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Riding Herd BY LEE PITTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Digest 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 12 14 16 19 21 23 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 57 59 61

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ne last time the widow leaned down to kiss her husband as he reclined in his casket at his church funeral. As her bulky necklace dangled over the edge of the coffin the dead man’s hand suddenly reached up as if to grab it. When the widow saw his hand levitate above his body she let out a scream that would have shattered glass. Ghosts were not responsible for this bizarre phenomenon and I assure you that I am not under the spell of the occult. Let me explain. Why they called the dead man “Governor” has always been open to conjecture. After all, to the best of everyone’s recollection he had never held a political office of any kind, let alone a governorship. (A previous felony or two may have prevented his candidacy.) He may have been called Governor because he had a “fullof-himself” politician’s bearing, or more likely, because he was about as honest as a WWF wrestling match. The Governor was the kind of guy who would steal a poor man’s shoes. The Governor was built like a bucket of KFC and had more grease on him than the Grand Champion Steer at the Chicago International in 1952. He wore a 100x Silver Belly hat and his fancy boots were so shiny he could see himself in them. That is, if he could see over and around his quite significant tummy. Now, after being on both ends of buying and selling cattle for decades I will be the first to admit that there is a fine line between thievery and what some folks will do to eke out a profit on a set of cattle. For example, in my opinion having a cowboy whoop and holler and wade into a set of steers just as they are about to enter the corrals so they have to be gathered again, is not criminal. Neither is a butcher keeping his thumb on the scale. After all, we are just talking small “steaks” here. (Pun intended.) Unethical actions? Sure they are. But not go-to-prison types of crime. Ditto salting a set of cattle and then letting them drink right before they are weighed. Or leaving them on feed over night when they


weren’t supposed to be. These are just tricks that buyers and sellers use to counteract the tricks you know the other guy is trying to cheat you with. But what the Governor did was criminal. He not only crossed over the line, he got so much chalk on his shiny boots that he obliterated the line between right and wrong. The Governor was able to make old Fairbanks Morris work in his favor with the aid of a huge wedding ring he wore on his right hand. (That he wore it on the wrong hand should have been the first clue to his larcenous nature.) By holding his right hand over the beam of the scale, as he waited for it to settle, he could pull it up, and by keeping it under the beam, he could pull it down, depending on whether he was buying or selling cattle at the time. This was not magic, my friends, but pure physics. You see, in that grotesque ring he wore on the wrong hand was a very strong magnet. The trick worked every time, although the Governor had to be careful what where he put his right hand at all times. Put it in a pocket and when you brought it out your car key’s and any old steel pennies would be attached to it. Get it too close to the steel cream pot at the coffee shop and it would soon be inching towards you. Naturally, when the Governor died all three of his sons wanted to follow in their father’s crooked foot steps. But to do so they needed that ring. Wifey number three was unaware of the ring’s special powers and did not understand the strong “attraction” the three boys had for it. So she decided the only way to handle the situation was to bury the Governor’s ring right along with him. And that is how the very dead Governor reached out to his wife while reclining in his coffin. It’s also the primary reason why, ever since the ranching community witnessed that miracle in church, they have sent their cattle to the auction, instead of selling them off the. ranch.

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Rob Krentz Arizona


ix months ago if someone asked you if you knew who Rob Krentz was, the most likely answer would have be no. In late March that all changed and it is no stretch of the imagination that Rob Krentz is the most famous rancher in the world today. Because of his senseless murder he doesn’t know this and it is certain that it wouldn’t sit particularly well with him. Rob was the third generations of the Krentz’ to head the family commercial ranching operation that has been in Cochise County, Arizona for over 100 years. He would be proud of the way his family is managing the operation today. While Rob did the various leadership jobs that are passed on from generation to generation in the rural communities that are the fabric of our nation, it was not because it was his first nature. He was much more comfortable standing at the back of the room rather than the front. But he recognized that it was his role and he accepted it. Just like he accepted all the calls for help from his friends and neighbors over his lifetime, he served through the chairs of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers and held that seat on the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association Board of Directors. I don’t know how many years he served on the Apache School Board and the local soil conservation district board. Rob and Suzie raised two sons, Andy and Frank, and a daughter, Kyle. The boys both graduated from New Mexico State University, while Kyle determined that she wanted to be a wife and mother. She has now borne two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. The oldest a boy, Robert, named for his grandfather and great-grandfather, has that square head that marks him as a Krentz for all time.


Rob went through Project Central, the ag leadership training program in Arizona, but knew that Susie would do more with the training so he made sure she was a Project Central graduate, too. He was right. Susie served in all the offices in The Cowbelles and eventually becoming Arizona State Cowbelle President. She has long been a national ambassador for the Cowbelles as well as all the issues that face the ranching industry in the Southwest. She has championed the cause of border security and the impacts of the Endangered Species Act for at least two decades. It is worth noting that son Frank Krentz is a current participant in Project Central, but I expect he will be more like his dad than his mom in public respects. Sadly, members of Congress are now finding in their files letters from Rob and/or Suzie. Even worse is that Susie and her family are now trying to survive the thing they feared worst for their region within their own home. While some have speculated that this was a tragic, but isolated incident or that it was a million-to-one chance encounter that led to the killing, both are far from the truth. Krentz, his family and his neighbors across southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have faced this risk every moment of their lives for the past several years. Early reports were that Blue, Rob’s dog, was killed along side Rob. That was not the case. He stayed by Rob until he was found, and then had to be put down due to his injuries. There was universal concern among Krentz family and friends that the nation and the world learn about the guerilla war that has been going on along the border for years. Eloquently put, 99 percent of

the public wasn’t aware there was a war on our own border and it seems 100 percent of the politicians were at least as uninformed. No one wanted this to be one of those “15 minutes of fame” issues. We had no idea just how big a hornet’s nest we could create. True to the Cowbelle spirit, as calls and emails crossed the nation to Susie’s friends and fellow Cowbelles/Cattlewomen took up the call for action. It would be interesting to know how many contacts Fox News got that Sunday. Hundreds of people from at least three states gathered in the parking lot of the tworoom Apache School House on March 31 along with more media than I have seen at any presidential event. Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords from Arizona’s eighth district which covers Cochise County, along with representatives from elected officials in New Mexico, wanted to hear from the people about the needs along the border. The people needed to gather to grieve. In better times, illegal immigrants would walk through border ranches in seek of work. If there wasn’t work available, ranchers usually provided food and water to the traveler before he went on his way. Over the past 20 years that has changed. We learned that night that the problems with control of the border are staggering and simply unbelievable in this age of technology and instant gratification. There are those who lay the blame on the shoulders of the Border Patrol. Yet the men and women who have taken up this duty don’t even have the most of basic of equipment, like maps and binoculars. Instead of patrolling the border that is the width of a fence, they are stationed tens of miles from the border, heading back to home-bases on routine shifts. If the Border Patrol is in hot pursuit at shift change, pursuit is halted. If the Patrol is in hot pursuit and comes to a sector line, pursuit is stopped. Not only are there no cell towers or sometimes even land lines to stations in the border region, there is no radio communication between Border Livestock Market Digest

Patrol sectors. We learned that Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer had been asking the federal government to send the Guard to the border for months. We also learned that if the state or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sends the Guard to the border without the approval of the Department of Defense, there is no health coverage for the Guardsmen — and they don’t get any bullets. While the federal government finally began to address the issue, months after Rob’s death, the issue is far from resolved. Properly trained and equipped individuals representing law enforcement agencies at every level must be communicating with the solid mission of securing the border. The race of that murderer is not as clear. He wears a size 13 shoe and has a stride that makes him over six feet tall. One of the issues that we continue to struggle to make clear is that the issue is one of BORDER SECURITY, not race or immigration. Susie Krentz has often said loud and clear there are sinister people from all over the world bringing who knows what across that border into the United States. Illegal aliens from around the world

have streamed across the porous border in droves, littering the landscape; damaging or destroying private property, including water; threatening the lives of locals; and often feeding this nation’s insatiable need for illegal drugs. Leaders of these groups return to Mexico with money and guns that result from the drug transactions only to start the cycle over. Among the most disturbing comments made on this whole issue is one made by Secretary Napolitano before a U.S. Senate Committee — she said, with a completely straight face — that she knows the Mexican border better than anybody and that it is as secure at it has ever been. That couldn’t have been true when she was no further away than Phoenix and it is hardly possible now from her perch in Washington, D.C. While the debate is one that has long needed to occur, it takes its toll on those on the front lines and well behind. The border traffic hasn’t slowed much despite all the attention. In late April more than 100 illegals were picked up on and near the Krentz

Brothers Phil & Rob Krentz

Ranch. In August a truck with three flat tires and 1,000 pounds of drugs was run down by the Border Patrol. The driver escaped. Rob Krentz was a kind and quiet man who wanted nothing more from life than the ability to live on and care for the land, raising a family and livestock just as his forefathers did. He would not necessarily be pleased with the attention he is getting in death. Those who knew and loved him are determined that his loss will not be in vain. — by Caren Cowan


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here are many people who I consider friends that I’ve never met in person. Sometimes a person’s absence is more conducive to a good friendship, and many times when I have met people I’m sure they were disappointed. I even wrote a column once about a fellow from Nova Scotia who dropped in at the ranch one time out of the blue because he wanted to meet me. He was more impressed by my horse, and believe me, my horse Gentleman wasn’t much. Then there are people like Russell Wyatt of Oral, South Dakota, a friend I’d truly love to meet. If Russell Wyatt isn’t the most loyal Digest reader I don’t know who is. I have a file cabinet full of letters I’ve received these past 37 years I’ve been scribbling, both the good and the bad kind of letters. An entire drawer is filled with responses from listeners to Paul Harvey’s radio broadcasts of columns I’ve written, while one bulging file contains all the nasty letters I’ve received over the years. One even suggested I was doing the work of the devil. Such letters serve to keep me humble. Amongst the most valuable letters in my file are several filed under the letter “W” for Wyatt. The oldest letter I have from Russell is dated 1987 and they have continued up until the present day. And these are real letters, several pages long with notes about the weather, crop and livestock conditions, and humorous or interesting stories about life in one of my favorite states. I’m not tough enough to live in South Dakota but I sure do admire its people. You know how antique dealers have people they call “pickers” looking out for valuable antiques they can resell? Well, humor writers are the same way. A humorist’s pen would soon go dry depending on just his own experiences, so he or she borrows from people with whom he corresponds. In all these years no one has given me more, or better, heartwarming and funny stories than Russell Wyatt. I’ll share a couple of those after I give you the particulars about this remarkable man. It was Russell’s daughter Peggy who nominated Russell for this years’ Digest 25 and when her letter came I just knew in my heart that surely we’d featured him before. I


felt ashamed when I learned that we hadn’t. For far too long we’ve taken Russell’s friendship, accomplishments and loyalty for granted. Russell’s grandparents, Ira and Hattie Tillotson, homesteaded south of Hot Springs, South Dakota in 1881. Russell’s brother, Harold, still owns and lives on that piece of ground and it is the oldest samefamily owned farm in Fall River County. Today there are now six generations in the county, and they are still actively involved in agriculture. Peggy Sanders, an accomplished writer herself, says that from 1950 to 1952, her father Russell and his brother Harold purchased and operated several combines as custom harvesters, starting each year in Greensburg, Kansas and working their way north. According to Peggy, her father raised sugar beets and ran the sugar beet dump for U and I Sugar Company while beets were raised on the Angostura Irrigation Project. “The beets were transported on the Chicago & Northwestern train, that ran through Oral, to the sugar plant in Belle Fourche for processing,” says Peggy. “When the plant closed, beets were no longer raised at Oral; corn and alfalfa hay became the most prevalent crops. Russell “put plenty of irrigation water on acres and acres of these crops. He has seen the progress from irrigating out of dirt ditches with tubes, then cement ditches, and now to pivot irrigation systems on the same fields. Each level of progress made the work easier and the yield more productive,” says Peggy. Like the backbone of the cattle industry in this country, Russell wasn’t a big rancher but he always ran cows in southwest South Dakota, sometimes 50 head and sometimes as many as 150. According to his daughter, Russell was very involved with getting the Fall River Feedlot (now Fall River Feedyard) up and running. “This business currently puts an annual payroll of $600,000 into the area with its 26 fulltime employees. When the feedyard was in the planning stages, there were many nay-sayers who did not believe it would last. That was over 35 years ago. It is not only in business, it has become a lifesaving market for the crops of farmers in the Oral area.”

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These days Russell is mostly known for the one-man farm and ranch agricultural appraisal service he runs out of his office in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He puts his lifetime of experience to good use in appraising farms, ranches, commercial property and single family residences. And when I say a lifetime of experience I mean it. I was afraid to ask, for my Grandpa told me never to ask how many cows a man runs or how old he is. So I didn’t, but by my calculations I think Russell is 83, give or take a year. And yet he still is a full time realtor/appraiser covering all of West River, South Dakota. His love of the land led him to a secondary career as a real estate broker in 1972 and he became a federally certified real estate appraiser in 1991 after passing new and rigorous tests that were required by the government. In 2002 Russell was named the Older Worker for South Dakota by Experience Works, an organization that is devoted to honoring older people in the work force. He received a week long trip to Washington, D.C., where he represented the state and was presented with the Prime Time Award for South Dakota. “He stays young at heart because he works hard and continues to be involved in learning new things everyday,” says his daughter Peggy. In addition to his work, Russell has been active in community activities both at Oral and Hot Springs. He helped build Angostura Dam then went on to buy a farm on the irrigation project which he still owns. When the Angostura Irrigation Project was new and filling up with families the community realized the need for a fire service and Russell was the first fire chief at the Oral Volunteer Fire Department which was founded in 1955. Russell Wyatt is a man after my own Livestock Market Digest

heart. A believer, like myself that what is best about this country often resides in small town America. It is from this perspective that Russell has written me about topics ranging from prairie dogs to our Park Service. Readers might remember the column I wrote about a sale barn that had been converted into a seasonal theater and a church on Sundays, with preachers sermonizing from the place formerly held by auctioneers begging for quarters, instead of salvation. And parishioners sitting in the seats that had formerly been occupied by cow buyers. (That’s as close as some of those old cow buyers will ever get to religion!) It was Russell who told me that story, although he never got a byline. Neither did he for the one about Jack Hunter who owns the Crawford sale barn. Jack is a good friend of mine but I never would have got the story if not for Russell. It seems that Jack and his five-year-old grandson spent a summer fixing leaks in lines to stock tanks and everyplace there was a leak, naturally there was a little green grass. The only place there was green grass that summer! Then one day Jack took his grandson with him to the other end of the county and as they passed a green millet field south of Chadron Jack’s five year old grandson’s eyes

got big as saucers and he said, “Grandpa they must have had one helluva leak!” Turns out it was about the only green field the kid had ever seen. Russell also told me the story about the old rancher who was not very progressive, to put it mildly. He had four-year-old bull calves that hadn’t been cut yet! Recently he sent some bred cows to the sale barn and when they entered the ring a potential buyer yelled out, “When will they calve?” The old rancher just stared straight ahead with a dumb look on his face. “Well then,” said the inquisitor, “when did you turn the bulls out?” The rancher looked pensive and replied, “About 1962.” Those are the kinds of stories you just can’t make up or improve upon. And I owe them all to Russell, plus many more. I’m just glad that in addition to all his other talents and accomplishments that Russell never became a humor columnist. I sure didn’t need any more competition! I’m just glad I don’t have to pay for Russell’s contributions. Oh, and by the way, Russell, please consider your mention as one of this year’s Digest 25’s as your long overdue royalty payments. Thanks, my friend! — by Lee Pitts



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aurice Boney has invested the past 50 years in Irish Blacks and Irish Reds, building his genetics on the premise that an unpredictable gene pool makes it impossible for beef producers to obtain consistent quality in their herd. His journey began in the late 1930s as he was working his way through Iowa State College. It was there he became acquainted with Dr. Jay Lush and Lush’s genetic theories. “It was my high school agriculture teacher, Art Mullen, who insisted that I go to college,” Boney says. “My parents were having such a rough financial time and I knew they didn’t have the money to send me. I had saved up $90 and the ag instructor secured a Sears and Roebuck scholarship of $150. That’s how I came to enroll at Iowa State.” A world renowned geneticist, Dr. Lush hired Art Mullen to work in Lush’s research programs. Their offices were located next to each other and Boney found himself stopping to see Mullen whenever he had 30 minutes or more between classes. “On numerous occasions Dr. Lush joined us,” Boney says. “We always discussed genetics when he was there. His input on these numerous ‘chats’ supplied the genetic foundation I followed in establishing the Irish Blacks breed.” Boney thoroughly absorbed and accepted Dr. Lush’s teaching that crossbreeding would create such a diverse gene pool that beef producers would find it nearly impossible to produce consistent quality traits in their herds. He has used line breeding, selecting the best of the best in his gene pool for five decades. That foundational principle has guided Boney as he developed Irish Blacks and Reds, a breed that has four decades of disciplined line-breeding behind it. “Our genetics have no other breed’s blood in this small gene pool,” Boney says. “There are many ‘pure’ breeds in the United States that can’t say that. It’s most important to understand that a percentage bull cannot and will not reproduce himself. Calves sired by a half-blood bull only possess 25 percent of the genes you’re trying to reproduce or improve. If a percentage bull’s gene pool is made up of several different breeds, crossbreeding produces an even


broader, more diverse gene pool with hundreds of different gene trait combinations.” Boney notes that F1 Irish Black and Red heifers bred back to purebred Irish Black bulls produce calves achieving 90 percent Choice or better quality grades, 1,200 to

there were no flaws or genetic defects that would appear later in the line breeding program,” Boney said. “In theory, one only needs 16 daughters mated back to their sire to test for genetic purity. Because I knew a line breeding program like this would be very costly and time consuming, I bred 16 more daughters (full sisters to the first 18 heifers) to a son of the bull used in breeding the first 18 cows. This mating also proved to be free of any flaws or genetic defects.” Today, Boney’s Irish Blacks and Irish

Irish Blacks and Irish Reds, the foundation herd of the breed. Reds are 99.9 percent pure Friesian blood 1,400 pound finish weights, and dress at 65 with a very small highly concentrated gene percent to 69 percent. Feed conversion averpool that is dominant in transmitting conages 5.1 pounds of grain per pound of gain. sistency in all the carcass quality gene traits. Halfbloods have been making 80 percent to The only difference between the Blacks and 90 percent Choice with feed conversion of Reds is a small percentage of the cattle that 5.3 pounds of feed per pound of gain. are red. “It’s a proven fact that the higher the The early maturity trait of Irish Blacks, percentage of Irish Black blood, the higher which reduces the slaughter date by two to the performance and cut-out values will five months, appeals to producers. The catbe,” Boney says. tle still have high marbling, tenderness and Boney implemented his line breeding no back fat. Because Irish Black bulls are program in 1971, basing it on the teachings highly fertile and can service twice as many of Dr. Jay Lush, a 1939 world renowned cows as other breeds, they are an economic Iowa State geneticist who predicted cross investment. For the past 25 years, Boney breeding purebred cattle would have a negand his partner, Guy Gould, have sold one ative impact on the nation’s beef industry. coming two-year-old bull per 75 females to Boney says today’s slaughter statistics illustrate Lush’s predictions. continued on page 18 “The daily slaughter that makes choice grade has decreased by 50 percent of what it was 30 years ago,” Boney says. “That’s a direct result of continuous cross breeding.” To begin his program, he imported a purebred Friesian bull from Ireland and mated him to Angus females of the Old Revolution blood line. Daughters of this bull were then mated to another purebred Friesian bull imported from Ireland. Eighteen daughters of this second mating were then bred back to their sire to check for purity of the genetics. Maurice Boney surveys his Irish Black landscape. “This mating proved Livestock Market Digest

“BEEF’S BEST KEPT SECRET” The Beef Industry Needs a Genetic Overhaul CARCASS QUALITY & CUTOUT VALUES HAVE DECLINED TO THE LOWEST LEVEL IN THE HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY f cow-calf producers wish to survive in today’s troubled market they must reduce their broad, ever-expanding genetic gene pools to a much smaller more highly concentrated level.


Back in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, Dr. J. Lush, a world renowned Iowa State University geneticist stated that the hybrid vigor that results in crossing two lines of pureblood would be short-lived. He stated that the gene traits for consistency would noticeably DECREASE IN THE THIRD GENERATION. HE CONTINUED BY SAYING THAT IF THE CROSS BREEDING CONTINUED MANY OF THE OTHER ESSENTIAL GENE TRAITS WOULD CONTINUE TO DECREASE IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING GENERATIONS. A few decades later a number of so called “experts” in the beef industry (many of whom had never owned a cow or paid a feed bill) ignored Dr. Lush’s proven genetic theories. They proceeded to introduce, “with big hype” the idea that “bigger was better” and crossbreeding would solved some marketing problems and increase net results. This hype continues to this day. The results of continuous crossbreeding over the past 30 years has produced a much larger cow size, the calf crops do not look alike, do not perform the same and do not cut out the same. Meat packers are now informing us that only 16% to 22% make the Choice grade. Recall that a few years back the standards to 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

make Choice were lowered. With the old standards, the bulk of today’s Choice grade would be called Select. All of this brings up a serious question. If EPDs were to be the complete remedy for herd and breed improvement, why has the overall carcass quality declined to the lowest level in the history of the beef industry? We are now hearing that a million dollar grant has been awarded three meat scientists to discover why the carcass quality has declined to such a low level. This question can be easily answered with one word: GENETICS. The gene pool in continuous crossbreeding programs becomes far to broad. This results in producing a multitude of different gene trait combinations. Thus, consistency, predictability and uniformity do not appear in each new generation. This wide variation increases with each new generation as the gene pool is broadened. With PURE, HIGHLY CONCENTRATED GENETICS, this variation does not exist.

are the key to enjoying profitability. The smallest number of days from birth to slaughter usually determines the net return. IF YOUR COWHERD EXCEEDS 1300 POUNDS, THE CALF CROP DOES NOT LOOK ALIKE, DOES NOT PERFORM THE SAME AND DOES NOT CUT OUT THE SAME. You should return to the proven genetic theories of Basic Genetics 101. With this in mind, we suggest that you view our website: or call Maurice Boney, 970/587-2252 or Guy Gould, 970/483-5184.

You will note that in just two generations you can be selling your calf crops at the higher carcass quality values that the industry enjoyed 30 years ago. During the past 25 years, 75% of the people who are using our concentrated blood have never paid us a visit. They continue to tell us that they wish they had discovered our concentrated genetics many years earlier. Some of our bull customers have mentioned that, since they joined Keep in mind that the gene traits for our breeding program, their banker is early MATURITY and CONSISTENCY much easier to deal with! We consider R2W-3 to be one of our top donor cows. In herd improvement, we, like the 23 Irish breeders that visited us, believe that 75% of the herd improvement is contributed by the female line. R2W-3 has had 2 bulls and 2 heifers sired by 3 different herd sires with an average ultra sound score at 11 months of age = B.F. .14, IMF 4.38, REA 13.97. The first bull calf out of the heifer calf that is nursing R2W-3 scored B.F. .168, IMF 4.35, REA 13.16. Note consistency transmitted by highly concentrated genetics.


