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North Dakota Stockmen’s Association names Spickler Ranch 2011 Ranchers of the Year

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) board of directors has named Spickler Ranch of Glenfield, ND, as the 2011 Ranchers of the Year. The award will be presented Saturday, Sept. 24, during the NDSA’s 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show banquet at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck, ND.

Not everyone knows at an early age what they want to be when they grow up, but for Justin and Nathan Spickler of Glenfield, the answer was always crystal clear. They wanted to carry on the ranching tradition started in the scenic James River Valley by their grandparents, Howard and Cora, in 1943 and continued by their parents, Harold and JoAnn.

The Spickler family began raising and selling Hereford cattle in the late 1940s and was active in the registered Hereford business for more than 40 years, when Harold decided to move to a commercial ranching operation to spend more time with his family, wife JoAnn, daughter Heidi and sons Justin, David and Nathan.



The family ran commercial Hereford, Angus and black baldie cattle for 14 years. During that period, they gained an appreciation for the fertility and maternal traits of the Angus female – so much respect that the family decided to disperse their commercial herd and began raising registered Angus cattle in 1997.

Today, Spickler Ranch is a partnership between brothers Justin and Nathan and their families, Justin’s wife Sara and their four kids, Wyatt, Will, Jessa and Watson, and Nathan’s wife Emily and their children, Haylie, Trace and Kadence.



The family has grown their purebred Angus cowherd to more than 600 registered Angus females, calving about 450 cows in March and April and the others in August and September.

With several generations of artificial insemination (AI) breeding, the family is starting to see genetic progress evolve from their cowherd. Virtually every female owned at Spickler Ranch is covered by artificial insemination or serves as an embryo recipient. The brothers will implant approximately 140 embryos into their own cows this year.

“I think it shows in how well their purebred operation has progressed over the years and how trusted and respected they are,” said family friend Alan Scanson of Glenfield, ND.

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) board of directors has named Spickler Ranch of Glenfield, ND, as the 2011 Ranchers of the Year. The award will be presented Saturday, Sept. 24, during the NDSA’s 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show banquet at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck, ND.

Not everyone knows at an early age what they want to be when they grow up, but for Justin and Nathan Spickler of Glenfield, the answer was always crystal clear. They wanted to carry on the ranching tradition started in the scenic James River Valley by their grandparents, Howard and Cora, in 1943 and continued by their parents, Harold and JoAnn.

The Spickler family began raising and selling Hereford cattle in the late 1940s and was active in the registered Hereford business for more than 40 years, when Harold decided to move to a commercial ranching operation to spend more time with his family, wife JoAnn, daughter Heidi and sons Justin, David and Nathan.

The family ran commercial Hereford, Angus and black baldie cattle for 14 years. During that period, they gained an appreciation for the fertility and maternal traits of the Angus female – so much respect that the family decided to disperse their commercial herd and began raising registered Angus cattle in 1997.

Today, Spickler Ranch is a partnership between brothers Justin and Nathan and their families, Justin’s wife Sara and their four kids, Wyatt, Will, Jessa and Watson, and Nathan’s wife Emily and their children, Haylie, Trace and Kadence.

The family has grown their purebred Angus cowherd to more than 600 registered Angus females, calving about 450 cows in March and April and the others in August and September.

With several generations of artificial insemination (AI) breeding, the family is starting to see genetic progress evolve from their cowherd. Virtually every female owned at Spickler Ranch is covered by artificial insemination or serves as an embryo recipient. The brothers will implant approximately 140 embryos into their own cows this year.

“I think it shows in how well their purebred operation has progressed over the years and how trusted and respected they are,” said family friend Alan Scanson of Glenfield, ND.


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