MONTGOMERY RANCH

Kent and Marj Montgomery were married in 1949 in South Dakota. Kent worked on a family farm in South Dakota starting in Junior High. Six years and three children later, Kent and Marj moved to Montata to start their own ranch. Montgomery Ranch has been located in Rosebud, Montana since March 1, 1956. The two started with less than 100 head of cattle but had nothing to feed them with. Their neighbor at the time offered a small weed patch for their cattle to graze on. So the two trailed their cattle down 8 miles just to feed them. Pasture and meadow additions were slowly made as their then 11 sections of land have grown to 100 sections. (1 section is equivalent to 640 acres) This allows large grazing areas for the cattle. Marj said, “There was a lot of waiting and being patient, because you are not in control.” The feedyard on the ranch is 40 years old.

Montgomery Ranch always does what is best for the cattle and that what’s new isn’t always better. Many old fashioned traditions have been passed down such as all natural breeding, ear marking their cattle to prevent theft and by not adding antibiotics to their feed. During branding season, the team will stay out 14 hours a day for 10 or more days, to ensure that they can work with smaller groups of cattle. This kind of patience can be directly correlated to the overall wellbeing of the cattle. Lastly, being observant is the key to ensuring the cattle are well taken care of. Many of those on the ranch can tell you which cow and calf go together just by looking at them!

Today Montgomery Ranch is managed by Marj Montegomery, Jill Mackley, Kirk and Teresa Montgomery, Zane and Lynda Montgomery, Jake and Meaghan Gilman, Ben and Elise Reilly, Denver Woods, Cameron Bethke, Kaycee Willson, Doug Heser, and Joyce Willson.

TUCKER RANCH

Tucker Cattle Company has been located in Sweetwater, Oklahoma since 1918, when Smith Thomas Tucker moved as far North from Chillicothe, Texas as his coffee cup allowed him to. His son Earl Tucker went off to fight in WWII in Italy, and when he returned he married his wife LaVerne, bought the ranch and lived in the main house for 70 years. Thomas Tucker, the son of Earl and LaVerne grew up on the ranch went to Oklahoma State University and met his wife Nelda. They stay on the ranch with Thomas continuing the animal husbandry traditions that have been passed on and Nelda being a high school science teacher. Monte Tucker, the son of Thomas and Nelda, who also went to Oklahoma State University to study Animal Sciences where he met his wife, Danielle. They have two sons, Manson and Reed, who will be the 4th generation on the ranch with a deep connection to its roots. Tucker Cattle Company is just two years shy of being a centennial farm.

Monte said, “We turn sunshine, sandburgs, and scenery into ribeye steaks,” is the motto for Tucker Cattle Company. The customer is always in mind when making decisions here, by selecting genetics that offer the best taste and value and following safety regulations. To achieve that, the ultimate goal is to make sure that the cattle are comfortable and content. Monte follows Bud Williams Low Stress Handling. This teaches you to handle your cattle in any situation, which causes less stress on the animal and in turn a better product at the end. When the cattle run towards your truck, it’s a really good sign!

Today Tucker Cattle Company is managed by LaVerne Tucker, Thomas and Nelda Tucker, and Monte and Danielle Tucker.

BONDS RANCH

The headquarters for Pete Bonds Ranch is located in Saginaw, Texas which was purchase in 1933 by Pete’s father, Bob. When Bob passed away in 1954, the ranch manager at the time, Pete Bernett taught Pete Bonds everything he knows today. At the age of 18 years old, Pete took over management of the ranch and is in charge of the He went on to Texas Christian University, received a business degree and went back to complete the Ranch Management Program. This is where he met his wife, Jo. Pete and Jo married in 1976 and three daughters, Missy, April and Bonnie. The three daughters remember spending spring breaks branding cattle instead of going on vacation. Growing up, they were all involved in the cattle operations. Missy is Pete’s right hand, she went to Texas Tech and studied ranch management. April went to Texas A&M, Georgetown to get her masters degree, was a wedding planner in Cabo San Lucas and is now back on the ranch and handles the cattle operations. Bonnie and her husband started their own separate cattle operation in Southeast Colorado. This ranch and all its entities are the Bonds’ livelihood. Jo runs a ballet studio, on the ranch. There is something for everyone! The land and cattle they own have grown exponentially but everyone involved in the operation is considered family.

