Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour planned for Jan. 23 |

Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour planned for Jan. 23

VALENTINE, Neb. – The 20th Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour is set for Saturday, January 23. This year, the tour will visit ranches in the Rose and Taylor, Neb., area.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. (CST) at Twin Creek Ranch LLC, operated by Larry & Nickie Buell and family. Twin Creek Ranch is located at the original 1883 Buell homestead and was part of the Shovel Dot Ranch until recently. It is a low input cow-calf-yearling operation. At 10:00 a.m. the tour moves to the Shovel Dot Ranch, hosted by the Homer & Darla Buell family. Homer and Larry Buell have recently split the ranch into two separate but cooperative places to ease the transition to future generations. Shovel Dot Ranch has a commercial cow-calf herd, a backgrounding operation and they run stockers on grass.

The tour caravan will head down Highway 183 to visit Upstream Ranch at 11:30 a.m. Brent and Robin Meeks continue the tradition of raising purebred Herefords that began in the 1930s with Brent’s grandfather, Alfred.

The first stop of the afternoon, after the complimentary lunch, is hosted by Jamie and Kay Fred. The Fred Ranch runs both spring and fall calving cows. They have been using artificial insemination and embryo transfer for over 20 years.

The tour wraps up at Spring Valley Ranch owned by Frank & Anne Taylor and managed by Ben & Sherry Andrews. They raise purebred Angus cattle that are moderate framed and forage based. They are constantly striving to improve on the herd’s genetics using careful selection and the latest breeding technologies.

The Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour is open to the public at no cost, although pre-registration is requested. Lunch is provided. Participants provide their own transportation and are encouraged to carpool.

For more information or to pre-register, contact the Sandhills Cattle Association at (800) 658-0551, (402) 376-2310 or A schedule and tour route map are available on the website at:

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