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be bred in a herd. The industry’s normal ratio is one bull per 25 to 35 females. “Typically, Irish Blacks and Irish Reds score higher than any of the other breeds in ultrasound for the carcass quality traits that qualify for prime and choice grades,” Boney says. “Most breeds would be happy with a marbling score of 3.5. Our bulls average 4.43. The ultrasound scores on 200 young bulls and heifers in 2007 and 2006 were identical. The variation between the low and high score for each of the essential gene traits was only one percent to two percent, which clearly points out the consistency a small, highly concentrated gene pool transmits. Our group of 85 heifers averaged 4.47 in marbling score and had averaged only 0.148 in back fat.” Short gestation periods, light birth weights, large scrotal and pelvic measurements, earliest maturity, least back fat, and high tenderness are all traits common to Irish Blacks and Reds.

Boney says marketing flexibility is another advantage of the breed. “These cattle give you so much versatility,” he says. “There’s nothing we’ve found with more productive females or better feed conversion. Their cut-outs, yield grades and quality grades are far superior to industry averages. The breed also does well in every production environment in the U.S. They’re resistant to high-altitude sickness and won’t succumb to ‘brisket’ disease on high altitude rangeland. They have hair enough to withstand winter but slick off to handle summer heat.” Boney ranches near Johnstown, Colo. He and Gould began ultrasounding their bulls and heifers more than 10 years ago. The test results helped confirm the superior carcass attributes of the cattle. Bulls tested at 11.5 months of age had 0.19 inches of backfat, 12.91 inches of ribeye with an average marbling score of 5.74. “One bull had 0.18 inches of backfat, 12.75 square inch ribeye and an astounding marbling score of 7.27, “ Boney says. “That same bull had a 65-pound birthweight and actual 205-day weaning weight of 675. Pounds. Typically, Irish Blacks and Irish Reds score higher in ultrasound for these

traits than the other beef breeds are able to achieve.” Boney and Gould also note that their real-world production focus has helped them market their animals. Boney concentrates on breeding and genetic decisions. Gould develops the bulls and females for sale and manages the cattle at his ranch. “It’s a match made in heaven,” Gould says. “Maurice is the brains, I’m the shovel and wheelbarrow guy.” Gould grew up a commercial man, and even though he’s transitioned to seedstock production in recent years, he adheres to the belief that none of the 350 Irish Black and Irish Red cattle receive special treatment or pampering. “This is a working cow-calf operation,” Gould says. “To run our cattle this way is the best way to prove them out.” Boney notes that Irish Blacks and Irish Reds are producing the type of beef product today’s market demands. “Well marbled, tender, flavorful beef sells at a much higher price per pound than ground beef,” Boney says. “Better beef and a better return. That’s why we’re all in this business.” — by Loretta Sorensen

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Ehlke Herefords Montana


ark and Della Ehlke raise purebred Herefords near Townsend, Montana. “My folks had registered black cattle when I was a kid,” says Mark. After Della and I were married we bought land in this valley in 1993 and started breeding registered Herefords,” he says. “We’d leased some Hereford cows from Byron Byers for four years and at the end of that time we bought those cows. We’ve been adding to that foundation ever since. Currently we have more than100 registered cows, with a similar number of commercial cows,” says Ehlke. The Ehlkes do a lot of crossbreeding. “We maintain just enough purebred Angus cows to produce replacement heifers. Most of them have crossbred calves. We AI the purebred cows one cycle for replacement heifers and then they’re cleaned up with Hereford bulls,” he explains. Their seedstock program is strictly Hereford; they don’t market any Angus bulls. The Angus cows are just maintained for their own commercial calf production, but they market black baldy replacement heifers. There is an excellent market for these heifers since they are a true F1 cross — parents are purebred from each breed. The crossbred replacement heifers are sold through private treaty, but they also had a production female sale last October. For the stockman, there is no better cow than the black baldy. “They’ve proven their worth over many decades. We have a handful of them ourselves, that for one reason or another didn’t fit the group we were marketing, and we kept them. We sometimes use them as recipients to raise a purebred calf from embryo, but whatever calf they raise will always be at the top end of the calves, no matter what,” he explains. Ehlke Hereford bulls are sold by private treaty, usually starting the first of March. “We don’t offer anything until we have ultrasound results. We’ve been asked a few times to sell an outstanding bull or heifer calf prior to that, but we want to keep that data coming back.” Having data on every animal — bull or replacement female — is helpful. They started ultrasounding in 1998. Most of the bulls sold are yearlings. Last fall was their first production sale, October 1, at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

at Billings, Mont., a joint sale with McMurrey Cattle, called the Montana Harvest Production Sale. “Most of our yearling bulls are 14 to 15 months old by the time we sell them. We start calving heifers about January 20 and are going full bore by the 25th of January because some of the AI bred cows will be calving by then,” says Ehlke. He feels January is the best month for winter calving. “During most winters in January we’ll have daytime highs in the 30s and above zero at night, which is perfect,” he says. It’s cold enough to keep the mud frozen, and it’s not wet and sloppy. “By late February and early March we have more snowstorms and wider temperature swings, which is harder on young calves.” The Ehlkes don’t push any fads or extremes in traits. “We stay in the middle, in our breeding philosophy, with much of our emphasis on maternal qualities. The cow has to raise a calf and breed back in

our environment, in order to work for us or for our customers. If you push for big ribeye cattle, many traits that are economically important in the cow herd get lost. But we don’t select against a big ribeye,” he says. Their goal is to try for complementary traits, having the best they can of both goals, without sacrificing either. “Initially we had a horned Hereford base, but now we’re breeding the horns off. We purchase mostly polled bulls. We’ll occasionally use an extremely good horned bull, and selectively breed him. Most people that come into our bull pen are looking for polled cattle,” says Ehlke. “There are some excellent polled Herefords available now, and I like to think that we’re involved in two or three of the best polled bulls out there,” he says. He and Della have two daughters — continued on page 20

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Lacey is 22 and graduated from Montana State University; Jane’a is 19 and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Both girls were very active in 4-H and showing cattle in the Montana CHB shows while growing up. “They own about 20 cows between them. This is incentive to get them to come back and help dad when needed,” says Ehlke. “They are the best help we could have.” The ranch has one full-time employee, but the girls have been very involved with the cattle all their lives. Ehlke says his goal is to breed useful, functional cattle that work in any environment. “They must be good, honest cattle that will carcass,” he says. Their customer base is expanding because people can depend on these cattle. “Many of the bulls we’ve sold are being used for five or even seven years. On the one hand that’s great, and on the other hand these ranchers don’t need to come back as often for new bulls!” But satisfied customers will be back. “Our


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hat happens when you take a busload of chefs, retailers, media representatives, state legislators and Congressional staffers and other key leaders on a two-day tour of New Mexico’s beef industry? Good things for agriculture, according to Dina Reitzel, Executive Director of the New Mexico Beef Council (NMBC), host and sponsor of the bi-annual Gate to Plate Beef Tour. “We take a cross-section of key leaders, put them on a bus, and show and teach them about the beef industry in a section of the state,” Dina said. “Each tour is customdesigned for the part of the state we are focusing on, including businesses supplemental to the beef industry. We want guests to understand the depth of the industry and the impact it has on communities.” Essentially, the Gate to Plate Beef Tour is the NMBC telling the production story. “It is kind of a new deal at the national level, but we’ve been doing it for over ten years,” she noted. “The idea is for participants to see the kind of effort and care that goes into ranching. Attendees always are blown away by the generosity and work ethic of our families.” The focus is on the beef and beef production. “We don’t want these leaders to operate in a vacuum, we want them to be informed about our product and reflect on the impacts of the decisions they make and who will be impacted,” she explained. Tours fill up quickly, 38 guests attended this year’s tour and there is always a waiting list. Only one busload of people can be accommodated, due to the desire to have a consistent message for all attendees and the valuable conversation that takes place between stops. “We do on-the-bus expert presentations throughout the two-day trip, we want to give them all the information we can while we have them,” Dina said. While the majority of participants on each tour are new, some people have gone along on multiple tours. “The good thing about touring a different part of the state each time is that we are a such a diverse state and diverse industry. On each tour, we see the issues and conditions that producers deal with in their region.” An ability to focus on issues of the day is another benefit. This year, Charlie Rogers with the Clovis Livestock Market spoke about the video of the downer cow that gar-


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nered such bad publicity for the industry and his response. “He described what the business is doing today — they have increased training for employees and developed a training manual, but really not much change to his operation was required,” she said. “He explained that he and his employees have always cared about the animals, and that if they stress or hurt an animal, the quality of the product goes down.” Dina emphasized that the tour is purely educational, it’s not a lobbying trip. “If they ask, we’ll address the issue, but we don’t talk about legislation or regulation specifically.” The industry benefits in many ways from the tours, she explained. “We have made a lot of friends. We have received positive media as a result of the tours, and better coverage overall when reporters have a better understanding of agriculture. There’s a lot of value, too, in media having industry contacts they can call later when issues

arise.” “We’ve had comments from guests — they are always amazed by how much producers have to deal with and how much they need to know about breeding, science, technology and marketing,” she continued. “That’s part of what we want to teach, that we’re not just a bunch of hayseeds, but educated, caring people.” Tours are held every other year, which allows the NMBC to utilize resources differently in off years, and helps keep the information fresh. “It is really a neat event, and we always get rave reviews,” Dina said. “The biggest threat is funding. We’re collecting the same number of Checkoff dollars as in the past, they just don’t buy as much today.” The Gate to Plate Beef Tour is an educational effort resulting from market research done on consumer knowledge and feelings continued on page 20


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about the New Mexico beef industry and producers in 1999. Results showed that while consumers in New Mexico loved beef, they had some environmental and production concerns, including hormone and antibiotic use. The biggest thing the research revealed, Dina explained, is that consumers knew ranchers were hardworking people but thought the industry was made up of corporate operations and absentee owners. They also didn’t understand the industry’s economic impact to the state. “We actually had people in our initial focus groups that didn’t realize New Mexico had a beef industry. They drive by at 80 miles an hour and never think about what they are passing, who owns it, or what goes on there. We

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Jensen’s Lucky Seven Angus Ranch


his Wyoming outfit began in 1895 when Jim Jensen’s great grandfather James Jensen came from Denmark and homesteaded near Boulder, Wyoming. “He had seven cows and three horses and lived in a dugout, and daily shoveled snow off the grass nearby, to keep them alive that first winter,” explains Jensen. From that meager beginning, his grandfather eventually owned much of the Boulder Valley. Two of James’ sons, Brant and Leo, stayed on the ranch and eventually split it. “Leo was my grandfather,” says Jensen. “My wife and I are now on Leo’s half. “In 1994 I went to Riverton to look at other ranches. Our homestead ranch is in Sublette County, often called the Nation’s Icebox. I wanted another ranch to augment this one. It doesn’t make sense to have to feed a cow 3 tons of hay in winter, where summer grass only grows a ton of hay to the acre. I looked at warmer climates where I could grow 4 tons of hay to the acre — and where we could winter cattle on just a ton of hay per cow,” says Jensen. He purchased 1,600 acres with 600 acres of farm ground. This enabled the family to go from a 300-head operation to 1,100 head, selling more than 250 bulls annually. “We kept our old place, leased more ground for summering the cattle and ran the new place as a winter operation and to grow feed. We no longer put up hay on the Boulder place.” They raise cows in 38,000-acre pastures at 10,000 feet elevation. “They must be hardy, so we began raising our own bulls. We soon turned the place into a registered Angus operation,” he says. “We don’t start feeding until early January and when we bring cows from Boulder to Riverton you can count their ribs,” he says. The ones that can breed and produce are the ones that stay in the program. “Now our cows are extremely efficient feed converters. We have completely revamped our feeding system; every animal gets a balanced ration in winter, using big feed mixers. The cattle are so efficient that in the coldest weather we feed cows about 20 pounds of dry matter (of which 6 or 7 pounds is straw). We show our ration to nutritionists and they say cows can’t be maintained on that. Our cows are not only 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

maintained on that in winter, but they’ll gain weight,” explains Jensen. “We knew we couldn’t sell yearling bulls in our kind of country; you can’t get them big enough to sell and to breed cows without pushing them too much. We sell yearling bulls out of first calf heifers. The heifers calve in January/February and we take good care of them. If a customer needs a heifer bull, it’s from a first calf heifer, bred to be a heifer bull,” he says. “If you need a cow bull, you can buy one of our 2-year-old bulls. This program allows us to raise cattle under more natural conditions, grow them up slower and they last longer. We’re trying to raise good cattle that can survive, and let the weaker ones fall out of the program,” explains Jensen. This enables him to guarantee his bulls. “I am a commercial person at heart, and feel the commercial rancher, who is struggling to survive, has been cheated year after


year by registered breeders who don’t know cattle but know how to market overfed bulls.” Those bulls look good at a sale, but break down or don’t last long in the breeding pasture. Jensen started a 4-year guarantee a couple years ago — guaranteed against anything that could go wrong with the bull himself. Jensens also PAP test their cattle, to assess risk for brisket disease. Jim says 6,800 feet is where it becomes an economic impact, and also this is the altitude where the test becomes a more accurate prediction. “A test at lower elevation will not predict which cattle can safely go to higher elevations. If you’re running cattle at 7,000 feet, you can buy bulls that have been tested at that elevation and eliminate the ones that failed their PAP test. Rather than buying bulls with a 75 percent chance of having continued on page 24


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brisket disease — which is typical in the Angus breed — you’ve reduced the odds,” explains Jensen. Bulls tested below 6,500 feet, when retested at 8,500 feet, fail 60 percent of the time. “We’ve taken our bulls that failed the test at 7,200 feet and moved them down to our farm at Riverton which is 5,400 feet and retested them. About 80 percent of bulls that failed at 7,200 feet will pass the PAP test at 5,400 feet. Some bulls that pass with a great score at a low elevation will actually die when taken to higher elevation,” he says.

Heart failure is the number one cause of death in many feedlot cattle. “We have a customer who owns feedlots and fattens his own calves. He says the Angus Association is making a big deal out of a few genetic defects that will never make much economic impact, and that the Association should be concentrating on brisket disease. It gets into your pocketbook to have fat steers die of heart failure at 1,100-plus pounds!” says Jensen. “We feel the PAP test correlates with durability and survivability, regardless of elevation. I believe that high elevation bulls produce more live calves, even for the low elevation producer. Plus, there’s a good

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Great Plains to take over his family’s ranch in Mississippi, where he raised registered Brangus and commercial cattle. Six years later, in 1984, the McCraines moved to Prescott and have been there ever since. When Swayze first moved to Arizona from Mississippi a local rancher, on meeting him, remarked that there were no cowboys in Mississippi. In the past 21 years Swayze has earned the respect of Arizona’s cowboys and cattlemen. Recognizing his many talents, the Arizona Hereford Association asked him to manage their prestigious bull sale, which for many years had the highest average of any Hereford consignment sale in the country for the number of head sold. This was back in the days of John Wayne’s 26 Bar, Las Vegas Ranch and Pruett-Wray, and if those names don’t ring a bell well then you “ain’t no Hereford man,” that’s for sure. The partnership with the Hereford folks went so well that the Association named him their 2005 “Cattleman of the Year.” Building upon the Hereford sale, Swayze helped add a Ranch Horse Sale, and in 1988, along with Richard Smyer who owned the local auction market, they put on the first Prescott All Breed Sale. Swayze was the visionary that turned one Hereford Bull Sale into Cattleman’s Weekend, northern Arizona’s largest livestock event. Arizona’s Red Bluff, if you will. Kathy and Swayze owned several ranches in the southeast prior to coming to Prescott, and owned other ranches in Ari-

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zona in partnership with Kathy’s parents Bill and Marion Gary. Then in 1999 they bought the 7 Up Ranch from Mike Oden and the McCraine’s seemingly reached the same conclusion at the same time: “This is it. This is the one we’ll never sell.” The 7 Up is a rough, horseback outfit that ranges from the pine country at headquarters to the high desert chaparral. The ranch was pieced together over the years from several small historic outfits, railroad land and public lands. Because Mike Oden kept the 7 Up brand, the McCraines call their outfit Camp Wood Cattle Company. But you know how it is, old timers will always call it the 7 Up. And this part of the world is very much steeped in tradition. Says Kathy: “Some say ours is “a vanishing way of life.” I think it is not so much a vanishing way of life as a changing way of life with an unchanging core. Pickups, 4-wheelers, horse trailers, computers, and the internet have all affected ranch life, but some northern Arizona ranches are still so rough and so remote, it seems unlikely that they will ever totally modernize.” She’s talking about ranches with recognizable names like the O RO, the Diamond A, and Babbitt Ranches. Through the years Kathy has used them all as a backdrop for her photography and her art. Little has changed the last 100 years on the O RO, a 257,000 acre ranch with a long and notable past. The O RO traces back to a Spanish Land Grant and is owned by the Irwin family, who also have large ranching interests in California. The Irwins, heirs to the IBM fortune, have put their money to good use, preserving some of this country’s prettiest ranch land. The Irwins are known as progressive land owners who have borrowed the best things from the past, while adopting proven modern management methods. The Babbitt Ranches, another of Kathy’s favorite haunts, is a 700,000-acre empire that is Arizona’s largest privately owned ranch, stretching from I 40 to the Grand Canyon. The ranch was founded 120 years ago by brothers, David and Billy Babbitt, and while Babbitt wasn’t a great name to have when a relative in the Clinton administration was trying to put ranchers out of business, he was a renegade, not typical of the folks who have run the Babbitt for over a century. Then there is the The Diamond A at Seligman. At one time it was the largest ranch in the country as far as number of cattle, with a 40,000 head carrying capacity. Having such traditional and historic ranches in the neighborhood inspired Kathy to put together a cookbook featuring recipes and stories used in the bunkhouse, out in cow 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

camps and around the chuck wagon. Without meaning to offend any other writers, let us just say that Kathy’s latest book, Cow Country Cooking, is about the best we’ve ever laid eyes on. Needless to say, these aren’t recipes that start out, “Open a can of Campbell’s mushroom soup.” This is the food of real ranch cooks, not celebrity chefs. “Northern Arizona cowboys,” says Kathy, “have a distinctive style that sets them apart from those in other states, and even southern Arizona. Ranch cooks, however, come in a variety of models. Meat, beans, and potatoes are the staples here, but with such an influx of people from all areas of the country and the world, you’ll find endless ethnic variety, even sophistication, in our ranch cooking. Over the decades many cultures have migrated here. Our neighbors to the south in Sonora brought a style of Mexican cooking that differs from that of Texas or California. The Basque people of France and Spain, who came here to herd sheep in the nineteenth century, brought their own rustic cooking style. Greeks, Germans, and Italians have also added their influence to the rich fusion of ranch cooking. “Many of the cooks I visited at ranch houses, wagons and cow camps were kind


enough to write down their recipes. In other cases, I had to sit down and watch them cook, or pry a somewhat rough account of ingredients and cooking directions from them. Then I went home and cooked the dish, figuring out how to duplicate what I had just tasted.” Cow Country Cookbook features two dozen beautiful watercolor paintings by Texas artist, Mark Kohler, and a veritable feast of witty stories and sayings from some top hands on northern Arizona ranches that are as tasty as the recipes. For example, Joe St. Clair the Diamond A cook said, “When I was growing up things were tough. It was potatoes one day and peelings the next.” And my personal favorite from Wayne Word, the O RO ranch manager: “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” That’s what Kathy’s latest offering is, a great big heaping helping of the West that goes down easy and will leave you begging for seconds. The cookbook is $30 plus $4 shipping and handling ($1.25 for each additional book). Send check or money order to Kathy McCraine, 7765 Williamson Valley Rd., Prescott, AZ 86305. E-mail — by Lee Pitts


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eeping the historic Swenson Land and Cattle Company, headquartered in Stanford, Texas, profitable and progressive is a full-time job for manager Dennis Braden. The ranch, based about 35 miles north of Abilene, has been owned by the Swenson family since 1853. “I am really proud of the ranch I work for,” Dennis said. “It is one of ten Legacy Ranches in Texas. My office is like a museum, filled with photos that go back to the 1890s.” Ranching was not the original intent of founder S.M. Swenson who put the land together to promote Swedish immigration into Texas. But, when the state of Texas started taxing the land, he decided he needed to make it more profitable. He leased it to his two sons who started a cattle operation that has continued to this day. “I recently did a fact sheet for a group visiting the ranch, and figured out that with the pounds of red meat we produce annually, we feed 56,000 Americans each year,” he noted. Swenson Land and Cattle Company has been in the Hereford business since before the American Hereford Association was established and has been raising quality horses since before the American Quarter Horse Association was established. It is a

founding member of both associations. Today, Dennis said, they are using Angus bulls to put a black base on their cow herd, but plan to maintain the Hereford genetics in the cattle. About 60 head of saddle horses and 40 brood mares make up the ranch’s horse operation. Most mares are sent out for breeding, but they have one ranch stud, Swen Blue Wonder, with Swenson bloodlines through and through, he said. “Some of the older mares’ bloodlines go back to the 1870s, and the ranch provided remount horses for the Army in World War I. A quarter of the ranch’s annual income comes from hunts for whitetail deer, turkey, quail, dove, feral hogs and a variety of waterfowl. “We don’t manage specifically for wildlife, in fact our hunting lease specifically states that this is a cattle operation, not a hunting ranch, but I believe that if you manage a ranch the right way, both the cattle and the wildlife benefit,” Dennis said. The operation also includes some oil production, and they have a wind energy lease, but no windmills, yet. “Personally, I hate looking at them, and hope we don’t ruin the western landscape for something that’s not going to last,” he said. “But, my job is to


