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Mrnak Hereford Ranch

Starla Lyon

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A group of homesteaders traveled west in 1906 to settle in the area near Bowman, ND bringing their belongings and hearts filled with hope and determination. Among that group of settlers was Jim Mrnak’s grandfather, Vincent, who decided to put his roots down at the present day location of the highly regarded Mrnak Hereford Ranch. In 1944, Jim’s father, Wencil, bought him a few registered Hereford heifers. This was the foundation and beginning of the Mrnak Hereford Ranch. Since 1968, the entire cowherd has been of recorded seedstock.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of Mrnak’s currently reside on the ranch and have an active role in all that takes place. Jim and his wife, Marlene, have five children; Connie, Wayne, Terry, Loren and Carla. Among them, Wayne, wife Jill and daughter Robyn, along with Terry, wife Debby and sons Brent and Andy, operate the ranch that consists of 470 cows. Aside from the herd management and skills needed to market their livestock, the family also farms and raises wheat, corn, barley and alfalfa hay. While the girls both reside in South Dakota, Loren runs registered Herefords near Redding, CA.

“This life has been wonderful,” said Marlene. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. We have always strived to do better and kept progressing over the years. If you’re ever satisfied, it’s not good. It’s been so nice to watch the kids take the interest in the ranch and we even have grand kids who are ready to follow up.”

A group of homesteaders traveled west in 1906 to settle in the area near Bowman, ND bringing their belongings and hearts filled with hope and determination. Among that group of settlers was Jim Mrnak’s grandfather, Vincent, who decided to put his roots down at the present day location of the highly regarded Mrnak Hereford Ranch. In 1944, Jim’s father, Wencil, bought him a few registered Hereford heifers. This was the foundation and beginning of the Mrnak Hereford Ranch. Since 1968, the entire cowherd has been of recorded seedstock.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of Mrnak’s currently reside on the ranch and have an active role in all that takes place. Jim and his wife, Marlene, have five children; Connie, Wayne, Terry, Loren and Carla. Among them, Wayne, wife Jill and daughter Robyn, along with Terry, wife Debby and sons Brent and Andy, operate the ranch that consists of 470 cows. Aside from the herd management and skills needed to market their livestock, the family also farms and raises wheat, corn, barley and alfalfa hay. While the girls both reside in South Dakota, Loren runs registered Herefords near Redding, CA.

“This life has been wonderful,” said Marlene. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. We have always strived to do better and kept progressing over the years. If you’re ever satisfied, it’s not good. It’s been so nice to watch the kids take the interest in the ranch and we even have grand kids who are ready to follow up.”

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A group of homesteaders traveled west in 1906 to settle in the area near Bowman, ND bringing their belongings and hearts filled with hope and determination. Among that group of settlers was Jim Mrnak’s grandfather, Vincent, who decided to put his roots down at the present day location of the highly regarded Mrnak Hereford Ranch. In 1944, Jim’s father, Wencil, bought him a few registered Hereford heifers. This was the foundation and beginning of the Mrnak Hereford Ranch. Since 1968, the entire cowherd has been of recorded seedstock.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of Mrnak’s currently reside on the ranch and have an active role in all that takes place. Jim and his wife, Marlene, have five children; Connie, Wayne, Terry, Loren and Carla. Among them, Wayne, wife Jill and daughter Robyn, along with Terry, wife Debby and sons Brent and Andy, operate the ranch that consists of 470 cows. Aside from the herd management and skills needed to market their livestock, the family also farms and raises wheat, corn, barley and alfalfa hay. While the girls both reside in South Dakota, Loren runs registered Herefords near Redding, CA.

“This life has been wonderful,” said Marlene. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. We have always strived to do better and kept progressing over the years. If you’re ever satisfied, it’s not good. It’s been so nice to watch the kids take the interest in the ranch and we even have grand kids who are ready to follow up.”

A group of homesteaders traveled west in 1906 to settle in the area near Bowman, ND bringing their belongings and hearts filled with hope and determination. Among that group of settlers was Jim Mrnak’s grandfather, Vincent, who decided to put his roots down at the present day location of the highly regarded Mrnak Hereford Ranch. In 1944, Jim’s father, Wencil, bought him a few registered Hereford heifers. This was the foundation and beginning of the Mrnak Hereford Ranch. Since 1968, the entire cowherd has been of recorded seedstock.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of Mrnak’s currently reside on the ranch and have an active role in all that takes place. Jim and his wife, Marlene, have five children; Connie, Wayne, Terry, Loren and Carla. Among them, Wayne, wife Jill and daughter Robyn, along with Terry, wife Debby and sons Brent and Andy, operate the ranch that consists of 470 cows. Aside from the herd management and skills needed to market their livestock, the family also farms and raises wheat, corn, barley and alfalfa hay. While the girls both reside in South Dakota, Loren runs registered Herefords near Redding, CA.

“This life has been wonderful,” said Marlene. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. We have always strived to do better and kept progressing over the years. If you’re ever satisfied, it’s not good. It’s been so nice to watch the kids take the interest in the ranch and we even have grand kids who are ready to follow up.”

A group of homesteaders traveled west in 1906 to settle in the area near Bowman, ND bringing their belongings and hearts filled with hope and determination. Among that group of settlers was Jim Mrnak’s grandfather, Vincent, who decided to put his roots down at the present day location of the highly regarded Mrnak Hereford Ranch. In 1944, Jim’s father, Wencil, bought him a few registered Hereford heifers. This was the foundation and beginning of the Mrnak Hereford Ranch. Since 1968, the entire cowherd has been of recorded seedstock.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of Mrnak’s currently reside on the ranch and have an active role in all that takes place. Jim and his wife, Marlene, have five children; Connie, Wayne, Terry, Loren and Carla. Among them, Wayne, wife Jill and daughter Robyn, along with Terry, wife Debby and sons Brent and Andy, operate the ranch that consists of 470 cows. Aside from the herd management and skills needed to market their livestock, the family also farms and raises wheat, corn, barley and alfalfa hay. While the girls both reside in South Dakota, Loren runs registered Herefords near Redding, CA.

“This life has been wonderful,” said Marlene. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. We have always strived to do better and kept progressing over the years. If you’re ever satisfied, it’s not good. It’s been so nice to watch the kids take the interest in the ranch and we even have grand kids who are ready to follow up.”

this article appears in the 2009 winter cattle journal, a publication of tri-state livestock news.

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