Livestock for Sale

Yearlings & Calves Available

Each year we offer a large selection of steer calves and yearling heifers from a long line of cows that date back to the mid 50’s when the ranch was 100% Hereford. Through the decades the ranch has adapted its cow herd to meet the changes in not only the marketplace but also the environment. Our marketing goal is to produce a healthy, uniform steer calf that weans 565 lbs. each fall. This animal must perform well at the feedlot as well as on the rail. Likewise our cows must also perform. We strive to have a mature cow that weights no more than 1250 lbs. can winter on less than a ton of hay and group-wise breed back 94-96% in a 50-55 day breeding season. In order to attain these goals we utilize the Leachman Cattle of Colorado $Profit™ index to assist us in genetic selection.


All steer calves are EID - USDA Certified PVP & QSA through VERIFIED BEEF
All calves and yearlings are one-iron branded with the IX brand on the left rib.
All vaccine & parasite control serial numbers & administer dates are recorded.
All livestock are offered free-choice salt and mineral year-round.

IX Ranch Vaccination/Processing Protocol

NAIS Premise ID # 0050VQA
Montana BQA Certified #1166
Ranch Vet - DVM Barr Gustafson (406) 338-5220
Ranch Vet - DVM Lance Hughes (406) 423-5527
Nutritionist - David Miller, P.A.S CHS Feeds (800)823-2322


Yearling Heifers

75% BA,BWF; 25% RA, RWF, HER, & CHAR. Fed grass/alfalfa hay all winter and turned to native and mountain range pasture in early spring. Early a.m. gather. Trailed 1 mile to ranch headquarters. Weighed with a 2% pencil shrink, sorted and loaded on buyers trucks.

Head

250

Pay Weight

850 lbs.

Ship Date

Sep. 13th


Bred Yearling Heifers

75% BA,BWF; 25% RA, RWF, HER, & CHAR. Vaccinated with Pregaurd 10 and BANGS vaccinated February 2014. Fed grass/alfalfa hay all winter and turned to native and mountain range pasture in early spring. Bred natural service to calving ease composite yearling bulls from Leachman’s Cattle of Colorado. Bulls turned out June 1st and pulled out at testing August 9th. Heifers will be ultra-sounded for calving dates and retested prior to delivery December 1st.

Head

600

Pay Weight

900 lbs.

Ship Date

Dec. 1st


Yearling Steers

85% BA,BWF; 15% RA,RWF,HER & CHAR. One nice load of yearling steers. Early am gather, load on buyers trucks and haul 25 miles to truck scale in Big Sandy, MT. Weigh straight.

Head

56

Pay Weight

875 lbs.

Ship Date

Sep. 12th


Bawling Steer Calves

90 % BA, BWF; 10% RA,RWF,HER & CHAR calves out of our cows 3’s and up that are summered on native and improved range off the southern slope of the Bear Paw Mountains. Given Ralgro, TSV 2 and Ultrabac 8 at branding. Early a.m. gather from field adjacent to working corrals; weighed on ranch scale with 2% pencil shrink and loaded on buyers trucks by 11 a.m.

Head

1000

Pay Weight

565 lbs.

Ship Date

Oct. 21 - 24th


Bawling Steer Calves

90% BA & BWF; 10% RA, RWF,HER & CHAR calves out of our mature cow herd that are summered in short-grass country on our NL Unit (south east end of the ranch). Given Ralgro, TSV 2 and Ultrabac 8 at branding. Early a.m. gather from field adjacent to working corrals; weighed on certified ranch scale with 2% pencil shrink and loaded on buyers trucks by 11 a.m.

Head

220

Pay Weight

600 lbs.

Ship Date

Oct. 20th


Weaned Steer Calves

60% BA & BWF 40% RA & RWF calves off our 2 year olds and late calving cows. They are given Ralgro, TSV 2 and Ultrabac 8 at branding. Preconditioned 45 days. Given Vista 1 & Ultrabac 7/somnubac at weaning on September 15th. Additional vaccine(s) may be given at buyers expense. Fed grass hay and growing ration specifically developed by our nutritionist at Cenex Harvest States. Weighed on certified ranch scale with 2% pencil shrink. These calves were sired by composite bulls from Leachman’s of Colorado. All calves off two-year olds DNA tested.

Head

300

Pay Weight

565 lbs.

Ship Date

Oct. 28th


Bawling Steer Calves - Bear Paw Springs

NOT AVAILABLE IN 2014

These steer calves were born from April 20th through May 25th. They are the youngest of our calves and are run separately all summer on short grass breaks country. They are given Ralgro, Express 3 and Colbalt 7 at branding in June. Cow-calf pairs are brought into the corrals from the adjacent pasture early am. Calves are sorted, sexed and loaded on buyers trucks. Weighed straight in Chinook, MT over certified truck scale.

Head

N/A

Pay Weight

N/A

Ship Date

N/A


Bawling Heifer Calves

These heifer calves were born from April 20th through May 25th. They are the youngest of our calves and are run separately all summer on short grass breaks country. They are given Express 3 and Colbalt 7 at branding in June. Cow-calf pairs are brought into the corrals from the adjacent pasture early am. Calves are sorted, sexed and loaded on buyers trucks. Weighed straight in Chinook, MT over certified truck scale.

NOT AVAILABLE IN 2014

Head

110

Pay Weight

500 lbs.

Ship Date

N/A


Big Sandy, Montana