Sandhills Cattle Assn. Ranch Tour planned Jan. 24
VALENTINE, Neb. – The 19th Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour is set for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. This year, the tour will visit four ranches north of Kilgore, Crookston and Valentine.
Registration will begin at Adams Bros. & Co., north of Kilgore at 8:30 a.m. (CST). The tour starts at 9:00 a.m. (CST). Adams Bros. & Co. have been raising Registered Hereford cattle at their present location since 1963. A long time leader with Herefords in the show ring at Denver, a Red Angus crossbreeding program was recently established with the commercial Hereford herd.
The tour moves on to the Logterman Family Hereford & Angus Ranch at 10:30 a.m. (CST). Logtermans raise Hereford and Angus registered seedstock as well as custom background calves and develop heifers. After a complimentary noon meal at the Lakeview School, at 1:00 p.m (CST) the tour caravans to Gunnink Farms, Inc., north of Crookston, Nebraska. The Gunnink operation has progressed through the years to running yearlings and farming. Currently they background about 3,000 calves, carrying some to pasture and sending a number to feedlots.
The tour ends at KEG Herefords. Ken and Marilyn Stephens raise Registered Hereford and Hereford x Angus commercial cattle north of Valentine. Cows are grazed as long as possible using rotational grazing and supplemented only with hay, salt and mineral. The tour wraps up at approximately 4:00 p.m.
The Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour is open to the public at no cost, although pre-registration is appreciated. Participants are encouraged to car pool and to begin the day with a full tank of gas.
For more information or to pre-register, contact the Sandhills Cattle Association at (800) 658-0551, (402) 376-2310 or email@example.com. A schedule and tour route map are available on the website at: http://www.sandhillscattle.com.
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.