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keep the ranch profitable, and we have to look at all of our options.” The operation also includes 7,000 acres of wheat that they graze some years and combine in others, depending on climate and market conditions; a ranch at Throckmorton, Texas, and two ranches at Rotan, Texas. “We are a ranch on the grow, now at 120,000 acres. In 1978, the 700,000 acre ranch was split four ways. We are working our way back through herd and land expansion,” he said. In addition to placing a strong focus on the cattle industry, the ranch, which founded the town of Stanford, is an active participant in community activities. “We are a forprofit ranch, and pay a dividend to family members every year. Our focus is on the cattle business, and making sure that we are making money. However, we remain very active in the community. Teams and individuals representing Swenson Land and Cattle Company participate in Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) sanctioned ranch rodeos, and Working Ranch Horse Competitions. Their ranch rodeo team won the Western Heritage Classic in Abilene in May, and one Swenson cowboy was named Top Hand at that rodeo. They also qualified for last year’s ranch rodeo national finals. Dennis, who came to the Texas ranch from ranches in Colorado, Montana and New Mexico, knows first-hand the impacts that environmental litigation and federal regulation can have on a ranching operation, while his neighbors in Texas, who operate largely on private land, have been fairly insulated from most of these issues until recently. “Every day, decisions are being made that affect our industry and way of life,” he said. “If we are not involved, we have to live with the ramifications of decisions made by uninformed politicians responding to a very uninLivestock Market Digest

formed public. “I have been telling these guys in Texas that they had better get involved, but they never felt they would be impacted on their private land. With the new administration, though, some of the environmental concerns are starting to reach us.” “When I worked on federal lands ranches, you had to be involved every day just to stay in business. We know most of the time that we are not going to win the fight, but we have to get in there and fight anyway. There are very few politicians that represent or even know much about agriculture, and we have to be there getting our two cents in just to maintain the status quo.” In an effort to educate and work on behalf of ranchers across the West, Dennis and other legacy ranch managers have joined forces with a group of women from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming that came together last year to be a voice for agricultural and environmental issues. The group loosely calls themselves “The Ranchers,” and has developed the motto American families feeding American families . . . Today . . . Tomorrow? You choose! Dennis is active in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. His industry involvement has been guided by two quotes he heard early in his career. “I had a college professor once say that there are all kinds of groups out there working on issues that impact agriculture. You can’t really afford to belong to them all, but you can’t afford not to,” he explained. “And Paul Hitch used to say that the world is run by those who show up.” And, he said, the industry and way of life is one that’s worth protecting. “In agriculture, there are areas where people still do a $1 million deal on a handshake. It’s not as common as it used to be, but it still happens. The children that we raise, even if they don’t come back to ranching, have a work ethic and a solid foundation that kids raised in the city just don’t have. Dennis graduated from Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management program in 1989, then managed ranches in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana before coming to Swenson Land and Cattle Company. He and his fiancée, Suzette Suazo, have three sons; Tyler, who manages the Stirrup Ranch in Colorado; Blair, who works for a finance group in Denver, Colorado; and Blaine, a prison guard in Texas; and a daughter, Samantha, who lives in northern New Mexico. — by Callie Gnatkowski Gibson

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epresenting cattle producers in Washington, D.C. is a job that’s second nature to Jess Peterson. As Executive Vice President for the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, he works with producers, Congressmen, advocates and others on policy and legislation that affect the industry. As a Montana rancher, he deals with the impacts of that same policy and legislation on his commercial Black Angus operation. Jess moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004 to work for the Ranchers-Cattlemen’s Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America ( R-CALF USA), and says that his ranching background was good preparation. “Growing up as a rancher, you spend time around the kitchen table with neighbors and learn that a lot can get done over cookies and coffee,” he said. “I bring that mentality here, and can talk to just about anyone. We have to be able to relay our message to all kinds of people. Elections bring new administra-

tions, new Congressional staffers, new individuals at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, and you have to stay apolitical if you’re going to be able to keep working with them.” “I work with a lot of Congressional agricultural staffers, and forty to fifty percent are very passionate about agriculture,” he continued. “They understand the issues and have a heart for the industry. As you work with other staffers, though, there is less and less of a connection. However, our industry is one that people immediately love — a lot of times if they don’t have the tie back to agriculture, they still have the love for it.” In 2007, a group of folks very committed to a more focused, middle of the road approach to issues impacting the cattle industry, including Jess, came together to form the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA). “When people ask, “What is the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association?,” my answer

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is that we are a lot like the old National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) before the merger that formed the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA),” Jess explained. “We are very pleased with success of the group and the growing number of state affiliates,” he continued. “The association is treated like a business, we have to maintain a budget. When we’re looking at issues, we want to make sure that everything we do makes financial sense for our members.” One area of focus for Jess and the USCA is the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) regulations. He said they are working to help make sure these livestock marketing regulations, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) work for ranchers. Mandatory animal identification has been another big concern for the livestock industry. The original proposal was just not workable for producers, he explained. “Our focus is on how it works for the cow/calf producer. The new proposal puts more focus on states and their ability to track movement and disease in-state. I want to give credit to the USDA under the Obama administration, they’ve done a great job taking comments from the industry and worked them onto the new system.” Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) remains a big issue. “It is so important for our producers to be able to differentiate their product. We fought to get it into the Farm Bill,” Jess said, “and we are now fighting to defend it at the WTO level.” Reforming the Equal Access to Justice Livestock Market Digest

Act (EAJA), which environmental activist groups use to get tax dollars in the settlement of lawsuits against the federal government, is another priority. “I know how damaging environmental activists’ lawsuits are, they decimating the natural resources of the West and working to put us out of business. It’s not ranchers versus the environmentalists, it’s environmentalists versus the people of this country,” he noted. “USCA was the first national association to develop policy, in December of 2009, calling for EAJA reform. I will not leave Washington until we do something about that law.” Another angle to representing the industry is working with the media and think tanks, advocacy groups, and commissions out there working on various issues. “These groups want to make a positive difference, but are hurting us in the meantime,” he explained. “Some are focused on taking out agriculture, but those in the middle, that don’t realize the harm they can cause, are willing to talk.” “You just have to sit down with these groups to explain the issues and how they work, like that antibiotics are not overused, and that hormones, if given at certain stages in calf’s growth, can be really beneficial. A lot of it is saying, “I’m a rancher, and here’s


how we do it,” he continued. “It all comes back to how people are, and how you maintain relationships.” Connecting agriculture to pop culture is another area Jess is working on. Country performer Carrie Underwood sells her music to farmers and ranchers while she is trying to put them out of business. On the other hand, when actress Jessica Simpson wore a “Real Men Eat Meat” t-shirt and was widely criticized, our industry sat silent, with no real means to get out and show our support for her, he said. “We have to figure out a way to link ourselves to celebrities, entertainers, those individuals that have such an influence on a wide range of people. Jess is also President of Western Skies Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. While USCA is his main client, he also does consulting for groups that want to reach out to rural America. “We want to bring like-minded people of the land together and give them a voice in Washington, D.C.,” he noted. Jess graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in applied communications, after spending two years at Miles Community College (Miles City, MT) where he played college basketball. “I’ve always had the gift of gab.

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tars pricked through the velvet darkness of the sky. Flames licked the dry tinder and smoke began to permeate the pre-dawn darkness as the young cowboy stretched his hands closer to the blaze, trying desperately to warm the fingers and toes that had already chilled to the bone. His father, who heard his son’s teeth rattle during the pre-dawn ride, had dismounted to build a fire. The sun wouldn’t be warming the world for another hour and half, but young Bebo Lee and his father and grandfather were already ten miles from ranch headquarters. Long before the sun rose, they would be gathering cows. A long day’s work was ahead of the cowboys before they could at last turn their tired mounts homeward. Thus did New Mexico cowman Bebo (Don L.) Lee learn discipline; persistence; a work ethic; pride in a job well-done — all traits which would shape his life and help define him personally. All traits which would help him lead the cattle industry with vision and by example. Bebo heads the Lee ranching dynasty in New Mexico while also serving as a voice for ranchers, not only in his county and state, but nationally. “He is concerned about the next generation and looks ahead to the problems that they are going to face as

ranchers and as Americans,” related friend and fellow rancher Aubrey Dunn. “Bebo studies not only where we are today but where we are headed as an industry.” The Lee family makes their home on Otero Mesa, currently one of the proposed sights for a new monmument. Every pasture and homestead for miles around has a story connected to their family. Against a backdrop rich in history and legacy, Bebo and his wife Madalyn, son Colton, and daughter Dalton continue to write a story of a family committed to the land and the people who carve out a living from the land and the cattle. Oliver Lee, Bebo’s grandfather, was running cattle and horses on an excess of a million acres back when New Mexico was just a territory of the United States. Bebo grew up with a grandfather who would get up at 2:30 in the morning so he could do chores and have breakfast and still make it to the backside of the pasture before the sun came up. “Grandad never liked seeing anyone sitting around,” Bebo recalls. “He’d even have a crew cleaning out drink troughs or raking rocks out of corrals so they wouldn’t be waiting while we shipped cattle. My son says that kind of work ethic is antiquated now, but that was just how I was raised.” When the government told Bebo’s father






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that he couldn’t burn tumbleweeds on his own fenceline, Charlie Lee educated himself on public land issues. Bebo watched and learned as his Dad and neighbor Bob Jones became intelligent, articulate spokespersons for public land ranchers. “I was raised in a black and white world,” Bebo noted. “But suddenly, I was seeing a lot of shades of gray. If a congressman liked your viewpoint, he’d listen. If he didn’t, he’d cut you off.” Bebo and Madalyn were happy raising kids and cows on Otero Mesa, but Bebo had grown up with role models who were passionate, articulate, hard-working defenders of agriculture. Since blood runs true, he realized that an individual who loves the land and livestock can’t just hibernate and preserve his legacy and his lifestyle. “Whether you are trying to change things or just slow things down, you have to be involved,” he noted. “There are so few ranchers left in the United States that most of the population doesn’t understand what we do and a lot of them don’t even care what we do.” Whether he is explaining a ranch to a group of school children or when he was serving as New Mexico Cattle Growers president, Bebo invariably knows of which he speaks. “When he enters a fray, he knows his facts. He does his homework,” noted Bobby Jones, one of Bebo’s closest neighbors. “Knowing his facts has served Bebo and the industry very well.” “Bebo is really good at going to the meetings and seeing through the smokescreen to the core of the matter at hand,” Bobby continued. “He cuts through the smoke and decorations and gets to the main questions being discussed.” All the Lee men learned to box, and part Livestock Market Digest

Bebo heads the Lee ranching dynasty in New Mexico while also serving as a voice for ranchers, not only in his county and state, but nationally. of settling a dispute on the Lee ranch usually involved a fistfight. But when the fighting was over, they would shake hands and go on. Bebo fights with the best of them, but most of his battles are waged in the political and public arenas. His tenacity in defense of his beliefs is tempered by a speech liberally sprinkled with old-time graces, like “yes, Ma’am” and “No, Ma’am.” Dalton and Colton, both teenagers, show the same respect to both strangers and friends. When Bebo was just beginning to emerge as a spokesman for the cattle industry, a fel-

low industry advocate asked him if he was a dally roper or tied on hard and fast. When Bebo replied that he tied on, the other man explained, “If you are a dally roper and you get in a wreck, you just let go and say, ‘I’ll see ya,’ but if you tie on hard and fast before you rope something, you are committed and I know that you will stay with it, even if things get tough.” Fair weather or foul, friends know from personal experience that the ranch and the cattle industry are never far from Bebo’s thoughts. “Never park behind his pickup

when it is parked at the door of the ranch,” warns Aubrey Dunn. “Bebo rarely looks backward. He keeps his focus on the front and on the future.” Whether he is writing a letter with a #1 pencil on a Big Chief tablet or telling the story of a cattleman to an urban neighbor, Bebo speaks from a long legacy of ranching as well as personal experience. The cattlemen who learned his strong work ethic at his father’s and grandfather’s knees knows the job is not finished yet. He carries on the legacy of protecting, defending and speaking for the industry. He is tied on hard and fast to the industry he loves, and he won’t turn the horse towards home until the job is done. — by Carol Wilson


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facilities readily and in other facilities were balking. I’d get down in the chute and realize that they were seeing shadows, or looking directly into the sun, or there was a coat on the fence or a chain hanging down, or something else distracting them,” says Grandin. The people working cattle were not taking these things into consideration. “I began designing facilities in 1974. I wanted to make chutes curved so cattle entering them can’t see the people and commotion at the other end. Also, cattle have a tendency to try to go back the way they came from. A curved chute takes advantage of that,” she says. During the past three decades her facility designs have become standard for many livestock feed yards. “People ask why my curved layouts are so spread out and big. Chutes don’t work well if you jam cattle up too tightly, or corners are too sharp. If an animal is standing in the crowding pen, looking up the curved chute, he must see that there’s a place to go. If it dead-ends at the squeeze chute, and that’s what he sees, that’s the worst mistake you can make. Also you want to lay out a round crowd pen so cattle are coming around the bend, and you can use their inclination to want to go back where they came from,” she says. She also says people need to stay calm when handling cattle. “A calm animal is always easier to handle than a scared, excited one. When we can get people to

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calm down, stop screaming and yelling, and stop using electric prods, cattle can be worked easier. Electric prods should only be picked up if an animal absolutely refuses to go into the squeeze chute. Another tip is to only fill the crowd pen half full,” says Grandin. “I want people to measure their handling. Often I’ve worked with people and they get their handling really nice, and I come back a year later and they’ve reverted back to their old rough ways. I call it bad becoming normal. The only way to prevent that is to measure handling. If you put 100 cattle through the chute, how many fell down? It shouldn’t be more than 1 percent – otherwise you have a slippery floor or are getting them too excited. How many cattle ran into something like a gate or a fence? How many did you use your electric prod on? How many cattle are bawling when you catch them in the squeeze? If they are bawling, you are hurting them or they are upset. You should be able to bring them up the alley and catch them in the squeeze chute without any vocalization or adverse response to the squeeze chute.” If you keep track of these things and put a number on it, you can tell if your handling is improving or reverting back to bad. “You want cattle to exit the chute walking or trotting. The simplest way to measure exit speed is by whether they are walking or trotting versus running or jumping. You can easily count how many speeders you had,” she says. “Most people are not willing to take time to learn the fine points of stockmanship. But if you get animals scared and excited, it takes 20 minutes for them to Livestock Market Digest

calm down. It would save time to go slowly, and not get them scared and excited. Some people are such good stockmen that they don’t need good corrals, but a good facility helps, and also helps keep people from getting hurt. Safety is another reason to have a good design. Many people get hurt if they get the cattle excited,” she says. Some people don’t understand that cattle differentiate between a person horseback and a person afoot. It’s important that cattle learn how to work with both. “There’s nothing worse than cattle coming into a meat packing plant with no prior experience of people on foot. I have seen feedyards where everything was done on horseback. Then when cattle go to the packing plant they freak out when they see people on foot, and it can be very dangerous.”

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outhern Arizona Brangus producer R.L. Robbs and his wife Sally, of Robbs Brangus, focus on raising registered Brangus bulls for commercial cattle producers. According to R.L., Brangus cattle, which combine the genetics of the Brahman and Angus breeds, are uniquely suited for the Southwest for several reasons. “It doesn’t make much difference what kind of cows you breed to a Brangus bull you are going to see the benefits of hybrid vigor in their calves. The touch of Brahman blood in Brangus bulls produces healthy, hardy calves,” he said. “The Brangus cow is second to none. She is very adaptable, and does well in our hot, dry climate,” he said. The Robbs family has been raising Brangus cattle on the south side of the Dos Cabezas Mountains for 45 years in Kansas Settlement, 15 miles south of Willcox, Ariz. They got their start with the breed in the 1960s, after buying a herd of registered Angus cattle in west Texas and talking to a


friend who was using Brangus bulls on his commercial cattle north of Willcox, Arizona. They bought their first three-quarter blood Brangus bull from Floyd Newcomer in Yuma, and one of their first registered Brangus bulls came from the Windland family in Sealy, Texas. “Through the years that have followed, we tried and have stayed with Brinks genetics.” In the early years, the Robbs partnered with friend and fellow Brangus breeder Garth Lunt of Pima, Ariz. on several herd sires. “He started out in the business at about the same time we did, and together, we could afford higher end bulls,” R.L. said. In later years, the Robbs started using artificial insemination in their herd. Showing cattle was a big part of the operation for many years, with the Robbs participating in cattle shows in Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque, primarily. R.L. and Sally have tried many different ways of marketing their cattle through the

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years, and now sell most of their bulls by private treaty at the ranch. They market their heifers a little differently each year, depending on what and where the demand is. “Sally and I have participated in the Willcox All-Breeds bull sale for the past thirty or thirty-five years,” he said. “Back when the Mexican market was strong, we participated in a sale held annually in Tucson, and always did very well. For the last few years,

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The Robbs family has been raising Brangus cattle on the south side of the Dos Cabezas Mountains for 45 years. the Southwest Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) has held the Best of the West sale in Tucson, and we try to support that with a few heifers and bulls every year, as well. We take our cattle wherever we need to.” This past spring, the Robbs sold a large portion of their cattle herd to Ray Westall in Arabela, New Mexico. “I think it will be a good deal. His country has had a lot of rain lately, and looks really good,” R.L. said. “We needed to sell some cows, we just hadn’t had any rain, in fact it had been several years since we’d had any good rains, and we were drougthed out.” “We will partner up on the cattle and bring some bulls back over here for sale to the customers that have been with us for years,” he continued. “We have a lot of friends and customers, and nearly all are commercial cattlemen.” Since then, summer rains have come to southern Arizona, and conditions have improved. “It’s beautiful now, it looks like a

garden, but that’s not always the case,” he said. R.L. and Sally have been actively involved in the SBBA since getting into the Brangus business. He is a past president of the association, and has served as secretary/treasurer for the last 15 years. He currently serves on the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors, and Sally is a member of the IBBA Auxiliary scholarship committee They were instrumental in starting the SBBA’s Junior Heifer program to help junior members purchase a quality animal, then compete with other members throughout the year. Typically, heifers are made available to the juniors in the fall after weaning, giving participants time to get the cattle on feed and attend three shows before breeding the heifers the following spring. “We set it up as a drawpot program, getting commitments from breeders to make heifers available for as many kids as were interested,” he explained. “The kids drew for the heifers to

make sure that everyone had a fair shot, bought their heifers, then showed competitively.” “For several current producers who started out as juniors, those heifers are still part of their herd,” he continued. “We are working to get our junior program built back up. It was a good program for years, but has dwindled recently for various reasons.” A native of west Texas, R.L. graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, then attended graduate school at New Mexico State University. During college, he helped his brother, a Willcox-area farmer during the summers, which is how he met Sally, a Willcox native. After a stint in the Army, the couple moved back to Willcox. They started out farming, but R.L. wanted to put his animal husbandry degree to work and get into the livestock business. They acquired a herd of commercial cattle, then had the opportunity to purchase the Texas registered Angus herd, and the business evolved. R.L. and Sally raised two daughters on the ranch — Shari Green who now lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her two children; and D’Lynn Robbs, who works for Seabord Foods in Kansas City, Kansas. — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson

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im and Mary O’Donnell and their son and daughter (Cody and Amber) have a family Quarter Horse business near Cardwell, Montana — between Butte and Bozeman. “We started the breeding operation in 2000, after enjoying horses for a long time. I’ve had horses since I was about 14 years old,” says Tim. He and his wife were both born and raised in Butte, Montana. When their children were young, they


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enjoyed packing, hunting and trail riding. “When our kids were older they got into 4-H and showing horses, competing in youth rodeos, etc. so we started branching out in our horse interests,” says Tim. Cody and Amber enjoyed 4-H and showing, and when Amber was in high school she wanted to rodeo. “We set out to find her a barrel horse. I was floored when we realized a ‘cheap’ prospect was about $10,000. I’d bought her a horse a year earlier, and told her she’d just have to use that one. She’s still running barrels on that horse. Some of the older girls in our area who barrel race took her under their wing and coached her. This was better than buying her a push-button barrel horse. She learned things the hard way, and did well. Now she trains for us and she’s a good hand,” says Tim. “We decided to breed horses. The horse market was really hot and barrel horses were selling for a lot of money. This was another trial and error experience. We didn’t know much about bloodlines and had to learn as we went.” Tim had been to Stan and Nancy Weaver’s sale and decided to buy a stallion prospect at the 2000 sale. They bought a yearling buckskin colt named Weaver’s Doc Ima Poco and nicknamed him Rope. Tim started working with the colt and planned to campaign him as a

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we’re doing. The horses have been a very positive thing for us. We do it all together but we each have our niche in which we excel and can make certain contributions to the program,” says Tim. The four of them are a good team. “Mary has good business sense and takes care of that end of it and keeps us organized. Cody and I start the colts and get them going, and then Amber takes over with them,” says Tim. Cody is always looking at mare lines that he’d like to cross with their stallions. He really likes the Streakin Six bred horses. “A lot of girls have gone to the NFR on Streakin Six horses,” says Cody. “We also have some cow bred mares. We are leasing a daughter of Patty’s Irish Whiskey, out of a Doc o Dynamite. Other breeding programs are taking note of the cow lines crossed with barrel speed lines. I think this creates a lot of versatility,” says Cody. “We’ve been blessed to meet so many great people, through our horses. We’re not in the horse business for the money. We do it because we love it, and the people we meet,” he says. With new technology like embryo transfer, genetics of outstanding mares can be

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expanded farther. “The mare lines are so important. They don’t get near the credit they deserve. Today, however, people are selling embryos out of mares that have gone to the NFR, and mares that have produced NFR champions. This is another avenue

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his is a first. As far as we can remember, in 24 years we’ve written 600 Digest 25 stories and a Secretary of Agriculture hasn’t been featured once. This, despite how important they are in shaping our business. Quite frankly, we don’t think any deserved the recognition before now. But we think it’s justified this year because this USDA Secretary is not singing the same old song. For one, he wants to put more teeth into the Packers and Stockyards Act. He put an end to the mandatory livestock identification program and he actually sounds like he wants to return the USDA to being the farmer’s friend, rather than their adversary. In other words, he wants to return the USDA to its original mission as conceived by Abe Lincoln and others. Whether it’s all just political posturing or not, this Vilsack fella demands a closer look. Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then was immediately abandoned. Hey, ranchers and farmers in this country can relate to abandonment, as far as the modern day USDA is concerned. They’ve felt that way for years. Tom’s original name was Kenneth when he was placed in 1951 in a Catholic orphanage. When he was adopted after several days by Bud and Dolly Vilsack he became Tom Vilsack. Bud was a real estate agent and insurance salesman, and Dolly was a homemaker who had problems with prescription drugs and alcohol. Tom spent a lonely childhood that would only get worse when, at the age of 13, his mother walked away, leaving Tom to be raised by his father and sister. He overcame these hardships and graduated from Albany Law School in 1975. Tom married a gal from Mount Pleasant, Iowa and it’s there where the couple moved in 1975 and where Vilsack joined his fatherin-law’s legal practice. Tom got the typical politician’s start: he served on the United Way board and became President of the local Rotary Club and the local Chamber of Commerce. His fellow lawyers elected him President of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. Lest you think there’s little, if any, danger to being a local politician, consider the case of Ed King. He was mayor of Mount Pleasant on Dec. 10, 1986, when Ralph Davis, a


mad citizen (in more ways than one) went into a council meeting and started blasting away. Not with his mouth, but with a gun. Mayor King was killed and two council members were wounded. After that you’d think no one would want to be Mayor of Mount Pleasant . . . but Tom Vilsack did. He was elected to the post hardly anyone wanted in 1987 and served three terms. After that he was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1992 by the slimmest of margins, a trait of many of his political victories. In 1998, after having been Iowa’s Governor for 16 years Terry Branstad chose not to run again. The Iowa Republicans nominated Jim Ross Lightfoot and he was the heavy favorite to succeed Branstad. After all, Republicans had a stranglehold on the office. When Lightfoot and Vilsack initially squared off, the polls suggested it would be a runaway. To nearly everyone’s surprise, Vilsack came from being 20 percentage points behind in the polls, to narrowly defeating Lightfoot, thus becoming the first Democrat Governor of Iowa in 30 years thanks in part to heavy support from organized labor. Vilsack left the Governor’s Office in 2007 after serving two terms. He didn’t seek a third term, probably because he had his eye on a bigger prize. Could an orphan kid from Iowa overcome a shaky start in life to one day become President of the United States? John Kerry must have thought the idea possible because he seriously considered Vilsack to be his running mate in the 2004 presidential election. When that didn’t happen, Vilsack decided to get to the White House the harder way and on November 30, 2006, he became the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination in the 2008 election. It was not to be. Citing a lack of money, and reeling from a lack of traction in the polls, Vilsack ended his presidential dream (at least temporarily) in February of 2007. One interesting sidelight to Vilsack’s selection by Obama to be his Ag Secretary is that Vilsack not only ran against Obama, he endorsed Obama’s major challenger when he dropped out of the race. He endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and was named the national co-chair for her campaign. No doubt, had Hilary won the Presi-

