Bob & Becky Harrell
Baker City, Oregon
Harrell’s Hereford Ranch came into existence in 1970 with the purchase of the 69 acre home ranch, by Bob and Edna Harrell. It is located on Salmon Creek Road, 5 1/2 miles northeast of Baker City, Oregon. The ranch today consists of 2500 irrigated acres and 8000 acres of rangeland. Bob Jr., his wife Becky, and Edna manage the ranch, which runs 300 head of Registered Hereford Cows and 300 head of Black Baldy Commercial females.
The Harrell’s pay attention to performance records, mothering ability, good feet and legs, birth weights, cow disposition, and performance growth. The Registered Herd consists of Line 1 and Mark Donald bloodlines. The Commercial cowherd combines the best of Hereford and Angus genetics. The ranch has a 700 head feedlot, where they grow out and performance test all progeny. The Ranch’s annual Bull sale, is held on the first Monday of each March. Bulls, Heifers and Quarter Horses are sold at this time. The Horse bloodlines are from the Weiscamp Skipper W, Two-Eyed Jack, and Smart Chic Olena breeding programs.
In 2000, Harrell’s Hereford Ranch was recognized by the American Hereford Association for producing 23 “Dams of Distinction”. This selection placed them 5th in the United States. A “Dam of Distinction” is the standard by which all Hereford cows are judged. The cow must do her job to meet the ultimate criteria, but her owner must manage the herd correctly to give them the opportunity to excel.