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2010 National Angus Tour stops at Montana ranches

Bill Brewster

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

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Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

Angus breeders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries took a long and admiring look at hundreds of cattle that were on display at purebred ranches in southwestern Montana during the 2010 National Angus Tour and Conference, held Sept. 15-17.

The tour highlighted the highly regarded genetics of 21 seedstock operators during visits to seven ranches, where hosts and guest ranches exhibited brood cows, herd sires and offspring. These cattle served as examples of why Montana is considered to be a leader in the production of Angus cattle in the world.

Tour stops included:

KG Ranch: The tour began at the KG Ranch, headquartered south of Three Forks. Owners Paul and Kaye Doddrige and staff calve over 1,000 head of cattle on 30,000 acres controlled by the ranch. Each year, the annual production sale the first Friday of December features 200 coming two-year-old bulls and 400-synchronized artificial insemination (AI)-bred commercial heifers. Additional bulls are also sold by private treaty.

Ranch-owned bulls that are utilized include Connealy Contrast, Rainmaker 9723, Alliance 7544 and Sitz Wisdom.

Guest ranches at this stop included Heider Ranch of Boulder; Timber Line Ranch of Belgrade; Alberda Angus of Bozeman; and Circle L Angus of Wise River.

Hyline Angus Ranch, Bozeman: In operation since 1959, Hyline Angus Ranch was started by Ray Van Dyke. It is now operated by Ken, Alice and Ben Van Dyke. Bulls from the ranch have performed well at many performance test stations. Cows are run on grass all summer without creep.

The ranch has raised many famous bulls including Hyline Travel Agent who sold for $180,000 in 1992; Hyline SVF Rito 1116 and females like Pride of Hyline 8040 and Hyline Pride Lucy 8038.

Armstrong Angus Ranch, Cardwell: The Armstrong Angus Ranch of Cardwell features 250 registered Angus cows and another 100 commercial Angus cows that are run in the foothills of this classic Montana ranch.

The Armstrongs represent the third- and fourth-generations that have been ranching in the area with their low-maintenance, fertile cattle that are selected for calving ease and fertility.

Genetics that have been successful for the Armstrong family include Biffles Emulous; Juanada Lad of RR; Sitz Marshal Pride; Emulation 31; Rito 149; QAS Traveler; Super Bank; Paramount Ambush 2172; Traveler 6807; JLB Exacto; and Rito 616. Bull calves this year are primarily sired by BC Mid Emblazon; SAV Final Answer; Jipsy Earl; AAR Extra 814; AAR Bushwacker 4117; Sitz Alliance 7544; and VDAR Traveler 455.

Wheeler Mountain Ranch, Whitehall: Wheeler Mountain Ranch is operated as a family-owned ranch and is overseen by Ron and Kate Van Dyke, their son, David, daughters Stacy and Jacquie and sons-in-laws Brett and Phillip. The Van Dyke family has a long history in the Angus business, with a foundation from the Hyline Angus Ranch which was operated by the family for many years.

The family runs 700 mother cows on over 40,000 acres of short-grass and big sagebrush country in high mountain meadows. The breeding program stresses moderate size.

Home-raised bulls used in the breeding program to produce outstanding daughters include: McBee WMR Super X 7454 and WMR Dateline 210. The ranch also has sire groups that include the bloodlines of SRA 2418 of RR 303; Leachman Right Time 338-5605; and WMR Packer 1036. Bulls are sold each spring in the ranch’s annual production sale. Cows are sold by private treaty.

During the stop, a guest was South Boulder Angus of Cardwell.

Split Diamond Ranch of Whitewall: Split Diamond Ranch was originally operated in the mountain country south of Wise River, MT, in the 1970s. In 1991, the Buckner family moved to Whitehall and expanded the herd to the current 450 registered Angus females. The Wise River ranch is still used as a summer location.

Steve and Linda Buckner and Hans and Diana Buckner calve during a 45-day span beginning in mid-January. Cows bred to calve in March and April are marketed in the fall. Maternally superior females with nursing ratios of 103 percent or higher and replacement heifers are AI’ed.

The herd is heavily influenced by sires that include: EXT, Sitz Traveler 8180; Traveler 124; Leachman Right Time; Band 105; and Bando 155.

In addition, the ranch has used Mytty In Focus; HA Image Maker; Connealy Lead On; SAV Final Answer; and Justice N013 in their breeding program.

Van Dyke Angus Ranch, Manhattan: Started in 1960 by Clarence Van Dyke, the ranch is now run by Keith and Lee Van Dyke with the help of Paul and Nathan Feddes and Travis Kindred.

The ranch runs 400 registered cows that are split between locations east of Manhattan and another ranch between Bozeman and Churchill, MT.

The ranch holds an annual production sale in February where they sell 175 bulls. In addition they sell 150 females by private treaty in the fall.

The goal of the ranch is to breed profitable cattle for commercial producers.

The ranch uses the genetics of blood lines that include VDAR Right Time 3045.

Guest exhibitors at the Van Dyke Angus ranch included Yadon Angus Ranch of Manhattan; Kimm Angus of Manhattan; PAPA Livestock of Belgrade; and Westra Angus of Manhattan.

Leachman Angus Ranch, Toston: The Leachman Angus Ranch is now located in the Crow Creek Valley near Townsend, MT. It was originally started by Les and Ruth and Jay and Cheryl near Bozeman in 1972. In 2004, Jay decided to disperse and Eric and Marlo Leachman retained cattle from the original Leachman Angus herd. Eric and Marlo and their children, Abby and Wade, are now the third- and fourth-generations of the family to continue with the Leachman Angus ranching legacy.

Leachmans now run about 150 mother cows and 50 replacement heifers as the operation continues to grow.

The Leachmans use an extensive AI program by synchronizing yearling heifers and breeding the cows off of natural heats for about 21-25 days. The heifers and mother cows are run in the hills near Three Forks during the summer.

Bulls are sold by private treaty beginning in February.

Guests at the Leachmans during the tour included: Thousand Hills Angus of Toston; GaLor Angus of Townsend; and Reyher Embryonics of Belgrade.

Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison: The Sitz Angus Ranch of Harrison and Dillon has an 87-year history of producing registered Angus cattle. The herd was started in 1923 by Will and Frieda Sitz in Nebraska and relocated to Harrison, MT in 1959 by Bob Sitz, Sr. and Donna Sitz. The famous operation is now managed by Bob, Jim and Tammi Sitz.

With over 1,400 registrations, it is among the largest number of registration recorded annually by the American Angus Association.

The ranch markets more than 900 bulls with a sale in December at the Harrison ranch to sell two-year-old bulls and commercial heifers. A spring sale in Dillon sells yearling bulls and fall yearling bulls.

The ranch uses state-of-the-art AI, ET, genetic trait testing, ultrasound, DNA, genomic-enhanced EPDs and pulmonary arterial pressure testing as management tools.

Sitz herd sires continue to influence the top Angus breeding programs in the world.

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