When William T. Harrer
moved to the Lost Lake Ranch, it was stocked with hereford cattle. Two major transitions
have occurred since then. First William T (Bill) gradually phased out the hereford cattle
and developed a topnotch black angus commercial operation. Along the way, he maintained a
small group of registered angus, which were managed along side and in a similar fashion to
the commercial angus herd. The second transition began when Bill very slowly moved into
retirement mode (working only 12 hours a day) and Grant Harrer finally finished being a
professional student who had seedstock production in his bloodstream. Thus, through the
1990's, Harrer's Lost Lake Ranch has moved back to the production of registered angus
cattle with approximately 225 head of cows in this operation.
The major cow families
represented in the Lost Lake herd include Anne, Bemindful Maid, Birdie, Blackbird,
Blackcap, Erica, Everella, Heroine, Juanada, Lass, Primose, and Queen.
Herd Sires used at
Lost Lake Ranch can be seen on the
Herd Sires page. From there, follow the links
to the individual pages for each sire's information and epds.
Our goals have always
been to maintain a high degree of fertility, soundness, calving ease, and other maternal
traits. We have long been believers in balancing all traits and in uniformity. In fact the
annual production sale at the Green Meadow Ranch in Helena was known as the
Uniformity Sale." Performance evaluations have been a part of our approach to
registered cattle for decades.
Harrer's Lost Lake Ranch
is a very strong believer in "carcass" analysis and subsequent breed
The sale bulls have
undergone ultrasound analysis for several years.
Retained ownership of all
our commercial steer calves provides us with input as to how our herd sires are
doing regarding various traits.
We are now certified to
participate in the Montana Beef Network Program.
The majority of the bull
calves are sold in the "In The Real World" annual production sale the third Friday of March
at the Western Livestock Auction in Great Falls, Montana. A tiny percentage are
taken to test stations around the state and a small percentage are sold via private
treaty. We sell some registered heifers yearly, primarily through the "In
The Real World" sale as well. There, we strive to sell a group of heifers of quality equal to
those we retain for replacements.
We believe very strongly
that the Lost Lake cattle must work " In The Real World" and thus the registered herd must maintain an economic use
of resources for all involved. Stop by for a visit !