Agalos, 805/748-2893. Call for information.
www.coloradosheep.org, 8833 Ralston Rd., Arvada, CO 80002, CWGAwool@aol.com; Bonnie Brown, exec. dir., 303/431-8310. Utilizing legislation, education, research and promotion for the advancement of the sheep industry since 1926. Call or write for further info.
Continental Dorset Club,
SHEEP American Hampshire Sheep Association, 15603 173rd Ave., Milo, IA 50166, 641/942-6402, www.hampshires.com; Karey Claghorn, executive secretary. Write or call for brochures or breeder listings.
American Oxford Sheep Association, Mary Blome, sec., 217/325-3515, 1960 E 2100 N Rd., Stonington, IL 62567. Call or write for free brochure or breeder listings.
www.dorsets.homestead.com, “The mother breed.” Out-of-season lambing. Debra Hopkins, 401/647-4676, P.O. Box 506, N. Scituate, RI 02857, email@example.com. Breed information and breeder listings.
Katahdin Sheep, Low-Maintenance Meat Breed – NO SHEARING! – Excellent Maternal Traits. Think about it! Call or write for information or breeders list. Jim Morgan, phone: 479/4448441; Katahdin Hair Sheep International, P.O. Box 778L, Fayetteville, AR 72702, www.katahdins.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Polypay Sheep Association,
North American Clun Forest Association,
15603 173rd Ave., Milo, IA 50166, phone 641/942-6402, fax 641/942-6502, call 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. Excellent free info. “Polypays – multi-income.”
“When mothering matters.” “Bets” Reedy, 507/864-7585, 21727 Randall Dr., Houston, MN 55943. Email: email@example.com, www.clunforestsheep.org
25525 E. Lone Tree Rd., Escalon, CA 95320, www.escalonlivestockmarkets.com, office 209/838-7011. See our ad and daily schedule in this issue.
AUCTION MARKETS ARIZONA Pacific Livestock Auction, 5025 W. Pecos Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226, ph/fax 480/839-2938, Fred & Steve Lueck, owners. Wed. at 12:30 p.m. cattle only; Sat. at 11:00 a.m. horses, tack, pigs, goats, cattle. Special sales in season as advertised.
Valley Livestock Auction, LLC, P.O. Box 4053, Sun Valley, AZ 86029, Derek & Ilene Wagoner, ofc. 928/524-2600; 800/777-4269 (4 COW); mob. 928/241-0340; Toll Free, 24-hr. market no. 1-866/477-4852. Regular sales Wednesdays, cattle, horses, sheep and goats. Special sales in season or as advertised.
Willcox Livestock Auction, www.willcoxlivestockauction.com; P.O. Box 1117, Willcox, AZ 85643, 520/384-2206, Sonny Shores, Jr., Scott McDaniel & Ken Martella, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sales Thursdays., 11 a.m., cattle and horses.
CALIFORNIA Dos Palos “Y” Auction Yard, 16575 S. Hwy. 33, Dos Palos, CA 93620-9618. Joel E. Cozzi, 209/769-4660 (cell), Joey A. Cozzi, 209/769-4662 (cell), Marie Alfaro o/m 209/387-4113, www.dpyauction.com. Regular sales Monday 11:00 a.m. — all classes of cattle, including dairy cattle; Thursday 12 noon — butcher cattle. Special feeder sales in season as advertised.
Escalon Livestock Market,
Jeremy Gorham, Sale Yard: 909/597-4818, Cell: 909/282-2198, Chino, California. Stocker & feeder cattle sale every Wednesday at 1 p.m.; butcher cows Monday-Thursday 9:00 to noon.
Fresno Livestock Commission, LLC, 559 W. Lincoln, Fresno, CA 93706, email: email@example.com, 559/237-5259. Phil Tews, owner/auctioneer, Cindy Stuhaan, owner/ofc. mgr., Wendy Kenison, owner/office manager. Regular sales Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday, 12 noon, slaughter cows and bulls (dairy and beef). Saturday, 9 a.m., hogs, goats, sheep, horses. Beef cattle (all classes). Fresh heifer/springer sale 1st Thurs. each month. www.fresnolivestock.com
Humboldt Auction Yard, Inc., 707/725-5188, eves. 707/725-6588, P.O. Box 313, Fortuna, CA 95540. Sale every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. — all classes of livestock.
Orland Livestock Commission, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Orland, CA 95963. Ed Lacque, owner/mgr., 530/865-4527; Wade Lacque, auctioneer. Sales: Weds., 12 noon, misc. and dairy; Thursdays, 12 noon, feeder cattle.
Services A.I./EMBRYO/SEMEN Apex Cattle, Semen on Copyright, the industry’s leading AI sire for 2009 and beyond – 21.1 REA, -3.8 BW EPD. 100% OCC genetics. Semen $18-$25 depending on volume. To order call 308/7500200, Video@www.apexcattle.com.
Hoffman A.I. Breeders, www.hoffmanaibreeders.com, 1950 S. Hwy. 89-91, Logan, UT 84321. Doug Coombs, 435/753-7883. Custom bull and stallion semen collection, freezing and storage.
JLG Enterprises, Inc., Jack Lerch, Larry Gerber, 209/847-4797, P.O. Box 1375, Oakdale, CA 95361. Bull housing, semen collection, testing, evaluation. www.jlgenterprises.com
CUSTOM HOUSE BROKERS ABACO Customhouse Brokers, Inc., Pete Aranjo, 3922 Delta, El Paso, TX 79995, ofc. 915/542-1742.
Tulare County Stockyards, 9641 Ave. 384, Dinuba, CA 93618, ofc. 559/ 591-0884, cell 559/358-1070 Jon Dolislagerl. Regular sales Friday 11 a.m., feeder cattle.
Turlock Livestock Auction, P.O. Box 3030, Turlock, CA 95381, Karen Cozzi, owner; Office 209/634-4326. Sales: Tues. – Feeder cattle; Weds. – Slaughter cattle, slaughter bulls; Fri. – Dairy cattle, slaughter cows.
Visalia Livestock Market, P.O. Box 2529, Visalia, CA 93279. 559/625-9615, Randy Baxley, owner, 559/622-9634 eves, 559/906-9760 cell. Beth Baxley, office manager; Sam Avila,yard manager, 559/799-3854. Regular sales Wed., 11:30 a.m., slaughter cattle; 1:00 p.m., stocker and feeder cattle. Bull Sale, Sept. 27, 2009.
IDAHO Twin Falls Livestock Commission, 630 Commercial Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301. Bruce Billington, Mike Elliott, Stenson Clontz, Jerry Stewart, 208/733-7474. Sales Wed. 11:00 a.m. cattle, and Sat. 11:00 a.m. all classes. Oldest established livestock auction yard in Idaho. www.twinfallslivestock.com
Templeton Livestock Market, P.O. Box 308, Templeton, CA 93465, fax 805/434-1816, 805/434-1866. Randy Baxley, owner, 559/906-9760, 559/622-9634 eves. Regular sales: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Slaughter cattle; 1:00 p.m. stocker and feeder cattle. Bull Sale 1st Friday in Sept. See our ads in Livestock Market Digest for monthly sales.
Winfield Livestock Auction, Inc., John Brazle, 7168 U.S. 160, Winfield, KS 67156, www.winfieldlivestockauct.com, ofc. 620/221-4364, eves. 620/221-6647. Sales Wednesday 11 a.m., all classes of cattle. Special feeder and stocker sales in season.
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San Angelo Packing Co, Inc.
Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Clovis, Roswell and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Whatever your farm and ranch loan needs – Come to the experts! 1-800/451-5997, www.farmcreditnm.com.
1809 North Bell St., San Angelo, TX 76903, P.O. Box 1469, San Angelo, TX 76902, 800/588-6328, 800/LUV-MEAT. A dirrect market for the producer. A buyer of quality slaughter cows and bulls.
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Agrilands Real Estate,
Stuhaan Cattle, Dane Stuhaan, 559/688-7695 or cell: 559/731-7695. Livestock hauling in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Nebraska.
ORGANIZATIONS R-Calf USA, Box 30715, Billings, MT 57107, 406/252-2516, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill Bullard, CEO,Shae Dodson, Communications Coord.
wwwagrilandsrealestate.com, Jack Horton 541/473-3100, email@example.com. A great selection of ranches in several western states. Give us a try – thank you!
Ken Ahler Real Estate Co., Inc., www.santafeland.com, 1435 S. St. Francis, Ste. 210, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Ken Ahler Broker 505/989-7573 ofc., 505/490-0220 eves., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brokennoseranch.com. Serving your farm & ranch real estate needs since 1981.
