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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Congrats to Kylie Kunzler with Lot 1 DZ500 No Surprise steer purchased from our online sale last year. You did a great job feeding and working with this steer. Congrats on your 3rd place overall finish at the  Utah State Fair.

Kylie Kunzler with Lot 1 DZ500 No Surprise Steer

 Fall work continues on gathering cows in to get ready for weaning time. The feed has dried out, and with so much grass out there we hope the fires will stay away. Not sure if we want rain though because 3rd crop of hay still needs done up.

Cloudy Day Cowboy on the Mountain

Doctoring in the field.

Pre-Vaccinating bull calves

Mountain View from the other side of the valley.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer has come & gone

Well, it seems that Summer has come and gone and now it's on to Fall. The time goes by faster & faster but maybe that's because the work never seems to be done on a Ranch. We're starting to measure what is happening next by how many crops of hay are left to put up.  We did have a good summer though and here's a few pictures of some highlights.
Congratulations Grace Smith! Also won the Cassia County Supreme Champion with this pair. Purchased the Sm x heifer from our Bull & Female Production Sale in 2016 and bred to PB Angus Insight. Very nice Bull calf on this cow. 

Congratulations to Kamri Ottley with Reserve Champion Heifer Calf in Cassia Heifer Futurity. PB Angus heifer out of Now Look. 

Clipping has begun for picturing showcalves. Date has been set for Preview at the Ranch on Oct 14 and Online Sale Monday, Oct 16

This guy is COOL! Not sure what color you call him exactly, but Pooh Bear does fit him for sure. 

Nice Looking White Chocolate Heifer.  We have a good variety of Popular Sires and colors this year! 

We enjoyed having the Brun Family come visit us from Mt. Hood, Oregon and look through the show calf prospects. We always like to have visitors come to check out we have to offer. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Congratulations Fair Winners!

Way to go Adams Family! We are so excited to hear your good news and know that your hard work paid off for you in the end at your Fair. We hear there are some more winners around and hope to have some more pictures soon.
Oakley & Saydee Adams won 1st & 2nd in Fitting & Showing. 

2nd Reserve Steer (Quality) Lot 19 steer Michigan sire from last year's club calf sale

Saydee 1st Reserve Steer (Quality) Lot 22 steer Man O'War sire from last year's club calf sale

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Finished Product

For most of us, the Fair is coming up soon and it's fun to see the finished product and what they turn into in the end. Here are a couple from our Showsteer Sale last year. If you have some pictures be sure to send them to us so we can post your progress as well. 


Lot 8 DP222 No Surprize

Lot 8 DP222 No Surprize Steer shown by Rance Allen. Mom reports, this steer has been a "baby". We knew he just needed the right home and some TLC. (born partially blind)

Lot 2 DR32 No Surprize

Lot 8 DP222 No Surprize Steer shown by Rance Allen
 Lot 2 DR32 No Surprize shown by Randa Allen

Headed to Lincoln County Fair Next Week. They are Finished! Good luck!! 

Lot 16 DA105 Man O' War

Check out how this late April born calf fed out! Lot 16 DA105 shown by Brodey Ottley.

Lot 9 DX56 Itallion Stallion

He had hair then and still kept it! Going to be a fun one to get ready for the show.  Lot 9 DX56 Itallion Stallion shown by Kamri Ottley

And let's don't forget the new addition that joined Braden & Aubrey Ottley! Welcome to the Ranch- Kinlee Sue born on June 29th.

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.