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.