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Reg. sales Tues. — all classes of cattle. Michael Tasler. Call for information on special sales, 402/925-5141. P.O. Box 279, Atkinson, NE 68713.
UTAH Smithfield Livestock Auction, Lane or Dean Parker 435/757-4643, sale barn 435/563-3259, P.O. Box 155, Smithfield, UT 84321. Regular Cattle Sales Every Thursday. Dairy Sales 1st & 3rd Fridays.
Bassett Livestock Auction, Inc., Regular cattle sales Weds., 12:00 noon. Call for info. on special feeder and stocker sales most Weds. 402/684-2361, Box 9, Bassett, NE 68714. Don Painter & Arlen Nelson, owners. Jeri Nelson, ofc. mgr., www.blacattle.com.
Norfolk Livestock Market, P.O. Box 723, Norfolk, NE 68701, Bart Koinzan, office 402/371-0500, cell 402/649-1029, toll free in NE 800/672-8344. Sales: 12:15 feeder cattle & fats; Fri. 8 a.m. slaughter cattle sale; Sat. 8 a.m. butcher hogs, 10:30 a.m. feeder pigs, baby calves, sheep & goats. Horse sales as advertised.
Eves. 707/725-6588 P.O. Box 313, Fortuna, CA 95540
KEMI LIMOUSIN RANCH Select Offering of Brahmousin & LimFlex MICHELLE & WILLIE PANKONIAN Ranch is located at North Zulch, TX 25 miles north of Hwy 6 or 145
NEBRASKA Atkinson Livestock Market,
SALE EVERY WEDNESDAY at 1:30 P.M.
WASHINGTON Toppenish Livestock Commission, www.toppenishlivestock.com, 428 S “G” St., Toppenish, WA. Jeff Wiersma, John Topp 509/865-2820, Sale days every Monday, 1:00 p.m., dairy, feeder and slaughter cattle. 1:00 p.m. Special Dairy sale, 1st Fri. every month. Thurs., 11 a.m. Feeder cattle, slaughter cows. Sale every Sat 11 a.m. all classes of livestock.
Call Kellie & Willie Pankonian
ROBBS BRANGUS Come by anytime and see our herd. R.L. Robbs 520/384-3654 4995 Arzberger Rd. Willcox, AZ 85643
WYOMING Willcox, AZ
Torrington Livestock Market, LLC,
NEW MEXICO Roswell Livestock Auction, www.roswelllivestockauction.com, 900 N. Garden, 575/622-5580, P.O. Box 2041, Roswell, NM 88201. Cattle sales Mondays. Horse sales in April, June, September and December.
TENNESSEE Knoxville Livestock Auction Center, Inc. www.knoxvillelivestock.com, P.O. Box 167, Mascot, TN 37806. Jason Bailey, Manager 865/933-1691; 865/6036410. Regular sales Wed., 12:00 p.m. All classes of cattle. Special Feeder Sales September – March as advertised.
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www.torringtonlivestock.com, P.O. Box 1097, Torrington, WY 82240. 307/532-3333. Shawn Madden, Lex Madden, Michael Schmitt. Friday, reg. sales all classes of livestock. Wed. calf and yearling feeder specials; Mon. Calf and bred cow sales in season. NOW OFFERING VIDEO SALES.
ORDER BUYERS Thompson Livestock, Inc., 20265 Superior Place, Whitewood, SD 57793, Tommy Thompson, Ted Thompson, Charlotte Thompson – office manager, 605/269-2222. Order buyers, buying and selling cattle year-round. Email: email@example.com.
WAGONHAMMER RANCHES S ANGUIO N PRODUCT E L SA . 3RD WED H OF MARC
CLUB CALVES The Winning Kind! Spring & Fall Born MYRON BENES • Albion, NE 68620 Phone 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962
S E R V I C E S Arizona Ranch Real Estate, www.azranchrealestate.com, 40070 W. Hwy. 84 / P.O. Box 1, Stanfield, AZ 85272, ofc. 520/424-3839, toll free 866/424-9173, fax 520/424-3843, Jim Olsen Broker. Branch office: P.O. Box 3151, Showlow, AZ 85902, 928/532-0055. Specializing in farm and ranch sales across Arizona; also acreages and commercial properties locally.
Azure Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 880, Las Vegas, NM 87701. Larry Brow, ofc. 505/454-6000; fax 505/454-6030; cell 505/429-0039. Serving New Mexico ranches and rural properties since 1976.
Bar M Real Estate, Scott McNally, Qualifying Broker, P.O. Box 428, Roswell, NM 88202, 575/622-5867, 575/420-1237, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit me at www.ranchesnm.com. Farm & ranch sales; general certified appraiser.
Bottari & Associates, P.O. Box 368, 1222 6th St., Wells, NV 89835. Paul D. Bottari, ofc. 775/752-3040, eves. 702/752-3809, cell 775/752-0952, fax 775/752-3021, Paul@bottarirealty.com, www.Bottarirealty.com. Specializing in farms and ranches in Nevada.
Buena Vista Realty, A.H. Jack Merrick, 521 W. 2nd, Portales, NM 88130, email@example.com, 575/2260671. Provide quality real estate service to buyers & sellers. Dairy, farm, ranch, commercial, or residential. We are committed to good honest service.
Hoover Case Auction Services, www.caseauction.com, Box 281, Marshfield, MO 65706, 471/859-3204, 417/844-6020 cell, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Realty and auction sales, southwest Missouri farms.
Century 21 Associated Professionals, Inc. / Berry Lucas 575/361-7980, cell 325/650-9833, 1205 W. Pierce, Carlsbad, NM 88220, email@example.com. Affordable ranches in Southeast New Mexico.
Coldwell Banker Legacy / Betty Houston, 515 Center St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575/835-1422, firstname.lastname@example.org, socorronmproperty.com. Can be viewed on youtube.com.
Chip Cole, Ranch Broker, 14 E. Beauregard, Ste. 201, San Angelo, TX 76903, 325/655-3555. Comm. cattle. Racnh real estate. www.chipcoleranchbroker.com
David Dean – Campo Bonito, LLC, Ranch Sales, Leasing and Management – New Mexico/west Texas ranches. www.availableranches.com, P.O. Box 1056, Davis, TX 79734, David P. Dean: ranch 432/426-3779, mobile 432/634-0441.
Dan Delaney Real Estate, www.zianet.com/nmlandman, 318 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005, ofc. 575/647-5041, cell 575/644-0776, email: email@example.com. Specializing in all types of land in southern New Mexico. We have a very large inventory ranging from ranches, farms, horse properties and raw land for development to one-acre tracts for home sites.
Exit Clovis Realty, Coletta Ray 575/799-9600, 201 E. Llano Estacado, Clovis, NM 88101, 575/762-4200, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in selling native grassland – we have buyers! Call for your land sales or purchases. www.clovisrealestatesales.com
Fallon-Cortese Land, 1606 E. Sumner Ave., Box 409, Ft. Sumner, NM 88119, www.ranchseller.com, 575/3552855, 575/760-3838, 575/760-3818. Sales of New Mexico ranches since 1972.
Harley Hendricks Realty, 877/349-2565. Marana, Arizona. Ranches, Land, Rural Property. www.HarleyHendricks.com
Kiowa Land & Sales, P.O. Box 5, Raton, NM 87740, 575/445-4077, Punch Hennigan, qualified broker, www.kiowaland.com, email: sales@ kiowaland.com. Serving your New Mexico needs in farm and ranch sales, and land management. Residential & commercial.
Knipe Land Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1030, Boise, ID 83701, John Knipe 208/345-3163, Fax 208/344-0936. Servicing ID, NV, OR and WA. For assistance in locating, purchasing, or exchanging an agricultural, commercial, or recreational property, please call or visit our website: www.knipeland.com. Call for a free catalog.
Landfinder Country Properties, www.landfindercp.com, P.O. Box 5000, Sparks, NV 89432, email@example.com; Jeanne Herman, ofc. 775/358-0555, ranch 775/475-0427. Broker in Nevada and California since 1971 serving in ranch and land sales in western states.
Chas. S. Middleton and Son, 1507 13th St., Lubbock, TX 79401, 806/7635331. Ranch Sales & Appraisals - serving the ranching industry since 1920
Murney Associate Realtors / Paul McGilliard, Springfield, MO 65804, cell: 417/839-5096, 800/743-0336. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico Property Group, 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401. O: 575/461-4426, C: 575/403-7138; Fax: 575/461-8422; email: richard@newmexico pg.com. www.newmexicopg.com. Richard Randals, Qualifiying Broker; Tom Sidwell, Associate Broker; George Evetts, MD, Associate Broker.
