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 Ranch 208-638-5571

Monday, May 29, 2017

Traditional Memorial Day Branding

    The Barker Family gathered to the Elba Valley for a reunion this weekend. Looking in on this group, you could see all seasons of life reflected. From an expectant mother to be in 4 weeks; a new baby that had everyone's attention; toddlers in saggy diapers climbing the slide over and over; kids with missing teeth running around like their energy would never run out; teenagers with cracky voices, funny hair-do's and band-aids covering up pimples; college kids and returned missionaries sitting in the adult ring;  an anticipatory bride & groom ready to be married next week; young parents always on the watch for their kids who were running free; vacationers in motor homes; a few in the 50 and under club thinking how nice it was to sit for a minute; some in the 50+ club wishing they could get out of their chair; and some on canes that didn't used to be. They reminded us of why we were there... because they started this tradition and family bonds are important and everlasting. It didn't quite seem the same without Ginger & Wally, but the tradition of getting together and enjoying one another's company was still present ,and memories were shared of Aunt Ginger around the camp fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with the James family at this time. We love them all.

Sticky smores for Kendall!

            Mike & Tammy even brought out the cotton candy machine and made a sample for everyone to enjoy!

It wouldn't be a true Memorial Day if we didn't have some branding to do. We saved a little bunch of 50 head just to make sure there were some to do. The crew that shows up are die-hards you have to admit. For those who it is their first time, it's always fun to watch them as they get their first smell of branding smoke or watch the castration process. It's also pretty good entertainment to watch the kids try to rope and some get tromped as they try their hand at steer wrestling. The things we do every day we tend to take for granted as just another day. But for those who are getting to ride the horses trailing behind the cows or getting to throw a loop over a calf's head, it's a new type of adventure. We enjoy having them come to remind us of that every once in  awhile. Life is good!
Cash has him in the headlock position...or maybe not!

Call moves in to take over...but who is the toughest? 

Offering assistance are Cooper and the dogs Jake & Annie.

All business! 

Concentration is key

The proper way to handle Dectomax. 

Bring it!

Fence Supervisors

Come back...

Thank you to the Memorial Day Branding Crew!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

True colors

We have some colorful show calf prospects this year out of One In The Chamber, Ready To Roll, Pooh Bear, Unstoppable, Uncle Si & Pistol Pete to name a few .  They aren't very cooperative when it comes to picture taking though. Tyler snapped a few shots when he was driving through them this last week. Here's a sneak peak.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Get 'em Branded!

How did the time go by so fast this year? We just got through with the Bull Sale and calving season was a blur. But, now it's time to dig in and get to branding and vaccinating so we can be ready to get them AI'ed and out to pastures.  The hay stacks are dwindling, the grass is coming, and the cows are wanting to get off "welfare" almost as badly as we're wanting to be done feeding every day! The weather still isn't cooperating very well though, but the rains are greening up the valley nicely. When the sun does start to shine and things warm up a little bit, grass should be up to their bellies in no time.

Thanks to our friends & family from Utah for coming out during their Spring Break to enjoy a little Western Culture and get the first bunch branded. It's not an easy task to organize and keep a crew in line with their jobs when they haven't been accustomed to this work load. But since they came out last year and helped, they can consider themselves to be officially trained!

Pen full of babies to work.

Bring 'em on...we're ready!

Big Mamma trying to hide out in the barn. Bowdrie's show heifer from years ago.

The sorting process has to happen first. Bulls, heifers, or steers...that part is Tom's job to decide. 

Ready to do this!

And first one in the chute...Nice Bull calf!

The art of properly pushing a calf to the chute...don't get kicked, don't let them turn around on you, and don't ever give up!

Official Chute Guys.

Official Cheer leaders! (aka Record keepers)

Moe does not want to miss any action.
There always has to one that gets away just to see who the tough guys really are.

Many hands makes light work, right?

Official photographer for the day. Thank you!!

Really don't want to go in the chute...possibly get out of this here?

Beware of the man with the (vaccine) gun!

Good group of guys!

We are all in this together.

Smiles abound

Would be nice if it was a little warmer, right Ruel?

Time to cowboy up.

Back to your Mammas. Another day is done.

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!