“We stopped selling hay and started windrow-grazing even more of our
hay ground,” says Shanon Sims, here with wife Melinda. “Last summer,
we harvested approximately 588 tons in bales and 1053 tons in windrows,
which is slightly more baled than usual, but still close to a typical year.”
became Sims Cattle Company, LLC.”
According to Scott, that business entity
has never owned land other than 120 acres
purchased from a neighbor in the late 1990s.
Granddad Roy’s ranch real estate is owned
by a Sims family corporation that includes
extended family members. As Sims Cattle
Company, Don, Scott and Olin leased that
land, along with two other nearby ranch properties.
Collectively, it comes to roughly 18,400
acres of upland range and about 7,400 acres
of irrigated meadows and pasture lying along
Rock and Foote creeks.
CHANGES ON THE RANGE
During the early years, the Sims operation
was successful in increasing production.
Routine fertilization of irrigated acreage
boosted hay yields which, for many years,
provided a cash crop as well as winter feed for
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