O’Neill Agricultural, LLC, Timothy John O’Neill, P.O. Box 145, Cimarron, NM 87714, 575/376-2341, email@example.com. Real estate services & ranch mapping services.
Oregon Opportunities, www.orop.com, 4024 Crater Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Medford, OR 97504, 541/772-0000, 800/772-7284, fax 541/772-7001, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Southern Oregon farms, ranches and commercial properties. Also residential and 1031 exchanges.
Premiere Intermountain Properties, Montana and Wyoming farm and ranch brokers. P.O. Box 30755, Billings, MT 59107, ofc.: 406/259-2544, www.pipmontana.com. Brian Anderson, sales, c. 406/839-7439; John Goggins, broker/sales, c. 406/698-4159; Roger Jacobs, broker/sales, c. 406/6987686; Patrick K. Goggins, broker-owner, 406/259-4589.
Joe Priest Real Estate, 1205 N. Hwy. 175, Seagoville, TX 75159, 972/287-4548, 214/676-6973, 800/671-4548. www.joepriest.com, email@example.com
Rivalé Ranch Realty, Raymond Rivalé, broker, P.O. Box 9, Des Moines, NM, 575/207-7484. I specialize in farm & ranch land in New Mexico.
Schrimsher Ranch Real Estate, LLC, Keith Schrimsher, P.O. Box 802, Roswell, NM 88202, 575/622-2343. www.nm-ranches.com
Scott Land Company, www.scottlandcompany.com, 1301 Front St., Dimmitt, TX 79027-3246. Ben G. Scott, qualifying broker, Krystal Nelson, qualifying broker, 800/933-9698 day or night; fax 806/647-0950; Ben’s cell 806/3418988, Krystal’s cell 806/647-6063. Selling ranches throughout the Southwest since 1966. Ranches, farms, feedyards, grain handling facilities.
Shasta Land Services, Inc., 358 Hartnell Ave., Ste. C, Redding, CA 96002. Bill Wright, 530/221-8100. Specializing in agricultural properties throughout northern California and southern Oregon. Brokerage, appraisals, mortgage, management. Visit our web page: www.ranch-lands.com
Southern Plains Land Co., Kalin Flournoy, office 580/639-2031, 940/723-5500. Texas & Oklahoma farms & ranches. Check out our website: SouthernPlainsLand.com.
Tenny’s 4U Land & Real Estate J.L. Tenny, broker, 4520 W. Airport Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643, office/home 520/3842834, cell 520/906-7335, fax 520/384-6396, jim@firstname.lastname@example.org. Give us a call – we can help locate a property to fit your needs.
Terrell Land & Livestock Company Tye C. Terrell, Jr., broker, office: 575/447-6041, P.O. Box 3188, Los Lunas, NM 87031. We know New Mexico.
Waldo Real Estate, www.waldoagencies.com, P.O. Box 39, 937 SW 30th St., Ontario, OR 97914, David M. Waldo, broker, 800/398-3457. Serving Oregon and Idaho farms and ranches since 1976.
Walker Ranch Sales, 4313 Corrales Rd., Corrales, NM 87048, 505/615-3131, fax 505/890-3368. www.walkerranchsales.com, email@example.com. Ranches and destination rural properties.
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Wild West Properties, Visit us at www.wildwestproperties.com. 7020 Santa Marisa, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. Owner: Randy J. Wood, co-qualified broker 505/980-8019. Ranch land and farm sales in New Mexico, working and hunting, 1031 exchanges.
W.I.N. REALTY, Myrl Goodwin, 6101 W. Country Club Rd., Canyon, TX 79015, 806/655-7171, cell: 806/570-7171, fax: 806/655-1868, firstname.lastname@example.org. Real estate ranches. Licensed in TX, NM, CO and OK.
STATE ASSOCIATIONS California Cattlemen’s Association, www.calcattlemen.org, 916/444-0845, 1221 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Matt Byrne, exec. vice pres., email@example.com. Call or write for information. Also publishers of the California Cattleman monthly except July/August is combined.
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, Mailing address: P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194; office located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd. NW. 505/247-0584; fax 505/842-1766; e-mail: nmcga@ nmagriculture.org; www.nmagriculture.org. Call, write or email for membership information.
North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, State Graded Feeder and Stocker Sales in spring and fall – over 20,000 head annually. Bryan Blinson, www.nccattle.com, 919/552-9111, 2228 N. Main St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Virginia Cattleman’s Association, P.O. Box 668, Buckhannon, WV 26201-0668, Jim Bostic, exec. sec., 304/472-4020. Fall and spring feeder and stocker sales. 40,000 to 55,000 head annually. Check our website for sales or further information, www.wvbeef.org.
BOOKS High-Lonesome Books, Western Americana. Old West, Country Living, and Outdoor titles. New, used, rare. Free catalogue. High-Lonesome Books, www.high-lonesomebooks.com, Box 878, Silver City, NM 88062, 800/380-7323.
BRANDERS L&H Manufacturing, “The Hot One” electric branders. Box 629, Mandan, ND 58554. 1-800/437-8068.
CATTLE HANDLING EQUIPMENT Behlen Country, P.O. Box 569, Columbus, NE 68602. For your nearest dealer, call 800/447-2751, or see: www.behlencountry.com. Hardworking equipment for the serious livestock producer, heavy-duty gates, stock tanks (metal and poly), squeeze chutes (hydraulic and manual), complete working systems and other products.
Bowman Livestock Equipment Co., America’s premier cattle handling equipment. Write or call for full details, 877/521-9111. P.O. Box 345, Herington, Kansas 67449. See my display ad!
Scott Manufacturers, Inc.,
AAmericAn PinzgAuer SSOCIATION SEPTEMBER 25 - 27 NATIONAL PINZGAUER SHOW WORLD BEEF EXPO MILWAKEE, WI 2586 County Road 232, Rockdale, TX 76567 email@example.com • www.pinzgauers.org Ken Paul, APA Field Rep. – 979/589-1456
DIAMOND OAK Cattle Company Breeding Quality Angus for the Commercial Market. Great selection of CHOICE BULLS each Fall, and in September at Producers Livestock, Oakdale, California Steve & Jean Obad • 1232 W. Tahoe Street Merced, CA 95348 • 209/383-1693
308/282-0532 or 1-800/435-0532. Jerry Scott, livestock handling equipment, side roll irrigation systems.
FARM & RANCH EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
Custom Bull & Stallion Semen
Beam Works, Tularosa and Chamberino, New Mexico, Tim Gentzler 505/644-9369, Brian Jester 505/491-3249. Specializing in I-beam, pipe, trailers, sucker rod, E-Z Go golf carts, livestock scales.
• Collection • Freezing • Storage Embryos / Semen
Conlin Supply Co., Inc.,
Suppliers & Manufacturers
576 Warnerville Rd., Oakdale, CA 95361. Albert Conlin, 209/847-8977. Livestock equipment, Filson hydraulic chutes, squeeze chutes, gates, panels. Full line of New Zealand fencing supplies. Barbed wire - field fence - posts - feeders. Structural pipe for fencing. Animal health products and feed supplements. Statewide delivery available. www.conlinsupply.com
Fury Farms, Inc.,
ANIMAL HEALTH H.W. Naylor Co., Inc., New Hoof “N” Heel comes in three convenient and economical packages: a pint squeeze bottle, a gallon container, and a powder concentrate to make a foot bath solution for your entire herd. May also be diluted and used as a daily walk-through preventative. Dr. Naylor Hoof “N” Heel is available now from your favorite animal health supplier, or directly from the H.W. Naylor Co., Inc., Morris, NY 13808-0190. Call 607/263-5145, fax 866/819-5812, www. drnaylor.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Highway Guardrail Corrals – the “Cadillac of Corrals.” No maintenance, attractive, excellent windbreak protection, go up fast, lifetime. Stan Fury, 575/760-6711, 575/456-8453, Broadview, NM 88112.
Liberty & Rocky Mountain Pipe, www.liberty.com, 36 E. Frontage Rd. North, Jerome, ID 83338, phone 1-800/764-7473, fax 208/324-2168, e-mail: email@example.com. Products: ag-related pipe for fencing, irrigation, culvert, panels, gates, cattle guards, etc.