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dency, Vilsack’s chair at the table in Cabinet meetings would be far closer to the seat of power. Instead of handing out crop subsidies and food stamps, Vilsack might be breaking tie votes in Congress and looking to succeed Obama in six years. Oh well, If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em, as they say in politics. On December 17, 2008, Barack Obama gave Vilsack an early Christmas present, naming him as his selection to be the 30th Secretary of Ag in our nation’s history. He was easily confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on inauguration day, 2009. Vilsack’s nomination was supported by groups as different as the National Farmers Union, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Environmental Defense Fund. It was strongly opposed by the Organic Consumers Association and several small farmer groups who saw Vilsack as a tool for the big petrochemical companies and big seed companies. Well, okay, they meant the one really big seed company: Monsanto. The Organic Consumers Association said Vilsack had “repeatedly demonstrated a preference for large industrial farms and genetically modified crops. As Iowa state governor, he originated the seed preemption bill in 2005, effectively blocking local communities from regulating where genetically engineered crops would be grown.” Additionally, they didn’t like that Vilsack was the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, an industry lobbying group. Over 100,000 emails were sent by members of the organic groups to Obama with a similar message: “Your choice for Secretary of Agriculture points to the continuation of agribusiness as usual, and the failed policies of chemical and energy-intensive, genetically engineered industrial agriculture.” Livestock Market Digest

For ranchers, one of the big concerns about the Ag Secretary is his strong commitment to ending climate change. Whether that means taxing cow’s for their flatulence, or putting even more constraints on large feedlots, we just don’t know yet. But Vilsack does appear to be a disciple of Al Gore. On the other hand, anyone who offends the senses of author Michael Pollan can’t be all bad. Of Vilsack, here’s what Pollan said: "The food system is responsible for about a third of greenhouse gases. It is responsible for the catastrophic American diet that is leading 50 percent of us to suffer from chronic disease, and that drives up health care costs. A secretary for food could put the focus on diversifying America’s farms and using local food sources around the nation. But those topics weren’t in the spotlight when Obama selected Vilsack to be agriculture secretary.” Suffice it to say, many folks in animal agriculture might consider Pollan’s dissatisfaction a cattleman’s stamp of approval. There’s no doubt that Vilsack is a fan of ethanol. (What would you expect coming from Iowa?) But he doesn’t want to feed all the corn to fuel digesters instead of steers. Vilsack has stated, “The reality is that cornbased ethanol will never be enough to reach our goals. Some have suggested that we import more sugar-based ethanol from Brazil and we should indeed consider all sources of available ethanol . . . but if we are going to create energy security we can’t simply replace one imported source of energy with another. That alone is not security . . . the only way we can produce enough domestically is if we greatly improve the technology used to produce cellulosic ethanol.” Besides putting at least a temporary end to a national animal ID scheme, the topic that has gained many supporters for Vilsack amongst the ranching community is his attempt to revitalize USDA’s GIPSA and the Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). He laid out a plan that, “Would constitute the most dramatic change to the regulation of the livestock marketplace since the Packers & Stockyards Act (PSA) was enacted in 1921. The PSA has been enforced to promote consumer welfare by protecting the competitive process — not individual producers,” said Vilsack. “This approach has led to the current law that adverse impact on competition must be proven to establish a violation of the PSA. The proposed rules seek to reverse this trend and instead impose numerous, detailed regulations on packers designed to protect individual producers from “unfair” practices — without regard to whether 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

those practices have been shown to have an adverse impact on competition.” According to Vilsack, his rule will “ensure a level playing field for producers by providing additional protections against unfair practices and addressing new market conditions not covered by existing rules.” Vilsack took his show on the road to sell his ideas as the USDA has hosted a series of town hall meetings across the country. They listened to ranchers talk about Big Three

packers, captive supplies and other hot topics. Vilsack even brought along the Attorney General. Vilsack has faced stiff opposition from the NCBA and Congressmen whose palms have been greased by big business. But by standing up to the meat packers Ag Secretary Vilsack has already done more than his predecessors and, who knows, he might even get something done. Wouldn’t that be a big change! — by Lee Pitts



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iverbend Ranch, headquartered near Idaho Falls, Idaho runs 1,700 registered cows, and 7,000 commercial cows. The cows are located on 13 different ranches in 4 states — Idaho, Utah, Texas and Montana. In addition the operation runs a 4,000-head grow yard in Dillon, Montana and has a horse breeding program in northern Utah. Frank Vander Sloot and his wife Belinda began putting Riverbend together in 1992, visiting Angus herds across the nation to buy some of the best cows in the breed. Their Angus program has expanded since then, and they also have a Charolais herd of 50 registered females, to supply Charolais bulls to customers who wish to crossbreed. David Brown has been general manager of the operation for eight years. “Two years ago we also started Riverbend Steak Company. We direct-sell high quality Angus beef via the internet,” says Brown. “This is one way to add value to the product we (and our

bull customers) are producing. All beef sold goes through an Angus program, and must grade Choice or higher. Complete satisfaction is guaranteed; if a customer doesn’t like the product we’ll refund the money.” Riverbred Ranch utilizes AI as well as an extensive embryo transfer program. Bull calves are on a high roughage ration after weaning, for an average daily gain of 3 pounds. Carcass and performance data is gleaned from all steer mates that go through the feedlot. “In our breeding program and goals, we realize there is no one type of animal that excels in every trait. We’ve created some different lines within our herd, and I call them specialists. One line excels in carcass merit. Another excels in feedlot performance. The newer lines focus on cattle with lower inputs and higher efficiency — more moderate in mature size and milk production. They do well in a harsh environment. This is a line

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that focuses on convenience traits,” says Brown. These cattle are nearly maintenancefree, with ease of management for the rancher. “Our philosophy has evolved in the past seven years. We need two kinds of cattle in our industry today — maternally oriented, and terminally oriented. We’re trying to fill our customers’ needs with trait specific lines so they can maximize profits and minimize their inputs,” he explains. “One of our biggest concerns is the nation’s shrinking cow herd, especially the number of producers leaving the business. There aren’t many folks raising cattle in this country. The loss of these producers indicates where our society is headed — toward more urban oriented society.” We are losing the rural way of life, and becoming more dependent on other countries for food. “One of the greatest attributes of this country has been the ability to produce low cost food. As we lose more producers and our agriculture becomes more corporate, it spells harm for this country,” says Brown. We must try to keep cattle producers in business, and efficient profitable cattle can help them stay in business. “Even though we wanted to be one of the largest producers of the highest quality bulls in the country, at the same time we don’t want to adversely impact smaller family breeders in our region. We started working with smaller purebred breeders, developing and marketing their bulls for them. They bring their bull calves at weaning and we work together on developing those bulls and marketing them with ours,” says Brown. “This has proven to be a beneficial arrangement. These cooperative breeders save on development costs because of the volume we run, and their bulls are in front of a larger audience of buyers. Our customers benefit by having a larger pool of bulls to select from — as well as the opportunity to gain additional genetic diversity,” he says. The bull sale is the second Saturday in March, and the female sale is in October. Riverbend markets 400 bulls annually through the March sale, and those include the other breeders who sell with them. “We generally market between 200 and 250 females,” says Brown. When Frank Vander Sloot first put the operation together, his intent was to provide ranchers in the intermountain region affordable access to the best genetics the industry had to offer. “We continually bring in new, more advanced genetics from all parts of the country and mass produce them, and offer their offspring to ranchers,” explains Brown. “We offer free consulting services to Livestock Market Digest

folks who want to buy bulls from us. We’ll look at their herd and their data, determine what kind of cattle they have, and hopefully match them with a bull that can help correct any deficiencies,” he says. Another service is a sight unseen guarantee on all cattle sold — whether a bull or female. “We offer the best guarantee in the business. If a customer gets the animal home and is not pleased with it, for any reason, we’ll replace that animal or make it right. Our buyers have a zero risk investment,” explains Brown. “We also offer a free service to customers who sell feeder calves or replacement heifers, in which we market their cattle, or bid on those animals ourselves. We work hard to earn them premiums. We’ve topped the national market on several occasions with customer cattle, and in some cases we’ve bought their cattle. We know the genetics behind them,” says Brown. “Through the many relationships we’ve created with feeders, packers and backgrounders, marketing customers’ cattle is easy. I think this should be part of the role of every seedstock producer,” he says. The customer is more apt to come back again, if the producer stands behind the animals and has a continuing role in the relationship. Riverbend also does contract mating to produce trait-specific animals. This enables customers to select pedigree and EPDs. “Only a few of our bulls are sold private treaty, but we private treaty sell a lot of females, both registered and commercial,” says Brown. Riverbend’s goal is to offer customers a selection from a great herd of cattle. Riverbend Ranch

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outheastern Arizona rancher and 2009 Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association (ACGA) Cattleman of the Year Bill McGibbon has an eye on the future. Like most ranchers, he is focused on keeping his ranch profitable and passing it down to his children and grandchildren. Over the years, Bill has been very involved in industry organizations on local, state and national levels, working on behalf of his operation and the industry as a whole. He is a past president of his local, tri-county cattlemen’s association, the Southern Arizona Cattlemen’s Protective Association (SACPA). In addition, he is a past president of the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association and the Arizona Cattle Industry Research and Education Foundation, and a former member of the National Cattlemen’s Association board of directors. “Industry associations are a very important aspect of our business. They are a good way to communicate with people both within and outside of the cattle business,� Bill explained. “Other members are not only friends and customers, they are ranchers in the same situation, facing the same issues we are, with ideas and information to share.� “I think the Cattlemen’s association is very important,� he continued. “They not only lobby on our behalf, they also keep everyone informed about issues that impact us as ranchers — what the federal government is trying to do, the changing economics of the industry, and what the environ-

mentalists are up to. Most ranchers are so busy, they don’t have time to sit and go through all of the instant information that is out there, and may not have access. Our organizations can filter that information and make sure members know what they need to know.� The McGibbons raise Red Angus and Red Angus cross cattle, along with a few registered Herefords, on the Santa Rita Ranch 30 miles from the Mexican border. Their cattle run on a mix of private land, state and U.S. Forest Service grazing permits. The family also works with the University of Arizona on the Santa Rita Experimental Range, an open range laboratory, grazing some cattle on that land. The ranch has been in the family for over 40 years, and Bill’s grandchildren are the fourth generation to live on the ranch. Everincreasing expenses, coupled with cattle prices that have remained constant for years, are a challenge. “It’s hard to understand how a young person today that doesn’t come from a ranch could get into the business,� he said. “Every year, our costs continue to go up but we’re still basically receiving the same price for our calves that we did 20 years ago.� Bill and his wife Nancy have managed the ranch since 1969, with Nancy handling the bookkeeping aspects of the business. Today, they are in the process of handing ranch management off to their son Drew and his wife Micaela. “We’re trying, while our minds and bodies still work, to turn it





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over to them,” Bill said. “It is gratifying to see some of the younger generation trying to get into the ranching business and make it work and we are doing everything we can to help them succeed.” In addition to traditional markets, the McGibbons have found a niche for their product. Drew and Micaela have started marketing grassfed beef at a cooperative in Phoenix. “Consumers today have their own idea of what they want, and we are trying to give it to them,” Bill noted. “One advantage of ranching in the Southwest is that our land is suitable for the longer-term grazing needed to produce grassfed beef, it just takes longer to get the calves up to a finish weight.” Instability and violence along the Mexican border are big concerns for Bill and his family, and the murder of friend and neighbor Rob Krentz hit close to home. To solicit information on the crime, Bill established a reward fund, which he said did quite well. The death was quite a financial shock to the Krentz family, and Drew set up a family relief fund to help. Donations came in from all over the country, Bill said, and they even received some from as far away as Europe. “It was really nice to see such a broad group of people touched by the story and wanting to help.” The situation has changed the McGibbons’ lifestyle, as well. “We have all kinds of illegal activity out here, from transporting illegal people to illegal drugs. We’re thirty miles from the border, and I can’t imagine what the people right on the border are going through,” he explained. “My daughter and daughter-in-law both live here on the ranch, and neither feels safe venturing out alone for fear of what she might run in to. We have five grandchildren with one more on the way, and I wonder what their future is here on the ranch.” Last fall, Bill said, a bull customer came out to the ranch and brought along a friend who had been a rancher in Mexico just south of the border. That man said the drug cartels offered to buy out all of the ranchers along the border. After several neighbors who refused to sell were found dead, this man sold his ranch and moved to Arizona to protect himself and his family. Recently, a ranch foreman on a ranch northwest of Nogales disappeared for four days, then was found dead. “The border situation is scary here, but if you look at the thousands of Mexicans killed in Mexico recently, it’s overwhelming,” Bill said. “I think the problem is bigger even than the Mexican government realized.” — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

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on and Lois Bieber have been raising Red Angus near Leola, South Dakota for 42 years. Their son Craig and his wife Peggy are also involved in the operation. Ron and Lois are now semi-retired and Craig is the managing partner. Originally, Ron worked for a meat packer and then decided to farm. “He started here with Hereford cows in 1959 and did some crossbreeding with Shorthorn. In 1967 he traveled to Montana looking for a third breed to maintain hybrid vigor and found some Red Angus cows, which he bought in 1968. That was the beginning of our seedstock business,” says Craig. “I was born in 1966. Dad had registered and commercial cows until the late 1970s when he sold the commercial cows. Our first registered sale was in 1976. Today our sale is the first Thursday in March, selling approximately 200 bulls. Last year we started a second sale in May, and sold 60 bulls in that sale.” Normally they sell some bulls at private treaty after selling 175 to 200 bulls in the March sale. “Last year, because of the weather, I decided it might be a good year to have a grass-time turnout sale. So we had a late sale, and averaged $2,760 on about 60 bulls. Our spring sale averaged $3,420 on 198 bulls,” says Craig. The ranch runs about 600 registered cows. Heifers start calving February 1 and cows start the first of March. “We also run another unit that starts calving about May 10. The bull calves from these summer calving cows are held to be 2 year olds,” he says. Some customers prefer the older bulls. “We keep abreast of new technology but we don’t always subscribe to the latest, newest things. We like to see it proven before we jump on board. Sometimes, however, you need to be out in front. Ultrasound was something we started doing early on, but we had closely watched the research and knew it would be beneficial in selecting for carcass quality.” North central South Dakota where the ranch is located is an area of rolling hills, similar to the sandhills of Nebraska. “But we don’t have creeks and streams because it’s a glacial till area. Instead of streams we have potholes and lakes that fill with water,” says Craig. Many ranchers depend on these


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sloughs for stockwater, but the Biebers prefer to pipe water to their cows; they feel it’s important to have high quality water when calves are on their mothers and have potential to gain the best. Pond water becomes stagnant at that time and cattle won’t drink as much, which affects weight gain on calves. The sloughs are also not dependable during drought. “We felt that piping water to the cows was worth the extra expense, especially July through September. It also helps us do a better job of grazing, in a rotational system, with more management options,” he says. “We have some warm season grasses, but most of our forage is cool season grasses and if we manage them right, they are very productive. We often can graze those twice a year because of the way we use them. It depends on moisture. If it’s really dry it may not work, but we usually do some high density (mob) grazing early in the season until after the cows are bred AI and go to a pasture breeding situation. Many of the pastures that we use early with large groups grow back and make good pasture later.” His wife Peggy helps with the ranch operation but also owns her own business — a bookstore in Aberdeen, which is the

closest large town (25,000 people). The ranch has three full-time and two-part time employees, and usually hires an intern during summer. “We try to hire a college kid, usually a customer’s son or daughter who wants to learn something about the seedstock industry,” says Craig. The Biebers encourage dedication and commitment. He feels some people are in the seedstock business mainly for the flash and hype. He sees a lot of outfits come and go, people who don’t have the staying power or dedication. The Biebers take a businesslike approach to how they run their cows and how they sell bulls, with goals and ideas about what will work for their customers. “I have some definite opinions on where we need to be — our niche in this area of the country. Everyone claims to be moderate frame, but that means different things to different people. We try to keep contact with customers. The number of bulls we sell is based on the number of relationships we maintain. We want to make sure things are going all right, and if not, we want to know, so we can make it right.” Then customers can have faith in the cattle they are buying. — by Heather Smith-Thomas Livestock Market Digest

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Chuck Irwin California


huck Irwin is an anomaly amongst his cattlemen clan: a cowboy who is good with tools. In fact, he’s VERY GOOD with tools, and I’m not just talking about a rope or a pair of hayhooks. One of the best days of my life was the day I first became friends with this giant man with calloused hands and an encyclopedic knowledge of everything vaquero. I made a vow to buy one of his bits every year as a Christmas present to myself, but the problem with buying all those bits is that they are such works of art that I don’t know if they belong in my mini-museum or in some lucky horse’s mouth. Cowboys swear by Chuck Irwin bits, but that’s not necessarily who he builds them for. Chuck takes great pains to get the mouthpieces just right for the horses who will pack them around. Horses have never had a better friend than Chuck Irwin, and neither have those of us who’ve been lucky enough to make his acquaintance. Although there were some cowboy genetics on his mother’s side of the family, Chuck was not born to the leather like you’d expect of someone of his cowboy abilities. He was born in 1924 in Walnut Creek, California, near San Francisco, and before you scoff at the city by the Bay, please be advised that the area was once the epicenter of quality vaquero gear known around the world. Firms called it home with names like Visalia, Miller and Tietjen, Nolte Olsen Saddle Shop, Keyston, Main and Winchester, F.M. Stern, L.D. Stone and H. Messing and Sons. Individual bit and spur artists like J.F. Echavarria, John Estrada, Raphael Gutierrez, Alsalio Herrera, Joseph Lamdin, Atanasio Larios, Tom Hildreth, J.J. Bernal also worked there. You may never have heard these names before but check in your tack room; if you are lucky enough to have any bits or spurs imprinted with those names or initials you are richer than you thought you were before reading this story. Into this region was born the man whose initials, CEI, would also be highly sought after in the heelband of a spur or the cheek piece of a bit. Chuck’s father was in the paint business, not the cow business, but that didn’t slow this future cowpoke down. By the age of nine he’d already swung his leg over the


back of a cow pony and he was shoeing horses by the time he was a teenager. In 1938 the Irwin clan moved to Culver City in southern California where Chuck attended Manual Arts High School. And if that’s not a fitting school name to have on a bit maker’s resume I don’t know what is. You might say Chuck has a Doctorate in the Manual Arts. While in high school Chuck cared for Jute Smith’s rodeo string and shod and trained horses. It was about this time that Chuck made his first pair of spurs . . . for himself, because he couldn’t afford to buy a new pair off the shelf in some Hollywood feed store. But soon Chuck sold those homemade spurs, along with most everything else he owned, enlisted and got sent on an all-expense-paid-trip to exotic places like North Africa, India and Burma courtesy of Uncle Sam in World War II. Chuck was one of the lucky ones, he got to come homeafter serving a stretch as a prisoner of war. When the war ended Chuck came right back to doing what he’d been doing before the war. Taking care of the horses at Jute Smith’s stables. Because of its close proximity to Hollywood it was only a matter of time before tinsel town came knocking on Irwin’s door. Westerns were all the rage and Chuck became a wrangler for MGM studios. He even tried being a star attraction by riding Roman style in a wild west show but if you know Chuck, glitz and glamour were never his thing. I’d give almost anything to see a picture of him in stretch pants, a big white hat and multicolored cowboy boots standing astride two charging horses. I could probably trade it for a nice pair of spurs! When southern California got too crowded for him, Chuck moved near Los Olivos in central California with his new wife in 1952. I don’t know if he had a premonition or what, but the area where Chuck moved, near Santa Ynez, was on the verge of becoming horse crazy. Many of the movie stars who Chuck thought he was leaving behind in Hollywood would later buy big ranches in the area. In other words, the bit and spur maker could not have picked a better area to ply his craft. He started out slowly, as many cowboy artisans do, by repairing bits and spurs. This is the

best way to learn any craft because you soon learn what doesn’t work. In the case of bits, you also learn what’s good for the horse and what isn’t. That’s why Chuck never builds fixed jaw bits and why he inlays his silver instead of overlaying it. Chuck leased 200 acres, became a farmer/cattleman and acquired a small house with a barn and shop on Alamo Pintado Road between Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, a street address later shared by many famous horse outfits. In 1965 Chuck quit farming to devote all his time towards ranching and building spurs and bits. Fancy folks might not be impressed by Chuck’s shop out behind his house, but shop rats like me sure are. There are countless files worn smooth and a few simple engraving tools with which he leaves his mark. In more ways than one! On any given day cowboys and connoisseurs might drop by to watch the master at work and to visit. Chuck’s shop has a dirt floor so the sparks from his torch don’t send it up in flames and on the back wall hang dozens of cheek plates for the many styles of bits he builds. He used to cut these by hand but there’s been such a demand for his bits that Chuck decided to save a little time. There’s a milling machine where Chuck routers out the metal he’ll fill with silver, later to be engraved. The next process is what sets Chuck apart from the rest. It’s estimated that there are only five people currently making bits and spurs who can “free flow” silver. Chuck is one of the five. Most makers will either solder on silver, (overlay) or mill out a recessed area with a notched edge that will hold the silver as it’s pounded into it. The problem with either of these methods is that rust can start behind the inlay and eventually pop the silver out. Instead, Chuck heats up the metal with a torch and when he sees it turn just the right color he melts a 16 gauge silver wire into it and the two become one. This is called “free flowing” and because the silver is thicker and fused to the metal, not soldered, this allows Chuck to engrave deeper, creating more brilliant cuts. Chuck shows off his pieces, along with a few items he trades on just for fun, at two vaquero shows in California’s central coast Livestock Market Digest

area. One is at Paso Robles and the other is at Santa Ynez where he was honored in 2008. Because he’s almost always sold out, he usually has to borrow a bit or two from customers just to have something to show potential buyers. The first bit I ordered from Chuck was his most detailed. He calls it his tear drop bit because on each cheek plate there are 14 silver tear drops that take hours to get just right. When I first told him I wanted one of his tear drops Chuck said a mild cuss word at the thought of having to make all those tear drops. At the time I ordered mine the famous horse trainer Bobby Ingersoll had just sold a lot of his high end tack at an auction at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Chuck seemed mildly upset that Ingersoll’s Chuck Irwin made tear drop bit fetched $1,500 at auction, while he was only charging me $850 for the one I bought. “Heck,” he said, “the buyer could have saved $650 and bought it from me direct.” When one considers the beauty and functionality of Chuck’s work it is indeed a very good buy. Fifty years from now Chuck Irwin bits will sell in western collectible auctions along with other past masters for multiples of what they cost, and considering the current economic climate, Chuck’s bits could

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prove to be a much better investment than stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit. One year Chuck made 50 bits and two dozen pair of spurs for customers, not a bad output for what is supposed to be part-time work. The rest of his time he tends to his

cattle and braids leather and rawhide. Oh yes, we forgot to mention that Chuck is a leather artist as well. In the evenings this 86 years young cowboy sits in his easy chair, continued on page 50


Sidwell Herefords Colorado


here are very few family operations today that have been in business for a century or more, and even fewer that have been dedicated to the breeding and improvement of just one breed of cattle during that time. Sidwell Herefords is one of those rare outfits, spanning 102 years and four generations. It all began in Queen City, Missouri in 1908 when 23-year-old G.A. Sidwell started a herd of purebred Herefords with an imported cow (Brampton Agnes VI) from Herefordshire, England, and his first bull, Columbus Regent. He used that bull six years and from that small beginning developed a strain of Hereford cattle that became highly respected throughout the U.S. and Canada. His next herdsire, Disturber 4th, a son of Disturber, was purchased in partnership with J.E. Biehl in 1911. G.A. Sidwell and his wife Josephine had two daughters and three sons. In 1920 they brought their sons into the Hereford operation. Then G.A. Sidwell took a trip to Colorado and was impressed with the potential for raising cattle there. He purchased a ranch in Weld County and moved the family and cattle in 1930. He’d already sold bulls to customers in Colorado and New Mexico before moving West. After the relocation, he formed a partnership with his son F.A. Sidwell and their operation became known as G.A. Sidwell &

Son. Their first production sale was held in 1940, the second in 1945 and their third sale in 1947. In 1953 they began holding an annual sale at ranch headquarters. In October 1958 they celebrated fifty years of Hereford progress with a Golden Anniversary sale of registered breeding stock, offering 57 bulls and 38 females to a crowd of 500 people. During the mid-1940’s, G.A. Sidwell went to an auction at Raton, N.M. and met Hereford breeder E.N. Jeffers. He visited Jeffers’ place near Springer, New Mexico to see more of his cattle and picked out a bull named Prince D109. “My grandfather had a good eye for cattle,” says Harold Sidwell, senior member of the present corporation. “Jeffers refused to sell that bull, however, and G.A. pressured him for several years until he was able to purchase a half interest. My grandfather insisted that the bull’s name be changed to Colorado Baldwin.” Later Sidwells purchased the remaining half interest in the bull, who had a tremendous influence on cattle herds in the area. A reporter from the Western Livestock Journal did a survey in 1969 and found that nearly 90 percent of commercial cattle in the Rocky Mountain region at that time were descended from Colorado Baldwin. In 1959, G.A. Sidwell retired, and in 1961 was inducted as a charter member into the national Cowboy Hall of Fame. F.A.

