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.


Website: www.barkercattle.com

Ranch Address: 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
Bowdrie Ottley 208-340-4464

Ranch 208-638-5571

Monday, May 20, 2019

May showers bring green grass!

Happy to announce a new addition to the Ottley family.  Congrats to Bowdrie & Kaylie married May 4, 2019!!


It's been a tough spring, with the weather and calving this year, but you just have to keep going and hope that everything will work out in the end. We hear the same stories from our friends & neighbors and everyone can sympathize.

 This was the scene on April 12, 2019 up the Elba Canyon. Huge snowdrift still packed in tight between the Quakies on our pasture piece. Guess it will be a while before we get to use it.

These boys were feeling good with a little sunshine that popped out, and decided to strike a pose. We have some cool colored calves that we're going to have fun clipping up for the steer sale in the fall. General Lee & Hi Ho Silver sired these fellows.

Alfalfa is starting to come, and snowy /mountain tops are still with us as well.

Bull Lease from Matt Lautner Cattle. Looking forward to some great calves to come from him!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bull Sale & Calving...Why Not??!

 Why would we not want to have the busiest time of the year all at once? Yes, we're calving full steam and the weather has not been too nice this week. The AI and now the clean up cycle are kicking in, so we're getting a bunch of new babies born every day.  The guys are working around the clock trying to keep everything taken care of. It's a daunting task some days, and when the weather is cold and the sleep is lacking, it takes even more patience and determination to get through this season!

Storms keep rollin' in to the valley

This Hi Ho silver Calf already likes to pose!

Everyone likes to admire the cattle...even the little ones. We are offering a $50 credit towards purchase on Sale Day to anyone who comes to the ranch in Malta to view the cattle prior to the Sale. 

IT'S GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER!! We have some good ones this year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Starting off the New Year!

2019 Here We Come! Ready or Not we're jumping in and starting another round of calving and getting ready for the Bull Sale. How does it seem that time seems to go so quickly now days? Maybe it's because we're so busy with everything and if we slowed down what would we do with ourselves anyway?? 

We brought the cows home from Malta and got them sorted into the fields to start the regimen of daily feeding and checking around the clock during calving time.  It's hard not to be a little apprehensive with the level of work involved and you always hope for the best with new sires added to the bull line up.

 It's pretty exciting to get all the data gathered together and turned in to get our bull sale catalog in print. There's just something about holding it in your hand and going through the pages and seeing all your hard work together in one spot and it looks so good! Of course we learn something every year that we just keep trying to improve on next year. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think! Stay tuned for more pictures....

Lot 1 FA924 All Around

Lot 12 FC654 Main Event
Lot 4 FC933 Cowboy Cut

Lot 18 FA61 J Bar J Night Ride

Lot 105 FA65 Kahuna Heifer

Lot 135 F22G Boss Heifer

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Changing of the Seasons

Despite the cold weather and windy day, we had a good preview of our calves on Saturday, Oct 13. We enjoyed having those who came to join us for the tri-tip sandwiches and hot cocoa was the hit of the day. Thank goodness for a barn that not only warms up calves, but worked well for serving lunch. 

Good helpers!


Good friends makes it all worthwhile!

Some of life's problems are solved around the barn.

    We are very excited for the new owners of Barker Cattle Company Show Calves & Heifers. We have been getting them all settled to their various destinations in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, & California. It's always humbling to hear kind words such as, "You guys are a class act", or "Thanks for your guidance in helping us select a good calf". That's why we like to stay in touch and are always happy to hear from our customers. We like getting pictures and notes along the way about how they are progressing. 

     The seasons change quickly, and the work keeps coming just in different phases.

Cows on the forest range permit ready to be gathered. 

Gotta take time to admire the Fall Colors

The first snow of the season decides to make an appearance this October. 

And the cows happily trail onto greener pastures in Malta. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Day 2 of Pictures!

We had a beautiful day today and were able to get some more pictures done. We are really impressed with the way the calves handle and are coming along. They just seem to be getting better & better the 
longer they are weaned and on feed. Picturing can be a stressful thing, but today everything went really well. We'll get these sent off so we can get set up on the website soon, and GET READY FOR SALE DAY...October 15th! 

Lot 13 FB1 I Am Legend 

Lot 4 FC40 Michigan

Lot 5 FZ202 One In The Chamber
Lot 6 FA232 Right Time x Eye Candy 

Lot 7 FB21 Strip Tease

Lot 11 FT221 Uncle Si

Lot 20 FW56 Right Time x Lifeline 

Lot 22 FX32 Slugger 

Lot 23 FC86 Michigan

Lot 63 FZ97 Slugger Heifer

Lot 65 FR221 Hi Ho Silver Heifer

Lot 10 FA51 Right Time 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Still here just BUSY!!

Does it seem like the time just flies by? We go from season to season in the blink of an eye and somehow we just keep rolling with ranch, family, community& church happenings. We do enjoy our lifestyle though so we won’t complain, but keeping up with everything required can be a challenge.

We've been gearing up for the Online Club-Calf and Heifer sale coming up on October 15th. Anyone can come view the calves before then, but we will have the Preview day at the Ranch on October 13th and be serving food! Probably going to roll out the smoker and do some tri-tip again. Doesn't that sound good right now?

 It's fun to see some of these calves develop that we've been watching since the day they were born. Take "Whitey" for example...He was brought into the barn as a baby to get warmed up and going. He has been a marker in the herd with his cool color and hair, but as we clipped him, he's even turned into more of a pet. Scratching him right in the pen while we were taking pictures.
Already Broke to Tie!

Lovin' the back scratchin'

One cool Dude! Lot 1 F817 Hi Ho Silver
Lot 3 FZ55 General Lee

Lot 18 FA577 Uncle Si

Lot 2 FS221 Strip Tease

Lot 8 F991 Strip Tease

Lot 9 FZ131 Uncle Si

Lot 16 FY51 Strip Tease


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bull Sale 2018

 We were very happy to have the day of the Bull Sale Finally here! It takes a lot of work to put a sale together and when it's finally done, it's a Nice Feeling! We'll be on the road now delivering to the various destinations.  Thanks to our customers for their support, and the many family & friends who came to help out in numerous ways. We appreciated you all. 
Getting the office ready to go

A family reunion. 

Always nice to see the stands fill up.

A good crowd for us! 
And the bidding has begun! 

Why do these cute girls have to grow up so fast? 

Al the way from Brazil, exchange student Gabi helped us out by being the photographer for the  day.  

Long Time Friends, Gene & Bonnie Ostler took home the top selling bull today, Lot 1. He's a good one! 

We believe in the future of Agriculture, and are happy to present this check to our local FFA Chapter at Raft River High School for 1% of the proceeds from purchases within the school boundaries. 

A wonderful meal and good treats were in abundance. You know it will be good with Kay in charge! 
Thanks for the help in the kitchen.