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Breeding Quality Angus Cattle
for 84 years (in the Big Sky Country)
   
REGISTERED CATTLE
   
   

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 "Harrer's 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 improvement:

  • 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 Lost Lake registered cow herd as well as replacement heifers are each heat-synchronized for one go around of artificial insemination per year. Herd sires are then with the cows for 60 days and no more. The breeding of these cattle begins approximately May 1 with calving beginning in early February of each year. The calves are weaned in October with the bulls going directly to the Lost Lake Ranch Bull Development Center and heifers going to pasture as soon as they are bunk broke. From the time they are baby calves through old age, this herd is under constant culling pressure so that it is constantly improving.
 

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" wld3.gif (10689 bytes) and thus the registered herd must maintain an economic use of resources for all involved.  Stop by for a visit !

 
 
 
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Harrer's Lost Lake Ranch
137 Eden Road, Great Falls, MT  59405
Grant & Deanna Harrer: (406) 899-9061 or 452-2010
Grant Office:  (406) 731-8200
Fax:  (406) 731-8123
Bill & Dolores Harrer: (406) 737-4393 or 771-8229
Barn:  (406) 737-4336
Jeff Schile, Mgr:  (406) 737-4315

 
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