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DOUGLAS COOMBS, 435/753-7883 1950 S. Hwy. 89-91, Logan, UT 84321 www.hoffmanaibreeders.com
Orvis Cattle Company
HEREFORDS CONSIGNING . . . to the CA-NV Hereford Assn. BREEDERS CHOICE SALE BRUCE ORVIS 9601 Hwy. 4, Farmington, CA 95230 209/899-2460 • F: 209/899-2461 Tim Baker, Manager 209/324-1658 2000 CBCIA Seedorvisranch@juno.com stock Producer of the Year www.orvisranch.com
S U P P L I E R S Oteco Wheel Track Filler, Visit our website: www.oteco.com. 307/322-9415, 307/331-1996. Fills ruts properly and with the correct material. One-man operation. Off season uses include filling ruts in roads and transporting grain.
Pearson Livestock Equipment,
M A N U F A C T U R E R S
FLY CONTROL P.H. White Co., www.phwhite.com, 800/344-0115, P.O. Box 155, Dyersburg, TN 38025. Cow Life – Cattle Rub. Full season fly control . . . anywhere!
Box 268, Thedford, NE 69166,308/645-2231. “Designed by cattlemen for cattlemen.”
Swihart Sales Company, 7420 County Rd. AA, Quinter, KS 67752, www.swihart-sales.com, 785/754-3513, 800/864-4595. We offer a complete line of low-volume mist blowers. See our display ad.
Valley Oaks Ranch Supply, www.vosupply.com. Call Jared Holve at 559/359-0386. Certified livestock scales, Silencer hydraulic squeeze chutes, Roto Grind tub grinders; fencing.
FEED GRINDERS Burrows Enterprises, Inc., Roto Grind tub grinders and grain grinders. www.rotogrind.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 2024 E. 8th St., Greeley, CO 80631, 970/353-3769. Now two models available for all feeders, small or large. Grinds wet hay and all grains. Higher capacity with lower horsepower requirements.
Jones Manufacturing, Inc., Visit our website: www.mightygiant.com. P.O. Box 38, Beemer, NE 68716, 402/5283861; email@example.com. Since 1929 – building high quality, high durability tub grinders.
HARNESS & TACK
900 W. Belgravia Ave., Fresno, CA 93706, toll free 1-800/742-1816. Manufacturers of liquid Fos Pro-Lix supplements.
Hollis Cotton Oil Mill, Inc. 580/688-3394, 580/688-3395, P.O. Box 313, Hollis, OK 73550. Offering quality cottonseed cake and meal. We also make high quality breeders cube, bull feed, creep feed. Contact us for your needs.
Sweet Pro Supplements, Premium Feed Supplements for all your supplement needs. P.O. Box 333, Seligman, AZ 86337, 602/319-2538, 928/422-4172. Arizona and New Mexico! See our ad!
www.bigskyleatherworks.com, 5243 Hwy. 312 East, Billings, MT 59105. 406/373-5937. Contact us for your harness & leather needs.
Blevins Mfg. Co., Inc., 615 Ferguson Road, Wheatland, WY 82201. 307/322-2190. Stirrup buckles.
LIVESTOCK FEEDING EQUIPMENT
Wedge-Loc Co. Ltd., PTR., 1580 N. Pendleton Dr., Rio Rico, AZ 85648, 1-800/437-1839 or 1-800/669-7218. Wedge-Loc™ bracing hardware for T-posts, fencing. No more digging post holes. www.zarebasystems.com
528 Grand Rd., Mineral Wells, TX 76067. Tru-Test, Inc., is an international company that has led in electronic livestock weighing scales for decades. Call or write for further information on our new models! Website: www.tru-test.com. Toll free: 1-800/874-8494.
SADDLES & TACK Big Bend Saddlery, www.bigbendsaddlery.com, P.O. Box 38, Alpine, TX 79831, 432/837-5551 or toll free 1-800/634-4502. Manufacturers of fine custom-made saddles, bridles, bits and tack; custom chaps, leggings and belts. Also suppliers of brush jackets, western hats, range teepees and bedrolls; full line of cast-iron cookers.
Richard Cox Mfg. Co., Carrolton, MO, 660/542-0967, fax 660/5420982. Livestock feeders specializing in creep feeders. Call for more info. or a brochure.
T&S Manufacturing, P.O. Box 336, Jermyn, TX 76459, 940/3422005. Manufacturer of trip hopper cattle feeders – feed bulk accurately! Southwest Metal Works, Clayton, NM, 575/374-2723; Roswell Livestock & Farm Supply, 1105, E. 2nd, Roswell, NM 88201, 575/622-9164; Cortese Feed, Knox Cortese, Ft. Sumner, NM 575/3552271; Bell Trailer Plex, Amarillo, TX, 806/6222992; Randy Stalls, McLean, TX, 806/886-2222, 806/779-2229. See our display ad!
LIVESTOCK TRAILERS Circle D Corporation, 613 North Ash, Hillsboro, KS 67063, 620/ 947-2385, www.circle-dtrailers.com. Gooseneck stock trailers by Circle D. Built to pull better – longer. Flatbed trailers, livestock trailers.
SPRAYERS Swihart Sales Company, 7240 County Rd. AA, Quinter, Kansas 67752, www.swihart-sales.com, 785/754-3513, 800/864-4595. We offer a complete line of low volume mist blowers. See our display ad.
VET SUPPLIES Animal Health Express, Barbara Jackson, 4439 N. Hwy. Dr. #2, Tucson, AZ. 85705, 1-800/533-8115. Supplier of animal health products, livestock supplies, supplements, equine supplier and more. Please call for a free catalog. www.animalhealthexpress.com
Inosol California Bander Castrator, www.inosol.com , 1774 Citrus Lane, El Centro, CA 92243, 1-800/847-2533. You gain the advantage of delayed castration. You gain again with a lower cost of castration.
No-Bull Enterprises, LLC,
The Callicrate Bander. “The Castration Tool that Works!” 1-800/858-5974, for supplier near you.
Miraco Manufacturing, 800/541-7866, P.O. Box 686, Grinnell, IA 50211. Manufacturers of Mira-Fount Livestock Waterers – beef, dairy, hogs. Totally energy-free waterers. Call or write for information, or visit our website: www.miraco.com.
Linn Post & Pipe Supply, Kansas, Nebraska, California. “The very best livestock fencing.” For office nearest you, call 785/348-5526 or 800/526-0993. Check our website: linnpost.com.
Big Sky Leatherworks,
FEED SUPPLEMENTS Foster Commodities,
WESTERN ARTISTS A. “Tim” Cox, 891 Road 4990, Bloomfield, NM 87413, 575/632-8080, fax 575/632-5850, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.TimCox.com. Call or write for brochures.
METAL BUILDINGS American Steel Span Buildings, We offer a wide range of farm and commercial buildings. All of our buildings have a 30-year warranty and we deliver coast to coast. Call for prices 1-800/237-9620, ext. 314, www.1steelspan.com.
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2009 Fall Marketing Edition
RANCH SALES AND APPRAISALS
SERVING THE RANCHING INDUSTRY SINCE 1920 1507 13TH STREET LUBBOCK, TEXAS 79401 (806) 763-5331
1031FEC – PAY NO TAX When Selling/Exchanging Real Estate, Equipment & Livestock VIEW EXCHANGE/INVESTMENT PROPERTIES AT: www.1031FEC.com • 800/333-0801
COLETTA RAY, 575/799-9600 201 E. Llano Estacado, Clovis, NM 88101 575/762-4200 email@example.com • www.clovisrealestatesales.com
1198 SR 275 over 2,600 square feet brick home with 30 acres. Northern Curry County. $219,000. HAVE 1,010 CULTIVATED 640 CRP - 150 ACRES CLOSE TO TOWN. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SELLING NATIVE GRASSLAND, WE HAVE BUYERS!
Call Coletta Today! I have access to additional CRP land for sale in the Clovis, Melrose, Grady, Portales and Rodgers areas.