Sidwell’s three sons — Walter, Harold and Richard — formed a corporation with their father, with their three ranches near Carr, Colorado. Then in 1971 the corporation was dissolved and each son and family established their own corporations. The members of Harold Sidwell, Inc. included Harold and his wife Marlene and their children Warren, Bryan, Harold Todd, and Cheryl. Harold’s family ran 225 cows on 7,500

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lives near, Santa Ynez, may sound vaguely familiar to you. That’s because it’s near the ranch where Ronald Reagan used to retire to when he got sick of things back in D.C. Ray Cornelius sold the ranch to Reagan and Chuck was Ray’s horseshoer. When he sold the ranch the horseshoer went with the deal. That’s how Chuck came to be the horseshoer for one of our greatest Presidents! Chuck always knew in advance when Reagan would be coming west, even when the press corp didn’t, because Chuck would be asked to get the horses shod. Chuck still has a letter from Reagan, on White House stationery no less, thanking him for his good service. Back to my story . . . one day while Chuck was at my house he saw this horse-

shoe I owned that had come from Reagan’s ranch manager, whose former wife my mom used to sew for. Due to my love for Reagan and his beliefs, I mounted the horseshoe on a plaque and labeled it as one coming from the stud horse that the President of Mexico had given Reagan; the story that had been told to me when I acquired it. Chuck looked at the horseshoe and said, “That isn’t right. That horse had much bigger feet than that. And I ought to know because I shod him!” That’s life as a collector for you, one collectible relegated to the junk heap. Oh well, I still have my Chuck Irwin bits! And like the man who made them . . . I’m 100 percent sure they’re the real deal. — by Lee Pitts

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surrounded by his collection of miniature anvils and cowboy collectibles and using simple tools he makes quirts, reatas, reins and rawhide bosals. His huge rough hands sure can make some tiny knots! Chuck is so particular about his work that he prepares the hide himself, just like the old nineteenth century vaquero artists did. My favorite Chuck Irwin story involves a former famous President and a horseshoe I own that supposedly came from one of the President’s horses. If you live east of the Sierras, the name of the tiny town that Chuck


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acres of grass and wheat land. Their main herdsire at that time was HT Bald Plus 9239 (descendent of Colorado Baldwin). In 1973 they purchased Britisher 33 from the Wyoming Hereford Ranch, to use as an outcross on their Baldwin cows, and called those offspring the “Cadets”. In 1985 a new partnership, Sidwell Herefords, was formed between Harold, Marlene and Bryan Sidwell. Bryan is still in partnership with his parents. Their partnership operation consists of 100 registered and 200 commercial cows. During summer the commercial cows run on a ranch near Yoder, Wyoming and the registered cows stay at ranch headquarters near Carr, Colorado, managed under a rotation grazing system. “Both of these ranches are in short grass country,” says Marlene. “The ranch in Wyoming has about 19 inches of rainfall per year. The average in Colorado is about 13 inches per year.” The family also owns a hay farm at Torrington, Wyoming, which produces hay for the 300 cows. “We take the commercial cows back to our Colorado ranch for calving; they start calving in February and our calving season is 70 days,” says Marlene. “We select bulls for our commercial cows that are as good as the

bulls for the registered herd. We strive to produce the kind of cattle that endure all types of environment,” she explains. Sidwells purchased some Line 1 cows and heifers and now their breeding program is predominantly Line 1/Mark Donald. Over the years, their breeding program has influenced and enhanced many other breeding operations and improved the Hereford genetics of many ranches. Their cattle have gone to nearly every state and several other countries. During the 1960’s, they hosted many ranch tours, including the annual Colorado Hereford tours, and busloads of cattlemen from Australia and New Zealand have come to see their cattle. In 1973 the Hungarian government purchased Sidwell bulls to improve their own breeding programs. During the summer of 2008, cattlemen from Ireland came to evaluate the Sidwell cattle. The Colorado Hereford Association honored F.A. Sidwell as breeder of the year at the Annual Stock Show Dinner Dance in 1981. In 1996 the 42nd World Hereford Conference was held at Fort Collins, Colorado, and Sidwells were among the breeders invited to display their heifers. The Colorado State University judging team has

often come to the ranch for practice meets, and during the National Western Stock Shows used Sidwell pens of calves for national judging contests. In 2001 Sidwell Herefords was chosen Weld County Ag Star of the Month, a tribute to excellence in production and agriculture. Marlene Sidwell was named American Hereford Woman of the Year during the AHW annual meeting in 2007. The family hosted their 100th Anniversary celebration on September 6, 2008, at ranch headquarters. This was also a celebration to honor Harold for 50 years of raising registered horned Herefords. More than 200 friends and bull customers attended this event, and Harold was presented with a painting of Colorado Baldwin — the bull that G.A. Sidwell purchased in 1947. “Our mission is to provide functional animals that will perform, and enhance commercial or purebred programs,” says Bryan. “My great-granddad, my granddad and my dad have laid the foundation. Now it is up to me to continue the tradition of raising quality Herefords to meet the needs of commercial and purebred cattlemen.” — by Heather Smith-Thomas

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arrell and Ginny Rathkamp’s registered Angus operation is located at Wyola, Mont., on the Crow Reservation near the Montana-Wyoming border — between Billings, Mont. and Sheridan, Wyo. Darrell grew up in Minnesota. “When I finished High School I went into the Marine Corps. When I got out in 1960, my wife and I started our registered Angus business — with six cows and a bull. My family had lived there several generations, but the population was growing, the twin cities were expanding and crowding out farmland. This was mostly dairy country. So we looked for better cattle country in Montana. In 1977 we bought this place and moved our operation out here,” he says. After being in the Angus business for 50 years, his goal is to produce trouble-free, low maintenance, good disposition cattle. “We continue to work on the maternal side. We strive to produce light-to-moderate

birthweight calves, for trouble-free calving, and trouble-free cows,” says Darrell. These cattle have to take care of themselves, with minimal labor. “We also want genetics with good carcass qualities, to do the job in the feedlot. Disposition is also important. We need easyto-handle cattle. Our customers are all getting older, and I can’t run, so I don’t want to be running from a cow,” he says. “I think our breed has come a long way in this respect. The Angus breed is on top of these things as much as possible, to try to correct any problems before they get out of hand, and keep moving the genetics of these cattle in the proper direction,” he says. “I lost my first wife from cancer in 2001. Then Ginny and I got married. Her daughter and husband work here and we have another hired man,” says Darrell. Their bull sale is held every second Wednesday in April, on the ranch. This year

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was their 36th sale. Some years they’ve had two sales. Last year their sale featured 100 yearlings, 20 fall bulls and 18 coming 2year-old bulls. The Rathkamps offer free bull delivery up to 250 miles, and unconditionally guarantee the bulls to breed. This year they sold some long-yearlings from their fall calving cows. “We really like fall calving; I think it’s a lazy man’s way to calve. Our climate here is pretty good; we don’t normally have any long spells of cold weather. We can get by feeding cows some straw and poorer quality hay and they do fine; they’re fatter than hogs in the fall when they calve. The only time I’ve ever had a 100 percent calf crop is with the fall calving. You don’t have to get up at night and check them, and you don’t have any frozen calves. We’ve never had any scours in these calves,” he explains. Those cows calve during September and October. “We wean in April. They almost always wean off 700-pound calves. When grass starts greening up, those calves really bloom,” says Darrell. They had about 100 fall calving cows last year. “Our buyers like bulls that are just a little older, and we don’t have to put much in them. We really like the fall calving because it spreads our work out. We’re branding and AI-ing twice a year instead of all at once. We AI all our fall calvers, and all the heifers and a few cows in the spring bunch. In the spring there’s so much other work we have to do, and delivering bulls, so it’s nice to do some of this in the fall instead.” Winters are fairly open. “We just feed the cows 2 to 3 pounds of cake on winter pasture and they do fine. Some years you can’t get by doing that, but there’s usually enough grass, and lots of protection from bad weather,” says Darrell. In their area they get Chinook winds in the fall that help keep pastures open rather than snow covered. The older cows are taken 14 miles east of the ranch for winter grazing, and trailed home just before calving in March. The cattle are their primary income, but as a sideline they do some guest ranching. “We started this in 1999 and have log cabins for people to stay, in a bed and breakfast situation. The Amish built our cabins and they are very nice,” he says. Guests can stay in cabins or teepees, and there’s camping space available. The ranch also serves as a horse motel/horse boarding facility, and provides corrals and accommodations for people traveling with horses or livestock if they want to rest and have a place to unload and feed their animals. Pass Creek Ranch provides horseback Livestock Market Digest


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steak and they enjoy it and ask where we get it. We tell them it’s our own beef. People seem to think that if a package of meat is labeled USDA, it’s US beef. This gives us an opportunity to educate them. Some of them go home with a different outlook,” he says. “It’s fun to meet different people. Most of these folks speak excellent English. It’s been very interesting to learn more about their culture and to teach them a little bit about ours,” says Darrell. — by Heather Smith-Thomas

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Dudley Butler Washington, D.C.


hen J. Dudley Butler was appointed by President Obama to be Administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) at the USDA it was the Big Three packers and large feeding corporations worst nightmare come true. There’s a new Sheriff in town and he is shaking up things at GIPSA, an agency of the federal government formerly known for not doing anything. In 2000, the Government Accounting Office investigated GIPSA and gave it failing marks and in 2006, both USDA’s Inspector General and the GAO’s, issued reports that were so critical they prompted hearings before the Senate Ag Committee. At these meetings the Congressman acted incensed at GIPSA’s activities. Or lack of them. To show you what a do-nothing the agency had become . . . try naming the Administrator of GIPSA in the Bush Administration? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know. Who did? Her name was JoAnn Waterfield, and the 2006 report revealed that when she left office she was hiding 50 violations in her desk drawer that she should have taken action on. She told those working under her to report even simple memos as correspondence relating to enforcement to create the perception that GIPSA was doing something. She basically told her employees to “do nothing, but shuffle papers and look busy.” One wonders if the Packers and Stockyards Act was hiding in that same drawer because she gave every indication that she’d never read it. In other words, she was the perfect packer lackey. While she was doing nothing the Big Three concentrated the industry more and increased captive supplies. The hog industry basically went corporate on her watch. Waterfield’s lack of activity was a big deal for ranchers because GIPSA is the agency that oversees the marketing of livestock in this country. GIPSA is also supposed to promote fair and competitive trading practices. One wonders why Waterfield was even on the government payroll as any auction market owner in the country did more to promote fair trade than Waterfield did. Enter J. Dudley Butler, a lawyer/rancher from Yazoo County, Miss., who grew up in


a small rural town and still owns a farm there. For over 20 years he raised cattle, timber and row crops. He knows the ag industry from the sweaty end of a shovel and can tell you what’s wrong with the marketing of fat cattle in this country because he’s been at the packer’s mercy while his cattle got more ripe by the day. Even better for ranchers, for 30 years his law practice dealt primarily with poultry producers who were getting shafted, to use a more polite term, by the big processors. Prior to becoming a bureaucrat Butler testified before Congress on several occasions, mainly about the packer’s immense power in the marketplace. Now you know why the packers are worried about J. Dudley Butler and the possibility that the agency he heads, GIPSA, might actually do their job. The packers and their lackeys are responding in the only way they know how . . . by sponsoring a disinformation campaign. They say that Butler is anticorporate. Butler says, “I am not anti-corporate at all. I am anti-unfairness, if that's corporate or non-corporate.” Depending on who you ask, Butler is either the devil or the rancher’s savior. The sides could not be more clear. Against Butler are the NCBA and the AMI, the packer’s lobbying group. Also, journalists like Steve Kay of Cattle Buyer’s Weekly who says, “It’s disturbing how one individual has the potential to cause so much damage to an industry.” Steve Dittmer, whose Agribusiness Freedom Foundation is a huge fan of factory farming, is also a big critic. Those who are on Butler’s side include the Organization for Competitive Markets and R-CALF. Jess Peterson, executive vice president of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says he worked with Butler on several legislative efforts and says, “He is certainly on the side of the producer.” Rancher Linda Gilbert of Buffalo, South Dakota, says “Dudley Butler is a beacon of hope for the livestock industry as he searches for a balance between cow/calf producers and big corporations. It’s a good sign to hear someone speak of actually following the rules of GIPSA.” For the first time in decades there’s a sliver of hope. Attorney Dave Domina who fought the packers in court and won, only to

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have his landmark case thrown out, says, “This is a narrow moment in history when a difference can be made.” That rural America needs help can’t be denied. According to the GAO, the number of U.S. farms with cattle and calves declined by 352,000 in 20 years between 1987 and 2007. Down from 1.15 million ranchers to 798,290. At that rate we’ll all be gone in 40 years. The GAO reported that small and medium sized operations, that accounted for 50 percent of sales, plunged by over 60 percent during the same period. Even more telling, the U.S. cattle inventory is at a 36year low and every day that goes by, the cattle that are left are in fewer and fewer hands, all while rural America gets collectively older. Butler is on a mission to reverse that trend and save rural America and he says GIPSA is ready to do so, despite past inactivity. “I know there’s been a lot said about some of the people at Packers & Stockyards,” says Butler. “I have not found one person who didn’t want to do their job. They want to work. They didn’t like being constrained and not being able to do what they thought needed to be done. We’ve got the commitment from the Secretary of Agriculture and from the President and you’ve got the commitment from me.” The packers and their lackeys say that before Butler’s web site was taken down, he included neither the NCBA nor the American Farm Bureau as links to his site. And this is supposed to damn him? Many people would consider that simply good judgment. OCM and R-CALF were listed, along with organizations representing the family farm. Butler proudly admits he was involved early on in creating OCM because in Mississippi, where he practiced law, pork producers were in a battle with the giants of the industry over the contracts they were forced to Livestock Market Digest

sign if they wanted to raise hogs. OCM was a natural outgrowth of his work. And Butler at one time was a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In fact, it was while he was on NCBA’s task force on mandatory price reporting that the 1999 law was implemented. Butler simply says, “We know we have an imbalance of power in some of the industries now.” And so to counterbalance that he’s promised to “reinvigorate” the Sherman Antitrust Act. “It’s something I really believe in strongly.” Butler has got his hands full. The imbalance he speaks of is not just in the beef business. Dairymen say major milk buyers are violating antitrust laws and farmers say that Monsanto has a virtual lock on almost all the genetically modified seed. Butler knows the packers and the Congressmen they have in their pocket will fight him every step of the way. That is one reason why the USDA announced it would be holding five listening sessions around the country to listen to disgruntled producers. “The Department of Justice was interested in learning whether the controls of the P & S are relevant to the way businesses are run today and whether the law is being implemented effectively to promote compe-

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tition.” Immediately after the sessions were announced over 15,000 people submitted comments, the vast majority of them critical of the packers. One thing those responding were worried about was that if they testified, there would be retaliation from those they sold their chickens, hogs, and cattle to. So Butler is developing a web site at GIPSA for people to submit comments anonymously and confidentially. “We understand the concept of retaliation,” said the savvy Butler. Butler also needs the comments to defend the new rules the USDA is proposing in order to carry out the requirements of Title XI of the Farm Bill. “That’s what we use to defend the regulations. We have to have justification for them.” The AMI asked for an extension on the comment period for 120 days on those rules to delay their implementation. USDA announced in short order that they are extending the comment period for 90 days until November 22, 2010. The packers and NCBA (they too begged for a longer comment period) hope the delay and their increased lobbying pressure will stop the rules from ever being implemented. Also, by delaying their implementation, the packers and NCBA hope that Congress is radically

overhauled in the Fall elections. (If that doesn’t show you where NCBA’s heart is, nothing will.) Butler in turn asked all producers to use the extra time to speak out. “If you can’t take the time to save your way of life, I’m begging you, take the time to write us, have friends write us a comment, have consumers write a comment. We need to hear how important it is for you to have a family farm to provide food to the school system, to the hospital, the local farmer’s market.” J. Dudley Butler seemingly carries a piece of paper in his pocket everywhere he goes with GIPSA’s mission statement on it: “To protect fair-trade practices, financial integrity for competitive livestock markets, meat and poultry,” “That’s about as balanced a thing as you can get right there,” says Butler, “and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” And that’s why the packers are worried about the man from Yazoo County. (Editor’s note: As this issue was going to press there was speculation that Butler might be asked to step down after the packer lackeys in Congress threw a very public hissy fit over his efforts to revitalize the Packers and Stockyards Act.) — by Lee Pitts





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Van Newkirk Herefords Nebraska


he Van Newkirk family has been raising Hereford cattle near Oshkosh, Nebraska for several generations. “My grandfather worked on larger operations in this part of the country in the 1870’s and 1880’s, then bought a place — and we still have part of that ranch,” says Joe Van Newkirk. His grandfather started with Longhorns and began using Hereford bulls in 1892. “He bought the darkest red Herefords he could find, to work toward solid colored cattle. He kept breeding them Hereford until he had a really good set of commercial cows. My father worked for grandfather awhile, then bought his first registered cows in 1940,”says Joe. This region has good grazing. “We pasture all the cattle on Sandhill grass during summer. We live along the North Platte Valley but our pastures are farther north. We have some wet meadows and farm ground in the valley and irrigate those with center pivots,” he says. The operation grows enough hay and grain for all their feeding. All their pastures up in the Sandhills have windmill wells. “We’re above the Ogallala aquifer, and 90 percent of the time you can find a well for stockwater.” The soil is sandy and doesn’t make very good farm ground, but is excellent grass country. Joe was born and raised on the place, then went to college at Chadron State, in Nebraska. After graduation he came back to

the ranch. “My dad’s health failed a few years after I came back, and he passed away when I was 28 years old. My mother continued to be an active part of the operation until her death.” Other family members involved with the ranch are Joe’s wife Cyndi and their three children. The oldest son Nick (25) graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Kolby (23) is a senior there, and Sara (19) is a sophomore. They were all helped on the ranch as they grew up. “We’re expanding our operation, since two of the kids would like to come back and be a part of it,” says Joe. “We’ve always had Herefords, the long, stretchy, thick, easy-fleshing, good-doing cattle. We have severe temperature swings here — from 105 degrees with 80 percent humidity, down to 40 below zero. We also have constant wind. Our cattle must have good hair and be very thrifty. We haven’t chased fads, so we didn’t get them extremely tall and lean, and we are not going the other way now to shorten them up or make them small,” says Van Newkirk. Moderate framed cattle fit their environment and work very well. “We just concentrate on making them better and more efficient, and working on carcass capabilities.” In their climate, they feed hay from midJanuary until mid-May. “We wean in midOctober, and when the farmers get their corn out, we drive the cows to corn stalks

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and have all we need within about 7 miles. They manage fine on corn stalks until mid to late January when we bring them home and start feeding hay,” he says. Calving starts about February 10. “In this country, seven years out of ten, February is a better month to calve than March. If it’s zero, you know what you’ve got to do and it’s pretty easy, once you get those babies up and nursing and dry. The 20-degree rains in March are a lot harder on them. We calve out about 400 cows,” he says. The annual production sale is the 3rd Monday in January, selling 100 2-year-olds and about 20 coming yearling bulls. “We’ve recently added about 40 registered heifer calves and 60 commercial heifers. These are very popular; we’ve seen a big increase in demand for Hereford genetics in the last five years.” “We have good performance and have had a steady increase in weaning weights and yearling weights. The average 205-day weight on our bull calves is about 650 pounds on the ones we’ll sell, and yearling weights about 1,150. This is with no creep feed. The sandhill grass is not as strong a grass as some of the grass in other areas of the country,” says Van Newkirk. “This is why we breed the cattle we have; they seem to have a little more capacity to handle this type of forage, and are very efficient. They are good doers. The poor ones weed themselves out. We keep a lot of heifers, and by the time they’re a 5-year-old cow, if they’re still here, they’ve made the grade. It’s an ongoing selection process,” he says. Many people have become overly focused on single trait selection. “It used to be performance, then it was birthweight, and now it’s carcass. I don’t think the average cattleman should try for single traits. There are so many other important things like soundness, rustling ability, disposition, etc. Even if a cow raises the type of calf you want for performance, if she has a bad bag or bad disposition, you may not want to keep her. We are interested in the complete package,” he says. Their cows milk very well. “Our foundation maternal sire was a bull named JV General 660, the number one milk bull in the breed, for milk EPDs. His daughters raise good calves every year, and their udders hold up well. I have some of his daughters that are 12 years old. They’ve been very fertile cows that raise good calves.” If they have the milk and still breed back every year, continued on page 60 Livestock Market Digest

