Fred Ranch nestles in a valley in the north central Sandhills of Nebraska.
Fred’s extended family had some of the first charolais cattle in the state, dating back as far as 1961.Fred Ranch owners, Jamie and Kay Fred have been in the seed stock business for 50 years. Being married in 1971, they had a few charolais cows from his home ranch. Time marches on and so did the Fred family. In 1975 they went to work for Melvin Slagle, Sargent, NE (known as Slagle Angus).
it was while there they purchased Angus cows and started their black and white herds. Later they moved to the Williams-Williams ranch near Ainsworth, NE. With being able to run cows and rent some extra ground they were able to expand their herd. In the spring of 1985 they leased a ranch at Newport, NE. from Dr. Dean Gilg. They leased this ranch till they bought their present one in 1991 at Rose, NE.
Being Jamie was raised on a purebred ranch at Sargent, NE. and Kay a commercial ranch south of Ainsworth, NE. they did share enthusiasm for ranching, cattle, horses, and rodeo, however, and that enthusiasm spilled over onto their children Holly and Stoney. Through the ranks of the different level of 4-H cattle shows, sales, High School Rodeo, College Rodeo, Amature and Professional Rodeo and USTRC Team Roping events,—it’s a lifetime of wealth that can’t be measured.
In 2010 they sold 2 donor angus cows and 10 registered angus heifers to Seevers Angus, Anselmo, NE. This was a special sale as Ty had worked for them out of college, thus heightening his interest in the Angus cattle. In the spring of 2013 Jamie made the decision to retire from the angus breed as a purebred breeder and Ty and Tabby had the opportunity to buy Angus pairs.
So for many years Fred Ranch had been having an online club calf sale in the fall, still raising registered charolais cattle, and continue on with the bull sales. The last couple years they haven’t had an online sale and raise and sell composite charolais straight from the ranch.
They have always flushed donor cows. Some with partners, and had embryos available for sale along with semen from some of the herd bulls they have raised. They have sold cattle as far as Canada and Argentina.
Fred Ranch has shown cattle for many, many years, producing several placers if not winners!!!! Denver Stock Show “up on the hill”—as well as in the yards. They have taken cattle for years to the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and do well. In 2005, they had the Champion Angus heifer and Supreme Heifer overall. Husker Harvest Days and Valentine Bull Bash has been taken in several times displaying their cattle. Nebraska State Fair is one of their favorite shows, again always doing well. To view just some of their show achievements over the years, go to News/Champions tab.
The goal at the Fred Ranch through the years has been to raise high genetic, quality functional cattle with low birth weights ,moderate frame, correct structure, and good dispositions. They felt these were traits needed for cattle to do not only well in the sandhills.but for ranchers to enhance their genetics. Witnessing many different cattlemen over the years taking these foundation genetics, building registered & commercial herds of their own and being successful, Fred Ranch feels their “long ride” towards their goal has been rewarding and successful.
They would like to invited you to call, visit “charolais cattle”, and be added to the mailing list for a catalog for their up coming bull and heifer sale which will be held on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. CST at the Burwell Livestock, Burwell, NE. Can’t make the sale? Then sign up on DVAuction, see the catalog and the videos and do your bidding!