Cherry Valley Angus was formed in 2010 upon purchasing a small, flood irrigated ranch in Douglass County Colorado along the head waters of the Cherry Creek. Growing up in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, I received early exposure to the cattle business as my family had a ranch just south of Alamosa, CO. Many Saturday mornings were spent with my Grandpa at the Alamosa Sale Barn which was owned and operated by Hank Wieskamp. As young boy who idolized cowboys, I never realized how influential and famous Mr. Wieskamp would later become in the world of Quarter Horses- I only knew him as a member of the greatest fraternity I had been exposed to which was that of a rancher. Winters are extremely harsh in that valley and most of the cattle we had back then were Hereford and Baldies which were bought and sold regularly through that sale barn.
As a young adult, I wanted to enter back into the ranching business on my own and began raising registered Angus. Since that time, the ranch and the herd have seen steady, sustainable growth. Each year, we utilize AI heavily within the base cowherd and place a fair amount of embryos in the commercial females we own (most of the embryo work is done through great friends of ours at Colorado Genetics, Daryl DeGroft, DVM and Deb Rest). That said, each year by private treaty, we offer AI sired bulls for sale out of the breeds most tried and true cow families carrying genetics that speak for themselves. Bulls will always be DNA’d for parent verification and EPD validation (we usually have bulls available year-around including many full and half-brothers you need more than one and want to stay as uniform as possible). Elevation on the ranch is between 6500’ and 7150’ and just like a human athlete, our bulls train at high altitude for the job they’ll do later in their life. We strive to produce animals that excel in all sectors of the industry while maintaining the ever so important maternal aspect in our base herd. We study and utilize EPDs to the greatest extent we can so that the herd can continue to perform better in the various aspects of the industry. However, we will not perpetuate genetics that don’t exemplify the maternal aspects we covet. Most of our mothers are deep bodied with good feet and legs with udders built for longevity, and many are out of generations of donors before them. Pushing the numbers too hard seems to change the physical composition of that look such that they begin to look pencil gutted and lightweight which is not what we want, regardless of impressive EPDs.