Francis Rogers: Wagon Wheel Ranch Colorado


rancis Rogers, at 83 years of age, is one of only a few stockmen who have participated in the National Western Stock show for nearly 60 years. Francis and Mary were married on New Year’s Day in 1949 and attended their first stock show in 1950. At that time, stock shows were the main market for bulls because there were no production sales. Most ranchers didn’t start having individual production sales until the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. As Francis and Mary’s son Kenny recalls, ranchers would go to the stock show and stay there for the duration, to sell their bulls. “They didn’t exhibit them in those early days; they just held the sale. Eventually they started the competitions — showing carloads of bulls from various breeders. Originally a car load was 20 bulls,” says Kenny. Francis and Mary went to the National Western every year and had many friends,

and knew all the people who worked at the stock show. “It was a nice place to meet and greet friends, but the attendance is not as good today because it’s harder to get away for several days. This is partly why we saw the transition from selling private treaty at the stock show to having production sales at the various ranches, and not having to haul the cattle to the stock show,” he says. When the National Western celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in 2007, awards were given to ranchers who’d been coming there for 25 years, and to all the ranchers who had been there 50 years. Francis was one of the few breeders who had been coming for 50 years or more and was the longest continual Angus exhibitor who had personally been there every year. The year before he received his 50-year award, Fran-

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cis also received an award from the Red Meat Club for helping promote the Angus breed for so long. Francis started with Herefords as a young man, but soon became interested in Angus. He got his start with Angus in 1951 when he and Mary purchased 10 bred registered cows and one registered bull. Over the years they expanded their herd and for a time had 500 cows. “With the drought in recent years we had to pare back to about 425,” says Kenny. Francis and Mary have three children. Their youngest son, Kenny, and his wife Jody are involved with the ranch, where Kenny does most of the cattle and farm work and Jody does the registrations and bookkeeping. Grandson Jerrod and his wife also help on the ranch. Jerrod manages the cow herd. Wagon Wheel Ranch grows most of their own feed for wintering the young stock, and also puts up several hundred acres of dryland wheat. Their annual bull sale is always the 2nd Tuesday in March, selling 60 to 65 bulls and 60 replacement heifers. “There is excellent

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Five Dot Ranch California


ne might assume that a family that has been ranching for 150 years would be somewhat reluctant to accept radically new ideas and marketing methods. But in the case of California’s historic Five Dot Ranch, that assumption could not be more incorrect. After all, this is an outfit that sells its beef to the most discriminating crowd of foodies in the country, and uses Facebook effectively to help market and promote the beef they raise. Like many of the great historic ranches spread across this country, you don’t have to use the terms “ranch” or “cattle company” in referring to this reputation outfit. Throughout the Golden State cowboys simply call it the “Five Dot.” More and more satisfied consumers are also on a first name basis with this California ranch that has a long history that is nearly as old as the state itself. The greatest mass migration in history was set off when gold was discovered near

Coloma, Calif. in 1848. It didn’t take long for the Swickards to make their big discovery. It was the same discovery that men with names like Levi, Stanford, Crocker, Huntington, Hopkins and others had also found out: That you can make more money selling stuff to the miners than you can breaking your back with a pick and shovel all day. The Swickards started their family business by producing grain and livestock for the droves of people who came. Unlike many who went back home when the gold played out, the Swickard family stayed put. Theirs was a lasting fortune and it all started when Andrew Swickard sailed from New Orleans around Cape Horn in 1852 with his wife Susannah and their two children and homesteaded in the Santa Clara Valley of northern California. The Swickard’s son Harvey married Isabel McQuene, whose family had also come to California from Indiana. The McQuene’s

chose a different, although popular, route to get to California. Those who were in a hurry to get to the gold fields before the gold ran out, often sailed to Panama and then crossed that country on foot, or by riding a burro, instead of going around the horn. After they were on the west coast of Panama they then had to wait for a ship to land to take them the rest of the way. Depending on the trade winds, sometimes it was the fastest route and sometimes you died of malaria in the jungle. continued on page 60

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Harvey and Isabel Swickard, along with their eight children expanded the ranch and began to supply the booming town of San Francisco with horses for its transportation system. One of their sons, John Harvey Swickard, took over the ranch and married Mary Ellen Cothran. Mary Ellen’s family came to California the third way, by wagon train, in 1859. To show you how brutal this third way was, Mary Ellen’s father left Kansas with 1,000 head of cattle and by the time he got to California his herd was down to 250 head. Their son, John Abraham and his wife Evelyn Boeger eventually took over the ranch and had two sons, Jack and Tom. Jack and Tom Swickard were forces to be reckoned with. At the age of fifteen Jack became one of the youngest purebred breeders in the nation and the youngest commercial breeder in the Santa Clara Valley. “I don’t plan to make a million,” he told the local newspaper, “but to build up a good foundation herd and develop something of a name, and this takes time.” Needless to say, Jack achieved his goal. With cattle ranching as his passion, Jack and his wife Margret moved to Susanville, and in 1959 started the Five Dot Land and Cattle Company with 200 head of registered Herefords. Tom Swickard joined them four years later. Both brothers have since developed successful cattle, haying and land operations. The guiding force these days of the Five Dot is Jack’s son Todd. Over 15 years ago Todd started raising “all natural” cattle with a predominately Angus base. In doing so they became one of the earliest adapters of this

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that’s a good combination. “Our herd is just a bunch of real honest cows. They don’t know they’re registered; they work for a living. They are pretty maintenance-free. We finished the steer mates to our bulls the last few years, and they do very well at the feedlot. Their cost of gain is usually number one at the feedlot. They hang up a very good carcass.” These are the kind of cattle that can help improve any commercial cattleman’s herd or calf crop. — by Heather Smith-Thomas


niche market that has since gone mainstream. Today the Five Dot, headquartered in Standish, California, raises natural beef “through a holistic, environmentally sustainable approach to grazing on open ranges and pastures, combined with low stress handling.” One of the problems with having your own brand of beef is having meat available all through the year instead of when one calf crop is fed out. The Swickard’s have solved this problem by raising cattle in nine different counties in northern California which “allows us to match the cattle to the best forages our state has to offer at the most optimal times of the year.” Five Dot Ranch Premium Natural Beef is sold in fine restaurants and markets throughout California and Nevada. Typical of Todd Swickard’s acceptance of new ideas, Five Dot Ranch opened a storefront at the Oxbow Public Marketplace in Napa, heart of one California’s most famous wine growing regions, on January 5, 2008. The Oxbow District is in downtown Napa and the Oxbow Public Market is a one-of-a-kind place. It is the home of Napa’s famed Farmer’s Market which is open Tuesday and Saturday from May 1 through October 30. It offers the best of locally-grown, farmdirect produce, gourmet food and handmade crafts and features river front patio dining and a unique shopping experience. It is this environment that Todd has taken Five Dot’s beef to try and please one of the most discriminating crowds of “foodies” anywhere. The Oxbow features the finest foods, great local wines, organic produce, and artisan specialty products and thanks to the Five Dot . . . beef. “We are excited to be a part of Oxbow market and for the opportunity to provide the local community with the finest beef products available,” says Todd. “We’ve been raising cattle in the Napa Valley area for many years and we’ve gone to great lengths to maintain the pristine beauty of the environment. Typically this quality of beef is only available to the finest restaurants. Being able to make this product available to the local community was the next logical step for us.” The Five Dot store features their premium natural beef that is 100 percent free of antibiotics and additional hormones. The shoppers seem to appreciate the fact that Five Dot Ranch owns and tracks all of their cattle from birth and that their cattle are given “the freedom to roam on the finest open ranges that California has to offer, including the sweet grass of the Napa Valley.” Steve Carlin, founder and CEO of Oxbow Public Market welcomed Five Dot with open arms to his very popular development. “With

the addition of Five Dot Ranch, we continue to generate a unique owner-operated tenant mix consistent with the most interesting public markets around the world!” The Five Dot is certified by Food Alliance which recognizes outstanding sustainable agricultural practices. Certification is achieved through an onsite inspection by an independent third party who examines and verifies that the Five Dot provides safe and fair working conditions for both humans and animals alike, raises animals without added hormones and antibiotics, raises crops without genetically modified organisms, conserves soil and water resources, preserves and protects wildlife habitat and is committed to continuous improvement of these practices. Food Alliance launched its certification program in 1998 in Portland, Oregon, with a single apple grower selling in three area grocery stores. Today, there are over 270 Food Alliance certified farms and ranches in 17 U.S. states and one Canadian province. These producers manage over 5.1 million acres of range and farm land, raising beef, lamb, pork, dairy products, mushrooms, dried beans and lentils, wheat, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The Five Dot is not only selling to upscale urban customers, they are reaching out to them in a language they speak. The Five Dot uses Facebook and Twitter, two of the biggest names on the Internet to effectively market their beef and to spread the word of its goodness. This has allowed them to grow their business faster with less expense because their customers are their best spokesmen. And they are unpaid spokesmen! Here’s just a couple comments out of many on Facebook that illustrate the good job that Five Dot has done: “I hit up a 2.5 lb batch for both Korean style grilling and a beer/chorizo based stew. The meat was excellent. The guy behind the counter was pretty friendly too, and it’s good to know that they provide you a history and sourcing from where the meat comes from.” Another person wrote, “If I lived in Napa I would totally buy all my meats from this Five Dot Ranch stand. Located inside Oxbow Market, this little kiosk had the most delicious, leanest cuts of meat. And for reasonable prices! I wanted to buy one of each! Too bad I’m only visiting. Wish I was a local.” That may not be necessary. In the near future don’t be surprised to see Five Dot in a store near you. At 150 years old and still growing, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? — by Lee Pitts Livestock Market Digest

Jay Whetten Chihuahua, Mexico & Arizona


ith ranches in Chihuahua, Mexico, and Arizona, cattle rancher Jay Whetten has a unique perspective on the industry. He understands the issues that ranchers on both sides of the border face, and says that staying involved in the industry is the best way to protect your operation. “I am a firm believer that only we, as cattlemen, can improve the industry by getting out and working together to fix the issues,” Jay said. “I also believe that the cattle industry needs to tell the government what we need from them, not wait for them to impose regulations on us.” Jay has served on the board of directors for the Union Ganadera Regional de Chihuahua (UGRCH), Chihuahua’s state cattlemen’s association for all but four years since 1993. He is the UGRCH representative to the Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (CNOG), Mexico’s national cattle association, and has been involved representing that association in relations with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He has been very involved in the NCBA’s Binational Tuberculosis, Brucellosis and Fever Tick Working Group, composed of producers on both sides of the border, the USDA and their Mexican counterparts, laboratories, technicians, and border states. “The working group has been very effective. We have been able to keep commerce open between the United States and Mexico because of the committee,” he said. “As animal health regulations in the United States have become more stringent, Mexico has been able to keep in compliance. That’s not to say that we haven’t had our share of problems, but I believe when you have producers involved from their respective countries, letting their governments know what they need, you will succeed. New committee members are always amazed to find out that the problems and issues that American producers face are the same problems and issues Mexican producers face.” Directors of NCBA and the CNOG meet several times a year, Jay said. “We have a tremendous working relationship with NCBA. Any time they have issues in Mexico, they know who to contact.” Animal health concerns have had a significant impact on the cattle industry in recent years across the board. To regulate 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

and monitor those issues, the state of Chihuahua now has an incredibly well-designed herd identification system operated by the UGRCH that is animal health driven, Jay said. “The program is cheap, easy and simple. It has worked for several years, and we continue to improve it as needed,” he explained. “I think the most important thing is that it is designed, owned and controlled by the cattlemen. While the government does have access to certain information, overall it remains private.” Based in the main UGRCH office in Chihuahua, the system can be accessed from locations across the state. All cattle in the state must be tagged before they can leave the ranch. Ear tags cost the UGRCH ten cents per tag and are sold to producers for 30 cents each, with profits used to administer the system. Identification is tied to a brand, rather than a premises, as proposed in the United States. Jay said he became more involved in the state association partially at the request of a friend, but mainly because he realized how important it was. “The only way we can fix problems when they come along is by being aware, then getting in there and working on the issues. By being involved and knowing what’s going on, we can hope to improve things,” he said. “Producers need to be involved in their local, state and national organizations. Politicians and government officials are more likely to listen to groups and associations, versus someone going in as an individual to try to get things done.” American cattle producers have some advantages, and Mexican producers have others, but the cost of production is very similar between the two, Jay said. As in the United States, ranchers in Mexico are very independent minded and have their own way of doing things. In Mexico, however, local and state cattle organizations are more active in Mexico. “In Mexico, people look to state organizations for leadership and help on numerous issues, including supplemental feed and veterinary and other services instead of just politics and policies.” Jay grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, where his father was a rancher and part-time apple producer. After attending Eastern Arizona Junior College for a year and spending one year at the University of Arizona, he moved back to Mexico to help

with the family business. Jay’s father, also named Jay, is now 87 years old and remains involved in the operation, although he is not able to get out to the ranch as often as he would like. “He stays up to date by keeping in touch with the people who work for us on the ranch. They are good people, we have had the same families working for us for years,” he said. Jay has one brother, Mark, who owns and operates Cuervo Creek Ranch, a grow yard on that ranch, and has an important interest in Tucumcari Feeders in Tucumcari, N.M. Bonita Cattle, LLC, the Whettens’ cattle business, is made up of primarily cow-calf operations. They run Corriente cattle on the rough country of their mountain ranch, and produce roping steers. For many years, they also owned a ranch in Chihuahua where they raised F1 tiger stripe cattle, but recently sold that operation along with the cattle herd and purchased a ranch near Thatcher, Ariz. “We plan to continue ranching both in Mexico and in Arizona,” Jay said. They still own apple and peach orchards, and have leased them to area producers. In 1992, the family started a horseshoe factory, producing Lucky 7 Horseshoes in Colonia Juarez. The venture was very successful, and in 2001, Jay was contacted by representatives from Mustad International Hoof Care, a multi-national horseshoe manufacturer that was interested in buying the business. He eventually decided to sell the business, and while that company kept the Colonia Juarez factory open for a couple of years, they then moved operations to Colombia and later Brazil. Lucky 7 Horseshoes still has a big share of the horseshoe market in Mexico, and supplies the country from a distribution center in Guadalajara. Jay and his wife Jennifer, a Thatcher native, have been married for 35 years and have five children. Two sons, Denver and Blaine, work in the construction business in Phoenix. Their middle son, Derryl, lives in Thatcher and is involved in the cattle business. Daughter Jaelynne Palmer lives in Denver, Colo., where her husband is attending dental school, and Jenna is studying in the veterinary technician program at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson



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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, Dave & Dawn Bowman, 55784 Holly Rd., Olathe, CO 81425, 970/323/6833, "Pot of Gold" Gelbvieh, Angus, & Balancer Bull Sale. Females private treaty. 27 years of AI breeding. Emphasis on moderate size, calving. Camp Wood Cattle Company, 7765 Williamson Valley Rd., Prescott, AZ 86305. Swayze McCraine 928/771-0673 or 928/925-4668. KJ Kasun, 928/713-1169. Commercial cattle and registered Quarter Horses. Cascabel Cattle Company, 5970 E. San Leandro, Tucson, AZ 85715, Reese Woodling 520/721-9295. Email: Cattleman's Weekend, New Dates: March 18-19, 2011, Prescott Livestock Auction, Richard and Janet Smyer, P.O. Box 5880, Chino Valley, AZ 86323. 928/445-9571. Eagle View Ranch, Ken and Betty Likely, 57237 Hwy. 330, Collbran, CO 81624, 970/487-3726. Reg. Black Angus – seedstock, heifers and bulls. Hubbell Ranch, Angus Plus cattle, P.O. Box 99, Quemado, NM 87829, Rick & Maggie Hubbell, 575/7734770. Quality Angus Plus bulls and heifers available. Hunt Ranch, Linda Buller, 43160 CR 17/21, Elizabeth, CO 80107, 303/646-6486, Comm. yearling cattle. Pitchford Cattle Services, Darrell & Shana Pitchford,8565 County Road 3913, Athens, Texas 75751 903/677-0664. See our ad in this issue! Red Bluff All-Breeds Bull & Gelding Sale, 670 Antelope Blvd., Ste. 3, Red Bluff, CA 96080, 530/527-2045. January 25-29, 2011. 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 2011. Choose from the best breeds: Red and Black Angus, Gelbvieh and Composite HybREDD. Visit our website:

Tehama Angus Ranch,, Bill Borror 530/ 384-2788; Kevin Borror 530/385-1570; Eric Borror 530/385-2750; borror@; 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. Private treaty. Weaver Ranch, Adrian and Susan Weaver, 970/568-3898, 3000 W. County Rd. 70, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Annual sale, Feb. 21, 2011 – 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.

ANGUS ABC Angus, 8283 Tiller Trail Hwy., Canyonville, OR 97417. Brian and Cheryl Arp, 541/825-3550, Performance-bred Angus cattle. “Building on the basics.” Apple D Ranches, Registered Black Angus, Max Doerr, Box 641, Creighton, NE 68729-0641, 402/373-4447. Angus bulls and females. Email: Watch the calendar for our sale at Norfolk, NE. Aztec Angus, 2467 Arrowhead Trail, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Terry and Kathy Van Hilsen and sons, 480/963-6324. Cattle available year-round. Baine Angus, Bill Baine, P.O. Box 669, Sedalia, CO 80135, 303/475-5060. Reg. and comm. cattle. 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,, 13490 Algoma Rd., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Robert and Kathleen Buchanan, 541/883-8471. Breeding stock available year-round. Call for more information. Burkholder and Unruh, 17077 Rd. 6 SE, Warden, WA 98857. Glen Burkholder 509/349-8849, John Unruh 509/349-2945; alfalfajohn@scml.cis. Quality Angus cross show steers, private treaty. Livestock Market Digest

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, Farmers Livestock Market, Oakdale, CA. DWD Farms, Inc., Don Wright, 2645 WCR 23, Ft. Lupton, CO 80621, 303/659-8276. Commercial Simmental cross, Red Angus X Simmental; alfalfa hay, corn. Esch Cattle Company, Don Esch, 3126 County Rd. 9, Ordway, CO 81063, 303/709-1595, Committed to breeding quality Chi-Angus hybrid cattle that fit the needs of commercial cattlemen from high elevations to the plains. Felton Angus Ranch, 420 Brandenberg Rd., Miles City, MT 59301. Richard 406/220-1176, Jamie 406/932-6726. Production Sale second Monday in February 2011 at our Springdale Ranch – call for more information: Jim Felton 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,, Mike 209/531-4893, Joey 209/765-1142. “COMPLETE CATTLE to fit your genetic needs.” Also consignors to Bull’s Eye Angus Breeders Sale, Weds., Sept. 15, 2010, Oakdale Producers Livestock Market, Oakdale, CA. Hales Angus Farm, 27951 S. US Hwy. 87, Canyon, TX 79015. Richmond Hales 806/488-2471, cell 806/6791919; Rick Hales 806/655-3815, cell 806/679-9303,, 16th Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, Sat., March 20, 2011, Canyon, TX. Harper Cattle, LLC., Mark Mitchell, 817/466-7417 (corporate); 817/565-5426 (cell);; Harston Angus Ranch, 6372 Peterson Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472. Ron Harston, 707/795-5007 ranch, 707/876-3363 home; 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:, HC 32, Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, 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. Irish Blacks, Maurice Boney 970/587-2252, Guy Gould 970/483-5184, “Beef’s Best Kept Secret.” 2010 Fall Marketing Edition

K Bar 6 Ranch, 604 Patricia Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. A.V. Keese and family, 805/543-0955, 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. Reynolds Brothers Angus, 4574 Bennett Rd., Kuna, ID 83634; Brian & Joan Reynolds, 208/465-4516, 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@, 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. 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. 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. 21, 2011.


Semen Available Forage Genetics Standard with Each Bull (No Feed Bunks)

Ranch Raised Virgin Bulls Watt, Jr. 325/668-1373 Watt: 325/762-2605

MILLER ~Angus~


BALANCERS Peets Gelbvieh Ranch, Balancers – red and black, polled and horned. Galt and Shasta. Jeanette and Merlin Peets, 530/865-2513, 25265 Post Ave., Orland, CA 95963.

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Dink & Mitzi Miller 575/478-2398 (H) 575/760-9048 (C) 174 N.M. 236 Floyd, NM 88118 USA



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. Monk Ranch, Dennis Layton, P.O. Box 3070, Thatcher, AZ 85552, 928/428-2596. Reg. and comm. Barzona.









BISON Ft. Robinson Annual Bison & Reg. Longhorn Sale, 12th annual sale: Sunday, November 21, 2010. Location: Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford, NE. Sale Time: Bison – 10:00 a.m. Longhorns – 12:00 p.m. MDT. Bison – up to 150-200 head; Longhorns – offering about 200 head. Phone: Fort Robinson 308/6652900; Art Anders, Sales Manager 308/665-2457; Crawford Livestock 308/6652220. National Bison Association, 8690 Wolff Court, Ste. 200, Westminster, CO 80031, fax 303/845-9081, office 303/2922833,,

BRANGUS BEEFMASTER Beefmaster Breeders United, 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Ste. 290 W, San Antonio, TX 78213-4284, 210/732-3132, Tommy Perkins,, email: 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@, 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, Cattle for the commercial cattleman; range ready; purebred Beefmaster. ISA Cattle Co., Inc., Laurie Lasater, Box 60327, San Angelo, TX 76906, 325/949-3763, 49th Bull Sale — first Saturday in October 2010 — 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,, email: Sale Sept. 11, 2010. Schwoerer Beefmasters, P.O. Box 593, Oakdale, CA 95361. Marion and Karla Schwoerer, 209/847-4722. Range ready bulls available. BBU.


Dees Brothers Brangus, P.O. Box 10090, Yuma, AZ 85366. Alex Dees, 760/572-5261 or 928/920-3800 sale phone, Breeding quality Brangus for the commercial cattleman. Selling a few select bulls and heifers at the ranch private treaty. Lack-Morrison Joe Paul & Rosie Lack, P.O. Box 274, Hatch New Mexico 87937, 575/267-1016, fax 575/267-1234. Brangus – commercial & private treaty. Lack-Morrison, Bill Morrison, 411 CR 10, Clovis, New Mexico 88101, 575/482-3254, cell 575/760-7263. Brangus – commercial and private treaty. Parker Brangus, Larry A. Parker, P.O. Box 146, 1700 N. Parker Rd., San Simon, AZ 85632, 520/845-2411. Reg./comm. cattle. 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 64153, Breed registry. Broken Box Ranch, P.O. Box 759, Williams, CA 95987. Jerry & Sherry Maltby. 530/473-3006 or 530/681-5046, 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. 27th Annual Sale, 1st Saturday in April 2011. “Creating Greater Rancher Returns.”

Eaton Charolais, Lindsay, Montana 59339, office 406/5847520, Lee 406/584-7546, Elner 406/485-3572,, 500 bulls for sale at private treaty. Predictable, Profitable, Performance. 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! 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, 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, “Pot of Gold.” Gelbvieh, Angus Balancers® Bull Sale. Females Private Treaty. 27 years of AI breeding. emphasis on: moderate size – calving-ease – carcass. "Pot of Gold" Bull Sale 20th annual bull sale, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, Olathe, CO. 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 Covington, 970/249-1453 or Dave Bowman 970/323-6833. .

