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.




tosalott@atcnet.net * 1164 E 2000 S Elba, ID 83342 * Ruel Barker 801-792-1036 *Tyler Barker 801-372-0996 *Tom Ottley 208-312-3085 *Braden Ottley 208-650-6295 *Ranch 208-638-5571

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Another Sale Come & Gone

Hard to believe it's come and gone. Another bull sale for us is now in the past. We are hitting the roads making deliveries, but also trying to cope with this crazy winter weather and calving just like all our neighbors. The night before the Sale, we were out at midnight assisting a cow that had the calf half pushed out with a swollen tongue and head, and of course one foot back.  Our California friends, The Schmidt's, got to experience firsthand what a "midnight ride" is all about.  It's amazing how the calves rebound, and it's out in the field going with the rest of them. While we were busy trucking animals in, and taking care of sale things, we want to give a big thanks to our helper Robert Briggs for taking care of things at home. We had over 50 head born those 4 days, and now Braden & Aubrey are going fast & furious trying to catch up on taggin'!  Since this last Saturday was a fairly decent day with some sunshine, we moved the first calvers and their babies up to a drier field, hoping to get them out of the mud and into a good windbreak area. The main group of cows and 2nd calvers seem to be doing fine at the dryfarm and in the cedars.

 We appreciated the support at the Sale, despite Mother Nature doing her best to thwart our efforts.  We could commiserate with those we were in contact with telling tales of calving woes in these conditions we've all been enduring.  But we're always humbled at the amount of people who make the journey to Burley, Idaho and support us. We are excited for the purchases that were made and are confident in the fact that we put forth the very best for our sale offering this year. We look forward to more positive feedback from our customers such as this one:

It takes a lot behind the scenes to pull off a sale. Thank you to our friends and family who come and help us do this. We really couldn't do it without you! From those who helped with tagging, penning, sorting, & bringing in the animals for the sale to those who helped with lunch, checking in & out buyers, to our auctioneer & ring men, for those who handed out Thank you gifts, doing brand inspections, health papers, loading out, and all the little odd jobs...THANK YOU!!

Getting it all Started.

Buyer # anyone? 

Always nice to see the Ring filling up with customers!

And We're On Our Way!

Like father, Like daughter!

A wonderful meal as always, Kay! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Holidays are for Testing Bulls!

Beautiful Day to Test Bulls!

Most Holidays are Working Days for us and President's Day 2017 was no different. With all the kids out of school it was very nice to have a full crew able (& willing?) to help.

Great Crew!

Behind the Scenes...Way to keep things rollin!

All Hands on Deck!

It was a long day to get through over 100 bulls, but everyone saw it through to the end for a job well done!  Thanks to Bear River Animal Clinic for providing their services also.  We really need to get some knee pads for Doc Ira!

Trich & Semen testing.

As Braden is the one who is around the bulls the most as the feeder and day to day caregiver, he was given the task of sifting out those who didn't meet our criteria (Size, Phenotype, or Structure).  Tyler took the opportunity to personally evaluate each of the remaining ones and made some ranking notes that will come in handy when it comes time to put together the Sale Order list.

Tom stayed in Elba watching over the herd as calving is in full swing. We're up to almost 200 head done with another 300 to go. We're getting anywhere from 10-20 every day, so if Braden & Aubrey miss a day on tagging, they're really behind!  So far most have all been our AI calves. We are starting to get the first go around of clean up bred calves now.

We'll be hauling the bulls in to the Burley Livestock Auction Yard on Saturday, so hopefully they'll be settled in and not messing around!

They'll be available for people to come look through there.  There will still be over 90 head of bulls, and this offering is perhaps the overall best group of bulls we've offered.  The heifers will also speak for themselves.

As Ruel said: The effort and work exhibited to get to this point is all worth it when the product turns out like this in the end!

We're excited to get them to town and out to our buyers. We have been making calls and are encouraged with the amount of positive comments we're receiving.  From Nevada, a buyer from last year commented: "We certainly appreciate your nice bulls! I look forward to this year's calves. I hope the weather is more welcoming than it has been. Best of rewards at your sale. Your product is wonderful. Thank you for doing a great job."


BVD ear notched and a shot of Draxxin and Inforce was given to all. 

Sporting the new Tags!


Always fun to bring friends out to experience our world!

Mess with Braden and see what you get!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Calving in Full Swing!

We aren't officially supposed to be started calving until February 8, but the weather might be a factor in our early start. We started last Thursday and have over 40 head now.  They all seem to be doing good so far.  Other than we're a little lop-sided right now on the heifer calves, we'll see how it ends up when it's all said and done. We're excited for some of these new sires that we tried out...SimAngus Bulls Cowboy Cut & Main Event and Angus Bulls Remedy & Identity are two that we like the looks of.