Bonds Ranch is spread out across 26 counties in Texas, 13 states and even into Canada. They are audited every year by the USDA and not a 3rd party verification for their NHTC cattle. They have been approved since 2005, before it was an umbrella program. High performing and high marbling bulls are the ones of choice. Though a larger operation, all breeding is done naturally as Pete says, “The bull knows better than I do.” The Bonds understand everything about cattle. They know which breeds do better in certain areas and what specific characteristics of each breed would be advantageous. The cattle on the pasture nearest the headquarters were so excited to see us we almost got trampled! They know exactly what to do to ensure the well being of their animals.

TAYLOR RANCH

Taylor Ranch has been located in the heart of rolling red shale hills of Western Oklahoma for over 100 years. This makes Jimmy Taylor a 4th generation rancher who truly understands the art of breeding and animal husbandry. His father Jim, however was the first to actually manage the ranch with intensive rotational grazing with long resting periods for the land. “A happy cow is one that at the end of the day has all of her nutritional, mineral and health needs have been met and she is therefore content. Keeping the cow happy is out job,” says Jimmy. Jimmy continues the operation with an emphasis on raising quality beef and maintaining happy cows.

Jimmy and his wife Tracy are constantly adding new research and technology to their program, allowing them to adapt. All cattle are non-hormone treated cattle. To create the best steak Jimmy program starts with picking bulls that have all the necessary traits he wants, prenatal programming, creep feeding and handling the cattle in the a humane and low stress manner. They develop every animal as if it were going to be served on their own table.

PHD RANCH

Patrick Boaz made the decision to purchase the first piece land in 2002 after starting many other successful companies. His grandfather was an old time rancher and felt the connection to his roots. Jim Gardner, who has been the ranch manager for three years, has many years of ranch management experience as well as a degree in Animal Science from the University of Utah. His expertise, knowledge and understanding of animal genetics along with his everyday dedication to the care of the animals are what give this ranch an advantage.

PHD Ranches consists of main properties along the Red River in Southern Oklahoma into the Northern most area of Texas totaling 5,000 acres. The calves start on wheat pastures in February and eventually move onto grass in July. They have recently installed 10 water tanks that get fresh well water so that the cattle always have the best water. Everything starts from the beginning. The Bud Williams Low Stress Handling technique is used here at PHD Ranches which requires a lot of patience and time but will put less stress on the cattle which in turn leads to a better end product. All of the cattle are non-hormone treated cattle and the ranch is by IMI Global annually. Upon arrival the cattle were as curious as ever which means they are comfortable with the ranches and trusting.

HAINES RANCH

Tim and Joyce Haines met in 1969 at the drive in and were married just one year later, in 1970. They have 4 children and now 7 grandchildren. Tim comes from a family with a long history in ranching and animal husbandry dating back to late 1800’s. Tim’s family has been ranching in Northwest Oklahoma since before Oklahoma officially became a state in 1907. Haines Ranch is made up of two properties, the original ranch in Fargo and a more recently acquired ranch in Lexington, together totaling 10,000 acres. The Lexington property is mainly used for their cow-calf operation because of the abundant rainfall and very open green pastures.

The cowherd stays in the range of 600 – 1000 cows along with 40 bulls. All of the cattle at Haines Ranch are non-hormone treated cattle. At Haines Ranch the cattle are bred naturally, through AI and even embryo transfer to ensure that you are getting the best quality beef. The calves are weighed and tagged as soon as they are born. All of the cattle are non-hormone treated cattle meaning they are never given any additional hormones. Haines Ranch is very progressive and working towards a better tomorrow. They are members of the Noble Foundation and are taking part in the Soil Initiative by allowing their cattle to feed by high density grazing. High density grazing allows the cattle to get all of the nutrients they need without any waste or harming of the health of the soil.

BLEW RANCH

Blew Ranch is located throughout South Central Kansas, in the Barbara and Reno Blew Ranch is located in South Central Kansas, in Barber and Reno counties. Brothers CJ and Russell Blew are 5th generation ranchers, as their great great grandfather moved from Indiana to a place seven miles north of Castleton, which is where the current headquarters are today. The two operate a partnership with 17,000 total acres, 4,000 of those being crop acres. The two work very diligently to improve the land from an environmental perspective. “Every step we take should be an improvement from the past, we make decisions based on what’s best for the land and the resources, and not just profit,” says CJ. Russell and CJ know that ultimately everything they produce will end up on someone’s plate, so they do everything they can to provide the best eating experience to their customers.

Blew Ranch is dedicated to adding value to their Red Angus cattle wherever they can, through DNA testing, carcass testing, genetic selection, low stress cattle handling, and the non-hormone treated program. The Red Angus cattle from the Blew Ranch have been proven to achieve the highest quality grades.