HEREFORDS Chandler Herefords, Inc., 17528 Chandler Lane, Baker City, OR 97814. George 541/523-2166; Duane 541/523-4265, Charles, 541/523-3570. Purebred, horned bulls; replacement heifers. Private treaty. Email: Livestock Market Digest






Craig Herefords, P.O. Box 152, Phippsburg, CO 80469. Dan, Karen, Brandon & Chrissy Craig, 970/7362272, Email: High-altitude, performance-tested Hereford bulls available. Also bulls & females at private treaty.Testing at Midland Bull Test. D&S Polled Hereford, P.O. Box 306,Abiquiu, NM, 505/685-0717, 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. Doug Hall Registered Herefords, Doug Hall, 1145 18 Rd. Fruita, CO 81521, 970/858-3203, Reg. polled Herefords. Harper Cattle, LLC., Mark Mitchell, 817/466-7417 (corporate), 817/565-5426 (cell),; Hooper Cattle Company, Steve Hooper, 575/773-4535, fax 575/7734583, email:, HC 32, Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, Angus and Hereford cattle bred for optimum genetic performance. Hooper Hereford Ranch, P.O. Box 268, Springerville, AZ 85938, Lance Knight 928/333-4377, 928/333-7241. 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. Largent & Sons / Desert Mart, Sale! November 18, 2010. P.O. Box 66, Kaycee, WY 82639, Mark & Cathy 307/738-2443, David & Heather 307/2674491. Visit us at Madsen Herefords, 4351 Mines Rd., Livermore, CA 94550. Louis and Joan Madsen, 925/447-0794. Range bulls and breeding stock available. McClun Lazy JM Ranch, 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. 2010 Fall Marketing Edition





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 and Roma Orvis, 209/ 899-2460, orvisranch@,, fax 209/ 899-2461; Don Harper, partner & general manager, 775/790-0234; Tim Baker, cow herd 209/324-1658. Bulls for sale at the ranch, Hereford bulls and leading sales. Pedretti Ranch, 1975 E. Roosevelt Rd., El Nido, CA 95317. Gino Pedretti, 209/722-2073, GBL1domino@ 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;, 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.


Beefmasters Quality Beefmasters Affordably Priced

GAYLE EVANS 435/ 878-2355 MARK EVANS 435/ 878-2655 P.O. Box 177 Enterprise, UT 84725

Legends of the Breed Legacy Award BEEFMASTERS SINCE 1953

Strang Herefords & Black Angus,, Bart and Mary Strang, 970/878-5362 or 800/351-5362, cell, 970/270-4445, 2969 RBC 8, Meeker, CO 81641, Raising strong quality cattle for the reg. and comm. cattlemen in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado. Visitors welcome to stop by anytime. 31st Annual sale October 26, 2010. Summerour Ranch, 4438 FM 3212, Dalhart, TX 79022. Johnny Summerour, 806/384-2110. Breeding stock available year-round through mid-November. 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.” KEMI Limousin, Michelle & Willie Pankonian. Ranch located in North Zulch, TX, 25 minutes from Hwy. 6 or 145. Email:;; 979/229-6630. 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.

R.L. Robbs 520/384-3654 4995 Arzberger Rd. Willcox, AZ 85643 65

L 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, 12th annual sale: Sunday, November 21, 2010. Location: Crawford Livestock Market, Crawford, NE. Sale Time: Bison – 10:00 a.m. Longhorns – 12:00 p.m. MDT. Bison – up to 150-200 head; Longhorns – offering about 200 head. 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,, Also publishers of Texas Longhorn Trails monthly magazine.

PINZGAUER American Pinzgauer Association, Ken Paul, APA Breed Field Representative, 2586 County Rd. 232, Rockdale, TX 76567, 281/543-2411; email: Check us out on the web at:

Feedlots Bamford Feedyard, Kent Bamford, 18829 CR 95, Haxtun, CO 80731, 970/774-6163, Family-owned cattle feedyard — all services offered — growing to finishing. 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,, 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.











Five Star Pinzgauer Breeders, 41008 S. 2100 PR SE, Kennewick, WA 99337. Larry and Sharon Johnston, 509/582-0638, 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:, ofc. 307/674-6095; eves. 307/674-8162; fax 307/672-7281. Annual Production Sale April every year. 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.

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; Jonny Edmondson, 325/3387692. 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. 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.

Loonan Stock Farm, 1724 Holly Ave., Corning, IA 50841, Dick & Judy Loonan, 641/322-3921, LSFRRA@ 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.

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.

SALERS American Salers Association, 19590 E. Main St. #202, Parker, CO 80138, 303/770-9292, e-mail:, 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:, www. We raise Salers – Private treaty. Grass genetics.

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. Venice Feed & Cattle Co., 546 Venice Main Street, 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. Livestock Market Digest






Jacobsen Ranch Salers, Wade Jacobsen & Family, 406/264-5889, cell 406/799-5889, Fax 406/264-5883,, 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





Pine Ridge Ranch, 9876 Plano Rd., Dallas, TX 75238. Bill & Jane Travis, ofc. 214/369-0990, eves. 214/348-1618,, fax 214/369-9132, High quality Simbrah breeding stock available private treaty year round.

DOGS SANTA GERTRUDIS King Ranch, P.O. Box 1090, Kingsville, TX 78364,; Scott Moore 361/221-0340. Breeding stock available private treaty.

Rocky Mountain Santa Gertrudis Association, 703 S. Christopher, Belen, NM 87002. 505/864-7781,, Roland Sanchez. Call or write for breeder information.

Tri-State Ranches, We raise AKC/ASCA Australian shepherd puppies. 575/536-9500,

HORSES Cal Poly Ranch Horse Sale, Animal Sciences Dept., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, Pete Agalos, 805/748-2893. Call for information.


Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, P.O. Box 1257, Kingsville, TX 78364, 361/592-9357, Breed association for Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Siler Santa Gertrudis, David and Avanell Siler, P.O. Box 3, Doole, Texas 76836, 325/483-5449.

Wendt Ranch, 5473 FM 457, Bay City, TX 77414. Dan Wendt, 979/245-5100; 979/244-6774 mobile, 979/244-4386 fax, dwendt@ Quality Santa Gertrudis since 1954. Performance tested. Breeding-age bulls available. Also select females year-round.

SHORTHORN American Shorthorn Association, 8288 Hascall St., Omaha, NE 68124-3234., 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.

SIMMENTAL/SIMANGUS/SIMBRAH Gateway Simmental, Darlene Butcher and Sons, 2109 Joyland Rd., Lewistown, MT 59457. Jim: 406/538-9695. Gateway Spring Sale, Feb. 7, 2011.

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American Hampshire Sheep Association, 15603 173rd Ave., Milo, IA 50166, 641/942-6402,; 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. American Polypay Sheep 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.” American Sheep Industry Association, Inc., Judy Malone, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112, 303/771-3500, Sheep Description: National Trade Association for the Sheep Industry. Continental Dorset Club,, “The mother breed.” Out-of-season lambing. Debra Hopkins, 401/647-4676, P.O. Box 506, N. Scituate, RI 02857, 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, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., Jim Cooper, President, P.O. Box 7520, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Office located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Phone: 505/2470584, Fax: 505/842-1766,, Call, write or email for membership information.

Cowley FARM & FEEDLOT COMPANY • 5,000-Head Capacity • Backgrounding and Finishing • Feeding silage, alfalfa hay, corn and barley • Hedging on Request

Three generations serving you IVAN, BRAD AND JEREMY COWLEY 546 Venice Main Street Venice, Utah 84701


Figure 4 Cattle Co.

Private Treaty Grass Genetics Bull Special • Roughage Developed Bull and Female • Salers, Angus Composites and Aubrac Hybreds • Proven from birth to rail for performance and quality for 30 years FIGURE 4 CATTLE CO. 14131 Harts Basin Rd. Eckert, CO 81418 970/835-3944 • 970/216-8748 cell email:




CUSTOM HOUSE BROKERS ABACO Customhouse Brokers, Inc., Pete Aranjo, 3922 Delta, El Paso, TX 79995, ofc. 915/542-1742.

A.I./EMBRYO/SEMEN Hoffman A.I. Breeders,, 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.

BULL TESTING Southeast Colorado Bull Test Association, Bruce L. Fickenscher, P.O. Box 97, Eads, CO 81036, Phone: 719/438-5321 FAX: 719/438-5314. 37th Annual “Weigh Better Bull” Performance Test, April 2011.

Marketing 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,; P.O. Box 1117, Willcox, AZ 85643, 520/384-2206, Sonny Shores, Jr., Scott McDaniel & Ken Martella, 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, Regular sales Monday 1:00 p.m. — all classes of cattle, including dairy cattle; Thursday 12 noon — butcher cattle. Special feeder sales in season as advertised. Escalon Livestock Market, 25525 E. Lone Tree Rd., Escalon, CA 95320,, office 209/838-7011. See our ad and daily schedule in this issue.


FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Farm Credit of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Clovis, Roswell and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Whatever your farm and ranch loan needs – Come to the experts! 1-800/451-5997,

INSPECTIONS DD Inspections, LLC 720/519-5302 or 720/273-9329, email:, and our website is: We are in Aurora, CO. and we do commercial, residential, maintenance inspections and consultations.We are ICC certified and are Certified Master Inspectors.

Euclid Stockyards, 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 Ave. Fresno, CA 93706, 559/237-5259,, Phil Tews owner/auctioneer, Cindy Stuhaan and Wendy Kenison, owners/office managers. •Thursday 12 noon slaughter cows & bulls (dairy & beef) •1st Thurs each month fresh heifer/springers/open heifers •Saturdays 9 a.m. hogs, goats, sheep, horses, beef cattle (all classes). 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. 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. 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.

LIVESTOCK HAULERS Stuhaan Cattle, Dane Stuhaan, (CA) 559/688-7695 or cell (NE): 559/731-7695. Livestock hauling in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Nebraska.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Western Legacy Alliance, Jennifer Ellis, President, Jeff Faulkner, Executive Director, P.O. Box 162, Moreland, ID 83256, 208/206-7309,, Striving to preserve the working landscapes and lifestyles of the American West by supporting and promoting sustainable landuse solutions to ensure social and economic benefits for local communities and the nation. For membership information see website, call or write.

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.

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.

KANSAS Winfield Livestock Auction, Inc., John Brazle, 7168 U.S. 160, Winfield, KS 67156,, ofc. 620/221-4364, eves. 620/221-6647. Sales Wednesday 11 a.m., all classes of cattle. Special feeder and stocker sales in season.

NEBRASKA Atkinson Livestock Market, 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.

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.,

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R-Calf USA, Box 30715, Billings, MT 57107, 406/252-2516,, Bill Bullard, CEO,Shae Dodson, Communications Coord.

PACKING HOUSES San Angelo Packing Co, Inc. 1809 North Bell St., San Angelo, TX 76903, P.O. Box 1469, San Angelo, TX 76902, 800/588-6328, 800/LUV-MEAT. A direct market for the producer. A buyer of quality slaughter cows and bulls.

Livestock Market Digest Lee Pitts, Executive Editor, P.O. Box 7458, Albuquerque, NM 87194,, THE source for analysis of current livestock industry issues. Visit website, call or write for subscriptions & advertising New Mexico Stockman Magazine Caren Cowan, Publisher, P.O.Box 7127, Albuquerque, NM 87194, 505/243-9515, Serving the Southwest for over 75 years. Visit website, call or write for subscriptions & advertising.


Norfolk Livestock Market,

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.

NEW MEXICO Naschitti Livestock Auction,

s u g n A 541/825-3550 8283 Tiller Trail Hwy. Canyonville, OR 97417

WASHINGTON Toppenish Livestock Commission,

57th Annual Cattle Sale, Naschitti, N.M., 480/892-4726, 602/615-3993.

Roswell Livestock Auction,, 900 N. Garden, 575/622-5580, P.O. Box 2041, Roswell, NM 88201. Cattle sales Mondays. Horse sales in April, June, September and December., 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.

WYOMING OREGON Klamath Livestock Auction, Inc., 1601 Laverne, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Pat Goodell, 541/884-9667, Kenny Fay, 541/892-2067. Regular sales Tues., 1 p.m. – all classes of livestock. Call for information on Special Video Sales – special sales in season as advertised.

TENNESSEE Knoxville Livestock Auction Center, Inc., 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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Agrilands Real Estate,, Jack Horton 541/473-3100, A great selection of ranches in several western states. Give us a try – thank you!

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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.



Torrington Livestock Market, LLC,, 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, 1-888/322-8853.

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:

HIGH-DURABILITY TUB GRINDERS “Often Imitated” INNOVATION BEGINS WITH JONES MANUFACTURING We Were the First Hydraulic Tub ... Since 1929 1486 12th Road • P.O. Box 38 Beemer, NE 68716-0038

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S Ken Ahler Real Estate Co., Inc.,, 1435 S. St. Francis, Ste. 210, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Ken Ahler Broker 505/989-7573 ofc., 505/490-0220 eves.,, Serving your farm & ranch real estate needs since 1981. Arizona Ranch Real Estate,, 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, Visit me at Farm & ranch sales; general certified appraiser.








Dan Delaney Real Estate,, 318 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005, ofc. 575/647-5041, cell 575/644-0776, email: 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, If you are interested in selling native grassland – we have buyers! Call for your land sales or purchases. Fallon-Cortese Land, 1606 E. Sumner Ave., Box 409, Ft. Sumner, NM 88119,, 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.

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,, Specializing in farms and ranches in Nevada.

Kern Land, Inc., Dave Kern, Qualifying Broker; Billy Howard, Associate Broker, P.O. Box 805, Clovis, NM 88102-0805,, 575/762-3707. Ag real estate services for 24 years in New Mexico.

Buena Vista Realty, A.H. Jack Merrick, 521 W. 2nd, Portales, NM 88130,, 575/226-0671. Provide quality real estate service to buyers & sellers. Dairy, farm, ranch, commercial, or residential. We are committed to good honest service.

Kiowa Land & Sales, P.O. Box 5, Raton, NM 87740, 575/445-4077, Punch Hennigan, qualified broker,, email: sales@ Serving your New Mexico needs in farm and ranch sales, and land management. Residential & commercial.

Hoover Case Auction Services,, Box 281, Marshfield, MO 65706, 471/859-3204, 417/844-6020 cell, Email: 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, Affordable ranches in Southeast New Mexico. Coldwell Banker Legacy / Betty Houston, 515 Center St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575/835-1422,, Can be viewed on Chip Cole, Ranch Broker, 14 E. Beauregard, Ste. 201, San Angelo, TX 76903, 325/655-3555. Comm. cattle. Racnh real estate. David Dean – Campo Bonito, LLC, Ranch Sales, Leasing and Management – New Mexico/west Texas ranches., P.O. Box 1056, Davis, TX 79734, David P. Dean: ranch 432/426-3779, mobile 432/634-0441.


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: Call for a free catalog. 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. New Mexico Property Group, 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401. O: 575/461-4426, C: 575/403-7138; Fax: 575/461-8422; Richard Randals, Qualifiying Broker; Tom Sidwell, Associate Broker.

O’Neill Agricultural, LLC, Timothy John O’Neill, P.O. Box 145, Cimarron, NM 87714, 575/376-2341, Real estate services & ranch mapping services. Oregon Opportunities,, 548 Business Park Dr., Suite 101, Medford, OR 97504, 541/772-0000, 800/772-7284, fax 541/772-7001, email: Southern Oregon farms, ranches and commercial properties. Premiere Intermountain Properties, Montana and Wyoming farm and ranch brokers. P.O. Box 30755, Billings, MT 59107, ofc.: 406/259-2544, 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. Joe Priest Real Estate, 1205 N. Hwy. 175, Seagoville, TX 75159, 972/287-4548, 214/676-6973, 800/671-4548., Ranch Land Co. 325/658-8978 office, 325/340-6332 cell, Rivalé Ranch Realty, Raymond Rivalé, broker, P.O. Box 217, Des Moines, NM 88418, 575/207-7484, email: 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. Scott Land Company,, 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 806/341-8988, 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: Southern Plains Land Co., Kalin Flournoy, office 580/639-2031, 940/723-5500. Texas & Oklahoma farms & ranches. Check out our website: 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. Livestock Market Digest









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Waldo Real Estate,, 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., Ranches and destination rural properties.

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STATE ASSOCIATIONS California Cattlemen’s Association,, 916/444-0845, 1221 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Matt Byrne, exec. vice pres., Call or write for information. Also publishers of the California Cattleman monthly except July/August is combined.

New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, Bert Ancell, President, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194, office located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Phone: 505/247-0584, Fax: 505/842-1766,, Representing the beef industry & private property rights in New Mexico and 14 other states. Visit the website, call, write or email for membership information.

New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Bebo (Don L.) Lee, President, P.O. Box 149, Alamogordo, NM 88310, 575/963-2505,, Representing federal & state trust land users in New Mexico & across the West. 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,, 919/552-9111, 2228 N. Main St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526, email:

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Suppliers & Manufacturers 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., email:

BOOKS Cow Country Cooking, Recipes and Tales from Northern Arizona’s Historic Ranches, by Kathy McCraine. $30. Send check or money order to 7765 Williamson Valley Rd., Prescott, AZ 86305, 928/771-0673.

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: 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., 308/282-0532 or 1-800/435-0532. Jerry Scott, livestock handling equipment, side roll irrigation systems.












FARM & RANCH EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Conlin Supply Co., Inc., 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.

Fury Farms, Inc., 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,, 36 E. Frontage Rd. North, Jerome, ID 83338, phone 1-800/764-7473, fax 208/324-2168, e-mail: Products: ag-related pipe for fencing, irrigation, culvert, panels, gates, cattle guards, etc. Oteco Wheel Track Filler, Visit our website: 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, Box 268, Thedford, NE 69166,308/645-2231. “Designed by cattlemen for cattlemen.”







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!

FENCING 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.

FLY CONTROL P.H. White Co.,, 800/344-0115, P.O. Box 155, Dyersburg, TN 38025. Cow Life – Cattle Rub. Full season fly control . . . anywhere!

HARNESS, SADDLE & TACK Big Bend Saddlery,, P.O. Box 38, Alpine, TX 79831, 2701 E. Hwy. 90, Alpine, TX 79830, 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.

Swihart Sales Company, 7420 County Rd. AA, Quinter, KS 67752,, 785/754-3513, 800/864-4595. We offer a complete line of low-volume mist blowers. See our display ad.

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Valley Oaks Ranch Supply, Call Jared Holve at 559/359-0386. Certified livestock scales, Silencer hydraulic squeeze chutes, Roto Grind tub grinders; fencing.

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FEED GRINDERS Burrows Enterprises, Inc., Roto Grind tub grinders and grain grinders.,, 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: P.O. Box 38, Beemer, NE 68716, 402/528-3861; Since 1929 – building high quality, high durability tub grinders.

FEED SUPPLEMENTS Foster Commodities, 900 W. Belgravia Ave., Fresno, CA 93706, toll free 1-800/742-1816. Manufacturers of liquid Fos Pro-Lix supplements.

S, 5243 Hwy. 312 East, Billings, MT 59105. 406/373-5937. Contact us for your harness & leather needs.

615 Ferguson Road, Wheatland, WY 82201. 307/322-2190. Stirrup buckles.

Brighton Feed & Saddlery, Roger Allgeier, 370 N. Main St., Brighton, CO 80601, 800/237-0721, Saddles, custom cowboy gear, ropes, bits & spurs.

LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT Mur-Tex Company, P.O. Box 31240, Amarillo, TX 79110, 800/299-7418. Fiberglass stock tanks, storage tanks and potable water tanks. Delivery available.

LIVESTOCK FEEDING EQUIPMENT Richard Cox Mfg. Co., Carrolton, MO, 660/542-0967, fax 660/542-0982. Livestock feeders specializing in creep feeders. Call for more info. or a brochure.

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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 575/355-2271; Bell Trailer Plex, Amarillo, TX, 806/622-2992; 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, Gooseneck stock trailers by Circle D. Built to pull better – longer. Flatbed trailers, livestock trailers. T&T Trailer Sales, 505/864-8899, Todd & Callie Gibson, 19480 Hwy. 314, Belen, NM 87002. Quality name brands from a dealer you can trust.

















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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. Inosol California Bander Castrator, , 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.

The Callicrate Bander. “The Castration Tool that Works!” 1-800/858-5974, for supplier near you.

WESTERN ARTISTS A. “Tim” Cox, 891 Road 4990, Bloomfield, NM 87413, 575/632-8080, fax 575/632-5850, email:, Call or write for brochures.

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LIVESTOCK WATERERS 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:

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,

SCALES Tru-Test, Inc., 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: 1-800/874-8494



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OUTSTANDING CATTLE RANCHES FOR SALE Pecan Creek Ranch 34,363 acres Tom Green County, TX Once part of the Historic Door Key Ranch, this 34,363 acre cattle ranch is still one of the finest ranches in TX. Numerous improvements along w/a new 5,000 sq ft lodge & a new firstrate cattle handling & working facility. Lush cover of native vegetation w/most cedar & mesquite eradicated. Abundance of water w/25 water wells equipped w/solar pumps, submersible pumps or windmills. Well equipped to handle any top-notch cattle operation & is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a highly recognized & sought after TX cattle ranch. Exceptional opportunity for the right buyer. Call Leon Nance, 325/656-8978 for details. Red Bluff Ranch 59,420 acres Chaves County, NM The Red Bluff Ranch is a sprawling cattle operation located just 15 minutes north of Roswell. The ranch consists of 35,100 deeded acres, 23,040 BLM & 1,280 NM State Land. Tremendous improvements w/a large set of corrals & sorting alley, working alleys, covered squeeze chute, scales, metal barns, & overhead bins along w/a unique 6,000 sq ft

pueblo-style house. The one-ofa-kind, rammed earth constructed home was built on the highest bluff overlooking the ranch & w/scenic views of the Capitan Mountains. Excellent water w/222.75 feet of water rights from the Pecos River, 9 windmills & 8 submersible pumps w/over 35 miles of pipeline, several storage tanks & numerous surface tanks. The Red Bluff is permitted for 889 animal units. This is an excellent opportunity to own one of the largest deeded, best improved cattle ranches in NM of this magnitude. Call Leon Nance, 325/658-8978, for your private showing.

Talpa Ranch 5,946 acres Runnels County, TX Improved cattle ranch w/an abundance of water. Several miles of Mustang Creek, 4 lakes & numerous surface tanks, 4 taps off of the Abilene pipeline. Recreational opportunities endless w/excellent bob white quail hunting, trophy white tail deer, black buck antelope, & turkey hunting or fishing in the stocked surface tanks or nearby Lake Ivie. Good cabin, barns & pens at headquarters. Adjoining 1,750 acres for sale. Call Leon Nance for more information.

Red Oak Ranch 4,513 acres – LeFlore & Latimer Counties, OK Outstanding cattle ranch w/tremendous hunting & fishing recreational potential. Excellent cover of native grasses & 300 acres of hay meadow throughout the 11 pastures & 9 traps. Abundance of water w/over 40 ponds, Brazil Creek & Cedar Creek w/45 inches of precipitation annually. Numerous improvements w/4 homes, a new cement commodity barn, 11 hay barns, 5 shops, & an excellent cattle handling & working facility. Call Mike Bauman, 405/4281880, for more information.

