Mike and Becky have both been involved in the Hereford business nearly all their lives beginning in Ohio (Mike) and Illinois (Becky). Both have been inducted into the Iowa Hereford Hall of Fame. The current herd began in the mid-1970’s in Kansas City, Mo., when Mike and a co-worker purchased a few commercial and registered Polled Hereford cows. He and Becky began developing their own separate herd after their marriage in 1976 and moved it to Iowa in 1979. Sons Travis and Kevin received their first commercial cows for Christmas in 1983 and soon moved to purebred Polled Herefords. During their growing-up years they enjoyed success showing at state, regional and national shows.
Currently, Travis and Sara and their family reside in Grimes, Iowa. Travis still has a few cows in the herd that have bloodlines tracing back to a heifer he purchased as a junior in the 1995 Iowa Beef Expo sale from Jim Hemmingsen. He is involved in our breeding decisions and marketing as well as the hands-on maintenance of the farm and herd. Kevin and Lindsay and their son live in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Kevin helps market our cattle to western cattlemen as the head of our unofficial “Simpson West” branch, which has resulted in expanding our customer base.