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BY MATT PERRIER If there were in a day, this Kansas ranching family would gladly alebanks Angus is a fi fth-generation ranch nestled in the southern Flint Hills of Kansas. “Dalebanks” was not a family name, but our ancestors’ farm in their home country of England. When they settled here in 1867 the area resembled their place in the “Old Country,” so they used the same name. The fi rst Angus cattle were purchased in 1904, and we have been raising registered Angus ever since. Today, we manage nearly 500 head of registered Angus females; 60% calve in the spring, 40% in the fall. 200 yearling and coming two-year-old bulls are marketed annually through our annual auction the Saturday before Thanksgiving and by private treaty beginning in early March each spring. Native tallgrass prairie makes up the bulk of the 5000 acres of deeded and leased land. Cool season grass traps are also used during the breeding season. A farming operation of corn, wheat, soybeans and extensive cover crops is used for home-raised forage and feed. Dalebanks Angus is primarily owned by the Tom & Carolyn Perrier and Matt & Amy Perrier families. Tom handles data entry and fi nancials and is very involved in day-to-day operations. Matt serves as General Manager, plus handles the marketing and genetics programs. Eric Burden, Cowman, and his family are also an invaluable asset to the ranch, handling heifer calving duties, animal health protocols and various other ranch issues. Eric is also the offi cial Dalebanks artist, painting each year’s bull sale ad artwork. The Dalebanks goal is to effi ciently manage resources to raise cattle with a balance of profi t-driving traits for commercial beef producers. Traits of emphasis in our breeding program are reproductive effi ciency, docility, calving ease, rapid early growth and optimum end APRIL / MAY 2016 I WORKING RANCH I 65


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