Turkey Track 6141 acres Cimarron County, OK Outstanding cattle ranch near Felt, Oklahoma. Excellent cover of native vegetation on 3 pastures ideal for cattle. Abundance of water w/seven water wells. Ten miles of underground pipe connecting ten troughs. Beaver River. Two sets of large pipe & cable livestock handling & shipping pens. Exceptional opportunity conveniently located just 2 hours North of Amarillo, TX. Call Leon Nance, 325/6588978 for more information.

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CALIFORNIA RANCHES Lassen County 11,725 acres, all deeded. 970 acres irrigated, flood & 4 pivots. Alfalfa, grain. grass. BLM permits, 500 cows, organic hay. Lots of potential for more farm ground. Priced at $5,375,000.

Tehama County 1,850 acres, winter range. Large barn, 1 bedroom apt., horse stalls, tie stalls, tack room, shop. Deluxe 400x200 ft. roping arena. All new fences & steel corrals. Hunting & fishing. Priced at $2,200,000.

Tehama County 556 acres, winter range, two small houses, corrals, chute, small barn. Good hunting & fishing. Price reduced – $775,000.

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SHASTA LAND SERVICES 3,549 DEEDED ACRES of excellent winter range west of Orland, CA, 9 stock ponds, several wells, springs, for livestock water, Nice Headquarters with home, bunk house & cook house, excellent hunting for Deer, Quail, & Wild Pigs. PRICE REDUCED $2,575,000 883 DEEDED ACRES w/1,485 AUM private grazing lease. 400 acres are flood irrigated, new house, older restored barn, corrals. Live stream, large spring & irrigation well supply irrigation water. 2.5 MBF timber. Located in Modoc County. PRICE REDUCED $2,495,000. 1,435 DEEDED ACRES. This Big Valley ranch has water & lots of it. Cattle, hay, grain. Home, large hay barn, nice newer shop. Lots of ponds including a large reservoir. Adjoins USFS & has small BLM lease $1,790,000 640 DEEDED ACRES Hay & Mint ranch. 6 pivots w/water from large irrigation wells. Includes modern still, house, barns, shop. Low cost REA power. In the Pumkin Center area of Big Valley. $2,425,000 Bill Quinn / Bill Wright Shasta Land Services, Inc. or 530/221-8100 Lic. #820135

SMALL RANCH/ALL DEEDED – Located in SE NM with great views of the Guadalupe Mts. 575 ac. new home in ‘09. Resident deer herd. Lots of improvements for small cattle or horse operation. Corrals, scales, storage buildings, etc. $650k LA PALOMA RANCH – 10 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM. 604 head BLM ranch has a mixture of flats & hills. Good road access but still a horseback ranch. 54 sections of state, BLM & private. Priced at an affordable $2995 au. Good headquarters scales & covered working chute. Recently reduced. Seller looking at offers. CROOKED CREEK RANCH – Well maintained 585 BLM permitted SE NM ranch Priced at $3168/cow unit. Co-listed with Dave Kern, Kern Land, Inc., Clovis NM.

60 AC FARM – located near Loving NM. 55 ac. CID water rights. Laser-leveled & planted in new alfalfa hay in late ’08. Priced at $192k

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10,000 acres deeded, including 4,000 ac. irrigated grass meadow, alfalfa production. Numerous water rights to surface and underground water, USFS permit in excellent mountain country for 976 head in summer months, 7298 AUM’s BLM for spring and fall. Can run 1,000 head during drought conditions and an additional 2,000 on wet years. Priced to sell at 3.5 million.

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Fort Sumner–Santa Rosa Area #1. Spring Ranch south of Santa Rosa. 5,721 deeded acres. Very scenic with two big springs. Trees and hills. A really western look with old time ranch headquarters. Rock house. Guest house. $2,288,000. #2. Twin Mesa Ranch near Fort Sumner. 5,000 total acres, mostly deeded. Highly productive in one of the very best parts of NM. Beautiful western-style brick owner’s home. Second home. Complete cutting horse facilities. Cattle-working pens, etc. $1,808,000. #3. Alfalfa farm at Fort Sumner. Abundant low cost irrigation water from concrete ditches. 47 acres $305,000. #4. Horses and Hay. 40 acres in brand new alfalfa.Complete improvements including horse facilities. $380,000. #5. 640 acres of solid grass in wheat farming area south of Tucumcari. Windmill. All fenced with two pastures. Old corrals. All of this could be farmed and wheat prices are high. $288,000. #6. Pecos River runs through this 900 acres at the edge of Fort Sumner. Dozens of large cottonwood trees. Pipe corrals. Scenic. $900,000.

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WAHOO RANCH – Approximately 41,376 acres: 12,000 deeded, 6,984 BLM, 912 state, 40 uncontrolled and 21,440 forest. Beautiful cattle ranch located on the east slope of the Black Range Mountains north of Winston, NM, on State Road 52. Three hours from either Albuquerque or El Paso.The ranch is bounded on the east by the Alamosa Creek Valley and on the west by the Wahoo Mountains ranging in elevation from 6,000' to 8,796'. There are 3 houses/cabins, 2 sets of working corrals (1 with scales) and numerous shops and outbuildings. It is very well watered with many wells, springs, dirt tanks and pipelines. The topography and vegetation is a combination of grass covered hills (primarily gramma grasses), with many cedar, piñon and live oak covered canyons as well as the forested Wahoo Mountains. There are plentiful elk and deer as well as antelope, turkey, bear, mountain lion and javelina (46 elk tags in 2009). Absolutely one of the nicest combination cattle/hunting ranches to be found in the SW. Price reduced to $6,000,000. SAN JUAN RANCH – Located 10 miles south of Deming off Hwy. 11 (Columbus Hwy) approximately 26,484 total acres consisting of +/- 3484 deeded, +/- 3800 state lease, +/- 14,360 BLM and +/-4840 Uncontrolled. The allotment is for 216 head (AUYL). 9 solar-powered stock wells and metal storage tanks and approx. 6½ miles pipeline. The ranch begins on the north end at the beautiful Mahoney Park high up in the Florida mountains and runs 5½ miles down the mountains to their south end. It continues another 7½ miles south across their foothills and onto the flats. The ranch has a very diverse landscape with plentiful wildlife including quail, dove, rabbits, deer and ibex. Lots of potential & a good buy at $1,000,000. 46 ACRE FARM LOCATED IN SAN MIGUEL – Full EBID irrigation and supplemental well. Bounded by Highway 28 on the east, County Road B-041 on the south and County Road B-010 on the west. Priced at $14,000/acre – $644,000. 212 ACRE FARM BETWEEN LAS CRUCES, NM AND EL PASO, TX – Hwy. 28 frontage with 132 acres irrigated, 80 acres sandhills, full EBID (surface water) plus a supplemental irrigation well, cement ditches and large equipment warehouse. Reasonably priced at $2,000,000. 50.47 ACRE FARM - Located on Afton Road south of La Mesa, NM. Paved road frontage, full EBID (surface water) plus a supplemental irrigation well with cement ditches. Priced at $14,500/acre - $731,815. BEAUTIFUL 143.81 ACRE NORTH VALLEY FARM located in Las Cruces, NM next to the Rio Grande River. Great views of the Organ Mountains. Cement ditches, 2 irrigation wells & EBID. 2 older houses and shed sold “as is”. Priced at $13,212/acre - $1,900,000. Will consider dividing. +/-37 ACRE FARM - WEST OF ANTHONY, NM. Located 20 minutes from Sunland Park Race Track on Haasville Road (paved) just north of Gadsden High School and west of Highway 28. EBID, irrigation well and cement ditches. Beautiful farm with many possibilities. Call for aerial and location maps. Sign on property. Priced at $13,900/acre ($514,300).

OTHER FARMS FOR SALE – In Doña Ana County. All located near Las Cruces, NM. 8, 11, & 27.5 acres. $15,000/acre to $17,000/acre. All have EBID (surface water rights from the Rio Grande River) and several have supplemental irrigation wells. If you are interested in farm land in Doña Ana County, give me a call.

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DAN DELANEY REAL ESTATE, LLC 318 W. Amador Avenue Las Cruces, NM 88005 (O) 575/647-5041 (C) 575/644-0776


HARQUAHALA RANCH: A nice little desert ranch located in west Maricopa County. Owner/Agent Asking $159,000 — CONTRACT PENDING! ANTELOPE CREEK RANCH: A nice ranch in Yavapai County close to Phoenix & Prescott. Good feed conditions, strong stocking rate, & small size of the ranch make it an enjoyable ranch to own & operate. Call Scott Thacker at 520/444-7069 or Katie Leibold at 602/319-0370. Price Reduced! $160,000. A-1 RANCH: Working cattle ranch in Coconino County. Summer grazing permit. 175 head June 1 – October 31. 10 Deeded acres. Forest & state leases. Call Troy Cooke at 928/532-0055 Price reduced! $275,000.

IMMIGRANT SPRINGS RANCH: Beautiful Ranch in Apache County. 2 houses, huge barn, springs, well. 1320 deeded acres. 660 State Lease 54 HD year-round. Owner may carry! Call Troy Cooke at 928/532-0055. Asking $989,000.

PETERSON RANCH: A very nice home with over 4100 Deeded acres & AZ State Grazing Lease in Cochise County. 625 head yearlong, well watered, & highly improved. Call Scott Thacker at 520/444-7069. Asking $3,500,000.

ANTELOPE RANCH: A beautiful working cattle ranch in Cochise County. Over 8 sections of deeded land, headquarters & managers house, 2 adobe barns, & a shop. Working corrals with large pens, heavy squeeze chute, tub, scale, semi & truck-trailer loading alleys. Owner may carry! Owner/Agent. Call Scott Thacker at 520/4447069. PRICE REDUCED! $2,975,000.

LONG H RANCH – SOLD! 350 Head yearround. 53 Sec. State/BLM/Private Leases. SILVER CREEK RANCH – SOLD! (Ranch Only – No Home) Show Low, AZ. FRANCO RANCH — SOLD! 13 +/- Sec. of AZ State Grazing Lease, 80 head year-long. BOMBING RANGE RANCH — SOLD! AZ State Grazing Permit. 72 head year-long.


PROPERTIES FALL 2010 P OSE Y V A LLE Y : Halfway OR – 320 acres w/105 irrigated – gateway to Hells Canyon & Eagle Cap Wilderness – overlooking Pine Valley. Seven Devils and a some of Mother Nature’s best – modest improvements – close to town and schools – SUBMIT ALL OFFERS – POSSIBLE TERMS – R a e A n d e r s o n 2 0 8 /7 6 1 -9 5 5 3 . LY M A N R A NCH: Baker County, OR – 933 deeded acres w/748 irrigated – 1½ miles Powder River through meadows – very impressive for anyone looking for and inside (no govt.) operation – rates at 250 hd. year long – 400/450 pairs and/or 800/900 stocker cattle for grazing season. A s k i n g $ 1 ,93 0 ,0 00 – c a n s pl i t – c a l l a n d l e t u s

e x p la i n – R a e A n de r s o n 2 0 8 /7 6 1 -9 5 5 3 . L I NS ON CR E E K R A NCH: Washington/Payette Counties, ID. 1,938 deeded acres plus 892 AUM’s , BLM – presently wintering 400 mother cows 11/5 – 5/1 – supplementing with about ½ ton alfalfa – modest improvements – excellent upland game birds, chukar, quail, pheasant – blue gill, bass & trout. $ 1 ,4 7 5 ,0 0 0 – t e r m s . QUA RT E R CI RCLE DI AMOND: Gilliam County, OR – 6,148 deeded acres w/1078 dry farm –plus running 125 mother cows year long – potential for 17 wind turbines – mule deer, elk, chukar, quail. $ 1 ,7 5 0 ,0 0 0 – Ra e 2 0 8 /7 6 1 9 5 5 3 , J a c k 5 4 1 /4 7 3 -3 1 0 0 .

F A R M /F E E DL OT : Vale, OR – 500 deeded acres w/280 irrigated – CAFO at 850 – 1000 hd. – good improvements – great for stockers and/or dairy hfrs. – $ 1 ,5 8 0 ,0 0 0 . LA NDR E T H: Malheur County, OR – 780 deeded w/ 180 irrigated – great improvements – Malheur River – waterfowl, pheasant, chukar, bass ponds – $ 1 ,5 0 0 ,0 0 0 . R E A T A R I DGE : Malheur County, OR – 560 deeded acres accessing several thousand acres federal lands –3,000' executive home with lots of extra’s – horse barn, office, shop, gym, machine shed, covered horse runs, riding/roping arena – trophy mule deer. $ 1 , 2 0 0 ,0 0 0 – o w n e r a g e n t

P B A R : M a l h e u r Co u n t y , OR – 11,750 deeded acres w/300 irrigated plus BLM & State lease – rates at 1,300 – 1,400 hd. year long or a combination stocker cows – WINTER RANGE – good improvements. $ 6 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 . B ULLY CR E E K : V a l e , OR – 66 deeded w/60 irrigated – modest 2 BR brick home – currently summer pasture for 100 stocker cattle for the season – quail, pheasant. $ 28 5 ,0 00 t e rms – o w ne r a ge n t . SNA K E R I V E R : Ontario, OR – 39 acres w/36 irrigated row crop – ½ mile river frontage – fishing, quail, pheasant – secluded building site – access to 4 additional rivers via the Snake. $ 3 4 5 ,0 0 0 – ow ne r a ge nt .

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RANCHES FOR SALE NEW MEXICO RANCHES FOR SALE SOUTHEAST NM RANCH: 13,397 deeded acres plus 7,393 acres of NM State Lease. The terrain is fairly level to gently sloping and sometimes undulating. Soils range from sandy loam to sandy, with some sand hill country. Over the years, the owners have continued to improve this property with many miles of new fencing, additional water facilities and substantial brush clearing. The headquarter improvements are well maintained and the property shows pride of ownership. Improvements consist of an attractive owner’s home, guest house, barns, shop, horse pens, shipping pens, roping arena and other outbuildings. This working cattle ranch is set up and ready to operate. The property is priced at $2,500,000, or approximately $186 per deeded acre. LINCOLN COUNTY, NM RANCH: 50,300 deeded acres. The terrain is a combination of productive spring fed meadows, low mountains/foothills and gently rolling plains country. The rougher portions of the ranch have good protection with mixed canopies of oak, juniper, piñon and scattered ponderosa pine. The gently rolling country has an open appearance. The ranch is improved by two sets of headquarters, outbuildings and several large sets of working/shipping pens. This outstanding ranch is well watered by live spring/creek water, earthen ponds, numerous wells and an extensive waterline network. This scenic property is realistically priced at $340 per acre. EAST-CENTRAL NM CATTLE RANCH: 60,400 deeded acres with approximately 6,000 acres of leased and free use land. The ranch is located near Santa Rosa and historical stocking rates indicate a carrying capacity of 1,200 – 1,300 animal units. The ranch has a rolling to hilly terrain with a small amount of canyon country. The property is watered by natural lakes, submersible wells, windmills and an extensive waterline network. Improvements include a nearly new Spanish

We continue to specialize in large working cattle ranches priced to sell based on today’s economic conditions. These ranches are poised to have substantial appreciation when the market turns.

style hacienda, two camps and several good sets of livestock pens. The price on this ranch has just been reduced from $285 to $240 per acre. The seller is motivated to get this property marketed in the near future. NORTHEAST NM RIVER RANCH: 10,005 deeded acres along with 1,320 acres of leased land. This unique, highly improved ranch features approximately 6-7 miles of Canadian River Canyon Country. Numerous structural improvements include over 30 miles of high game fence, landing strip, 15,000 square foot office/airplane hanger, along with numerous other structural improvements. The structural improvements offer a huge depreciation schedule, and everything is in place for the sportsman. $495 per deeded acre.

TEXAS RANCHES FOR SALE BORDEN COUNTY, TX: 15,920.5 +/- acres located west of Gail. Approximately 7 miles of Colorado River through the center of the ranch and spring fed Gold Creek heads on the property. Predominately rolling to sloping mesquite flats extending to rougher portions of the property on top of the Caprock. Well watered by the river, spring fed creek and other springs, windmills and electric wells. 1,400 +/- acres in cultivation. Substantial highway frontage. Good cattle ranch in good condition. Whitetail deer, blue and bobwhite quail. Considerable oil production through much of the ranch and no minerals offered. All owned wind rights included. Long-term ownership – first time on market. Priced to sell. $495/ac GARZA COUNTY, TX: 960 acre ranch located approximately 50 miles east of Lubbock. Very scenic ranch with lots of water. McDonald Creek essentially runs through the center of the property. This creek has a history of running year around. Lake Creek also meanders through the west-half of the ranch. Terrain ranges from level to rough and broken. Lots of large mesquite and hackberry

trees. Also, areas of scattered shinnery oak. Excellent deer, quail and turkey hunting. $850/ac. KENT COUNTY, TX: 7,146.32 +/- acres located south of Spur. Rolling to broken topography with good mix of mesquite cover and hackberry trees. Very well watered by electric wells, windmills and several nice ponds. Good fences and pipe pens and electricity is on the property. This is an excellent ranch in a highly desirable location. Excellent cattle country, quail habitat and big whitetail deer. Access by maintained county roads a short distance from paved highway. Some CRP. MINERALS AND 100% WIND RIGHTS! Can be sold in two tracts. Longterm ownership – first time on market. Priced to sell. $775/ac KENT COUNTY, TX: 3,650.57+/- acre ranch SW of Spur on Hwy. 1081. Very scenic cattle ranch w/excellent hunting opportunities located on the Salt Fork of the Brazos River. This ranch has a diverse terrain ranging from rough breaks to level mesquite flats. The Salt Fork of the Brazos, Red Mud Creek and Little Red Mud Creek all cross through this ranch. The Brazos River will typically run or stand water year around. Grass turf is good. Under the same family ownership for over 50 years. $795/ac. STONEWALL COUNTY, TX: 7,435.87 +/acres located northeast of Aspermont. Approximately seven miles of year-round live water through the ranch in Croton Creek. Two other nice seasonal creeks run through the ranch draining to Croton Creek. Additional water by springs and several nice ponds. Varied topography ranging from rough, broken cedar breaks and canyons, mesquite flats, productive creek bottoms and two cleared fields. This ranch is well off the beaten path and access is by over 10 miles of dirt county roads. Some scattered oil production on the ranch and no minerals offered. Long-term ownership – first time on market. Priced to sell. $695/ac


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Abaco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 ABC Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Agrilands Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 American Shorthorn Association . . . . .4 Animal Health Express . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Apple D Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Arizona Ranch Real Estate . . . . . . . . .80

Hales Angus Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Hankins Seed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Harston Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Hitchings Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Hoffman AI Breeders . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Home Ranch Properties . . . . . . . . . . .76 Hubbell Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Huguley Co. Land Sales . . . . . . . . . . .74

B Bar G Feedyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Bar T Bar Ranch Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Beefmaster Breeders Universal . . . .6, 7 Bell Key Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Bennett Shorthorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Blevins Mfg Co, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Bowman Livestock Co . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Don Bowman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . .77 Bradley 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Burrows Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55


Jacoben Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Jones Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

Casey Beefmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Century 21 / Berry Lucas . . . . . . . . . .76 Century 21 / Jake Marbach . . . . . . . . .75 Cascade Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Circle D Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Chip Cole Ranch Brokers . . . . . . . . . . .78 Coldwell Banker / Betty Houston . . . .78 Cowley Farm & Feedlot . . . . . . . . . . .67

Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equip. Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Kern Land, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Klammath Livestock Auction Inc. . . . .41

E Eagle Creek Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Eaton Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Escalon Livestock Market . . . . . . . . . .53 Evans Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65

f F & F Cattle Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Fallon-Cortese Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Farm Credit of New Mexico . . . . . . . . .8 Feller & Company Cattle Feeding . . . .49 Figure Four Cattle Company . . . . . . .67 Five State Livestock Auction . . . . . . . .74 Fort Robinson / Crawford Livest . . . .24 Fury Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

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D & S Polled Herefords . . . . . . . . . . . .57 David Dean / Campo Bonito . . . . . . . .76 Dan Delaney Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . .79 Donahue Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

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Inosol California Banders . . . . . . . . . .84 Irishs Blacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Isa Cattle Co. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41




l Lack Morrison Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Lasater Beefmasters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Lazy D Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 L-H Branding Irons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27




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N Naschitti Livestock Assn . . . . . . . . . . .53 New Mexico Brand Auction . . . . . . . .20 New Mexico Home Ranch Realty . . . .77 No Bull Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

O Ordway Cattle Feeders LLC . . . . . . . . .13 Oregon Opportunities . . . . . . . . . .76, 77 Oteco Wheel Trackers . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

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Advertiser’s Index P Pacific Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . . .22 Paco Feedyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Pearson Livestock Equipment . . . . . .23 Pitchford Cattle Services . . . . . . . . . .38 Lee Pitts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Pot of Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Joe Priest Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

R Ranch Land Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Rivale Ranch Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . .78 Robbs Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Tom Robb & Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Roswell Livestock Auction . . . . . . . . . .29

S San Angelo Paking, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International . . . . . . . . . . .81 Schwoer Beefmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Sci-Agra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Scott Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Seven Mile Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Shasta Land Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . .77 Siler Santa Gertrudis Cattle . . . . . . . . .34 Smithfield Livestock Auction . . . . . . .71 Southeast Colorado Bull Test . . . . . . .20 Strang Herefords & Black Angus . . . .83 Joe Stubblefiled & Associates . . . . . . .75 Summerour Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Swihart Sales Company . . . . . . . . . . . .11

T T & S Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 T & T Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Tri-State Angus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

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Virginia Cattlemen’s Association . . . .52 Visalia Livestock Market . . . . . . . . . . . .87

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Wagonhammer Ranches . . . . . . . . . .32 Weaver Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Dan Wendt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Western Legacy Alliance . . . . . . . . . . .71 PH White Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Livestock Market Digest

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13th Annual Cattlemen’s Select Range Bull Sale -(! 1 "*,"' "+ -( $ , ))( 2 &" , * ' 75 Top Quality Hand-Selected Bulls Bulls will be above breed average for growth & carcass EPDs, also trich-&semen-tested and tested free of curly-calf syndrome. A Dale Martin hand-tooled western saddle, donated by VSI, Inc., will be given away to the buyer of the bull number drawn at the end of the sale.


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The Rieman 7355 pictured above is a prime example of the Santa Gertrudis bloodlines proven at Wendt Ranch. He is line bred PARTNER 5273. His sire is SHERIFF 5577, a son of PARTNER and his dam is WENDT 7744, an own daughter of PARTNER . He is the ďŹ rst of 4 calves his dam had in 4 years, her calving intervals are 375 days. You are looking at him in his working clothes with dirt on his back, we are looking at his 2nd set of weaned calves and couldn’t like them or him more. SANTA GERTRUDIS REPLACEMENT HEIFERS FOR SALE: One group will start calving in December at 34 months. Second set will start calving February 15th at 22 months, It will be worth your while to visit Wendt Ranch and look at these oerings.

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