MR.COWMAN! Come to Our Country! WORKING COW and HORSE RANCHES CUT OVER TIMBER LAND, LAKES and STREAMS Write or call for free publication Cascade Real Estate 10886 Hwy. 62, Eagle Point, OR 97524
1-800/343-4165 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rivalé Ranch Realty LLC I SPECIALIZE IN NEW MEXICO FARM AND RANCH LAND P. O. Box 9, Des Moines, NM 88418 email@example.com • 575/207-7484 Raymond Rivalé Broker / Ranch Expert
Unspoiled and pristine! 2,024.62 acre mountain ranch in the Cascade Mountain Range. Minutes from Ashland w/expansive meadows, live water, 5 legal dwellings, est. 8 million BF of timber, old water rights for 225 acres w/application on 120. $8,000,000 #2716953 Professionally designed. Prime, close in acreage w/fantastic equestrian facilities. Multiple dwellings, w/a potential of two spectacular additional homesites. 362.7 acres w/220 (8 acres of irrigated ground. Wine Grape study shows 180 potential vineyard. OFFERED AT WELL BELOW REPLACEMENT COST. From the engineered drainage system to the well designed 240 x 120 covered arena w/attached viewing area and multiple wash rack tack and fitting facility to the 40 x 40 vet barn w/all the amenities,as well as 17 shed row stalls w/runs, there is little that could be added for the horse enthusiast. $5,300,000 #2906279 Mountain Shadows Ranch, 182 tranquil acres. Existing home plus second approved home site. 1.1 million net board feet of marketable timber, including a year around creek and pond w/water rights. 36 acres of irrigated hayfield and pasture. A gravity flow spring produces abundant water. $2,184,000 #2807875 Fish from your own bank on this very special 87.3 acres w/Rogue River frontage. 27.6 irrigated acres. Spectacular views! Access to the Rogue River would allow the addition of irrigation across Rogue River Drive. Currently used for production and grazing. Includes a BLM permit on adjacent, fenced 320 acres for 23 AUMS. $2,100,000 #2808511 Excellent irrigated farm ground w/Class I and II soils. 67.09 acres. Snider Creek runs through the property. Great Water Rights. The value is in the land. The mobile holds the home site. The property includes tax lots 101, 100 and 200. Property sold as-is. Irrigation is from the Wood Irrigation District and estimated annual cost of $70 per acre. Water is delivered via a pressurized line. $527,000 #2903235
~ Southern Oregon ~ Farm/Ranch ~ Rural ~ Timber Recreational Properties
Tom Harrison, CCIM • 800/772-7284 firstname.lastname@example.org www.OROP.COM
Chip Cole RANCH BROKER SELLING WEST TEXAS FOR 29 YEARS! — PETROLEUM BUILDING — 14 E. Beauregard Ave., Ste. 201 San Angelo, TX 76903-5831
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4313 Corrales Road, Corrales NM 87048 505/615-3131 • FAX 505/890-3368 EMAIL: email@example.com ON THE WEB: www.walkerranchsales.com
Call Greg Walker 505/615-3131
PAUL McGILLIARD Murney Associate Realtors Cell: 417/839-5096 • 800/743-0336 Springfield, MO 65804
Dean Newberry Real Estate • Farm • Ranch • CRP Land • Dairy Locations O: 806/364-4042 • F: 806/364-4350 108 East 3rd • P.O. Box 966 Hereford, Texas 79045
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Buena Vista Realty 521 W. 2nd, Portales, NM 88130 • 575/226-0671 • Fax 575/226-0672
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43 acre stock farm with 1/8th mile T&L hydraulic drive sprinkler planted to alfalfa mix on part and newly sown millet on remainder. Nice hay barn with southside shed and pens plus optional trailer home. 2 tracts total of 318 ac. CRP land with water rights and irrigation eq. still on site. One contract runs thru 2014, one thru 2017 w/small house. This land is in the Sundale Valley area of Roosevelt Co., NM. 3 bdrm 2 bth home on 140 acres of native grass with pipe pens and good well on Hwy 114 east of Dora, excellent community for family. 18 acre irrigated farm with sideroll-irrigation, haybarn, double door shop and 16'x80' mobile home. GIVE US A CALL OR STOP BY. LET US WORK FOR YOU!
Qualified Broker: A.H. (Jack) Merrick Sales Agents: Charles May, Koletta Hays, Kercida Merrick
MR.COWMAN! Come to Our Country! WORKING COW and HORSE RANCHES CUT OVER TIMBER LAND, LAKES and STREAMS Write or call for free publication Cascade Real Estate 10886 Hwy. 62, Eagle Point, OR 97524
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FLINT HILLS RANCHES 4,080 ACRES – CHASE COUNTY, KANSAS 34” rainfall, all native grass, good fences, good pens, excellent condition, two creeks. 1,625 ACRE RANCH six miles West of Topeka, frontage on I-70, all native grass, springs.
DOUG WILDIN & ASSOCIATES Ranch Brokers • 620/662-0411 www.wildinranchbrokers.com
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New Mexico /West Texas Ranches Campo Bonito, LLC RANCH SALES P.O. Box 1077 • Ft. Davis, Texas 79734
NEED RANCH LEASES & PASTURE FOR ‘09
NEW MEXICO RANCHES FOR SALE – 20,099 total acres, 348 AUYL BLM grazing permit. 80 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM, in the Brokeoff Mountains. – 12,369 deeded acres, 300± AUYL, scenic vistas with hunting. Located on the north slopes of the Capitan Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. – 8,038 total acres, 200± AUYL owner controlled, excellent turf with good grass cover. Forty-five miles northwest of Roswell, NM. – 28,576 total acres, 2,200± deeded, desert ranch 25 miles west of Jal, NM, on NM State Highway 128. BLM rating at 370 AUYL.
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DAVID P. DEAN Ranch: 432/426-3779 • Mob.: 432/634-0441 w w w. a v a i l a b l e r a n c h e s . c o m
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O’NEILL LAND, LLC Timothy John O’Neill – Qualifying Broker
“Making a difference to the land and the people”
Cimarron River Property – $410,000 P.O. Box 145 10.91 +/- deeded acres, 2,700 +/- sq ft home. West edge of Cimarron, NM 87714 town with water frontage on the Cimarron River, some water 575/376-2341 Fax: 575/376-2347 rights and a private lake. This is the end of the road with awesome views of the mountains in a quiet peaceful village. A firstname.lastname@example.org short walk to the newly remodeled St James Hotel. Cimarron, www.swranches.com Colfax County, NM. Foreman Property – REDUCED $425,000 559.10 +/- deeded acres, Private 2,000 +/- square foot home. Custom rock work. Horse barn, two car garage, two hay barns, 5 pastures. Excellent spring gravitational feed to trough, house on city water system less than 5 years old, septic system brought up to code. 0.8 mile driveway, mature cottonwood trees, very private 4 miles east of Springer, Colfax County, NM. Someday Farms – SOLD! Miami, NM Farm – $525,000 238.32 +/- deeded acres with 238 irrigation water shares out of Miami Lake. One domestic water meter. This property is a mixture of some of the finest hay fields in Miami, and pasture land. Easily accessible off black top and county road C-9 the property stretches 0.75 mile south up the Mesa to afford some of the amazing views typifying the Miami area of NE NM clear through to Colorado. Priced at a shade over $2,200 per deeded acre this is a must see. Some elk tags in conjunction with neighbor property. H. & H. Meats – $645,000 Fantastic business opportunity to purchase a NE NM icon. Wild game processing facility, and taxidermy business, plus two homes located in Springer, NM. Call Robert A Hildebrandt, Associate Broker, cell 575/643-5208.
O’NEILL AGRICULTURAL, LLC Also great for succession planning. “Offers computer-generated color custom mapping service on digital USGS base maps. Hang a map in your office that looks like your ranch, with water lines, pastures and roads etc. Put your ranch on one piece of paper.”
19855 S. Main St. P.O. Box 1020 Cottonwood, CA 96022 Office: 530/347-9455 Fax: 530/347-4640 email@example.com
R.G. DAVIS, BROKER • CELL: 530/949-1985
Surprise Valley, Calif.
■ Springer, N.M.: 275 acres with 90 water shares on the French Tract overlooking Springer Lake. 2003, 3-bed./2-bath Oakwood MH with city water tap. 1/3 under irrigation and the rest in pasture. Breathtaking views of the mesas and mtns. Ideal for the horsemen with a clean property ready to build your own horse facility. $300,000. ■ Gladstone, N.M.: 800 ac., ¼ mile North of store on Hwy. 56. On county road with water and utilities. Excellent grass production with 360' open views of the prairie, volcanoes and Ute Creek. Will sell from 140 ac. and up at $500/ac. Total price for the 800 acres is at $400,000. ■ French Track, N.M.: 400 ac., Off of I-25 exit 419 onto Hwy. 58 near Russell’s truck stop. The farm has a 3 bed, one bath home with long loafing sheds, water tap and 160 water shares. Dry land is sub-irrigated and has a high carrying capacity per animal unit. Being next to this busy intersection creates a great opportunity for extra income possibilities. $440,000. ■ Raton, N.M.: 616 acres on the historical landmark Kiowa Mesa, 30 miles SE on Hwy. 193. Beautiful mesa country with awesome views of the surrounding valley, volcano Mtns., and mesas. Excellent habitat for the Mule deer, antelope and grass for livestock. Cabin with windmill water. Great small recreational ranch... $525,000. ■ Raton, N.M.: 920 acres 45 miles SE on Hwy. 193, next to the historical Palo Blanco Mtn. Church, with tree covered mesas, live creek, large natural lake bed and lots of wildlife. Water well, power and abuts Hwy. 193. Very scenic ranch. $690,000.
