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2011 Montana Angus Tour highlights

Sarah Swenson

Photo by Sarah SwensonOne of the most popular sires in the Angus breed today, known for his calving ease, growth and female making ability, HA Image Maker 0415 made the 1,200-mile journey to be present on the Montana Angus Tour stop at owners, Hinman Angus. Pictured with Image Maker is two of his other owners, Bill Davis, Rollin Rock Angus, and Ken Bodner.

North central Montana was the home to the 2011 Montana Angus Tour held Sept. 21-23. Every year the Montana Angus Association does a implausible job of coordinating and executing an extraordinary tour of the region, the cattle and a diversity of operations. This year was no exception, with tour stops at seven ranches, including an embryo transfer (ET) operation, and showcasing cattle from approximately 20 operations.

Kicking off the tour was a Golf Scramble on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The evening gathering including an intriguing and informational talk from Dr. Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a specialist in beef production and cattle caregiving and interactions. Noffsinger practices at feedyards and ranches across Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma putting his applications on concepts of low stress cattle handling to the test. He offered the group videos and examples to showcase his concepts and provoke thought on understanding more about cattle in order to promote easier handling.

Certified Angus Beef was a sponsor of the tour, providing beef for several of the meals. Paul Dykstra, regional director of supply and development for the north central and western states, attended the tour and spoke to producers about the market drivers for feeder cattle and calves through video auction data analysis and information from the CAB Feedlot Licensing Program. Dykstra also made a point of thanking producers for their diligent management and production of quality Angus beef.

Thursday’s tour included stops at the Louie Petrie Ranch, which also featured cattle from Kel McC Angus, then lunch at Hinman Angus, also featuring cattle from Woodland Farms. Cookies, deserts and Milk River Lemonade were a hit at the Milk River Genetics stop where tour attendees viewed donor cows, ET calves, the ET lab and reining demonstrations. The evening dinner and music were held at the new barn and incredible facility at Peterson Grain & Cattle. This is a diverse operation which raises wheat, peas and barley. On display was a good representation of their herd and several pens of cattle.

Friday’s events kicked off with several pens of uniform cattle on display and a hearty breakfast at Nissen Angus. Schmitt Angus cattle were on display with Nissen Angus. From Nissen Angus, tour attendees took a beautiful jaunt into the Bear Paw Mountains to Teddy and Sara Crowley’s Clear Creek Angus Ranch. A nice display of cattle was on hand, and the location of this ranch, tucked in the mountains, contributed to the diversity of operations on the North Central Montana Angus tour.

The 4 Butte Cattle Company stop featured their cattle as well as Bar 9 Angus and Northfork Angus, giving tour attendees an opportunity to see several pens of cattle at one stop. This group of breeders did a great job of putting together an exhibit of bulls and cow-calf pairs.

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The final stop of the tour was at Shipwheel Cattle Company’s newly acquired ranch on Snake Creek by Lloyd, MT. Shipwheel Cattle Co., Klint and Lori Swanson, run operations at two locations. At this stop, attendees unloaded from tour buses and rode horse-drawn wagons up to the cattle display. MY Angus also displayed his cattle, a herd built from purchasing an outstanding Shipwheel female.

The 2012 Montana Angus Tour will take place in western Montana.

North central Montana was the home to the 2011 Montana Angus Tour held Sept. 21-23. Every year the Montana Angus Association does a implausible job of coordinating and executing an extraordinary tour of the region, the cattle and a diversity of operations. This year was no exception, with tour stops at seven ranches, including an embryo transfer (ET) operation, and showcasing cattle from approximately 20 operations.

Kicking off the tour was a Golf Scramble on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The evening gathering including an intriguing and informational talk from Dr. Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a specialist in beef production and cattle caregiving and interactions. Noffsinger practices at feedyards and ranches across Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma putting his applications on concepts of low stress cattle handling to the test. He offered the group videos and examples to showcase his concepts and provoke thought on understanding more about cattle in order to promote easier handling.

Certified Angus Beef was a sponsor of the tour, providing beef for several of the meals. Paul Dykstra, regional director of supply and development for the north central and western states, attended the tour and spoke to producers about the market drivers for feeder cattle and calves through video auction data analysis and information from the CAB Feedlot Licensing Program. Dykstra also made a point of thanking producers for their diligent management and production of quality Angus beef.

