Mike and Becky have been involved in the Hereford business nearly all their lives, beginning in Ohio (Mike) and Illinois (Becky). The current herd was started 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 to Iowa in 1979. Sons Travis and Kevin received their first commercial cows for Christmas in 1983 and eventually moved from commercial to purebred cattle. Showing heifers was a favorite family activity from 1989-2000, with the boys enjoying success on the state, regional and national level. Travis continues to be involved in our operation, owning some dams still active in our herd and being involved with our breeding decisions and marketing aspects.
Our goal has always been to produce females with balanced phenotype and genetics to be competitive in the show ring and most importantly productive in the pasture. With that in mind, we only breed our dams to proven high performance sires. Our emphasis is breeding for light birth weight and cattle that will excel in high growth and milk traits as well. Over the years we have been proactive to acquire genetics from other breeders who we feel share the same goals as we do. We have acquired dams and herd bulls from well recognized Hereford breeders in the industry such as Felton Hereford Ranch, Huth Polled Herefords, Schu-Lar Herefords and Rausch Herefords. We also look to breed AI sires that produce some of the top animals in breed, which is evident in both our herd inventory and current breeding program.
The focus of our breeding program has not changed, but we are now concentrating on "sharing the wealth" by producing high performing cattle that will not only excel for the purebred breeder but also are desirable to commercial cattlemen. Be sure to check our For Sale page for our offering of high performance heifers and bulls. We have cattle for sale all times of the year; primarily fall for heifers and steers and spring for bulls.