Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour is Jan. 22 near Hyannis, NE
January 18, 2011
The Sandhills Cattle Association’s 21st Annual Ranch Tour has been set for Saturday, Jan. 22, south of Hyannis, NE. The tour will include stops at: SandPoint Cattle Company-Arthur Division; Y Six Livestock; the Dan and Linda Crouse Ranch; Hebbert Charolais; and Wellas Cattle Company.
Registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. (MST) at SandPoint Cattle Co-Arthur Division, which is located 22 miles south of Hyannis or 10 miles north of Arthur, NE, on Hwy. 61 to mile marker 135, then 5 miles northeast. The tour begins at 9 a.m.
SandPoint Cattle Company LLC includes the ranch at Arthur as well as the main headquarters at Lodgepole, NE. Day-to-day operations at the Arthur ranch are overseen by Kimberly Wenzel, who is hosting the tour along with her husband, Travis, and SandPoint Cattle Company managers John and Laurie Widdowson. Registered Angus cows on the ranch at Arthur are designed to be a recipient herd that provides weaned calves to other purebred breeders around the country.
Next on the tour will be a stop at Wade and Heather Kramer’s Y Six Livestock. The first section of land on this ranch was filed on in 1897 by E.E. Lowe. Since then, the ranch has expanded and is still owned and run by the family. Horses are still used to handle cattle work, haying and feeding and a chuckwagon still feeds the crew. A complimentary noon meal will be served at the Y Six.
After lunch, the tour moves on to the Dan and Linda Crouse Ranch. Dan Crouse was in the water well drilling business with his father for over 50 years before he and Linda purchased what was part of the historic Farrar Ranch in 1993. They run Angus and Angus-crossbred cows, all of which were born on the ranch.
Next the tour caravan heads down the road to Hebbert Charolais, hosted by Mose and Merla, Dave and Mickie and Matt and Lacy Hebbert. Matt is the sixth-generation to be involved in the operation that originates from a land purchase in 1887. The Hebbert family first purchased purebred Charolais bulls to use on their commercial cows in 1962 and now hold a Charolais bull sale each April.
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The tour concludes at Wellas Cattle Company, with Harold and Teresa Johnson and family. Their diversified operation has evolved from a Angus cow-calf ranch to developing bred heifers and raising Boer goats. The Johnsons are on the original headquarters of the Dan Egan family ranch established in 1886.
The tour is open to the public. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. A 4-wheel drive vehicle will be required in some parts of the tour. Carpooling is encouraged.
In order to plan for the noon meal, please pre-register by Jan. 15. A detailed tour schedule and map are available at the Sandhills Cattle Association office or online at http://www.sandhillscattle.com. For more information call 1-800-658-0551 or 402-376-2310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.