MARCH 2016 | WORKING RANCH | 75 Koester Red Angus near Steele hosted the tour’s lunch stop. Steve and Tracey and their daughters Kacey and Shaye concentrate their efforts on producing long-aged Red Angus bulls through their fall-calving program before summering bull calves on pasture and selling them as 18- month-old bulls. The Koester’s propagate balanced genetics that excel in both performance and carcass traits. The family annually draws DNA samples on all of their weaned bulls to provide a genetic profile and parent verification. The technology has helped to advance the quality of their genetics and provide more reliable genetic predictions to their customers. The Koester’s market bulls in conjunction with Leland Red Angus near Sidney, Mont. in an annual production sale held the second Friday in March. The Crosshair Simmental Ranch, owned and operated by Ben and Cassie Kleppe, welcomed tour-goers to its Dawson ranch. The Kleppes operation consists of 170 purebred Simmental and SimAngus cattle, and 300 commercial Simmental- and Red Angus-cross cows. The family starts calving in mid- March. In early October, after weaning, the family backgrounds their cattle to be sold in December and January. The Kleppe’s sell a majority of their heifers as replacements and develop their bulls to be marketed in their annual production sale held the last Friday of April in Napoleon alongside Kuhn Red Angus. At the next stop, Thompson Angus, Pete Thompson showcased his herd built on fleshing ability, fertility and performance. Pete and Nancy Tom Vetsch, TLC Vetsch Angus Ranch near Hazleton, N.D. Thompson Angus cattle display their calm disposition as a tour attendee takes a close look at one of North Dakota’s Angus leaders.
Working Ranch - March 2016
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