Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour set for Jan 25 |

Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour set for Jan 25

The Sandhills Cattle Association will hold its 24th Annual Ranch Tour on Saturday, Jan. 25. This year’s tour will be held in the Atkinson and Butte, Neb., areas.

Tour participants will gather at the Atkinson Community Center from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (CST). They will then move to the first stop of the day, Green Plains-Atkinson, an ethanol production facility that also produces dry distillers grains, wet distillers grains and syrup for cattle feed. The second stop of the day, at 10 a.m., will be at Shane Farms headquarters north of Atkinson. This diversified family farm/ranch includes: an Angus cow/calf operation in which they retain ownership of the calves, alfalfa, hogs, and various crops. The third stop of the morning will be just a short drive north on Highway 11, to Wulf Cattle-Eagle Creek, a 7,200 head feedlot and a row cropping farm. The majority of the cattle on feed are Limousin x Angus, Limousin and Limousin x Jersey.

The tour will then continue up to Wulf Cattle-Sandy Ridge Ranch, which has a large portion of Wulf Cattle’s breeding stock as well as a small commercial cowherd. The ranch also has a genetics feed yard, which features a GrowSafe Feed Intake System. A complimentary lunch will also be served at Sandy Ridge Ranch. The tour’s final stop will be at 3 p.m. at Zeisler Charolais near Butte, Ne. The fourth and fifth generations of the Zeisler family are involved in this diversified operation, which includes a purebred Charolais herd, commercial cowherd, a dairy and no-till farming.

Those planning to participate in the ranch tour will need to provide their own transportation. Carpooling is encouraged. Lunch is provided, but participants are asked to sign up by January 17 so plans can be made for the noon meal. For more information, a map of the tour route or to sign up for the tour, contact the Sandhills Cattle Association office at 402-376-2310, 1-800-658-0551 or or visit our website at

–Sandhills Cattle Ass’n




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