Thursday’s tour included stops at the Louie Petrie Ranch, which also featured cattle from Kel McC Angus, then lunch at Hinman Angus, also featuring cattle from Woodland Farms. Cookies, deserts and Milk River Lemonade were a hit at the Milk River Genetics stop where tour attendees viewed donor cows, ET calves, the ET lab and reining demonstrations. The evening dinner and music were held at the new barn and incredible facility at Peterson Grain & Cattle. This is a diverse operation which raises wheat, peas and barley. On display was a good representation of their herd and several pens of cattle.

Friday’s events kicked off with several pens of uniform cattle on display and a hearty breakfast at Nissen Angus. Schmitt Angus cattle were on display with Nissen Angus. From Nissen Angus, tour attendees took a beautiful jaunt into the Bear Paw Mountains to Teddy and Sara Crowley’s Clear Creek Angus Ranch. A nice display of cattle was on hand, and the location of this ranch, tucked in the mountains, contributed to the diversity of operations on the North Central Montana Angus tour.

The 4 Butte Cattle Company stop featured their cattle as well as Bar 9 Angus and Northfork Angus, giving tour attendees an opportunity to see several pens of cattle at one stop. This group of breeders did a great job of putting together an exhibit of bulls and cow-calf pairs.

The final stop of the tour was at Shipwheel Cattle Company’s newly acquired ranch on Snake Creek by Lloyd, MT. Shipwheel Cattle Co., Klint and Lori Swanson, run operations at two locations. At this stop, attendees unloaded from tour buses and rode horse-drawn wagons up to the cattle display. MY Angus also displayed his cattle, a herd built from purchasing an outstanding Shipwheel female.

The 2012 Montana Angus Tour will take place in western Montana.

North central Montana was the home to the 2011 Montana Angus Tour held Sept. 21-23. Every year the Montana Angus Association does a implausible job of coordinating and executing an extraordinary tour of the region, the cattle and a diversity of operations. This year was no exception, with tour stops at seven ranches, including an embryo transfer (ET) operation, and showcasing cattle from approximately 20 operations.

Kicking off the tour was a Golf Scramble on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The evening gathering including an intriguing and informational talk from Dr. Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a specialist in beef production and cattle caregiving and interactions. Noffsinger practices at feedyards and ranches across Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma putting his applications on concepts of low stress cattle handling to the test. He offered the group videos and examples to showcase his concepts and provoke thought on understanding more about cattle in order to promote easier handling.

Certified Angus Beef was a sponsor of the tour, providing beef for several of the meals. Paul Dykstra, regional director of supply and development for the north central and western states, attended the tour and spoke to producers about the market drivers for feeder cattle and calves through video auction data analysis and information from the CAB Feedlot Licensing Program. Dykstra also made a point of thanking producers for their diligent management and production of quality Angus beef.

Thursday’s tour included stops at the Louie Petrie Ranch, which also featured cattle from Kel McC Angus, then lunch at Hinman Angus, also featuring cattle from Woodland Farms. Cookies, deserts and Milk River Lemonade were a hit at the Milk River Genetics stop where tour attendees viewed donor cows, ET calves, the ET lab and reining demonstrations. The evening dinner and music were held at the new barn and incredible facility at Peterson Grain & Cattle. This is a diverse operation which raises wheat, peas and barley. On display was a good representation of their herd and several pens of cattle.

Friday’s events kicked off with several pens of uniform cattle on display and a hearty breakfast at Nissen Angus. Schmitt Angus cattle were on display with Nissen Angus. From Nissen Angus, tour attendees took a beautiful jaunt into the Bear Paw Mountains to Teddy and Sara Crowley’s Clear Creek Angus Ranch. A nice display of cattle was on hand, and the location of this ranch, tucked in the mountains, contributed to the diversity of operations on the North Central Montana Angus tour.

The 4 Butte Cattle Company stop featured their cattle as well as Bar 9 Angus and Northfork Angus, giving tour attendees an opportunity to see several pens of cattle at one stop. This group of breeders did a great job of putting together an exhibit of bulls and cow-calf pairs.

The final stop of the tour was at Shipwheel Cattle Company’s newly acquired ranch on Snake Creek by Lloyd, MT. Shipwheel Cattle Co., Klint and Lori Swanson, run operations at two locations. At this stop, attendees unloaded from tour buses and rode horse-drawn wagons up to the cattle display. MY Angus also displayed his cattle, a herd built from purchasing an outstanding Shipwheel female.

The 2012 Montana Angus Tour will take place in western Montana.

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