CB Farms Family Partnership recognized at BIF meeting
July 7, 2014
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) awarded CB Farms Family Partnership the Commercial Producer of the Year Award during the organization's 46th annual meeting and research symposium in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21.
Berry and Carla Bortz began ranching near Preston, Kan., more than 30 years ago, after they both graduated from Kansas State University in 1982. They were married the following week and started farming in eastern Pratt County with two irrigated circles, two dryland quarters and about 300 acres of grass, which they used to background calves.
They started a family in 1986, with the birth of their son Brandon, who was soon followed by daughter Amber in 1987 and son Darnell in 1991. As the kids grew, so did the farm. In 2001, they started their cow herd and reduced the number of cattle purchased per year. Brandon and his wife, Cari, returned to the farm in 2012.
Today they farm 19 irrigated circles, 2,500 acres of dry land and 2,000 acres of native grass. They have 550 spring-calving cows, of which 150 are registered black Angus. They also operate a 1,500-head feedyard. They grow corn, wheat, soybeans, milo, sunflowers, cotton, alfalfa, Bermuda and feed. They finish all their calves, along with calves purchased from their bull customers, at home. The calves are marketed through U.S. Premium Beef (USPB).
–Beef Improvement Federation