Norman “Punch” Hennigan, Qualifying Broker Toll Free 877/704-4077 • O: 575/445-4077 • Cell 575/447-7758 116 S. 2nd, Raton, NM • www.kiowaland.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
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357± acres, 120 irrigated, free water, hot springs, 1,400 sq. ft. home, large historic barn. Pipe corrals, white fences. Adjoins Warner Mtns., Modoc National Forest, Excellent buck hunting, ducks, geese, quail, RV hookups. Very scenic and serene, terrific views. $979,000
Red Bluff, Calif. 556± acres, winter range. A really nice little ranch and recreational retreat. Easy all weather access. Small home, guest house, barn, good corrals. Good hunting, lots of pigs, deer, fishing. All the amenities and yet very country and comfortable. $975,000
Cottonwood, Calif. 1,850± acres winter range. Excellent improvements, new fences. Large barn with 1bd 1ba apartment. Box stalls, tie stalls, large tack room, shop. State-of-the-art roping arena. All pipe and cable construction. Reservoirs, good hunting, fishing. Easy access. Beautiful home sites for your new home. $2,600,000
15 Acre Ranch With Horse Facilities 40 miles east of Tucson, AZ, freeway access. Main house is a 3,197 sq ft, 4 br, 3 ba home. Other features 2 br guest house, 25'x45' concrete floored shop, Barn Master horse barn with 5 stalls, pipe runs & tack room, pipe arena, several pastures, 3 RV hookups & much more. $625,000
TENNEY’s 4U Land & Real Estate J.L. (JIM) TENNEY, BROKER 4520 West Airport Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643 (Cochise Country) Office 520/384-2834 • Cell 520/906-7335 • Fax 520/384-6396 • email@example.com Our family trains roping and barrel horses, so the cattle we have are Corriente Cattle we use for training our horses. My primary business is brokering real estate.
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NEW MEXICO RANCHES Now is the time to take advantage of our wide selection of working ranches for sale. Several of these properties are priced below $300 per deeded acre. Interest is low right now and inflation will cause prices to rise. We believe we have the largest inventory of reasonably priced cow ranches in the state. FARMS FOR SALE –
In Dona Ana County. All located near Las Cruces, NM. 8, 11, 14, 27, 120 & 178 acres. $11,111/acre to $22,000/acre. All have EBID (surface water rights from the Rio Grande River) & several have supplemental irrigation wells. If you are interested in farm land in Dona Ana County, give me a call.
SAN JUAN RANCH – Located 10 miles south of Deming off Hwy. 11 (Columbus Hwy) approximately 26,964 total acres consisting of +/- 3964 deeded, +/- 3800 state lease, +/14,360 BLM & +/-4840 Uncontrolled. The allotment is for 216 head (AUYL). There are +/- 278 acres of ground water irrigation rights (not currently being farmed) as well as 9 solar powered stock wells & metal storage tanks & approx. 6½ miles pipeline. The ranch begins on the north end at the beautiful Mahoney Park high up in the Florida mountains & runs 5½ miles down the mountains to their south end. It continues another 7½ miles south across their foothills & onto the flats. The ranch has a very diverse landscape with plentiful wildlife including quail, dove, rabbits, deer & ibex. Lots of potential & a good buy at $1,200,000.
REDROCK CANYON RANCH – Located in Redrock, NM. Approx. 7,268 ac., +/- 1,908 Private, +/- 1,040 State, +/4,320 BLM, 120 head grazing permit & 24 acres of farm land. 3½ miles of the Gila River runs thru the middle of the ranch. DAN DELANEY
REAL ESTATE, LLC
318 W. Amador Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88005 (O) 575/647-5041 • (C) 575/644-0776 firstname.lastname@example.org www.zianet.com/nmlandman
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EXAMPLES INCLUDE: ■ 87 Sections at Carrizozo. Scenic. ■ 36 Sections all deeded at Fort Sumner. ■ 34 Sections north of Roswell in good area. ■ 7 Sections at Fort Sumner. We have other exclusive listings. View at www.ranchseller.com Fallon-Cortese Land · Box 409 Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Emmet Fallon: 575/760-3838 Nick Cortese: 575/760-3818 Office: 575/355-2855 • Fax: 575/355-7611 77
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PALMILLO DRAW 24 SECTIONS, NM STATE LEASE GOOD WATER SYSTEM GOOD FACILITIES & FENCES NICE HEADQUARTERS READY FOR YOUR CATTLE
Affordable Ranches In Southeast New Mexico
Call: Berry Lucas
RIAD PROPERTIES ALTURAS•CALIFORNIA Vernon Knoch, Broker 530/233-1993 • Fax: 530/233-5193
KELLY CREEK RANCH: This reputation Oregon ranch has 2,400 deeded acres, free water with 1869 water rights, large flood irrigated meadows, and no irrigation wells. Improvements include three homes, three hay barns, three horse barns, two sets of corrals, with scales, feed lot with 450' of fence line bunk space and miscellaneous other buildings. Water fowl, deer, and many other wildlife species are abundant on the ranch. This is an easy operating ranch with one hired man. Price quick sale reduced from $3,750,000 to $2,995,000 1,360 ACRES, near Ravendale, Calif. Develop this property into a hay ranch. Excellent area for irrigation wells. Two older homes plus outbuildings. Priced at: $600,000
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KNIPE LAND COMPANY . Idaho ,
Evergreen Cattle Ranch - 17,540± deeded acres near Grangeville, Idaho. One of the best elk ranches in Idaho as well as big game, fishing & recreation. Over 6 miles of Snake River frontage. Rare opportunity to own a trophy ranch of this magnitude. $15,000,000 Owyhee Ranch - 56,896± acres deeded, State & BLM land to run cattle, recreate, hunt or enjoy year-round in the Owhyee Mountains. Irrigated pasture, hay, timber, creeks, Snake River frontage & 3 homes. $10,749,000 Quaking Aspen - 4,200± deeded acres in Malad, Idaho, Beautiful views, wheat farming, big game/bird hunting, recreation, high mountain views, meadows, close to reservoir, and so much more. $10,500,000 Adams County River Ranch - 1,624± deeded acre cattle & horse ranch near Council, Idaho. Set in a beautiful country location with 2 homes & several outbuildings. The Weiser River traverses the ranch for nearly 3 miles. $9,249,000
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John Knipe, Broker Box 1031 Boise, ID 83701 www.knipeland.com Ph: 208-345-3163 Fx: 208-344-0936
Bar MB Ranch - 6,985± deeded acres ranch near Midvale, Idaho. Great cattle operation with irr., range, dry land farm, ponds, & Crane Creek Res. frontage. Great fishing & hunting.. $8,500,000 Weiser River Mountain Ranch - 1,140± deeded acres outside of Council, Idaho. Ranch has 3,600 sf. home, large garage, & several outbuildings. Weiser River flows through this beautiful ranch for over a mile. Great big game hunting & fishing, $6,250,000 Mountain Ranch - Exceptional cattle operation in Reynolds, Idaho. 2,668± deeded ac. & 1,000’s of state leased & BLM permitted land. 2 homes, barn, irrigated pasture, corrals, timber, creeks & more. $6,000,000 Big Willow Ranch - Dairy potential on 876± acres near New Plymouth, Idaho. Cattle operation with commercial feedlot permitted for 6,500 head. Irrigated land & Big Willow Creek traverse through this secluded valley. Abundance of wildlife. 45 min. to Boise. $4,200,000 OWC Reynolds Creek Ranch - 783± deeded acre ranch west of Murphy, Idaho. Offers a home, Reynolds Creek, fronts BLM, irrigation, views, recreation & great hunting. $3,915,000
Gold Fork River - 1,246± deeded acre river ranch with over 4.5 miles of river frontage. Timbered mountains & wooded meadows blend with live streams & river. Seller has conceptual plans showing how a buyer may wish to develop. McCall, Idaho. $3,850,000 Payette River - 32± deeded acre ranch tucked in the mountains N of Boise, Idaho, in Garden Valley. Ranch fronts the Middle Fork of the Payette River. 3 ponds, creek & a 4,000 sf. custom log home with quality craftsmanship. $3,800,000 New Plymouth Ranch - 114+/- acre Ranch in New Plymouth, Idaho with home, barn, corrals and irrigated pasture. $1,095,000 Owner Financing available. Snake River Payette Farm - 77± acres with 1/2± mile of Snake River Frontage west of Payette, Idaho. Great level farm with home. Free irrigation water from River. $616,000 Painted Pony Ranch - 24+/- acre horse ranch in Weiser, Idaho. Ranch home with 11-stall barn, indoor arena, irrigation and much more. Great price at $365,000
SOUTHWEST OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
RANCHES FOR SALE Eastern Plains of Colorado – 37,140 deeded acres with four sections of Colorado State Lease. This ranch has been owned by the same family for almost 60 years. The ranch is approximately 90 miles east of Colorado Springs. The terrain is open rolling, well sodded, native prairie country. The ranch has adequate headquarter improvements and is watered by live creek water, wells, an extensive waterline network and earthen ponds. This is a rancher’s ranch, priced to fit a rancher’s pocketbook at $245 per deeded acre. The property is rated at 1,000+ A.U. The Colorado state lease will be assigned subject to approval of the CSLB. Northeastern New Mexico – 18,232 deeded acres plus 28,005 acres of New Mexico State Lease, for a total of 46,237 acres, ±. This ranch is located in the heart of New Mexico’s most productive cattle country. The terrain varies from open rolling grama grass country to several major drainages descending into rough escarpments and rocky canyons in the Canadian River bottom. The ranch is watered by live river, creek and spring water, plus numerous water wells. Recently, the owner installed 46 miles of new waterlines with troughs. The improvements are outstanding and in excellent condition. This may be the best watered and most highly improved ranch in Northeastern N.M. Carrying capacity is around 1,250 A.U. The ranch is priced at $550 per deeded acre.
