Where’s your pasture? We all have one. Not your patch of grass in the backyard or your view from the balcony. But, the place you find nourishment, where you discover contentment. What fuels your fire? For us, the answer couples our home and our livelihood.
Our pasture quite literally feeds the business we own and offers us a place to call our own amid rolling hills and towering buttes.
My husband and I operate Bichler Simmentals and Red Angus, a cattle ranch located in southcentral North Dakota. I’d like to invite you to journey along with us to offer you a glimpse of the ins and outs of our ranch. From how we live to how we conduct business, come along to examine our perspective.
Our ranch has its roots in a humble farming operation established in 1920 by Doug’s grandfather. As such, Doug is the third generation to operate the farm, and our two daughters represent the fourth generation to call this land home.
Where we live is but a few miles from my great-grandfather’s homestead where my grandfather lived, worked and raised his eight children, one being my father. While my siblings and I did not grow up on the farm, my exposure to the agriculture industry blossomed with a healthy involvement in the North Dakota FFA organization.
When the farm began, it was host to an array of species, from dairy cows to beef cattle, pigs to sheep, geese to chickens. Doug was raised with a love of the dairy industry and intended to pursue dairy farming upon graduating from North Dakota State University. However, when his father sold the dairy herd, Doug’s sights turned toward the Simmental and Red Angus seedstock industry. In addition to cattle, we dabble in farm-fresh eggs sales and also raise a flock of Dorper sheep.
So, from cattle to cooking, production sales and everything in between, we’ll write again. Follow us from our pastures.