Barker Cattle Co is a family owned and operated ranch located in the beautiful mountains of southeastern Idaho; specializing in bulls, heifers, and show steers.

Fall time pic

Fall time pic


tosalott@atcnet.net * 1164 E 2000 S Elba, ID 83342 * Ruel 801-792-1036 * Tyler 801-372-0996 * Tom 208-312-3085 * Ranch 208-638-5571

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The feeling of Fall is in the air!

The nights are getting cooler and it's getting dark sooner, making it feel a lot like Fall time around here.  Time to start getting everything pre-vaccinated so we can wean them and get started with the next season of Life.

Forest range. Still a lot of good grass, but drying out.

Summer pasture. What a great view up here.

Braden & Aubrey have been trying to keep up with the monitoring and doctoring for those that need it.  Good thing we have someone that can rope now in the family! 

Full pen of showsteers & heifers getting their pre-weaning shots.  There is a lot of color this year!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good Luck at Your Fair!

We think 9 year old and 1st year 4H member Briggs Loveland, gets the prize for most creative letter to us as he prepares for his upcoming fair at Box Elder County this week.  This was Lot #16 at our Online Steer & Heifer sale last year, Sired by Unstoppable and out of a Vendetta dam.   Good luck to him and "Steve" as well as the rest of you that are still preparing for your Fairs. Be sure to let us know how they have done and we always like to see the finished product.

"A Real Champion isn't made in the Ring.  They're made in a barn by a clever showman, who had the vision to create it and worked hard to condition it."  Briggs & Steve are going for the Gold!

After Fair is done, we always go out and look through the new calf crop and start to get excited about this year's offering.  Tyler got some great shots out in the field, but they are even more impressive when you see them in person.  Come & visit and you'll see what we mean! Online Sale coming up October 10th. Preview Day at the Ranch October 8th. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Another Fair Week has come & gone.  The stalls are cleaned out, the animals loaded, the vehicles unloaded, and we're back home now hopefully going to get a much needed nap!  Sometimes we wonder why it is that we do this with our Family. But, as we reflect back on the successes & trials we had this week, a lot of different thoughts come to mind.  We do 4-H with our kids because it teaches them responsibility. It teaches them a love for agriculture and a respect for animals and what they give to us.  We do 4-H because it is a way to spend time with each other learning life skills.  We do 4-H because we like the character traits it promotes.  We don't always like the things that happen to us and can't always control the end result, but hard work, being together, and looking for ways to help others is something that we feel makes the ultimate Grand Champion! 

The Barker Family joined with the Ottley Crew and came to take in the Fair Scene at the Cassia County Fair.  It's a great tradition and for those that couldn't make it, get started making your plans to attend with us next year!  They ought to get a prize for the most dedicated "Out of towner fans" as they were die-hards hitting all 3 nights of the rodeo. You have a family gathering that is hard to beat with picnics, Kay's caramels & visiting at the motel courtyard plus swimming and maybe a little too much cotton candy, maple bars & kettle corn.  

Kamri with Grand Champion Cassia Born & Raised Steer. Over 50 home grown steers in the show. All Aboard Sired Steer. 

Kamri in the Champion Drive for Overall Champion 4H Steer.  Quite a line up with over 80 head of steers in the show.   4th place overall.  2nd place Intermediate Showman in Fitting & Showing.

Brodey with Tour of Duty (PB Angus Heifer).  Champion Heifer Calf in 4H, and class Winner in County Heifer Futurity Show. 

Kamri with Entrepeneur (Sm x An) Heifer Calf.  Reserve Champion in 4H and 3rd place class winner in Cassia Heifer Futurity. 

Monday, August 8, 2016


Fair season is upon us and we're excited to see how all the calves from last year's sale do.  We hope everyone is geared up and ready to go. It is fun to see what they develop into with time, feeding, some hard work & TLC.  Congratulations to the Matthews family for Champion at Power County Fair.  No Surprise steer, Lot 11 in last years sale.  They tell us the Reserve Champion was also sired by Barker Cattle Co. bulls.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Cows to the Forest

We weren't sure that we were going to be able to fit in the trip to the Forest with all the hours being put in getting the hay up and water back on.  But, on Friday we gathered them and vaccinated that evening so that everything could come together to take the cows out on Saturday morning.   Job well done!

And they're off!

Had to practice the roping skills on one that needed doctoring.  Good thing the in-laws came to assist Braden!

These 1st calf heifers weren't too sure about where they were being taken.

Home for the next couple of months.

Don't get lost in here!

Mothering up after the drive. 

Breakfast always tastes better in the mountains!

 It was a beautiful day for pushing the cows up and we appreciated the Kofford family joining in for the day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Movin' Hay!

1st crop is underway and the bales are now coming into the stack.  It's going a little faster with the purchase of a semi and trailer.  We were afraid Ruel's good ol' gold truck couldn't make it one more year doing all that pulling.  It seems a little strange to be pulling the hay off before taking the cows out to the Forest permit, but we're rolling along with the season this year.
Raked hay ready to bale

Load 'em up and haul 'em out

Putting in the stack

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Family & Traditions

 Being an adopted part of the Barker clan, the Ottley Crew lives here and works 24/7 in the Elba Valley.  We love this lifestyle, the heritage, and beautiful setting we get the opportunity to work in with our own family.

 Having family come home IS one of the best things ever, and Memorial Day Weekend has become a gathering of the Barker friends & family in Elba.  This past weekend was one of the largest gatherings and a testament to the saying "A Family That Plays Together...Stays Together".   It can be stressful however when rain storms dampen the plans and cause everything to move indoors. A quick headcount Sunday night  (give or take a few!) calculated to 72 people coming through the doors.  A beautiful rainbow was the reward for the "closeness" inside!
Front Porch Rainbow!

It wouldn't be a Memorial Day Weekend without a branding to do.  We may not hold the Guinness record for 15,000 worked in 4 1/2 hours, but it's possible we did have the largest family crew ever. Being a "cowboy" for the day is all part of the experience and Tom delights in the first "fling" over his shoulder when cutting the steers.  Uncle Ray commented he still loves the smell of the branding smoke, but probably not everyone concurs with that!

We pay tribute to those who have come before and look forward to our future!

Gathering in the backyard for the hot dog roast with all the fixin's and smores is a must!

We love these people and their families!  Thank you for everything you've done!