Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour set for Jan. 19
The Sandhills Cattle Association's 23rd Annual Ranch Tour will be held Jan. 19 in the Stapleton, Neb., area. The tour will include stops at: Paxton Ranch, Inc., Hall-Pokorny Red Angus, Diamond Bar Ranch Company, Hansen Angus Ranch and Milldale Ranch. The tour is open to the public. Participants will need to provide their own transportation and carpooling is encouraged.
Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (CST) at the Paxton Ranch, Inc. To get to the ranch, turn west off of Highway 83 approximately 16 miles north of Stapleton between mile markers 128 and 129. The roads will be marked and the tour of the Paxton Ranch, Inc., begins at 9 a.m.
John and Jessica Warren run a commercial Red Angus cow-calf-yearling operation. They market some of the steers on video and retain ownership of the rest. The Warrens also sell bred heifers each fall. The ranch was established in 1934 by Chester Paxton, Jessica's father. In 1978, the Warrens began adding parcels of land and over the years expanded the ranch to its current size.
Hall-Pokorny Red Angus is a registered Red Angus seedstock operation with an annual production sale held in March. All replacement females are home raised to utilize generations of strong pedigrees. Lamoine and Helen Hall started the original operation in Bartlett, Neb. They eventually formed a partnership with daughter, Paula, and her husband, Brad Pokorny, who leased the Santo Land & Cattle ranch near Stapleton in 2009, which allowed them to expand the seedstock operation.
The third stop of the day will be the Diamond Bar Ranch, which runs both spring and fall calving herds of commercial black Angus and Red Angus cattle. Robert Jones, great-grandson of the ranch's founder, manages the ranch with his family. The Jones family continues to use the traditional ranching methods practiced throughout the ranch's rich history. The original winter headquarters of the Diamond Bar Ranch included Stapleton's Main Street and portions of the park. Some of that land was donated and the rest sold at low cost to establish the town, which brought in railroad service and a market for the area's cattle.
Hansen Angus Ranch is a cow-calf operation running both registered Angus and commercial cows. The registered herd began with the purchase of 12 cows to raise bulls for the commercial herd. The Hansens have utilized embryo transfer and AI technology to improve genetics and they now hold a bull sale each March. The ranch is managed by Lawrence and Jeannie Hansen, who live in North Platte, and Travis and Melody Hansen, who reside on the ranch. Lawrence purchased the property at Stapleton in February 2002 and moved the ranching operation from south of Alliance.
The final stop of the day will be Milldale Ranch. Established in 1884 with land purchased on the north fork of the South Loup River in Logan County near Gandy, Neb., the Milldale Ranch was originally stocked with Longhorn and roan cattle. Herefords were introduced in 1893 and were the mainstay until 2005 when Angus cattle became the primary herd. After six generations of quality improvements and family management, the ranch totals approximately 38,000 acres, 70 percent of which are pastureland and the remainder hay meadows. The ranch is currently under the management of Shaun Loughery.
Those planning to attend should pre-register as soon as possible. A detailed tour schedule and map are available at the Sandhills Cattle Association office or online at www.sandhillscattle.com. For more information, call 800-658-0551 or 402-376-2310, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.