Our breeders have years of experience in breeding Simmental, SimAngus, and Angus bulls.
Shannon and Jennifer Carr operate Little Bitterroot Ranch which was established by Shannon’s great grandfather in 1911. Shannon and Jennifer were recently married in 2017 and have purchased half of the ranch from Shannon’s parents, Frank and Marilynn. This brings the Stoltey and Carr families together who both have deep roots in Simmental dating back to the 1970’s. Shannon & Jennifer first met in 2006 when Shannon took LBR Crockett to Denver. Jennifer did all the fitting for that event which resulted in a Reserve Champion Pen of Three Bulls and Grand Champion Pen of Three Heifers. Crockett can be found in many prominent pedigrees today and is well known for his maternal strength. We are growing our operation and continue to focus on those maternal strengths as well as balanced traits across the board. We produce reds, blacks, purebred and percentage Simmental and will always strive to produce cattle with longevity and performance in mind.
Mike and Cathy Stoltey, their children, and grandchildren operate Promise Land Ranch. Mike got his roots with Simmental cattle in 1971 at age 14 when he bred the first ½ bloods for CKR Ranch and past ASA President Lou Chestnut. Mike’s Dad was very involved with Carnation Genetics, one of the earliest AI Studs. Cathy’s family turned their Hereford ranch to Simmental’s after traveling to Canada to see the first offering of Simmental calves. Cathy’s Great Grandparents raised Simmental Cattle in Germany in the 1800’s. They were married and started Promise Land Ranch in 1974. Their wedding gifts included a ½ Simmental heifer and 25 amps of Uslar semen. Our roots are deep and our goal has always been to produce beauty with performance. Our herd is 2/3 black and 1/3 red. We have been recognized as having a perfect 600 score in the Performance Advocate Program and produced the Midland Bull Test 2012 High Performance Bull.
The Miller Family has raised Simmental since the spring of 1970, shortly after the breed arrived in the U.S. Some of their genetics trace back to the legendary Parisien, the first Simmental bull imported to North America. Operated by Dale and Paula Miller, and their sons Justin and Jared, the Millers maintain a purebred herd of more than 100 Simmental cows and also farm extensively.
Ryan and Maureen Mai began their cattle ranch in 1999 with their genetics tracing back to 1992 when Maureen, as a youth, founded a small Simmental herd. They utilize AI to produce SimAngus and to strengthen their purebreds. They run close to 220 head with 60% black and 40% red. They have focused on balanced cattle from calving ease to carcass traits. Their son Dillon is getting involved with daily activities, 4-H, and AJSA activities. Ryan and Maureen also farm 1600 acres of mixed row crops while custom baling several thousand tons of alfalfa and timothy hay.
The Fauth family has been ranching and raising Simmental cattle on a commercial scale for many years. Up until the mid-90s, we were primarily running Fleckvieh cattle. Nothing like seeing pastures full of yellow and white paint cattle. Due to change in buyers demand for primary solid color cattle we switched gears and went more to the solid pure bred Red and Black Simmental. My grandpa, Robert Fauth, and my dad Brad Fauth bought many bulls through the years from Dale and Paula Miller and family. Some Gateway bulls along the way. It was about 5 years ago, we started to get into the registered Simmental cattle. Again, a big thanks to the Miller’s to aid in that endeavor. We started this to supplement our own bull power, and kept a few to sell to our neighbors. With our solid foundation, I believe strongly in our cattle. Last summer we were honored to be included with the group at Bulls of the Big Sky. After that I had to sell my wild ideas to Dad and Grandpa, which needless to say, the rest is history. These bulls are raised to work on short grass country, you won’t be disappointed.