Descriptive brochures available on both ranches.
About 50 miles southwest of Albuquerque. A scenic and productive 296 Animal Unit Ranch operation containing over 30,000 Acres with 1,020 Deeded Acres. Diversified terrain and vegetation raises big calves and provides excellent wildlife habitat for big Elk, Deer and Antelope! Large percentage of depreciation. Financing available. Seller will consider trades for farmland, water rights or commercial property! New Ranch Listings Coming!
TErrell Land & Livestock Company P.O. Box 3188, Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031 Tye C. Terrell, Jr., Broker • 575/447-6041 o
“We Know New Mexico”
NEW MEXICO RANCH FOR SALE They are not making any more land ... Investing in land is much better than the stock market
NEAR FT. SUMNER, NM – 10,488.8 acres – 9,848.8 deeded, 640 state lease. Paved access on Hwy. 60, 9 miles W. of Ft. Sumner. The ranch improvements include a four bedroom, two bath home only 3 years old. Home has fireplace, detached carport w/storage, 4 stall horse barn w/hay/tack room, & metal horse corrals. Other improvements include metal shipping pens w/scales & squeeze chute, & single bin overhead feed storage unit. Well watered w/7 wells & dirt tanks. Fences are in good condition. Solid turf. Wildlife of deer, antelope & quail. Brochure available upon request. Annual property taxes of approx. 17 cents/deed acre. The Ft. Sumner area is year-round cow country & is a desirable area of the state where camping & fishing are available year round. Price $245 per deeded acre.
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MYRL GOODWIN, Broker • 806/655-7171 (M) 806/570-7171 • (F) 806/655-1868 6101 W. Country Club Rd. • Canyon, TX 79015 Licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Oklahoma
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TEXAS & OKLA. FARMS & RANCHES 503 Ac. So. Navarro Co., Texas. It’s got it all. $2,150/ac. 632-acre CATTLE and HUNTING, N.E. Texas ranch, elaborate home, one-mile highway frontage. OWNER FINANCE at $2,250/ac. 274 acres in the shadow of Dallas. Secluded lakes, trees, excellent grass. Hunting and fishing, dream home sites. $3,850/ac. 113 E. Texas Cattle and Hunting Ranch – Superb. Improved grasses, two sets of cattle pens, well water to every pasture. Runs 200 cattle. Home and barns. Only $495,000. 1,700-acre classic N.E. Texas cattle and hunting ranch. $2,750/ac. Some mineral production.
Paul is a third generation farmer and rancher born and raised in Curry County, operating and managing over 3900 dryland acres since 1986. He has also been an advocate for New Mexico agriculture in Washington, DC and Santa Fe since 1991. Allow Paul to put this experience to work for you in selling your home, farm or ranch today. Paul Stout, Qualifying Broker 3352 State Road 209, Broadview, NM 88112 O: 575/357-2060 • C: 575/760-5461 • F: 575/357-2050 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.firstalternativerealty.com
Joe Priest Real Estate 1205 N. Hwy 175, Seagoville, TX 75159
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Bottari Realty www.bottarirealty.com
NEVADA RANCHES & FARMS Wells Area Farm: 90 deeded acres of which approx. 85 in Alfalfa and Orchard Grass hay. Good home and outbuildings plus singlewide mobile. On Hwy 93.3 miles North. Price: $500,000. Elko Company Deeded Sheep Base: 10,960 deeded acre plus a BLM permit (29%) in the Adobe Range Northeast of Elko, NV. Price only: $1,426,000. including 1/2 mineral rights. Add the Elmore listed below for hay base. Elmore Ranch: 750 acres on the Humboldt River approx. 15 miles East of Elko. Approx. 400 water righted acres and not improvements other than fences. Price: $600,000. Mason Mountain Ranch: approx. 3700 deeded acres plus small BLM permit adjoining the ranch. This ranch is located on the road to Charleston approx. 16 miles off the Mountain City highway. Modest improvements include home and misc. outbuilding. No power. Approx. 80 acres of meadow irrigated out of Mason Creek and springs. Lots of wildlife. Would be good combination summer cattle and recreation. Price: $1,575,000. We have more ranch listings on our site www.bottarirealty.com
OFFICE: 775/752-3040 RESIDENCE: 775/752-3809 FAX: 775/752-3021 E-MAIL: paul@ bottarirealty.com
PAUL D. BOTTARI, BROKER Out West Realty Network Affiliate
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Advertiser’s A Abaco Customhouse Brokers, Inc. . . .41 ABC Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 American Pinzgauer Assn. . . . . . . . . . 71 American Shorthorn Assn. . . . . . . . . . .2 Animal Health Express . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Apex Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Apple D Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 B Bar G Feedyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Bar M Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Bar Nothing Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Bar T Bar Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Bassett Livestock Auctions . . . . . . . . .38 Bell Key Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Bennett Shorthorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Blevins Mfg. Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Bottari Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Bow K Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Bowman Livestock Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Raymond Boykin Barzonas . . . . . . . . .34 Buena Vista Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Burrows Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 C Cascade Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Hoover Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Casey Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Central California World of Bulls . . . . .56 Century 21 / Berry Lucas . . . . . . . . . . .79 Chandler Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Circle D Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Clark Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Chip Cole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Conlin Supply Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Cowley Farm & Feedlot . . . . . . . . . . . .61 A.T. “Tim” Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 D&S Polled Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 David Dean – Campo Bonito . . . . . . . .75 DeBruycker Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Delaney Dan Delaney Real Estate, LLC .77 Diamond Oak Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . .71 E Escalon Livestock Market, Inc. . . . . . .26 Euclid Stockyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Evans Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . .20, 58 Exit Clovis Realty / Colletta Ray . . . . . .73 F Fallon-Cortese Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Farm Credit Services of New Mexico . .8 Feller & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Figure 4 Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 First Alternative Real Estate . . . . . . . . .81 Fury Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
G Gonzalves Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Grau Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 H Hales Angus Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Harper Cattle, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Harston Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Hitchings Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Hoffman A.I. Breeders . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Home Ranch Properties . . . . . . . . . . .76 Hooper Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Hubbell Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Humboldt Auction Yard, Inc. . . . . . . .67 I Inosol California Bander . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Isa Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 J Jacobsen Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Joe Priest Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Jones Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Jones Polled Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . .50 K Kemi Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 King Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Kiowa Land & Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Klamath Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . .51 Knipe Land Co. Idaho . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Knipe Land Co. Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . .75 L L&H Branding Irons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Largent & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Lasater Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Linn Post & Pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 M Madsen Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Chas. S. Middleton & Son . . . . . . . .73, 80 Miraco Livestock Water Systems . . . . .39 Mix 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Murney Associates / Paul McGilliard . .74 N Dean Newberry Real Estate . . . . . . . . .74 No-Bull Enterprises LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Nyland Registered Herefords . . . . . . .39 O 1031 View Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 O’Neill Land, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Ordway Cattle Feeders . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Oregon Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Livestock Market Digest
Index Orvis Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Oteco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 OXO Hereford Ranches . . . . . . . . . . . .57 P Pacific Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . .35 Paco Feedyard Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Pearsons Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Pedretti Dominos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Pine Ridge Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lee Pitts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 R R-CALF USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Reynolds Bros. Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Richard Cox Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Rivale Ranch Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Robbs Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Roswell Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . .54 Running Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 S San Angelo Packing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Sci Agra Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Scott Manufacturers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Seven Mile Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Shasta Land Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Smithfield Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Southern Plains Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Strang Herefords & Black Angus . . . . .29 Summerour Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Swihart Sales Company . . . . . . . . . . . .31 T T&S Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 T&T Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Tenney’s 4U Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Terrell Land & Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Thunder Hill Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Tom Robb & Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Triad Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Tri-State Angus Ranches . . . . . . . . . . .23 Tulare Stockyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Turlock Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . .48 V Virginia Cattleman’s Assn. . . . . . . . . . .83 Visalia/Templeton Livestock Markets . .87 W Waggonhammer Ranches . . . . . . . . . .69 Walker Ranch Sales.com . . . . . . . . . . .74 Weaver Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Wendt Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 P.H. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Doug Wildin & Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 WIN Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 2009 Fall Marketing Edition
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For over a quarter century, we have never lost sight of the importance of customer service. We believe in taking care of our customers and standing behind our product 100%. With the increasing demands of today’s cattle industry, customer service has never had a higher premium. If it carries the RUNL brand, you know you are covered.
