It’s not what they eat but what they spoil. Dotting the hay
meadows are decades-old cribs to keep a resident elk herd
from getting at Sims Cattle Company’s winter cattle feed.
was the fi rst to settle in Wyoming,
but it was Granddad Roy Sims that
founded the basis for the current operation.
He had cowboyed for various
outfi ts and worked area oil fi elds before
acting on an opportunity, in 1942, to
buy a chunk of a big, old-time ranch
known as Diamond Cattle Company.
It might not have happened, if not for
Granddad Roy’s good reputation.
“He couldn’t buy the land outright,
and the bank actually turned down his
loan application. But the bank president
must have thought Granddad
was good risk, because he made a personal
loan,” tells Scott. “That loan is
why the Sims family is here now.”
Ol’ Roy bought the land, having
no improvements other than a small
house. He built up a traditional cowcalf
operation with which to support
his family, including a son, Don
“Dad tried ranching with Granddad,
a couple of times, but then went off
to college. He became a hydrographer
for the state of Wyoming,” says
Scott, explaining how Don eventually
returned, after Granddad Roy suffered
an injury. Don and a partner then
leased the ranch for several years.
“Dad and I partnered in leasing the
ranch in 1976. April and I married in
1976, so it was a big year for me,” adds
Scott. “My younger brother, Olin,
joined us in 1983 and that’s when we
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