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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Started clipping some of the bulls to get pictured for ads.  You can't believe the Hair these guys have and WOW...do they look good!!  Come check them out for yourself.  Sale on TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 at the Burley Livestock Yards 1:00 pm.  Lunch served at 11:30.  
PB Angus AS703 O'Reilly Factor

Simmental: AYK240 Black Jack

High Performance Cross Bred AY67 Final Answer

Monday, December 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Here We Come!

Packed up the trailer tonight and clipped the 3 bulls to get ready to go to the big city.  Tom & Braden will join Ruel & Tyler there for the week.  Be sure to stop by and see them and mention you read our blog to get your own pair of Barker Cattle Company  gloves to keep the chill off your hands.  Sounds like some cold weather is headed our way.   You know Kay will probably have some of her famous caramels to share as well at our stall.  Don't want to miss out on them.  :)

 Be safe everyone and hope you enjoy the Utah Cattlemen's Convention!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Yearling Bulls

We climbed up on top of the Old Boxcar and took a quick picture of all the yearling bulls as they come up for feeding time.  They are growing well and it's quite a sight to see all of them lined up waiting for their favorite time of the day.  Some of our favorites right now are the O'Reilly Factor Angus calves and the Sm x An calves' weights are pretty impressive.
Over 60 head of bulls that will be offered this Spring 2014 at our Bull & Female Sale

Monday, October 14, 2013

The finished product!

Lot 26 After the clipping demonstration...Nice thing about him is he's broke to tie already.  Half the work is already done. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Clipping Clinic & Preview Day

What a beautiful day for a Clipping Clinic and Preview Day!  Congratulations to Madeline Whitaker, Winner of the Andis Clippers.  She'll put them to good use!

Joel Judge worked his magic on Lot 26...Wait til you see the finished product!!!

Yummy Tri-Tip Fajitas!  Thanks ladies for the good food.
 Gathering around to learn some great tips on Fitting.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Success Story from Heifer sold in 2010 Sale

We wanted to share the following letter we received from a past customer/friend.  Love hearing success stories like this and also like to hear how our livestock progress after they leave our hands.  Thanks for sharing, Karly!

"Just wanted to stop by and say how thrilled I am with the heifer I got from you guys a few years back! I believe it was the 2010 sale and she just had her second calf and took first time (has taken first try for all three breedings, so nice!) for her third due next spring. I believe she is a Heat Wave daughter and was sale #62 if I remember right! My name is Karly Kavajecz, a friend of Kera Giampolo, in Northern California and I bought two steers and this heifer from you a few years back. Anyways just thought I'd send you some pics of her new baby who is heading to the same fair with an FFA kid and I can't wait to see how he does! She is Chianina x Maine and the bull was registered Angus. Here's a few pictures of him and his momma. "

Friday, October 4, 2013


Did someone forget to tell Mother Nature that Falls comes before Winter?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hunting Weather & Good for Hairing up Calves!

We thought we'd better a clip a few of the calves again that we did early on.  They have really haired back up with the cooler weather, and man have they grown!  Check out the back view of one of our favorite "Red" boys..AM50.  You could set the dinner table on here.
And here's a behind shot of him & the Fancy Unstoppable Steer AX131.   POWERHOUSES!! 
These guys just want to go back to the field to eat again.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

More good things to come!

We clipped a few more of the heifers & steers today and took a couple of pictures just because they looked so good we couldn't wait!  These heifers are a cool bunch. ..You gotta see them in person to really appreciate how good they are! Stay tuned for more pictures & videos to come soon.
AR51 Fat Butt Heifer
AS280 Eye Candy Heifer
AU991 Eye Candy Heifer
A2077 Monopoly ET Heifer

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Champion Cow/Calf!

Congratulations to Makayla Taylor for a job well done with her Cow/Calf pair.  Makayla purchased the cow, YM21 sired by Step Up as an open heifer from Barker Cattle Co. through the Legends of Fall Sale in Oct. 2011.  She won Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair at the Beef Unlimited Show 2013 in Filer, Idaho and won Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair at the Cassia County Fair 2013 in Burley, Idaho.  Makayla works hard with her projects and we love to see youth rewarded for their efforts like this.  She plans to take the calf as a steer to next year's fair, and he looks like he'll be a good one!

Friday, September 6, 2013

2013 Steer & Heifer Sneak Preview

Preview Day: October 12, 2013 9:00 am-Dusk. Online Bidding Sale: Monday, October 14, 2012.  Come join us at the ranch in Elba, Idaho and check out what we have to offer this year!  Special Fitting & Showing/Clipping Clinic also offered starting at 11:00 am. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 featuring Joel Judge from San Luis Obispo, California.  Enter the drawing for a free set of Andis clippers to be given away and join us for lunch.  Here's a sneak preview of a few of the calves we have clipped up.  Come see them in person...we'd love to have you come visit. 
AM50 Drill Bit Steer
AN511 Drill Bit Steer
AN865 Cool Whip Steer
AK59 Pooh Bear Steer
AX131 Unstoppable Steer
A815 Black Jack Heifer

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day Fun!

Sometimes, you just have to take time to go for a picnic up the Canyon!  Got rained out from taking showcalf pictures, so went for a picnic instead.   Tyler & Amanda Barker kids, Tom & Sally Ottley kids, Connor Sandstrom, and Austin & Lindsey Udy kids....Best crop we have!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Well done!

Tanner Maxfield: Grand Champion Uintah Basin Jr. Livestock Show, Utah.

Ben Urricelqui: Reserve Champion Shasta District Fair, California


Randa Allen: Reserve Champion Showman, Lincoln County Fair, Idaho.

A great story: This calf below was born under extreme circumstances.  He was discovered over 2 miles away from the corral hanging halfway out of his mother, head swollen, tongue out and we weren't sure if he was alive,. Tom was gone at the time, so Kassie and a neighbor were able to get the cow to the corral and get it pulled.  He survived, but we didn't think he could see, or at least we felt he could only see shadows.  We kept him at the corral for the first 4 months of his life, and he was named Koda by the kids after the Bear on the movie Brother Bear because he was hairy and thick as a bear cub. Everyone gave him attention and he loved it.  We moved him to a pasture finally with his mother, but the only way to get him there was for him to follow our 11 year old daughter, Kamri with him on the halter.  Every day we would take him up to the creep feeder, until finally he got it figured out.  He grew well!  But we knew we couldn't keep him for our kids, he had to have a special home.  Enter the Allen Family.  When it was explained to mom, Romy his situation, she felt he might be the perfect match for her son Racin's first year as she wanted a gentle calf for him.  Racin is deaf, and so what a great team these two made...a blind calf with a deaf child.    

Racin & Koda in the Championship Drive..Well done, boys! Largest ribeye at 15.4, and ultrasound Carcass Champion, Lincoln County Fair, Idaho.   Club calf proved he yielded the Top Beef!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Family Traditions

 Whether it be the Sunday afternoon baseball game with kids of all ages..

 Playing games when it's too cold or late to be outside...

Waiting for the campfire to get rolling for the Hot Dog roast...

The traditions at Barker Cattle Company are
many and establishing relationships between family and friends is a common occurrence. There are greater things in life that need to be accomplished than work.  We are lucky to get to integrate tradition and family time into our work and feel blessed to do it in a place we call home...ELBA. Many have said they feel an inner peace when they come to Elba.  We see it as home, but know that when we leave, we can't wait to come back. We are lucky to enjoy the green grass, dirt roads, fish in the creeks, hay bales to jump on, and beautiful mountains with canyons.  This is GOD's COUNTRY! 
Moving cows that need to be worked & posing for a picture at the end of the day.