Our Program

About Us

 

Jeff’s involvement in the registered Angus business started back in the early 1990s when his dad gave him the pick of a couple heifers purchased from Westwind Angus and Flesch Angus.  From those heifers, Jeff grew his cow numbers throughout the years to build the foundation of our herd today. In October 2010, Larry passed away after a short but courageous battle with melanoma cancer.  Larry’s death brought about a shift in business structure and management for the operation. We made the decision to continue on with our program based on quality cattle, family values and the business standards that are important to us.

Christie grew up in the Bear Paw Mountains, southeast of Big Sandy, Montana on a commercial cow calf operation.  Jeff was raised on the family farm in Harlem and later moved to Chinook, continuing to be involved with the farm and cattle.  We were married in September of 2009 and have two children, Charley Anne – 6 years old, and Tyson Larry – 4.  Growing up within the ag industry taught us the fundamentals of hard-work, dedication and respect.  Our goal is to raise our children to understand the value of good cattle and an honest day’s work.  We are grateful for our family and friends that have supported us throughout the years and continue to do so today.

Our hay base is on the family farm in Harlem, operated by Mike (Jeff’s brother), Jeff, and their uncle Jim.  The farm in Harlem was started by Larry’s parents (Mike & Jeff’s grandparents) and expanded by Larry throughout the years to reach its current size.  Started mainly as a sheep operation, the farm is now used to raise alfalfa and grass hay, barley and oats by flood irrigation.  A labor intensive operation, the farm produces all feed stuffs for the cattle and markets quality hay to outside clients.

We are a family owned and operated business. We are it –we don’t have any hired labor or extra hands on a daily basis.  Therefore, our cattle have to be easy to handle and manage.  Jeff's brother, Mike, helps us out with feeding in the winter and Jeff's uncle, Christie's family and our friends help us out with the big projects when we need them to.  The majority of our marketing is done through Christie’s freelance design business, 5N Designs LLC.  Everything from our website, print ads and sale catalogs are designed in house, allowing for quality control and continuity of operations.

Along with our registered herd and the farm in Harlem, we operate a   250+ head commercial cow calf operation located between Chinook and Harlem, MT.  The operation also includes irrigated valley ground that produces alfalfa, grass and oats.  This opportunity allows us to do what we love and we are grateful to be able to enjoy the farm/ranch lifestyle.

 

Our Cattle

Our goal is to raise cattle that are easy fleshing and easy calving, with muscle and maternal strength, while maintaining structural correctness, carcass traits and good dispositions.  Our priority is producing an end product that will work for our customers.  Raising cattle you can count on to perform in your herd and put money in your pocket.

Our herd traces back to programs that include Walling Angus, Knudsen Angus, Birdtail Angus, Flesch Angus, Stevenson’s Diamond Dot, Basin Angus, Rishel Angus, Sitz Angus and more.  Leachman Checkmate was one of our foundation herd sires.  He carried the bloodlines of EXT and New Trend and was a smooth, gentle, easy fleshing, fertile bull.  He left us with a tremendous set of females which heavily influence our herd today.  We still have many Checkmate daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters in production.CharleyJefffeedlot

We utilize AI in both our spring herd.  We feel that in doing so, we are able to add genetics to our program that might otherwise be unavailable to us.  We have also had several of our more notable herd sires collected for outside semen sales and our own use. We also have an embryo transfer program to capitalize on some of our more outstanding maternal genetics in both the fall and spring programs.

SPRING PROGRAM

Our spring cows start calving around the end of January.  After calving, our spring  cows and yearling heifers are pastured on the Fort Belknap Reservation.  The mother cows remain  at pasture until the calves are weaned the first part of October.   After weaning, the cows are turned out on grass hay meadows until winter warrants supplemental feeding.  The coming two year old heifers remain out to grass until around the middle of November, when they are then brought in closer to home to prepare for calving.

FALL PROGRAM

Our fall calving begins the middle of August and runs to the middle of October.  The fall cows are calved out on native range and wintered along the Milk River.  Our fall cows receive the same amount of feed throughout the winter as our spring cows.  There is no creep and no extra feed.  The fall calves are weaned the beginning of March.  At weaning time, the fall calves are usually 100-125 lbs lighter than the spring calves.  This is due to the fact that the calves have to go through the entire winter trying to grow, while competing with the cows for supplemental winter feed.