Had to plow roads through the dryfarm to be able to make the checks. 

Thank goodness for the cedars! They can find a dry place to get up out of the snow & wind.

Check out the calving nest this girl made! Good mamma there!

Getting 'em mothered! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Here Come The Girls!

Check out the heifers' pictures! It was a cold, foggy morning the day we filmed them, where everything was completely white and we were worried we wouldn't get to take the pictures. About part way through, the fog cleared and the heifers came in and posed almost instantly. We were done in no time.  Unfortunately they couldn't be born as a bull & we can't keep everything, so decision time was a hard choice.  I wasn't invited to come that day!
Lot 110 D6 Hart Calvary (PB An) Heifer
Lot 122  DZ006 Boss Prowler (PB An) 

Lot 159 D811 Black Jack (An X Mx) Heifer

Lot 144 DA26  Range Boss (Sm x An) Heifer

Lot 157 DA61 Black Jack (An x Sm) Heifer

Lot 121 DA654 Boss Prowler (PB An) Heifer

Lot 123 DA720 Boss Prowler (PB An) Heifer

Lot 120 DB006 Boss Prowler (PB An) Heifer 

Lot 150 DB42  Michigan (An x Mx) Heifer

Lot 139 DB58 Right Time (Sm x An x Mx) Heifer

Lot 136 DB61 Spartan Sm x An x Mx) Heifer 

Lot 151 DB817 All Around (Sm x An x Mx) Heifer

Lot 127 DW028 Kramers Factor (PB An) Heifer

Lot 125 DY8181 Kramers Factor (PB An) Heifer

Lot 133 DZ240 Barker Upgrade (3/4 Sm 1/4 An) Heifer

Lot 131 DZ714 Tour of Duty (PB An) Heifer

Monday, January 23, 2017

Here Come The Bulls!

After spending a busy couple of days cleaning bulls & heifers, it's always nice to see the product of the hard work.  You hold your breath and hope that the pictures turn out good and you have some good ones to represent what you're offering.  The bulls didn't cooperate nearly as well as the heifers did for their pictures, but we thought they looked really good considering the nasty weather we've been having.  Flooding & below zero temperatures have been hammering us, but Braden has been working hard cleaning pens and keeping everyone clean & looking good.  Take a look for yourself and see what you think...of course anyone is welcome to come see them in person too.  It's quite impressive to get in amongst this group.
Lot 98 D44P Solution (Comm An) Bull

Lot 103 D55W Connealy Thunder (Comm An) Bull

 Lot 1 D15 JJ Nightride (3/4 Sm 1/4 An) Bull

Lot 92 D23 Hart Calvary (PB An) Bull

Lot 58 D816 Man Of War (3/8 SM 3/8 An 1/4 Mx) Bull

Lot 62  DZ259 Man Of War (3/8 Sm 1/2 Mx 1/8 An) Bull

Lot 72 D4049 Game Day (PB An) Bull

Lot 5  DSB240 All Around (3/4 Sm 1/4 Mx) Bull

Lot 67 D8037 Tour of Duty (PB An) Bull

Lot 64 D4 Payweight (PB An) Bull

Lot 43 D782 Michigan (1/4 Sm 3/4 An) Bull

Lot 2 DA57 Black Jack (PB Sm) Bull

Lot  16 DA70 JJ Nightride (3/8 Sm 7/16 An 3/16 Mx) Bull

Lot 14 DA122 Makers Mark (1/4 Sm 1/4 An 1/2 Mx) Bull

lot 68 DA8383 Tour of Duty (PB An) bull

Lot 32  DB57 Range Boss (1/4 Sm 1/2 An 1/4 Mx) Bull

Lot 48 DB62 Michigan (1/4 Sm 1/2 An 1/4 Mx) Bull

Lot  13 DB423 Makers Mark (1/2 Sm 1/2 An) Bull

Lot 77 DT515 O'Reilly Factor (PB An) bull

Lot 53 DBY240 All Around (1/2 Sm 1/4 An 1/4 Mx) Bull

Lot 38 DSM240 Upgrade (1/2 Sm 1/2 Mx) Bull

Lot 69 DU654 Tour of Duty (PB Angus) Bull

Lot 78 DX37 O'Reilly Factor  (PB An) Bull

Lot 51 DX43 (Black Jack) 5/8 Sm 1/4 An 1/48 Mx) Bull

Lot 10 DX65 Spartan (1/4 Sm 3/4 An) Bull

Lot 20  DX100 Barker Upgrade (5/8 Sm 3/8 An) Bull

Lot 29 DZ700 Right Time (1/2 Sm 3/8 An 1/8 Mx) Bull