Dethlefs Angus Ranch was
founded in 1965 when we, Ken "Dutch" and Marian Dethlefs, moved our family to a new home
south of Poole, NE. We brought along our registered Angus cattle herd that we
had started in 1954 with the purchase of a heifer to use as a 4-H
project. The cattle were registered as Carl Dethlefs and Sons. With the
guidance of my father, Carl, we continued to add to our herd.
With our own children so
involved with the care and handling of our cattle, it was decided to change
the registered name to Dethlefs Angus Ranch, which has a lifetime membership.
Our six children and their families are still "hired hands" when it
comes to branding, clipping, sale day and anytime when working cattle. This
sure makes raising registered Angus an enjoyable way of life.
We have been production
testing and using AI in our herd for over forty years. In the last fifteen
years we have successfully implemented an embryo transfer program from our
selected donor cows.
2006 calf crop we used AI sires such as Traveler 004, Forefront, Freedom, SPC
Design, Lead On, In Focus and Danny Boy. Our herd bull battery includes Sons
of Precision E161 and BR Midland both out of a Traveler 6807 dam and SPC
Design and Future Direction Sons out of
a Rita - Paramount Ambush dam.
Our goal is forever
trying to improve on quality to satisfy the changing needs of our customers.
We hold an annual production sale each spring. The 2006 sale makes it our 38th
annual. It will be held as a joint production sale with Treffer Angus of
Broken Bow Ne. which is a sister and brother in law to us. The sale will be
held March 9, 2006 at the Loup City Sale Barn. This years sale features 70
yearling and 10 older bulls. The yearling bulls have been developed on a
growing ration at Bruce Treffers since November and most of them will be
weighing 1300 to1400 pounds at sale time. We feel this is the thickest most
uniform set of bulls we have ever raised.