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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.

addresses

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

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!