Running Creek Ranch has always focused on producing efficient, performance-driven, functionally sound cattle suited to fit the beef industry’s demands. Our offering features genetics from some of the breed’s best like OKLF Linebacker and Carrousel’s MVP, along with many other powerful AI sires. When you’re in the market for quality Limousin genetics, Running Creek Ranch has plenty for you to choose from!
One of our program’s staples is the volume of cattle we offer. Nowhere in the country will you find a larger selection of 2-year-old Limousin bulls and bred females. We specialize in the production of approximately 250 2-year-old bulls and 300 bred heifers. We offer a good selection of bulls year-round.
Joe Freund Sr. 45400 County Road 21 • Elizabeth, Colorado 80107 303/840-1850 Home • 303/341-9310 Office • www.runningcreekranch.com
Joey Freund 303/841-7901
Pat Kelley 303/840-1848
Casey Kelley 720/480-6709
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Let Running Creek Ranch be your volume source of quality Limousin genetics. Call today!
Running Creek Ranch is one of the country’s largest seedstock producers of any breed. Amongst the unmatched volume, you will find a quality herd of cattle backed by a variety of industry-leading genetics and years of performance evaluation. Our program is built around a highly adaptable and functional product that promises to excel in both the seedstock and mainline commercial industry. Whether you need one or a hundred, rest assured Running Creek Ranch can meet your needs.
Running Creek Ranch: Limousin in Volume, Quality St a cked High
unning Creek Ranch, Elizabeth, Colo., has been producing registered Limousin seedstock for the past 30 years. This large-scale operation was originally a commercial operation, and that foundation, which stretches back 38 years, gave ranch owner Joe Freund an opportunity to focus his goals for a seedstock operation.
the North American Limousin Foundation on several research projects to study the relationships between reproductive, calving ease, growth and carcass traits. Because of Joe Freund’s experience as a commercial cowman, he was determined to developbalanced EPD criteria by utilizingintensive culling and production and performance data.
Running Creek Ranch is one of he country’s largest seedstock producers of any breed. Amongst the unmatched volume, you will find a quality herd of cattle backed by a variety of industry-leading genetics and years of performance evaluation. Our program is built around a highly adaptable and functional product that promises to excel in both the seedstock and mainline commercial industry. Whether you need one or a hundred, rest assured Running Creek Ranch can meet your needs.
As a part of Running Creek’s commitment to helping its commercial customers achieve higher levels of profitability, Joe Freund offers a premium calf buyback program for Running Creek’s bull customers. The ranch’s highprofile involvement with natural beef programs is a growing part of its profit optimization efforts.
“Running Creek genetics reflect practical, functional cattle emphasizing reproductive efficiency,” says Joe, “and mature cow size must be synergistic with the environment in which the cattle are expected to perform and excel.” Running Creek markets around 300 registered, performance-tested bulls annually, all at private treaty. All the bulls undergo a stringent culling process at weaning and yearling ages, and if they make the grade, they will be performance tested as coming twos. With 1,600 mother cows in production, Running Creek Ranch is the largest breeder of Limousin in the country. The Freund operation is also heavily involved in feeding Running Creek-bred cattle through to the feedlot and on to natural beef marketing programs. Running Creek markets 6,500 to 7,000 fed cattle annually through natural beef programs. The ranch makes the data on the various bloodlines available to their commercial customers. In this manner, Running Creek and its bull customers can identify the bulls that improve profitability in different herds and in a variety of environmental situations. Running Creek Ranch has made a strong commitment to the commercial cattle industry, as evidenced by their cooperative efforts with Colorado State University and
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As a part of Running Creek’s commitment to helping its commercial customers achieve higher levels of profitability, Joe Freund offers a premium calf buy-back program for Running Creek’s bull customers. The ranch’s high-profile involvement with natural beef programs is a growing part of its profit optimization efforts. Running Creek’s bull calves are “dry-wintered” in preparation for returning to grass in the spring. The calves are weaned on a pound of oats per 100 pounds of body weight and grass hay. Thirty days after weaning, the ration is changed to corn, and the hay ration is increased. In February, the bull calves are put on feed at Double J Feeders, Ault, Colorado. Their ration is designed to allow the calves to gain 2.25 to 2.5 pounds per day. On May 1, the bulls are culled, and those that survived the culling are shipped to summer pasture at the Hoyt Division of the ranch. They run on grass through the summer, and on October 1 they go back to Double J Feeders, where they are weighed and measured for frame score, muscle score, body condition, and visual and disposition evaluations, prior to being put on a 120-day performance test. The 70 percent silage/ haylage and 30 percent cracked corn ration is designed to
allow the bulls to express their genetic potential for growth while not exceeding a body score of 6. At the conclusion of the feeding period, the bulls are moved to the main ranch headquarters, where buyers can evaluate them. Running Creek offers to keep all bulls until May 1 at no additional cost to the buyer. If that isn’t enough, Running Creek also offers to deliver bulls to the buyer’s ranch at no charge. They also offer a “salvage bull” program whereby they pay a premium for their customers’ older bulls as they are exchanged for new crop bulls. The Running Creek bull marketing program is, in a word, complete. One of our program’s staples is the volume of cattle we offer. Nowhere in the country will you find a larger selection of 2-year-old Limousin bulls and bred females. We specialize in the production of approximately 250 2-year-old bulls and 300 bred heifers. We offer a good selection of bulls year-round. Running Creek Ranch has always focused on producing efficient, performance-driven, functionally sound cattle suited to fit the beef industry’s demands. Our offering features genetics from some of the breed’s best like OKLF Linebacker and Carrousel’s MVP, along with many other powerful AI sires. When you’re in the market for quality Limousin genetics, Running Creek Ranch has plenty for you to choose from! For over quarter century, we have never lost sight of the importance of customer service. We believe in taking care of our customers and standing behind our product 100%. With the increasing demands of today’s cattle industry, customer service has never had a higher premium. If it carries the RUNL brand, you know you are covered. If you’re in the market for bulls that have been bred, selected and developed for perfection, then you should visit Running Creek Ranch; they leave no stone unturned to offer you everything you’re looking for. Call Joe Freund, at 303/840-1850 (home) or 303/341-9310 (office) or call his son Joey at 303/841-7901 or ranch mgr. Pat Kelley at 303/840-1848 or Casey Kelley at 720/480-6709. Running Creek Ranch, 45400 County Road 21, Elizabeth, Colorado 80107, www.run ningcreekranch.com
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Offering: 75 Top Quality Hand Selected Bulls All bulls will be above breed average for growth and carcass EPDs, trich and semen tested, and pre-tested for the curly-calf syndrome. ** Custom Barbecue Pit to buyer of bull tag number drawn at conclusion of sale. Donated by Pfizer Animal Health.
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SANTA GERTRUDIS heifers, their quality is no accident
It takes generations of performance in their pedigrees to consistently produce quality heifers. We have over 100 in this group. We have completed 55 years raising purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle. If you are looking for replacement heifers or starting a new herd, it is time to visit Wendt Ranch. Your investment will not only add uniformity to your breeding herd, but with their proven pedigrees, will add value to their offspring. By using records with performance you will be ahead today and tomorrow. Our buyers, and yours, demand them.
Where else can you find this quality and quantity? Santa Gertrudis heifers and bulls for sale at our ranch, guaranteed to breed, give us a call.