The North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) hosted the 27th annual All Breeds Cattle Tour (ABCT) in southeastern North Dakota on Oct. 11. The tour featured an impressive line-up of 12 area cattle producers representing Angus, Charolais, Galloway, Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental and SimAngus breeds.
The day began with registration at the AmericInn in Valley City, N.D. The bus departed the hotel and headed east for the breakfast stop of the tour, Hoffmann Angus Farms of Wheatland, where Hoffmanns have been raising registered Angus seedstock for nearly 50 years. The stop also featured guest exhibitor OHR Red Angus/ Olson Hereford Ranch of Argusville, N.D. The Olsons are the oldest Hereford breeders in North Dakota. The tour then moved on to visit Sprunk Angus Ranch of Chaffee, N.D., and then continued to the Elijah Ranch in Lisbon, N.D. Sprunk Angus Ranch, Elijah Ranch and Erdmann Angus Ranch will market their seedstock on Feb. 20 in Lisbon.
Erdmann Angus Ranch in Lisbon, N.D., hosted the lunch stop. The Erdmann family served prime rib sandwiches to more than 150 cattle enthusiasts. The ranch got its start in 1998. Anderson Angus Ranch of Chaffee, N.D., was also an exhibitor here. Anderson Angus Ranch, along with Hoffmann Angus Farms and Nelson Angus will co-host the inaugural "Pearls of the Prairie" Female Sale on Nov. 24 at Kist Livestock in Mandan, N.D.
Next, the tour visited Spring Valley Angus of LaMoure, N.D., where the Haberman family showcased their Angus and Red Angus genetics. Habermans have a 180-cow herd. A stop at Wendel Livestock, also of LaMoure, N.D., is where the tour group got caught in a downpour. Fortunately, everyone was able to fit inside Wendels' sale barn and processing facility, where several pens of cattle could be viewed in dry conditions. Here, attendees also learned about the North Dakota Angus University calf feedout program that Wendels are a part of from North Dakota State University Extension Research Specialist Chanda Engel of the Carrington Research Extension Center.
After the rain subsided, the tour moved on to the R Lazy B Ranch of Nome, N.D., where the Birklid family offered tour-goers the chance to see some high-quality Charolais genetics. Birklids' operation has been in the family for more than a century. The next stop was Prairie Pride Angus, just a few miles down the road. The Cavett family now raises both Angus and Red Angus seedstock and hosts a spring production sale in Jamestown.
The group ended the day at Jungels Shorthorn Farms (JSF) of Kathryn, N.D. JSF has gained national notoriety with their annual "Durhams for Denver" bull sale. Guest exhibitor Blegen Galloways of Kindred, N.D., exhibited some of the ranch's entries to the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Mont.
A social and prime rib supper, served by Carnivore Catering of Fargo, N.D., allowed tour participants the time to relax and visit before home.
Each participant had the opportunity to register for the grand-prize giveaway of a gift certificate worth $500 toward the purchase of seedstock from any of the participating tour hosts. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Janice Bishop, of Kathryn, N.D.
The ABCT is a project of the NDSA Seedstock Council. Other popular projects of the Seedstock Council include the North Dakota Junior Beef Expo and the North Dakota Cattle Directory.
The 2014 ABCT is being planned for the Jamestown, N.D., area.